Church Planting Ministry
2020 FECA Church Planting Committee Report:
In 2019, our church planting goal was to plant 5 new churches in the US, 5 new community centers in Taiwan, and 10 new churches overseas. The effort to expand community centers in Taiwan was led by a foundation consisting of FECSGV members. FECA’s church planting committee was mainly supportive. This program was moved out of church planting and came under Association Missions Committee (AMC). FECA’s church planting goal was revised in 2020 to plant 5 new churches in the US and 10 churches overseas by 2025.
In the US, all 5 member churches have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Church planting has basically been put on hold. Part of the FECA church planting fund was redirected to the member churches as a temporary reduction of membership dues.
Outside of the US, there have been no new church plants in China. Although some churches have stopped Sunday worship services or are considering doing so, we continue to encourage local leaders to move from the large gathering house churches to small group fellowships. Training effective small group leaders is a key to small group church model. A third campus in the St. Petersburg church has been started. We have partnered with an organization – Serving Foundation International (SFI), who shares similar goals of church planting in India. We also started supporting a local church in N. Iraq through Habibi International (HI). There are exploratory trips to Germany and Belize but no concrete plans have yet been formulated.
The streamlining of how FECA manages its church planting operations was completed in 2020. Overseas church planting is funded under the Missions fund. Within the US, church planting is funded under the church planting fund which derives its budget from a percentage of the membership dues collected from member churches within the United States.
Church planting in FECA continues to face many challenges and, at the same time, opportunities. We need wisdom from above to stay focused and to seize new opportunities as we continue to rely on the Lord to carry out His mandate in His Kingdom.
在美國以外，中國沒有新的教會建立。儘管國內有些教會，已經停止或正考慮停止週日的崇拜聚會，但我們繼續鼓勵當地的領袖，從大型的家庭式聚會轉變為小組團契。培訓有領導能力的小組領袖是小組教會成功模式的關鍵。聖彼得堡教會的第三個校園事工已經開始。我們與Serving Foundation International （SFI）成為事工新夥伴，SFI在印度建立教會，與我們的植堂目標相似。我們也透過Habibi International （HI）來支持北伊拉克的一家本土教會。德國和伯利茲的探索之旅已經開始，但尚未制定具體計劃。