Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Since its founding in 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has been presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ to athletes and coaches. Over the past 60 years FCA has grown into the largest interdenominational, youth-oriented, Christian sports ministry in schools across America. Members seek to build relationships that demonstrate integrity, service, teamwork, and excellence. For nearly half a century, FCA has been focused on one purpose:
"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."
Here at Azusa Pacific University, our FCA ministry has been reaching out to the athletes and coaches at our school and in our surrounding community for 31 years. One of the most effective and well-received components of our ministry has been the Night of Champions youth outreach. This annual event began in 1984 as an informal barbecue for about 100 local high school athletes, kids who did not attend any church, but who were willing to attend a Christian event if it allowed them to meet and listen to successful and well-known athletes and role models. The event has been a success every year since, and has grown to an annual attendance of more than 3,000 teenagers from as far north as Bakersfield, and as far south as San Diego. The impact that this ministry has had on the lives of our local youth has been greater than we could have ever imagined, as hundreds of young people have made personal commitments to Jesus Christ as a result of their experience at the Night of Champions event.
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