Faith Church Blogs

Subscribe to Faith Church Blogs feed
Updated: 1 hour 22 min ago

Testimony: Mom2Mom

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 15:43

People who serve in our Wednesday evening Children’s Ministries are allowing young mothers to become better parents through Mom2Mom. Knowing their children are cared for well while they study together is such a blessing to these moms and their families. To hear more of their story, check out the video below.

We are only a week into our SERVE ’18 campaign, and we still have ways for you to join in on the fun! We are encouraging every member of our church to honestly evaluate your present level of service for Christ and prayerfully consider making service in our Children’s Ministries a normal part of your weekly worship.

Sign up to serve at faithlafayette.org/servekids

Related posts:

  1. Bearing Fruit In Our Mission
  2. A Strategic Window of Opportunity
  3. Testimony: Ken & Micki Stillings

Categories: TEAMM Leader Blogs

Testimony: Ken & Micki Stillings

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:27

Ken & Micki Stillings have witnessed great behavioral growth in their son, in part, because of the help and encouragement of his Sunday School teachers. They serve in children’s Ministries because they see the value of participating in a ministry that has made such a big impact on their family. To see their whole story, watch the video below.

Our SERVE ’18 campaign stretches over the next several weeks. During this time, we are encouraging every member of Faith to consider making regular service in our Children’s Ministries a normal part of your weekly worship.

Sign up to serve at faithlafayette.org/servekids

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.12'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

Ken & Micki Stillings

"We've chosen to serve in our children's ministries, because we've seen first-hand the impact our servants have on the lives of our kids. Our youngest son Cooper is an example of that…we want to encourage you to join us by signing up to serve [so that] you can make a real difference in the life of a child like our son Cooper."If you'd like to join Ken & Micki Stillings in impacting the next generation for Christ, you can sign up to serve at www.faithlafayette.org/servekids.

Posted by Faith Church of Lafayette Indiana on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Related posts:

  1. Ministry Updates – Summer 2011
  2. Testimony: Nate Malcolm
  3. SERVE ’14: Anna Walters’ Testimony

Categories: TEAMM Leader Blogs

Bearing Fruit In Our Mission

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 20:22

The mission statement of Faith Church is to “seek to glorify God by winning people to Jesus Christ and equipping them to become more faithful disciples.” So everything that happens within Faith Church seeks to accomplish that mission. Faith believes that this mission was given by Christ when He called his disciples to go into the world and make disciples of all nations and to teach them to obey all that Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19-20). And one of the newest ministry branches of Faith Church is the Hartford Hub. This baby ministry is only a year and a half old but has been slowly growing into maturity.

But Jesus didn’t just call us to go out and start new ministries. He called us to be fruitful in those ministries.

Remember that Jesus told those same disciples, “…I chose you, and appointed you that you might go and bear fruit…” (John 15:16)

So every once in a while, it’s good to check the vitals of a ministry by looking at the fruit being produced. This fruit can come in all different shapes and sizes, but it is always tethered to making new disciples and equipping them to be more faithful.

So how do we know what this fruit can look like?

From Scripture, we can see at least three different ways that God produces fruit in ministries.

One of the first ways is in the spiritual growth of disciples who are doing the work of the ministry. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he expressed a desire for them to grow in the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). So Christians can bear fruit by growing spiritually.

Second, fruit can look like disciples doing good works. Paul’s prayer for the Philippians was that they would be filled with fruit of righteousness which always results in good works (Philippians 1:9). In another letter, Paul encouraged Titus to pastor the churches in Crete to be faithful to do good works so that they wouldn’t be unfruitful (Titus 3:14). So when we do good works for our fellow believers and for our community, we bear fruit.

Finally, fruit can look like the making of new disciples. In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he expressed that his reason for traveling to Rome was to bear fruit in making new disciples among the Gentiles (Romans 1:13).

So when we are trying to grade a ministry, we should be asking these three questions:

  • Is God growing me spiritually?
  • Am I growing in my diligence to do good works?
  • Am I seeing new disciples being made?

The answers to these questions can help determine how fruitful we are at accomplishing the mission that Christ set out for us.

Now the purpose of this blog is not to make the name of Faith Church or of the Hartford Hub great but rather make the name of Jesus great because He is the One responsible for any growth (1 Corinthians 3:6-9).

This past year and a half have been a whirlwind at the Hartford Hub. It has been an endeavor that has provided unlimited opportunities to be fruitful in accomplishing the mission of Faith Church. And, by God’s grace, it has been encouraging to see fruit from the beginning. I would like to highlight just a few pieces of fruit that we have seen in the infancy of this ministry.

