The International Sports Coalition (ISC) is an informal sports outreach network, evolving over the past 47 years, that includes partnering agencies from over 130 countries today. The intention of ISC is to encourage every church and agency to determine how sports can help it accomplish it's own mission.";"Active partners in the ISC include Bible schools, Bible societies, Christian colleges, hundreds of thousands of local churches, church planting agencies, denominations, development agencies, evangelistic, literature ministries, prayer movements, radio agencies, sports ministries, television ministries, video ministries, youth ministries, and many other forms of ministry. During the 1996 Olympics, the partnership moved from a host city outreach to a world wide movement under the umbrella name of More Than Gold. Over 90,000 churches in 21 countries used ministry resources called More Than Gold Olympics from agencies involved in the ISC. More Than Gold World Cup ministry activities is expected to occur in over 50 countries in 1998. More Than Gold resources are currently being created for outreach around the 2000 Olympics.
The strength of the partnership comes from the supernatural work of God in the hearts of men and women in sports. In 1960, less than 100 Olympic, national or professional athletes were known for their commitment to Christ as Savior and Lord. Today, over 20,000 Olympic, national or professional level athletes, representing most sports and countries, have committed their lives to Christ. The Holy Spirit has moved in a mighty way! The respected athlete who chooses to partner with the body of Christ to lift up the Lord is the reason that the impact for sports ministries is growing so fast today.
As mentioned, the ISC is a network not an organization. Sports Outreach America and the European Sports Union each function as a coordinating network on a regional basis. More regional networks are developing; we fully support this movement.
The ISC does not have a centralized staff or budget. Leaders from its partners volunteer their resources to serve the world wide body of Christ. It is only strong when partners take on responsibilities to serve others. An example of this is RBC Ministries' Sports Spectrum's willingness to serve the body communicating sports ministry information through the Worldwide Web and update emails.