Twice a year the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches (FEC) welcomes new churches and church leaders into the fellowship. This spring, 23 church leaders came together at Grace Church, Morton, Illinois, to learn about FEC history, mission, doctrine, and resources at the Leader’s Orientation.
At the orientation, leaders who are new to FEC learn two important distinctions that make FEC unique: Mission and organizational structure. FEC’s mission is to “establish reproducing churches worldwide.” Tom Bennardo, Director of Pastoral Development & Western U.S. Church Multiplication, points out, “God’s kingdom is going to expand through churches that reach the next generation. Establishing healthy, reproducing churches has always been the most effective way to reach lost people.” FEC wants every person who comes into the fellowship to be involved in that mission.
FEC also maintains a unique structure by placing its churches at the center of the ministry. The leadership of FEC works to resource and support churches as they accomplish the mission. During the Leader’s Orientation, participants learn about media resources, counseling resources, retirement benefits, and ministry credentialing opportunities. Another advantage of FEC participation is the partnership with Christian Service Foundation (CSF) for individual investments and church loans.
FEC began offering the orientation in 2016, and they want every leader to attend one when they join the fellowship. The next Leader’s Orientation will be held September 23-24 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.