Softball Team of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Gives Post-Game Witness

In a sports park softball league, a team of Southwestern Seminary students invited their opponents to join them on the field for a time of prayer, incorporating a Gospel message. Here, a Southwestern student passionately prays over fellow players. SWBTS photo
In a sports park softball league, a team of Southwestern Seminary students invited their opponents to join them on the field for a time of prayer, incorporating a Gospel message. Here, a Southwestern student passionately prays over fellow players. SWBTS photo

The inaugural softball team of seminarians wearing Southwestern-emblazoned jerseys wrapped up its first season in mid-December.

Organized by master of divinity student Andrew Wroth, the team from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, tallied a 4-3-1 record in a fall league hosted by the Big League Dreams sports park in nearby Mansfield.

The weekly tournaments provided the 13-member seminary team an opportunity for building camaraderie and athletic competition, a welcome break from schoolwork, and, especially, post-game evangelistic outreach.

The team’s shortstop, master of divinity student Greg Nelson, said, “I have done many intramural programs at Southwestern, but the softball team has been my favorite for a number of reasons — the chance to show your testimony to a lost world, to share the Gospel, and the opportunity to get out of the seminary to talk to a lost person.”

After each game, the Southwestern team invited the opposing team’s players to pray with them. When the invitation was accepted, the seminarians would gather in the middle of the field and, as they introduced themselves to the other team, they would share the Good News of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Eunsun Han