Athletic Mission, Core Values, Philosophy and Action

Athletic Mission Statement

TCA Athletics exists to glorify God through athletic programming that is Biblically based, developing Christ-like character, while honoring God through excellence in athletic competition.

Athletic Core Values

To glorify God (I Corinthians 10:31)

To emulate Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:1)

To develop Christian character (Luke 2:52)

To demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship (II Timothy 2:5)

​To strive for God-honoring excellence in athletics (Colossians 3:23)

Athletic Philosophy

Christian athletics is a ministry.  When athletics are seen from the Christian perspective, winning has a broader definition and our athletes a greater purpose.  We want our coaches and athletes to be used of God in the lives of those they meet.  TCA athletics always aim to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit as our Lord opens doors for active ministry.  “Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.  Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…”  (Matthew 20:26, 28)

Christian athletics is an arena for teaching the principles of God’s Word.  Athletics is an opportunity to practice God’s principles.  Examples of these principles are controlling the feelings that arise in competition, working together as members of the body of Christ, winning from God’s perspective rather than a person’s, being submissive to authority, and demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit during stressful situations.  It’s our hope that our athletes are controlled by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and produce Christ-like actions so that others may see Jesus through them.

Christian athletics is an arena used for teaching the importance of winning from God’s perspective.  Scripture encourages striving hard for the goal, to be successful and to win the prize.  Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.  (1 Corinthians 9:24)  Christ expects us to give a total effort in all that we do, and therefore, is not satisfied with anything less than our best in a practice session, a game, or in the classroom.  They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.  (1 Corinthians 9:25)  Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Christian athletes learn to cherish eternal rewards as a treasure of great price.  They learn that the most treasured reward often does not show up on the scoreboard, but in the lives of those who have developed a deeper desire for the things of Christ and in those whose lives were touched by the Christian athlete.  Ultimately, winning is defined as pleasing the Lord with our attitudes and actions.  This only begins when the athlete develops a desire to please the Lord rather than people.  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.  (Colossians 3:23)  We want our athletes to catch the vision that our Lord attends every athletic event and is our primary audience.

Athletic Actions

Eternal perspective - Each coach strives to see the lives of athletes, both team members and competitors, changed by encountering the Truth of Jesus Christ. Coaches are expected to actively mentor their team members through their instruction and example.

Excellence - By aspiring to do and be their very best, participants realize radical growth, please God, and inspire others through their commitment and achievement.

Responsibility and integrity - Coaches, staff members, and athletes will be known for doing what is right and keeping their word, even when it is not convenient. They will also be known for their reliability, following through on their commitments.

Servant-leadership - Service to others is the greatest good. Serving is the most effective and influential form of leadership.

Sportsmanship - The outcome of a competition is not merely measured by a win or a loss but in how the contest was waged and the sport itself was played. Coaches and athletes strive to demonstrate respect at all times.

Teamwork - By working together, individuals increase their potential for success. Members of a team promote high levels of achievement by providing accountability and encouraging optimal performance.