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Collegiate Sport Chaplaincy: Problems and Promise

The below excerpt is from the article Collegiate Sport Chaplaincy: Problems and Promise by Steven Waller, Lars Dzikus, and Robin Hardin.

The role of sports chaplains is to care for the sports person and broader sports community they serve including coaches, administrators, and their families. While the core motivator for Christian chaplains may be the Gospel, the sports chaplains’ foremost competency is pastoral care. The chaplain’s role is sometimes construed as a “spiritual and pastoral safety net” (SCORE, n.d., para. 2). The sport chaplain can meet many of the needs that cannot be met by others involved in the collegiate athletic program.

You can download the article here.

"Do What You Always Did!”

Laurie Vidal is a Sports Chaplain for Powerboat Racing. He writes an occasional devotion called the “One Minute Gun”. In powerboat racing there is a “one minute gun” to warn the boaters that they have to be in position and ready to go. No one will wait on them. A great way to approach the Scriptures – get ready spiritually, the world, your flesh and the devil will not wait on you!”

If you are a Sports Chaplain and would like to send an illustration or a blog entry send it to KenCross@sportschaplains.org. Thanks Laurie.

“Do what you always did and get what you always got!” It is amazing how many times we do something we have always done and think we will get different results! Ever happen to you?

Sitting on our back porch, I have observed these little tiny frogs that have unfortunately gotten on the wrong side of the screen. There is a metal frame of about 3/4 inch thick that holds the screen in place around the entire porch. So when the poor little frog discovers he really wants to be on the other side of the screen, he begins a very futile behavior!

The behavior consists of jumping up onto the metal frame with all the momentum in the hop the little frog can muster. When he clears the metal, he unfortunately hits the screen which knocks him back onto the floor of the porch, where he started! He’ll then attempt the same jump over and over and over….until he dies!

Whatever behaviors are not working for us, we need to look at very carefully. Let’s approach the obstacle with a realistic view. Our behavior may not be as obvious as the frog’s, but it may be as self-destructive!

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 16:25

Father, I want to let go of the the behaviors that are futile. Show me Your way to move toward freedom from destructive behaviors. Amen

“Do What You Always Did!

Laurie Vidal is a Sports Chaplain for Powerboat Racing. He writes an occasional devotion called the “One Minute Gun”. In powerboat racing there is a “one minute gun” to warn the boaters that they have to be in position and ready to go. No one will wait on them. A great way to approach the Scriptures – get ready spiritually, the world, your flesh and the devil will not wait on you!”

If you are a Sports Chaplain and would like to send an illustration or a blog entry send it to KenCross@sportschaplains.org. Thanks Laurie.

“Do what you always did and get what you always got!

Sports Chaplain: Mike Echstenkamper

Each Thursday we highlight a fellow Sports Chaplain. Mike Echstenkamper is affiliated with Athletes in Action and serves the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He grew up in Ohio, attended Ohio University. Played baseball there and than signed with New York Yankees as an outfielder.  Married to Kim, and they have four children. If you would like his contact information go to either Chaplains Connect or the Sports Chaplains Network website.

He provided this material from a book he read.  Use it in your ministry. If you are a Sports Chaplain, please send us illustrations or notes from your talks to share with others. Send them to  Kencross@sportschaplains.org.

Also, I am in the process of interviewing as many Sports Chaplains as possible. Could you send me your contact information and a time that will fit with your schedule so I could learn from you?

Revolution Within by Dwight Edwards Page 163-164

The difference between adolescent freedom and mature freedom.

Adolescent freedom asks only, What am I free from? Mature freedom asks, What am I free for?

Adolescent freedom asks only, Is it forbidden? Mature freedom asks, Is it helpful?

Adolescent freedom embraces the liberty “to do my own thing

Sports Chaplain: George McGovern

Each Thursday this blog will highlight a fellow Sports Chaplain.

George McGovern, chaplain for the NY Yankees and the NY Giants provided this illustration. If you are a Sports Chaplain, please send us illustrations of notes from your talks to share with others. Send them to  Kencross@sportschaplains.org.

Here’s an illustration from George that can be downloaded here.

In the age of the internet, smart phones, and media “connectedness

Justin Tuck, Brick Strong

Welcome to my new blog!  I am Ken Cross, the new vice president of the Sports Chaplains Network (SCN).

Why would there be the need for a Sports Chaplains Network? Because as Sports Chaplains we have a unique opportunity to be used of God to change lives with a relational, gospel centered ministry through sports.

A couple of days ago I was watching ESPN and saw this video. A great human interest story about a seemingly all powerful Super bowl winning Justin Tuck and a brave young fan with leukemia. But it was more than that for me.

Watch it and then I will tell you why.

Did you notice that all of this happened as a result of an unnamed chaplain putting a “bug/suggestion