Sports chaplains invest in helping people win at life

We're excited that you're considering becoming an accredited sports chaplain. By partnering with SCA, you’ll be given extensive training towards providing an unmatched level of proactive pastoral care and responsive spiritual care.

To get started, attend our Orientation to Sports Chaplaincy.

If you have met all the criteria listed below, you can fill out the Accreditation Application online. The link will take you to your personal profile once you are signed in.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Our relationship with Christ & others is our ministry
  • We do ministry 'to' and not 'through'
  • We are discerning
  • We don’t go alone
  • We are always a guest
  • We are unpaid volunteers
  • We are authentic people
  • We serve without discrimination
  • We make time - we are consistent
  • We are visible - visibility is credibility
  • We keep it pure - no other agenda
  • We always maintain confidentiality
  • We are impartial - we don't take sides
  • We are servant leaders
  • We build people
  • We’re comfortable inviting people to respond
  • We are catalysts for growth
  • We’re trustworthy - we treat the office with respect

SCA Chaplaincy Accreditation Criteria

Our accredited chaplains are required to satisfy certain minimum criteria, including completion of our Advanced Sports Chaplaincy Training.


  • Attendance at one of our Orientation to Sports Chaplaincy sessions
  • A clear sense of calling to serve as a sports chaplain
  • Evidence of effective ministry with your local church
  • Endorsement by your local church regarding your suitability
  • Regular pastoral accountability and church attendance
  • An appreciation of the pastoral care needs of the sporting community and a capacity to respond to those needs
  • Agreement to comply with our Code of Conduct and Guiding Principles
  • Ability to provide a current Working with Children's Check (or your state's equivalent credential)
  • Satisfactory completion of our Advanced Sports Chaplaincy Training (Certificate in Sports Chaplaincy)

If you are unsure about any of the requirements, please contact our Accreditation Team.

Once your completed application and all supporting documents have been received by our office, we will assess your information, contact your referees, and have your local SCA coordinator contact you for an interview. You’ll be notified of your suitability and, if successful, awarded your accreditation.

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