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Diploma in Sports Ministry & Management

Two Year Program
You will have the opportunity to gain a broad set of sports management and leadership skills designed to prepare you to become a proficient professional.

Available Opportunities:

  • Mission Trip to El Salvador to work in local schools
  • Pilots Athletics Participation
  • Facility management and co-coaching for local school teams

Also available as a 4 Year program with Bachelor of Arts in Ministry.

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Sports Ministry & Management: In Depth

As a student in the Sports Ministry & Management Diploma Program, you will have the opportunity to gain a broad set of sports management and leadership skills designed to prepare you to become a proficient professional. Whether you are preparing for ministry or the sports and recreation industry, holistically educated leaders are required to handle a variety of diversified responsibilities, including supervision, facilities planning, program development, financial management, marketing, accounting and others.

Through this program you will also learn how to use the avenue of sports as a ministry tool by applying biblical principles for effective Christian leadership. Coupled with intentional spiritual growth opportunities, the Prairie experience is also a highly intensive discipleship program that seeks to form the spiritual attitude and disciplines needed for success wherever you go next.

El Salvador Missions Trip

All students will have the opportunity to apply to participate in a missions trip to Santa Ana, El Salvador. We have partnered with a local church there, Confraternidad Cristiana Más Que Vencedores, and currently plan to return evey other year (the most recent trip was May 2015). While there, the team works in local schools putting on sports clinics, teaching gym classes and competeing against local teams. For more information about this trip please contact the program coordinator.

Pilot's Athletics Participation

Students in this program will also benefit from being able to participate in the Prairie Pilots Athletics Program. Our teams are proud to be members of the Alberta Colleges Athletic League (ACAL). Pilots Athletics offers opportunities to participate in competitive Basketball, Volleyball, and Futsal (Indoor Soccer). Contact us for recruitment / ID Camp opportunities and Athletics Entrance Scholarship Information. For more information on Prairie Athletics, click here.

Program Requirements

Program requirements are subject to change

Sports Management Concentration / Arts & Sciences (33 credits)

  • SP 182 Integrating Faith & Sport
  • SP 105/106 Sports Management Practicum I
  • SP 205/206 Sports Management Practicum II
  • SC 140 Health & Wellness
  • BU 110 Introduction to Management
  • BU 120 Financial Accounting Principles I
  • BU 250 Marketing
  • HF 111 Thinking & Writing
  • SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
  • SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
  • SS 261 Leadership Foundations
  • CM 367 Cross-cultural Practicum

Bible & Theology (27 credits)

  • NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
  • NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
  • NT 251 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
  • OT 112 Reading the Torah
  • OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
  • OT 243 Reading the Psalms & Wisdom Literature OR
  • OT 353 Reading the Prophets
  • ST 100 The Christian Life
  • TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
  • TH 210 The God of the Gospel OR
  • TH 211 Creation to New Creation

Practical Experiences

  • Game-day Management
  • Facility Management
  • Program Development
  • Elem. & Jr. High Team Co-Coaching
  • Collegiate Athletic Team Participation
  • Climbing Wall Facilitation
  • Student Athletic Training  
  • Sports Clinic
  • External Sports Events

Certifications / Seminars*

  • Officiating Certification (Required)
  • Athletic Injury Management (Required)
  • Taping And Strapping Certification (Required)
  • Coaching Certification (Required)
  • AFLCA Personal Trainer Certification (Required)

Additional courses may be offered including the following:

  • Prairie Radio Broadcasting Certification (Optional)
  • Prairie Wall Climbing Certification (Optional)

*Certification Fees - Certifications and seminar options offered may vary from year to year. Additional fees will be charged to cover some certifications not covered by the tuition. A separate financial list of fees will be provided.

Four-Year Degree Opportunity

Individuals considering sports ministry may wish to take advantage of our bridging option from the Diploma in Sports Ministry & Managment to the four-year Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry. Students interested in this option enroll in the Diploma in Sports Ministry & Management for the first two years of a BA in Youth Ministry.  After completing requirements for the Diploma, students enroll in the following courses during the last two years:

BAM/YO COURSE LIST (Years 3 & 4)

  • Bible & Theology Major (24 credits)
  • NT 220 Pauline Epistles 1 (may be by DE)
  • ST 300-01 Worship & Prayer
  • TH 210 The God of the Gospel OR 
  • TH 211 Creation to New Creation
  • BT/NT/OT/ST/TH Electives 200 level or above (9 cr) 
  • NT/OT Electives 200 level or above (6 cr)
    May need to complete one elective by Distance Education

Arts & Sciences Core (18 credits)

  • AS 400 Integrative Seminar
  • YO 224 Creative Teaching Methods
  • HF/SS elective (3 cr)
  • HF/SS electives 200 level (6 cr)
  • HF/SS elective 300 level (3 cr)

Major (21 credits)

  • CM 468 Youth Ministry Internship (9 cr)
  • YO 313 Youth Issues
  • YO 314 Youth Communications
  • YO 346 Exploring Styles & Philosophies of Youth Ministry
  • YO 460 Topics in Youth Ministry

Total credits for four-year degree: 123

Randy Stewart  Program Coordinator

As a student in this program, you will have the opportunity to gain a broad set of sports management and leadership skills designed to prepare you for ministry or the sports and recreation industry. Through this program you will also learn how to use the avenue of sports as a ministry tool by applying biblical principles for effective Christian leadership.

Sports Ministry 1
The program gives you plenty of opportunities and responsibilities from the beginning to develop yourself as a sport professional and follower of Christ.
Clayton
Sports Ministry and Management
Sports Ministry 1
The cross-cultural practicum experience was a very valuable portion of my education at Prairie as it opened my eyes to recognize the bigger needs in the world.
Cassidy
Sports Ministry and Management
Sports Ministry 1
There is a strong sense of community within the SPORT program that is very valuable for me and my learning experience at Prairie.
Erin
Sports Ministry and Management
Sports Ministry 1
The extra courses and certifications that the program offers provide a variety of tools that you can use in your career after you graduate.
JD
Sports Ministry and Management
Clayton
Cassidy
Erin
JD

Career Opportunities

 

  • Recreation management in public, private or non profit sectors.
  • Christian Youth Ministry (ex. Youth for Christ, Church Youth Ministries)
  • Work for Boys' and Girls' Club or YMCA/YWCA
  • Public Sport & Recreation Management (ex. Municipalities, Regional Districts; Sports Facilities
  • Commercial Outlets (ex. fitness centres, private sports complexes and retail)
  • Global Missions/International Sports Ministry
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I look back on my time at Prairie and think: "If only I went there now; the campus is so alive these days." Then I remember that my Prairie experience, like anything in our faith life, really is as good as you allow it to be. For me, it was a safe haven in uncertain times, a source of refinement and my best friend forever factory. It was the place where Jesus met me often through the professors, my coaches, and the people within the town of Three Hills itself. I love where Prairie has come, and where it is going. As a mother, I am confident that anyone who attends is being well equipped to impact my son's world with the love of Jesus! 
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