Dr. Stephen Hankil Shin, assistant professor of sport science, recently presented in a colloquium sessions entitled “Global Perspectives on Sports” at the Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture centered around “The Spirit of Sports.” Shin’s presentation discussed how church sponsored sport and recreational programs can help immigrant ethnic groups with church engagement.
Based on the context of acculturation theory and the relationships between churches and recreational programming, Shin discussed how these outreach programs can successfully work with immigrant groups who could potentially become church members. Additionally, recreational ministry and strategic plans were presented for further discussions and suggestions.
The Symposium sought to discover “the significance of sports in our lives, especially the ways that contemporary sports both support and compromise the cultivation of human excellence and our relationship with others and God.” Shin said his time at Baylor was incredibly fulfilling as he learned from other colleagues and participated in collaborative discussion.
“As an instructor at a student-centered Christian university, it was meaningful for me to meet with scholars and colleagues from other Christian schools, churches and organizations to learn and experience how to achieve the mission of Christian commitment,” Shin said.