CrossTraining Executive Director, Brad Kenney, is awaiting news about his proposed presentation, Foundations of Pastoral Care: Recovering the Spirit of Chaplaincy in Sport, for the Inaugural Global Congress on Sport and Christianity (IGCSC). The conference is being held at York St John University 24-26 August 2016. The conference will feature keynote lectures, parallel sessions, and a panel discussion as well as 14 different themes for attendees to choose from.
Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus of sociology at Eastern University and Founder and President of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, had this to say about the upcoming conference.
Sports have emerged as a dominant cultural influence in contemporary society, sometimes distorting our values. This conference will enable us to seriously examine the roles that sports play in our lives and may even suggest ways in which they can constructively contribute to the well-being of our people.
Richard Gamble, head of Sports Chaplaincy UK, who will head up the sports chaplaincy theme, also had this to say,
This global conference is an excellent opportunity to further explore and debate the connection of faith and sports. In sports chaplaincy we are experiencing increasing demand from professional sporting bodies, and it is vital that the church can be envisioned to meet sport where it is expressing a need.
CrossTraining’s Executive Director, Brad Kenney, has served as Lead Chaplain for the Colorado Rapids (Major League Soccer) for 15 seasons. It is from his many years of experience that he hopes to bring a pastoral care framework into the sports chaplaincy conversation.
Many times when the church has encountered sport – it either rejects it or it uses it. Either approach presents a challenge for chaplains in sport and I would like to suggest a ‘third way.’ I believe that chaplains in sport should neither reject nor use sport – we need to be intentional in caring for people and pull back the trappings that surround so many in sport.
Announcements about accepted presentations will be made later next week.
If you would like to help sponsor or defray travel costs for the conference, tax-deductible donations are welcome and may be made with a credit card via PayPal or by sending a check to CrossTraining Ministries, PO Box 102081, Denver, CO 80250.