Super Bowl Champions, Workplace Warriors Use Chaplains to Face the Hard Hits of Life

While the confetti and the streamers continued to fall at the noisy NRG Super Bowl LI stadium in Houston, the New England Patriots celebrated their championship win for the ages. Among the players and coaches commemorating the most improbable victory were New England team chaplain Don Davis and special teams veteran Mathew Slater.

That’s because the Patriots, newly crowned Super Bowl Champions, are one of the many professional football teams who use chaplains in their athlete workplaces, just as many Houston-area companies, some just miles from the Super Bowl site, use Marketplace Chaplains for their employees and family members.

“Three years from now, most people can’t tell you who the Super Bowl champion was, but we know the real champion is the work we’re doing in those guys’ lives and their families,” said Davis. “We’re here to help all and to care for all and that’s what is most important.”

Less than ten miles from this year’s Super Bowl location, leading insurance provider InsurMark has used Marketplace Chaplains for several years, bringing a needed benefit to the fast-paced industry and the growing business

“Having Chaplains associated with our team at InsurMark has been one of the most successful and fulfilling decision we have made for our associates and their family members,” said CEO Steve Kerns. “Seeing the relationship these dedicated men and women have with our people is one of the truly great things about going to work every day.”

Houston Baptist University was one of the sponsors of the NFL Super Bowl Breakfast the day before the big game, which awarded Slater its annual Bart Starr Award, but President Robert Sloan said Marketplace Chaplains has also made a big difference for his university. “Just to know they’re there on a regular basis and are available whenever needed, they’re a great representative of HBU,” Sloan said.

Slater, who spoke in person at the Super Bowl Breakfast before leaving for a Patriots team meeting, said having a chaplain has been very helpful both for his Super Bowl winning team and the workplace as a whole. “We all have problems and we all need someone to talk with about our problems,” Slater said. “As athletes and workers, we all have a platform in our lives, but without my faith and my help, I wouldn’t have a faithful platform to stand on.”

According to a Wikipedia research articleAmerican professional sports teams are among the most comprehensive and proactive in having chaplains. A 1982 international conference in Hong Kong expanded sports chaplaincy to various sports leagues in countries around the world.

Marketplace Chaplains CEO and Executive President Doug Fagerstrom said the use for workplace chaplains for both Super Bowl Champions and workplaces around the country has proven to be an effective workplace tool in an executive’s toolbox. “Every employee of every company, regardless of size or industry, needs someone to talk to about their hurts, pain, decisions, fears and failures,” he said.  “Our Marketplace Chaplains are available 24/7 to listen, encourage and offer hope with confidential non-judgmental care.”

Marketplace Chaplains currently serves in 770 companies in 3,000 different locations with more than 1,500 trained, caring and confidential chaplains serving 683,000 employees and their family members.

For more information on this unique employee benefit which has been featured in Marketplace Chaplains on CNN, /NBC Nightly News, and in the Washington Post, the New York Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, visit http://www.mchapusa.com.

About Marketplace Chaplains:  To arrange an interview with a Marketplace Chaplain, contact Art Stricklin, Vice President Public Relations, at artstricklin@mchapusa.com or call 1-800-775-7657.

Marketplace Chaplains Serve Top Places to Work Winners Again

For the second year in a row, several Marketplace Chaplains-served companies scored high marks in the prestigious Dallas Morning News’ “Best Places to Work” and Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” surveys. Marketplace Chaplains is America’s original, largest and leading workplace chaplaincy organization offering a personalized and proactive Employee Care Service with over 50% usage rates by employees.

The annual satisfaction surveys ask employees and company executives what makes their companies employee friendly. For the second year in a row, both Pioneer Natural Resources, based in Irving, Texas, and Publishing Concepts LP, based in Dallas, were labeled the best places to work for Large Companies and Midsize Companies, respectively.

Pioneer has made the prestigious Dallas Morning News list every year and the top three each year since beginning Marketplace Chaplains services in 2012. The chaplains not only serve in the company headquarters but also throughout the field offices in the ever-changing oil and gas industry. “Pioneer encourages individual input, values our families, maintains a high moral presence and trusts its employees to do their very best,” said one Pioneer employee.

Publishing Concepts CEO Drew Clancy, a third generational leader of the family-owned company, signed up with Marketplace Chaplains in May 2016 and has seen benefits since. “We at PCI are big fans of Marketplace Chaplains. Our business strategy at PCI is based on Happy Associates = Happy Clients. The Marketplace Chaplains service provides a great resource for our associates to be able to work in a confidential manner with one of our chaplains when challenges arise in their lives.”

The Fortune survey, “100 Best Companies to Work For,” summarized Texas company rankings in “The 10 Best Workplaces in Texas.” David Weekley Homes is ranked No. 3 in Texas and 17th nationally. Hilcorp ranks No. 5 in Texas and 22nd nationally. Both companies have been with Marketplace Chaplains for more than a decade. “Having a company chaplain as part of our operation sets an ethical tone for our entire organization,” said one David Weekley employee.

Like Pioneer, Hilcorp is deeply involved in the oil and gas industry and has field offices spread throughout the country. When Hilcorp expanded to Alaska, Marketplace Chaplains journeyed to the remote location to seek out the needs of employees and family members. Hilcorp CEO Jeff Hildebrand said he works hard to provide a family atmosphere at the company, sponsoring employee contests and trips and considers Marketplace Chaplains a key part of his employee benefits.

“Chaplains are more than value-added to a company’s offering of employee services,” says Marketplace Executive President and CEO Doug Fagerstrom. “Every day a chaplain meets company employees, there is a corporate sense of well-being, individual support and a deeper level of personal care that cannot be provided in any other way.”

For more information on this unique employee benefit which has been featured in Marketplace Chaplains on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and in the Washington Post, the New York Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, visit http://www.mchapusa.com.

About Marketplace Chaplains: To arrange an interview with a Marketplace Chaplain, contact Art Stricklin, Vice President Public Relations, at artstricklin@mchapusa.com or call 1-800-775-7657.