Chapters

Chapters are volunteer-led groups that strengthen fitness affiliate owners, coaches, and athletes for Christ-centered living and impact through workouts, faith-based discussion, prayer, social and service events. Hallmarks of Faith Rx’d chapters include:

  • EVERYONE is encouraged to attend regardless of fitness level, religious affiliation, denomination, or gym membership
  • A safe group with whom to workout, ask challenging questions and grow in faith, both during and between hosted events
  • A network that makes it easy to find community, even while on travel or after moving to a new place
  • Leaders are carefully screened (interviews, reference and background checks) and trained (Iron Sharpens Iron, video conference calls, chapter leader Facebook group)
  • A positive relationship between leaders and at least two local fitness affiliates and at least two local churches

With unity of leadership and purpose, we can inspire people in cities and towns around the globe to bridge fitness and faith in a way an independent box Bible study cannot. This map is just the beginning.   If your area is already represented, click the pin nearest you to get more information about how to get involved.  If not, below you can find steps on how to launch a Faith Rx’d chapter!

Chapter events are uploaded to our events page from chapter Facebook group pages accessible via the map above. Most chapter events warm-up with a functional fitness workout, host a relevant discussion about faith, and last roughly 90 minutes. Participation is free (except at CrossFit North Devon, UK).

Any childcare available will be mentioned on the event page. A few host gyms may have policies which restrict minors from participating in the workout. The Chapter Director (also listed via the map above) can advise if this applies and answer any other questions.

Recommended items to bring (optional):
• Workout clothes
• Water or recovery beverage
• Bible (Olive Tree with HCSB or your favorite translation downloaded for use in airplane mode can work well)

Steps to Form a New Local Chapter

  1. Map: search for an existing Faith Rx’d chapter in your area via the map above
    • If one exists within a 45 minute drive, the pin on the map will expand to help you connect with the chapter leader and to the chapter Facebook group site; we encourage you to get involved as a member, or even ask them about joining their leadership team!
    • If none exist within a 45 minute drive, try to attend at least one event hosted by the nearest chapter so you can experience what it’s like, read the steps below and our Chapter Ministry Guide to learn what’s involved in forming a new chapter, and pray about how God might want to use you
  2. ISI: attend an Iron Sharpens Iron training event; try to bring others from your potential leadership team so you can use it as an opportunity to strategize a shared vision for impact
  3. MLA: contact to ask questions and request a Ministry Leadership Application; complete the MLA and advise via email of its submission
  4. Interview: we will then interview you via video conference call, check your references, and initiate a background check via an online link we send you from our provider
  5. Build a Team: recruit at least 2 other leaders (secondary leaders are not required to complete an MLA) and host a leadership team planning session
  6. Plan Events: once the new chapter is certified by Faith Rx’d and you’ve been added as an administrator for the “Faith Rx’d [City Name]” Facebook group we create for you, you may begin planning activities and events that support the mission and values of Faith Rx’d!

Faith Rx’d Ministry Guide

Chapter Leadership Roles

Director

  • Exudes passion to see the local fitness community get strengthened for Christ-centered living and impact
  • Meets requirements set forth in “Steps” section above
  • Cultivates and empowers the leadership team and chapter in the spirit of Romans 12:3-8
  • Maintains personal focus on strategic issues such as frequency of meetings, where to host, outreach to the greater community, long range planning
  • Continuously evaluates support of the Faith Rx’d mission and redirects as needed
  • Communicates with Faith Rx’d Local Ministry Director and other chapter leaders, sharing best (and worst) practices via our Facebook Chapter Leader Group

Chaplain

Outreach Coordinator

  • Finds ways to make especially new attendees feel welcome
  • Maintains names, email addresses, uploads to Faith Rx’d Newsletter List with permission from attendees
  • Frequent communication via email and Facebook group site including posting all events for current and future month, photos & recap after
  • Encourages member connection with the larger Faith Rx’d community through social media (see floating links below) and neighbor chapters

Lead Coach

  • CrossFit Level 1 and CPR certified
  • Plans event WODs
  • Assigns coaching roles for all events
  • Present for all chapter workouts
  • Posts supplemental training information via Facebook group site
  • Coordinates competitions (optional)

Service Coordinator

  • Creates one or two focused local service partnerships
  • Plans and leads community service efforts
  • Plans and leads fundraising efforts to support the global reach of Faith Rx’d through chapter resources, Iron Sharpens Iron and Chapter Leader Conference scholarships, and international missions

How Faith Rx’d Supports Local Chapters

  • Marketing and administrative support and guidance
  • Workout programming and discussion-based devotional content
  • Monthly video conference calls, joined by Faith Rx’d leaders around the globe (US, Canada, UK and Ukraine so far) in which we provide training and collaboration on how to be most effective in ministry
  • A closed chapter leader Facebook group where leadership teams share praises, prayer requests, best practices, opportunities and discussion
  • Annual Chapter Leader Conference (Labor Day Weekend)
  • 501c(3) tax exemption to provide managed financial support of local donations, booth outreach, food, transportation and training
  • Accountability and encouragement from our staff
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