Many of us are familiar with the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. The English Christmas carol recalls the 12 days within the season of Christmas and a different gift for each day. What you may not know is that this song is said to have been a mnemonic device to help Christian children recall certain parts of their faith during a time of religious oppression and persecution in England.
In sharing the CrossTraining story for 2016 and into 2017, we thought we would develop our own 12 Stories of CrossTraining to correspond with the 12 Days of Christmas. And so, today, on the third day of Christmas, we share our third day of CrossTraining Christmas and our next story…sing or hum along with us —
On the third day of CrossTraining Christmas, my true love gave to me…
3 “C’s” of CrossTraining
If you look at the scope of what CrossTraining has become, you will see there are three areas of emphasis — each at a different place developmentally, but each continuing to grow.
Chaplaincy — the first “C”
Our chaplaincy model is one that is based upon pastoral and spiritual care for people. Our aim is to offer holistic care for the spiritual and emotional needs of the people that God has called to serve. What does this look like?
Sometimes it is seen in religious ways — a bible study, a prayer offered before a match or around a particular difficult moment in life, a connection to a local church or faith community, or religious awareness and advocacy. Other times, this is provided in much simpler means — a conversation over a coffee, physically helping someone move house, giving someone a book on leadership, reconciling people that are estranged from one another.
Chaplaincy is the primary focus of CrossTraining as we look to provide holistically for people along our motto of “Fitness for this life and the life to come…” Chaplaincy helps address the spiritual fitness needs of the people that we serve.
Counseling — the second “C”
A few years ago we began to develop (really pioneer might be a better word) our work of offering counseling to the people we serve. Sometimes it can be difficult for someone to receive from a chaplain. Sometimes the wounds from religion mean that the chaplain cannot reach or help a particular person. Or, sometimes, the emotional and social needs of a person or situation are beyond the skill and expertise and training of a chaplain. Thus, we utilize licensed professional counselors as part of our team.
Many of the counseling resources available to those within sport are reactionary — they are not preventative or proactive. Something drastic or tragic must happen before action is taken. Other times, benefits for mental health only extend to particular people themselves, a high-profile athlete for example. There are greater needs within the community we serve – wives and girlfriends of athletes, family members, staff and academy children. CrossTraining helps provide accessible counseling to help with the emotional needs that are ever present.
Community – the third “C”
A number of years ago, CrossTraining developed the Timothy Project as a way of giving back to the community. The Timothy Project is an extension and stewardship of the work that we do and the community we serve. Through the Timothy Project, CrossTraining is able to help give back to communities locally and globally, through the sport of soccer to poor and underserved people.
We hear countless stories of how a soccer ball or soccer jersey helped open a door to serve or show love to a poor child or struggling community. Our church partners receive priority when it come to gear and equipment that we receive and this items help enhance their work and outreach — from Africa to Asia, from downtown Denver to South and Central America — the Timothy Project is just one of the ways that CrossTraining helps serve different communities.
On this, the third day of CrossTraining Christmas, please take some time to pray for one of our “C’s” of the ministry. God bless!