WSM aims to equip churches and individuals to utilize sport to present Jesus in a relevant way.
World Sport Ministries [WSM] was established in 1999, founded by Grant Sheppard. Since then the ministry has grown internationally and seen thousands of lives transformed through the power of sport.
WSM is a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation in England and Wales: Charity Number 1161465.
BODY | MIND | SPIRIT
Sport is encompassing of body, mind and spirit. In the words of Nelson Mandela:
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.”
WSM believe that sport has the power to transform communities, bring hope and restoration, inspire others and provide a platform to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We aim to inspire people and churches to engage in sports outreach to reach all people from all nations.
Our VISION is to live in a world where people find Jesus Christ in and through sport in their community.
Our MISSION is to help provide training, resources and support to help others start sport outreach activities to impact their community, to help carry out the great commission ‘to make disciples in all nations’ [Matthew 28:19].
Jesus’ strategy to spread his Gospel was to form a team of believers, following His example we believe this is our best strategy as well. We want to help communities run effective and SUSTAINABLE sports outreach through forming a ‘Community Sports Team’ (CST).
With the PURPOSE of:
Impacting people of all ages in the community
Helping people develop their sporting talent as well as character and values
Helping people stay fit and healthy
Uniting and serving the local churches
Bridging people into the local church making disciples
Partner with and working with others in the community
Sport is: relevant, fun, a universal language, healthy, social….
80% of the world’s population are involved in sport from the elite player to the someone who reads the sports back pages.
Sport is a universal languages that can cross all social, racial, cultural and religious barriers. It powerfully unites people in a language they can speak. It enables relationships to be built and provides a platform for transformation in people’s lives.
“I sincerely believe that sport enables us to take Jesus to the people and enable the body of Christ through the local church to relationally reach the largest number of people in the shortest space of time.”
- Grant Sheppard, WSM Director.