Bachelor of Divinity in Sports Management and Leadership
(Minor in Business Administration)
Four-Year Program (120 Credits)
This program is for people who have a passion for sport and a heart for serving their communities as leaders, managers, and coaches. This program is for those bold enough to step up to confront destructive cultures and practices found in youth sport and beyond. This program is for those who want to know how they can contribute to building the Kingdom of God and fulfill the Great Commission by engaging with people through the vehicle of sport. This program is not for everyone but if you get excited about making a positive impact through sport while continuing to grow in your faith, this program may be for you!
Students in the BDSML will develop leadership, entrepreneurial, and coaching skills while acquiring the knowledge and experience they need to become Christ-like leaders in the sport, recreation, and leisure industries.
This program is also available as a 2 year Diploma.
Having Christ-like leadership in sports and recreation is critical in today’s world! The sports and recreation industry is continuing to grow as is the need for responsible and effective leadership. This is true in adult recreation and leisure environments, but is especially true within the context of youth sports and recreation. We need Christian leaders in this industry, and the goal of our program at Prairie is to contribute to making sure there is a meaningful number of capable Christian leaders trained in the relevant vocational skills to help meet the needs of the market
The growing importance of sport and recreation industries requires this body of well-prepared Christian leaders be actively engaged with this area of life to ensure that Godly virtues and values are introduced and made relevant within these areas. Rather than demonstrating the worst of human nature, sports can be a glorifying experience that provides Christians with important ministry opportunities while also giving participants a space for them to develop the skills and coping mechanisms for successful living. Graduates will be prepared to fill leadership roles and influence the sporting culture in their community and on a global scale.
- The ability to clearly articulate their faith in combination with a working knowledge of Scripture and the tools required to introduce and teach others about the Saving Grace of Jesus Christ.
- The ability to delineate the intersection of sports and faith by juxtaposing this relationship with broader social, political, economic, and demographic dynamics.
- The ability to develop and implement sports ministry programming which integrates teaching of Scripture with physical activity.
- The ability to adequately frame the global sports and leisure industries against the backdrop of global justice issues.
- The ability to develop the required technical skills to develop and implement policies within professional recreation or leisure contexts.
- The ability to identify and articulate the centrality of leisure and wellness to a well-rounded Christian life.
- The ability to lead and mentor others in a Christ-like manner within a sporting or recreation / leisure environment.
The opportunities for graduates are wide-ranging and incredibly diverse. Students wishing to continue in Sports Ministry may step into Chaplaincy roles with teams or organizations like Athletes in Action (amongst others). Our redesigned program will also include entrepreneurial skills that will allow our graduates to start a business within the leisure industry should that be where their heart is. Moreover, there is an ever-expanding range of leisure and recreation jobs with local government, NGOs, international development agencies, and others. Graduates of our program will be well positioned to take advantage of these opportunities.
- Recreation management in public, private or nonprofit sectors.
- Intercollegiate and professional sports leadership and management roles.
- Public Sport & Recreation Management (ex. Municipalities, Regional Districts, Sports Facilities)
- Commercial Outlets (ex. fitness centers, private sports complexes and retail)
- Start private fitness / leisure business
- Christian Youth Ministry (ex. Athletes in Action, Youth for Christ, Church Youth Ministries)
- Work for Boys’ and Girls’ Club or YMCA/YWCA
- Global Missions/International Sports Ministry
Program requirements are subject to change.
All courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.
Bible and Theology Core (30 credits)
NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
NT 351 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
OT 343 Reading Psalms and Wisdom Literature
OT 453 Reading the Prophets
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
TH 210 The God of the Gospel
Arts and Sciences Core (36 credits)
AS 400 Integrative Seminar
HF 111 Thinking and Writing
HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
HF 232 History of Western Civilization II
SC 230 History and Philosophy of Science
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 261 Leadership Foundations
Arts and Sciences elective (9 credits)
Arts and Sciences elective 300 level
Sport Management and Leadership Major (36 credits)
CM 465 Sport Internship (6 credits)
SP 141 Introduction to Sport Management and Leadership
SP 172 Theological Foundations of Sport and Leisure
SP 207 The Role and Risks of Sports in Society
SP 230 Introduction to Sport Coaching and Performance
SP 271 Foundations of Sport Ministry: Evangelistic Disciple Making
SP 342 Management Issues in Youth Sports
SP 345 Event Management and Advancement in Sport
SP 348 Entrepreneurship in Sport and Leisure
SP 356 Sport Organizations and Global Markets
SP 433 Advanced Leadership in Sporting Contexts
Business Minor (18 credits)
BU 105 Organizational Health and Performance
BU 111 Managerial Accounting
BU 220 Sales and Marketing
BU 235 Managerial Economics
BU 350 Governance and Law
BU 360 Theology of Business
BU 430 Business Analytics