Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a 65-year-old ministry focused on bringing the life-changing message of the gospel to coaches and athletes. Our vision is to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes, and our mission is to lead every coach
and every athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church. As a ministry, FCA maintains a commitment to Jesus Christ and His word through these core values- integrity, serving, teamwork, and excellence. Discipleship methods are centered on engaging in
relationships, equipping in Christ-centered training, and empowering others to grow in their faith and lead others to Christ. Here are three major reasons why we need the ministry of FCA to grow
and thrive in our community:
- To the Coach
The first part of the FCA ministry strategy is connecting with coaches. There is no other ministry primarily focused on building relationships with and pouring into the people who have a direct influence on so many. Billy Graham stated, “A coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime.” Coaches are ministers to their athletes, whether they realize it or not. They have an impact, whether that be good or bad. But who is ministering to the ministers? Who is praying over and reaching out to the coaching world? How can this demographic be reached to use their influence for good? This is the mission of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Recently, at one of our huddles, a local head football coach came and shared his testimony with a group of athletes. Toward the end of his story, someone asked, “Who reached out to you to call you out and help you get your life back on the right track?” Without hesitation, the coach responded, “My coach.” The influence of his coach had come full circle. He was there sharing his testimony of the grace of God because his coach loved him enough to tell him the truth. This is the kind of legacy FCA hopes to help EVERY coach leave behind.
2. Through the Coach
As Billy Graham said, the influence of one coach in just one season is immense. Athletes highly value their coach’s opinion and will do just about anything because “the coach says”. What better way to reach EVERY athlete with the gospel of Christ than directly through their coach? What if every influential person in the life of your child had their relationship with God as the driving force of the impact they would have on them? Fellowship of Christian Athletes provides a platform for this in the world of sports. Because athletics is such a big part of our schools and communities, “through the coach” has the potential to go above and beyond just the athletes they coach. Sports draw crowds and draw attention. They have the potential to change the culture of a school and even an entire community.
Through FCA, the gospel can be shared legally in a school setting. The resources provided by FCA make it simple and easy to start and maintain a huddle within a team, school, or community. A coach who has been changed by the gospel will have a team changed by the gospel. A team changed by the gospel will have peers at school changed by the gospel. A school changed by the gospel will be an example of love for their community. A community changed by the gospel will be motivated to reach the world with the love of Christ.
3. Fulfilling the Great Commission
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20
What’s the second word in that verse? GO. In Jesus’ last words on earth, he tells us to go and make disciples. If God has placed a burden on your heart to reach young people, FCA is the perfect ministry to partner with. Approximately 85% of those who accept Christ do so before they turn 18. It is estimated that 10% of youth attend church weekly, but 95% of youth attend school every day. In addition to that, sport is the second most participated in an activity for kids in the world – second only to school. Where do you think they are more likely to hear the gospel? Through the platform of FCA, we can GO to kids every single day, in their schools and on their teams, meeting them where they are.
In regards to discipleship, having an FCA huddle provides a safe place to ask questions and grow deeper in relationship with God. It creates a family, a support system for the kids who are striving to be salt and light every day on their teams and in their schools. In addition to this FCA provides daily devotionals and other resources geared toward athletes and helping them grow spiritually.
How to Get Involved:
Every ministry needs prayer! Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the devil in the spiritual realm. When you pray, you’re battling for us. Prayer is also essential for guidance and direction from God. Most importantly, prayer is a precious time of communing with our heavenly Father that draws us closer to Him. It would be an honor for our ministry to be apart of your daily talks with God.
We are always looking for volunteers to get involved with events, fundraising, discipleship, and so much more. If God has laid it upon your heart to serve with FCA, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can get you plugged in! We rely on our volunteers to help this ministry grow and thrive.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes is funded through partnerships with those who feel called to give. Connecting with donors in our local communities is vital to the growth and sustainability of the ministry. Opportunities for investment include monthly partnerships, sponsoring athletes to attend FCA camps, providing funds for bibles, or donating for other resources that may be needed. If God is calling you to be a part of FCA in the Twin Counties through financial contribution, you can easily give online at this FCA link