Before pursuing employment with FCA, it is FCA’s desire that you have a full understanding of the position you are applying for and the FCA Ministry.
FCA’s intention is to do its best at affirming your calling to this ministry and equip you to succeed. Ministering to athletes and coaches and seeing them come to know Christ is the highlight of the ministry and FCA’s ultimate goal. FCA’s selection process is designed to help you and FCA determine if you are called to FCA ministry jobs, as well as provide you with all the information you need to make a decision about joining the FCA Ministry.
Funding to work for FCA
FCA is a faith-financed ministry and as such depends on the generosity of donors to support our ministry staff. Developing and implementing a funding plan is part of your responsibility as FCA ministry staff.
FCA anticipates an approximate $60,000-$75,000 annual budget for an FCA field position. This budget covers salary, payroll taxes, benefit costs, program and operating costs. Before FCA will officially hire a new employee, funding for the first year budget must be approved by the regional Vice President. As staff members trust God for their finances, they invite individuals, churches and other organizations to invest in their ministry through prayer and financial commitments. New staff will be trained how to find people God is calling to be on their team of ministry partners.
Local leadership board for FCA staff
In addition to the funding requirement, a local leadership board is needed to support each FCA staff person financially, programmatically and emotionally. These board members will love you, support you and hold you accountable for your ministry. If the FCA community is not developed to the extent that adult volunteers or an adult chapter or local leadership board is in place, your chance for success is diminished.
Ideally, volunteers in a community have held the FCA program together through their efforts until such a time that a full time or part-time FCA staff person is needed.
Spouse’s call to working with FCA
If married, your spouse and family must be similarly called to the ministry and support you in your role as FCA Staff. This will mean some nights away from home attending FCA meetings or other FCA sponsored events. It may require opening your home to the community to hold fellowship that will provide nurturing for those helping you and sharing with new people to embrace the vision of FCA. You may be called to speak at churches in your community.
Once the preliminary steps are behind you, the rewards can be rich. You have a community committed to sharing Christ. You have a board who has become an extension of your family. You have a challenge to reach athletes and coaches with the Gospel.
Hiring process and employment overview for FCA staff
The official hiring process begins with the endorsement of the local FCA Area Director and/or regional Vice President as well as the local leadership board. If funds have not been raised prior to this point, the Area Director, leadership board and you will set about planning a strategy to fund the position. You should not resign from your current employment until funding expectations are met and you have completed the interview, selection process and funding has been verified and approved by the regional Vice President.