Spring Semester Recap: Spiritual Formation in Lipscomb Athletics


What a semester and year it has been! We have continued our partnership with Carter Lawrence Elementary after-school sports program with our Lipscomb Athletic teams; we have gone on multiple mission trips; we have grown in community through FCA, Bible studies, and mentoring; and we have seen over 7 student-athletes baptized this spring! Praise Jesus – we are thankful He is about a transformational relationship and uniquely meeting us each where we are!

Click on the link to see our Athletics Spiritual Formation Spring Semester Recap in full:  SF SPRING 2017 recap



This summer we are sending multiple teams on mission trips, if you would like to be part of the ‘sending’ team, please join us in praying! Additionally, if you would like to give a financial donation, please click this link: https://www.lipscomb.edu/giving/loose-giving-forms/student-mission-gifts  (please note what team, or student-athlete you are desiring to gift).

Lipscomb Teams Going:
Volleyball – Malawi Africa
Women’s Golf- Nicaragua
Softball – Baja City of Children


If you would like to contribute a gift to Lipscomb Athletics Spiritual Formation, that can also be done, and is greatly appreciated! Our entire Lipscomb Athletics Spiritual Formation budget and salaries are fundraised; if you would like to give a gift to this program, please click this link: https://www.lipscomb.edu/gift  (select area ‘Athletics-University’ and then designate ‘Athletics Spiritual Formation’).

In advance, THANK YOU!! We are so grateful for the opportunity to share with you the stories that God is writing in and through Lipscomb Athletics. Thank you for partnering with us in prayer, gifts, and support … You are giving to the Lord, and He is changing lives!!! Praise Jesus! 

Lipscomb Athletics Spiritual Formation Directors,
Chris Klotz & Shannon O’Brien

Website: lipscombsports.com/spiritual formation
Twitter: @LipscombFCA
Instagram: @LipscombBisonsSF

What God Has Taught Me Through Sport: Ryan Speer, Lipscomb Men’s Cross Country


What God Has Taught Through Sport:

When I reported for training camp in mid-august, I had some mixed emotions. I was excited to be back with the team and get the season rolling. I had just wrapped up probably one of my best summers of training and ended freshman year as the ASUN 800m champion. However, from all this success, I seem to also place emotions of high expectations that also come with nerves and anxieties.

As the season progressed, these anxieties started to come into others areas of my life like school-work and relationships with teammates. Everyday I woke up, I felt like I had to control these anxious thoughts. I would pray over them and it would work for a particular race, test, or confrontation with someone, but they seemed to come back the next morning. Fighting with anxieties, expectations and nerves is normal for most athletes. On one level it shows how much you care about your sport, school work, and relationships. On another level, it reveals to you where you place your identity.

This semester I’ve learned that I need to constantly be placing my identity in Christ, because one day we’re going to wake up and realize that running, school work, and relationships go away, but Christ will always be there for us.


Two passages of scripture that this semester have seemed to bring light to this subject are Hebrews 12:1-2a and Philippians 4:4-9

 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. – Hebrews 12:1-2a

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:4-9


A typical prayer I like to say before a race goes something like:

“Lord, Give me strength in my legs and mind. Help me to be a servant for today, looking for ways to help out others. Keep me reminded that whatever the outcome is, my victory has already been won in You. Because of your goodness and grace, I get to race!”


The more we focus our efforts on keeping God at the forefront of our lives, I believe we will be able to walk through life knowing that whatever anxious thoughts come our way, we can rest assure that through God’s goodness, we will be taken care of.

By: Ryan Speer, Lipscomb Men’s Cross Country and Track


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Lipscomb Men’s Cross Country





Lipscomb Athletics Spiritual Formation, 2016 Recap

Below are PDF file links of our 2016 recap from Lipscomb Athletics Spiritual Formation. The PDF highlights quotes from current student-athletes who shared with us what God is teaching them through sport and spiritual formation.

Click here to see our 2016 Fall Update: sf-fall-update-2016

Click here to see our 2016 Summer Update: sf-summer-update-2016

Click here to see our January 2016- May 2016 Spring Semester Recap:

Praising Jesus for how He changes lives!!

To learn more about Lipscomb Athletics Spiritual Formation, visit our website or continue to look at more stories on this blog, and our digital brochure.  If you would like to gift any year end funds to Lipscomb Athletics Spiritual Formation, click here: https://secure.lipscomb.edu/gift, designate area “Athletics- University” and then designate “Athletics Spiritual Formation.” Thank you in advance for joining our team, and being apart of what God is doing here!

Thank you so much for visiting our blog, and reading about the stories of our team!  We are grateful for you.

Lipscomb Athletics Spiritual Formation Team