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Christ Centered ChampionsTM
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Encouragement from the Director-3
Statement of Faith-4
Joining the Team-7
Registering the Team-7
Gold Star Rewards Program-7
Sponsoring a Team-17
Encouragement from the Director:
I have three words of encouragement for you: evangelize, disciple, and multiply. Why should that be an encouragement for you? Because, when we are doing these three things then we are participating with God in fulfilling His will for our lives. And when you and I become an active participant in this great plan, then our souls overflow with joy!
Take a trip with me for a moment and examine the conversation Jesus had with Peter in John 21:15-17. The hallmark statement we remember about this conversation is the fact that three times Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him. The directives that Jesus gave to Peter should help us all to refocus our priorities. Notice how the original language reads here:
1. In v. 15, Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him unconditionally with God’s kind of love? Peter responded that he did with a brotherly type love. Jesus then told him to feed the immature ones, which would mean to “evangelize”.
2. In v. 16, Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him unconditionally with God’s kind of love? Peter again responds that he loves Him with a brotherly type love. Jesus then told him to herd, direct, and protect the more mature ones, which would mean to “disciple.”
3. In v. 17, Jesus asks the final time if Peter loves Him. But now Jesus switches the kind of love to a brotherly love. Peter responds again that yes he loves Him with a brotherly type of love. Jesus then said to feed and nurture the mature ones which would mean to “multiply”.
It is with these three words, Evangelize, Disciple, and Multiply that we present Christ Centered Champions to you.
Dr. Mark D. Hill, President & Executive Pastor
STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Holy Bible is the infallible Word of God, that it is His holy and inspired Word, and that it is of supreme and final authority;
In one God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
That Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, He led a sinless life, took on Himself all our sins, died and rose again, and is sealed at the right hand of the Father as our mediator and advocate;
The depravity of man as brought about in the fall of Adam;
The reality of Heaven and Hell as set forth in the Bible:
That all men everywhere are lost and face the judgement of God, and need to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through His shed blood on the cross;
† Salvation by grace without any mixture of works;
The bodily resurrection, ascension, and return of Jesus Christ;
The requirement of implicit obedience and faith to the commands of Christ;
In holy Christian living, and that we must have concern for the hurts and social needs of our fellowman; and
We must dedicate ourselves anew to the service of our Lord and to His authority over our lives.
It is the mission of Christ Centered ChampionsTM to offer its resources at no cost to the global church for the purpose of evangelizing, discipling, and multiplying through individual and team activities.
Christ Centered ChampionsTM (CCCTM) is a DBA of the non-profit corporation Christ Centered Homes, Inc. (CCH). CCH was chartered by the State of Texas in 1993 and also operates under the DBAs of Christ Centered Missions, Champions Christian Academy, All Nations Bible Seminary, Conservative Bible Association, Network153.net, and SchoolChoice.church. CCH is governed by a Board of Directors who meet annually to review all its programs. The day to day operations are governed by the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mark D. Hill and the Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Beth Hill.
The Christ Centered ChampionsTM logo is trademarked in the U.S. It consists of three C’s and is known around the world as CCCTM. The outer C is gold, middle is silver, and the inner is bronze. The colors are symbolic of sporting event rewards. The global CCCTM programs use the first place gold in its reward system.
Christ Centered Missions has supported global missions for decades. In 2010, we gave a challenge to what we call Super Evangelists working in Cambodia to be creative in attracting people to hear the Gospel. One group purchased a soccer ball from a local market and went to an empty field and began kicking it around. Before long, the small crowd of 10 turned to 50 and continued to grow. The Super Evangelists presented the Gospel and new believers were added to His Kingdom. Not knowing exactly what God had planned, they recontacted our headquarters for help. We gathered up as many missionaries as we could find from different countries and invited them to share ideas at our headquarters in Atlanta Texas and Christ Centered ChampionsTM was born. It was there that CCCTM was born.
JOINING THE TEAM
CCCTM teams have been developed all over the world by volunteers from churches, individuals, and organizations. We are looking for mature stable Christians to be “Coordinators” for different regions of the world. Most of the time a region would mean country, but some countries are so large either by population or geography that multiple Coordinators are needed.
Coordinators then find “Managers” to assist them when needed. These leaders are looking for “Coaches” to train that will be responsible for different local teams. The Coach will be the one leading the team in evangelism, discipleship, and the organization of the team’s different sports, music, or service activities.
Coaches are responsible for being creative in getting members recruited from their regions. “Team Members” are presented the Gospel message at each gathering. Saved or not, they still may begin the discipleship program while further seeds are being planted into their lives. We currently see that by about the 3rd week of discipleship studies, the rest accept Jesus as their Savior.
REGISTERING THE TEAM
If you are interesting in starting your own CCCTM team please go to ccchampions.org/start-here/ and register your team. We will ship your free CCCTM logos to have printed on your team’s shirts. While waiting on your logos, you can review any of the resources we have available on the site and download for your use at ccchampions.org/resourcecenter/. Again, all resources are free.
