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For Ohio Christian University (OCU) Director of Ministry Programs Dr. Wayne Pessia, sports, recreation, and fitness (SR&F) ministry is an important, growing opportunity.

Churches have been building gymnasiums and sports fields at an increasing rate, and the SR&F ministry movement has expanded in activities and events as active Boomers and Xers age, young parents dive deep into children’s sports, and millennials experiment with nontraditional sports and fitness recreation. Significant to note is the increasing demand for sports, recreation, and fitness pastors which is where OCU can help train new or existing pastors called to this new form of outreach discipleship. 

Today churches increasingly are attuned to this trend as they seek to fulfill the Great Commission and be faithful to a Gospel-centered ecclesiology. Using SR&F as a ministry tool is significant inside the church and in para-ministry settings. Organizations that began over 50 years ago, like the Fellowship of Athletes and Athletes in Action, thrive and expand.

Athletics and activity-centered ministries are growing outside of the U.S. as well. For example, the Association of Church Sports and Recreation Ministries and Unchartered Waters Sports Ministry are equipping and partnering with churches. Thousands are impacted through their collaboration.

The world speaks the language of sport. Consequently, an SR&F ministry calls for specialized training. Athletic and sports-minded Christ followers called into SR&F ministry need a biblical, theological, and methodological foundation to be effective. OCU’s new academic concentration fulfills this need.

As AVP of AGS Enrollment Nicole Davis explains, “We are pleased to offer students the opportunity to acquire this new SR&F concentration in this expanding ministry field.”

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Marketing and Consumer Behavior Degree Opens Doors

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Published: December 11, 2018

The Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Consumer Behavior at Ohio Christian University provides students with insight into human behavior, emphasizing what motivates consumers to buy products and services. Students gain the knowledge needed for developing effective consumer segmentation, the starting point in all marketing strategies, programs, and campaigns. Graduates can articulate the psychology, analyze the motivations, and create effective marketing strategies based on an understanding of both consumer behavior and marketing. The degree adds value by providing a mix of business,
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Ohio Christian University Ranks #3 in Central Ohio Online Degree Programs

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Published: December 11, 2018

Columbus CEO Magazine’s Leaderboard for Central Ohio Online Degree Programs ranks Ohio Christian University (OCU) among the top institutions providing online higher education. OCU’s #3 rank is based on the University’s 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, competitive annual tuition, and long-standing accreditation since 1976. Fifty-nine full-time and 400 part-time faculty members provide the online degree programs through the University’s Adult and Graduate Online Studies using an advanced online delivery platform on flexible schedules well-suited for working adults. The ranking is
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Dr Joe Perez

Published: October 26, 2018

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Published: October 9, 2018

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Nearly one hundred prospective students and parents visited Ohio Christian University during Homecoming Weekend on the University's main Circleville, Ohio, campus for October Preview Day. The visitors received guided tours of the campus decorated for Homecoming festivities. They attended a chapel service, met with future professors and athletics coaches, and dined in the cafeteria,
Nearly one hundred prospective students and parents visited Ohio Christian University during Homecoming Weekend on the University's main Circleville, Ohio, campus for October Preview Day. The