On Wednesday, October 9th, students across the U.S. met for Fields of Faith, an annual event organized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Over 250,000 students met on athletic fields to encourage one another to follow Jesus wholeheartedly.
“Fields of Faith is always such a fantastic night to me because the community comes together regardless of what church or school you go to,” said Tate O’Bryan, a sophomore at Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Tennessee. “It’s the only opportunity in my year where I get to see that kind of unity between everyone in Bradley County; that’s always one of my favorite parts of the night, along with seeing so many give their lives to Christ.”
Fields of Faith is part of FCA, a ministry whose goal is to “lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.” In 2002, Jeff Martin, an FCA Area Director in Oklahoma, was discouraged about the “temptations and spiritual battles” facing young people. When he prayed about what to do, God led him to 2 Chronicles 34, which recounts how King Josiah (who was a teenager) gathered the Israelites together to read scripture, leading to a revival.
The first Fields of Faith events were held in 2004 by over 6,000 students throughout Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. That year, over 100 students committed their lives to Christ, as have thousands more who have since attended the events. Last year, almost 250,000 students met at 500 fields across the country and even outside of the country.
Fields of Faith events are held on fields because athletic fields are neutral locations where people in the community can gather. The events are also intentionally interdenominational out of the belief that keeping them within one denomination would cause them to be “severely limited.”
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Source: Church Leaders