Listed below are what Cede Network believe are 8 key characteristics for successful sports chaplaincy. Ideally, Sports Chaplains ministry will have all 8 but we recognize that this is not always possible in all cultures and all sporting environments.

1

Godly Character

It is expected that all sports chaplains have a relationship with Christ. Key Godly characteristics, such as confidentially and humility, are essential.

2

Relational

A foundation for sports chaplains is that they provide pastoral and spiritual care through a relational approach. Building a relationship over time enables a deeper provision of care.

3

Focused

For a sports chaplain to remain independent it is helpful to only have one role in the sporting environment i.e. that of chaplain. As we operate in a performance related environment it is important to defend our independence so we can provide appropriate care.

4

Biblical

Chaplains must have a deep understanding of the scriptures and be able to apply them appropriately in the sporting context.

5

Invited

A sports chaplain should be invited either officially by an organisation, or personally by an individual athlete. They should see their position always as a guest.

6

Accountable

It is beneficial for each sports chaplain to have accountability in their local church and ideally also with a sports chaplaincy ministry.

7

Pastorally Gifted & Trained

It is expected that each sports chaplain should be pastorally gifted and trained either within their denomination or from a sports chaplaincy ministry – ideally both.

8

Incarnational

Quality time with athletes only comes from a quantity of time. For a depth of relationship, regular time outside of match/event day is essential.