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Dodgeball Tournament

Christian Life Church partnered with FCA for the 2nd annual Dodgeball Tournament!

This is what partnership looks like!

We are so thankful to Christian Life Church for allowing FCA to partner with their wonderful congregation for a second year of fun, worship, fellowship, snacks, dodgeball, and most of all the opportunity to share the saving message of Jesus Christ.

Christian Life Youth Pastor, Landon Fleming, delivered a powerful message on answering to God with confidence when we meet him. Dozens of students and teams answered the call for prayer during the worship service. There were roughly 200 middle and high school students represented from across our area. We had students from Riverdale HS, Oakland HS, Central Magnet, Blackman HS, Eagleville, Rockvale Middle, Stewarts Creek, Cason Lane Academy, Blackman MS and several students from the homeschool community.

Special thanks to Coach Ricky Field and Riverdale FCA for co-hosting this event! Below is a picture of Coach Field with Corey Coppes and Landon Fleming of Christian Life.

It was an awesome night and we are already looking forward to next year!

Called To Lead

The student leaders of Cannon, Bedford, and Rutherford Counties have hit the ground running in 2019. There are student leaders across our area being intentional and effective in leading at their school for Christ.

The student leaders that sign up to meet early in the morning to plan for the huddle, stay late after everyone has gone to help the huddle coach clean up, or pray with fellow students that are struggling, these are the students that are leading the FCA huddles on the campuses in our community.

What a privilege it is to be able to meet with these schools individually to discuss the many Biblical examples that remind us what it looks like to lead with excellence, being unified through teamwork and servant leadership. We have Moses, in the book of Exodus, as a reminder that although he did not have eloquent speech and felt his message came out jumbled at times, although he worried whether his peers would accept his message, and although he was fearful and did not think he was equipped to the lead the way God called him to, God said “I will be with you,” Exodus 3:12. Moses is only one of the many reminders in the Bible that we are not called to perfection, we are called to lead.

Matthew 28:19-20 “Jesus came and told his disciples, I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Continuing in the Off Season

Although football season is over, the relationships and character of the team continues to build at Siegel High School, thanks in part to FCA Character Coach Nick Mobley, who currently also serves as youth pastor at Northside Baptist Church. Nick is assisting Coach Copley in taking a new approach with the team -- a weekly off-season character development training plan they call -- Core 4.  It's more than just a 10-minute game day message.

Core 4 Overview: Awaken & Strengthen the Inner Man

Goal -- To educate and equip young men with the knowledge and skills necessary to strengthen each area of their lives.

"Because participation is mandatory, this limits my ability to share Scripture openly or pray during our meeting," Nick says.  "However, this off-season has given me greater access to the players/coaches, allowing me the chance to strengthen these relationships."

Approach -- Since there are 5 points to a star, we have concentrated on development of 5 areas in the life of every man: physical, relational, mental, intellectual, and spiritual.

"Each month we invite trained leaders and experts from each area to share with the team. This has led to honest and uplifting conversations among the team," Nick says.

Results -- Coaches have stronger connections with players.  Players have increased compassion for one another.  It has strengthened team unity – players have realized how much they share in common, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, and skills. It has increased a willingness to be honest with yourself and your teammate. "This has been amazing to witness," adds Nick.

Some of the trained leaders who have spoken with the team include Susan Louthan from Portico (formerly known as the Crisis Pregnancy Center) who spoke about how to maintain healthy relationships. Some key takeaways for the team:

"BE the type of person you hope to meet and marry one day. You cannot pursue someone who possesses qualities you do not expect from yourself. The key to any healthy relationship is selflessness. Each day you can choose to be that type of person to whom others are drawn. What type of friend/teammate/relationship do you want?"

Another speaker was Dr. Corey M. Teague, Doctor of Psychology at MTSU, who shared about developing habits that lead to healthy relationships. Teague also challenged the team by saying, "Start honoring your wife of the future by the decisions you make today, and by the way you treat others."

Dusty Hutchins, a Siegel High School football alumni who currently serves as assistant football coach at Blackman High School, shared his story and told the team that, “People won’t remember your stat line. But they will remember your heart. Your identity is not rooted in numbers, but in how you impact others.”

“False masculinity is defined by your prowess on the ball field, in the bedroom, and with your billfold,” he added, quoting Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL defensive lineman for the Baltimore Colts who later was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1978 before playing for the Detroit Lions.  "True manhood is achieved through authenticity & community."

Hutchins also added that an average of 3,014 high school students attempt suicide every day. EACH of us is chasing belonging and relevance. HOW we attempt to fill those needs determines everything.

"Be real and pursue genuine relationships, he told the team.  "This is key to maintaining mental and emotional health."

Nick says starting the Core 4 off-season character development training plan has been really different, but has been a "cool experience" so far for the team.  He adds.  "The game is more fun when you truly know the guys who stand next to you. As one player said: 'I love my friends more than I love this game. They’re why I play.'"

"Never underestimate the power of real friendship," he told the team.  "We grew closer today because we cared enough to hear each other’s story. Knowing = growing, both personally and collectively. Take time out for someone who needs to be heard this week!"

Special thanks to Nick for your influence with the Siegel High School football team.