I Will Build My Church
It is clear from the teaching of scripture that Jesus has privileged us to be laborers together with Him in building His church.
Dr. Richard I. Gregory, IFCA International Executive Director & Voice Editor
What Does It Cost to Plant a Church?
Upon graduation from seminary, I joined United Missionary Fellowship (now Biblical Ministries Worldwide) and we moved to Utah. On that most unusual mission field, we joined twenty-five other UMF missionaries who shared the same burden: to plant Bible Churches in Mormonland.
Rev. Les Lofquist, Executive Director Designate
Planting Churches Among Native Americans
A group of men from First American Indian Church formed American Indian Bible Institute in 1966 so that they could learn the Word of God in order to reach their own people for Christ. It has been my privilege to be a part of that team since the beginning.
Rev. Duane Anderson
The Rural Church Challenge
Picture a rural resort community, an empty church building on a country road, and an energetic church planter. The church planter rented the building and began the process of planting a church. He put his energies into the church several years, but then moved on to another work. I was asked to oversee the work until a new missionary pastor could be found.
Rev. John Edgell
Training Nationals to Plant Churches in their Own Country
As a missionary who is involved in evangelism and church planting, one of my goals is to plant and establish twenty churches in twenty years. To accomplish this, it is necessary to prioritize the discipling and training of nationals in the effort to reach such a goal.
Mr. Andy Girwarnauth
Is Multicultural Local Church Ministry Possible?
Churches in growing ethnic communities have been forced to evaluate the manner in which they reach the ethnics of their community. This evaluation begs the question, "Is it possible to have a multicultural local church ministry?" The answer is a resounding YES. The issue is not can it happen but what form will it take.
Rev. Arturo Lucero
Here I Am Send Me Is. 6:8
I was very fortunate to be born in a Christian home. Even my grandparents were born-again Christians. My father was a pastor's assistant in Central Baptist Church in Kiev. In 1984, when I was 15 years old, I repented and decided to dedicate my life to God. The first real trial for me was a two-year mandatory service in the Soviet Army.
Pastor Yaroslav Machinsky
Church Planting in the Black Community
I can remember clearly the afternoon of April 29th, 1992. It was a cloudy day, not because a storm stood on the horizon, but because the soot of countless fires filled the air. It was a tragic day. The media labeled the anarchy and anger expressed by the black community as the Los Angeles Riots.
Rev. Robert Scott
Are We Planting or Rescuing Churches?
The answer to the question, "Are we planting or rescuing churches?" is "YES - BOTH!" It is not an either/or matter. It MUST be BOTH and more! If we fail to plant new churches, we will miss the greatest opportunity of our life, and of IFCA International!
Dr. Roy E. Sprague
The Makeup of a Valued Youth Ministry
Why is it that some churches have youth ministries that both parents and teens value? Why is it that there are churches where parents and teens alike could just as easily do without the youth ministry and all that it brings?
Pastor Troy Thornton
Wisconsin Regional Church Extension in the Ukraine
Part of the Wisconsin Church Extension philosophy of ministry is to equip people with knowledge, skills, and passion for ministry. While WCE is located in Wisconsin, there is no boundary restriction on where to equip people. With the blessing of the WCE Board and Regional Executive Committee, by mid-June I was preparing for 2 trips to Ukraine - one in September and one in November.
Dr. Paul Thyren
The Importance of Planting IFCA International Churches
"To be a Child again," a sentiment reflected in a Country song, strikes an occasional chord in the heart of everyone who has assumed the responsibilities of adulthood. We all envy the simplicity of a child, such as the freedom to go outside and play!
Rev. Tim Keeley
Church Planting in France
France! The land of Calvin and the Protestant reformation! Is church planting necessary where in every town there are Catholic churches and an occasional Reformed church? Yes, because there are 35,000 towns and cities without a gospel witness.
Dr. Ivan Peterson
God's Guidance in Chaplaincy Ministry
by Chaplains Doug Peterson and Joseph Kraintz
Two of our Army Chaplains share how God guides in His own ways, bringing men into the Chaplaincy and guiding where they will be assigned to serve Him.