On his drive back to Ohio, Brent Coeling knew he'd just witnessed something powerful.
The teacher from Centerville, Ohio, had just attended the Athletes in Action's Super Bowl Breakfast held the morning before the game in the city of the event. Brent and his wife, Judy, are directors of Kingdom Football Ministries, an interdenominational ministry whose mission is to tell others about Jesus through the platform of football.
Yet even with a passion for football and Christ, what Brent saw at the Athletes in Action event was unlike anything he'd ever seen before. Held in a hotel ballroom, the colors, lighting, set design and program participants wowed the 1,500 in attendance.
"There was electricity in the room and around the city," says Brent. But he was especially pleased by the content, including an opportunity for people to receive Christ. "Every speaker led us to think more about our relationship with God.
The keynote speaker that year was Indianapolis Colts' head coach Tony Dungy (who will be speaking again this year). "Dungy was such a powerful communicator. The whole place was mesmerized and quiet," says Brent.
Bringing it home
You don't have to travel to Tampa Bay, Fl., to participate in the 2009 Super Bowl Breakfast.
Brent, who two years ago asked Epiphany Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio to host its own version of the breakfast as a community outreach, last year viewed the event seated beside a group of coaches in Mason, Ohio, and Hope Church.
"This is a must-see for every football fan and family," says Brent.
A testimony from the leadership of Hope Church confirms Brent's enthusiasm for what a simulcast could do.
"This breakfast outreach captured the imagination of our men in an unprecedented way. They saw how they could invite their friends, colleagues, and neighbors to enjoy a fun, low-risk event where they could hear the gospel in a non-threatening way and open the door for future spiritual conversations. The response was great!"