Becoming a Sports Chaplain
It is both exciting and challenging to work as a sports chaplain. Consider the following to see if it is for you.
The Sports world is full of people helping athletes perform in order to win. But who is there for the care of the athlete regardless of performance?
What a sports chaplain does
A Sports Chaplain is a neutral, independent person who is there to serve. Much of a Sports Chaplain’s work is simply being present and available in the sports community. They may be asked to be a listening ear, or to be a mentor, to help resolve conflict, or to offer advice. Sometimes they may be asked to lead prayers or Bible study.
A Sports Chaplain is available to players, coaches, officials, management, as well as their families, without discrimination. Sports Chaplains accept and work with all people, regardless of their religion, beliefs and lifestyle.
Motivation and Best Practise
“For he is the Father of tender mercy and the God of endless comfort. He always comes alongside us to comfort us in every suffering so that we can come alongside those who are in any painful trial. We can bring them this same comfort that God has poured out upon us.” From the Bible (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 TPT).
Sports Chaplains are Christians who are motivated and empowered by having experienced and following the Greatest Commandments… From the Bible (Matthew 22:36-38 NIV)
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”
Ministries with GSCA endorsed training
Europe: Sports Chaplaincy UK
Africa: Sports Chaplaincy South Africa
Oceania: Sports Chaplaincy Australia and Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand
Global: Athletes in Action ‘ICAT’ and Fellowship of Christian Athletes ‘Character Coaching’.
Training in Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Portuguese, French and German is in process or under review.
Follow basic online training
The enclosed online course is an orientation to sports chaplaincy. Please go ahead and look at it. We encourage you after you have completed it to go on to visit one of the websites of our Full Members or Associate Members to discover a more in-depth and personal training.