Christian Competitors Aim to Become Like Christ in Giving 100% for God and Their Teams
September 28, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Competitors in every sport know that teams do not become great because of superstars; they become great when individuals pursue a common goal from a shared belief — which thousands of coaches and athletes around the world find expressed in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ (FCA, www.fca.org) popular “Competitor’s Creed.”
In 92 countries and through 21,000 Huddles, FCA offers coaches and athletes the “Competitor’s Creed” as a heartfelt declaration of FCA’s four values: integrity, serving, teamwork and excellence.
FCA President/CEO Shane Williamson says these values characterize the ultimate team — brothers and sisters in Christ who share God’s love with and speak truth to one another.
“FCA helps coaches and athletes find community in Christ first and then in people who will hold them accountable and help them grow in Christ,” Williamson said. “For more than 65 years, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has used athletics to remind competitors that God gave 100% when He sent His Son to die for our sins and then to challenge them to give their efforts as acts of worship to Him.”
Like a football team in the tunnel or a volleyball team preparing to take the court, the “Competitor’s Creed” echoes in Team Huddles and FCA devotionals. It reverberates in FCA Camps and videos, reminding coaches and athletes that a “Christian competitor aims to become like Jesus Christ — the greatest competitor of all time.”
The creed opens with a declaration and ends with an act of worship.
“I am a Christian first and last. I am created in the image of God Almighty to bring him glory,” the Creed begins. “I am confident beyond reason because my confidence lies in Christ. The results of my efforts must result in His glory,” it concludes.
All competitors are called to train and practice relentlessly to prepare for game days, but FCA’s “Competitor’s Creed” clarifies this call by identifying Christ as its source.
“I am a Competitor now and forever. I am made to strive, to strain, to stretch and to succeed in the arena of competition. I am a Christian Competitor and as such, I face my challenger with the face of Christ.”
The expectations demand a 24-7 commitment, showing that Christian coaches and athletes must strive to find their identity 100% in Christ, not in their sport.
“My attitude on and off the field is above reproach — my conduct beyond criticism. Whether I am preparing, practicing or playing, I submit to God’s authority and those He has put over me. I respect my coaches, officials, teammates and competitors out of respect for the Lord.”
To interview a Fellowship of Christian Athletes representative, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.