Proverbs 27v17 can sometimes be overused, but it still remains true: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” We see an immense wealth of gifts and experiences amongst those who minister in our churches. If we can connect these people in meaningful ways – for support, inspiration and training – then our churches will greatly benefit. But how can we do that effectively?
Our Ministry Networks are the solution. Currently the Pastor’s Network is the most established of these, and the Women’s Ministry Network has been growing and becoming more active. However, it’s our aim to establish more Networks in the future; for church planters, ministry apprentices, youthworkers and more. We’re currently exploring how we can best build relationships locally and nationally, connecting people in person or online. The possibilities are exciting.
FIEC established the Pastors’ Association at its Annual General Meeting in April 2003. The Pastors’ Association then transitioned into the Pastors’ Network in the autumn of 2012, becoming more central to our work and providing the model for other ministry networks in the future. It is based on the following convictions drawn from the New Testament:
- Churches should be led by men who submit to the authority of God’s word, love the Lord Jesus Christ wholeheartedly and desire to call and equip men, women and young people to be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ; the health of the church is determined to a large degree by its leaders.
- Pastors are graciously given by the risen Lord Jesus to lead and equip his church.
- Aspiring to be a pastor is to desire a noble task; to be called to be a pastor is a high calling.
Such a network is an invaluable way of expressing care for all the churches of the Fellowship.
- It provides churches with a list of pastors called and commended by the churches.
- It declares the theological, moral and spiritual standards of such men.
- It provides the forum for such men to have confidence in one another for mutual care, encouragement and discipline.
You can find out how to join our Pastors’ Network here.
Our National Support team is made up of experienced pastors from across the country. The team works alongside Richard Underwood in strategic areas of Pastoral support.
Through our Pastors’ Network we seek to commend individuals so that churches can be assured of their character and gifting.
We believe that women have been given all sorts of ministry gifts, and that our churches are poorer if these gifts are not developed and used.
The Lord Jesus loves local churches irrespective of their size. However, smaller churches can be vulnerable and stand in need of particular love and care.
When a church needs to employ new gospel workers, the ideal situation is for those people to be identified, trained and commissioned from amongst the church’s own congregation. But things aren’t always that simple. That’s why we have our Ministry Introductions service.