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Photo of sports field with 'Fields Open' sign, role of Sports Chaplaincy in 2019

Make Sport Your Mission in 2019

Happy New Year! It’s great to have you on board with Sports Chaplaincy in 2019.


As the clock struck midnight on 31 December, and 2019 kicked off, many people made their annual New Year’s Resolutions. However, I’m guessing most bog-standard New Year’s Resolutions aren’t worth the breath they take to utter! Nevertheless, thinking about the coming year, and aiming to make the most of it is no bad thing. We even wrote a blog post about this last year.


Sports Chaplaincy in 2019

For SCNZ, 2019 promises to be a year of further growth and development. We have wonderful volunteer chaplains serving teams and organisations in a growing variety of sports across the country. They are supported by a small but excellent team of staff and Regional Leaders. The need for more Sports Chaplains grows every day, so 2019 will be about identifying, training and appointing more chaplains into these opportunities. It will also be about providing them with the guidance and support that will enable them to serve well.


SCNZ has a mandate from God to raise up a movement of Sports Chaplains across our land. This requires us to help churches recognise that the mission landscape of Aotearoa has changed, and to respond accordingly. 


It also requires us to help sporting organisations recognise that their duty of care for the wellbeing of their athletes can largely be met by appointing a Sports Chaplain.


Get involved

Other areas of priority for SCNZ are to grow the number of people praying for us, and regularly supporting our ministry financially. There are two simple ways to support us in prayer. First, text your mobile to me (022 607 5878) and we will send you regular prayer texts. Second, set a daily alarm on your phone for 10:02 (am or pm), and pray Luke 10:02: Ask the Lord of the harvest to thrust more workers (chaplains) into the harvest field.
We would love to have you stand with us financially too. You can do this by supporting one of our staff or Regional Leaders with a one off or regular gift, or by giving to our operations to help grow Sports Chaplaincy in 2019. As a charity, we can send you a tax receipt at the end of the year.


Every week in New Zealand, 95% of young people and 73% of adults get into some kind of sport or recreation. That’s where the harvest field is week in, week out. Join us and help show the love of God in a tangible way to our sporting nation.



Author Info

Phil Pawley

Phil has been in ministry since 1980, with Youth With a Mission, The Church of England, Morrinsville Baptist Church, and now as National Director of Sports Chaplaincy NZ.. During 20 years living in England he was Sports Chaplain for the St Helen’s and England rugby league teams and at the Manchester Commonwealth Games. In his younger days Phil played hockey. He has also completed the London marathon and climbed Mt Kilimanjaro. Phil and his wife Diane have four adult children as well as a growing number of grandchildren.

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