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FiEC


Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches

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FiEC


Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches

 

FIEC

We are a fellowship of independent evangelical churches in Australia. What does this mean? It means we are committed to growing followers of Jesus in every corner of our country. Our goal is to plant new churches and grow existing churches that reach ordinary people with the extraordinary message of Jesus Christ. We believe that God continues to speak to us today through his Spirit-expired word in the Bible. We believe that Jesus is central to all God's plans and purposes for this world. We believe that our greatest hope is not to be found in economic security, advances in science, political stability, or access to good education. As important as these things are, we are persuaded that real hope for our world, humanity, and each of us as individuals, is only to be found in a real relationship with the Creator and Redeemer, our God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. You can find FIEC churches scattered across this land and our prayer is that God will raise up many more.

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About us


About us


WHO WE ARE

We are independent

This doesn’t, or at least it shouldn’t, mean that we are a bunch of lone rangers. It simply affirms the fact that each church is self-governed, with its own constitution, leaders, and ways of doing things. You could probably call us are little ‘i’ independents!

We are a fellowship

While upholding the independent governance of each church, we share a vision for reaching Australia with the gospel of Jesus through planting and building healthy evangelical churches. We can pool resources, encourage one another in our shared vision, share our joys, and carry one another’s burdens. We can seek to build one another through teaching from God’s word at conferences and courses, and commit to regular prayer for our members. 

We are evangelical

Ours is a fellowship that is shaped by firm beliefs. We are persuaded that true Christianity is evangelical in its very essence. That is, people are reconciled into relationship with God, and churches are created and grow, through the work of God’s ‘evangel’—the good news that Jesus Christ was crucified for the forgiveness of sins and was raised physically from the dead to rule over God’s world. We learn this good news from the Bible—not people’s best ideas about God, but God’s specific revelation of himself.

We are churches

We are a fellowship of churches—evangelically persuaded and independently governed churches. We don’t view FIEC as ‘our church’, ‘the church’, or even ‘a church’. Rather, we are a network or denomination comprised of many churches who voluntarily take steps to fellowship with one another in various ways. It is impractical for all of our churches to meet together—we are scattered across this vast country. However, we seek to gather members of each of our churches together at different events during the year so as to encourage personal and practical fellowship. The official representatives of each church—usually the senior pastors—meet together at formal meetings of the FIEC to review, plan, and pray for our fellowship.

 

WHAT WE DO

FIEC exists to

Thinking of planting with FIEC?

Plant and grow independent evangelical churches

Encourage faithful and fruitful evangelical ministry

Facilitate regular fellowship and mutual support between independent evangelical churches

Share resources for planting and growing churches

Recruit, train, employ, and support leaders of independent evangelical churches

Promote the ministries of independent evangelical churches

 

WHY WE DO IT

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

This is as true today as when it was first written. It is as important in Australia as it is in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia or America. 

God wants people to be saved. People in cities, people in towns, immigrants, adults, children, youth… all people. 

Some people might describe Australia as a 'Christian country'. The truth is very different. Only a small percentage of Aussies trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord, Saviour, and God. 

Why do churches join FIEC?

God is calling us to make a difference for eternity. He wants us to get with his program of calling people to become disciples—followers and learners—of Jesus Christ. He has plans to build his church throughout Australia and he call us to get with his program.

FIEC isn't the only network of churches seeking to plant churches and call people to follow Jesus. God uses all kinds and many different 'brands'. For us it's not the denomination so much as our conviction about the truth of God's Word, focusing on his message of salvation through Jesus Christ.

 

HOW WE DO IT

We completely depend upon God, realising that if God isn't at work then we will achieve nothing. So we pray that God will raise up men and women who will begin new ministries and start new churches. Our desire is to see churches growing as people become Christians. So we are seeking people who are equipped to evangelise—share the great news of Jesus. We assess the suitability of people to lead this work, and we coach and encourage those who are doing it.

How does FIEC help?

FIEC partners with the Geneva Push church planting network to identify, recruit, assess, train, and coach people for church planting. We connect with theological colleges to equip men and women to faithful handle the Bible.

Our network is growing and the opportunities and needs are great. We recognise the importance of building healthy and growing churches. FIEC has recently employed a National Director to lead our fellowship. He works along with a National Chaplain to develop and support pastors and their families and churches.

 

WHERE WE DO IT

Wherever we can within Australia. God's love extends to all and there is no place where people are excused from putting their trust in Jesus and following him.

Our particular interest is cities and towns where people are not being reached and where evangelical churches are few and far between. 

Sometimes we support a gathering of Christians in a place to establish a new church. Other times a team moves into a new location to begin a new ministry. 

If you see a need or opportunity then please make contact with FIEC so we can explore the possibilities with you.

 
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Member Churches


Member Churches


NSW

Albury, Albury Bible Church
alburybiblechurch.com.au 

Bathurst, Bathurst Evangelical Church
bathurstevangelical.org.au

Berkeley Vale, The Lakes Evangelical Church
thelakes.net.au

Broken Hill, Saltbush Evangelical Church
www.saltbushchurch.org.au

Erina, EV Church
www.evchurch.info

Forster, Coast Evangelical Church
coastec.net.au

Gorokan, Lighthouse Church
(Previously Northern Lakes)
www.lighthouse.net.au

Maclean, Maclean Evangelical Church
www.macleanevangelicalchurch.com

Maitland, Maitland Evangelical Church
maitlandchurch.org

Morisset, Lake Mac Church
www.lakemacchurch.com.au

Newcastle, Hunter Bible Church
hunterbiblechurch.org

Orange, Orange Evangelical Church
oechurch.org.au

Port Macquarie, The Point Community Church
www.tpcc.org.au

Singleton, Singleton Evangelical Church
singletonchurch.org

Sydney, South-West Evangelical Church
www.southwestccc.org

Wagga Wagga, Wagga Wagga Evangelical Church
www.waggaevangelical.org.au

Wollongong, Saltchurch
saltchurch.info

Woy Woy, EV Peninsula
www.evchurch.info/peninsula

 

TAS

Launceston, The Branch
www.thebranch.org.au

Snug, Snug Community Church
www.snugchristianchurch.org

 

ACT

Canberra North, Crossroads Christian Church
www.crossroads.asn.au

Canberra South, Molonglo Bible Church
www.molonglochurch.com.au

Canberra South, Southside Bible Church
www.southsidebiblechurch.com.au

Canberra South, Stromlo Christian Church
stromlo.org

 

VIC

Baranduda, Baranduda Community Church
www.barandudacommunitychurch.org

Melbourne, Box Hill, Grace Community Church
gracechristiancommunity.org.au

Melbourne, Footscray, Laneway Church
www.lanewaychurch.org.au

Sale, Flooding Creek Community Church
floodingcreek.com

 

WA

Perth, Curtin University, Bentley, Unichurch
www.facebook.com/UnichurchCurtin

Perth, Edgewater, NorthCoastChurch
www.northcoastchurch.org.au

Perth, Mt Claremont, Redemption Church
wscbc.org.au

 

QLD

Brisbane, Dutton Park, Sojourn Bible Church
sojourn.org.au

Brisbane, St Lucia, St Lucia Bible Church
www.stluciabiblechurch.org

Mackay, Mackay Evangelical Church
mackayevangelicalchurch.com

 

SA and NT

Contact us if you are looking for a church in South Australia or the Northern Territory. 

Contact us if you are interested in planting a church in SA or NT.