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National

We believe we can do far more together than we can on our own. It’s easy to marginalise a lone Independent church but a family of several hundred is harder to ignore.

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Meaningful relationships with other church groupings, government agencies, the national media and Bible colleges are pretty much impossible for a single local church. Here at FIEC we can engage with these organisations on your behalf. FIEC is made up of more than 550 local churches and there are around 46,000 people attending them. Now that’s a force to be reckoned with!

The aims of FIEC National are two-fold:

The first is to take a big picture view of Independency here in the UK. This means providing the best theological support for Independent churches, demonstrating that our Doctrinal Basis and ecclesiology are truly biblical, and warning against heresies that threaten the church today. It also involves building our identity as a Fellowship and discovering how we can best serve the gospel in our generation. This allows us to coordinate our work of supporting pastors, training the next generation of gospel workers and mobilising our churches for mission. It also drives activities like our annual Leaders’ Conference.

The second aim is to speak on behalf of Independent evangelical churches. We understand that our churches vary in practices and beliefs, but what we do agree on are the most important things and it’s these that we want to give a voice to. This includes relating to other Christian bodies – such as developing fruitful relationships with groupings of evangelical churches, para-church ministries and gospel initiatives – and representing the heart and concerns of FIEC churches to the government and in the media.

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    Together magazine

    Together is our supporter magazine. Published twice a year it includes updates from FIEC and its churches to encourage us to pray and support one another as we work together to reach Britain for Christ.

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    Primer

    Published by FIEC, Primer is designed to help those in church leadership stay theologically sharp and engaged.

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  • Envisioning independency

    We’re not ashamed about being a Fellowship of Independents. Neither do we think it’s a contradiction. We're driven by our biblical convictions.

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    Evangelical issues

    We are very aware that FIEC is not the only group of evangelical churches in the UK, and that our nation will not be reached for Christ by any single family of churches alone. We highly value good working relationships with other evangelicals who share our gospel convictions.

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    Public engagement

    We are determined to protect the liberties of our churches to preach the gospel and practice their faith in the public sphere.

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    Regional identity

    Each part of Great Britain has its own culture with particular challenges and blessings. That’s why we encourage FIEC churches to partner together on gospel initiatives in their region – it helps them to reflect the specific needs of their location.

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  • Scotland

    We recognise that the challenges of ministering the gospel are different in different parts of Great Britain. It’s for that reason that we appointed FIEC Scotland Director Andy Hunter.

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  • Wales

    In 2015 we gathered together pastors from our churches across Wales to discuss how FIEC can best serve the gospel across the principality.

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