CORE Ministry Community Recreational Groups are coming together for recreation, fitness, & play – so that we may grow in our relationship with God and with each other. Join one of our recreational groups for fun, friendship, and community and invite a friend! 


Beginners Co-Ed Pickleball Clinic

Do you find yourself asking, “What is Pickleball?”

and “How Do I Play? Join our beginner and intermediate classes

Thursday, April 13th, 20th and 27th in the Auditorium 

$ 5.00 per class

Register Here

Pickleball sessions between 6 PM – 8 PM, Auditorium

Pickleball  Mondays,   March 27th, April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

Pickleball  Tuesdays, March 28th, April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

Pickleball  Thursdays, March 30th, April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Register Here


Running:  North Coast Calvary Coyotes Running Group

(Sundays/ongoing, 7:00 AM, Meet @ The Story Caffe)

More details on:  Facebook
Switchbacks Co-Ed Hiking Group

Usually San Diego County hikes with a few forays into the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains. Notifications are sent out one to two weeks ahead.  If you are interested and not already on the Switchbacks email list, email us at   


Please bring a completed 2023 medical form with you.  If you don’t have a printer come a few minutes early to fill one out.

Adult Form  |  Minor Form


courage and resolve; strength of character:

Navigating the social anxiety we all feel Sports, Band, Choir, Debate, school in general, whatever your team, it provides the ready-made parts to build friendships. But why can it still seem difficult? Why are so many of us struggling with social anxiety, self-consciousness,and comparisons that can paralyze us? We feel these things, but we don’t talk about them even though that is one of the best ways to grow forward. Grit is an encouraging event for girls and guys to address the struggles that come with high performance and team lifestyles.

Missed the event. New dates TBA

To view the Grit ONLINE playlist in the meantime, click HERE.


Gospel Conversations is a 1-day workshop that breaks the gospel down into easy-to-use parts. It teaches us how to have simple conversations to proclaim the gospel, share our testimony and make disciples.

Missed the event. Good News. New date TBA




This is the Topography of Discipleship; it’s a training in how to use the compass of the Word, the map of the Holy Spirit and the headlamp of prayer and worship to be a disciple. If you’ve already been on this hike for a while, it’s also a training in how to make disciples.  We are not meant to walk alone; we hope you’ll join us as we explore the challenging terrain of being a disciple in 2021.

To view the whole playlist, click HERE.

CORE History and Mission

For 20 years, NCCC has been using sport and play to spread the gospel and train disciples. It has been said that you can use sports to build character, but it always reveals character. Using sport and play, whether it’s training or proclaiming, Core Ministries (formerly Whole Life Sports) uses experiential learning to bring the universal truths of the Bible into our right now life.

We began in 2002 with KidsGames. The sport and plays element transformed our 250 kid VBS into an 1800 kid (in 2021) phenomena. It brought in more men and youth as volunteers and almost half of our participants from the community.

KidsGames was a catalyst. As it grew, so did we as trainers and experiential learning facilitators. The Bridge Conference was birthed and trained sports ministers, locally and internationally, in proclaiming the gospel through sports, building effective teams, handling the Bible, spiritual leadership and making disciples among other modules.

These modules became stand-alone trainings for coaches, athletes, and parents of athletes (also high school choirs, Rotary youth and adult leadership and churches and youth pastors and more). Core Ministries has taken these trainings on the road to churches and para-church ministries across the US and around the world.

Come play with us!

Core Ministries are a team of teams who use recreational sport, fitness and play as a vehicle for growing as disciples and making disciples of Christ. Bringing our faith into these areas equips people to become whole persons—spirit, soul and body as the Apostle Paul says–on the playing field of life.


Debbie Samuels

Director, CORE Ministry & KidsGames

Tracy Dominique

Administrator, CORE Ministry & KidsGames

Wendy Hinman

Adventure Specialist