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



Carey is excited to announce we will be hosting a 3 day conference “Home or Away? Locating Sport and Leisure in Christian Faith and Practice” in July 2017, in association with Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand.


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.


About the Conference

11-13 July 2017 @ Carey Baptist College

It is sometimes said that sport is the “national religion” of New Zealand. That might be an overstatement – just – but New Zealanders take their sport and leisure very seriously. Our lives and our society are profoundly shaped by sporting and recreational pursuits. This conference will attempt to locate sport and recreation within Christian faith and practice by addressing questions like these:

• How have Christians historically thought about sport and recreation?
• What are the issues and opportunities facing sports ministry today?
• How can sport and leisure be a vehicle for discipleship and worship?
• What are the pastoral needs of elite athletes?
• How can sport and leisure become idolatrous?
• What is a Christian response to the violence of online gaming?
• How do popular forms of sport and leisure serve to shape gender identity?
• What is the place of competition in the Christian life?
• How should Christians respond to injustice in the world of professional sport?
• What can we learn about leadership from the world of elite sport?

Registrations will open early 2017.

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).


Grace Rasmussen

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