Fellowship of Christian Athletes founder Don McClanan has called FCA “God’s amazing, miraculous dream.” In 2012, God continued to work in amazing, miraculous ways in and through FCA. From financial successes to an increase in staff membership to an increased awareness of the ministry to the most meaningful of highlights – reaching thousands and thousands of coaches and athletes across the globe for Christ – God has used FCA as an instrument to build His Kingdom in a unique way. Take a moment to check out some of the 2012 highlights in FCA as we continue to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches.
As a faith-funded ministry, we give thanks to the Lord for His provision for a record year of $79.7 million* in revenue. (*Unaudited revenue (Fiscal Year 9/1/11 – 8/31/12)
FCA’s “Grand” Staff
For the first time, the number of FCA employees across the globe surpassed the 1,000 mark in 2012, allowing for greater ministry opportunities to coaches and athletes throughout the world.
Lives Transformed at FCA Camp
FCA Camp conducted an outstanding year with 363 camps in 37 states and 21 countries with 52,010 in attendance. Lives were transformed by incredible competition and spiritual growth.
More than 450,000 students were reached on a record 9,048 school campuses across America.
Fields of Faith
Fields of Faith had more than 160,000 students attend 418 fields across the nation. The students shared testimonies, encouraged each other to read the Word daily and come to faith in Jesus Christ.
Reaching Coaches Through Bible Studies
A record 9,131 coaches attended FCA Bible studies throughout the country.
This year alone, FCA distributed over 194,000 Bibles worldwide. Since 2003, FCA has distributed 1,710,400 Bibles worldwide, which includes eight different FCA Bibles.
The Sports Bible Hits Retail Market
In partnership with B&H Publishing, the Sports Bible is the first FCA Bible developed as an entry point into the retail market for FCA resources. The Sports Bible features 16 sports testimonies from major athletes and coaches that focus on a key character trait and Bible verse, as well as FCA devotional material.
Greater Focus on International Ministry
In September, the FCA International Ministry expanded with Dan Britton named the first Executive VP of International Ministry and Training. Also, significant growth was seen in training, resources expansion, mission trips and valued partnerships, including Operation Mobilization (OM) SportsLink and the International Sports Coalition (ISC).
Growth in Automatic Monthly Partner Program
FCA yielded tremendous growth in the Automatic Monthly Partner program (AMP) with a record $9 million in revenue. This represents a 32 percent increase over the previous year’s AMP revenue. AMP donors now make up over 15 percent of FCA’s total donors.
New Additions to Hall of Champions
FCA’s Hall of Champions honors 2012 inductees Ron Brown, University of Nebraska running backs coach; Neil Lomax, former NFL quarterback; Kathy Malone Sparks, Indianapolis Public Schools sports medicine services coordinator.
Digital Ministry Launches New FCA.org
FCA Digital Ministry launched the most significant redesign of FCA.org. It contains several features, including easy access to FCA tools, FCA news and ministry stories, and a brand new section for FCA Magazine. The new website will better position FCA to reach the heart and soul of coaches and athletes and share the FCA story like never before.
FCA’s Digital Reach Continues to Grow
FCA’s reach on the digital platform continues to explode, reaching over 5,000 people a day on Facebook and more than 8,000 daily on Twitter. Over 55,000 people connect with FCA.org; while FCAResources.com, which provides over 3,000 free resources, has over 13,000 people visiting the site each month; and the Daily Impact Play, FCA’s email devotional, reaches over 50,000 subscribers.
Sharing the Victory is now FCA Magazine
As FCA grows and expands across the globe, we’ve recognized the need to focus our branding efforts consistently across the ministry. In doing so, we changed the name of our official publication to FCA Magazine to continue to seek awareness and recognition of the ministry and continue to fulfill our mission of effectively communicating Jesus Christ through FCA.
Real Time Provides Faith, Fellowship and Fun
Approximately 700 FCA staff gathered in Kansas City to attend Real Time, a weekend of refreshment and encouragement for FCA staff through faith, fellowship and fun.
New In-Depth Videos Highlight Faith in Sport
New in-depth FCA videos were released in 2012, featuring interviews with prominent Christian athletes and coaches sharing personal stories of faith and competition.