Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

3-Point Play Shares Jesus with Kids and Scores Big

E.W. Dempsey (left) coaches Conyers’ basketball camp students in dribbling drills.
Students from the Conyers Church 3-Point Play Basketball Camp (July 8-11) pose for a team photo.
A young boy proudly displays the basketball he won.

“The Conyers Church has just completed one of the most exciting ‘evangelistic events’ we have ever experienced,” said John Strickland, pastor of the Conyers (Ga.) Church. “We had more than 175 visitors who attended our church for the first time and have never been in an Adventist church.”


This outreach happened because of a basketball camp conducted by 3-Point Play Ministries, a ministry of the Georgia-Cumberland Conference. Eighty-four students (ages 8-13) attended with many parents observing. Parents were also invited to a special closing ceremony on Sunday.


Yes, the students learned basketball skills, but more importantly, each day they learned about Christ’s saving power. This camp was one of five held this year in various locations. Every place where a camp has been held, Strickland’s words have been echoed. 


Students learn about basketball:

Dribbling, passing, shooting, proper defense.


Students learn about Jesus:

Love, grace, power, and help. 


Approximately 200 students experienced that this summer. It can happen in your church also!


Written by by E.W. Dempsey, adult lay evangelism director

Photos contributed