2013 FCA National Highlights
The past year was one of relentless impact made by God through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. From FCA Camps that saw more than 12,000 campers across the globe make decisions for Christ, to Fields of Faith events that allowed students to share their faith with more than 170,000 classmates, to resources that were available as close as next door and as far away as China, God continued to use FCA to impact the world for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
With all that God has done through the ministry of FCA in 2013, it would be impossible to list everything. However, join with us in celebrating His accomplishments through FCA as we celebrate a few highlights.
As a faith-funded ministry, we give thanks to the Lord for His provision for the highest revenue-producing year in our history
FCA expanded in growth with nearly 1,100 FCA staff in the U.S. and internationally.
FCA Camps Were Relentless
A total of 59,752 people attended 429 FCA Camps in 38 states and 25 countries. Of those, 5,002 made a first-time commitment to Christ, and 7,120 rededicated their lives to Him. “Relentless” was the theme of the 2013 FCA Camps, based on the words found in Hebrews 10:39.
Fields of Faith
FCA’s annual Fields of Faith included 463 fields and over 170,000 attended Fields of Faith. Of those, field organizers reported 5,397 commitments to Christ, 7,921 recommitments to Christ, and 9,834 commitments to read the Bible.
Worldwide Bible Distribution
This year alone, FCA distributed 218,174 Bibles worldwide. FCA has nine different Bibles and recently released two sport-specific New Testament Bibles: The Goal Soccer New Testament and The Wrestling New Testament.
The Heart of a Competitor, featuring 90 devotions written by competitors for competitors, and the Heart of a Coach Playbook, a devotional specifically designed for the coach, were released in 2013. Here are five great ways to use Heart of a Competitor.
Breaking Barriers in China
FCA’s Heart of an Athlete was published in the Mandarin language, becoming the first Christian sports devotional to be legally published in China.
Partners in Progress
The Automatic Monthly Partner (AMP) program reached a record $12.8 million in revenue, a 42% increase over the prior year, and made up over 19% of FCA’s total donors.
myFCA Gives Donors Control
FCA launched myFCA, its first online donation and account management system. This one-stop personal account management system allows donors to easily manage giving online, look up FCA staff and local areas and read about different areas to support.
Never Too Much Information
Over 100,000 people visited an FCA-related website each day to learn more about the ministry, download free resources and connect with ministry in their area.
YouVersion, FCA Team Up
FCA teamed up with YouVersion, the most popular Bible app, to offer a variety of Bible reading plans. Over 12,000 subscribers have started our first reading plan called, “FCA: The Relentless Devotional for Competitors.”
Hall of Champions
FCA’s Hall of Champions added 2013 inductees Dick Abel, FCA President (1988-1992); Jose Campo, wrestling coach; Mark Johnson, retired college baseball coach; and Frank Kelly III, longtime FCA athlete, volunteer, donor and board member.
FCA presented its annual national awards to athletes and coaches from around the country. Winners included Ashton Richardson (Auburn University; Bobby Bowden Award); Mike MacIntyre (San Jose State/Colorado; Grant Teaff Coach of the Year); Dr. Homer Rice (Cincinnati/Rice/Duke; Grant Teaff Lifetime Achievement Award); Rusty Stroupe, (Gardner-Webb University; Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching Award); Tom Crean (Indiana University; John Lotz “Barnabas” Award); and Sue Semrau (Florida State University; Kay Yow Heart of a Coach Award).
First Female Chairman Elected
Julie Nimmons was elected Chairman of FCA’s National Board of Trustees, and will assume the role January 1, 2014. She becomes the first woman to ever hold the position.
Pat Thatcher-Ministry Director for Cincinnati
Gary Clemmons-Butler County Area Representative
Meredith Bishop-Administrative Assistant/Women's Ministry
Rich Carlson-Dayton area Representative