Shane Williamson on Fellowship of Christian Athletes Celebrates 65 Years of Ministry

Four of the founding fathers of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. (left to right) Dr. Louis R. Evans, Dr. Roe Johnston, Don McClanen and Branch Rickey. | FCA

I love hearing stories of impact and life change that result from a Fellowship of Christian Athletes experience. Over the past several months, coaches and athletes from all walks of life have shared stories about how God used FCA Camp, a time of inspiration and perspiration, to transform lives. When I add this up over more than six decades of ministry, all I can say is, “Wow!”

This month, FCA is celebrating our 65th anniversary, and we’re grateful for the men and women who pioneered this ministry. We’re bearing the fruit of a rich history of faithful servants who believed God wanted to use the vehicle of sports to introduce competitors to Christ. It’s an honor for myself and our team of close to 2,000 staff members to continue this legacy and take the vision into future generations.

One of the many reasons I believe God has blessed us and continued to open doors for FCA to grow is our Bible ministry. We’ve not compromised our focus and commitment to God’s Word and biblical truth in 65 years. Today, FCA is one of the largest distributors of Bibles in the world. The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 doesn’t only rally us, but it tells us to teach all who hear the message to obey. How do we do this? We use God’s playbook, the Holy Bible, to share the life-changing message of salvation.

FCA prints more than 200,000 Bibles per year and has distributed 2.5 million Bibles around the world in the past 15 years. As a sports ministry, we’ve engaged in Bible ministry since our first Camp in 1956. Our partners at Biblica once said, “When you think about FCA, you think about a sports ministry, but what’s incredible is their commitment to utilizing Scripture.” Here’s a glimpse into how God’s grown our Bible ministry over 65 years:

1956 | The Athlete’s Bible: The first FCA Bibles were printed for FCA Camp in 1956. As FCA Camps grew, new Bible covers were designed with each year’s theme and camp curriculum. The Bible became a key resource for those leading Huddles and one-on-one discipleship meetings. Today, this resource is referred to as our “Athlete’s Bible,” and it continues to be the cornerstone of our Bible ministry. Each year, every camper at FCA Camp receives an Athlete’s Bible, and it is FCA’s most requested Bible resource.

2003 | Sports Bible Resources: FCA’s Bible distribution exploded when FCA introduced a Sports New Testament that included testimonies from pro athletes. Today, FCA has printed more than 1 million of these resources. Staff in Mississippi dreamed up the concept of a Coach’s Bible that included 365 devotions written by and for coaches. The resource was a hit! Due to the Coach’s Bible popularity, the

Competitor’s Bible for athletes was released. Today FCA prints, distributes and engages coaches and athletes with 15 Bible resources.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Shane Williamson

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