The FCA Huddle grew out of a desire to continue the FCA Camping experience during the school year. The Huddle is a place where athletes and coaches grow spiritually, whether that means initial salvation or traveling further along the road toward spiritual maturity. The goals of the Huddle help us determine the methods we use.
Goals of the Huddle include:
Fellowship is building a caring and accepting community where those seeking a deeper spiritual life are accepted and encouraged. Examples: Praying together, making new people feel welcome, participating in Huddle activities, eating with friends, encouraging them to develop their talents, traveling together to FCA Camp.
Growth is developing a balanced Christian life that encourages a growing obedience to Jesus Christ. Examples: Participating in Huddle meetings, reading the Bible regularly, taking notes on your Pastor's sermons, joining a youth Bible study at your church, memorizing Scripture, teaching a children's class at your church.
Outreach is demonstrating by words and deeds to the world around us our relationship with Christ. Examples: Praying for non-Christian friends, volunteering to work in Special Olympics, planning a Huddle meeting as an outreach to the school, adopting a family through Prison Fellowship at Christmas, sharing your testimony with a friend, giving a speech in speech class on "Why I am a Christian," participating in a community food drive for needy families.
What is a Huddle?
A Huddle is not:
- a group that appears to have all the answers
- a group led by a person who does all the talking
- closed to non-Christians
But, an FCA Huddle IS:
- a group committed to growing spiritually
- reaching out to others both in word and deed
- a place where individuals can participate
- officially sanctioned by the Home Office
Whether a Huddle has 5 or 500 student athletes, every meeting ought to include activities that further these goals. There may be a particular emphasis at a meeting, but all three (fellowship, growth and outreach) must be kept in mind. The goal of fellowship encourages us to use programs that are geared toward participation. The goal of growth encourages us to keep the subject matter centered on the Bible. The goal of outreach encourages us to create a hospitable attitude in our Huddle.
If you don't see your school listed to the left, contact Multi-Area Director, Scott Leuz to learn how to start a huddle at your school.