Targeted Bible Studies Lead Participants to Give 100% as Individuals and Teams
September 14, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After years of playing their sport and preparing for a peak-performance season or championship, many athletes who watched their seasons end abruptly in the spring are facing the prospect of shortened or postponed seasons again this fall. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (www.fca.org) uses Huddles to encourage Christian coaches and athletes that their identify is rooted not in their sport or even in their team, but in Christ.
Now in over 92 countries, FCA’s nearly 21,000 Team Huddles are the ministry’s proverbial weight room. Huddles bring coaches and athletes together to study the Bible and hold each other accountable to grow spiritually, just as teams encourage players to grow mentally and physically.
FCA Chief Field Officer Dan Britton says the experience forges stronger individuals — and stronger teams.
“Through our Bible Studies, Huddles and devotionals, coaches and athletes are joined together growing in their understanding of what it means to be 100% for Christ,” Britton said. “Bonding on this truth is creating stronger teams who can reach 100%.”
Offsetting the disappointment of cancelled athletic seasons, FCA is using Huddles to solidify the foundations of the source of true Christian identity.
“We are building up coaches and athletes during this time,” Britton said. “A lot of them who are seeing seasons taken away are feeling a deep sense of loss. We are focused on grounding them back in God’s Word — on reminding them that your sport doesn’t define you, Christ defines you.”
Just as an athlete sizes up his opponent and adjusts mid-game, FCA has made strategic pivots to find victory over the disappointment brought on by restrictions.
“In the midst of this pandemic, we’ve had to shift and remind coaches and athletes that their identity is not their sport,” Britton said. “Our identity is Christ. We are called to be a ‘100%’ coach or athlete, based off of our theme this year, found in Mark 12:30, ‘Love the Lord God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’”
For the past 65 years, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) has helped coaches and athletes of all ages strengthen their faith and deepen their relationship with Christ. For parents who desire to see their children excel not only on the field but also be secure in their faith walk, FCA enables millions of students from middle school to college have their lives transformed by Jesus.
Read more about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes here, visit FCA’s website www.fca.org, or connect on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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