To see Christian sports chaplains serving with excellence in every sports community worldwide.
To encourage, equip and establish Sports Chaplaincy for the wellbeing of all those in the global sports community.
Cultivate Strategic Relationships with Sports Federations and Chaplaincy Providers
Continue organizational development
Encourage the creation of national sports chaplaincy associations and entities
Promote and share best practices, training and resources
Definition of Sports Chaplaincy
Sports Chaplaincy is the provision of ongoing pastoral and spiritual care, by permission, to those of faith or no faith, for the holistic well-being of all involved in the community of sport.
Who are we?
The Global Sports Chaplaincy Association is an Organised Movement of entities from around the world who have the common vision and purpose to see sports chaplains serving with excellence in every sports community worldwide.
In 2014 leaders from Sports Chaplaincy UK, Sports Chaplaincy NZ, Sports Chaplaincy Australia, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a Professor of Sport and Christian Outreach and start up ministry of Sports Chaplaincy Hong Kong met to discuss how to grow a movement of sports chaplaincy around the world.
In 2015 the group of leaders met again this time Orlando discussing who they could partner with globally and in what sort of format. The non-registered organisation went by the name of International Sports Chaplaincy at this time.
In 2016 Cedesport and Sports Chaplaincy South Africa was added to the group. The group grappled with how to grow a movement that had a clear vision and mission but needed to be flexible enough in its approach to work with the variety of cultures, language groups, sports and socio economic background countries around the world. How do we ensure best practise but not make it one size fits all?
Between 2017-2019 Cedesports hosted the Sports Chaplaincy annual Summit. Athletes in Action, Soccer Chaplains United and International Sports Ministries were added to the group. Major Sport Event Chaplaincy was also represented. During these three years Vision, Mission, Purpose, Values and Focus areas have been worked on agreed. The name of Global Sports Chaplaincy Association was agreed with all those present, changing it from International Sports Chaplaincy. A common criteria for various levels of sports chaplaincy training was implemented. Training from around the world was audited, evaluated and improved. A global registry was established networking chaplains from all corners. Various tools, resources and best practises are being shared and improved.
The Global Sports Chaplaincy Association has undertaken the form of Organized Movement otherwise called Federal Movement. This has common vision, mission, purpose, core values and strategic priorities. It is a flat, central service-oriented leadership with mutual accountability.
The title ‘full member’ is the highest level of relationship within the Global Sports Chaplaincy Association. The full member is responsible for the growth of sports chaplaincy through helping to achieve its vision, mission, purpose and strategic objectives. The members work closely with the board in ‘care-taking’ the vision.
The title ‘associate’ is the second highest level of relationship within the Global Sports Chaplaincy Association. The ‘associate’ supports the growth of sports chaplaincy through helping to achieve its vision, mission, purpose and strategic objectives, although this may not be their primary or sole ministry focus.
The title ‘affiliate’ is the third designated relationship with Global Sports Chaplaincy Association. It denotes agreement with the vision and mission of GSCA. The ‘affiliate’ agrees with the vision and mission of GSCA and supports the growth of sports chaplaincy through its own unique strategic strengths and gifting.
Josh Davis, USA Swimming
I have competed for the USA swim team in 2 Olympic Games, 2 World University Games, and 1 Pan American Games. At each of these major sporting events I was so encouraged by the sport ministers who were either from my country or who I already had a previous friendship with. Meeting personally with my chaplain from 1991 to 2000 at these various Games was a big part of my success. Our times together were short and personal but so helpful.
Kordula Striepecke, Germany, Kayak
In two Olympic games, I felt alone. My familiar support environment was not there. In this emotionally charged situation, trusted mentors (chaplains) helped me to perform to the best of my ability, in spite of the tension and the pressure that weighed on me. The balance between the strain, which is an integral part of the competition and the support of the chaplains, who were on the spot and shared the experience with me, did me good and helped me to keep my goals in focus.
Sir Alex Ferguson, CBE, Former Manchester United Manager
Chaplains can be of help to all sorts of people involved with sport, when crisis, need, or difficulty comes. I commend the idea of sports chaplaincy…
Martin Snedden, Former NZ Cricketer, Former CEO Rugby World Cup 2011
Sportspeople are human and vulnerable, and frequently in need of having someone in their life who they can safely turn to for help and dealing with the pressures and demands. Within this context, Sports Chaplains provide invaluable, highly effective, ‘under the radar’ assistance to athletes, teams and sporting organisations.
Craig Bellamy, Melbourne Storm Coach NRL Australia
So more and more I believe chaplains are a much-needed resource in our game. I think a lot of clubs don’t even realise the value they bring. It’s time to change that thinking.