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Kansas churches show sure signs of growth

How three recent church plants in the heartland continue effective ministry in Jesus’ name Building up the body through evangelism and pastoral care. It’s a common theme for three young FEC churches in Kansas—each planted less than four years ago. For Adam Utecht at Grace Community Fellowship, that means equipping lay people to minister through [...]

October 27th, 2016|

Central city location creates challenges and opportunities for new church plant

Any way you slice it, the 46807 zip code in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is one diverse community, with a wide range of ages, races, income levels, and religious affiliations. And that’s just fine for Chris Freeman, who is slated to launch Pine Hills City Church in this neighborhood […]

October 20th, 2016|

Why don’t we pray more?

If we believe that Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world… If we believe that the soul is not a physical part of one’s body… If we believe that hearts must be ready to hear the word of God in order to truly receive it… If we believe that salvation comes from an internal commitment [...]

October 18th, 2016|

Engage Sunday gains momentum in Fort Wayne and surrounding communities

Back by popular demand, Engage Sunday has once again made a significant impact across northeast Indiana. This year, the reach extended farther than ever, thanks in part to FEC’s expansion into Kendallville. With 1600 people participating from five Fort Wayne FEC churches plus five Kendallville-area churches on Sunday, August 21, the impact was bound to [...]

October 13th, 2016|

Prayer in Acts

I’m not sure where the following article is from, but I have it on a sheet of paper in my office. It’s basically a list of how prayer was at work in the book of Acts. The book of Acts is important because it shows what the first actions of the early church were as [...]

October 11th, 2016|

Hard questions lead to help and hope in Flanagan, Illinois

Flanagan, Illinois, is a lot like many small Midwest towns, where the population is shifting, economics are diminishing, and church attendance is in rapid decline. But where others might see despair, Salem Church in Gridley, Illinois, sees hope. One of FEC’s oldest churches, Salem Church has been considering how it might effectively minister to the [...]

October 6th, 2016|

Why Pray?

I have seen two types of ministry in my limited experience in life with religion, with churches, and with Christians. The first is really large, well run Christian organizations and churches. They usually have great websites, charismatic leaders, good design, professional worship, and normal people. I generally really like what I see. But I find [...]

October 4th, 2016|

News from the Front: Maine

Praying for Hearts to Hear the Truth in Maine Ministry in Maine looks a lot different from most FEC churches. Just ask Mike Booker and Tim Knowles from Moss Brook Church, Steve Knowles at Life Community Church, or Eric Wood at The Hill in Portland. These ministries have discovered a common theme: New England has [...]

September 29th, 2016|

Lord, Let Us Pray

Help create a disciple-making movement—on your knees! “We believe we need to start a prayer movement before we will ever realize a church movement here in Basque country,” according to one of the newest members of FEC’s cooperative work in Basque Country. “If you look at successful church planting movements around the world,” he continues, [...]

September 22nd, 2016|

Loud and Clear

Unforeseen radio opportunity leads to weekly FEC podcast FEC pastors are known for their strong, Biblical preaching. Now, thanks to an unexpected outside sponsorship, you can connect with even more FEC teaching through a new radio show called Firm Foundations. Hosted by Pastor Mike Drury of Pine Hills Church and Pastor Eric Dubach of Brookside [...]

September 15th, 2016|