Celebrating 2 years of ministry partnership. 


Through this exciting exclusive collaboration, we want to help you reach your community for Christ and assist in the growth of your church. Your ministry goals are our goals and making Jesus known is priority!

N.C. Baptists are a movement of churches
on mission together.

We want to see the gospel spread to everyone, everywhere

did you know?

  • 10.39 million people live in North Carolina
  • 21.8 % are 18 years of age and younger
  • 4300+ NC Baptist Churches in the state
  • 50% of Upward players in a league are unchurched
  • 50% of pastors say that declining or inconsistent outreach is a major issue

As a ministry partner, we understand that each church is unique.

With a renewed focus toward sports ministry outreach we have changed!

Here is what you will experience through our partnership:

Reaching families in your community begins by simply inviting them in!

The free resources on the right will help you utilize sports as an entry point to your church. As the community and church come together, connections are made, and Christ is shared. Families feel welcome and see your church as a place of new growth and encouragement.

Lebanon Baptist Church- Greensboro, NC (Why Sports)

As a 14-year partner, Lebanon Baptist Church reaches families in their community by using sports as their outreach tool. Read more on how sports connect families to their church and the allows the gospel to be shared. Simply put, sports bring people together!

Read - Make Saturday’s Bigger Than Sunday’s

How often does your church ask what the most important day of the week is for the unchurched in your community? Read more!

Sample Practice Plan and Devotion

Each coach will receive a practice plan and devotion to lead each week. This equips your coach to lead well!

Sample League Timeline

We will walk with you through your season. Let’s create your timeline together!

FREE Popup Connect Event

Free Pop Up Connect Event - Use this event to welcome and reach families, build relationships, serve your community, and bring awareness to your upcoming sports ministry.

Connecting through the Nc baptist, Upward Sports will offer you:

Initial Startup Fee

Let us customize your player package and set up your MyUpward portal. We will waive the initial startup fee.

1st Year League Support

We are part of your team! We will walk you through each step of the way to support your league director.

$500 Sports Ministry Grant

We want to help you get your league up and and running! We will invest $500 in the start up of your league. Use this grant to purchase equipment , coach apparel, scholarships, etc..  

Schedule a call today and let’s talk about these exclusive NC Baptist Church benefits. We are ready to partner with your church and impact the next generation together!

Regardless of your church size or location, sports ministry is a powerful tool to reach your community.

Through a 6-12 week sports league, families are invited in and relationships will be formed. Few avenues in America exist that bring people together like sports. Throw out a ball and barriers are broken and fun is had by all. Lives will be impacted.

We are proud partners with these NC Baptist Churches:

Altapass Baptist | Antioch Baptist | Apex Baptist | Balfour Baptist | Bethel Baptist | Bethlehem Baptist | Blaise Baptist | Boiling Springs Baptist | C3 Church | Calvary Baptist | Cape Cateret Baptist | Carmel Baptist | City Church | Community Baptist | Cornerstone Baptist | Deep Creek Baptist | Ebenezer Baptist | Elizabethtown Baptist | Englewood Baptist | Etowah Baptist | First Baptist-Locust Grove | First Baptist-Mooresville | First Baptist-Aberdeen | First Baptist-Creedmoor | First Baptist-Granite Falls | First Baptist-Greensboro | First Baptist-Hildebran | First Baptist-Morehead City | First Baptist-Sanford | First Baptist-Stanleyville | Florence Baptist | Fuquay Varina Baptist | Gateway Baptist | Glenn View Baptist | Gorman Baptist |
Grace Baptist | Green Creek First Baptist | Hopewell Baptist | Hyde Park Baptist | Knightdale Baptist | Lakeview Baptist | Lebanon Baptist | Liberty Baptist | Life Community | Live Water Baptist |
Manteo Baptist | Marble Springs Baptist | Mount Carmel Baptist | Mt. Zion Baptist | Nations Ford Community | New Covenant Fellowship | New Horizons Fellowship | New River Baptist | North Wake | Northside | Oak View Baptist | Patterson Grove Baptist | Pleasant Garden Baptist | Proctors Chapel Baptist | Providence Baptist | Richmond Hill Baptist |
Ridgecrest Baptist | Rock Creek Baptist | Salem Baptist | Second Baptist | Shiloh Baptist | Southside Baptist | Summerfield First Baptist | Temple Church | The Chapel at Hickory |
The Church at Clayton Crossings | Triad Baptist | Trinity Baptist | Union Baptist | Village Baptist | West Albemarle Baptist | West Cabarrus Church | West Edgecombe Baptist |
Western Prong Baptist | Westport Baptist | Woodlawn Baptist

Stay connected on how sports ministry can impact your community!