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Our New Website

At the end of September, we’re delighted to be launching a brand-new FIEC website. It will make it easier to discover and access a wealth of resources to help you and your church.

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One of our great passions at FIEC is to help churches and leaders with their real-world ministry. Our website at fiec.org.uk is a vital part of this work.

That’s because it’s the best way for us to reach as many people as possible with helpful resources. Our ministry team isn’t big enough to offer one-to-one support to all 600 churches affiliated to FIEC, but our website can offer you day-to-day advice whenever you need it.

The current FIEC website is over eight years old, and we’ve learnt a lot over that time about how people use the site and what we could do better. What’s expected from a website has also changed massively – especially with regards to accessing content on different sized screens. So for the past 18 months we have been planning and building a brand-new website that we pray will be a greater blessing to you as you serve your church.

Accessibility

The new site will be easy to use on phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers. So whether you’re in a café, at your desk, or lounging on your sofa, you will be able to benefit from our ministry resources in a way that’s convenient for you.

We’re also putting the focus on our most used facilities so they’re always at your fingertips – highlighting leadership resources, our church directory and job vacancies. But that will be complimented by a robust search function so that you can always find what you’re looking for.

Discoverability

Over the past eight years we’ve had a wealth of excellent contributions to the website, including all of the talks from our conferences. But a big archive means it’s difficult to find the most relevant resources amidst all of the other good ones.

The new website will be much better at displaying and linking resources to allow you to access helpful archived content long after its original publishing date – as well as seeing new content when it’s published. It will also be much more enjoyable for browsing when you want to be blessed but don’t have anything specific in mind.

Connectivity

We have also focused on better connectivity between resources, news, people and churches. This isn’t just to give you more ways to access content, but to give more attention to our member churches.

The Churches section of fiec.org.uk is one of our most visited pages and you’ll now be able to customise your own church’s page in far greater depth. This will mean that you’ll be able to connect with anyone who uses the “church search” to tell them all about your work and ministry.

In practice, that’s a great opportunity to use good photography and up-to-date information to enrich your church’s page on our website. On top of that, any articles or videos featuring your church will be linked from your page. That means that people will be able to learn more about your ministry and churches will be better able to connect with one another.

So now’s a good time to update your church’s details on our system before the new site goes live! If you need help with logging in, please get in touch with us.

Looking ahead

We’re aiming to launch the new site on Monday 30 September – and we’ll make a bit of noise about it when we do! But we’ll be keen to get your feedback so we can continue to develop and improve it. It’s our prayer that fiec.org.uk will be a place where you can read, listen, watch and engage with resources to aid your work and mission. FIEC is all about Independent churches working together to reach Britain for Christ. We hope our new website enables more of that to happen across our family of churches.

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Phil Topham - FIEC Executive Director

Phil started working for FIEC in the role of Head of Communication, but then became our Executive Director at the start of 2019. He is married to Kath and they live near Market Harborough and attend Christ Church in the town.