Following SCOTUS ruling in favor of Coach Kennedy, FCA’s practical framework provides coaches with tools and training on biblical worldview
August 1, 2022
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ (FCA, www.fca.org) has spent the last 68 years utilizing sports ministry to share the love of Christ with coaches and athletes around the world. Hundreds of thousands of people have started a personal relationship with Christ due to FCA’s unrelenting faith and dedication to its mission.
Once people have accepted Christ as their personal Savior, FCA provides unique resources to help foster that relationship and build their faith. One resource, “360 Coach,” is an online course designed to equip coaches with God’s Word and learn the Bible’s clear direction for their lives.
“We are extremely pleased that coaches and athletes around the nation are able to continue to freely lift up their praise and prayers to God,” said Shane Williamson, FCA President and CEO.
The concept of “360 Coach” is rooted in the idea that hearts, minds and bodies are interconnected; all three parts work together to form an individual. For coaches who have influence over young athletes, it is vital that they have godly resources to help format a solid biblical worldview.
The “360 Coach Course” is a practical framework that helps coaches develop a Transformational Purpose Statement, unpacking their why and how of coaching. The course provides training on how to access and form a strategy for taking care of the heart, mind and body, as well as tools that teach how to be a great coach who reflects Jesus to players and makes a Kingdom impact on their lives.
Americans recently witnessed the impact a godly coach can have on a community in the recent SCOTUS case Kennedy v. Bremerton School District. Coach Joe Kennedy was a junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant coach with the Bremerton School District in Washington from 2008 to 2015. He began praying on the 50-yard line after every game by himself, but eventually inspired athletes and students to join him for a time of prayer. When the school fired him for his show of faith, Kennedy sued, and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court. The court ruled in Kennedy’s favor, calling the school district “misguided” in the attempts to silence Kennedy for his faith.
“A special thanks to Coach Kennedy for his courage and dedication to represent the thousands of coaches who desire in an appropriate way to express their faith,” Williamson added. “May the Lord continue to embolden each of us for the sake of His Kingdom and may His Word move the hearts of coaches and all whom they influence around the world.”
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.” FCAreminds 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.