Sports chaplaincy is broadly covered by the definition of the ‘provision of pastoral and spiritual care’. That said there are many differing expressions of this practice that exist in a wide variety of sporting environments and cultures. The models below are guides to help us frame the provision of sports chaplaincy, they are not intended to divide, nor rank in importance. It is hoped that having these models will help bring distinction from other sports ministry. It is more than likely that the chaplaincy you provide has elements of more than one model.

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Embedded Chaplain

Here the chaplain has an official appointment from the club/sporting environment. He/she will have a consistent presence and a recognized position and role. These chaplains tend to be weighted more towards presence ministry and building of relationships over time.

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Sports Mentor

This form of chaplaincy tends to be invited by an individual sports person rather than an organization. Their focus is the spiritual development of the Christian athlete. These mentors tend to be strong in biblical based teaching and discipleship.

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Sports Mentor

This form of chaplaincy tends to be invited by an individual sports person rather than an organization. Their focus is the spiritual development of the Christian athlete. These mentors tend to be strong in biblical based teaching and discipleship.

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Chapel-Based Chaplain

This model is prevalent in Baseball. Chaplains will provide chapel often to whole teams and visiting teams on a regular basis. The chaplains are then encouraged to build relationship with players/athletes outside of that time.

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Formal Chaplain

This type of sports chaplain, will be similar to an embedded chaplain in that they have an official function at the club. However, most of their engagement will be on a formal basis conducting services for their club/sporting environment.

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Formal Chaplain

This type of sports chaplain, will be similar to an embedded chaplain in that they have an official function at the club. However, most of their engagement will be on a formal basis conducting services for their club/sporting environment.

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Tour Chaplain

A tour chaplain operates in sports such as golf, tennis, cycling, surfing etc where there is rarely one venue to meet competitors but the chaplain is required to tour with them. These chaplains tend to build strong connections with a relational approach and often will support competitors with one on ones and bible study groups.

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