Friday, May 22, 2015

Sports Chaplaincy is Growing Globally

We are most grateful to everyone in our network of sports chaplains around the world. We each learn from the others and it is my aim through this weekly email and other avenues to share information I either create myself or gather from others.

Possibly the best expression of this worldwide collaboration is the training now available

There is a growing movement of sports chaplaincy in South Africa. They just held their first conference and training earlier this month. Thanks to Bruce Nadin for his invaluable leadership. There is also a growing movement in East Asia, Hong Kong in particular. They are hosting a training event this week. Thanks to Jung Ho Jung and to Cameron Butler for their leadership in that area of the world.

Next week, Sara Hurst a sports chaplain at the University of Illinois, and I will lead a three day training with our colleagues of FCA Ukraine and other sports ministry leaders from that area of the world. We will be leading our training in conjunction with the material at The trainees will have read all the materials and watched the videos before we meet. During our meetings together we will work with them to process that information, to enculturate the ideas into their sports cultures, and to apply the principles for effective sports chaplaincy.

Thanks to each and all who have contributed so richly to the growth and global development of this form of ministry in sport. I believe our best days are still ahead.

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