FCA is an interdenominational organization. We recognize that there are differing views among denominations. You will meet people who do not believe as you do on all points of doctrine. Remember that the Kingdom of God is unique in that we, as God’s people from around the world, can maintain unity in the midst of diversity. However, unity is not easily maintained and unless we are committed to a few basic principles, these differences can cause tension and disunity on our team.
To maintain unity, let us agree to disagree on issues which are not essential to salvation and continue to love and accept one another (Romans 14). We realize people will not agree on issues such as baptism, the work of the Holy Spirit, eschatology, etc., but we can unite around the absolute essentials of the faith concerning the person and work of Jesus Christ, the authority of Scripture, and salvation by grace through faith.
Read FCA’s Statement of Faith
As you serve in a different country, you will be exposed to a different culture and may encounter other believers whose practice of public prayer and worship differ from what you consider familiar or normal. The strong imposition of one person’s view of a particular issue upon another is unsuitable. Let us respect those who differ from us. FCA and our partnering organizations choose to work with churches, organizations and individuals that hold the Bible as God’s authoritative Word and who see it as the basis of faith and living. Being both an international and interdenominational organization, FCA emphasizes the necessity of “agreeing to disagree” on secondary theological issues in order to work together for the transformation of the lives of coaches and athletes.
You will be representing Jesus Christ, FCA and our partnering organizations/individuals on this trip. Your service on this trip supports ongoing ministry and partnership efforts in your destination country. Your actions and words can impact future teams and future ministry opportunities.
If at any point before, during or after your trip you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your Trip Leader.
Failure to comply with FCA’s Guidelines (outlined in this section) may result in being asked to return home at your own expense.
The FCA Values:
Our relationships will demonstrate steadfast commitment to Jesus Christ and His Word through Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence. Our desire is to see our FCA Mission Trips short-term teams be as effective as possible by adhering to these four core values:
- Integrity -- We will demonstrate Christ-like wholeness, privately and publicly. (Proverbs 11:3)
- Serving -- We will model Jesus’ example of serving. (John 13:1-17)
- Teamwork -- We will express our unity in Christ in all our relationships. (Philippians 2:1-4)
- Excellence -- We will honor and glorify God in all we do. (Colossians 3:23-24)
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