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Proposal(s) Accepted!

Apr 16, 2019

I am excited to announce that Soccer Chaplains United has had two proposals accepted for presentation at the Second Global Congress on Sport and Christianity. The congress, taking place at Calvin College later this year, will feature speakers, writers, practitioners, academics, and more that are constantly wrestling with issue of faith, life, and sport.

I had the privilege of presenting at the Inaugural Congress in 2016 in York, England. It was a challenging and encouraging time all in the same breath. Theologians and academics mixing with sports ministry practitioners — for me, there was some new thinking and challenges around how I understand faith and sport. I also did my part, challenging a few academics into considerations that, as a chaplain, I’ve had to work out in the field and arena of sport.

My friend and colleague Rev Bob Mayo (chaplain for QPR and vicar at Shepherd’s Bush) pose whilst having a coffee on the ancient fortress walls in York at the Inaugural Global Congress on Christianity and Sport.

This year, the committee for the congress has accepted two proposals from Soccer Chaplains United. I submitted one on a bilabial foundation for chaplaincy in sport. Essentially, chaplains (and those in sport) often default to particular passages fo scripture to “make a case” for serving in the sport arena (and other areas as well). My hope is to encourage chaplains to go further back into scripture for a foundational basis for the work that we do outside the walls of the church building.

The second proposal involves myself and our Director of Counseling Brooke Ewert. We will be tackling the issue of chaplaincy and counseling in sport. It is a difficult integration and Brooke and I will be doing a panel presentation to discuss how Soccer Chaplains United has worked to bring the work of the chaplain and the work of the counselor into better alignment.

Brooke has been an amazing addition and our sights are set on Michigan in October

Some of the featured keynote speakers include Tim Tebow, Miroslav Volf, Gary Thomas and more…

A few of the keynote speakers lined up for this year’s congress

If you would like to sponsor or help offset the cost of getting to Michigan, we would love your support. Pray for us as we share with others working in the field of sport and as we seek to learn and to grow Soccer Chaplains United.

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