I am pleased to announce that ahead of the 2019 season, Greg Aydt, has been approved as candidate to serve as chaplain to one of the newest teams in the United Soccer League — Championship. Greg is the Youth Ministries Director at Advent Presbyterian Church and is currently completing his ordination process with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). You can read more about him on his bio page here. When we began the search earlier this year, I shared about the opportunity with several people in the EPC, which has a strong presence in the Memphis area. After a number of phone calls and looking at the various candidates, it became clear that Greg would make an excellent choice. As
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Above, looking down into the South Park valley in Colorado at the 2014 retreat. Soccer Chaplains United will be retreating near here for this year. I am excited as next week, myself and team members of Soccer Chaplains United will get away for a retreat up in the mountains of Colorado. November 9, 10, and 11 — the weekend that I am tempted to call something clever like The Founder's Retreat or Founder's Weekend may become an annual retreat for our team. (Not me as founder, but St Martin of Tours, the founder of chaplaincy). St Martin of Tours' Feast Day is November 11, a fitting time for Soccer Chaplains United to get away for a time of rest, renewal,
Hi friends, Sunday, November 18 we will have a table at local church partner: Highline Community Church and we will be featured for a brief 5-minute Missions Focus Moment during the service. The details are provided below, please let us know if you will be there and make sure you come and say hello to us! Highline Community Church Sunday, November 18 8:30 am - 12:00 pm Address: 6160 S Wabash Way, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Soccer Chaplains United has space for two remaining community project requests for 2018. This year already, we've seen projects go out to Liberia, Costa Rica, India, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, eSwatini, Ethiopia, and Ghana. We've got capacity to help two additional projects before the close of 2018! If your church or non-profit is heading out on a short-term mission project or sending a work team somewhere in the world, consider making an application to take some soccer gear and equipment with them. Also, it's not too early to begin making plans for 2019! Tell us in advance of your mission trip plans. Simply click this link to learn our submission requirements and to make a request.
It is with a bit of sadness that we announce that Gustavo Bentos will be stepping down as chaplain to the Charlotte Independence. The season, which has just concluded, saw a strong start to ministry, but was ultimately hampered by increased duties and responsibilities with Gustavo's church Northside Baptist and personal health issues this year that saw Gustavo have to go for surgery to remove a benign mass in his head. Gustavo has brought such a great dynamic to our chaplain team — in addition, to his experience as a professional player, Gustavo's energy and background and bilingual skills were a much needed part of our team. Gustavo now will be able to focus more on his recovery, duties at
One of the most exciting spaces for the chaplains and counselors with Soccer Chaplains United is something that has developed over the past couple of years — working with the athletes, coaches, and families with the Developmental Academy (DA). In the picture above, the "preachers" as Larry the stadium security guard likes to call us, get ready to lead a life skills session for the Colorado Rapids DA. Rev Brad Kenney and Chaplains Rubèn Rodríguez and Gerardo Alvarez pose for a quick pic. For those unfamiliar with the DA, these are essentially the cream of the crop in soccer. The young athletes in the DA are potential professional soccer players in the making. Professional clubs often pay all of the