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Playing for GodEvangelical Women and the Unintended Consequences of Sports Ministry$
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Annie Blazer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479898015

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479898015.001.0001

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Faith Off the Field

Faith Off the Field

Negotiating Gender at Home

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Playing for God

Annie Blazer

NYU Press

This chapter explores how Christian athletes negotiate evangelical marriage practices while still maintaining athletic careers and how they use their experiences as athletes to reflect on, reinterpret, and ultimately expand orthodoxy regarding marriage roles. Women and men in sports ministry have a variety of resources at their disposal for understanding their gender roles. Since the 1970s, these resources have expanded to include “servant-leadership,” “mutual submission,” and “teammates.” In putting these ideas into practice, both women and men have achieved more leeway in their gendered behavior and relationships. However, this wiggle room continues to be constrained by the vestiges of previous generations’ ideas of marriage roles. Since for women, the gendered expectations of “evangelical” and “athlete” do not match up, they have used tools from both of these realms to understand themselves and their relationships.

Keywords:   marriage, servant-leadership, mutual submission, teammates, gender roles, gendered behavior

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