Ministry Highlight with Mike Vining

When Mike Vining came on staff with FCA, there were only a handful of coaches who did ministry in the state of New Hampshire. Now, he says, the area is experiencing exciting growth. “New Hampshire is truly reaching coaches for Christ through the work of other coaches,” says Vining. “Our Bedford huddle has bonded together and our members dig deep …

Midnight

As I recently read through the book of Acts, I was inspired by the stories of Paul’s boldness as he shared his faith to both the Jews and Gentiles. He maintained a determined attitude throughout his ministry that can serve as a great encouragement to us in our daily lives. One of my favorite verses in Acts paints a picture …

Smelling Salts

I have seen pre-game rituals recycle from one generation to the next. One recent thing that I have noticed and never anticipated coming was the obsession of older lacrosse players sniffing smelling salts before a game. As a player, I used to dread smelling salts, as they were primarily used for waking you up from a concussion. Recently I have …

Consider

This spring held a new adventure in my lacrosse coaching career as I started working with our seventh and eighth-grade boys lacrosse team. As I began to refamiliarize myself with the group, I realized that the boys had changed in noticeable ways since the last time I had worked with them. A few years ago, they were younger, easier to …

Ministry Highlight with Shanay Bradley

One specific thing that sticks out to me as an FCA staff member is this: Keep showing up. So much of what I do as an FCA Area Representative is to keep showing up for huddles, team meetings, and everything in between. It is what I do for a head basketball coach here in Syracuse, New York. I spend a …

FCA Camps

When you coach a team, the days leading up to your first game of the season can seem never-ending. You just can’t wait to get on the field and get after it together! May is a fun month for our FCA staff as we wait in similar anticipation for what God is going to do at FCA Camps this summer …

Enjoy

Oftentimes when I visit New York City, I have the pleasure of staying at the Salisbury Hotel on 57th and 7th Street. I appreciate their support of FCA, and it has been a great place for me to stay while helping the awesome team that God has raised up to serve and support the NYC area. On my last trip …

Ministry Highlight with Sandy Thomas

I do a lot of one-on-one mentoring both professionally and spiritually with coaches. My heart is to come alongside them and build up their confidence with all of the pressures that they have in today’s culture. With 20 years of experience as a college coach, I understand the difficulties that Christian female coaches have in the realm of sports. My …

Focus

Coaching has a way of bringing what is inside of our hearts to the surface of our lives. While our lacrosse team had all the momentum during one particular game, I pessimistically mumbled under my breath, “This is when we typically become unglued.” After pausing for a second, I realized that I should not think negatively about our team and …

New Staff Introduction with Shara Macdonald

Born and raised in the state of Maine, Shara MacDonald has seasoned experience in developing relationships in her region. She serves as a part-time FCA Area Representative in the city of Albion and works as a full-time high school teacher at Erskine Academy. “After joining FCA, my role as a teacher has shifted,” says MacDonald. “I began to understand that …