Coaching Philosophy

GCS’s philosophy of Christian coaching is grounded in three main principles of Christian athletics.

  • First, the Christian coach views athletics as a ministry.  The Christian coach is sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and prays for their athletes to develop a deeper desire for the things of Christ.  The Christian coach also understands the great opportunity for active ministry as opponents, fans and community are watching to see if there is a difference in the Christian athlete.  Christian coaches are to be used for God’s work in the lives of the athletes of whom they have been entrusted.  They are ambassadors for Christ in our athletic community.
  • Second, the Christian coach views athletics as an arena for teaching the principles of God’s Word.  Athletes are confronted with many types of situations that run parallel to life situations.  These situations become perfect opportunities for teaching biblical principles.  It is the job of the Christian coach to biblically direct athletes to build Christ-like character qualities and to encourage the athletes to express these qualities openly through the medium of athletics.  The Christian coach is to primarily build eternal values in our athletes and, therefore, need to stress attitudes and actions in relation to God’s Word.  Athletics is a microcosm of life.  Athletics is life in miniature and the Christian coach is the leader.
  • Finally, the Christian coach understands the importance of winning from God’s perspective.  Coaches spend many hours thinking of ways to help their team win games, but the Christian coach anticipates winning a lot more than just games.  The Christian coach understands that true victory only comes when the athletes please the Lord with their effort, attitudes and actions.  Examples of victory to the Christian coach include athletes demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit during normal and stressful situations, seeing team members develop a deep desire for the things of Christ, or having an athlete share their faith with boldness to teammates and opponents.  The Christian coach wants their athletes to desire to please the Lord rather than people.  The Christian coach wants their athletes to catch the vision that our Lord attends every athletic event and is their primary audience.

Coaches are stewards of the many athletes of which the families have entrusted us.  The Christian coach has been divinely placed as an extension of the family.  It is, therefore, important for the Christian coach to be sensitive to our athletes as it relates to family and church activities.  Although there are consequences for certain absences or choices, the coach always handles situations with consistency and the best interest of the athlete in mind.