GOLD STAR REWARD PROGRAM
We recognize that the Bible gives multiple examples of rewarding his children for personal achievement (Matt. 6:6, Luke 6:35-38, Col. 3:23-24, 2 Tim. 2:15, 2 John 1:7-8). One of the best ways to get desirable behavior repeated is to reward the individual. We recognize that God created all of us with different talents and gifts and not all members are excellent athletes. Members’ awards should be based on their own achievements and not in comparison to another member. By rewarding individuals for their efforts alone, we can discourage the competitive “got to win at any cost” attitude we see in many secular sporting events. In other words, they will be rewarded whether their team wins or not, as long as they meet the rewards guidelines.
Rewards are awarded based on obedience to the Great Commission located in Matthew 28:19-20 and the fruit of the Spirit located in Galatians 5:22-23. There are three main areas summarized in the Great Commission which are Evangelizing, Discipling, and Multiplying. If a Team Member attends a CCCTM meeting and reports having evangelized someone else, completed the 14 Week CCCTM Discipleship Program, or brings a guest and that guest is evangelized at the meeting they will be immediately awarded a Gold Star Reward. The Gold Star Reward Program Roster is located on a Google Sheet where Coaches duplicate for each of their Team Members.
The Roster also contains the nine fruit of the Spirit attributes as listed in Galatians 5:22-23. The nine areas that Team Members will be graded on at each CCCTM meeting are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Each fruit of the Spirit that they display will be worth 2 points. At the end of the meeting the points are tabulated. When 100 points are reached the Team Member will be awarded a Gold Star. Points may be carried over to subsequent meeting days until 100 points are reached. A Team Member should be able to be awarded a Gold Star about once a month. Team Members need to be “routinely” rewarded. Extended times of meetings without rewards could possibly discourage participants.
There is plenty of room on the CCCTM shirts for our iron-on CCCTM Gold Star rewards. The coach can determine the placement for the Gold Stars or leave it up to the participant to determine the location. If the shirts with the 4” logo over the heart are being used then the front right side of the shirt is a good location. If the 10” logo centered on the shirt is being used, then perhaps the sleeves or back of the shirt would be a good location.
Coaches use the CCCTM Gold Star Reward Program Roster to keep up with the point system. Team Member names are placed in the upper left block of the Google Sheet. The Coach places an “x” over a Gold Star or 2 point block when a Team Member completes that area. Unused points can roll over to the next month. Gold Stars and points are tabulated based on the following:
1. Gold Star: Team Member is immediately awarded a Gold Star for evangelizing someone (Evangelizing)
2. Gold Star: Team Member is awarded a Gold Star for completing all 14 CCCTM Discipleship Lessons (Discipling)
3. Gold Star: Team Member is immediately awarded a Gold Star for bringing a guest and the guest is evangelized (Multiplying)
4. 2 Points: Team Member is awarded 2 points in each of the 9 fruit of the Spirit categories
2 Points: Love (unconditional concern toward others)
2 Points: Joy (great delight when they or others succeed)
2 Points: Peace (ability to end quarrels and establish harmony)
2 Points: Patience (waiting without complaints)
2 Points: Kindness (favor toward others)
2 Points: Goodness (attitude of giving and serving)
2 Points: Faithfulness (loyalty and commitment to meetings)
2 Points: Gentleness (mild, friendly behavior toward others)
2 Points: Self-control (steadfast discipline to improve at events)
TEAM OPERATIONS: EVANGELIZING, DISCIPLING, AND MULTIPLYING
A. CCCTM Evangelism Ball
Since evangelism is a direct command for all Christians, CCCTM places a lot of emphasis in this area. Coaches are encouraged to use the CCCTM Evangelism Ball at its events. Balls can be requested from the CCCTM headquarters in Atlanta Texas. There is a guide on how to use the ball on the website. Coaches can be creative and use this evangelistic tool on any balls, musical instruments, tools, or whatever is used by the participants in their groups.
The Ball Presentation Guide is downloadable from the website to teach workers how to use the colors on the CCCTM ball.
In producing this ball, it was the intention of the manufacturer that the ball bounce. However, this ball will never bounce until it is filled. According to the Bible, the same is true for you and me. God created us to have a relationship with Him. However, to experience that relationship, we too, need to be filled. The colors on the ball describe how we can discover that relationship, be filled, be forgiven, and become all that God wants us to be. This “Good News” story begins with the blue panel on the ball.
