Who are we?
Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand (SCNZ) is a group of people from a variety of churches who love sport as well as sportspeople. We think sports organisations are a vital part of the fabric of our community, providing a sense of belonging and identity, health and wellbeing, lasting relationships, and also opportunities for meaningful service and personal development. These are things we want to support. Sports Chaplaincy can help you and your team fulfil its potential, on and off the field.
We are followers of Jesus, and we understand that Jesus didn’t choose to hang out with the religious people most of the time, but with everyday people in the places where they were. Wherever he went, he brought love and grace into everyday lives. As a result, we suspect that if Jesus lived in New Zealand today, he might spend quite a bit of time in his local sports club, helping out, listening, just being there for people. That’s the role of a Sports Chaplain.
How Sports Chaplaincy can help
Our speciality is pastoral care, caring for the whole person, not just their sporting performance. We agree with Sir Brian Lochore: better people make better All Blacks. Sports Chaplains work with serious sportspeople at all stages of their career, and in retirement, as a free, neutral and confidential service, to listen and support however we can.
We are not psychologists or counsellors, so we don’t try to offer this level of advice. However we may refer you to these services if appropriate, and walk beside you as a supportive friend.
SCNZ has provided community Sports Chaplaincy services since 2009, and in 2013 we became a charitable trust. In this time have trained 109 Sports Chaplains. Today we have 40 chaplains serving in New Zealand and seven overseas, in schools, local clubs, professional franchises, and regional representative teams.
This blog will address issues that Sports Chaplains commonly come across, such as building strong relationships; maintaining good mental health; coping with injury, non-selection and unfairness; and balancing your sport with the rest of life. We hope that Sports Chaplaincy can help you to succeed both on and off the playing field.
We’d love to hear from you! What issues would you like to read about?