I was asked to preach the Kansas City Chiefs chapel service prior to the final pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers. Afterwards, one of the coaches pulled me aside and asked if I could talk for a few minutes. Honestly, my first thought was, "Oh great. I said something stupid in my sermon!"
Instead, he explained to me that the chaplain from last year had just taken a job for another team and he thought my personality and preaching would fit in really well with the Chiefs organization. After praying about it for a few days, I officially accepted the role as the Kansas City Chiefs Chaplain for the 2013 season. This opportunity as chaplain is in addition to my role as Spiritual Development Pastor at Grace Church.
I've been so impressed with the entire Chiefs organization. They are serious about developing not just a winning team, but winning character among the players and staff.
My chaplain responsibilities include teaching a weekly coaches / staff Bible study, home game chapel services, coordination of away game chapel services, one-on-one spiritual coaching and other duties as assigned. I'm just a "rookie" in this whole chaplain thing, but one thing is certain: I'm dedicated to advancing the Gospel of Christ to athletes, coaches and staff in the Chiefs organization and to the KC area.
On a personal note, I want to thank Tim Howey for being an amazing mentor through this. He has been such an encouragement to me and I appreciate his leadership in my life more than most people will ever know.
As of this writing, we are 3-0 (more wins than all of last year). So far, so good!
I'm looking forward to a great season!