During the recently concluded FCA Collegiate Ministries conference in Atlanta, Georgia we received the document below. It was provided by our greatly esteemed colleague and friend, Marla Butterworth. Marla adapted a document she had previously used in her chaplaincy service with the US Navy. She now serves with the US Air Force as a chaplain. I have adapted the document to include information peculiar to my service of the sporting community in my area of the USA. Marla is a gift to our global network through her insight, passion, and generous spirit.
What can an FCA Chaplain/Character Coach do for me?
Provide, Facilitate, Care, Advise in formal and informal ways.
Provide. (for those of the same faith)
· Team / small group / staff Bible Study
· Chapel service on Sunday
· Pre-game chapel
· Pray for, encourage, and exhort players, coaches, and support staff.
· Facilitate any relationships desired with local churches.
· Resource players and coaches with a desire for involvement with FCA beyond the campus with service projects, camps, retreats, etc.
Facilitate. (for others)
· Be available to help connect personnel with any needs.
Care. (for all)
· Assist with and/or resource for Team Building activities.
· Provide resources and assist in character development, life management skills, and any needed counseling.
· Be a Safe place- We don’t control playing time, job, or scholarship and will maintain strict confidentiality with the exception of someone doing harm to themselves or others.
· Be available and develop relationships that allow for supporting players, coaches, and support staff.
· Attend practice and/or games as well as periodic office visits to facilitate this availability.
· Be available and equipped at all times to help in crisis situations.
· Free Labor- an extra set of hands for menial tasks.
· Advise (the coaching staff)
· Be an objective outsider who can hopefully have the pulse of the program.
· Pray for and serve the coaching and support staff in whatever way they need or desire.
· Alert the coach to critical issues that could affect his or her program.
The goal is to assist in a healthy program that graduates mature young people. The manner is to serve at the pleasure of the Head Coach. The hope is to help create a family atmosphere within a competitive athletic arena.