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. […]

“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: 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 […]

Timothy Project: Valor Costa Rica 2017 Update

This past Monday,  Rev Brad Kenney visited Brian Shultz and the Valor Christian High School team headed to Costa Rica. As part of the Timothy Project: Valor Costa Rica 2017 Update, Rev Kenney shares the following from their time together. It’s always a blessing to go and pray over the teams and the people that are utilizing […]

From the Rev: La’ Fheile Padraig Sona Duit!

No, it’s not a typo. No the computer isn’t on the fritz. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! In the Gaelic tongue. Friends of mine who are soon to depart for Ireland sent me this message Friday. Saint Patrick is perhaps one of my favorite “Fathers in the faith.” A few years ago, I reflected on how […]

From the Rev: Giving Up

It’s the season of Lent. A period of 40 days (not including Sundays) before Easter. During Lent, Christians focus on three different things — fasting, prayers of repentance, and giving to the poor. There are two spaces that usually occur during Lent, a space of giving up and a space of filling in. I liken […]

Brooke Ewert

CrossTraining Adds Brooke Ewert as Female Counselor

Today, CrossTraining announced the addition of a female counselor to the team serving the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer (MLS). Brooke Ewert has a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary and a heart for athletes, especially those in crisis and going through different life transitions. In addition to her MA, Ewert […]

CrossTraining Adds Geoff Eliason to Board

Today, CrossTraining announced the addition of Geoff Eliason to the CrossTraining Board of Directors. Eliason, a member at Mission Hills Community Church and COO at Peak Capital Management becomes the seventh board member for CrossTraining. Eliason, has a unique background in sport, training hard at Olympic weightlifting when he was 11 years old.  He enjoyed 15 years of competing […]

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 […]

Twelfth 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 […]