FIEC Marks 100 Years by Praying for One Hundred
by Joel Murray
The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) has collated 100 mission initiatives from churches across the country to mark its centenary year.
It can be tempting to focus on looking back when an organisation reaches its 100th anniversary, but FIEC is aiming to look forward: to use 100 years of God’s faithfulness to rejoice in what he is doing now.
To this end, the Pray for One Hundred initiative seeks to highlight 100 mission activities happening or in the planning at FIEC churches across Britain to be supported in prayer, to encourage the wider church, and to offer ideas and inspiration.
There is a variety of projects in the 100: churches stepping out in faith beyond their means, churches doing small but significant things to reach their community, building renovations, church plants, staff appointments, and more.
“Back in the spring we asked our churches to tell us about what they are doing to further the mission of proclaiming Christ and his gospel. We hoped 100 might respond and we could share their news; in the end we received more than 170 submissions” said Adrian Reynolds, FIEC Head of National Ministries.
“It has been a joy to read through them: they tell stories of gospel growth, gospel ambition, and gospel potential.
“We hope many will join us in rejoicing in what Christ Jesus is doing and in praying for evangelism across the country. To borrow from the Apostle Paul: “the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world” (Colossians 1:6).”
A prayer guide booklet featuring the 100 projects will be used in FIEC churches for prayer this year, but anyone can get involved online:
- The mission projects are listed at fiec.org.uk/100 in an interactive map, with more projects being added.
- You can subscribe to a list on the PrayerMate app to have a different project with prayer points delivered to your phone each day. Either search for FIEC on the app or visit praynow4.org/fiec100.
- The projects will be shared on Twitter on the hashtag #PrayForOneHundred.