What Makes a Church Successful?

by Rick Burke Some years ago, as part of a small church plant, I was challenged to consider what makes a successful church. Is it having a nice building with traditional church architecture (white pillars, tall steeple and located on Main Street, USA)? Is it the number of people attending on Sunday morning… the bigger the church, the more successful it is? Or is it the excellent programming from music to eloquent preaching and engaging ministries? All of these

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Stories from the Field – Mark Sanders

Taken from Mark’s summer 2016 newsletter Mark Sanders, Campus Crusade High School leader for Eastern Europe had an exciting summer. Despite ministering in a part of the world that is cold and dark, God is working. Each year he participates in Speak Out camps to teach students English and hear the gospel. The reports this year were particularly encouraging. Mark lives in Hungary and the camp there had three sessions with 106, 84, and 72 campers, respectively. 125 staff reached

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Merry Christmas from the Outreach Staff!

If you’re like us, you can hardly believe we are nearing the end of 2016! God continues to stretch us in ministry and mission as well as allowing us to see success and victory in this endeavor we call life. It has been a year of great blessing, though it has not without its challenges. We know that God is sovereign, so we can rest that His will and purposes were accomplished. You are created for purpose so we

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Points of Interest

Missionary Commissioning and Send-off Lunch: Aaron and Delaina Spence will soon be leaving for training for their final destination on the mission field. Join us on January 1 for their commissioning during service, and stick around for lunch directly after second service in Room 110. Please RSVP to cnelson@efree.org. Year-End Giving at First Free: God is glorified by the generosity of his people. God’s word urges us to use our money and material goods for eternal outcome. Thank you for your

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

Good end-of-year giving for First Free, Outreach Support, and missionaries experiencing inadequate support. For the many seekers in the Middle East/North Africa area that Oasis and our workers have connected with. Pray for more workers at Oasis. For the expanding growth at First Free of those who are trying to be spiritual parents—skill, opportunities and the chance to study the Bible with seekers. Praise for a good year of fresh outreach, new volunteers, short term team safety and financial

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