Are we growing spiritually?

Like Paul expressed his desire to the church in Galatia to bear fruit in growing spiritually, we have been challenged to grow to become more faithful disciples since starting the Hartford Hub. I would not say that the majority of the folks who began serving here in the beginning would say they were skilled in this ministry context. I most certainly would not have claimed to be an expert.

But there are a number of folks that have grown in the fruit of the Spirit as a result of serving at the Hartford Hub.

There is a young single man in our church that began serving at the Hartford Hub at the very beginning. And when he first began, he was quiet, timid, and had a difficult time dealing with opposition from youth. If a youth was disrespectful, disobedient, or just hard to lead, he struggled. He had a lot of fear, but over time, the Lord grew a love for the youth that trumped his fear of being rejected. God replaced that fear of being opposed with a love that desired others to see and know Christ. This has led him to become a leader every week, a Bible study leader, and a vision caster for a youth leadership team.

Another example came from an empty nester couple who were nudged by one of the pastors to get involved in the shuttle ministry that takes kids from the Hartford Hub to Wednesday Night Kids of Faith every week. They agreed knowing that it was not something they were experienced in, and week 1 was very difficult for them. It revealed pride in their hearts as they struggled with expecting youth to respond to them the way that they desired. It was not necessarily because the youth were so terrible, but rather, it was a culture to which they were not accustomed. It was very uncomfortable, which revealed pride, anxiety, and frustration because things were not as they expected. But they saw that the issues were with their own heart, and they allowed the Lord to grow them over the next few weeks. Even though it was difficult, they could not help but continue to serve because the Lord was changing their hearts. Over time, they began to see a faithfulness, a patience, and a passion begin to flow from of their hearts. Now, they cannot stop being around these families, and they cannot wait to take another step in their walk with the youth and families in the neighborhood. This fruit in their lives has led to building relationships with one of the moms and closer relationships with some of the Jr. High girls. God turned a couple who was prideful and anxious into a humble, loving, and passionate couple who are thriving in their new ministry.

Are we diligent in good works?

God has also produced good works in many of the servants at the Hartford Hub. In total, the Hartford Hub serving team consists of about 47 servants who come weekly or bi-weekly. These folks are constantly looking for ways to show Christ and make Him known to the Lincoln neighborhood. As a result, these are some of the activities that people are doing.

Every week day, there are college students, retired teachers, current teachers, and homeschool mothers who serve together in using their gifts to work with youth on their homework, reading, and life skills. They view this as an avenue to make new disciples by teaching Gospel-centered values to the next generation.

Purdue Bible Fellowship connection groups take every other week to practice what they study in Scripture by serving at the Hartford Hub and training youth to be good stewards of gifts that have been given to them. Each night a different group comes in and pairs up with a different youth to show them how to clean and take care of the Hartford Hub.

And over the past year, the Lord has brought a neighborhood leadership team together to care for the neighborhood. Over the past few months, they have taken responsibility for planning community neighborhood block parties, classes, and a trash pick-up day. The group is fully dedicated to doing good works out of a love for their neighborhood.

Are disciples being made?

By God’s grace, we have also seen new disciples as a result of the work of the many servants at the Hartford Hub.

Our first new disciple began watching the Hub from a distance over the first couple weeks of its existence, but it wasn’t long before he became an integral part of the Hartford Hub. He had been out of the church for years before he came to the Hub. Just two weeks before he had come to the Hub he was on his deathbed, but the Lord had other plans for him. It has been an eventful year and a half for him as he has struggled to be faithful to Christ, but the Lord has helped him take some major steps of spiritual growth since he first came to the Hub. He went from being a man who was in isolation, out of the Word, and out of church, to a man who serves almost every day, reads the Word, and is a member of the church. The Lord is changing him from being a man who is about himself to a man who loves God and loves others.

Late in 2017, another man walked into the Hartford Hub. He sat in the office and shared his story and talked with us for about two hours. He had been out of jail for a few months but had been living in isolation. For some reason, the Lord made him walk to the Hub and ask for help. He was broken over the way he had lived his life, and he wanted a change. It wasn’t a week after we had met him that he sent in an application to go to Restoration Ministries. Now, he is one of our closest friends and biggest advocates. He has spent almost every minute serving others since the Lord brought him to the Hub or studying the Scriptures, he can’t wait to graduate from Restoration and be a part of serving at the Hub and at the Northend Community Center.

