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FEC Welcomes Neighbors Church in Portland, Maine

“Got faith? Maine the least religious state in the nation.” The Bangor Daily News recently published that story about changing religious views in Maine, citing several polls. FEC leaders and church planters Eric and Mandy Wood believed that Maine was ripe for outreach. At a time when many churches in [...]

September 20th, 2018|

Turning Tragedy into Opportunity in India

In a small Indian village, a woman watches as her husband’s breathing becomes more labored. Knowing that his death is imminent, she sends her daughter for the Hindu priest. As custom demands, he will administer the last rites in a Hindu ceremony, conduct the funeral service, and oversee the body’s [...]

September 13th, 2018|

Sabbatical Renews the Staff & Church

Many pastors feel overworked and overwhelmed by the demands of their church, according to a survey conducted by the Institute of Church Leadership Development (, 2016). The survey also found that most pastors work over 50 hours each week, some reporting up to 75 hours a week. In light of [...]

August 23rd, 2018|

The Oldest and the Newest FEC Churches Link Arms

When Henry Egly, an Amish bishop, left the Amish church, he planted a new church in Berne, Indiana. Since 1866, Berne Evangelical Church (BEC) has remained committed to spreading the gospel by supporting every FEC global initiative and missionary. When the opportunity came to partner with Wave Community Church in [...]

August 16th, 2018|

Salem4Youth Offers a Second Chance

Winston Churchill advised parents who were raising boys to give them a horse. Churchill is famously credited with saying, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Today, Churchill’s words find relevance and application for the young men at Salem4Youth, [...]

August 9th, 2018|

Grimwoods Begin Church Planting by “Taking the next step”

In 2015, Greg Grimwood left his job as a pastor, tired and burned out. He and his wife, Cara, moved their family to Wooster, Ohio, Greg’s hometown. There, he began seeking God, and he discovered the abiding life that Jesus described in John 15. He describes his new understanding as [...]

July 19th, 2018|

Helping Pastors Achieve Financial Health

“90% of pastors in America today don’t bring home a paycheck big enough to meet their family’s financial needs,” according to Lilly Endowment research. The organization’s research also found that pastors across America face financial challenges like retirement savings, student loans, and medical bills with no apparent solution. That kind [...]

July 12th, 2018|

LifeChange Camp Specializes in Life Change

This summer, hundreds of young people will fill LifeChange Camp, which covers 80 acres of Ozark land, with laughter, songs, and life-changing experiences. Many of them will make the life-changing decision to follow Jesus while there, either through the influence of their counselors or a speaker. LifeChange is the kind [...]

July 5th, 2018|

A Seminary Study Just Became Affordable and Reachable Through FEC’s New Certificate Program

When Tom Bennardo worked toward his master’s degree (Master of Divinity) decades ago, few options were available. He, like many men and women who were called to the ministry, left their current ministry positions or uprooted their families to study at a seminary, taking on debt and delaying their future [...]

June 21st, 2018|

Still ON MISSION after 153 Years

Even though FEC history stretches back 153 years, five years ago its leaders redefined their purpose and rebranded their image. That process began almost seven years ago, when Rocky Rocholl took the president’s seat. He began by asking, “Do we need to exist?” Once pastors and leaders answered that question, [...]

June 14th, 2018|