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What is FCA

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes engages coaches and athletes to grow in their faith and sport.

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About FCA

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes was an idea born in Don McClanen’s heart in 1947 when he was a student at what is now Oklahoma State University.  He believed that athletes could use their platform of influence to present Jesus Christ to the entire culture in a powerful way.  McClanen officially began FCA in 1954.  The first FCA Camp was held in 1956 at Estes Park, CO with 256 athletes and coaches attending.  The campus ministry began with the formation of FCA Huddles in 1966.  Since then, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has expanded into the largest sports ministry in the world.


FCA Legacy

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), a Christ-centered, Bible-based ministry, was an idea born in Don McClanen’s heart in 1947 when he was a student at what is now Oklahoma State University. Later, as a college coach, he envisioned athletes and coaches presenting Christ throughout the nation. McClanen’s vision officially became FCA in November 1954

Today, FCA is touching millions of lives…one heart at a time. FCA has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports ministry in the world. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.

FCA Vision

To see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

FCA Mission

To lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.

Values

Our relationships will demonstrate steadfast commitment to Jesus Christ and His Word through Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence.

INTEGRITY • We will demonstrate Christ-like wholeness, privately and publicly.(Proverbs 11:3)

SERVING • We will model Jesus’ example of serving. (John 13:1-17)

TEAMWORK • We will express our unity in Christ in all our relationships.(Philippians 2:1-4)

EXCELLENCE • We will honor and glorify God in all we do. (Colossians 3:23-24)

STRATEGY

To and Through the Coach 

We pursue our vision and mission through the strategy of to and through the coach. We seek ministry first to coaches hearts, marriages and families. Then, when ready, we minister through coaches to their fellow coaches, teams and athlete leaders.Billy Graham said, “A coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime.” With the influence of a coach, FCA recognizes the most strategic way to reach more athletes is to first reach the coach.

METHODS

As FCA matures, we seek to make disciples through our methods of engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to know and grow in Christ and lead others to do the same.

• ENGAGE • (1 Thessalonians 2:8)We engage relationally by connecting with individuals and through events in many different environments by building genuine trust, sharing our lives and sharing the gospel. We strive to connect with coaches and athletes where they are on their spiritual journey.

• EQUIP • (Ephesians 4:12)After cultivating relationships and once coaches and athletes come to faith in Christ, we want to equip them with Christ-centered training,events, resources and on-going support in what it means to be a follower of Christ, growing in God’s Word and applying it to life. 

• EMPOWER • (2 Timothy 2:2)Once equipped, we empower faithful leaders who desire to use their time, talents and treasures to help other coaches and athletes experience the gospel, grow in their faith and share Him with others. We desire to develop disciples who make disciples, assisting them so that they can in turn engage, equip and empower others to know and grow in Christ and lead others to do the same.