Good afternoon FUMA family. We were incredibly blessed this week to welcome a guest speaker to campus. Our FCA leader, MAJ Leydig arranged for Zach Clinton to come and speak to our cadets at a special chapel service this week. Zach is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Liberty University. As host of the Built Different Podcast, he has interviewed professional athletes like Kirk Cousins and Albert Pujols, mental health advocates such as Dr. Michael Lyles and Chonda Pierce and ministry leaders like Bob Goff and John Eldridge. He also serves as the host of the Ignite Men’s Impact Weekend that gathers nearly 10,000 men each year. A former Division 1 college baseball player, he is recognized as a growing authority and voice on performance and mental health for today’s generations.
Zach taught powerfully, providing biblical insight on God’s design for masculinity. It’s so important for our young men to hear that while we could all imagine men who have done toxic things, this does not mean that masculinity itself is toxic. God had a vision for how men were created to be, and the role men are called to play in our world as warrior leaders for God.
He did a great job of giving the corps a way to think about how to grow as warrior leaders in our world. Using sports and insightful personal stories, he taught about the 7 Cs: courage, commitment, conviction, consistency, character, community, and cost. I felt like his unique insight connected well with our cadets. Many stayed after chapel to talk and pray.
I share this with you because I think it was a powerful God-moment to celebrate on campus but also a great snapshot of one of FUMA’s strengths. I love that FUMA cadets get access to great leaders. Unlike in many other educational venues, our cadets have the opportunity over the year to talk with and learn from experienced and successful leaders from many different fields. In a world that sends so many negative messages to our young men, FUMA makes sure our cadets experience God’s truth so that they can understand their identity in Christ and purpose to lead and reshape our world for God.