Sport and Wellbeing Advisory Group in the Church of England
Sport and wellbeing are vital to the Church of England’s mission strategy to be a church for ‘All people in every place’. This has a huge mission potential which necessitates a coherent and strategic approach in the Church of England at both national and diocesan level if we are to find the sweet spot of all this could significantly contribute to a growing and outward facing church.
The Sport and Wellbeing Advisory Group established earlier this year has been seeking how sporting activity can be used to drive mission, growth and community engagement across the whole The Church of England. With a number of diocese putting sporting activity at the heart of their community and missional approaches, or showing significant interest in doing so, the Advisory Group is looking to work alongside at least five pilot diocese in the near future. These will look to contribute to creating new models of engagement that others can replicate as well as boasting sport ministry training pathways and building new partnerships.
The London Diocese has already made a significant contribution to the structure and thinking behind this based on its experience and insight from Capital Vision 2020.
The Church of England has recently interviewed for a National Sport Project Officer for this ‘Sport and Wellbeing Mission Project’. The post will be a part of the Evangelism and Discipleship Team, working closely with advisory group. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to initially catalyse and develop this ground-breaking project to facilitate the best possible opportunities for sport to become a key component of diocesan plans for mission, evangelism and church planting.