Not a trend, but a bigger movement: God stories of ‘early adopters’ of FWE (Faith Works Economics) see the value of this movement and are actively integrating FWE into the DNA of their congregations. This information doesn’t necessarily show, for example, how Bryan Lair incorporated these foundational principles from the beginning with his church plant but its presence is evident. Several churches in the District are beginning to implement FWE and they are leading the charge. The listing below contains some of the ideas and approaches of churches around the district to implementing FWE.
The district office would love to hear of additional ways local churches are implementing FWE in their congregations and community. Contact the North Central District (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lynne Heidelbauer (email@example.com) with your story.
- Bridged into community through community groups, which serve as mission outposts for the larger church family with intentional disciple-making the objective. (Antioch)
- Elder-led interviews of 50 church members to dialogue FWE. Feedback to result in new sermon series in Fall 2016 for 8-9 weeks. (Antioch) At least one other is surveying the congregation to get pulse on congregation vocations and devise next steps.
- 10 week sermon series entitled, Vocation: God’s design for your work. (Centennial) New sermon series beginning August 2016 (First). 2nd sermon series to expose new members to FWE and assure no drift from vision. (Trinity City).
- Establishing and posting “work as mission” congregation profiles (Living Hope, St. Francis)
- Offered Ephesians (Ch. 3) Bible study on God’s economy. (Living Hope)
- Fall 2016 retreat with FWE focus and development of next steps, preceded by elder and/or small group education and discussions. (Antioch). Spring 2016 – FWE Elder and Wives Retreat – assigned with lists of congregants to ensure all are known and where they work. (Embarrass)
- Revamped Disciple-making from Growth Groups to Gospel Communities (Centennial)
- Invited teens to join summer 2016 adult studies on FWE, honoring their roles in the workplace. (Embarrass). FWE principles taught to youth at fall retreat 2015 (Living Hope, St. Francis)
- Utilizing Gospel Communities leaders monthly as ‘think tank’ for continual idea sharing and liturgy focus. (Centennial)
- All Nations Drivers Training / Caring Friend Network / mentoring & tutoring adults & children / and Family Friend focus with Safe Families For Children (Cross-Point, Bloomington).
- Partnering with established community organization to meet with and pray for local businesses monthly; invite business owners to share their faith stories. Community members invited. (Willmar)
- Established weekly small groups for prayer at local businesses. (Willmar)
- Local companies utilizing lay leader and bi-lingual pastor to serve as chaplains for their employees. (Willmar)
- Collaborating with local ministerial association to support new Somali minister in establishing outreach to this population (Willmar) and other ethnic populations, are being supported by District churches. (Trinity-Lakeville, New Hope, Willmar)
- Elders and their wives listening Dr. Hoag’s FWE presentations on-line at ncdefca.org with discussion. Plan monthly men’s lunch to encourage other men to carry principles into their work settings. (Northfield)
- Participating with other community advocates in ‘make a difference day’-type activities to support local schools and various community needs.
(Willmar, Wayzata, others?)
- Video recording of testimonies to personalize how it looks to engage others through their work. Posted on the District website for access by others.
(Trinity City and others)
- Ongoing reading/discussion of FWE materials by leadership team, elders, and volunteers to ensure understand FWE integration process.
- Harvest Gardens and Refugee Ministry (First) are great examples, not tied expressly to FWE, but demonstrate the FWE principles.
- Team of church nurses and teachers supporting local mobile home community by offering “homework help” to children residing there. Local missionaries moved into community. Led to Mobile Hope Community Center (featured on KARE 11 TV) (Wayzata)
(Trinity City, St. Paul; Antioch Community, Minneapolis; Centennial, Forest Lake; First EFC, Maplewood; Trinity-Lakeville; Rock Hill, Duluth; Cross-Point, Bloomington; EFC of Willmar; Wayzata EFC, Plymouth; EFC of Embarrass; Northfield EFC; Living Hope, St. Francis)