Fields of Faith is a peer-to-peer event. Students invite their own classmates and teammates to hear fellow students share their testimonies, be challenged to read the Word of God and follow Jesus Christ. An athletic field provides a neutral, interdenominational rally point where a community can come together.
Students combined with a leadership team will work together to run the event. The leadership team will work to form partnerships with churches in the area regardless of denomination and help plan their Fields of Faith event.
Fields of Faith follows the method used by King Josiah. Most modern rallies are built around entertainment with professional speakers and this tends to create a separation. Fields of Faith highlights local students in the program creating a powerful connection. The success of this event is rooted in its simplicity:
Bring many people together at one time.
Read Scripture and share personal testimonies.
Be challenged by fellow students to read the Word of God and to follow Jesus Christ.
Take, for example, what happened in Wolfforth, Texas, just outside Lubbock, on Oct. 10, where an estimated 6,500 people attended Fields of Faith at Peoples Bank Stadium.
But, with nearly twice as many people in attendance compared to the previous year’s event, Terry Kinard knew that even the most meticulous plans by event organizers weren’t enough to keep up with what God was going to do that night.
“When I looked in the stands when we got started, I knew we didn’t have enough encouragers,” said Kinard, FCA’s Area Director in Lubbock and the Greater South Plains.
Ironically, Kinard and Brandi Cantrell, an Area Representative who also serves as the women’s athletics chaplain at Texas Tech University, decided just a month before that a venue that was previously booked to hold the event was not going to be large enough, and arranged to move Fields of Faith to Peoples Bank Stadium.
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But after local students shared their faith stories with their peers and John and Guy Earl, twin brothers who played in the National Football League, presented a message of the gospel, it didn’t matter how large the bleachers were because the majority of those in attendance had streamed onto the track and the football field, having either accepted Christ for the first time or rededicated their lives to Him.
“They came down and stood in front of the stage, eight lanes deep on the track, from one 25-yard line to the other,” Kinard said of those who accepted Christ or rededicated their lives to Him that night. “We saw over 400 salvations, and we conservatively estimate that at least 1,200 kids made a rededication.
But, with a cold and damp day causing several of the encouragers, many of whom were older and would have been strongly affected by the weather, to bow out, it was difficult for event staff to accurately document exact numbers.
“About one-third of the kids stayed and prayed together, and about two-thirds just left (after hearing the Earls speak and making a decision for Christ),” Kinard said. “But, I know that at least 4,000 people had their hearts broken before God in some way that night. The numbers and the records aren’t the most important thing, though.
“Thousands of kids bumped into the Holy Spirit in a might way, and it’s bound to make a difference,” Kinard continued. “I know most of them are going to go back and tell others about it.
“There’s a little school district out here called Lorenzo,” Kinard said. “There’s only about 60 kids in the high school. Twenty four were saved Wednesday night. What happens when more than a third of the student body becomes Christians? They are going back to school, and they have influence. When they realize the influence they have, it’s bound to have a major impact on the entire school.”
As the impact of FCA in the Lubbock area continues to grow, so does the evidence of how big God is, and that’s not lost on Kinard, who in just two years has seen his area grow from 18 to 93 huddles.
“I never underestimate God,” Kinard said. “Sometimes I’m just not prepared for what God is going to do. So, we’ve already started working on a plan to greatly increase the number of encouragers at Fields of Faith next year.”
He also spoke of a desire to move the event again, this time to Jones AT&T Stadium on the Texas Tech campus, the 60,000 seat home of the Red Raiders football team.
Once again, Kinard and his staff are planning big. The fun really starts when we see how much bigger God’s plans are then ours.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives… one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.