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Category Archives: FCA Charlotte Staff Stories
Spring 2014 has seen lots of new ministry, new coaches, and excitement for summer camps. Here are a few highlights.
Many of our coaches have been able to attend a “Weekend to Remember” marriage retreat over the last few months. Thanks to Chik Fil A we are able to scholarship many of the couples to a weekend spent enjoying a much needed get away while hearing about ways to improve their relationship whether they have been married 3 months or 30 years. Earl Clover and his wife Erin from Stuart Cramer High School had this to say about their experience.
“We went to a weekend to remember as an opportunity to have a nice weekend vacation together but ended up learning a lot about how to improve an already great marriage. We both enjoyed learning how to better serve God through our marriage and learned something new about each other in the process. If given the opportunity we would definitely go to another conference.”
FCA emerging from the Football Team at North Meck High School. Can’t wait to have these guys at Team Camp this summer.
FCA planning with athletes and coaches for a fall kick off. Several key coaches and athletes investing their time dreaming and scheming.
Over 50 students from UNC Charlotte attended the regional college conference in February and 15 are spending their spring break in Mexico on a mission trip. God has done amazing things in a short time.
Words can’t begin to describe all that happened this past weekend at the FCA Winter Blitz College Conference. There were 155 students and athletes from 18 different universities across North and South Carolina. We took 51 of the 49ers from UNC Charlotte. Three of our students surrendered their lives to Jesus while we were there. Pictures and some powerful testimonies are below – I strongly encourage you to read them! Love y’all. Much love from the Niner Nation.
I can’t thank you enough for giving me the opportunity to attend Winter Blitz this year. This was going to be my first time at a Christian camp and I didn’t know what to expect, but you would be happy to know I went to Camp Thunderbird with an open heart. Friday was an eye opener, for the first time in my entire life during worship I felt Christ in my presence. It was the most amazing feeling. The words in the Bible weren’t just words; they were the Word of God. They finally had a meaning to me.Saturday I felt something in my heart that was different from anything I’ve ever felt. I knew I was ready to follow Him and I did just that on Saturday night. If I had not been given this opportunity I would not feel the way I do today and I really can’t thank you enough for your kind heart. God bless you. Love always, your sister in Christ. [UNC Charlotte female athlete]
I just wanted to say thank you. You changed my life this weekend. I felt something different this year and I loved it. You not only helped me but as I changed I told my girlfriend about it and she was wanting to change awhile back but I wasn’t there yet so she didn’t. But as I changed so did she. I just want to thank you again sincerely. I feel like a different man now. [UNC Charlotte football player]
The message on the first night is one that hit home for me personally. The theme of the message was that “God’s power is made perfect in our weaknesses”. I have read that scripture several times but it had a whole new meaning for me. I struggle with insecurity, anxiety, and not feeling qualified enough to share Christ. This weekend I learned that my struggles are not an accident and that God uses our struggles and weaknesses to glorify Himself! This weekend left me in complete awe of who God is. It left me with a greater desire to know Him more and to make His name known in all that I do. [UNC Charlotte student]
I made a lot of new friends and we came together as brothers and sisters. I was especially heart warmed that the athletes took me under their arms even though I am technically not a college athletic competitor. [UNC Charlotte student]
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Wingate, N.C.—-Appalachian State University football coach legend Jerry Moore shared his heart with Wingate University coaches and student-athletes during a Monday morning breakfast in the LaVerne Banquet Hall. The event was sponsored by Wingate’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, in conjunction with Lakeview Baptist Church in Monroe.The winningest coach in ASU and Southern Conference history, Moore compiled a 215-87 record in his 24 seasons at Appalachian State (1989-2012), including 10 SoCon championships, 18 post-season appearances and an unprecedented three straight NCAA Division I FCS/I-AA national titles (2005-07).
“One of the biggest spiritual influences in my life is my wife Margaret,” Moore says. “She works tirelessly behind the scenes to help me, including her leadership of a Bible study for players’ girlfriends while we were serving at Appalachian State.” Moore credits his wife of 54 years with helping him establish balance between life and work.
