January 29, 2007

Christian Tennis Expansion in 2007

Posted in christian tennis, ICTA Women's Christian Pro Tennis Team, International Christian Tennis Association, melody snelen, rachel snelen, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis, Teamwork, WTA Tennis at 12:03 am by Scott Paschal

The flight to Dallas, Texas on Friday was smooth. I’ve enjoyed a tremendously productive weekend working on highly specific aspects of taking the International Christian Tennis Association, ICTA, to the next level in terms of ministry reach, depth, and scope.

For those of you just tuning in for the first time, ICTA is poised for a breakout year in 2007. After 7+ years of establishing tremendous credibility and ministry programs, I am adding two new ministry programs to the ICTA arsenal.

First, the International Christian Tennis Association will complete the business plans to build a tennis facility in 2007.

Second, the International Christian Tennis Association will seek offer professional tennis tours in 2007 for our ICTA members and guests.

In addition, 2007 will see ICTA is entering several new markets in the United States, including New York as ICTA attends the US OPEN on a short term mission trip to film an ICTA Church Online service for the first time in our brief history.

The work and planning involved in ICTA’s newest ministry objectives is intense. I am grateful to have two amazing full time staff members, Melody Snelen and Rachel Snelen, both newly ranked WTA pro tennis players,  handle many of the ICTA’s administrative and Christian tennis academy duties, when they are in town, which frees my time up to grow my dreams and visions of worldwide ministry. Without their incredible dedication to excellence in their work for the ICTA, this ministry would not be successful.

On a personal note, I was fortunate to be able to visit my grandfather on Friday. Grampa is turning 88 years of age in March. I tremendously appreciate him.

Looks like I might be extending my stay in DFW for an extra day and will fly home to Florida on Tuesday. The work has been gratifyingly productive and I have enjoyed staying with my longtime friend, Breck.

The plan is for me to fly back to DFW next weekend to wrap things up, then off to Charlotte, NC to meet with a friend as we discuss housing during an exploratory ICTA mission trip to 2007 Wimbledon, look back on his 12+ years as a sports chaplain, and enjoy spending time together.

Thank you for your prayers, emails, and phone calls this week.

God bless,

Scott Paschal
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January 22, 2007

Over 5000 Hits on Christiantennis.net in 7 Days!

Posted in christian tennis, International Christian Tennis Association, Teamwork at 11:56 pm by Scott Paschal

The International Christian Tennis Association website, http://www.christiantennis.net, has undergone a major renovation in concert with a highly strategic marketing and internet partnership program.

What’s the results of this multi-thousand dollar effort which included hundreds of highly specific planning/work hours?

Drum roll, please…

ICTA is pleased to announce our first 5000+ unique homepage hits week which included over 20,000 page views!

To put this in perspective, the majority of sports ministries we’ve contacted receive between 75 and 500 unique homepage hits a month. Christiantennis.net received 5000+ in one week.

5000+ unique hits in only 7 days more than doubles the weekly web site production we had in 2006. I remember around 2002 when we first started our web site we were excited to have 5 hits in a week! Now, we’ve received those five 1000 times! God is good and ICTA is so blessed.

Our record breaking 5000+ homepage hit week leads to a 20,000 to 25,000 web site hit week as visitors and ICTA members flip around our site enjoying pictures and articles.!

20,000 to 25,000 web site hits a month is what we expected for a whole month in 2006, not 7 days!! Fantastic.

The average visitor flips through 4 to 6 areas of our site before moving on… this quadruples weekly production from our site in 2006!

5000+ homepage hits in 7 days…
20,000 to 25,000 web site page views in 7 days…

Want to hear something even more cool!? I hope so ’cause I can’t wait to tell you.

Worldwide, our ICTA marketing/partnership effort generated over 1,634,165 internet impressions on computers worldwide during those 7 days.

One Million
Six Hundred and Thirty Four Thousand
One Hundred and Sixty Five!

1,634, 165!!!!!

One internet impression is when our ministry name/slogan/etc appears on a computer screen as the person surf’s the internet.

Through highly specific and strategic partnerships, the International Christian Tennis Association ministry is appearing worldwide at a rate we NEVER could have imagined possible. Not even in my dreams. NEVER!

