I read this Blog from Tim Callies today and he linked this You Tube video. He made an interesting point – but it is not quite the point I would like to make. When I watched this video it reminded me that music – live music – gets people’s attention. I will never forget the first live band I saw at the tender age of twelve play the classic CCR hit - Proud Mary. It amazed me. The only instrument I can play well is the radio.
Did you notice the people taking their earplugs out and smiling? What a great scene. Music is a language that speaks to people and makes them respond.
Sports is also a universal tool. My friend Bob Dyar, sports chaplain at Joe Gibbs Racing, says that if Paul were alive today he would use both sports and music as universal ministry tools. Because Paul could be all things to all people. It’s amazing – all people respond to sports and music.
As Sports Chaplains, we have the privilege to speak into people’s lives as they are involved in coaching, supporting, or playing sports. While people are involved at some level of a game – we represent the one who has given us “all things to enjoy.”
Remember today why you are involved. Renew your passion to use sport and not to worship it.
I thought he would want me to remind you.
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.
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The excerpt below is from the article The Collegiate Sports Chaplain: Kindred or Alien? by Steven N. Waller, Lars Dzikus, and Robin Hardin.
SPORT CHAPLAINCY AS A PROFESSIONAL and volunteer endeavor has evolved over the past half century in the United States. In light of the similar work that the sport chaplain does this type of chaplaincy is kindred to more traditional types of chaplaincy, e.g., hospital, military, corporate. The term “kindred” connotes something that is related, having similar ancestry or origin.
In contrast, some argue that sport chaplaincy and its practitioners are more “alien” or emanating from a very different family, people, or place, or the state of being an outsider. Very little is known about sport chaplaincy as a facet of ministry. Courses in sport ministry or pastoral care for athletes are not mainstays in pastoral care and counseling curricula. More commonly, sport chaplains operate in isolation from other credentialed chaplains reinforcing the stigma of “alien.”
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