FCA president reflects on powerful year of outreach and spreading the Gospel of Christ
November 21, 2022
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As Americans and families across the nation collectively reflect on what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving week, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) is taking a moment to acknowledge the impact of their mission to reach coaches and athletes with the truth of the Gospel through athletics.
“What a perfect time to reflect on the incredible blessings of God and say thank You to Him for the work we get to do to reach coaches and athletes around the globe with His Gospel,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “We have so much to be thankful for and are overjoyed by what God continues to do through the investment of so many staff and volunteers to lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.”
For FCA, the work they do with coaches and athletes has shown a massive impact over the past year alone. For FCA’s fiscal year (September 2021-August 2022), FCA reports 52,358 total faith decisions, with 19,431 certified Huddles, 839 camps with 83,421 campers and 134 registered Fields of Faith events. Through these various avenues, FCA has also distributed 196,024 bibles.
This year, FCA is also grateful for the way God has blessed the ministry and the coaches and athletes worldwide it serves. This month, FCA is marking 68 years of staying true to the mission of leading every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.
In this time of thankfulness, FCA is pleased to encourage coaches and athletes to reflect on what they might have to be thankful for this year. Partnering with the Bible app, FCA has released an eight-day devotional titled “The Thankful Competitor.” The devotional follows the eight stages of being a thankful competitor, both on the athletic field and off.
“Whether winning or losing or competing or coaching, the thankful competitor always gives thanks to God — without Him, our lives, our teams, and our sport, lack purpose,” the devotional declares.
FCA’s theme for 2022 is Every, based on Ephesians 1:3: “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.” FCA reminds Christian coaches and athletes that they already have everything they need in Christ and encourages them to seek Him both on and off the field.