Winter

As the new year begins, the prospect of spring seems a long long way off. Of the four seasons, winter may be the least appreciated, yet it is a season with a purpose.  In winter God does incredible things through the nature around us, as He also prepares for the beauty of what is to come in springtime.  Although the …

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 …

Empowered

During the final days of 2018, sports fans will be watching the highlights and debating which is the greatest moment of the year.  When I reflect on this past year, for me, November 7 is the uncontested “greatest moment of the year.”  On that day when FCA’s Northeast staff gathered for our annual staff retreat, they committed to intentionally invest …

Meet Kirstin Sandreuter

Kirstin Sandreuter has an excitement for serving her community and creating personal connections with coaches and athletes. As the FCA Area Representative of Cumberland County, Maine, she is looking forward to equipping more coaches with the message of Jesus Christ. “I’m eager to help our coaches and athletes use their passion for athletics to glorify the Lord,” says Sandreuter. “Sports …

Ministry Highlight with Frank Reynoso

Engage. Equip. Empower. That is our vision at FCA: To see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. A few months ago, I met two outstanding coaches in New York City: Coach Mansche, a girls softball coach from Queens, and Coach Rivera, who hails from Brooklyn and works as a boxing trainer. Both coaches …

Weave

In my earliest days as a coach, I had the privilege of working a clinic alongside a couple of hall of fame coaches who had been coaching lacrosse longer than I’ve walked the earth. These true legends of the game were late in their years and no longer active coaches. As an over-confident 25-year-old, my peers and I snickered at …

Meet Lesley Perera

Lesley Perera, born and raised on the South Shore of Massachusetts, is the perfect fit to lead the growth and development of FCA as the new Plymouth County Area Director. Lesley, who grew up and played sports locally, is a life-long participant of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has a deep passion to pursue the mission of FCA by …

Wait

Moses answered, “Wait here until I have received instructions for you from the Lord.” Numbers 9:8 Nothing can slow a game down more than the moment when the coaches’ challenge flag comes out. As the red flag hits the ground, the players look at each other, then stop to wait for the instant replay. As frustrating as this can be …

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 …

If

As a young coach I thought I knew best how the players needed to be instructed so we would win. I remember one game where I became overly emotional on the sidelines as I told the players that we needed to score the next goal. Our head coach quickly responded by saying: “Even IF we do not score the next …