This site is owned and operated by the Sports Chaplains Network (SCN). Our Vision is to:
- Develop a national network of gospel-centered sports chaplains who are focused on
developing disciples through relational ministry
- Provide resources for Sports Chaplains around the world as they minister to their
respective athletes and teams
- Encourage community among Sports Chaplains by providing contact information on chaplains
across a variety of professional and collegiate sports
- Communicate stories of and related to sports chaplaincy around the world
Here are some common struggles that Sports Chaplains face:
- Was I chosen as a Sports Chaplain because I played the sport or because I am equipped
to chaplain these athletes?
- As Sports Chaplains we are pretty extroverted, and we often talk when we should
- Our calling can be confusing. Are we called to raise money or to minister? If we
are not careful, we start looking at people as a financial resource streams rather
- Maintaining a balance with ministry to players, coaches, family and my own spiritual
- For NASCAR chaplains, travel and being away from family for 28+ weekends a year
is very difficult. Having their wife going to church alone with the children is
coupled with that.
- Understanding where the athletes are and how to best minister to them.
- How to “go deeper” with my athletes.
- Raising financial support.
- I have had very little training, mostly “on the job”, and I think I
am missing significant opportunities.
- I have little fellowship with other Sports Chaplains; it gets lonely.
- For chaplains in the minor leagues, players are only there a little while.
- I struggle finding the best way to disciple guys.
- I tend to be disorganized.
- Spiritual warfare.
- I struggle staying sensitive to the Lord.
- I tend to become too comfortable in my ministry situation and losing my edge in
- Communicating to athletes that they can be a man or woman of God
and still be a warrior and to convey to athletes that their Christianity can be
lived out on the field.
Here are some things that seasoned Sports Chaplains wish they had known when they
- I wish I had been trained on how to deal with the media and famous personalities.
- People cannot be fixed by me.
- Ministry is a process that demands relationship and eager patience.
- Being available is so important, do not get bored with your ministry of presence.
- Spend more time in prayer, really, more!
- “Be” before you try to “Do”.
- Remember Grace and Truth, at the beginning I emphasized mostly truth.
- Give them Jesus.
- Learn how to say, “NO”, then ask God for wisdom on when to say it!
- I had no idea how much time raising money to do ministry would take.
- Don’t coach.
- Don’t get in the way or be a distraction with the coaches are doing their
- Don’t be a fan, and never yell at a referee!