Ministry Highlight with Sandy Thomas

I do a lot of one-on-one mentoring both professionally and spiritually with coaches. My heart is to come alongside them and build up their confidence with all of the pressures that they have in today’s culture. With 20 years of experience as a college coach, I understand the difficulties that Christian female coaches have in the realm of sports. My prayer is to help other coaches learn from my past mistakes and find their identities in Jesus Christ.

Recently, I have been mentoring a young lady through some tough obstacles in her coaching career. Her team needed to win an important playoff game for her to continue as head coach. It was an incredibly stressful time in her life, and I met with her several days each month to encourage her walk with God and to pray over her decisions. As a wife, mom, and coach, it was important for her to find her identity in the Lord instead of trying to find her worth anywhere else.

“Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.” – Galatians 4:7 (NLT)

As the playoff game slowly approached, she began to be filled with more peace. Whether or not her team won the game, we prayed that the Lord would protect her heart. And while her team lost the playoffs and she was inevitably let go, she remained confident that God had great plans for her future.

I am honored to come alongside coaches during these seasons of life to encourage and build their walk with Jesus Christ. Whether I am talking over coffee, praying over the phone, or simply stopping by a coach’s office to see how they are doing, my heart is to see coaches transformed by the powerful love of God.

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.

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