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 …

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 …