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A series of crises over the last decade has caused a massive cultural shift. How can churches face the challenge of these times? John Stevens (FIEC National Director) speaks about the current state of the nation, the challenges faced by the church in these times, and suggests ways forward for the church to hear God's call to meet those challenges for the Kingdom. 00:00 - A massive cultural change 03:34 - Liberal progressivism and identity crises 10:16 - The resilience of evangelical churches 16:57 - The church's call in challenging times 21:51 - Keep your focus on the gospel 36:50 - Establish good order in the church 44:57 - Pursue and practice godliness 56:02 - God is greater than our challenges This talk was recorded on Thursday 5 May 2022. You can watch a video of this talk and access further resources for church leaders on the FIEC website. About FIEC: We are a fellowship of Independent churches with members of the family across England, Scotland and Wales. Our mission is to see those Independent churches working together with a big vision: to reach Britain for Christ. Being part of FIEC links you to a growing number of Independent evangelical churches and there are now more than 50,000 people who are part of churches affiliated to FIEC. Follow FIEC on social media: Instagram Facebook Twitter
What should you do as you make a decision about gospel ministry in the face of ridicule from the world? John Stevens gives the third of three talks at The Hub conference from 1 Corinthians 15. To the world, church ministry is a worthless, waste of time. Yet the gospel means that church ministry is worth it because it has eternal significance. You can watch a video of this interview and access further resources for church leaders on the FIEC website. About The Hub: The Hub conference is a weekend dedicated to serving those exploring the call to Independent church ministry or who have already started the journey. It is organised by FIEC and runs every January. About FIEC: We are a fellowship of Independent churches with members of the family across England, Scotland and Wales. Our mission is to see those Independent churches working together with a big vision: to reach Britain for Christ. Being part of FIEC links you to a growing number of Independent evangelical churches and there are now more than 50,000 people who are part of churches affiliated to FIEC. Follow FIEC on social media: Instagram Facebook Twitter
Christ loves his sheep and goes after the ones who walk away from him, and calls the church to be his search party. Sam Gibb gives the second of three talks at The Hub conference from Matthew 18:18-20. Jesus loves his sheep and searches for each one that wanders - with the church as his search party. You can watch a video of this talk and access further resources for church leaders on the FIEC website. About The Hub: The Hub conference is a weekend dedicated to serving those exploring the call to Independent church ministry or who have already started the journey. It is organised by FIEC and runs every January. About FIEC: We are a fellowship of Independent churches with members of the family across England, Scotland and Wales. Our mission is to see those Independent churches working together with a big vision: to reach Britain for Christ. Being part of FIEC links you to a growing number of Independent evangelical churches and there are now more than 50,000 people who are part of churches affiliated to FIEC. Follow FIEC on social media: Instagram Facebook Twitter
You will never see how Jesus sees people unless you daily let go of ego and come to him. Humility is the most important characteristic of a church leader. Sam Gibb gives the first of three talks at The Hub conference from Matthew 18:1-14. He shows us how pride and humility affect church leadership and encourages us that we have no idea how much Christ truly cares for us. You can watch a video of this interview and access further resources for church leaders on the FIEC website. About The Hub: The Hub conference is a weekend dedicated to serving those exploring the call to Independent church ministry or who have already started the journey. It is organised by FIEC and runs every January. About FIEC: We are a fellowship of Independent churches with members of the family across England, Scotland and Wales. Our mission is to see those Independent churches working together with a big vision: to reach Britain for Christ. Being part of FIEC links you to a growing number of Independent evangelical churches and there are now more than 50,000 people who are part of churches affiliated to FIEC. Follow FIEC on social media: Instagram Facebook Twitter
What are the important things to understand and consider in leading a leadership team well? In this interview, John Russell, Lead Minister at Cornerstone Church Nottingham, speaks with FIEC Church Leadership Consultant to share insights into how he leads the leadership team at the church, and his journey to full-time ministry. You can watch a video of this interview and access further resources for church leaders on the FIEC website. About FIEC: We are a fellowship of Independent churches with members of the family across England, Scotland and Wales. Our mission is to see those Independent churches working together with a big vision: to reach Britain for Christ. Being part of FIEC links you to a growing number of Independent evangelical churches and there are now more than 50,000 people who are part of churches affiliated to FIEC. Follow FIEC on social media: Instagram Facebook Twitter
How can retiring church leaders deal well with handing on the baton and stepping back from ministry?  In this interview, Peter Lewis, retired Lead Minister of Cornerstone Church in Nottingham, is joined by his successor John Russell to talk with FIEC Church Leadership Consultant Ray Evans about how he marked the end of a long ministry and approached retirement. You can watch a video of this interview and access further resources for church leaders on the FIEC website. About FIEC: We are a fellowship of Independent churches with members of the family across England, Scotland and Wales. Our mission is to see those Independent churches working together with a big vision: to reach Britain for Christ. Being part of FIEC links you to a growing number of Independent evangelical churches and there are now more than 50,000 people who are part of churches affiliated to FIEC. Follow FIEC on social media: Instagram Facebook Twitter
After a long and faithful ministry, how do you know when and how to move on?  In this interview, Peter Lewis, retired Lead Minister of Cornerstone Church in Nottingham, is joined by his successor John Russell to talk with FIEC Church Leadership Consultant Ray Evans about considering retirement from ministry and how to transition leadership to the next generation. You can watch a video of this interview and access further resources for church leaders on the FIEC website. About FIEC: We are a fellowship of Independent churches with members of the family across England, Scotland and Wales. Our mission is to see those Independent churches working together with a big vision: to reach Britain for Christ. Being part of FIEC links you to a growing number of Independent evangelical churches and there are now more than 50,000 people who are part of churches affiliated to FIEC. Follow FIEC on social media: Instagram Facebook Twitter
With the 2021 Leaders' Conferences taking place in five different locations, a local pastor was asked to preach in the second session of each conference on the glorious future of the church. In Manchester, Steve Robinson, Senior Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Liverpool, preached from 1 Peter 1:3-9 on the hope that the church has for the future. You can watch or listen to all the talks at the 2021 Leaders' Conferences on the FIEC website.
