Race Track Chaplaincy of America- RTCA

During my time in East Texas this past week I had the great privilege of reconnecting with an old friend, Carolyn Linder who has known me all my life. She had heard of our transition for serving as pastors at Saddleback Church to launching Street to the Seat and wanted to hear more about our ministry. After spending some time telling her about STS I asked what she had been up to these last few years.rtca.jpg

With that she began to share with me the story of Rack Track Chaplaincy of America – RTCA and her new found passion…no obession for helping behind the scenes of horse racing. As long as I’ve known Carolyn she has been a race horse fan, but her new found obession of sharing the love of Christ on the “backstretch” of race tracks across the world was over the top. She went on to tell me about their plans to place a chapel and chaplain on every race track in North America and beyond.

I don’t know about you, but this excites me. I am so proud of Carolyn and her involvement in RTCA. I look forward to learning more about RTCA and how we at STS can partner with them in reaching others for Christ.

Check out RTCA for yourself.

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RTCA Vision/Mission Statement

The Race Track Chaplaincy of America, Inc. is an evangelical, interdenominational, Christian organization whose purpose is to minister to those persons involved in all aspects of the horse racing industry. A Board of Directors who serves voluntarily, without compensation guides this non-profit, tax-exempt Corporation. The Ministry of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, Inc. is carried out by Chaplains who are employed, supported, and supervised by Local Councils that take responsibility for the work on a particular track or group of tracks. In order to provide the horse racing industry with the best possible pastoral care, the RTCA, Inc. seeks to employ as Chaplains only those ministers who meet the highest standards of spiritual maturity, personal integrity, commitment, concern, education, training, and abilities. The Local Councils are comprised of both clergy and laypersons from the surrounding community and from the racing industry. These individuals serve voluntarily, out of a sense of commitment to the vision of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, Inc.

The primary focus of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, Inc. is to serve all those who are involved in the horse racing industry; this includes those found in the stable area, on the track, in the front offices, in the grandstands or clubhouse, at a training facility, or on a breeding farm, including horse owners and racing fans.

The Ministry of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, Inc. is based upon the belief that it is God’s desire that every person, including those in the horse racing industry, should have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, resulting in a life that is full and abundant in its nature and eternal in its scope. Built upon that belief, the work of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, Inc. is holistic in its approach; ministering not only to the spiritual needs of those in the horse racing industry, but to their physical, emotional and social needs as well.

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