Welcome to the Ordained Chaplains podcast. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society University, and this is “The Work of the Chaplain” Lesson 70. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help those who are interested in serving others through chaplaincy, pastoring, coaching, and counseling to learn the basics of this profession.
Our Work of the Chaplain Passage for this episode is 1 Corinthians 9:24–27 which says, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from David Prince. He said, “The discipline, focus, courage, and characteristics it takes to be a competitive athlete or a loyal soldier also pertain to christian living, and believers who enjoy sports ought to have eyes to see.”
In this podcast, we are going through the fine book: “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack.
Our topic today is: Chapter 9 – Other Chaplain Specialties (Part 5)
— Sports & Recreation Chaplains
Chaplains minister to amateur and professional football, baseball, hockey, and soccer teams. They provide a ministry of presence to participants, fans, and staff of myriad racing venues— horse and dog racing tracks, drag and circle race-car tracks (e.g., NASCAR), and road racing and endurance racing (e.g., Grand Prix). Chaplains from the United States even care for the spiritual needs of the world’s athletes in the Olympic Village.
Sports chaplains perform on-site spiritual care: chapel services, educational programs, workrelated and family-related counseling, weddings, funerals, devotions, and always ministry of presence in the work and training areas where the sport happens. They pray over the athletes and teams before the start of sporting events. They seldom ask God to let their team or athlete win. Instead, they pray for safety, teamwork, fair play, and evidence of all of the training, dedication and hard work that has been invested.
The Special Olympics is a unique event for participants, workers, and spectators. Everyone is a “winner.” This was Tommy’s first event, and his family was nervous for him. “What could I pray for you, Tommy?” the chaplain asked. Tommy put his little hand up to the chaplain’s ear and whispered, “Would it be okay to pray that I don’t cry if I lose?”
Chaplaincy in resort and other leisure settings represents a steadily growing opportunity for ministry to people who work and play in areas all around the country. Resort chaplaincy is usually a multifaith form of counseling and spiritual program services available to people in resort business settings. A resort chaplain is equipped by experience, attitude, and training to offer spiritual ministry programs in resort settings for people of all religious faiths, as well as those who claim no religious affiliation. These chaplains typically have a personal affinity for and ability in the type of recreation their constituents enjoy. Resort chaplains may be found in parks, camps, and ski areas, at golf clubs, boating clubs, and RV parks, on cruise ships, and wherever else tourists gather to play and rest. One such ministry, A Christian Ministry in the National Parks, places chaplains in United States parks during the summer to provide worship services and spiritual care to campers and park staff. It is an independent, ecumenical movement providing interdenominational religious services at sixty-five national parks, monuments, and recreation areas.
The niche-finding abilities of chaplains are virtually unlimited as many continue to turn their avocations into their vocations. Through spiritual presence, listening, and practical acts of caring, recreational and sports chaplains provide God’s love to a world of athletes and people involved in many forms of recreation.
— PRAYER —
Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”