The role of a sports chaplain is to provide, ‘to provide holistic spiritual and pastoral care, by permission, all towards the well-being of people in sport’
The role of a sports chaplain is to be servant hearted, striving to be pastorally proactive and spiritually reactive. A sports chaplain aims to serve all in the club irrespective of peoples position, believes or life styles. We serve all – people of faith and people of no faith, offering pastoral and spiritual support wherever appropriate.
Sports Chaplains UK have some key values that we expect of a chaplain to expressed:
- Presence – is all about being there, being a difference – Incarnational: “The word became flesh dwelling among us.” “let your light shine”
- Excellence – in everything we say and do – we serve an excellent God, Servanthood: “not looking to your own interests, but the interests of others.”
- Relationship – compassion – Identification: “all things to all people” “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.”
- Confidentially– being trusted and a safe port of call
- Humility – It’s all about Jesus, not our ego and at times it can be humiliating
There some minimum standards such as a commitment to prayer, pastoral gift, accountable (reference), adhere to safeguarding, consistent attendance at sporting organisation outside of ‘event / match’, commitment to ongoing development, and all this helps demonstrates credibility which is fundamental for a sports chaplain.
The role of the sports chaplain will vary greatly depending on the role defined by the club, as it is very much a permission led activity. Regular visits to training, the stadium, attendance at sporting events, etc helps develop relationships -with the chaplain endeavouring to act with discernment and sensitivity. Many chaplains also undertake “traditional” functions for their sporting organisations such as funerals, weddings and scattering of ashes ceremonies. In doing this they can provide clubs with an important link to engagement with the local community.
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