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Pastoral

Pastoral care is not just about offering a cup of tea and a listening ear (though of course it might involve those things). We want churches and their leaders to feel genuinely supported in the work that God has called them to do. The care of churches and pastors is a gospel issue.

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In 1 Timothy 3, the Apostle Paul describes the church as “the pillar and foundation of the truth”. It doesn’t draw attention to itself; it displays the beauty and glory of the truth as it is in Jesus. And good news about Jesus is best declared and demonstrated by holy, healthy, happy churches.

The care of churches and pastors is a gospel issue.

The central focus of our Pastoral work is the spiritual health and wisdom of pastors and leadership teams. Christ-like leaders are crucial for nurturing biblical churches. It’s the leaders who are responsible for directing and coordinating those under their care, stimulating effective gospel ministry that glorifies the Lord Jesus.

There are two key ways that we aim to care for leaders as a Fellowship. The first way is through the development of ministry networks and relationships. The second is through the dissemination of good ministry practice; sharing the knowledge, advice and experience that no single person – or church – has. Of course, by nature some of this work is reactive and responsive, but we’re striving to be proactive as we take the initiative to care for one another.

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    Supporting pastors

    Our Pastors’ Network exists to provide support and encouragement to serving pastors of Independent churches resident in the UK. Its aim is to help to uphold biblical standards, and to stimulate a pastor’s spiritual development in a way that will enhance effectiveness in gospel ministry for the long-term.

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    Accreditation for ministry

    Through membership of the Pastors’ Network we accredit individuals so that churches can be assured of their character and gifting. Accreditation also affirms the theological, moral and spiritual standards of such men.

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    Jobs Noticeboard

    Finding suitable gospel workers for church vacancies can be hard – especially for Independent churches. Which is why we provide a public page on our website where FIEC affiliated churches can advertise details of any ministry opportunities.

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    Revitalising churches

    Church Revitalisation’s Mission is “To enable struggling churches to become centres of gospel ministry and growth”. We want them to rediscover their gospel vision and grow into healthy and vibrant communities of believers.

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    Women in ministry

    We believe that women have been given all sorts of ministry gifts, and that our churches are poorer if these gifts are not developed and used. That’s why we want to grow our network of women serving in our churches to connect them for mutual support and encouragement.

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