Earlier in the week I spent 24 hours hanging out with some godly and gifted contemporaries who lead churches within the FIEC. The FIEC (for those who don’t know) is a Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. It’s a network of churches that share core gospel convictions, ecclesiology, and a vision for seeing the gospel go out to the nation. Here are some reasons I like what they’re doing and would encourage others to come join the party (mmm…perhaps party is the wrong word!)
- They’re all about the local church. It’s the hope of the world. FIEC is about connecting and resourcing local churches to do the stuff.
- As a network it’s based around confession not cultural forms. A misconception about FIEC is that it’s about a certain ‘way’ of doing ministry when in fact there is a great variety of contexts and cultures which produce different styles and strategies for reaching out. Unity yes; uniformity no.
- They have great directors with big vision. I’m not kissing up (they won’t even read this). I’m genuinely impressed by the character, competence, and conviction of the directors. They know what they’re about and have a good idea of how to go about it. They’re like Hannibal, Face, Murdoch, and BA in cords. Not saying which one’s which.
- It’s chock-full of talented and godly guys making a real difference where they are on the ground. Who needs Chandler, Driscoll, and DeYoung when you can have Beynon, Powell, and Allcock? Seriously, there are some incredibly bright and gifted guys within FIEC.
- It’s fun – didn’t expect that did you? In addition to gospel hearted passion, there is great camaraderie to be had. Spend half an hour with Steve Levy and your sides will actually properly hurt.
If you want to be part of a network that will equip, resource, and encourage you, and if you want to be part of a movement to reach the nation with the gospel, you should seriously look at what the FIEC are about.