Athletes Are Transformed Into Leaders When They Unify Their Teams Under God’s Guidance
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Provides Huddle Resources and Bible Studies to Athletes Who Want to Minister to Their Teams
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Most sports fans can see when their favorite teams are truly unified. They play better, seem as though they have a common goal and perhaps even see a few more ‘Ws’ in the win column.
Unity like this is no fluke. More often than not, a leader has stepped up to make team unity a priority and finds creative ways to make sure that unity translates past game time and into the lives of the athletes.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) knows how important this team unity is, and provides resources to students who want to unify their teams by bringing players together in faith and impacting their teammates for Christ.
“Especially as middle, high school and college sports camps begin, there is no better way to start off the school year than truly unified,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “That’s why, for 62 years, FCA has been committed to being a resource and a support system for athletes who want to build up their teammates and reach them for Christ. In the midst of sometimes-grueling two-a-days under the hot sun, teams need a peer they can look up to for strength and guidance. We hope the students who choose to partner with FCA are able to shine the light of Christ into their teammates’ lives.”
FCA offers students at all levels many Bible studies on varying topics they can share with their teams, including: Glory, True Success, Bold and Beautiful, Accountability, Faith Wins, Truth Wins and Humility Wins, among many others.
FCA’s popular Huddles also have a lasting impact on athletes, entire teams and coaches:
- Team Huddles are targeted Bible studies within a unique individual team setting that encourage and challenge team members to live and compete according to biblical principles. The Team Huddle can be organized to include one or both of the following elements: a weekly team devotional, organized to occur around practice times or whatever works best for the team schedule, or team chapel, a game-day gathering designed for athletes and coaches to experience a time of spiritual devotion and fellowship. Many teams meet at their practice facilities, fields or locker rooms. FCA’s Team Huddles page guides ministry leaders through the process of application, certification and resource gathering
- Multi-Sport Huddles allow athletes from multiple sports teams to study the Bible together. With built-in flexibility, Multi-Sport Huddles can meet in a variety of locations, such as churches, homes, athletic facilities or on campus during non-instructional times. Coaches, athletes, parents or other adults can lead these Huddles, and the Multi-Sport Huddles page helps leaders through the process of getting started, puts leaders in touch with local FCA staff and assists with resources and training.
- Coaches Huddles allow those who coach teams at all levels to gather together to study God’s Word. A Coaches Huddle can consist of a coaching staff or it can be made up of coaches from various teams. These Huddles meet in a variety of locations, including rooms or offices on campus, restaurants or coffee shops, or homes. Many times, Coaches Huddles on a campus meet in the morning before school starts, while other Huddles meet weekly at different times of the day that work best for the coaches. FCA’s Coaches Huddles page helps Huddle leaders begin the process, become certified and contact local FCA staff.
On the “Get Involved” section of the FCA website, students can learn about more opportunities to bring an FCA presence to their campus. Students can also begin planning ahead for the student-led Fields of Faith gatherings, happening Oct. 11 on athletic fields nationwide.
FCA is wrapping up its 2017 Camps season, with more than 700 events in the U.S. and internationally this summer that will reach upwards of 100,000 coaches and athletes. This summer’s Camps theme is “ONE,” based on the Bible verse Philippians 1:27: “… I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News” (NLT). Seven types of FCA Camps include: Coaches Camps, Leadership Camps, Partnership Camps, Power Camps, Sports Camps, Team Camps and International Camps.
Last summer, new attendance records were set as more than 100,000 coaches and athletes converged at 720 Camp events in 40 states and in 45 countries around the world, where 8,788 coaches and athletes made first-time commitments to Christ and 11,256 recommitted their lives to Christ. The 2016 attendance was an increase of more than 10,000 over 2015.
Read more about Fellowship of Christian Athletes here, visit FCA’s web site at www.fca.org, its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fcafans or its Twitter feed @fcanews.