Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

Motivational factors for a sports ministry: A case study of churches in Pretoria

Tim Tucker, Noel Woodbridge
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 68, No 2 | a1199 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v68i2.1199 | © 2012 Tim Tucker, Noel Woodbridge | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 November 2011 | Published: 13 April 2012

About the author(s)

Tim Tucker, Ambassadors in Sport, Pretoria, South Africa
Noel Woodbridge, South African Theology Seminary, Johannesburg, South Africa


The purpose of this study was to investigate church leaders’ perceptions of motivational factors for a sports ministry in churches in Pretoria. A survey questionnaire was developed by the researchers to investigate the above perceptions. The survey consisted of demographic questions and perception questions using a structured and a semi-structured questionnaire. The results of the survey were assessed by calculating the significance of each motivational factor for a sports ministry in the church, as perceived by the respondents. Participants were recruited from 32 church leaders from a wide variety of denominational and cultural backgrounds in Pretoria. Results showed that a sports ministry could assist the church in evangelism and fulfilling the Great Commission. Over 95% of all respondents agreed that a sports ministry would have a positive impact on evangelism. The results of the survey showed that the participants from the churches in Pretoria are supportive of a sports ministry as a general strategy to help churches to promote evangelism and outreach, to cross cultural barriers, to keep in touch with society and to provide a place for teaching life skills and develop leaders.


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