Steps

While it seems like yesterday, it was eight short years ago when I reluctantly decided to take a step, not knowing the impact it would have on my life. As our son Luke was beginning his journey into youth lacrosse, I committed to do whatever it took to not coach his team.  I managed to maintain this stance and opinion …

Ministry Highlight with Bill Melvin

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 …

Delays

As with all sports, when there is lightning in the area, players are typically required to wait thirty minutes from the last observed lightning strike before they retake the field.  During an important early season game, a lightning delay became an opportunity of private preparation for our team.  As we anxiously sat in the locker room awaiting the opportunity to …

Meet Erin LaFluer

Erin LaFluer brings eleven years of executive, administrative experience to Northeast FCA as an FCA Administrative Assistant. Having worked with five board directors for Currier Plastics for over a decade, she has significant knowledge and insight when it comes to running an organization. “I’m excited about organizing and streamlining processes to make things efficient,” says LaFluer. “My goal at Northeast …

Integrity

Oftentimes, someone’s words can profoundly impact the decisions we make.   Such was the case at the start of one of our biggest tournaments of the year, when it came to my attention that one of our players was in a different grade than what he had originally told us. This player, who was one of our smaller players, shared with …

Ministry Highlight with Solomon Bliss

“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13 (NLT) As our team was heading back from the United Capital Clash Tournament …

Ministry Highlight with Dave Parks

This past fall, we were blessed with the opportunity of hosting a two-day Wrestling Camp here in Rochester.   It was the first time we had held a wrestling focused activity in Upstate New York, and the entire event was a great example of how FCA staff members and volunteers can work together to do ministry to and through the coach. …

My Voice

A few years back I wondered what my voice sounded like as I coached, so I embarked on something I had never done before.  Half scared, I put a voice recorder in my pocket and hit “record” as the game began.  As the game went on, I eventually forgot that the device was in my pocket. It was incredibly humbling …

Ministry Highlight with Jeannine Cavallaro

Last year, we began an FCA Coaches Huddle at Eastern Nazarene College. The coaches were eager to get into the Bible together and to strategize how to bring Jesus to their athletes and keep God at the center of the school. We had six to eight coaches who attended weekly and had many engaging talks about sharing the Gospel on …

Equipping

Having coached sports for many years, it’s difficult for me to overcome my aversion to having coaches on the field while the kids play.  Often I would see coaches pacing the sidelines as they yell at their players the entire game, believing they are instructing them, but completely distracting the players from having fun and enjoying the game. I often …