Building up our athletes in Christ

“What do you build your foundation on? Do you look toward success and popularity? If so, what happens when those crumble around you?” Athletes at Concordia Lutheran High School were asked these questions at the opening kick-off for one of Concordia’s newest clubs this year, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). With the world shouting at athletes to live like the pros, broadcast their own highlights, and gain a following, the sports arena has high appeal, but little lasting reward if done the way seen on social media and ESPN. Is it possible to strive to be the best you can be on the court, while living for something greater? Can you use your sport to point others to the Creator who will stop at nothing to have a relationship with you? Enter FCA.

FCA is a nation-wide organization designed "to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches" and "to present to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church." As faculty co-leader of FCA, it is my vision that this club would be a place for athletes to build relationships, ask questions, grow in faith, spur each other on, and bring others to Christ through intentional sports-related and faith-centered conversations.

FCA operates primarily through a weekly Bible Study in which students break into small groups to dig into God's Word to see the world of sports through His lens. These small groups are led by student leaders each week. All students are welcome, whether an athlete, a fan, or just someone who is looking for Christian community. Once per quarter FCA has a social event where students enjoy games, food, and a message from a local coach or leader in the community.

Our hope is to challenge each student to go all-in with Christ, have Him change their lives, and take that faith with them to their respective teams. Contrary to what the world says, Christ and athletics can indeed be one streamlined endeavor and the athletes in FCA at Concordia are striving to show that in every practice and game they compete in.

Brian Loesel,
Science Teacher and FCA Adviser