Spring Arbor University Athletics seeks to use the pursuit of athletic excellence to develop within our student-athletes a depth of faith, strength of character, and skills of leadership essential for a lifetime of service to Jesus Christ.
|Depth of Faith|
|Our goal is to develop young men and women who love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, and who love their neighbors as themselves.|
|Mark 12:30-31 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love you neighbor as yourself."|
|Intentionality in Spiritual Disciplines|
|Followers of Christ prioritize personal time with Jesus through regular time reading God's Word, praying and interaction with other believers.|
|Mark 1:35 "Very early in the morning while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed."|
|Committed to Community|
|In an increasingly self-reliant society we value doing life together. We will bond as brothers and sisters on our team with Christ as the center and extend our fellowship to the SAU community.|
|Hebrews 10:25 "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in that habit of doing, but let us encourage one another."|
|Responsive to the Needs of Others/Service|
|Sports tend to foster individualism. We will commit to serving others, including our opponents and our community.|
|Mark 10:43-45 "Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."|
|Our athletes will personally experience the love of Christ and out of the overflow of that love, they will express that love to teammates, opponents and the community.|
|Galatians 5:6 "The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love."|
|Strength of Character|
|Character is who you are when no one is watching. In athletics, we are always being watched, evaluated and affirmed for the wrong things. We want to develop and affirm the character qualities that make quality husbands, wives, fathers and mothers.|
|We want our athletes to recognize that their talent is a gift from God to be used for HIS glory.|
|John 3:30 "He must become greater, I must become less."|
|People of integrity make decisions based on convictions. They do not have a different public and private persona. They follow through on promises, avoid excuses and choose words carefully that they always back up with actions.|
|Titus 2:6-7 "Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us."|
|We want our athletes to understand that they are in charge of themselves. We want them to own both strengths and weaknesses, victories and defeats, good performances and bad. They will learn to control what is in their control.|
|John 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."|
|Words are our most powerful ally and greatest enemy. We value speaking the truth regardless of the consequences that speaking the truth may bring.|
Proverbs 8:7 "My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness."
Luke 6:45 "The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks."
|Skills of Leadership|
|Speed of the leader determines the speed of the team. We want to equip our athletes with the tools that will make others want to follow them as they are in Christ.|
|As one gains perspective, maturity happens. We'll help our student-athletes understand that the "now" of sports is only a small part of the much bigger and more important picture of life. They will learn the importance of the journey over the destination.|
|Hebrews 5:14 "But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil."|
|Our athletes will choose to honor those in authority. They will earn the respect of their coaches, peers and opponents by treating them better than they want to be treated.|
|Titus 2:2 "Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance."|
|SAU Community Integration|
|We want to be known as a vital component of the SAU community. We'll work hard to avoid isolating ourselves and our sports, teaching balance academically, socially and spiritually.|
|Phil. 2:3-4 "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider other better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."|
|Jesus' strategy was simple...spend time with 12 guys doing life. They learned how he lived and then they started living that way and then they multiplied themselves in the lives of those around them. We want to send leaders into this world who multiply themselves in the lives of others.|
Hebrews 6:12 "We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised."
I Thes. 1:6-7 "You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia."
Athletically, we believe that as we focus our energy on faith, character and leadership development, the following athletic accomplishments can be expected: