#1103 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 26 July 2015
Who’s the most valuable person in a football club? Former Australian Rules footballer Warren Tredrea, who played for Port Adelaide, wrote a great piece for The Advertiser last week, saying, “in tough times there is no-one more valuable than a trusted and well-respected chaplain.”
What separates chaplains from the rest is that they often do their best work when emotions and stress [are at their] greatest — in love and loss… funerals, weddings and baptisms…
But it’s what goes unseen that makes their biggest impact.
Like anyone in society footballers have their issues — from marital issues to sickness and stress — [chaplains] play an undercover role…
And by being the trusted ear to listen and voice to guide, chaplains make their biggest impact away from the bright lights when the players need them most.
AFL chaplains volunteer their time to help their clubs for no pay. God bless every chaplain in Australia.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.