Colorado Rapids Associate Chaplain Hugo Venegas 2015

From the Rev: The Redemptive Edge

Ok. So, I’ve not written since early April. A sign of the busyness of this season and all that CrossTraining is going through with our rebranding and ministry. A few of my friends recently have asked that infamous question, “How are you doing?” Tired. Excited. Ready for this rebranding process to be finished. Struggling. Energized. […]

From the Rev: Frayed Community

Last week, Colorado Rapids fans were shocked by the news. Team captain Sam Cronin and starting left back Marc Burch — waived and traded. Three games into the season. To the worst team in the league for two players, money, and an international spot. And so goes the typical script in professional sport. Unless it’s a […]

2017 MLS Meetings – LA

Last week, CrossTraining chaplains from Colorado and Charlotte were in Los Angeles, CA for the NSCAA Convention, Major League Soccer Draft, and annual gathering of soccer chaplains and soccer ministry people. The annual meetings which are hosted by Athletes in Action, featured a day-filled with meetings and discussion about soccer ministry as well as an inspirational talk by […]

Arizona Report

This past week, CrossTraining Executive Director, Rev. Brad Kenney, wrapped up several meeting in Phoenix, Arizona as CrossTraining continues to help discover and develop chaplains in professional soccer. The trip, combined with Rev. Kenney’s Presbytery of the West meetings, was part of the initial effort to lay the ground work for finding a chaplain and counselor to […]

Raising Arizona

CrossTraining continues its work in trying to discover and develop chaplains in North America. The latest effort will focus on raising up a chaplain and counseling team in Arizona beginning with the USL-Pro club, Arizona United. Arizona United SC (soccer club) was founded in 2014 in the Phoenix, AZ area. The team plays in Scottsdale – a […]

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: Thank A Sports Chaplain

It was an interesting “first thing” to say in an interview after winning the NBA championship series and being named MVP, but there was Golden State Warriors Andre Iguodala thanking the National Basketball Associations team chaplains. Check out this video where Iguodala thanks NBA chaplains. Not once, but twice, as Iguodala gives a word of praise and thanks for […]

Rev Brad Kenney Colorado Rapids Chaplain

From the Rev: Beware the ides of March

March 15th. It is a day of historical infamy. Beware the ides of March. The ides of March – a telling time and the phrase was made so popular by Shakespeare’s recounting of the events leading up to Julius Caesar’s assignation in his play so named after the magnanimous Roman emperor whose death is looked […]

From the Rev: The MLS CBA

With the draft now concluded and preseason camps underway, the next major event in the life of Major League Soccer is completing the new MLS CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement). The MLS CBA is the league’s agreement with the MLSPU (MLS Player’s Union) and usually is a 3-5 year labor agreement. The current MLS CBA is […]

2015 MLS Chaplain Meetings

Last week, the CrossTraining team from Colorado flew to Philadelphia to attend the annual MLS Chaplain meetings with the other chaplains from Major League Soccer as well as the NASL (North American Soccer League) and USL (United Soccer League) and be present for the 2015 MLS Draft. The meetings featured time to network and fellowship with […]