Uniting Faith & Fitness | Building Strength that Lasts

Mission & Methods

We exist to unite and strengthen the fitness community to live for Christ, share His love and serve the world

Engage by inspiring the fitness community through authentic relationships, social media and competition presence

Equip our community by providing enriching content, “Iron Sharpens Iron” weekend training camps, chapter events in cities around the world, and an “IMPACT” conference for chapter leadership teams

Expand when our leaders and those whom they influence are becoming mature disciples of Christ, making new disciples, and serving their communities

Programs

Chapters: Volunteer-led chapters strengthen the fitness community through workouts, prayer, teaching, open discussion, social and service events.   People of all beliefs are encouraged to attend.   This is the heart of FAITH RXD.

Training Events: Each ”Iron Sharpens Iron” weekend event allows participants to grow physically and spiritually as they train with our world-class coaches and connect with fellow athletes, coaches and box owners.   They learn how faith can bring renewed purpose to their athletic performance, profession and relationships, and steer them in the direction God desires for their life.

Service: Apply goal setting, strength, determination and teamwork inspired by the example and admonition of Christ and refined by the challenge of functional fitness to serve a world in need.   Our staff will work closely with Chapter leaders to create local and international opportunities for sustained, life-giving impact.   Partnerships with other successful nonprofit service organizations may include Habitat for Humanity, Shield of Faith MissionsLiving Water, Special Olympics, e3 Partners, and local churches. We base our work in this area on Christ's admonition to serve him by loving and serving our neighbor (Matthew 22:29 and 25:35-40).

Competition Presence: Leaders may pray with receptive competitors, host a devotion, and/or staff a booth for athletes and fans to become familiar with the opportunities provided by FAITH RXD. Branded gear helps promote and fund our mission. National staff oversee coordination of primary events like the CrossFit Games, Regionals and Wodapalooza, while local chapters support local competitions.

Values

Our relationships will demonstrate steadfast commitment to Jesus Christ and His Word through:

Integrity: We will demonstrate Christ-like wholeness, privately, and publicly. (Proverbs 11:3)

Unity: We will express our unity in Christ in all our relationships. (Philippians 2:1-4)

Service: We will model Jesus’ example of serving. (John 13:1-17)

Excellence: We will honor and glorify God in all we do. (Colossians 3:23-24)

RXD Defined

The term “RXD” is pulled from medicine and applied to functional fitness to also mean following a set protocol “as prescribed.” A coach programs a workout with desired movements, ranges of motion, weights, sets and reps. The athlete either accomplishes the work as prescribed (RXD) or must scale/modify to accommodate lesser ability or readiness to do the work. Applied to faith, Jesus provided the ultimate example of carrying out the Father's will, “RXD,” fully accomplishing his prescribed mission by dying on the cross in exchange for our sins despite extreme pain, suffering and sacrifice (John 15:13).  FAITH RXD encourages commitment to following His example: “Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children.  And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2).  We seek to live out our faith in a similarly obedient way, as prescribed by God through His Word, the Bible.

Competitors admit they can't please God with their performance, accept Christ's performance on the Cross as their own as His free gift, and chase after Him as Lord of their life in gratitude and obedience.

Beliefs

The Bible: The scriptures of the Old & New Testament as being verbally inspired by God and inerrant and infallible in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority. 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12,13

The Godhead: We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ: That Jesus Christ was begotten by God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to the virgin Mary. That the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood. In the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into heaven and His present life there as High Priest and Advocate for us. That all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again by the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God and heirs of eternal life. John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2

The Second Coming of Christ: We believe in the blessed hope, which is the personal, visible and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit: That the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is the life of the believer and He empowers the preaching and teaching of the Gospel. John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18)

Mankind: That mankind was created in the image of God, sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that human beings are born with a sinful nature. Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12

The Church: Of whose mission it is to preach the Scriptures to all the world, all of its endeavors being guided by multiple leadership and supported by the wise stewardship of God's people.

Leadership

Jim Conzelman

Jim Conzelman

Jim co-founded FAITH RXD in 2013, and serves as the Executive Director, facilitating partnerships, donor relationships, organizational structure and operations. Jim is passionate about resourcing and enabling staff, coaches and chapter leaders to execute the mission of FAITH RXD. He previously served in the United States Navy as a Naval Flight Officer deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation Southern Watch. He also served as a Naval Academy Leadership Instructor in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law, as a strategic manpower strength planner in the Pentagon, and as Commanding Officer of one of the largest Navy Operational Support Centers.
 

Billy Shelton

Billy Shelton

Billy serves as the Programs Director, focusing on chapters, training events, service, missions, and Games booth presence. He also coaches a class at CrossFit Hendersonville and holds a CrossFit Level 2 certification. He previously built a successful 13 year career as a pharmaceutical sales representative before recognizing and acting on a call to faith and fitness ministry.

 

 

Lindsey Strickler

Lindsey Strickler

Lindsey serves as our Marketing and Merchandising Director. She ensures our resources, social media, website, newsletters and retail offerings all engage, equip and expand the faith + fitness community of FAITH RXD. She also designs and stages our CrossFit Games booth. Prior to FAITH RXD, Lindsey cofounded a branding and communication strategy firm. She built tailored marketing plans for Denver small businesses.