Upstate New York Ministry Highlight with David Parks

Sixty coaches and their spouses from across Upstate New York attended The Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ annual marriage retreat May 6-7, 2017 at the Woodcliff Hotel and Resort in Rochester. The now Rochester-based worship team of Kimberly and Darius Kimbrough led worship, while Dan Viola along with Todd and Beverly served as the keynote speakers, leading discussions designed to address …

One

I am thankful that God always has a plan and it is amazing to see His plans unfold. While it is unfortunate that myself and my teammates in youth basketball had to endure a terrible coaching situation at a young age, as horrible of an experience as it was, it’s amazing how God still continues to use it each day …

Ministry Highlight from Zach Putman, Cortland County, New York

My buddy Nolan, whom I did not know before the August 2016 New York Motocross Camp, came to know the Lord while at the camp!  He traveled up to NY from Kentucky with Mike Mathis, a faithful huddle leader from Indiana, to coach at the camp.  Nolan is a young gun professional motocross racer who thought it would be fun …

Refocus

Evaluating players at tryouts is a necessary evil that many coaches are asked to participate in. It’s very difficult to pick a team, especially when there are so many players that have such comparable skills and abilities. As I was evaluating goalies at one tryout there came a critical moment involving comparing two extremely similar goalies. We ended up choosing …

You’re Crazy

At times I’m embarrassed by the lack of faith that I can have. I often pray big prayers and come to God and ask Him for answers, however sometimes I don’t appreciate the time between me praying the prayer and God answering it. I have been enjoying reading the book of Acts, and chapter 12 is one that reminds me …

Ministry Moment at Syracuse University

Earlier in the year at one of our January Syracuse University huddles, SU’s FCA Campus Director Nathan Bliss shared a lesson on two things that God wants us to do: communion and baptism, discussing what water baptism means and the difference between infant and adult baptism. Two of the students came forward and said they wanted to be water baptized, …

Pete Moore – More than a Coach!

If you spend even ten minutes watching Pete Moore coaching women’s track at Cicero North Syracuse High School (CNS), you witness a coach who is impacting others for Christ. Pete, who has worked with special needs students at CNS for 35 years, involves some of his students with the teams he coaches and creates a family. Firm in his faith, …

The Locker Room

It is an incredible privilege to be a part of a sports team. The number of things those who are not on the team experience is very limited compared to what the coaches and the players share together: practices, bus rides, watching film, team meetings, off-season conditioning work, and time spent together in the locker room. One of the greatest …

Rookie

Recently, I signed myself up to attend “Training Camp” at FCA’s Kansas City headquarters in Kansas City. Training Camp is an inspiring week of training, fellowship and encouragement for all of our new staff. Since it had been 17 years since I had gone through training camp, it made sense to me that it would be a valuable use of …

A Ministry Moment from Josh Sonoga, Rochester Area Director

Willy Hillberg has coached baseball for decades, including in the Victor Schools, FCA’s Camp Kutztown and now as Penn Yan’s head varsity coach. Whether it’s for FCA, or another sports team, Willy uses coaching as a way to share Christ. When Willy and his wife relocated to the Penn Yan area a few years ago and he began coaching there, …