I have been the faculty sponsor of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at my school since the fall of 2014, and I have recently been hired as an FCA Associate. After having recently met with local huddle leaders and FCA officials, I realize the importance of the synergy we create together. That synergy creates oneness, empowering us all through connecting huddles together. No FCA huddle should ever feel alone or that they don’t have the help they need. That being said, I would love to share lessons, videos, and ideas with other FCA huddles via my blog. Feel free to use any of the ideas in your own huddles below.
Check out the inspiring story of Inky Johnson. “From Tragedy to Triumph” has been an FCA favorite in my huddle ever since the video surfaced.
Need a lesson about sportsmanship? Check out this video about a softball player that was carried around the bases by the opposing team. Don’t believe it? Just watch!
You might have never heard the inspiring story of Jim Tracy and Holland Reynolds, but it is a tearjerker. Tracy, a cross country coach legend in San Francisco, led his team to the State Championship. No spoilers on this one. You need to watch “The Finish Line” with your huddle! It is a beautiful reminder for athletes to never, never quit.
Tim Tebow’s John 3:16 story will blow your mind! If any athlete wonders if there is a God, this video might prove it. It is an uplifting video that shows how athletes can be bold witnesses for Christ on the playing field.
Sometimes in life you fall flat on your face. Just ask Heather Dorniden. After getting tripped on the last lap of her indoor track meet race, Dorniden did the unthinkable. She popped up, churned her legs, and never gave up. Watch this amazing video for the all powerful reminder that we should NEVER GIVE UP!
Derek Redmond was the favorite to win the 400 meters at the 1992 Olympics. Halfway into the race, he pulled his hamstring. In sheer agony but with tremendous guts, he began limping toward the finish line. His dad, watching in the stands, ran down to the track to help his son finish the race. The crowd gave a standing ovation as father and son crossed the finish line. Never before has a last place finish received such a recognition. Watch this video if you want a powerful reminder that our Heavenly Father never leaves our side.
“Visualization” will walk you through the steps of visualizing success in sports and life, telling the inspiring story of Billy Mills in the 1964 Olympics.
“Sportsmanship” discusses how the Christian athlete aspires to a higher calling than the worldly athlete. We compete for something bigger than a trophy that will be forgotten years down the road. We compete for the opportunity to spend eternity in heaven, humbling ourselves before Christ. An inspiring YouTube video of sportsmanship in softball is recommended for your huddles to watch.
“Balance” explains how we all struggle with balancing sports and life. What do we put first? How do we juggle our crazy schedules? As long as God is first in your life, He can let you know where you need to be through prayer.
“Mental Health” explores the topic that some might shy away from discussing. While suicide is on the rise, this issue cannot be swept under the rug anymore. It tells the humbling stories of three athletes who took their own lives; however, it closes by telling of how Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps overcame suicidal thoughts before his last Olympics. The video likewise gives five tips how to conquer depression and provides three solid scripture references to show how much God loves us.
“Teammates” talks about the importance of being a good teammate, boiling it down to five easy steps. It likewise talks about surrounding yourself with the right influences outside of sports, using the tragic story of Len Bias as a reminder that bad choices in friendships can lead to drastic consequences.
“Truth” reminds us all that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Although we may be tempted to lie, integrity matters more. Get ready to hear a humbling tale of one of my lowest moments in the first golf tournament I ever played in. Father, forgive me!
“God Works Everything For Our Good” is a video that focuses completely on the beauty behind Romans 8:28. How can God be working for our good when bad things happen? That question is addressed here through the story of the 1999 St. Louis Rams, the story of Joseph, and the testimony of John Newton, not to mention a personal story of my own.
“Quiet Time” is a video that shows the importance of finding that sacred time daily to grow with God. So many young student athletes want to do this but have no clue where to begin. This video will provide plenty of options! It compares the importance of practicing our sports to get ready for competition directly to the importance of a quiet time preparing us for our Christian walk. Through the examination of the spiritual gifts these kids have been blessed with, they are sure to find one or two quiet time ideas that will fit their needs.
“Accountability” is a video that is derived directly from Wisdom Walks Sports, an amazing FCA devotional written by Dan Britton and Jimmy Page. I highly recommend this video for high school or college athletes! It focuses on building your very own “Dream Team” around you to support you in all areas of life. The warriors are at your side, going into battle with you daily. The watchman serves as a mentor above you, and the workman is someone you pour wisdom into. Learn about all these vital accountability relationships, and encourage your student athletes to seek them out.
“Know Your Playbook” is a video I highly recommend for the middle school student athlete. So many kids think they are hamstringed into not talking about Jesus at school due to Separation of Church and State. This could not be further from the truth! Students actually have more rights than you might think, and this video will dispell plenty of myths with seven rules of the Christian Students’ Playbook. It tells the emotional story of my last high school football game against my own brother and challenges student athletes to be bold in their faith at school.
“Sharing Your Testimony” is a powerful video that explains the importance of sharing the story of how you came to Christ. It begins by defining what a testimony is and telling what it can do. The video then explores the testimony of Paul in the book of Acts. Finally, you get to hear me share the story of how I came to Christ. This video will hopefully inspire others to do the same!
I found this video about the power of words. As much as I would love to share this video with all of my students, FCA would be a remarkable platform to share the message. It was extremely convicting to me in evaluating my own use of words. May all of your words be used to encourage and build up!
“Christian Teacher 101” is not necessarily an FCA video but a video I created for Christian teachers. I was asked to speak to student teachers at MidAmerica Nazarene University in the fall of 2016 and created this iMovie video to inspire them to live out Christ in the classroom. I hope it inspires you to do the same!
“FCA Resources” is a useful video to help you navigate the resources that FCA offers at http://www.fca.org. Check it out!
“FCA How to Begin a Huddle” is a brief video that guides potential FCA huddle leaders through helpful step by step instructions on how to start a huddle. Check it out!
Free FCA devotions: Would you like 100 free FCA lessons? Check out the document below! I was blessed with this last year when my friend and fellow local huddle leader, Danielle, sent it to me. Feel free to use it with your huddle for lesson ideas.
Free FCA PowerPoints: During my second year of sponsoring FCA, we began creating our own PowerPoints to present valuable material. Feel free to use any of the lessons below for your own huddles. Tweak them as needed to fit your group’s needs. Be leery that some of the PowerPoint slides will need to be edited as they are fit completely to my huddle at Indian Trail Middle School.
“FCA videos” were all found on YouTube. I LOVE these stories and have used plenty of them to inspire lessons. There are countless more videos out there, so feel free to search on your own; however, these will get you started. Some of the videos here were used in the PowerPoints above.
“Christian student rights” is a document I refer to in the “Know Your Playbook” video lesson above. If you would like a copy to give your huddle members, feel free to use this. It was given to me by a friend at MidAmerica Nazarene University.
Being a writer at heart, a few summers ago I decided to write 40 devotions about sports. Feel free to pick from any of these lessons to challenge your FCA athletes. The link is below.