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Last updated 22nd April 2022

Ministry of Sport

The ‘Ministry of Sport’ was created in 2015 by Bishop Tony Porter (who is the Archbishops’ Adviser on Sport) and it has been rolling out across Church of England Dioceses ever since – with Blackburn Diocese getting involved.

The positive aspects of sport can benefit everyone – specifically those aspects aligned to integrity, honesty and fairness, which are the basis of the Christian gospel.

The main aim of Ministry of Sport is simple … to encourage Christians participating in sport and sports chaplaincy to use it as part of outreach work of the local church.

Keith McIntosh, speaking at the launch event in March 2017, said: “The coordination team working for and with the Diocese is fully supported by Bishop Julian and is here to resource parishes.

Rev Chris Nelson, Vicar of St Mary's Penwortham and Chaplain for Preston North End FC, is a big supporter of Ministry of Sport. He said: “This is a fantastic initiative and the great thing about ministry of this kind is that it doesn't have to be complicated – in fact it can be as easy as showing a World Cup game on a big screen, having a short faith talk at half time and giving out some of our quality Ministry of Sport literature.”

Bishop Philip gave the keynote speech at the Ministry of Sport Conference in Autumn 2017.  You can read a copy from this link here

Since the launch, the diocese has been partnering with Natalie Andrews, the national Church of England lead for Sport and Wellbeing.  More information and resources can be found on the Church Support Hub here.

For more information contact:

Mission and the Commonwealth Games: 28 July to 8 August 2022 

Sports Chaplaincy is working in partnership with Birmingham Churches Together in preparation for the Commonwealth Games and beyond. We have a heart to train up chaplains in every community sports club around Birmingham and the West Midlands before, during and after the Games.  For more information click here


Christians in Sport is a global reaching charity, supporting Christians in the world of sport and giving sportspeople everywhere the opportunity to explore the Christian faith.

Christians everywhere living out their faith in sports clubs and teams.

Christians in Sport  encourage Christians to get stuck into sport and as they go they help support them to represent God wherever they play and whatever role, through training events, chaplaincy, resources, groups, training schemes and 1-1 support.

Sports people everywhere having the opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.

Christians in Sport give sportspeople the opportunity to explore the Christian message for themselves, through equipping churches and Christians involved in sport to share their faith and through running sports guest events.


Ambassadors Football – Great Britain LogoAmbassadors Football has existed since 1990 to share the Good News of Jesus through football. Ambassadors love to see local churches serving their local communities through running simple football projects, building relationships and sharing their faith. Ambassadors do this through their 12 month CFO Journey, where they walk alongside churches to enable them to start and run a project by providing training, ongoing support and resources. 

One example of a Community Football Outreach project is based at the Pop Up church in Lower Darwen. Click here to watch the video and hear Tom Swallow, a Church of England Ordinand, describe the project.

For more information about Community Football Outreach and training that you can access, click here.


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