In what has been a busy preseason, CrossTraining Executive Director and Colorado Rapids Chaplain, Brad Kenney, took the opportunity this past weekend to travel to Sacramento where the Colorado Rapids played Sacramento Republic FC in a pre-season friendly.
Sacramento Republic FC is currently playing in its 3rd season. Sac Republic won the championship in their first year of existence (2014) and plays in the Western Conference of the United Soccer League.
For Rev. Brad Kenney, it was a great opportunity to meet the chaplain for Sacramento Republic, Pastor Robert Briggs,
I really enjoyed spending the weekend with Chaplain Briggs – he has developed an integrated and relational ministry with the Sacramento organization and it was great to spend time sharing my own experience and knowledge with him. We were both encouraged by our time together and we look forward to continual friendship and collaboration in the future.
Often in sports chaplaincy, a chaplain can feel lonely and isolated in ministry. Rev. Kenney shared part of the purpose of the trip was to simply develop relationship with fellow Chaplain Briggs.
Those in professional soccer move about so much – it is important to develop trusting relationships with fellow chaplains. Players and coaches that move around – it is easier to connect them to a chaplain when you have spent some time with them. For example, SacRepublic just signed a player that was with Atlanta and the Switchbacks last year – we were able to connect together this past weekend and pray for him and spend time with him. Time spent with Jorge Vallejo in Atlanta (Silverbacks) and Kurt Trempert and now Chaplain Briggs, means that we can better connect with and serve this player and his family.
CrossTraining supporters are encouraged to pray for Chaplain Briggs who also pastors a local church in mid-town Sacramento, Immanuel Baptist and is president of a developing seminary out of the church as well.