Carmel UMC Sports & Recreation Ministry exists to leverage sporting and recreational activities as a platform for members of the Carmel UMC family to build intentional relationships with persons without a church home toward the goal that they become connecting, growing and serving followers of Jesus Christ.
Sports & Rec Ministry Value #1
We plan & play with people in mind.
People must be the #1 priority we consider during our recreation as well as our planning and preparation. We will only get consistent results of intentional relationships leading to spiritual growth as we allow the people that we serve, specifically people who don’t have a church family, to become our driving motivation.
People who lack a relationship with Christ (and quite possibly a church family) are more important than any other programmatic factor. Jesus spoke clearly of this value when he told the “lost” parables in Luke 15. He spoke about God’s kingdom in which all the energy (and celebration) is geared toward those who don’t yet belong. He summarized his Father’s perspective in verse 7:
“I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who changes both heart and life than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to change their hearts and lives.”