October is Sports Chaplaincy Conference Month
This past week, two conference opportunities were afforded for Soccer Chaplains United chaplains. The first, offered by Sports Chaplaincy — UK, was their annual October conference put into a video format. The “Glocal” conference touched on critical themes which have affected the sports chaplaincy world and, so, the global and local themes combined into “glocal” were addressed through the 4-day conference. Key issues of diversity, disability, race, mental health, and what lies ahead for the future of sports chaplaincy were addressed through numerous workshops and teaching times. While start times for the UK conference made attendance difficult, sessions were recorded and made available for later viewing.
Another conference also happened this past week, this one stateside as PowerUp Sports Ministry Conference 2020 was hosted by Our Daily Bread ministry. This years virtual conference which is typically held in Grand Rapids, MI in October featured five different break out sessions on topics ranging from relationship evangelism to mentoring other sports ministry leaders. A free conference offering, the PowerUp Sports Ministry conference, took place over a few hour span and was also recorded so that attendees could watch at different times.
I am thankful for the growing opportunities in sports chaplaincy and sports ministry for our chaplains to grow and to see other chaplains involved in ministry and to be able to learn from them. The continuing education opportunities will help myself and our chaplains to be able to grow and learn how to rightly apply themselves to their own ministry contexts across the different teams that they serve.
Soccer Chaplains United is non-profit, 501(c)3 and depends upon the financial support of individual donors and church partners to help fund and resource our chaplain’s continuing education needs which enable us to continue to develop a high level of chaplaincy service across all levels of soccer. Please consider making a contribution today through the PushPay button below to help us continue to subsidize training and education of our chaplains.