Moore shared many FCA memories, including his first FCA conference in Estes Park, Colo. He remembers University of Oklahoma head coach Bud Wilkinson sharing four important points with him. “Coach Wilkinson said 1) …know what you want to do; 2) …work harder than your players; 3) …be fair; and 4) …utilize discipline 100 percent of the time,” Moore says.
“The most important thing about coaching…is letting your players know someone cares about them,” Moore says. “I’ve never forgotten my coaches from high school…and how they helped me on my journey.”
During a question-and-answer time, Moore was asked about Appalachian State’s Sept. 1, 2007 victory over the University of Michigan. “Our pre-game devotion was based on 2 Samuel 23:16,” Moore remembers. “The story about guarding your bean patch…I cannot count the number of times players and coaches have mentioned the impact of these words.”
Moore believes the ASU-Michigan game taught the Mountaineers many lessons. “We should always give God our best,” Moore says. “It will always be good enough if we give Him our very best.”
Moore credits the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for shaping his life. “If it hadn’t had been for the FCA, I don’t know where I’d be (today),” Moore says. “As we travel this road of life, it is important we make ourselves available for others. FCA is like a domino effect for me…so many positive things have happened to me…because of FCA. I am deeply indebted.”
I am very excited about this update! There are some powerful things happening in and through the lives of the female athletes at UNC Charlotte. Praise God for the women that He has raised up to lead and serve in the ministry here. Attached are some pictures that only just begin to share the story and below are a few comments that I have received from them lately! Please pray with me for the Lord to bring us the right person to serve alongside me on campus to lead our women. Thanks for sowing into the movement happening in Charlotte.
A few of the things that are currently happening: There are 6 serving on our FCA Leadership Team, there are 5 heading to the Spanish Wells to serve on FCA International Missions over Christmas Break while another 2 are heading to Tecate, Mexico over their Spring Break, there are 8 of them going through our eight month discipleship and leadership development called “The Refinery,” they just hosted their first Women’s Night of Fellowship, and 3 of them are leading women’s Bible studies, and ETC.!
“Amazing night at 49er FCA. I feel so blessed to be involved in this group. It’s definitely the best part of college for me. Glory to God.”
“Being able to pray before each game with the girls I compete with but are my best friends is such an incredible blessing! God is so good!”
“I’m so glad I found a bible study that I look forward to going to every week at 49er FCA”
“So excited to see all my amazing friends at FCA! I always leave encouraged, strengthened, and loved!”
“Had such a great time at FCA tonight! Got to do my two favorite things: meet new people and study God’s Word!”
UNC Charlotte Campus Director
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
2013 FCA National College Conference:
Last week we finished up the 2013 FCA National College Conference in St. Simons Island, GA. We were able to send 5 athletes from Charlotte to join 100 athletes from 30 different universities all across the country – ranging from Florida State and Virginia Tech to West Virginia University and Shorter University (my alma mater). From Charlotte there were two softball players, one track & field, one cross country, and one football player. This year’s theme is “Relentless”. It was a powerful time as the athletes gathered to grow spiritually while being challenged competitively. One of Charlotte’s female athletes spoke to the entire camp on the last night that we were there and got a standing ovation. All glory to Jesus for what He is doing in their lives.
As I traveled to the college conference, I got to stop in Fayette County, GA and sit in on a Bible study that we started in 2009 with three guys. I wish I could describe how powerful it was to watch – I was pumped! The three guys we started it with (who are now heading into their junior year of college) passed the torch to a younger guy who has led it for the past two years. As I watched and listened to him lead I was blown away. He spoke boldly, confidently, and humbly. With him officially graduating from high school last week, I got to witness him relaying the baton to a rising junior as he allowed him to lead the Bible study. It was an amazing picture of the power of discipleship. The Lord is continuing His ministry through faithful men and women who have made it a priority to pass the torch to the younger generation.
