BIBLICAL APPLICATION: In a big picture sense, BTU takes principles found in scripture and looks for ways to apply them with our health and fitness. We use articles, blog posts, and online forums to share these principles. We also try to open up a safe dialogue on issues that are so prevalent in our culture, like pride or gluttony or sloth or idolatry. But we do it in a respectful, loving way, knowing that we all are sinful and fall short of His glory.
PRACTICAL INSTRUCTION: Secondly, our partners at HomeFitnessGurus.com will come alongside and work with you on your fitness (exercise, nutrition, and sleep). The coaching itself is free, though there may be some products to purchase (which will help you with your goals while compensating the coach for their time helping you). Coaching is done virtually (online, email, social media) because we can reach more people that way.
REACH MORE FOR THE KINGDOM: Finally, BTU actively looks to build its network of coaches so that it can reach more and more people. We want to reach the multitudes with this simple message: the healthier you are, the more Kingdom work you can do.
STATEMENT OF FAITH: As a part of the BTU Coach Application, BTU coaches have to sign a Statement of Faith, so you can be assured that they share the same core faith principles that shape your life.
GIVING BACK PLEDGE: BTU coaches want you to live more so you can give more. And as a part of their commitment to model that themselves, coaches agree to give back 3% of their income to ministries intent on serving the mind, body, and spirit. By putting their money where their faith is, you get even further affirmation that we are all in this together.
COACHING IS FREE: BTU online coaching is free. Workout programs and supplement regimens will be recommended, but there’s no cost for the actual coaching. By keeping the purchases/expenses low and the coaching free, we can reach far more people.
BTU is in a unique position to help thousands of Christians, while still keeping the fitness journey intimate, affordable, and focused on Christ and Christ alone.
In the mid-1990s, Body Tithe University founder Matthew Pryor noticed there was something missing in many Christians’ lives: Biblical-body stewardship. There seemed to be a disconnect between what the Bible said about our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit…”) and how Christians were living this out. At the time, he figured one way to combat this would be to write a book he’d entitle, “Your Body, His Temple.”
But some amazing developments were happening at that time, most notably, the proliferation of the internet. So maybe Matthew wasn’t thinking big enough… maybe a website could reach more people.
No sooner did that idea start to take root than the emergence of incredibly effective in-home workouts started to hit the mainstream. So perhaps he could combine the website with online personal training using these workouts. But that leaves just one person trying to help potentially thousands.
The best option then became clear: partner with online fitness coaches and leverage third-party tools to help as many people as possible. Help Christians learn how to honor God with their bodies and build relationships with non-Christians with the hopes of one day sharing the Gospel with them.
And at last, the vision of BTU was born. Serving Christians via BodyTithe.com by providing informative articles on exercise, nutrition, and sleep. Additionally, we have faith-focused posts to help you keep the main thing, the main thing.
If you want personalized coaching, visit our friends at HomeFitnessGurus.com where you can have as little or as much coaching as you want.
I'm so glad you found us. My prayer is that BTU will help you bring glory to God as you bring your fitness into focus. What most people don't realize is that our health is NOT ONLY about us. It permeates everything we do, and thereby affecting our potential to do more. That's why our mission statement at BTU is for you to live more so you can give more... give more to your family, give more to your friends, and give more to your heavenly Father!