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At the beginning of a new year, most of us resolve to change our lifestyles by deciding to eat healthier, lose weight, exercise more, learn a new language, or start a new hobby. Here at FEC, we’re making a resolution of our own. We resolve to engage more in 2019. [...]

January 24th, 2019|

True North Recreates a Night in Bethlehem for the Community

Most people who have been to church or Sunday School can tell the Christmas story down to the details with wise men, shepherds, and angels. For the past two years, the residents of Cannon Falls, Minnesota, have had the opportunity to see and experience a night in Bethlehem at True [...]

January 17th, 2019|

Looking Forward and Looking Backward in West Africa

In late 1978, Americans were buying gas at $0.63 per gallon, and Jimmy Carter was their president. Most people were listening to the BeeGee’s hit “Stay’in Alive” and watching Little House on the Prairie. By 1979, most Americans had seen the movie Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and [...]

January 10th, 2019|

New Financial Health Resources Support Pastors & Churches

“Ninety percent of pastors feel some level of financial stress in their family and church work.” That research finding, published by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) two years ago, also revealed that most evangelical pastors work in small churches and face significant financial challenges. For instance, about 30% of [...]

December 20th, 2018|

FEC Welcomes Pine Hills City Church

On Sunday, November 11, 2018, Pine Hills City Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, marked their second anniversary and baptized eight people. Four of those individuals live at either the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission or Charis House, homes for men and women who are experiencing a homeless crisis. In that significant moment, [...]

December 13th, 2018|

Southside Community Church Launches in Wooster, Ohio

When Greg and Cara Grimwood sought rest and renewal for God’s call in ministry, they returned to his hometown, Wooster, Ohio. As they prayed, they met FEC church planting leaders in Ohio and considered planting a church in Wooster. As he and Cara prayed about the target community, they realized [...]

December 6th, 2018|

5 Tool Ministries: Reaching the Youth Sport Culture

Youth sports in America has become a big industry. Five years ago, a 2013 ESPN article highlighted the growth of youth sports in America, estimating that at least “21.47 million kids between 6 and 17, or more than the population of Texas in 2000,” were involved in a sport. A [...]

November 29th, 2018|

Life Community Lives Out the Gospel in Maine

In a 2016, the Pew Research Center published a list that ranked U.S. states from the most religious to the least religious. Maine shared the bottom of the list with four other New England states. Life Community Church, a small but thriving community in Gardiner, Maine, remains undaunted by the [...]

November 22nd, 2018|

Pastors Find Rest & Renewal at Miracle Camp

When a pastor feels depleted or discouraged, who does he turn to? Who pastors the pastor? In his book, Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry (2012), Paul Tripp addresses the serious problems of isolation and identity that church leaders face within their church culture. He writes, “There [...]

November 15th, 2018|

Bringing the Gospel to Rural Illinois

When you leave the interstate and drive through rural America, small towns dot the landscape. In most of them, small churches, schools, and grain elevators and silos anchor the town. Behind the Norman Rockwell facade though, small towns in rural America are facing an increase in drug use and poverty. [...]

October 25th, 2018|