If you were planning to be an overseas missionary you would spend time learning about the culture you were going to. But what about reaching “hard places” in Great Britain? Phil Topham’s been finding out about a conference in Middlesbrough designed to equip workers who want to minister on tough housing estates.
We’re delighted to announce that Jonathan Prime (Johnny) will become our new Pastoral Ministries Director when Richard Underwood retires from his FIEC ministry at the end of 2017. Phil Topham has been finding out how this transition will take place.
One of the ways FIEC serves Independent churches is by encouraging them to work together in the great task of reaching the nation for Christ. Rachel Dalby reports back from our recent Scottish Mission Forum, designed to encourage these missional connections in Scotland.
Churches up and down the country will preach the glorious good news of the resurrection this weekend as we celebrate Easter. But what if preaching Christ was illegal? Phil Walter’s just returned from a mission trip to Vietnam where the conference he was speaking at was raided by the police.
It’s been great to welcome Ray Evans to the FIEC staff team this month. Ray is our first Church Leadership Consultant and will be serving churches by helping them to think through some of the barriers to growth. But what does this ministry look like? Phil Topham’s been finding out.
One of the things we’re passionate about at FIEC is Independent churches working together. We think we can be more effective in Fellowship than we can on our own. Phil Topham went to a recent gathering in Swansea as churches gathered to hear more of FIEC’s vision and mission.
Trevor Archer doesn’t officially begin work as our first London Director until April, but he’s already encouraging FIEC churches to work together in London to reach the city for Christ. Rachel Dalby went to a recent gathering in Westminster which was designed to start nurturing these relationships.
It’s easy to spend time thinking about particular strategies for evangelism. For Ben Holmes and Holbrooks Evangelical Church in Coventry there was nothing like that – just the blessing of God’s glorious grace which led to 16 baptisms in the church in 2016. Here’s their story.
It might be nine months away, but the media are already planning for Christmas 2017. This time last year, BBC Radio Nottingham called Cornerstone Church with a unique Christmas request. Sarah Daniels explains how the church responded to a wonderful gospel opportunity.