God is the One who has created the blue heavens and seas, and He has even created you and me. God wants to have a love relationship with us. (Genesis 1:1; John 3:16; 1 John 3:16)
God loves us so much that He wants our relationship with Him to last forever in a place called Heaven. The Bible says that heaven’s street was pure gold. Heaven is a place with no more problems. There will be no more crying, pain, suffering, or dying. (Revelation 21:21; 2 Peter 3:9)
God is a holy God, and we are not a holy people. We have made mistakes, lied, been angry, and maybe even acted out on that anger. The Bible calls these mistakes “sin,” and these sins separate us from God. (Romans 3:23; 6:23) [the seams on the basketball represent dark, while the other balls have a dark panel]
We have talked about how much God loves us. His love is so great that He was willing to allow His Son to pay the penalty for our sins. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross and endured the punishment that we should have endured. The color red represents the blood He shed when He died, and reminds us that our “sin-debt” has been paid. (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 6:23)
When Jesus died on the cross He was placed in a grave. After three days and nights in the grave, He arose just as He said He would. He said that if we would tell others with our mouths that He is Lord and believe in our hearts that he arose from the grave, that He will save us from our sin and give us eternal life with Him in Heaven. Will you stop and ask Him to forgive you and to be the Lord and Savior of your life right now? The color white represents how God sees us after He saves us. We are a cleansed forgiven child of God. (Isaiah 1:18; 1 John 1:9)
Green represents new growth in the trees, plants, and grasses of the earth. In the same way, we must have new growth in our lives with Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We must study the Bible, pray to God, and assemble with other Christians to grow in our faith and knowledge. (2 Timothy 2:15, 2 Peter 3:18)
B. Champions Tract
The Champions Tract is used to evangelize others that come to the events to watch. While the Coach is working with the teams you can assign someone else to work the crowds that have assembled. You can carry the CCCTM Evangelism Ball in one arm and hand out the tracts and discuss the Gospel with on-lookers. These are very effective in countries where initial decisions may not occur quickly. On-lookers can then take the tracts home with them and read them without fear of being watched.
C. Invitation on Website
When needed, anyone has access to the Invitation page of the CCCTM website. Included on this page is the Romans Road to Salvation and two sample prayers, a Prayer for Salvation, and a Prayer of Rededication. ccchampions.org/invitation/
Once a team is in place, the players begin CCCTM’s discipleship program. The Discipleship Lessons can be downloaded from the CCCTM website. The Children and Beginner Lessons cover the basic principles of faith and last 14 weeks. These lessons have been used worldwide and with much success. After the 14 weeks, the Coach may assign his Team Members the 365 Daily Readings. The Daily Readings are grouped in such a way that there is a Weekly Lesson corresponding to that week’s readings. The Coach may use these at their weekly meetings. Team Members can start these at anytime during the year and can be repeated yearly if desired.
Their are two levels of lessons, Children and older Beginners. In addition, there are 52 Weekly Lessons available after the 14 week program. When a different language is needed, the user can click the Language Selector in the upper right corner of the website. Some languages are not available for web translation and if needed we can find translators to complete the task then upload it to the site for everyone’s use. New discipleship curriculum with expanded subjects and themes will become available on the site as it is written and uploaded. Following are a few screenshots of the different lessons and an example of the Daily Readings:
It is God’s commandment that His Gospel be spread by His church throughout the world. CCCTM Team Members have an excellent opportunity to invite their friends, neighbors, family, and even strangers to be a part of a local CCCTM Team. Whenever we study Jesus’ techniques for winning the lost, we see a common method. We see Him attracting the crowds by meeting a physical need such as healing or feeding them. In a sense, this was the magnet that drew them in. Then after meeting the need, He would give His Words of life. We intentionally modeled Him and use activities such as sports as the method to “magnetize” the children and youth to be a part of the team. Once they arrive, we then incorporate His Word into the activities and present them a lesson at each meeting.
The Gold Star Reward Program Roster allows us to document when a Team Member brings a guest and that guest gets evangelized. Any Team Member that does this is rewarded immediately with a Gold Star for their jersey.
IV. RESOURCE CENTER
The CCCTM Resource Center’s weblink at ccchampions.org/resourcecenter/ has the following additional resources to assist teams:
a. Sport Equipment and Playing Surface Dimensions
b. Sports Rules
c. The Ball Presentation Guide
d. Champions Tract
V. SPONSOR A TEAM
CCCTM was created to be a free resource for churches to use around the world. Many countries are struggling with poor economies and have no extra funds to start and sustain CCCTM Teams. For over a decade, these countries have been provided jerseys, balls, printed curriculum, and support from the CCCTM headquarters in the U.S. Because most U.S. teams have the ability to fund its own teams and sports activities, it was not launched in the U.S. But in obedience to God we are launching in the U.S. in the Spring of 2023, some 13 years later.
There are many countries that do not have the resources to provide their team members with what they need. The average cost to sponsor one of these teams is $250. Many coaches from struggling countries have submitted their requests for us to help find sponsors for them. If you would like to partner with us in spreading the Gospel through CCCTM , you can donate through the secure website link. 100% of your donation will go towards supplying a team with training, equipment, jerseys, and discipleship materials. Christ Centered Champions™ is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. You may sponsor your team and receive reports from them at: ccchampions.org/sponsor-a-team/.