A few months back Charlotte had their first ever spring game – they had almost 14,000 people in attendance, it was incredible. I had the chance to speak to the entire team and coaching staff at their chapel before the game. Several of the football guys are really taking it to another level in their relationship with Christ – please pray for them and for me as we continue on in the Bible study and one-on-one discipleship this summer.
Thanks for sowing into the lives of the coaches and athletes and for allowing the Lord to use you to provide opportunities such as these for their spiritual growth!
UNC Charlotte Campus Director
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
It has been a powerful couple of weeks here in Charlotte! How humbling it is to watch new beginnings unfolding on the UNC Charlotte campus. The Lord has opened up many new doors and I wanted to give you an update on some of the things that have happened. “Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, ‘We have seen remarkable things today.’” [Luke 5:26]. I pray that you take a look at what you have been sowing into:
· We had the opportunity to serve every one of the coaches on the college campus as well as several of the athletic department staff at one of their recent monthly meetings. It is something that had not been done before in that setting. We were able to feed them a Chick-fil-A breakfast spread and also give them all a copy of “Lead…for God’Sake!”
· The first ever football player Bible study has launched and we have around 8-10 guys showing up weekly. Praise God!
· This past Monday we had the most athletes and students we have ever had show up to the Monday night campus meeting to hear Pastor Naeem Fazel share his story.
· I was able to order all of the Bibles and books that we were praying for thanks to many of your contributions and pledges to contribute! We were able to give out several Bibles just this week to athletes and students who did not own one – Amen!
Here is a very significant E-mail I received from someone in the UNC Charlotte Athletic Department –
“Thanks so very much for providing breakfast for the coaching staff this morning. I appreciate you taking time to reach out to our group. They took all the remaining copies of the books you left!
We appreciate and value the partnership.”
I am grateful for the ways you have invested in what we are doing as we proclaim the name of Jesus on the UNC Charlotte campus. Have a blessed weekend. Much love and gratitude.
UNC Charlotte Campus Director
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
On Aug. 3,4,5 some of the FCA Charlotte staff attended the FCA Southeast Region Retreat in St. Simons Ga. It was a great time of encouragement for over 200 staff from the 4 states. Sharing ideas, leaning on more experienced staffers, and hearing testimonies of how God is moving were all part of our time together.
We heard inspirational teaching and were led in worship with singing and prayer times that were powerful. Thanks to FCA for caring about the health and spiritual well being of the staff and their families that serve this important ministry. Thanks to the following who took their time to attend and take part in this inspirational weekend.
Lincoln and Rachel Lawing – Gaston Co.
Bryan and Robyn Woodell – South Meck.
Bethany Trouville – Huntersville – Mooresville
Debby Sheppard – Charlotte Events
Ryan and Brittney Gloer – UNCC
Mark and Vicki Talbot – Greater Charlotte
One of the few people who witnessed and participated in the phenomenal growth of FCA Atlanta was Buck McCabe. Buck has been a leader, friend, donor, and advocate of the impact of FCA all over the southeast and recently he came to Charlotte to share his experiences.
Buck is essentially the only CFO that Chik Fil A has ever had as they have grown to be the most respected company of their type in America and now the world. Buck has seen the company grow to over 1,200 stores and over 4 Billion in sales while maintaining their committments to Christian values and principles.
During Buck’s visit he visited with business leaders from around Charlotte talking about his experience and his love for FCA. Many times he related the growth he is seeing in Charlotte to what they saw in Atlanta just 5 years ago. He talked about how they saw FCA go from 4 to over 60 on staff over 5 years and the impact they are having with the schools and sports teams in Atlanta. This same momentum is being felt in Charlotte as we have added 7 to our staff over the last six months and more are in process.
One of the functions Buck attended was with all of the Charlotte FCA staff and their spouses. This was held at Pine Lake Country Club and was a treat to share with Buck a time of fellowship and vision casting.
Many thanks to Buck for spending the time with us and we look forward to having him with us again in the future.
FCA Charlotte Metro Director