7 days
5000+ homepage hits
20,000 to 25, 000 web site page views
1,634, 165 impressions

I pretty much freaked out when I saw the numbers. Though as the new ICTA Memberships and Academy Interest Forms rolled in to our email account, I new something big was happening!

Based on this new data the International Christian Tennis Association is now on pace for a 250,000 homepage hit year with over 1,000,000 web site page views.

And over 75,000,000 internet impressions.

I can’t believe I just typed this… pinch me.

God is Good!

Scott Paschal

January 16, 2007

Christian Tennis Association on TV!

Posted in christian tennis, Christian Tennis Player, Faith, Fellowship, Hope, melody snelen, Parent Coach Relationship, rachel snelen, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis, shantel tavita, Teamwork, Typical Parent Visit to ICTA at 12:40 am by Scott Paschal

Hey There! This is Scott Paschal, Ministry Director of the International Christian Tennis Association. We’re going to be on TV!

See the fella in the blue shirt, he owns a Christian TV show. His show is broadcast to over 5 million homes in Florida, alone!

He wants to come out and film ICTA in a “reality” type show. I hope he has a lot of film for taping because the ICTA is one busy sports ministry!!

World class, high performance tennis training every day… cutting edge discipleship training classes at the academy… large scale mission trips to the most famous tennis tournaments in the world… pro tennis travel teams sharing the Gospel worldwide… as I said, he’s going to need a ton of film!!

Awesome! He has great ideas for the show he wants to do on ICTA. His company is based out of Hawaii and Florida. I’ve send you more info on the show as things progress!

I met him through the two people to the right, Marjorie and Ricky, who are my friends and own the Christian TV and radio station in the Pacific Islands. I coach their son, Joseph (top of stairs), full time here at my Christian tennis academy.

We all had a great visit and he was impressed with our program. Should be a neat TV show. It will be great to have our ministry broadcast nationwide. He is even allowing me to ask for donations and support! Would be great to receive such donations… then all of my students could train at no cost and their parents $ could go straight to tournament mission trips!!

We’ll keep you informed on when the show will be filmed and aired so you can follow along.

In addition, would be great to have you come out to ICTA and visit us while the show is being filmed. We could do a Christian Tennis Celebration weekend event here in Palm Coast.

God bless,

Scott Paschal

January 10, 2007

A South Pacific Island Hello!

Posted in christian tennis, Christian Tennis Player, Faith, Parent Coach Relationship, scott paschal, shantel tavita, Typical Parent Visit to ICTA at 7:55 pm by Scott Paschal

I’m pretty excited to have this picture. For the last couple of years, God has been moving the young man to my right towards fulltime training with me at my Christian tennis academy. Well, he’s here now fulltime and I’m really glad.

His parents, Ricky and Marjorie, own the Christian TV and radio station in their area and are tremendous people. Marjorie and I have been friends for 2 years now.

Joseph is a neat kid. I’ve enjoyed getting to know him and he is settling into the place really well. Will be neat taking him to Clarity this weekend. I don’t think he has ever attended anything like it before!

‘Tel just arrived this morning! So great to see here. ‘Tel is awesome and I feel really special to have her call me her coach. Ana arrived from Ukraine just a few days ago and is adjusting to the time change. Ana is so great. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone appreciate becoming a Christian as much as Ana. She is a sponge right now and that is exciting. Mark has been here for a week and is getting back on track. He and Joseph will have a great time training hard. Newbie will be here tonite. Newbs is awesome.

Please keep these tremendous kids in your prayers as God works with them during this season of their lives. The older I get the more I appreciate the time I have to spend with our next generation.

God bless,

Scott Paschal

January 6, 2007


Posted in christian tennis, Christian Tennis Academy, Christian Tennis Mission Trips, Christian Tennis Player, Fellowship, melody snelen, Parent Coach Relationship, rachel snelen, Scott Paschal Tennis, Teamwork at 3:40 pm by Scott Paschal

Hello there! This is Scott Paschal.

The International Christian Tennis Association’s Spring 2007 Semester is kicking off with a bang as we head to Orlando, Florida to attend Clarity, a Christian youth conference from Student Life.

