At the height of the pandemic, Jeff Wilson noticed his fellow pastors were overwhelmed with the demands of preaching through a plague. They accepted more prayer requests and put their own needs aside to care for their congregations.
Wilson also saw daily stress take a toll on their bodies. After thinking about ways to help, he came up with the idea of rolling out a program that would bring spiritual and physical needs together in one place.
Wilson, who was the pastor of Kings Mountain Church of the Nazarene, has since stepped down to move full-time into Fit Faith Co., an online fitness platform anyone can do from home.
“It was a collaboration between me and Chad Roberts, who is the co-founder,” Wilson said. “I am a pastor and I realize that many of my colleagues were struggling under the weight of the pandemic. It was physically damaging their health. We wanted to create an at-home program that they could jump straight into.
However, Fit Faith Co. is open to everyone. Wilson said they weren’t forcing the spiritual side of the program. It’s an added bonus.
“We push fitness,” Wilson said. “They’re on the same platform, and we talk about the value of both, but we keep them separate. We understand that one can only use the fitness side.
Wilson and Roberts live in Kings Mountain. Roberts, a personal trainer, provided expertise when designing the program, and Wilson said his insights were very helpful when the two started thinking about what they wanted the program to look like.
“Chad knows everything about the human body,” Wilson said. “He is the brains behind the organization. I am the mouth and the vision.
The program started in November 2021 after several months of testing. The two realized it might be successful when they started seeing results from friends and family who they asked to test it.
“When we saw tremendous results with them, we decided to open it online,” Wilson said. “We also recognize that launching over the holidays was a logistical nightmare. Not everyone jumped on board because it was the holidays, but it helped us polish our project. We have now settled on a model affordable and sustainable.”
The program includes an eight-week boot camp that includes a nutritional guide, daily devotions and more. A 40-day video discipleship course will be added in March.
“It’s exciting,” Wilson said. “This is not the viral growth we were hoping for given the cost and results we are seeing. We recognize that over time the snowball will start to pick up steam, roll down the hill and get people interested in signing up. It’s worth every effort.
Wilson added that participants will need some serious motivation and focus. Although it is designed for most age groups, it is a person’s inner desire to see change that will help to get the most out of it.
“We want to emphasize the fear of commitment,” Wilson said. “Each day will have tasks that you can go through and complete. There’s a sense of accomplishment with that. For $19 per month, you’ll get what you pay for.
To check it out, go to fitfaith.co.
Latrice Williams can be reached at 704-669-3339 and [email protected]