As youth leaders, we recognize that the greatest harvest exists on the school campus. There are many avenues that allow youth leaders to have a presence on campus, but this resource is written specifically to target those interested in and currently serving in sports chaplaincy.
So, why “The Sideline Pass”? Let’s be honest. This is one of the most coveted badges that a youth leader could possess. It’s the pass of all passes. It’s an open door with direct access to student athletes, coaches, parents, principals, and even the school. I still remember the athletic director’s words when I picked up my sideline pass for the most recent season: “Other pastors want to do this”. Yes, it is a great opportunity that most anyone would jump at. But it’s just that…an opportunity. The sideline pass doesn’t make you a better youth leader or make your church and student ministry better just because you have one. The sideline pass is an opportunity to take Jesus to your local campus by loving and serving the team.
“The Sideline Pass” is a resource designed to help you step into a role as a sports chaplain. This resource is packed full of ideas, strategies, and devotions from current chaplains that work with basketball, football, cheerleading, and even rodeo teams every week! As you know, every campus and community is different. Use these ideas as a starting place and springboard to launch into the ministry that is right for the campus near you. Whatever you decide to do, make the campus a priority for your church and student ministry.
“But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest!” John 4:35
Praying for YOU as you win your campus,