Fundamental to Soccer Chaplains United is the need to connect individuals and be connected into the larger community. For those in soccer, we seek to help connect them back into the faith community through stewardship and service opportunities. For the faith community, we look to deploy them into different points of need within the soccer community.
Local and Global Mission
Soccer Chaplains United gives back to local and global communities through the Timothy Project. Through the Timothy Project, we resource donated and new soccer equipment and gear for local and global mission projects. We accept applications for different work projects from different organizations and see those teams resourced to use soccer for their own outreach efforts. See our different projects throughout the years.
Within the lower divisions of professional soccer in the United States, there is a disparity of income and wage. Often, athletes and coaches must live minimally to pursue the sport and ply their trade. Incomes are sometimes augmented with housing subsidies, other income producing opportunities (like coaching camps, etc.), or some even hold other jobs. Soccer Chaplains United is beginning to develop additional resources and opportunities for the faith community to help us serve the soccer community.
- Host homes — people in the soccer community (athletes, staff, etc.) that are on trial (trying out), from other countries or states, or because of market circumstances (i.e., high rents rates) often lack the resources to afford housing. Through temporary housing arrangements with vetted, trustworthy hosts Soccer Chaplains United seeks to address this need.
- Service teams — when the call to another team comes often a player or coach is on the move. It is up to the wife to pack house and move for the next opportunity. Soccer Chaplains United will soon develop service teams to help with things like packing up a family, organizing meal trains for someone sick or injured or just having a baby, and other simple, practical helps.
- What’s the criteria for a Timothy Project?
- Christian-oriented – Soccer Chaplains United is a Christian organization. As chaplains we minister in an inter-faith setting (i.e. people of all faiths). Project proposals that serve a diversity of people and faiths, but are from a reputable Christian mission organization or individual are important for maintaining the integrity of Soccer Chaplains United and the Timothy Project’s mission and vision.
- Soccer – Soccer Chaplains United is focused on ministering to the world of professional soccer through chaplaincy and chaplain development, thus, soccer-oriented projects are part of our vision and focus for Timothy Project proposals.
- Cross-cultural and socio-economic – Soccer Chaplains United values projects that meet a wide range of needs. Project proposals that reach into diverse cultural, social, and economic peoples and communities are given higher consideration than others.
- Community size – Soccer Chaplains United likes to see project proposals that stretch the dollar and resources as far as possible. In other words, to reach as many people as possible.
- Type of request – Soccer Chaplains United grants approximately 10% of our annual raised funds towards the Timothy Project. Financial needs are limited by the size of our yearly donations; therefore, it is sometimes easier to fill requests for equipment, make referrals, or cross-promote particular ministries.
- Media – Soccer Chaplains United looks for projects that have visuals that can be shared with supporters and also for organizations that can help grow Soccer Chaplains United’s base of interested followers. Ideally, photos or video of the people served by a particular project and promotion of Soccer Chaplains United should be part of a project proposal.
- Where all has the Timothy Project been in the U.S. and around the world? — Check out our different projects .
l The street boys of Kampala were incredibly grateful and I got to personally see how some simple uniforms could bring value and a sense of belonging to a group of young boys who desperately need it. m
— Pastor Chris Piehl, Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church (Uganda, 2015)