The focus of Clarity is to make God’s Word more clear. Our students will be challenged to let God’s Word become a more real and useful part of their lives… help them know what they believe.

I’m excited to attend Clairity. David Nasser, a speaker for the event, mentioned it to me when we were in Gatlinburg last week. This is a tremendous way to begin a semester with a Christ- centered focus.

I’d like to ask you something… what is your child doing that is Christ-centered on MLK weekend at his or her tennis academy? Even more than that, is there anything Christ-centered at any time where your kids are being raised at their tennis academy?

If not, you are invited to contact me at any time to discuss your child attending an ICTA Mission Trip or a Youth Conference or Discipleship Training or a Christian Concert, or even training for a week or longer in our Christ-centered environment.


Student Life

Here’s the schedule:

Orlando, FL – Jan. 13 – 15

Day 1:

12:00 – 2:00 PM Registration at First Baptist Church
2:00 PM Session 1 – David Nasser & Kristian Stanfill
4:00 PM Dismiss
5:00 PM Youth Worker Training Session
7:00 PM Session 2 – David Platt & Kristian Stanfill
8:30 PM Casting Crowns in Concert
10:00 PM Dismiss

Day 2:

8:00 PM Session 3 – David Platt & Kristian Stanfill
10:00 PM Leeland in Concert
10:45 PM Dismiss

Day 3:

8:00 – 9:00 AM Check-Out of Hotels
9:00 AM Session 4 – David Platt & Kristian Stanfill
11:00 AM Dismiss

Here’s the Theme to Clarity from their web site…

Clarity is…

An experience in God’s Word.

It’s that simple and that essential.

We are being faced with generations increasingly less familiar with the living and active Word of God. This problem is vital for us today.

“How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” How will they know?

Clarity is not a solution, but a challenge to you, your workers and your students.

A challenge to develop a passion for God’s Word.

A challenge to understand and engage the Bible as the complete story of God’s redemptive plan.

A challenge to live out daily the mission for your life presented in God’s Word.

You will hear God’s Word.
You will see God’s Word.
You will sing God’s Word.
You will speak God’s Word.
You will experience God’s Word.

And the Word will bring Clarity to your life.

January 4, 2007

Hawk Nelson and David Crowder

Posted in christian tennis, Christian Tennis Academy, Christian Tennis Mission Trips, Fellowship, ICTA Women's Christian Pro Tennis Team, melody snelen, rachel snelen, scott paschal, Teamwork at 3:52 am by Scott Paschal

Here are a few of the pics you asked to see. I’ll post more in the coming week. Right now, I’m slammed designing our tennis center, welcoming in the Spring 2007 Semester academy students, planning Rally to Win TM events, and finishing up the Summer 2007 Missions schedule… and a host of other Christian tennis ministry duties.

This is a pic of the back of the log home I stayed in. Two patios with amazing views. I also enjoyed my hot tub which was located on the first balcony. One nite it snowed while I sat in the hot tub . So great!Here we are packing up my stuff before I drove home yesterday morning.

The upstairs of the log home was awesome! Pool table, stand alone Galaga, Pac Man, Donkey Kong video game machine, air hockey, table w/ chairs, bunk beds, 42′ flat screen TV, patio, Jacuzzi tub, leather couch, amazing views. Nasser slept in the bunk while I took the room downstairs since he was flying out early in the AM. I totally recommend everyone rent one of these places when they travel to Gatlinburg. The name of the resort is called Gatlinburg Falls.

This is my living room! Awesome, huh? My bedroom was to the right and I’m pretty much standing in the kitchen. The balcony w/ hot tub and rustic chairs is to the left.

As I drove home I thought about the fantastic concerts I’d seen. Hawk Nelson, though he’s not my style, did a great job and the tweeners loved him. I think I saw his band 4 times at the conferences. David Crowder Band lit up Liberty’s Winterfest in Lynchburg. So talented. He’s definitely kind of funny looking. It took me a while to get used to his look! Sure makes him stand out in a huge crowd of bands. I hope you have a chance to check out his music.

