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Beginners Guide to FCA

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is the largest Christian campus ministry in the world. It is on more campuses than the next three largest campus ministries combined.

The numbers for this ministry are staggering. Still, even though it’s been around since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a mystery to many. Even the late Tom Landry, legendary Dallas Cowboys’ coach and lifetime trustee of FCA, used to call FCA “America’s best-kept secret.”

Most people have at least heard of it, but some of them can’t really say for sure what FCA is all about.

That was me two weeks ago ... (read more)


4 C's of Ministry

Coaches Ministry
The Coaches Ministry vision is to redeem sports through transformed coaches. FCA ministers to coaches through Bible studies, prayer support, discipleship and mentoring, resources, outreach events and retreats.

Campus Ministry
The Campus Ministry is initiated and led by student-athletes and coaches on junior high, high school and college campuses. It has four ministry types:  Huddles, Team Bible Studies, Chaplain Programs and Coaches Bible Studies. Additionally, outreach events take place on the campus such as One Way 2 Play — Drug Free programs, school assemblies and the annual Fields of Faith event.

Camp Ministry
Camps are a time of “inspirations and perspiration” for coaches and athletes to reach their potential by offering comprehensive athletic, spiritual and leadership training. These types of camps are Sports Camp, Leadership Camp, Coaches Camp, Power Camp, Partnership Camp, Team Camp and International Camp.

Community Ministry
The “win” of Community Ministry is to see the community reached for Jesus Christ through adult involvement. FCA partners with local churches, businesses, parents and volunteers to invest in coaches and athletes participating in club, recreational and youth sports teams. FCA Teams have also been created to impact the sports community. Other areas of Community Ministry include adult ministries, professional athlete ministries, resources and clinics.

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Coaches

FCA ministers to coaches through several ways:

  • Bible studies for coaches
  • Staff contacts for coaches
  • Prayer support for coaches
  • Discipleship and mentoring for coaches (See r12 coach)
  • Behind the Bench (a program for coaches wives)
  • Resources for coaches
  • Outreach events
  • National and local conventions
  • Conferences and retreats for coaches
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Camps

In 1956, the Camp Ministry was launched in Estes Park, Colorado. It continues to be one of the most effective ministries of FCA. Over the years, different camp types have emerged as effective strategies to minister to coaches and athletes, but the successful principle established in 1956 remains the same- to create an athletic environment that produces spiritual transformation in the lives of coaches and athletes in a camp setting.


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Campus

Since 1966, the FCA Ministry has been present on campuses all across the country. The Campus Ministry is initiated and led by student-athletes and coaches on junior high, high school and college campuses.

The purpose of Campus Ministry, through various types, has been to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost and to seek to grow and mature a follower of Jesus Christ. The “win” of Campus Ministry is to see campuses impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches.

FCA Campus Ministry Types

  • FCA Huddles
  • Team Bible Studies
  • Coaches Bible Studies
  • Chaplain Programs
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Community

Our Community ministry reaches people through partnerships with the local churches, businesses, parents and volunteers. These ministries not only reach out to the community, but also allow the community to invest in athletes and coaches.

FCA Community Ministries include:

  • Stewardship Ministries
  • Adult Ministries
  • Sport-Specific Ministries
  • Membership
  • Urban Initiatives
  • Global Sports Development
  • Clinics
  • Product and Resource Development
  • Professional Athlete Ministries