Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Peer-to-Peer Event This Year Promises to Be Even More Life-Changing for Coaches and Athletes All Over the World
September 21, 2021
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) has announced that its key peer-to-peer autumn event, Fields of Faith, is returning this fall, on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Coaches and student athletes alike have enthusiastically attended this special annual occasion since its start in 2004, and this inspiring event in 2021 promises to be even more powerful for God’s young believers.
Fields of Faith events are fully student-led. Inspired by their peers, young athletes get back to the basics of reading God’s Word through worship and personal testimonies—refueling their faith in the process. Each year, thousands have experienced the spectacular impact of the Gospel on their familiar home fields. It’s all thanks to the original dramatic vision for Fields of Faith that was set in motion with God’s help nearly 20 years ago.
FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson notes, “Like all of our FCA offerings, Fields of Faith helps coaches and athletes experience God’s saving grace and gain the knowledge that lives can be transformed through Jesus. Since 1954, the goal of FCA has been to transform the world for Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. More than six decades later, we are still amazed that lives are being changed every day. We pray that these amazing experiences for God’s glory will continue for years to come.”
Jeff Martin, FCA’s Executive Director of Campus Sport Ministry, first envisioned the significant Fields of Faith event nearly 20 years ago. As FCA’s Oklahoma area director in 2002, Martin had felt frustrated by the temptations and spiritual battles that our “spectator generation” youth faced—and he prayed to God for help and guidance. The Lord led him to 2 Chronicles 34—in which King Josiah, the influential teenaged ruler, gathered his people and challenged them to read God’s Word. As a result, the people changed their culture.
Says Martin, “The Josiah-influenced dream came true in 2004 when more than 6,000 students gathered on school athletic fields throughout Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas for our first Fields of Faith event. That year, over 100 students made decisions for Christ. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have attended Fields of Faith—with thousands accepting Christ into their lives.”
Martin adds, “Growing from just a few thousand students at a handful of fields to nearly a quarter of a million attendees annually worldwide is incredible evidence of the Lord’s power and sovereignty. He leads us to deepen our relationship with Him, talk to Him daily, and get into His Word on a regular basis.”
FCA’s Fields of Faith understands that an athletic field offers a neutral rallying point for a community of faith believers. Here, on their own home turf and standing side by side, student athletes invite, pray for, share with, and challenge their peers to read the Bible and follow Jesus Christ. To find a local Fields of Faith in your area, visit www.fieldsoffaith.com/allfields for a list of events by state, as many more are added weekly.
FCA’s theme for 2021 is Pursue, based on 1 Timothy 6:11: “Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.” FCA encourages its members to pursue God’s use of His Word as an anchor, grounding Christians as they look to His Kingdom.
Since 1956, the impact on coaches and athletes has been the main focus of FCA Camps, with each Camp offering fun, outstanding sports training, inspiring speakers, strong friendships, and lasting change. View the FCA Camps video here and browse camps by location, sport or date at www.fcacamps.org, as some camps still continue in September.
To interview a Fellowship of Christian Athletes representative, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.