History – where it began
Good News Sports (‘GNS’) began in 1998 after the appointment of founding director Cameron Butler to the Melbourne Football Club in the AFL as club chaplain. Working alongside athletes, coaches and sports management staff, including Player Managers and the AFL Players Association Cam’s vision was to bring the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ closer to those in our sports communities.
His work during the Bali Bombings, where the team was on their end-of-season trip and the Boxing Day Tsunami when newly married player Troy Broadbridge died on his honeymoon were critical moments in the life of his footy club.
Cameron has served for over 20 years in high performance and local sports and is currently serving as the chaplain to the Sandringham Zebras in the VFL. At the end of 2017 he finished serving as National Director of Sports Chaplaincy Australia after 13 years.
Today – true to form
Today, GNS exists to serve those involved in sports, both in the faith community and those in the sports community. Both to care for their communities more effectively and re-present Jesus, his grace and mercy, in an authentic and progressive way.
Various ways GNS works today…
- GNS provides services like ‘URBANREVS’ to help the local church release its lay people to serve intentionally and effectively in their local communities.
- It also serves Australian sports ministry organisations helping them to collaborate, learn and grow together through the https://goodnewssports.com member website. Some of our friends include, Sports Chaplaincy Australia, ID Sports Australia, InnerFIT NZ, Specialised Indigenous, Australian Sports Ministry Leadership, Christian Surfers Australia
- GNS also manages inspirational sports speakers for special events
- GNS provides various services to sports including, pastoral care, critical incident care, team debriefing, pastoral counselling, in memoriam and celebration services, suicide awareness training, advanced skills for club boards and leadership on trauma management, club community development and advisory