Many institutions recognize that they need to provide for their members’ spiritual needs. People in hospitals and prisons or on military bases and ships cannot get to a normal church congregation. Students at schools and universities face common challenges in growing up and have many questions about religious faith. Consequently, all these different kinds of institutions often set aside a place of worship for their members and appoint people to provide pastoral support for them. Typically, this place of worship is called a chapel, and the person who is in charge of the chapel is the chaplain. Chaplains usually lead services, offer religious instruction and give spiritual guidance.
I have competed for the USA swim team in 2 Olympic Games, 2 World University Games, and 1 Pan American Games. At each of these major sporting events I was so encouraged by the sport ministers who were either from my country or who I already had a previous friendship with. Meeting personally with my chaplain from 1991 to 2000 at these various Games was a big part of my success. Our times together were short and personal but so helpful.
Josh Davis, USA SwimmingView all