Ministry Highlight with Paula Mitchell

Sometimes coaches need a little encouragement so that they can coach others.

This past summer, I was looking to add a few coaches to our FCA camp at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. I was engaged with a fantastic college-level coach, Alexis MacMillan, who was interested in serving at camp but wasn’t used to integrating her faith into sports.

“I was really excited to come on as an FCA summer camp coach,” said MacMillan. “Both my dad and my brother are involved in FCA, but it was a completely new experience for me. I was a little nervous about praying in huddles at first, but Paula helped me transition easily into the prayer part of the practice and I loved the overall experience of talking about our faith on the field.”

I was able to watch MacMillan transform while serving at camp. All she needed was a little bit of encouragement to give her the confidence she needed to pray with her team. It was the perfect opportunity for her to see the influence she has as a Christian coach to young female athletes. Now, she’s equipped to continually share her faith with other teams as well. After summer camp was over, I offered MacMillan a head coaching position with one of our FCA teams.

“I’m looking forward to having an even bigger influence with these young female athletes,” said MacMillan. “I’m focused on being a good role model and getting to know each player individually. I’m also eager to grow my faith with other FCA coaches as we meet together as a group.”

It’s both a privilege and blessing to empower these young coaches to integrate their faith in sports and then watch them impact others for Christ on their own. Sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of encouragement.

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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