The Sports Ministry (also known as Shepherd Sports) is a ministry of Shepherd Church in Porter Ranch, California.
Shepherd Church is a 10,000-member church led by Senior Pastor Dudley Rutherford.
Shepherd Sports got its start in the summer of 2005 when we opened the doors to our brand new Family Life Center.
The F.L.C. is a state of the art gymnasium with both side and full courts for basketball and volleyball.
In January 2006, Shepherd Church hired Pastor Josh Merrill to run and lead this new ministry.
Over the past 11 years Shepherd Sports has been able to establish excellent sports and recreational programs for men and women of all ages.
"The purpose of the Sports Ministry at Shepherd Church is to provide opportunities to reach those who do not know Christ, through the common bond of sports.
Our goal is to offer avenues for you to participate in sports while building friendships and connecting with the church.
Your involvement will give you a non-threatening atmosphere to invite friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members while seizing chances to share the love of God."
In our adult leagues we strive to create an environment where the love of God is clearly seen upon walking through the gym doors.
Our goal through training and discipling our captains, leaders, and volunteers is to encourage their faith and, in turn, motivate them to share the Gospel and the love of Jesus with others.
Through our youth programs, we work on building up solid male and female coaches, leaders, and volunteers who have a heart for God's children.
Along with our staff and volunteers, we work on teaching the kids biblical principles via devotional programs, and we help them memorize Scripture.
It is our desire that these children take home the truth of God’s word and get to witness Christlike character from all of our coaches and volunteers.
Rec & Fitness
Our Rec & Fitness program thrives on the love of Jesus along with the love of exercise and wellness.
We offer a variety of programs ranging from exercise classes to outdoor activities.
Our goal within these programs is to provide a place for fellowship, fitness and fun.
We welcome all fitness levels and all walks of life in an environment based on the values of Christ.