a great summer study…

truecompThis summer Erin and I were blessed to have a weekly Bible Study in our home for the student athletes at Eastern Kentucky University.  We got off to a slow start with a lot of the athletes going home for the first month of the summer.  However, by July many were back and for the rest of the summer out living room was overflowing with students.

Each week we would dive into one of the devotions is the “True Competitor” devotional that FCA puts out.  The lessons in the study are designed to help us realize where we are in our walk with Christ and also what needs to happen for us to grow closer and fully committed to Him.  What I have loved about the study is that while it is very simple and easy to understand, no matter how long you have been a Christ-follower, it goes deep and really makes you think about what areas of your life need work and to be fully surrendered.  I also love the fact that it really did foster some great discussion with our EKU athletes.  Getting to hear what God was/is teaching them and their hearts for Christ was truly awesome.

Last night, we actually wrapped up our summer Bible study and I have to admit that I am a little sad as I will miss the weekly deep dive with the students.  However, we are getting ready to launch our weekly meetings on campus and I can’t wait to see how they take what we studied this summer and really apply it through out the school year.  Please keep praying for our students and also I highly recommend you check out “True Competitor” for yourself.

finding my sweet spot…

31381164_10155359850217327_2674765949316046679_nThis past couple of years of switching from one ministry to a new one and moving to a new area of Kentucky have been crazy.  Throw in my wife having breast cancer, my son being put on the autism spectrum, and my daughter being diagnosed with Celiac Disease it’s taken a while to really feel settled and where I sort of know what I am doing.  To be honest there have been times where I definitely have felt unqualified for what I have been doing and just wondering how God can use me.

The past few months though I finally feel like I am hitting my sweet spot and really finally doing what I believe God has called me to do in ministry.  I’ve been able to go into high schools and middle schools and train coaches and teacher sponsors on how to do FCA on their campuses.  Even though, I used be petrified of speaking, I’ve been blessed to share on several occasions with students and challenge them to grow in their walk with Christ.  Perhaps that most exciting part of ministry for me over the past few months has been the launch of our FCA ministry on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.  To get the chance to work with the college athletes has truly been a blessing.  Building relationships with the students, Seeing them grow in their walk with Christ, want to go deeper in Bible study, making commitments to faithfully participate in the local church, have all just been so confirming that I am right where God wants me to me be.

Don’t get me wrong, I know God has used me in various ministries, church activities, and other outreaches over the years.  And I know there is a time and a place for everything.  Yet, there are those passions and gifts that God has given that I don’t feel that I have always been able to use for Him.  I know that I still have much to learn and much more to do for God, but to finally be in a place where I am able to serve, and use the passion for ministry to coaches and athletes He gave, is just a wonderful place to be.  I am so excited to see how God is going to continue to just take that passion for sports ministry and FCA and use it for His Glory!  Just keep praying for me as I seek to serve.

giving gifts that matter…

fcabibleLast week, I had the pleasure of visiting two new schools (new to me) that were either wanting to start an FCA Huddle or have been going with no FCA staff presence.  In both of these situations I was blessed to meet teachers that genuinely care for their students and want to see them come to know Christ.  In both situations I was able to leave one of our FCA Coaches Bibles with the teacher and it was great to see how they were so appreciative to not only have a copy of God’s Word, but one specifically designed to help them grow in their walk as coaches/teachers and reach their students.  Coming out of the Christmas season I have given many gifts lately.  However, it was so refreshing and just a blessing to me to see true joy that comes from giving and receiving gifts that will make an impact on eternity for Christ.  I pray that God will give me more and more opportunities to share gifts of the Gospel!

prayer requests…

01. Golf Scramble 2014 PosterThis is going to be a very busy week and I would like to ask you for your prayers.  I am currently working on wrapping up getting ready for this weekend’s annual Rec Center Golf scramble.  Please join me in praying that we will have great weather for this event and a great turn out for golfers.  Also pray that there will be plenty of golf carts available for our our golfers as well.

I also ask for your prayers this week as I am working on some grant proposals that will help the Rec Center with future plans and outreaches.  To be honest I am a little out of my depth and feeling somewhat overwhelmed, with this being the first time I have worked on proposals like this.  Pray that God will give me wisdom in what to write and the right wording to help us receive these much needed funds.  Also pray that I won’t be over stressed and over think things too!

Lastly, this week I am starting a study with our FCA Leadership Team called “Not a Fan” for teens.  Pray that as we have these discipleship times with our leadership team that we would see growth in their walk with Christ.  Pray that they would move from being fans of Christ to devoted followers who have made Christ the true King and number one priority in their lives!

It’s going to be a busy week, but a good week.  Pray that God will work mightily!

urgent call to all sponsors….

It’s that time of year again, the time of year where we are starting to get our students ready to attend FCA Leadership Camp at Campbellsville University.  This year’s leadership camp will be held the last week of June.   The cost of camp is $225 a student which is quite a lot for our local students.   So this year we are not only trying to raise funds to help pay for our students to go to camp, but also trying to make sure we are only taking students who are serious about being leaders at their schools.

Each student that we take is required to write us a one page paper telling us why they want to go to leadership camp and how they envision themselves being a leader at their school during the next school year.  The students are also required to help us through various fundraising activities such as sharing with local churches about camp and also a dessert auction we are holding at the Rec Center on April 21st.  Next, each student is required to participate in a weekly Bible study that we will be holding from the time school lets out on May 4th until we head to camp at the end of June.  Lastly, each student is committing to be on a leadership team for the 2012-2013 school year where they will help plan and lead FCA huddles, outreach events, and Bible studies.

This coming week the students who want to go to camp have to take the first step by turning in their papers on why they want to go to camp and how they will be a leader in their schools.  By next Friday, I will know for sure how many students will be going to camp with us.  We are anticipating between 6 and 8 students to attend.

At FCA Leadership camp the students are challenged and trained in how to share their faith boldly in their schools.  Various speakers including several college athletes will be sharing their testimonies and giving hands on training to our students.  Towards the end of the camp our students are even sent out to do door to door evangelism in Campbellsville as training.   It is a truly wonderful time where many of our students will get the grounding and solid teaching/challenge that they need to be bold in their faith.

So how can you help us?  If you are willing to sponsor a student or some of a student’s cost to go to camp that would be a tremendous blessing.  Also, if you live near our area we would be more than willing to come share with your church about an opportunity for them to partner with us in taking kids to go to camp.  If you have any questions I am also attaching a pdf to the blog that gives the full details of what is going on at camp.   Thank you so much for your time and I pray that you will pray about how you might help send our students to leadership camp this summer!

FCA Leadership Camp 2012 flyer