FCA East Metro
I am not a believer in coincidence or fate, so when a number of “God-incidences” led me to FCA this past summer, I answered “Here I am, Lord!” I believe with my whole heart God has been using the last 17 years of my raising resources and community support for The Salvation Army of Minnesota & North Dakota to prepare me for this ministry, at this time, in this place. Since high school, it’s been on my heart to serve youth. An avid sports fan and with a heart and desire to coach, all of those interests and abilities come together in a wonderful way with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. FCA’s mission is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches & athletes.
The youth sports culture is broken in many ways, with coaches and athletes focused on wins, trophies and accolades--all of which do not last. But coaches are among the most powerful leaders in the world, and athletes are among the most influential. What if we could change the culture from creating selfish athletes and coaches and train coaches to use their influence to raise up heroes and world-changers? FCA is doing just that!
Heather & I have lived in the east metro for 17 years, and came to Rockpoint in 2015.
Bring FCA Coaches Academy, 3D Coaching Institute and “Coaches as Disciplemakers” training for youth sports coaches into six area churches. Grow FCA high school campus huddle ministry to 20 campuses (currently serving 10). Cultivate a culture of disciple making in all FCA ministries. Partnering with other youth-serving and sports ministries to impact our community with greater effect than any one of us could do on our own. Collaborating with Bible-believing and Christ-worshipping churches to disciple our student leaders to impact their peers, schools and sports teams for Christ.
Rockpoint families and Life Groups can pray for the coaches and student leaders who are committed to FCA’s vision on their campus and with their teams. Pray for them to be strong, hold to their convictions, and be willing to face the challenge that living for Christ can be in the school and sport culture.
Please be praying for the coaches and athletes who aren’t yet connected, but could or will be in the coming year. Pray for warm, moldable hearts, and open doors to teach, to coach and play for significance, not self.
Lastly, pray for our schools. The challenges of education--both public & private--continue to grow each year. Too many of us parents are outsourcing not just the education of our children in the primary school subjects, but also virtue, morality and values. While there are many excellent, godly teachers and administrators, the system fights against them. This is the most common prayer request I get from the coaches and administrators I work with.