• February was a heavy travel month — as there is a preseason in sports, there is a preseason in sports chaplaincy as well. Feb 7-8: Leoti, KS To begin, a 400-mile road trip out to Leoti, KS for presbytery meetings. As an ordained minister in the EPC (Evangelical Presbyterian Church), it is important to work to attend a number of our quarterly meetings if at all possible. The added benefit for this trip was two fold: a) I got to spend an unexpected amount of time with our new chaplain in Memphis, Greg Aydt. His re-routed and re-directed flight put him into Denver and I had an extra seat. It was a God-thing to get the additional 4 hours on the

    Feb 28,
  • I am really excited about the upcoming 2nd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity this October. The inaugural congress was held in 2016 in York, England at the University of Gloucestershire. I was able to be a presenter and participant in 2016. I gave a 20 minute presentation on Foundations of Pastoral Care: Recovering the Spirit of Chaplaincy in Sport. And before the congress, the paper was accepted for publication in Practical Theology. 2016 and the congress were significant for another reason, though — it was through some conversations borne out of my time there that God impressed upon me that the time had come to put the CrossTraining name to rest. Thus began the journey of creating our current

    Feb 21,
  • Last week, the Soccer Chaplains United Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve Matthew Adams to the board. Matthew is VP, Senior Tax Counsel at Cloud Peak Energy and a member of the Department of the Interior Royalty Policy Committee. Originally from Iowa, Matthew grew up playing soccer and he is passionate about leadership and strategic development. An assistant coach at Valor Christian High School, Matthew has had two sons in the program, which  is how Matthew and I met. As I became involved with the Valor Christian soccer program as a coach, I was tremendously impressed with the cultural impact that Rev. had on the coaches and players alike.  His modeling and support of Christian values as players deal with

    Feb 12,
  • I am excited by our latest project that we've just completed — an introductory video that describes Soccer Chaplains United. Many times, people ask, "What do you do?" In some ways, to simply describe (or try to explain) chaplaincy doesn't quite convey the breadth of our approach with Soccer Chaplains United. This new video is a wonderful description of the three different expressions or extensions of Soccer Chaplains United. Our video below details the different work that Soccer Chaplains United does around the sport of soccer. https://youtu.be/QpHS-cdD40Y Chaplaincy — this is our primary work. We serve as chaplains to the soccer teams and organizations at various levels of the game. Our chaplaincy is about offering pastoral/spiritual care — and we serve

    Feb 12,
  • It is my privilege to announce Brooke Ewert as the new Director of Counseling for Soccer Chaplains United. Brooke has been with Soccer Chaplains United for over two years, serving with the different needs in the Denver, CO area. With our expanded view to grow the counseling network for Soccer Chaplains United, this represents a major step toward insuring that the development of the counseling can move at a similar pace as the chaplaincy side of things. I am excited to take on this new role with SCU. I believe there is a great need for mental health counseling within the soccer community. I look forward to aligning these two critical ministries within SCU.  As Director, Brooke will be responsible

    Feb 11,