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Ben Buchanan with kids awards night 2016

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Guide For FCA Chaplins

Steps To Start A Huddle


One of the most important aspects of FCA is properly STARTING YOUR HUDDLE.

Each huddle leader is responsible for making sure every step has been completed. This will ensure the huddle is certified providing the best ministry to the students, while following along FCA guidelines:

STEP 1: Fill out MLA

The Ministry Leader Application (MLA), must be completed by adult leaders and volunteers who work with youth under the age of 18. You will find the MLA application by following this LINK TO REGISTER By completing the MLA application, you are only expressing a desire to serve with FCA. It does not mean that you are accepted as a Ministry Leader, because you have completed an application. The local FCA staff and the National FCA office will screen your application. A completed MLA also gives the huddle liability insurance, paid for by FCA. 

If you have already completed an MLA it is still necessary to register your Huddle. (see step 7 below)

STEP 2: Review and Follow HUDDLE Playbook 

The Huddle Playbook is a comprehensive guide on how to prepare for and lead a huddle successfully.

Visit Campus 101

Select High School or Middle School and then step through the three categories of video lessons. The one place where every athlete, coach and volunteer can learn what FCA Campus Ministry is and how to serve in schools effectively. It includes three components that work together to train, equip and grow.

STEP 3: Review How To Start A Huddle Document

FCA has a best practice that is very helpful when starting a huddle. This checklist was written and designed to help you get off to the best start.


Go here to find the best, most comprehensive resources to help you in your huddle available through FCA. (devotions, videos, ice breakers, etc.)

Also check out the Strong Curriculum We encourage you to use this curriculum as it had a high impact in our summer camps.

STEP 5: FCA Vision…

We are excited to have you join our mission of Igniting Students and Coaches with the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Our goal is to take a Quantum Leap Impact to reach 20,000 students and 1,000 coaches across 400 plus campuses in Central Ohio on a weekly basis; to put Bibles in the hands of over 2,000 students per year. Serve 2,000 plus athletes in summer camps and equip coaches and students dealing with today’s life issues 

Step 6: Student Leader Training and Registration

Student Leader Training –

Through input of Huddle Leaders FCA Central Ohio has develop a two-session training outline to develop student leaders at your huddle. You can access the training Here

Student Leader Application – Required 

We now have a formalized Student Leader Application. This is used by huddle leaders to qualify student leaders and assign leadership positions to students in each huddle 

STEP 7: Register Your Huddle 


I HAVE GONE THROUGH STEPS 1-7 and I am ready to make an impact! 

 We pray... May the eyes of the Lord your God always be upon you, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. Deuteronomy 11:12

The Central Ohio FCA Campus Ministry got started in 1968 following the OSU Buckeyes Football team winning the national championship. Rex Kern, Jesse Owens, Archie Griffin and many others were frequent speakers at our new Campus Huddles. We are now on over 90 middle school & high school, and college campuses. The programs of the Campus Ministry include Huddles (on campus clubs, youth clubs and churches), Team Bible Studies, Assembly Programs, Chapel Programs, TeamFCA Membership


Huddle FAQ's

  1. What's a Huddle?

    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.
  2. What are the goals of the Huddle?


    Fellowship is building a caring and accepting community where those seeking a deeper spritual 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.


    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 friends, giving a speech in speech class on "Why I am a Christian," participating in a community food drive for needy families.


    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.

    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.
  3. How often do Huddles meet?

    Some groups meet every week, while others meet every other week.  Twice a month should be the minimum.  Emphasis is placed on meeting consistently.
  4. When do Huddles meet?

    Many meet on campus during club hour.  Others meet before school, during lunch or after school.  Still others meet in the evening.
  5. Where do Huddles meet?

    Because of the Equal Access Act of 1984 and the Supreme Court's validation of this law in 1990, many FCA Huddles still meet on junior or senior high campuses.  Considering the potential transportation obstacle, this is often where junior high Huddles meet.  Meeting in a home can provide the best group atmosphere.
  6. Who leads a Huddle?

    If a Huddle meets on school property as a non-curriculum club, the Huddle must be student led.  This does not preclude an athletic coach or interested volunteer from facilitating the student meetings.  Most schools require non-curriculum clubs to have a faculty representative.  Adults working with Huddles must take care not to dominate the leadership, but to encourage the officers to take charge of the Huddle meeting schedule.  The coach or volunteer is there to provide counsel and to maintain order.
  7. Who can participate in a Huddle?

    As the purpose states, FCA is targeted at reaching athletes and coaches.  In order to best reach this group through the Huddle, participants for Huddles are to be current or former members of recognized school athletic teams and those who carry an interest in athletics.  FCA should not become an exclusive "club," with restricted membership.  However, a key principle in FCA's strategy for reaching "athletes and coaches" is for the commonality of athletics with those in the group to remain obvious.
  8. What do I do if my school won't allow me to start a Huddle?

    FCA has partnered with the Alliance Defense Fund, which has developed a support network for those students, parents and teachers facing legal challenges on their campuses.  In short, FCA has the legal right to meet on high school and college campuses across the country where other student-led groups meet as well.

To sum it up:

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


Establish Your New Huddle 

If you have completed the 7 steps above, see below tips to establish the new huddle! 

1. Pray - Ask the Lord to prepare your FCA start up.

2. Contact your local area rep - Find your local area rep by clicking here as they will be able to give you a better understanding of the campus ministry and answer any questions you may have.

3. Seek the Administration's blessing - FCA should be student-initiated and student-led.  Students should meet with school administrators to obtain approval and provide them with information regarding the FCA ministry.

4. Complete the paperwork - The following forms will need to be completed by an adult sponsor/coach before your huddle can be certified if you haven't already done so: This  same MLA form was also listed in the Steps to Start your huddle. It's IMPORTANT!!

- Ministry Leader Application

- Campus Ministry Request Form

5. Identify student leaders and coaches - Select students and coaches who are Christians and are most likely to be leaders and volunteer their time.

6. Surround yourself with volunteers - Adult ministries are designed to support the FCA.  These adults can meet together, raise funds and assist in activities.

7. Hold an organizational session - Host a meeting with those who are interested in leading FCA to discuss a possible meeting schedule and what FCA might look like on your campus. 

8. Review the available resources - Our Campus Ministry Kit includes a Huddle Playbook, FCA Athlete's Bible and a Campus DVD with video-enhanced Bible studies, ministry planner and additional training.  Be sure to check out Campus Tools to find additional resources online.

9. Develop your Leadership Team - Invite your FCA staff to hold a Student Leadership Training once you have a team in place. They will better equip you to discover the many resources FCA provides, provide a framework for an actual meeting and help to create a vision for the impact that FCA can have on your campus. 

10. Invite students to your Huddle - Continue to surround your huddle in prayer and seek out the Lord as your school year gets underway.