Ministry Highlight with Mark Jones

You don’t have to look far to find a coach that’s struggling with different burdens in life. On top of being a good parent, spouse, employee, or employer, coaches are expected to take a team at the beginning of a season and win an entire championship. They are under constant pressure to deliver results, keep the peace, and maintain full responsibility for their team.

That kind of expectancy can be heavy to carry alone, especially for coaches that don’t have a good support system.

A few years ago, I decided to look for coaches in my area that I could connect with and help out. I found one coach in particular and met with him at his business. When we started talking, he went straight to the heart of what was bothering him and opened up about his personal struggles. Every coach needs someone who will listen and care about the burdens of their life.

When I was recently challenged to start discipling coaches in my area, I immediately thought back to this coach who had become my friend. I decided to meet up with him and explained that I wanted to come alongside him and walk with him through life. I told him that I wanted to meet semi-regularly and that I loved his heart for coaching and mentoring young boys. My offer came with no strings attached; I simply wanted to know him more and point him in the direction of Jesus Christ. After I finished talking, the coach was immediately thankful. He was encouraged that I was there to support his needs and go deeper with him in his faith. And while we’ve just started to meet regularly, I’m looking forward to growing our friendship and studying the Bible together.

If each of us can find just one coach, ask them to meet for coffee, and get to know them without any strings attached, we can create a support system that will engage, equip, and empower coaches for Jesus Christ. When we take the time to invest in these coaches, we are also reaching the lives of every person that one coach touches for the Kingdom of Heaven.

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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