What is Sweaty Sheep?
What is Sweaty Sheep?
We hold strong to the belief that core belief that worshiping and/or knowing God is only possible through our experiencing God, and as a community we understand that does not always happen in a church pew!
Our services and outreach opportunities aid in this by providing safe places to grow, relevant worship and mission opportunities that facilitate the development of each individual, and a community of individuals with similar passions of which to travel in fellowship with. Sweaty Sheep helps to make religion not only relevant, but fun, emphasized through our motto of “re-Creation through Recreation,” and we truly believe that play is an essential component of spiritual growth.
|What is Sweaty Sheep? Think about it this way:…I wonder when,
in the course of the Christian experience,
we decided that church,
meant sitting still?When did we decide that faith
was a passive experience?If you believe that worship is movement,
in the acting out of our faith
through a mixture of service and play,
then maybe you are a
Sweaty Sheep.If you connect with God
through laughter and activity,
through hiking a trail as well as sitting in a pew,
then maybe you are a
Sweaty Sheep.If you believe that God yearns for us
to squeeze every ounce out of life,
smell every flower,
and dance every chance we get,
then maybe you are a
Sweaty Sheep.I invite you to join the flock and be part of a
through which we actually MOVE.There is a certain fellowship built through sweat, through play, and through competition. Unfortunately we know little about roughly 30 years of the life of Christ, but one could only guess that the Messiah, the same Christ who possessed such a rich and nondiscriminatory love, who stepped out of boats onto the water, who turned water to wine, knew how to enjoy life.
Team Sweaty Sheep seeks to bring together like minded Christians to show the world just what is possible through the strength of and faith in Christ. We don’t venture to condemn “nonbelievers,” there is no swinging “the sword of scripture,” but simply a desire to share all that is Christian life by having fun, by worshiping, by sitting around talking, laughing, singing… Team Sweaty Sheep has a goal of LIVING!!! and showing others how beautiful and how good life is!
Lucia Capocchione states:
God created this world, this life, to taste good…
We are under no false presumptions that a church has walls. Some churches do have walls and that is fantastic; beautiful things happen inside those walls and in those pews. But we certainly do not restrict the “Christian practitioner” to a certain gender, race, orientation, etc. As well we do not restrict our personal capabilities to any mortal standards. If God Created us, God is certainly capable of being the judge, we just need to love.
Is Sweaty Sheep a church? What denomination?
Yes, Sweaty Sheep is a church. A church isn’t a building, but a group of people who have been called by God for a purpose. Sweaty Sheep is supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and by Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, the local group of Presbyterian churches. However we partner with a variety of churches and denominations and do not put any particular denominationa label on our community. So, no matter what denomination or religion you belong to – or if you don’t belong to any at all!
Do I have to be a runner or a triathlete to be part of Sweaty Sheep?
Absolutely not! Though Sweaty Sheep has an interest in the endurance athletics community, we love to play -and encourage others to play- in a variety of ways; be that beach volleyball, water-gun fights, kickball tournaments, yoga, or Ultimate Frisbee! We want everyone to feel included and involved in incorporating worship into physical activity.
How do I get involved?
For starters, join our email list! We send out monthly E-pistles, our version of a newsletter. Check us out on Facebook to look out for upcoming Sweaty Sheep events, or use the link in the menu above to subscribe to our Facebook announcements for non-Facebook users.
What community outreach programs is Sweaty Sheep involved with?
Achilles International, Angels in Disguise, and Waterstep. We work together with the residents St. Vincent de Paul to accomplish great things through running and walking, Yoga, education, and personal relationships. runPossible doesn’t turn people into great athletes, it starts a self-transformation process, initiated by physical movement, that aids in the development of life changing friendships and self-confidence.
Every Tuesday we meet for a walk/jog at 6:15pm and on Thursdays an 11am recovery themed Yoga class hosted by the 502 Power Yoga crew! Both at 1029 s Preston street in the SVDP community Development center Like us n Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/runpossibleLOUISVILLE
Does Sweaty Sheep have a central location?
The world is our playground… We are in the midst of launching Sweaty Sheep Santa Cruz (and would love your participation in its formation) and will be partnering with St. Andrews Presbyterian of Aptos, CA. In Louisville we work alongside of St. Vincent DePaul with our runPossible program and our monthly services are often in Cherokee park. Keep up to date on both programs via Facebook: Louisville and California
Who We Are
Ryan holds his masters degree in Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he received the "presidential preaching award," and is currently finishing a second Masters in Nonprofit Business. After having worked as a Chaplin in the Grand Tetons, a sailing instructor in Annapolis, and various other "playful" positions around the country, he settled down in Louisville and founded Sweaty Sheep after being "dared" into the louisville Ironman triathlon back in 2010. He has run over 30 marathons and 5 Ironman triathlons, is a certified triathlon coach and crossfit instructor here in Louisville, and lives in the highlands with his adopted little sidekick named Chewbacca. Visit Ryan’s blog to read some sermons, thoughts, and Bible Studies he has written at runningmango.wordpress.com and consider having him out as a guest speaker/preacher at your next event or service.
Lacey is Lacey!
Hey gang, my name is Tavi Wallace and I'm the intern at Sweaty Sheep! I'm currently working as a barista at Starbucks and studying communications/Spanish at UofL. I love running, coffee, photography and try never to take life too seriously. I feel excited and beyond blessed to be joining the team and hope to form lasting memories and relationships with all of you :) Cheers!
Slow runner (and proud of it!), Team Sweaty Sheep assistant, and pastor of Langcliffe Presbyterian Church in Avoca, PA.