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Board of Directors | Staff | Statement of Faith


-- About Us --

Baseball Chapel is an international ministry recognized by Major and Minor League Baseball and is responsible for the appointment and oversight of all team chapel leaders.


OUR MISSION

To bring encouragement to people in the world of professional baseball through the Gospel so that some become discipled followers of Jesus Christ.


OUR VISION

To see deeply committed players use their platform to influence people around the world to become followers of Jesus Christ.


OUR HISTORY

In the early 1960's, players from the Cubs and Twins initiated chapel services when they were on road trips. Services were usually held at the team hotel.

In 1973, Watson Spoelstra, a Detroit sportswriter, approached Commissioner Bowie Kuhn with the idea of organizing a chapel program for every major league team. Kuhn granted approval and Baseball Chapel was created.

In 1974 services switched from hotels to ballparks and chapels were first held during the playoffs.

At the start of 1975 all major league teams had a chapel program.

A minor league program was established in 1978 and chapels were first held during winter ball in Latin America. Baseball Chapel is a non-denominational Christian ministry committed to the spiritual development of people throughout pro baseball.

OUR IMPACT

Chapel programs are established for all 210 teams in the major and minor leagues and many independent league teams.

Approximately 3,000 players, coaches, managers, trainers, office staff and other team personnel, umpires and members of the media attend each week.

Chapels begin in spring training and end after winter ball in Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic has concluded. Hundreds participate regularly in Bible studies that are conducted with many teams during the week.

OUR LEADERSHIP



Baseball Chapel's Board of Directors provides spiritual vision and prayerful direction to the ministry. In addition to the Board, a group of individuals who are involved in professional baseball serves as an advisory committee. The full time staff members conduct the day to day ministry operations of Baseball Chapel and provide guidance to the team chapel leaders.


OUR DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

Our doctrinal statement represents the truths of Scripture on which the basis for all ministry shall be established and carried out.

All board members and staff, paid and volunteer, shall subscribe to the statement of faith without reservation.

It is by no means exhaustive but is intended to accurately reflect the truths of Scripture we believe have been accepted by followers of Jesus Christ from the time He walked the earth.

It includes the dogmatic beliefs of the church, specifically centering on the Triune God and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

We recognize the differences that have developed among believers on secondary issues and have intentionally avoided addressing these as part of our "doctrine."

Therefore, the statement mirrors our desire for unity that should exist among all who proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.


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