FCA Korea: Two-Day Retreat Recharges Coaches, Spouses for Gospel Ministry to Athletes
Page from Fellowship of Christian Athletes Playbook: ‘Most Strategic Way to Reach Athletes Is to First Reach the Coach’
August 17, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As COVID-19 restrictions temporarily eased, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Korea (FCA, fca.org) hosted an overnight retreat for local athletic leaders and their spouses to unite their hearts, renew their vision and build momentum as co-laborers working to impact a nation for the kingdom of God.
The two-day retreat provided much-needed time away for nearly two-dozen participants in an environment that included physical activity, a backyard barbeque, a coaches’ Huddle and a time of sharing and worship around a campfire.
To help FCA coaches and their spouses strengthen the roots of their identity in Christ and to prepare them to influence others, the retreat leveraged FCA’s distinctive “To and Through the Coach” philosophy.
“We pursue our vision and mission through the strategy of ‘To and Through the Coach,’” the FCA website states. “We seek ministry first to coaches hearts, marriages and families. Then, when ready, we minister through coaches to their fellow coaches, teams and athlete leaders.
“Billy Graham said, ‘A coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime.’ With the influence of a coach, FCA recognizes the most strategic way to reach more athletes is to first reach the coach.”
FCA Korea Director Paul Lee hailed the overnight retreat as a success because it energized both the coaches and their spouses to minister to their athletes.
“This retreat had a huge impact,” Lee said. “We have gained momentum to keep going, and we are excited to see what the Lord has in store.”
FCA’s desire to invest in coaches and spouses through the two-day retreat came at a time when canceled and delayed seasons had sapped their energy.
“I haven’t really had this kind of time with my husband where he took me to his work environment,” the wife of one coach shared. “My husband and I are so happy and blessed that we now get to have our hearts more united around the same vision and our eyes toward the same direction. For that we are very grateful.”
FCA hosts retreats for student-athletes, as well, in the form of more than 800 camps in nearly every state across the country and in about 90 countries around the world. FCA Camps take the best attributes of an athletic-focused camp and a spiritual-focused camp and combine them into an athletic/spiritual experience like none other. FCA Camps also remove coaches and athletes from the routine of their sport, friends, co-workers and community, and place them into an exciting, healthy, athletic environment that allows them to pursue their passion for sport and clearly see and hear Christ’s passion for them.
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