198,000 Gather on Over 500 Athletic Fields Around the World for Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Fields of Faith Events
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Thousands of lives were changed eternally on more than 500 athletic fields across the country this fall, as Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ (FCA, www.fca.org) student-led Fields of Faith events set a record number—with nearly 200,000 in attendance.
In mid-October, the 14th annual Fields of Faith gatherings kicked off around the world. The student-driven, student-led times of worship and prayer allow students to challenge each other to pray, read their Bible and commit their lives to Christ.
In all, more than 198,000 attended events on 521 fields, where 6,213 made first-time faith commitments, 5,015 recommitted their lives to Christ, and 6,494 committed to reading their Bible.
“We have been so blessed as we watch all God has done and continues to do through FCA’s Fields of Faith events,” said FCA Executive Vice President of Ministry Advancement Jeff Martin. “It is absolutely incredible that more than 198,000 people gathered on athletic fields around the world, challenging each other to read their Bibles and pray. None of this would have been possible without God and the students He raised up to organize these amazing events, where they could lift up their peers and share with them how Jesus has changed their lives.”
Fields of Faith began in 2004 under Martin as student-led, peer-to-peer gatherings that inspire students to refuel their faith and get back to the basics of reading God’s Word through worship and personal testimonies, sparking a spiritual movement for God. Since 2004, Fields of Faith events have impacted well over a million people.
Attendees were encouraged to share their Fields of Faith experiences on Twitter, and @fieldsoffaith and #FOF17 were inundated with staff, student and volunteer feedback, testimonials and photos. Comments included:
- “Powerful night at Fields of Faith!! God is doing remarkable things through our students. We are thankful for an incredible night and amazed to see what He continues to do for His kingdom.”
- “Thankful we all got to speak tonight. Fields of Faith is such a blessing and it was definitely an awesome night!”
- Still in awe as God showed out last night at @GHCFCA Fields of Faith as 20+ students accepted Christ and stepped from death to life!”
- “It’s time to spark a spiritual movement for God. Christianity needs a change in momentum—students who will stand together against the pressures and temptations in our world and be a generation that is committed to reading the Bible and applying it to their lives. It’s time to Get in the Game and Get in the Book!”
Fields of Faith touched lives internationally as well, as FCA Philippines hosted a large Fields of Faith gathering, and a small but mighty group also gathered in Korea.
View the media page for FCA here. For more information about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, visit FCA’s web site at www.fca.org, its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fcafans or its Twitter feed @fcanews.