Missions and Outreach
Believing that sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world is our privilege and our responsibility, FBC is very active in World Missions through praying, assisting, giving, and going. "Missions" has been key at FBC from our inception.
Our Missions program is guided by our Missions Policy, supervised by the Missions Committee, and funded through an annual Faith Promise program which helps to establish the Missions Budget for the following year. We strive for a balance across geographies and mission tasks, with an emphasis on unreached people groups.
About one-third of our church's income goes to Missions. We partner with over 40 missionary families and organizations on a monthly basis, and others on an annual basis. Mission teams from our fellowship get on-site experience with our partners' environments and work. "Senders" at home keep in touch with our partners and provide helps and encouragement. Each year one or more Missions Conferences and other special events inform and motivate our fellowship as World Christians.
Some of us have become mission workers in a wide variety of ways and places. Our mission partners work in the Cincinnati area, elsewhere in the USA, and around the world. Some are active Family at FBC. We have adopted the Siar People of Papua New Guinea as our church's specific "unreached people group."
We try to keep Missions personal by encouraging correspondence with our partners, by sharing recent news with the fellowship, by weekly prayer, by personal visits when possible, and by "mission moment" updates in weekly worship services. Serving on a mission team, in a short-term assignment, or in local cross-cultural ministry also provides a wealth of personal insights.
In 2012 the Missions Committee includes Tom Carothers, Tom Fairweather, Dave and Lisa Lakeman, Augie and Roseann Lange, Stephen Lowe, Tim and Lisa Morrison, Michael and Emily Munoz, Brian Mullholand, Nancy Presnall, Steve Stuk (chairperson), Trina Stuk, and Dennis Twomey.