Leading the team of SCNZ Sports Chaplains in Canterbury is Rodney Read.

Based in Christchurch, Rodney Read is the latest edition to the SCNZ team roster - he has come on board as our Regional Leader for Canterbury! Rodney is chaplain to the Canterbury Rams NBL team and doesn’t let us forget who the reigning champions are!

If he’s not reminiscing about the days of being heavily involved in Athletics (ask him about triple-jump!), Rodney is watching Rugby Union, beginning to dip his toes into Rugby League, or going for a bike ride with his wife Jill (nothing too extreme, we are told!).

Rodney oversees the growth and development of Sports Chaplaincy in Canterbury. This includes identifying, training, appointing, and guiding the chaplains in his area, connecting with local churches and sports communities, and finding more chaplains.

Canterbury Sports Chaplain Count: 7

Stay up to date

Keep up to date with the latest news and events popping up around Canterbury! We love collecting Sports Chaplain stories - there's always something great to share! If you would like to stay in the loop with occaisional regional newsletters sent directly to your inbox please click here!

2024 Trainings

Don't miss out on the opportunity to become a Sports Chaplain. Completing your training through our Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand training programme is mandatory and covers all foundational material needed to become an SCNZ accredited Sports Chaplain. This a blended learning experience with an online course covering 22 topics and 1 day in-person workshop. The online component takes approximately 20 hours to complete.

The next training cohort for 2024 begins on May 13th - don't leave it too late to get in touch!

Workshops - absolute highlights!

In 2023, we had three new chaplains train and each brought their own flare, personality, and faith background. We really value coming together in fellowship for Stronger Together meetings, and workshops, as we learn so much about our new team mates, and hear more about their cultures and backgrounds.

Our workshops are a great way to connect personally and learn through discussion and scenarios.

SCNZ Facebook

We have a national Facebook page where there are posts about what we are up to as an organisation, updates on all regions around New Zealand, inspirational material, and details around training and workshops.

This page is for everyone - please don't hesitiate to click that follow button! Our national SCNZ page here.



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Some of our Sporting Partners in Canterbury
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National Newsletter

We write and release newsletters throughout the year that tell our success stories, update our supporters on what we've been up to, and hopefully encourage readers in life and their own journey! If you're keen to stay up to date with Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand by joining our mailing list, click here.

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