Welcome To Atlanta FCA Baseball
Atlanta FCA Baseball & Softball is a comprehensive ministry that incorporates ministry to athletes and coaches on many different levels of baseball & softball. We use the platform of baseball & softball to impact coaches and athletes at all levels; youth recreational, youth travel, high school, collegiate and professional. FCA Baseball & Softball conducts youth clinics, coaches & parent seminars, leads international missions and fields various age levels of competitive teams as we strive to develop coaches, athletes and all whom they influence to improve their baseball skills and help them grow spiritually.
Atlanta FCA Baseball & Softball is striving to make the baseball & softball world better. We desire to make a positive impact in communities around the Atlanta metropolitan area by building into the lives of baseball players, softball players and coaches. We train athletes and coaches to become Godly role models to those whom they influence by relying on the FCA core values of Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence in our teachings.
If you are a baseball or softball coach who would like to use the platform of the game you love to make a difference in the lives of the athletes that you coach, please email our staff at mroby@fca.org to find out how FCA Baseball & Softball can empower & equip you to make a difference.

Community Baseball

Inreach, Then Outreach
FCA Baseball focuses on both mentoring their own players and ministering to others.

Five years ago, Bob Wiedemann started coaching an FCA Baseball team of middle school boys in Atlanta. At the time, two of the 12 team members were Christians. Now, of those same 12 boys, all of them have accepted Christ on the baseball field. In Wiedemann's words, it has gone from an "inreach" to an "outreach," as this original team, as well as other FCA travel baseball teams, now travel throughout metro Atlanta and the rest of Georgia in an effort to not only grow as a team, but also impact others.

"We have prayer prior to, during or after every ballgame with the opposing teams, inviting them to join, inviting the umpires to join as well," Wiedemann said. "When we travel throughout metro Atlanta, we fly the FCA banner. We've got FCA on our jerseys, on our helmets, so everybody knows who we are and what we stand for. They're paying close attention to us."

Wiedemann said it's very rare to play a game and not have an opposing coach, player or parent question someone on his team about their beliefs. This team ministry started in 2007 with one team, but it has expanded to 15 teams throughout the metro Atlanta are. The age groups range from 10U to 14U, and the only requirement is that the head coach is a dedicated Christian.

All of the teams take a seasonal approach, so they stay together for a minimum of a full season. The advantage, Wiedemann said, is it takes multiple seasons to establish a true sense of community within the team.

"We can really, really get some depth into the ministry in that type of situation, which is really the advantage of team ministry," he said. "It takes a full season for it to really sink in. In season two it starts to go into the home, you start seeing some questions and things from parents. Coming into season three, it's pretty unreal what's going on."

Each team is required to do community service during the season. This involves going to homeless shelters, local food banks –– it really depends on the age of the kids. Every athlete and every coach on every team is resourced with an Athlete's Bible.  In addition, FCA teams freely distribute these resources to opposing teams throughout the season.

The benefits of team ministry are numerous; however, one key aspect is the fact that we are reaching athletes, coaches and their families in areas that have not been previously touched.

"This is a community ministry as opposed to an on-campus ministry," Wiedemann said. "It's an addition and an alternative to the succesful campus ministry that's taken place through FCA for decades.  There are literally thousands of kids playing community sports who are now being reached through an effective sports-specific, community-based ministry."