Ministry Highlight with Nathan Bliss

As FCA staff members, we have the wonderful opportunity to see God work full-circle in the lives of others. Through relationships that are built between coaches and athletes, we are able to uniquely influence the next generation of coaches on several different levels.

I have been privileged to know a young student-athlete named Stephen who was a rowing captain here at Syracuse University. Throughout the years, I watched his faith grow by leaps and bounds as we met up for weekly FCA huddle prep. Stephen also received discipleship training by a coach on campus (who was also part of an FCA coaches huddle) and began to see the “why” behind the Gospel message in sports.

At the end of his senior year, Stephen began to think about what God was calling him to do next. As a leader of both his rowing team and FCA student huddle, he started to talk about coaching. Along with his great love for sports, Stephen had also developed a passion for allowing his faith to impact his teammates. In the same way that his FCA coaches had mentored and built him up as a man of God, he had a growing desire to change the lives of other college athletes.

Stephen has recently accepted a coaching job with Syracuse University and will be returning to his alma mater to continue the ministry that he started many years ago with FCA. I am overjoyed at how God has transformed this young man through the guidance and mentorship of FCA coaches and am excited to see him seek the Lord as a new coach. Not only will he reach other athletes for Jesus Christ, but he will influence another generation of coaches for God’s Kingdom.

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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