With the 2021 Leaders' Conferences taking place in five different locations, a local pastor was asked to preach in the second session of each conference on the glorious future of the church. In Edinburgh, Colin Adams, Pastor-Teacher at Greenview Church in Glasgow, preached from Revelation 7:9-17 on God's people and their shepherd in the New Creation. You can watch or listen to all the talks at the 2021 Leaders' Conferences on the FIEC website.
With the 2021 Leaders' Conferences taking place in five different locations, a local pastor was asked to preach in the second session of each conference on the glorious future of the church. In London, Ray Brown, Senior Minister at Grace Church Brockley in London, preached from Psalm 87:1-7 on the heavenly city of God to which the church belongs. You can watch or listen to all the talks at the 2021 Leaders' Conferences on the FIEC website.
With the 2021 Leaders' Conferences taking place in five different locations, a local pastor was asked to preach in the second session of each conference on the glorious future of the church. In Birmingham, John Russell, Lead Minister at Cornerstone Church in Nottingham, preached from Revelation 7:1-17 on the church's protection by God and praises to God. You can watch or listen to all the talks at the 2021 Leaders' Conferences on the FIEC website.
With the 2021 Leaders' Conferences taking place in five different locations, a local pastor was asked to preach in the second session of each conference on the glorious future of the church. In Cardiff, Jonathan Thomas, Pastor of Cornerstone Church in Abergavenny, preached from Ephesians 5:25-33, on the church as the bride of Christ. You can watch or listen to all the talks at the 2021 Leaders' Conferences on the FIEC website.
Are we missing God's glory in his provision for the ordinary? At the 2021 Leaders' Conference, we considered how God's glory is seen in the ordinary and sets us free for ministry. Johnny Prime preached from Exodus 16:7 (and the wider context) at each of the 2021 FIEC Leaders' Conferences to help church leaders see that, although there is nothing ordinary about the glory of God, his glory is seen in the ordinary. You can watch or listen to the other talks at the 2021 FIEC Leaders' Conferences on the FIEC website.
We need not a new approach but to keep our heads and continue in the ordinary gospel ministry. At the 2021 Leaders' Conference, we considered what the church's response should be to the change of context after the pandemic. John Stevens preached from 2 Timothy 3:1 - 4:8 at each of the 2021 FIEC Leaders' Conferences to help church leaders see that we may need to contextualise the gospel but the heart of the message does not change. You can watch or listen to the other talks at 2021's Leaders' Conference on the FIEC website.
In this episode you’ll hear Colin Smith, senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Chicago Illinois, speaking at the 2019 FIEC Leaders’ Conference. Colin drew leadership principles from John chapter 10. You can watch a video of this talk and access further resources on the FIEC website.
In this episode you’ll hear Colin Smith, senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Chicago Illinois, speak at the 2019 FIEC Leaders’ Conference. Colin was speaking about the character of a leader from Deuteronomy chapter 17. You can watch a video of this talk and access further resources for church leaders on the FIEC website.
In this episode you’ll hear Tope Koleoso, lead pastor at Jubilee Church in Enfield, London, speaking at the 2014 FIEC Leaders’ Conference. He was leading a seminar on how to embed prayer into the life of your church. You can watch a video of this talk and access further resources for church leaders on the FIEC website.
In this episode you’ll hear Jon Risbridger, Minister at Above Bar Church in Southampton, speak at the 2015 FIEC Leaders’ Conference. His message was part of a series titled ‘Grace Under Pressure’. He was speaking from John chapter 21 verses 1-23. You can watch a video of this talk, and access further resources for church leaders, on the FIEC website.
In this episode you’ll hear Jeremy McQuoid, Teaching Pastor at Deeside Christian Fellowship Church in Aberdeen, speak at the 2015 FIEC Leaders’ Conference. His message was part of a series titled ‘Grace Under Pressure’. He was speaking from John chapter 13 verses 1-17. You can watch a video of this talk, and access further resources for church leaders, on the FIEC website.
In this episode you’ll hear Paul Gamston, pastor at South Craven Evangelical Church in North Yorkshire, speaking at the 2015 FIEC Leaders’ Conference. His message was part of a series titled ‘Grace Under Pressure’. He was speaking from John chapter 6 verses 60-71. You can watch a video of this talk, and access further resources for church leaders, on the FIEC website.
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