I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.Ephesians 4:1-6
Recently, I signed myself up to attend “Training Camp” at FCA’s Kansas City headquarters in Kansas City. Training Camp is an inspiring week of training, fellowship and encouragement for all of our new staff. Since it had been 17 years since I had gone through training camp, it made sense to me that it would be a valuable use of my time to sign myself up to spend a week with all of our new staff.
My initial thought was to sit, take notes and learn as much as possible. It’s amazing how the longer you serve in a role, you can lose track of some of the basics and fundamentals if you don’t challenge yourself to continually learn. After an inspiring time in Kansas City, and four pages of notes of what I had learned — or had once known and forgotten, there was one thing that made the week more valuable than all that I had learned. Sitting in the back of the room, I began to think of what our FCA founder Don McClanen would be thinking had he been around to watch this week unfold. As great and beneficial as the content was that had been shared, there was an indescribable sense of fellowship and unity that encouraged me deeply, which was a beautiful example of how Paul describes Christian unity is Ephesians 4.
Upon returning someone asked me what my favorite part of the week was and my answer was simple: “It was the fellowship of Christian athletes.” My latest “Training Camp” experience has not only reminded me of the “Power” that comes from the unity of like-minded people, but it has also made me challenge myself to commit time to being a better steward of the opportunity God has given me to be on staff, and to be continually grateful to be part of such an excellent team.
Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
More information can be found at FCA.org.