• Major League Soccer, the top flight for US football, kicks off the league season this weekend and while it’s super early compared to other years, we can blame it on the World Cup. Today, on the Soccer Chaplains United podcast, From the Touchline I am joined by a couple of special guests — Rev Billy Cerveny, volunteer chaplain with Nashville SC and Troy Ready (or Rev Ready) as we come to know, co-chaplain of the Portland Timbers. We take a look back at our team's 2021 and look ahead to what may be in store for the 2022 season in this special MLS Preview. From the Touchline is a short-feature (10-15 min) podcast with Rev Brad Kenney, Founder and Executive

    Feb 23,
  • For a number of years, now, Soccer Chaplains United has had multiple conversations with Jeremy Tittle about joining its Board of Directors. With over 30 years of coaching soccer including roles with King University (TN), Lees-McRae (NC), West Virginia University, and Metro State (Denver, CO) Jeremy brings a wealth of soccer knowledge and experience to the Soccer Chaplains United Board of Directors. When asked, "what took so long (to join)?" Jeremy shared: At that time (2019) I was at my capacity about everything I was doing and I was going through a transition from coaching. I had had four years of God whispering and eventually getting louder, “Make yourself more available to me…” A parallel thing He was saying was,

    Feb 18,
  • The Valor Guatemala Discovery Team returned a number of weeks ago from their immersion trip and shared a number of photos and videos with us from their time in Guatemala. If you take the time to read the blog and the short snippets below and to look at the pictures, you will see the goodness of God on the smiles and faces of the Valor team and the people of Zacapa. I wanted to also say, that as the father of four daughters, it really is powerful to see girls being valued and the way in which a uniform or a shirt can bring smile and joy when offered as an unconditional gift from even a complete stranger. With as

    Feb 17,
  • It is a rare thing in football that a good idea originating from an unlikely source would ever get praise or appropriate credit. Usually, it's a dog-eat-dog world with managers, executives, and even footballers fighting for every advantage in the elite circles — so when a new play comes from the mind of AFC Richmond's kit man, Nate Shelly, one would think it to be just the opportunity that Coach Lasso needs to gain credibility in the eyes of owners, reporters, and fans — but Lasso surprises us. Today, on the From the Touchline podcast, we look at the humility of Coach Lasso to give credit where credit is due and to actually recognize the work and ideas of others around

    Feb 16,
  • One of the Soccer Chaplains United's values is continuing education (CE) for its chaplains. The CE that is often needed for the chaplaincy work seeks to incorporate a number of different areas that are unique and specific to the role. CE can be around pastoral and spiritual care, chaplaincy, or sports in general, or soccer specific. Because Soccer Chaplains United is not quite resourced or staffed to provide all of the necessary CE for its chaplains (a future aspiration), we partner with and have chaplains undertake CE with different institutions. One institution that has risen of late is Baylor University's Faith and Sports Institute (FSI) which is a part of Truett Seminary. Soccer Chaplains United is developing a partnership with

    Feb 15,