As we carry out ministry, we are using the methods of engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to know and grow in Christ and lead others to do the same. Our desire is to have disciples making disciples. Once a coach or athlete has been engaged through genuine relationships built by sharing our lives and the gospel, we equip coaches and athletes to know and grow in Christ.
To equip a coach or athlete is to see them grow in Christ through God's word and the Church. Partnering with local churches and connecting coaches and athletes to them is God's design for discipleship (equipping). FCA also equips coaches and athletes through books, team studies, small group huddles, camps designed for athletes or coaches and their spouses, as well as 3D Coaches training seminars and curriculum.
Meet Northeast Florida area coach, Josh Burch. Coach Burch and Northeast Florida FCA staff member, Andrew Baker, met one another when Coach Burch began teaching and coaching at Yulee High School years ago. Burch was hired in 2015 as an assistant football coach, to only be promoted to head coach in 2017. At the time, Andrew Baker was leading a Wednesday morning Coaches Study with the Yulee coaching staff. Their relationship grew, especially when Burch was named head coach. Coach Burch insisted FCA be a part of his team and program.
Following his first year as head coach, a local church offered to sponsor Coach Burch and his wife to FCA's Coaches Time Out (CTO) in Marco Island, Florida. Coaches Time Out is an opportunity for coaches and their spouses to get away from the stresses of everyday life and coaching to focus on the things that matter most--faith, family and finances. Here is what Coach Burch and his wife shared about their CTO experience:
Meet Coach Mark McGiveron, Varsity Women's Volleyball Coach at Fletcher High School and Fletcher Middle Baseball Coach in Jacksonville Beach. This past summer, Fletcher alumni and Northeast Florida FCA staff member, Greg Chapman, found himself back in the halls and gymnasium engaging Coach McGiveron. Greg learned that Coach McGiveron has lead the Lady Senators to three consecutive District and Gateway titles. Inviting Coach McGiveron was not only a way Greg continued to engage him, but it also became a means to equipping him. Coaches Breakfasts are an opportunity to equip coaches with the tools necessary to be successful in their craft. These are also great opportunities to engage local coaches with the good news of Jesus Christ. Here is what Coach McGiveron has shared about his experience: