Monday, November 23, 2015

2015 Chaplains Roundtable in Lansing, Michigan

2015 Chaplains Roundtables

The 2015 Chaplains Roundtables are coming together and we hope to see you there! If you are planning to attend, please submit the form below and we will add you to the list. We look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us this year and trust He will make a lasting impact on you and everyone who attends! We look forward to seeing you there!

Guest Speakers


Troy MurphyChaplain,
Green Bay Packers

Jim StumpFootball Chaplain,
Stanford University
Roger Lipe
Southern Illinois University

Lansing, Michigan 

Where: South Church
When:  Tuesday, December 1st

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Lansing Lodging: Comfort Inn & Suites
9742 Woodlane Dr.
Dimondale, MI  48821
phone 517.721.0000
Room Rate: $75.00/night 
(Mention South Church)
If you would like to register, or just receive more information, as it becomes available, click the Register button and fill out the form, along with a note telling us what you're interested in.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sports Chaplaincy Leaders meet in Orlando, Florida

This past Wednesday through Friday morning, I was privileged to meet with some dynamic and visionary leaders of the Sports Chaplaincy movement around the world. We met to discuss how we might work together to further the growth of this facet of ministry in sport.

Our team of leaders included:
Ross Georgiou of Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand and Athletes in Action,
Sue Morris of Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand,
Cameron Butler of Sports Chaplaincy Australia,
Richard Gamble of Sports Chaplaincy United Kingdom,
Jung Ho Jung of Sports Chaplaincy Hong Kong,
Yours truly, Roger Lipe, of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

This same gathering of leaders 16 months ago led to the development of

News will be forthcoming related to the results of our conversations. We were also very pleased by the way our ideas were received by other leaders among the wider community of sports ministry leaders gathered in Orlando, Florida this week. 650 people from 120 nations met to be equipped and trained for ministry in their home nations and cities.

Please pray for us as we listen to discern the Lord’s will related to strategic people and places in the world for us to focus our efforts to catalyze the growth of sports chaplaincy as the Spirit creates organic movement.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Chaplains Roundtable - Indianapolis

On November 4, I was privileged to participate in the Chaplains Roundtable event sponsored by Our Daily Bread at Traders Point Christian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA). Around sixty people attended from Indiana and surrounding states, men and women who serve as sports chaplains in high schools, universities, in motor racing, the National Football League, the NBA Developmental League, and in the Women’s National Basketball Association.

Troy Murphy, chaplain to the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, spoke to us at the beginning and end of the event with wisdom and passion. Jim Stump, sport chaplain and mentor to countless young men across over forty years at Stanford University, did a workshop where he shared the power of one to one mentoring and I did a workshop about and how we can use it effectively in our ministries.

The kind people of Our Daily Bread, Bill Houston in particular, were outstanding in every way. They provided materials, managed logistics, and dealt with all the technology to make everyone’s presentations look and sound good.

Another Chaplains Roundtable will be held on Tuesday Dec. 1 at South Church in Lansing, Michigan (USA). To register or for more information, simply log onto Please consider attending this event for the training, networking, and mentoring. 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sports Chaplaincy in Guatemala

This week I was in Guatemala City, Guatemala working with my FCA colleagues of that wonderful nation. While in the “land of eternal springtime” we had a very productive meeting with several newly serving sports chaplains (sports mentors), cast vision at a couple of conferences (at the invitation of the Olympic Committee), and shared with many other individuals.

I was thrilled by the way the FCA Guatemala team embraced this form of ministry, how diligently they approached training, networking, and mentoring as the path to ministry development, and the partnership they enjoy. Maybe most gratifying was the profile of those serving. They were almost entirely retired players at elite levels, coaches of sport, and one was a retired very high level futbol referee. They understand sport from the field level, rather than from the cheap seats or through the television screen.

A few photos are below that illustrate the meetings and the rich opportunities we experienced in Guatemala. Thanks to everyone who participated in this transformational week.