Each time I meet with the other FIEC directors, it is clear that we could do far more as a family of churches than our current resources allow. We are aware of encouraging numbers of men coming forward to train for ministry, of churches that are planning to plant in the near future, and of churches that need financial help to employ and train gospel workers to expand their work. I anticipate that there will be many more churches seeking our help in 2013.
When our website was re-launched at the end of March, we also re-launched our Personal Partner scheme. The realisation of our vision for FIEC to reach the nation with the gospel through thriving independent churches depends on raising substantial funds to invest in independent ministry and to support our work. We have already asked our churches to make significantly increased annual donations to the Fellowship, and we have raised substantial funds from “gospel entrepreneurs”. However the work of the Kingdom will only be accomplished if we also have an army of individuals who are sacrificially willing to make small gifts on a regular basis. We are asking individuals to prayerfully consider joining us as Personal Partners, and to commit to give just £7.50 per month to the work of the Fellowship.
If you are excited by the new vision of FIEC, and are committed to biblical Independency and the cause of the gospel in the UK, can I urge you to consider becoming a Personal Partner? If you are a church leader, perhaps you might be willing to encourage the members of your church to join us in this way? We have begun informing people about our Personal Partner scheme at our 90th Anniversary celebrations around the country, so do come along to your nearest one to find out more.
You can find everything you need to become a Personal Partner here on the website, including a downloadable response form. Our hope is that churches and individuals will come to view FIEC as an effective mission organisation, and that they will view their giving to us as part of their support for the cause of the gospel in the UK.
Why not make the most of this opportunity to become a “shrewd manager”, invest in the Kingdom by investing in the future of FIEC, and help us to impact our nation with the good news of the Lord Jesus?