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They Call Me "Coach"

Rev. Billy Graham said, “a coach will impact more people in one year than an average person will in an entire lifetime.” We see that daily in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Coaches are influencers, and we get to influence the influencers!

Through various ministry touch-points, coaches and athletes are reached and impacted by Christ through FCA staff and volunteers. One example of FCA’s impact on coaches is through marriage ministry. FCA encourages coaches and spouses in various ways, including couples’ retreats.

Coach Jason Hensley had this to say about FCA’s impact on his marriage:

“Coaching can be very tough on a marriage. FCA's Coach's Ministry has been very important to the strengthening of our marriage. Their couples’ getaways and other opportunities such as the Winshape Marriage Retreat have helped us become closer and work through the stresses of life. Thank you for supporting coaching families, FCA!"

Another great opportunity that FCA staff and volunteers have is through building relationships with teams, and mentoring athletes. Myles, an ETSU football player and FCA member, is a Christian example to his team, but wanted to go deeper spiritually through mentoring by FCA staff pouring into his life:

“FCA is the reason I fell in love with Jesus Christ and have done my absolute best to pursue Him every day. Going into my sophomore year of high school I made the decision to go to FCA Camp, and boy am I glad I made that decision! While at camp, I began to see people worship in a way I have never seen before. I saw something in them that I thought I had in me, but realized I did not. At FCA camp I made the decision to give my life to Jesus Christ and not look back, and I have not regretted it! I went to camp for the rest of my years in high school, and each year, I had a goal to bring some friends with me.

I was the president of my school’s FCA huddle, and I loved every minute of it. It brought me closer to a lot of friends, and we were better able to walk through life together. I grew spiritually through discipleship with a man who was on staff with FCA. He approached me my junior year with the idea of mentoring me. I did not know how to take it at first, but I quickly decided that if I wanted to pour into the lives of others, I needed someone to pour into me as well. I decided to take part in this discipleship opportunity, and this was where I began to learn what it looked like to be a Christian man, a Christ-centered leader, and the importance of discipline in my faith. 

Through this discipleship, I was able to walk through life with some other young men. Not only did we read God’s Word, but we talked about things that nobody usually talks about. It seemed very uncomfortable at first, but as we all began to get closer to one another we began to open up more and more. It was through this discipleship that I was able to see what community looked and felt like. I got to see what accountability in faith looks like. I took these things with me and I became a leader at FCA camps in college. I was able to pour into the lives of high school boys, just as someone did to me. Now, I contact FCA staff members at least once a week, if not more. They are calling me out when I need it, and they are there to love me as well. That is the most important thing, and the thing I am most grateful for. Without them I would not be the man I am today.” -Myles J. Smith, #67

For over 65 years, coaches and athletes have been impacted by Jesus Christ through FCA. Thanks for your prayers and support! To learn more, visit the table in the lobby this Sunday, or visit their website:, 423-306-4889,

Steve McAuley, FCA

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