1. Christian Men in Sport
Sport is a metaphor for life, often cited as a place where life skills can be developed. It is also an ideal environment for male teens to be introduced to Christian manhood. Building on founder of Authentic Manhood, Robert Lewis’, definition that “a real man rejects passivity, accepts responsibility, leads courageously, and expects God’s greater reward,” Dr. Eddie applies each of these characteristics to sport training and performance.
Emphasis is placed on righteous leadership, sportsmanship, accountability and responsibility, the pursuit of excellence, and keeping sport tin perspective. Young men will leave this presentation with a vision for biblical manhood, and use sport as a venue to develop these skills.
2. Sport and the Spirit
The Bible provides instruction on how to live our best life, and this includes in sport. In this engaging presentation, Dr. Eddie takes three of the most challenging sport performance issues athletes bring to him, and addresses them with both effective sport psychology solutions and the biblical verses that support their efficacy.
More specifically, we will address performance anxiety, following up on Jesus’ command to not be anxious with interventions that help as we our trust in God and His nature. Consistency in training is a challenge, but we can persist with practical strategies to increase motivation and commitment, mixed with verses of encouragement to not give up. And finally, sportsmanship and communication as several verses illustrate the power of our words, and how we can use them to support both our teammates and our performance.
3. The Coach’s Verse
As a coach, everything you say and do matters. Everything you do not say and do matters. But frustration, anger, and pressure are realistic challenges when leading a team.
In one verse, Ephesians 4:29 provides coaches with six qualities of communication that can guide their words and actions with athletes. The very best sport psychology interventions have been scientifically proven to improve athletic motivation and performance and they are so consistent with the verse that teaches us to “not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Coaches will leave with both the psychological and biblical words that will increase their athletes’ motivation, commitment and performance.