FCA gives students a new outlook on fellowship

Rachel Lyon, Online Edition Editor

Every Wednesday groups of students gather in the auditorium to come together to share time with fellow peers who have similar beliefs.

FCA, also known as of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was founded in 1954 by Don McClanen. 
As stated on the FCA website, the vision of FCA is “To see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.”

Lily Olmo, sophomore and one of the leaders of FCA, gives a more thorough explanation.

“The purpose of FCA is to spread the word of Christ through fellowship and learning. Our purpose is to introduce the Christian faith to those who may not have a religious background. We want to give an opportunity for everyone to experience God in a new way,” Olmo said.

Club leaders hope that they are carrying out that purpose.

“We are fulfilling this purpose by trying to increase membership so we can spread the word even further. We have gained committed members and hope to keep doing so in even larger numbers. We try to create lessons that are relatable to our teenage lives,” Olmo said.

Payton Baker, a fellow sophomore leader, also thinks the club is headed in the right direction.

“I think we are definitely reaching students with God’s word, however, not as many people as we would like. . We would like to have a large group of members that come on a regular basis,” Baker said.

The club hopes to gain that consistent crowd by planning several activities that students can enjoy.

“We want FCA to be a place where people can grow in their faith while making new friendships. That way, we can feel comfortable studying scripture together,” Olmo said.

Although the leaders stand behind the same goals, some desired to become leaders for different reasons.

“I wanted to become an FCA leader because I felt like someone needed to step up and run FCA in a way that would attract more members. I felt a call to lead in this way because I want others to have the same experience that I have had with my faith. I want to inspire others to spread the good news,” Olmo said.

Baker felt similarly called.

“I became a leader of this club because God calls us to spread His word. I thought this would be a great way to reach out to people in school who may have never heard it before,” Baker said.

Sophomore and leader Cody Keller had his reasons also.

“I felt like FCA was a good club to be part of, and we also did not have one at the beginning of the year. So, with the help of fellow leaders and school mates, we have been able to help build FCA up and see it flourish,” Keller said.

The club meets early on Wednesdays.

Keller said, “To be a part of something like that is really rewarding and amazing. I can’t describe how good of a feeling that is for me and for others.”