FCA President and CEO: ‘I pray more competitors can get in God’s Word and see their lives transformed’
February 28, 2022
KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) is celebrating reaching over two million total subscriptions to their YouVersion Bible devotions. FCA has seen a total of 2,042,490 subscriptions, with 1,157,765 completions and an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. All of FCA’s devotional options encourage coaches and athletes to seek Christ both on and off the athletic field.
“We continue to be amazed at how God is using His Word through the partnership of FCA and YouVersion to reach millions of coaches and athletes,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “We’ve watched this partnership flourish and praise the Lord for allowing our FCA Bible reading plans to be completed by over two million people. I pray more competitors can get in God’s Word and see their lives transformed.”
The YouVersion Bible App is a free app that is available for download with Bible versions in over 1,500 languages. With a passion to create biblically centered, culturally relevant experiences that encourage and challenge people to seek God throughout each day, YouVersion is a leading resource to engage and influence faith through God’s Word.
Together, FCA and YouVersion have built a partnership that aligns the competitive mindset with the constant truth of God’s Word. FCA’s devotional plans are designed to motivate coaches and athletes to intensely study the Bible and commit to regular spiritual training for life on and off the field. This motivation aligns strongly with their mission to lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church and see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
With a 20% increase in subscriptions and completions since 2021 and 11 languages represented, FCA aims to continue to grow their ministry through their YouVersion devotionals with offerings such as “Heart of an Athlete,” “The Thankful Competitor,” and “Steadfast: Pursue Truth.”
Following an eight-day plan, “The Thankful Competitor” follows the stages of being a thankful competitor in all aspects of life, stating, “whether winning or losing or competing or coaching, the thankful competitor always gives thanks to God.”
“Steadfast: Pursue Truth” is a four-day devotional that invites readers to dig deeper into what it means to pursue truth and remain anchored in God’s Word through seasons of uncertainty.
“Heart of an Athlete” contains seven short devotions for athletes at any level, offering memorable, biblical insights for handling challenges and competing with God’s purposes in mind.
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.
Through extensive growth, FCA has reached millions of people with the Gospel. View a timeline of FCA’s 67-year history here, including videos, quotes, articles, leader profiles, Camp themes, photos and more.