Home or Away? Locating Sport and Leisure in Christian Faith and Practice

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3 Day Conference in association with Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand.

How can the sports field become a mission field?

What does the Bible teach about the place of sport and recreation in spiritual formation?

What can we learn about leadership from the world of elite sport?

It is sometimes said that sport is the “national religion” of New Zealand; we take our sport and leisure very seriously. Often, however, these pursuits can feel disconnected from Christian faith and practice.

This conference will attempt to bridge this gap addressing subjects like:

The place of competition in the Christian life

The religiousness of sport in a secular age

The relationship between identity and sports – for good or bad

The pastoral and ethical issues involved in sports and gaming today

$180.00 Earlybird (pay by 31st May)

$210 Full Conference (1st June onwards)

$50 Student

$35 Conference Dinner (Wednesday 12th July)

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Keynote Speakers

Dr Robert Ellis

Principal of Regent’s Park College, Oxford, and author of The Games People Play: Theology, Religion, and Sport (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2014).


Ian Foster

Assistant Coach to the All Blacks

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Grace Rasmussen

Netballer, New Zealand Silver Ferns, Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, and graduate of Laidlaw College.


Other Speakers include Cam Butler (Sports Chaplaincy Australia), Myk Habets (Godly Play for Godly People), Phil Halstead (Pastoral and clinical reflections on the stresses involved in transitioning out of sport)


We welcome any papers that reflect on the relationship between sport and leisure and Christianity, whether they be from biblical, theological, historical, pastoral, cultural or contextual perspectives.

Please email a title and abstract (up to 250 words) along with a brief biographical description, including any organisational affiliation to Dr John Tucker ([email protected]) by 10 April 2017.

Papers should be 30 minutes in length. This will provide space for 10-15 minutes of discussion after each paper.