During my break today I drove to Daytona to pick Mark up after his flight from Mexico. Mark is training with me for 3 years and is one heck of an amazing kid. Mark is the type of person who makes everyone around him feel good about themselves. Joseph arrived to Daytona today, also. He flew in with his Mom and Dad, who own a Christian TV station in the South Pacific. They will all come over on Sunday. Joseph will train for this semester, possibly longer. His Mom is amazing and a big supporter of ICTA.

I have a prayer request for you guys. My mom has advanced Pneumonia. It’s pretty bad and could end her life. Please keep her in your prayers.

God bless,

Scott Paschal

January 3, 2007

Casting Crowns & Jeremy Camp

Posted in christian tennis, Christian Tennis Academy, Christian Tennis Mission Trips, Fellowship, ICTA Women's Christian Pro Tennis Team, melody snelen, rachel snelen, scott paschal, Teamwork, Uncategorized at 3:48 am by Scott Paschal

We’re back home now in Palm Coast. What an amazing week and a great time of growth.

One of the highlights for me was driving back to Gatlinburg from Lynchburg with Nasser. We had a great time just hanging out in the car talking about everything, yet nothing. Kinda like sitting at a campfire.

Rach and Mel went to a conference, too! Actually 3, but they were all in the same place on different days. They ran Nasser’s merchandise table for a week. They had a great time, plus made some $ to help cover tournament expenses.

This past week I was able to attend 3 Christian youth conferences in 2 different states, watch 12 different Christian bands, and listen to 5 world class speakers. This was better than any pro tournament I’ve ever attended. I had a great time and learned so much.

Casting Crowns is a Christian band I want to make sure I mention. I know 99% of you reading this have never heard of them. They led worship New Year’s Eve at Winterfest. Mark Hall did an amazing job. Everything Hall did was so sincere and caring. The event was broadcast live on TV. What a great way to ring in the New Year.

The next day after David Nasser spoke, Jeremy Camp led worship. He was really fun. I hadn’t heard of Jeremy Camp before. The 6000+ kids there sure had and really loved his music.

I hope you guys google these two bands and check out their sites.

I’ll post some pics tomorrow, right now I’m kinda wiped from the drive home and lack of sleep, plus I’ve been sick all week, so after some rest I’ll come back and show you the cabin and some neat pics.

Hope your New Year has been good. Checked out Passion ’07 online, yet? Go to http://www.268generation.com. Follow the links to the video. I think each session is online for 24 hours. ICTA has a small group there. Chris D called today to check in with me and said he is having an amazing time.

Big Spring 2007 coming up! Huge, actually!

Please keep us in your prayers as we work to push back the darkness in the sport of tennis and shine His light.

God bless,

Scott Paschal

January 1, 2007

Welcome 2007

Posted in christian tennis, Christian Tennis Mission Trips, Cult Buster, Faith, Fellowship, Hope, Scott Paschal Tennis, Sports Ministry, Teamwork at 12:24 pm by Scott Paschal

I’m writing to you from the campus of the finest, boldest, most forward-thinking Christian college campus in the world. Liberty University.

I drove in from Gatlinburg, Tennessee a couple of days ago to participate in Winterfest. My role is to manage David Nasser’s booth and product during the event. David will speak this morning to the 7000+ high school and college students, then we’ll pack up the remaining supplies and drive to Gatlinburg to spend the nite. Then, we’ll both head home. I’ve really enjoyed spending time with my friend. To learn more about Nasser, visit his web site, http://www.davidnasser.com.

Last nite was pretty awesome. I was able to ring in the New Year with Casting Crowns, Kutlass, and Dr. Ergun Canor… and 7000+ excited kids. Casting Crowns is a tremendous Christian band. They have a heart for worship. I’m not sure what their web site is, google it and check them out. So special to have the opportunity to gather together with so many Christians. Today is the final day of the event. I’m looking forward to this morning’s session.

Also today, in Atlanta, Passion ’07 begins! ICTA has a small group attending Passion ’07 and I couldn’t be more excited for them. Be sure to watch everything on their web cast. 268generation.com. Each main session will be online for 24 hours. I’ll be able to attend Passion ’07 online. I had wanted to attend in person, but God called me elsewhere, so the online option is such a blessing for me and for others.

Happy New Year,

Scott Paschal