Here in Massachusetts, reaching coaches with the Gospel of Jesus Christ depends on one key factor: authenticity. You must be invested in people, not in an agenda, to build lasting relationships with New Englanders. That’s why Billy started a small FCA Coaches Huddle on the North Shore a few months ago – to give coaches an opportunity to develop trust and hear about God’s Word from someone who truly cares about them.
When he first started the coaches huddle, he was unsure if it was going to bear the fruit he desired. He had tried forming a larger coaches huddle in previous months that didn’t gain much traction. After brainstorming how to best reach the coaches in the area, the Lord really opened the team’s eyes to see that a smaller, more intimate group was needed for success. These coaches needed authenticity and could not establish that kind of trust in a big-group setting. If real change on campuses and in the communities was the goal, Billy needed to bring coaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a genuine, intimate way.
So, he tried a smaller approach. Billy focused on building an informal, relationship-driven FCA Coaches Huddle with just a few coaches that met every week. The goal was to first develop solid friendships with these coaches and display authenticity in supporting and encouraging their everyday lives. As they began meeting, the coaches started opening up to each other — sharing struggles and personal stories together. The smaller group setting allowed for deep discussions, individual prayer, and time spent getting to know one another. It’s been a real blessing to see the power of Christ break down barriers in this smaller huddle and work in the relationships with these coaches.
As the huddle continues to meet every week, Billy is encouraged by the Holy Spirit’s work in the lives of these coaches. They now understand that the intentions of FCA staff members aren’t based on getting something from them or meeting an organization quota. Instead, they are learning what it means to trust and follow Jesus Christ and are entering into the most authentic relationship on earth: one with our Savior and King.
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.