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What does Navy SEALs Training have to do with FCA? Read this Post (2 min. read)

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What does Navy SEALs Training have to do with FCA? Read this Post (2 min. read)


Hello! Welcome to Western Wyoming FCA Blog.

written by Lindsey Lawson @llawson@fca.org



We hope that the stories and updates here give you insight into what God is doing in our area through our staff, coaches, athletes and volunteers and help connect our FCA community in our western region as well as statewide, nationally, and even internationally. 


That’s why…


To equip and empower our FCA community in Western Wyoming, we would like to share with you about FCA's staff experience with Navy SEALs at the Western Leadership Boost in 2018. In this post, Jim also shares his perspective and the three objectives FCA leaders learned in Navy Seals training. 


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FCA's West Division Leadership Boost 2018 


In 2018, the Wester Division Leadership Boost served as an event for the West Division Leadership Team to grow together as a team and get outside their comfort levels. 


This 36 hour leadership experience, hosted by Jimmy Page (VP of Western Division of US FCA) involved an immersive, intensive program led by Acumen Performance Group, an organization by veteran Navy SEALs. 

 

Watch the video below to see FCA staff's extreme experience!  




As you can see, it was no vacation for FCA staff! 


Keep scrolling below to read about Jim's take away! 

The One Thing: 1 Timothy 4:14-16

It is Jim, here. 


Those hours at Navy SEALs training for the West Division Leadership boost were brutal. In fact, the best way to describe this experience is this - it sucked!  Seriously, it was horrible at times. 


      


But...


It was also one of the best FCA and personal experiences I have ever had.  The idea behind our time there was to learn how to "embrace the suck." 


Life and the Christian life can be challenging at times and the ability to embrace the hard stuff will help you get through.  



That perspective also applied to our Navy SEALs training, covered in sand, drenched, and exhausted on the beach and in the woods. 



Certainly, what helped us get through the drills was to change our mindsets with the Navy SEALs Trainers' 40% rule. This rule says that when we think we have given our all, we have only given 40%.  We are actually always capable of so much more. 


So, in the end, the Teams' success relied on both the individual and groups working together and being prepared for the obstacles ahead. 


No one could give up because we all needed each other.  


Just as Paul says in 1 Timothy 4:14-16:

14Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given you through the prophecy spoken over you at the laying on of the hands of the elders. 15Be diligent in these matters and absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.  16Pay close attention to your life and to your teaching. Persevere in these things, for by so doing you will save both yourself and those who hear you.…


Likewise, the concept of "being all in" plays such a vital role - to surviving not only Navy SEALs training - but also for FCA remaining a sustainable sport ministry in Wyoming as a whole and for me, specifically - Western Wyoming. 


To sum it up - we want everyone in the FCA community to feel connected and apart of something great. 


AND WE NEED EACH OTHER TO DO JUST THAT. 

   

Ernie Mecca - Eastern Wyoming FCA Multi Area Director 

Aaron Frude - University of Wyoming FCA Director



How does Navy SEALs Training Impact WY FCA? 


Along with tackling the obstacles and challenges in the tough terrain, the staff saw this event as an opportunity to accomplish and experience 3 objectives as FCA leaders: 


  • Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • Expand leadership capacity through adversity
  • Develop a Team work culture


And ultimately, we want to transfer these objectives into Wyoming FCA. We want to work hard at serving our areas, helping coaches and athletes grow in sports and faith, and continue to be a unified team with staff and volunteers throughout Wyoming and our regions.

 

For Western Wyoming, our vision is clearer than ever! 

1004 + coaches

12,242 + athletes

43 Huddles 

30 Communities

 

We are all in when it comes to serving and impacting coaches, athletes, and communities in our area. We would love your prayers, your supports, and your help!


Do you want to learn more about Wyoming FCA or get involved? 

Yes, I want to be get involved and connected with WY FCA. 

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Thank you for reading!

 (All Images provided in this post are screen shots from linked YouTube videos.)


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34,000 Athletes & Coaches        

120 Campuses     

70 Towns


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