As far as the youth are concerned, we have seen three girls make professions of faith and many others show a desire to know Christ and become like Him. The Lord has used each servant at the Hartford Hub to train them in repentance, obedience, and what it looks like to walk with the Lord faithfully. They are fruit of a community of people loving them and sharing the truth of Christ with them. Now, they are growing and changing to love God and love others.

What Does This Mean For Me?

God has called each of us to be fruitful, and as a member at Faith Church, we should all be fruitful in accomplishing the mission of Faith Church – “to glorify God by winning people to Jesus Christ and equipping them to become more faithful disciples.”

So, if you were to ask the same three questions, what would your answer be?

  • Are you seeing spiritual growth in your own life?
  • Are you growing in faithfulness to do good works?
  • Are you a part of making new disciples?

To God be the glory – great things He is doing in us and through us!

Related posts:

  1. Johnny Kjaer’s Journey to Faith
  2. Spring 2011 Ministry Updates
  3. “GROW”

Categories: TEAMM Leader Blogs

Short Term Mission Update from the Dominican Republic 2018

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 17:27

Below is an encouraging update by trip leader Jonathan Barrette about the Short Term Missions Team to the Dominican Republic.

“Thus far, we have had amazing success in our work. The team has been highly motivated and remains very energized. I expected more fatigue at this point. We are praising God for the energy and effort of the team, knowing we brought nothing, but empty hands to the process. We also know that we have more days in front of us.

The VBS sessions are going very well! All those extra meetings and the training with Johnny Kjaer and Noelle Haynie, were extremely beneficial. (Thanks to both of you!) Our sessions here with the kids are only proving their counsel more accurate everyday. The team had very well planned and rehearsed lessons. But as we were told, not everything went as planned. Due to our training and practice, the team adjusted quickly and it is proving effective. We are pleased that thus far, sections of the material is sticking with the kids.  Even the younger ones are able, in some instances, to retell the Bible stories back to us.

Josh Aucoin has been leading the music with passion and energy, which is also getting the children engaged. I will say that we Americans, with all our efforts, have NOTHING on these DR children when it comes to energy!!! They are passionate about their music!

The crafts have been a huge success with the kids. Everyone is safe, healthy, and doing fantastic. So far, no major issues with the children or with our immediate team.

As of New Years day. The team wrapped up working with the smaller class of about 40 children, Casitas. The last 2 days have been very busy and have stretched the team quite a bit. We are pleased for the chance to serve hardily and we are making an impact.  We’ve had numerous staff thank us for our work and compliment the team on how organized and effective we have been.

New Year’s Eve was a break from our VBS routine. We started with a day of worship at the church, Iglesia Bautista de la Gracia. We attended along with a second group called “Courts 4 Kids”.  The team enjoyed the service, especially singing worship songs in Spanish.  It was an additional blessing to see the Pastor Newton Pena in the church. Newton commented on our “wisdom” in spending the winter in the DR; seeing the temps back home, I’d have to agree.

After church we went out to lunch at a popular local restaurant, Square One. We then took a bus to visit the local war memorial.  The day was beautiful; you could see mountains around for miles. We snapped fantastic group pictures. It was also a blast watching some of the Dominicans teach the Courts 4 Kids team how to dance. They tried to get a few of us to dance.

After our tour of the monument we came back to prep for New Year’s eve with the kids. Itzel, our host asked our team to run the evening, but wanted us to include the Courts team. We enthusiastically agreed! We were also asked to do a devotional, sing songs, and then run a game night with about 60 kids. I put together a small devotional that I titled “A New Family for a New Year.” My intent was to have a devotional that touched on the theme of adoption, something that would be meaningful to the kids; but also wove into the devo the fact that we were NOT all part of God’s family. I wanted to share a message that would get everyone thinking about their relationship to God.

Our game leader, Brent Rardin, setup 10 games stations with quick games for the kids. We then divided the Courts 4 Kids teams across these workstations (2 per station), and trained them on their games. We set up 10 minute rotations for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours… talk about a lot of energy! Between the foundation’s kids and the teens from the other team…. WOW! The night went better than expected.

Most of us celebrated the final minutes of New Year’s Eve with our faces buried in our pillows. A common comment from our team on this trip…”I can’t remember the last time I slept that hard.”

Related posts:

  1. Hartford Hub Update
  2. On a mission: The Blackwells
  3. The Race for Hope: Another Way to Support God’s Mission in Lafayette and Around the World!

Categories: TEAMM Leader Blogs