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Tom Bennardo, FEC Church Multiplication Director, Launches New Book for Church Planters

Whoever said, “Experience is the best teacher,” overlooked another important teacher: Someone else’s experience, especially someone else’s failure. Tom Bennardo has written about his own ministry successes and failures in his new book, The Honest Guide to Church Planting: What No One Ever Tells You about Planting and Leading a [...]

September 26th, 2019|

Life Community Church (Hilliard, OH) Provides New Home for Community Food Pantry

When Life Community Church in Hilliard, Ohio, acquired their 30,000 square feet facility in 2004, they believed that God would show them what He wanted to do with the space. After renovating two-thirds of the building, they used the rest for storage until recently, when the Hilliard Food Pantry needed [...]

September 19th, 2019|

Two Indiana FEC Churches Partner with Albanian Church

When organizations and churches commit to the same mission, beautiful partnerships are formed in the same town and around the world. In July, two Indiana churches joined Albanian missionaries and a church in Tirana (Albania) to share the gospel. The 16 people from Westwood Fellowship Church (Woodburn) and Highland Gospel [...]

September 12th, 2019|

Southside Community Church Celebrates First Baptisms

On Sunday, July 7, Southside Community Church in Wooster, OH, baptized six people. What makes this particular baptism unique is that it marked their first baptisms after launching the new church in November 2018. Pastor Greg Grimwood and his wife, Cara, have seen steady church growth in their community, but they [...]

August 29th, 2019|

Northwood School of Ministry Trains Pastors, Prepares Church Planters

Early in life, Tanner Smith heard, “You’re going to grow up and be just like your dad.” Even though he grew up in a pastor’s family, he wanted to be a pro baseball player. However, during high school, he experienced a life-changing encounter with God and a call to plant [...]

August 22nd, 2019|

The Hills of the FEC, part 2

The Hills We Stand On are where grace and truth intersect to make us FEC. We believe the Scriptures present God’s sovereignty and human responsibility as non-contradictory components of justification. We hold communion and baptism to be ordinances, yet do not define the frequency of communion nor the mode of [...]

August 15th, 2019|

Northwoods Church and FEC Continue to Partner with DR Churches

Since 1946, FEC worked in the Dominican Republic to establish reproducing churches. When FEC full time missionaries left the country in 1992, partnerships with individual U.S. churches continued. Northwoods Church in Peoria, Illinois, has cultivated a partnership with Central Church in San Juan de la Maguana in the DR’s western [...]

August 1st, 2019|

Mission Church Bicycle Ministry Serves Fort Wayne Inner City Residents

When Heart of the City Bicycles opens its doors at 9 a.m. on Fridays, a diverse group of people stops by the shop. A father and son arrive early to volunteer, fixing bicycles during the 9-12 p.m. shop hours. A homeless man comes to have his bicycle fixed. Two Fort [...]

July 25th, 2019|

The Hills of the FEC, part 1

The FEC elders commonly field questions over “permissible beliefs and practices”. Our response depends on whether FEC understands a belief or practice to be foundational to being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Historically, in Christianity, there has been a pragmatic need to divide beliefs and practices into categories of importance. [...]

July 18th, 2019|

Brookside Church Seeks to Build Bridges of Racial Reconciliation

Since the last presidential election, political strife has dominated the airwaves and conversations, and racial strife continues to create division between people. In a strife-filled world, where people can be more loyal to their political ideologies and racial biases than they are to their faith, Eric Dubach, Brookside Church pastor, [...]

June 27th, 2019|