From 15-17 March of 2018, I was privileged to participate in the second Sports Chaplaincy Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Those in attendance represented sports chaplaincy ministries from around the world and the academic community. We were hosted by Cede Network and Joe Gibbs Racing (http://cedesports.org/network/ http://joegibbsracing.com/). Bob Dyar and Richard Gamble hosted leaders from Illinois, Colorado, Washington, and Tennessee in the USA, Australia, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and England. We were joined electronically by a colleague from South Africa as well.
Our time together included a tour of the Billy Graham museum, delicious meals together, nights spent in the homes of local friends and Cede Sports board members, reports, updates, and important deliberations regarding the continuing development of sports chaplaincy ministries around the globe. This form of ministry is growing in many parts of the world and our team aims to facilitate its growth and to give assistance to those leading its development.
Please watch for more information on how this will develop and how you may become engaged in the process. In the short term, you may register with Cede Sports and their world-wide registry of sport chaplains. This service, free of charge, enables sports chaplains to connect with others, for fellowship, for development, and to connect sportspeople traveling to other parts of the world with other with sports chaplains who can serve them. Click this link to access the Cede Network registry page - http://cedesports.org/network/registry-access/
* Photo courtesy of Warren Evans of Sports Chaplaincy United Kingdom.