Fields of Faith is celebrating its tenth anniversary with
students, parents and teachers across the country who are sharing
their faith with their friends and the community.
of Faith is a peer-to-peer event in which students invite their
own classmates and teammates to hear fellow students share their
testimonies, be challenged to read the Word of God and follow Jesus
Christ. An athletic field provides a neutral, interdenominational
rally point where a community can come together. It started as
a local event of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in
Oklahoma in 2002 and has grown nationwide to involve more than
Matt Sharp of Alliance Defending Freedom says participants
can be assured of their rights to publicly share their faith on
school athletic fields.
"Like other similar events,
'See You at the Pole' and things like that, students have a
constitutional right to do it and need not fear threats from
atheist groups and anti-religious groups that would try and curtail
the rights of students to organize these events or for schools to
allow students to use facilities for these types of events," Sharp
He also points out that teachers and other school
personnel have a right to take part in the event.
"Courts have held that teachers, staff and school administrators
have the right to participate in those types of after-school
events, as long as they make clear that they are doing so as
private citizens and not as representatives of the school," he
ADF provides a number of guidelines that give students and school
officials the knowledge they need to respond to any complaints
about Fields of Faith or other similar events.
Fields of Faith is always held on the second Wednesday of