Our Training Fund Challenge
Last week we were delighted to allocate more than £50,000 in grants to men and women who are training for ministry in Independent churches. But we had enough applications to give away four times as much as Adrian Reynolds explains.
Since 2012 we have been privileged to give away more than £1million to those who are training for gospel ministry in FIEC churches. But the money’s running out.
At the latest meeting of our Training Fund Grants Committee, we had applications for around £200,000 in funding. With just £50,000 available to giveaway, it leaves three quarters of our applicants disappointed.
But despite limited funds, this time around we were able to help those considering rural ministry and ministry in poorer urban areas alongside more traditional training routes.
All this goes to show that The Training Fund is playing a vital part in helping to equip the next generation of gospel workers. It’s helping to support ministry which simply couldn’t happen without it.
A worked example
Steve Walker from City Evangelical Church in Leeds is one example.
The church received money from the Training Fund to appoint Steve as Pastor in Training. The hope is that Steve will lead a church plant into another area of Leeds once he has completed his studies. His role simply wouldn’t have happened without the Training Fund. He said:
“It’s enabled me to pursue full-time ministry. Had we not received those funds and had people not given to the Training Fund it wouldn’t be possible for the church to support me.
If we want the gospel to go out across this nation we need leaders trained up robustly so that we can rebuke false teaching, stand for sound doctrine and guard the good deposit of the gospel.”
You can hear more of Steve’s story in this short film which we first showed at the FIEC Leaders’ Conference in November.
To continue to sustain the Training Fund, we need to raise around £250,000 every year. Over the last 12 months the generosity of God’s people has seen more than £120,000 raised. It’s a significant sum but it means we’ve not got the same amount of money to give away as we’ve had in the past. That’s because the majority of the money we’ve given away so far has come from generous individuals.
If we want the Training Fund to continue to support men, women and churches to the same level, we now need to raise the money from our family of churches.
So how can we best raise £250,000 a year?
One solution is pretty simple maths. There are more than 50,000 people regularly attending FIEC churches, so if every regular attender gave £5 per year, we would raise the money immediately. You can donate online.
Perhaps you would consider a giving day or similar in your church? You could show the short film with Steve Walker (download here) and consider adding a donation to the FIEC Training Fund to your 2018 giving.
Please consider helping us to support Independent churches as they train the next generation of gospel workers.