“I Want to Kill Myself…”: A CrossTraining Chaplaincy Story

It was a late, mid-November evening when my cell phone flashed and vibrated with the text message – “I want to kill myself…” – was all I could read, that and the sender of the message. It was from one of the players on the team where I had been serving as chaplain. I opened […]

From the Rev: The Legitimacy of Sports Chaplaincy

A recent conversation went something like this: “What do you do?” “I am a sports chaplain. I serve as chaplain for a professional football (soccer) team.” “Is that a real thing?” It’s not the first time that my current vocational calling as been brought into question. It’s a curiosity for many people — inside and […]

Third Day of CrossTraining Christmas

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 […]

First Day of CrossTraining Christmas

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 […]

CrossTraining – Charlotte Independence chaplaincy

With the Colorado Rapids extending their loan agreement and affiliation with the Charlotte Independence for the 2017 season, CrossTraining also looked to extend their service of chaplaincy for the United Soccer League (USL) side. Executive Director, Rev. Brad Kenney was in Charlotte last week for season-ending meetings and year-end assessment. The result was a positive […]

CrossTraining and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

CrossTraining – Colorado Springs Switchbacks chaplaincy

End of season always brings a mix of emotions. For chaplains and those they serve the end of year is often bittersweet with goodbyes and transitions as well as hope for next season and all the moves in between. The Colorado Springs Switchbacks chaplaincy received excellent feedback for the 2016 season. Pastor Kurt Trempert, the Switchbacks […]

From the Rev: 5 Lessons from Baltimore

Last week, I spent a few days in Baltimore, MD with our chaplain in Colorado Springs, Kurt Trempert and with other sports ministers and chaplains from around Major League Soccer, United Soccer Leagues, the North American Soccer League, and other soccer entities in North America (wow, that’s a mouthful). The annual meetings are a way of […]

Rev Brad Kenney Colorado Rapids Chaplain

From the Rev: Ministry By Walking Around – Part 3

I wanted to share some final thoughts on how I see my work as a chaplain and how Ministry by Walking Around, or MBWA, for short, is essential for a chaplain – let alone any follower of Jesus Christ. While I have written about what walking does (to us and for us) and what we are to […]

Rev Brad Kenney Colorado Rapids Chaplain

From the Rev: Ministry By Walking Around – Part 2

Last week, I shared about my friend who characterizes his ministry work with the phrase Ministry by Walking Around, or MBWA, for short. For a chaplain, or even as a Christian, when we consider why a Ministry by Walking Around  is important I shared about what walking does to us – the slowing, strengthening, and exposure that occurs […]

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On the Road

CrossTraining would ask for prayers as Colorado Rapids Lead Chaplain travels on the road to Kansas City this coming weekend to be with the team during it’s away match against Sporting Kansas City. The Rapids will be in the midst of a nine-day road trip. Please pray for the following: Safe travels on the road […]