About us

The church around the world is growing faster than it has ever grown before. Christianity is the largest faith in the world, numbering more than 2.4 billion adherents. From China to Chile, Brazil to Botswana, Singapore to Sierra Leone, churches of many kinds are spreading the Christian message and helping with the development of nations.

 

There is one notable exception to this amazing pattern. Churches in the western world have struggled over the last 50 years to express their life and witness. There are signs that a new church is now emerging.

 

It consists of many nations, languages, worship styles and ways of witnessing. FCC is an historic group of churches that is being renewed for witness as part of this new emerging church.

Origins

We began life in the early 19th century as a result of a series of revival movements led by ordinary people in Scotland. The same movement gave rise to the Scottish Baptists, the Scottish Congregationalists and a number of other small movements.

More generally, our congregations were part of a wider movement amongst many Christians who were trying to return to a simpler form of New Testament Christianity. From that small beginning congregations similar to FCC have spread to more than 180 nations on earth.

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Strategic Board

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Tony Sands

Chair
Minister. Trustee Ilford Church of Christ. Chair of the Interim Strategic Board.

Leonard Lupiya

CEO and Founder and Senior Pastor of DFMI, Church Planter.

Philip Seadon

Minister, Church Planter and former Prison Chaplain.
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Rehoboth Beyene

Church Planter and Senior Pastor at Rhema Faith Ministries International.

Hirpo Kumbi

Missionary, passionate for multi-ethnic church planting, Educationalist and Author.

National Council

Philip Seadon

Chair
Minister, Church Planter and former Prison Chaplain.

Yvonne Attry

Church Deacon, organiser, event planner retired from a Senior role in Nursing.

Chris Ibbs

Regional Minister and Church Planter.

Sami Osgodom

Pastor of Rhema Faith Ministries. Church Planter and teacher.

Agnes Rupungo

Pastor, Leader of Missions and Prayer at DFMI. Member of DFMI Board.
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Doug Sembuuze

Youth and Community Minister. Works with diverse cultures and ethnicities.

Property Board

Philip Seadon

Chair
Minister, Church Planter and former Prison Chaplain.

Mark Isgrove

Social Entrepreneur, Fund Raiser and Youth Minister.

Bex Sembuuze

Member of Rowheath Pavilion Church. Solicitor.
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Tony Sands

Minister. Trustee Ilford Church of Christ. Chair of the Interim Strategic Board.
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Martin Robinson

Church planter, thought leader, author, speaker, preacher.

Regional Ministers

Mark Michael

Church Planter, Regional Director for New International Missions.
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Mark Pasimapindu

Senior Minister, Church Planter
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Tony Sands

Minister. Trustee Ilford Church of Christ. Chair of the Interim Strategic Board.

Chris Ibbs

Regional Minister and Church Planter.

David Midzi

Senior Pastor at Living Faith Temple. Church Planter, Teacher, Counsellor.
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Doug Sembuuze

Youth and Community Minister. Works with diverse cultures and ethnicities.

Leonard Lupiya

CEO and Founder and Senior Pastor of DFMI, Church Planter.
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Rehoboth Beyene

Church Planter and Senior Pastor at Rhema Faith Ministries International.

National Office

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Martin Robinson

National Moderator
Church planter, thought leader, author, speaker, preacher.
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Lynda Robinson

National Fellowship Secretary
Connector, administrator, co-ordinator, developer.

Hirpo Kumbi

New Church Development Officer
Missionary, passionate for multi-ethnic church planting, Educationalist and Author.
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Tim Herbert

Border Agency Administration Officer
Missionary, co-ordinator, administrator. Cares for mission workers through the Syzygy charity.

Dan Yarnell

FCC Ecumenical Officer
Minister, Teacher, Author, Mentor.

Stephen Merrick

Church Life Director
Pastor, Church Planter and Broadcaster.

Values

  • Welcome

    We welcome people of all cultures and backgrounds with a generous spirit of inclusion.

  • Empowerment

    We seek to empower every member of the Body of Christ through developing the gifts of the Spirit and to enhance their natural God given abilities and skills.

  • Sacrament

    We believe that this is God’s world and that the Holy Spirit is at work leading us towards proclamation and mission. We claim the world as sacred because it belongs to the Creator and we celebrate the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion as a regular declaration of the sovereignty of God.

  • Transformation

    We are convinced the purpose of the church is not to be occupied solely by it’s own life but rather to work for the transformation of the world to better reflect God’s intention for His world. Justice and goodness need to be embedded in the structures of our society.

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We are a movement of the people of God. We shape missional churches, we cross frontiers and we impact cultures.

Practices

  • Working with others

    An openness to work with all Christians for the good of the Kingdom of God.

  • Mission

    A priority toward the communication of the Christian message and its practical application in the world.

  • The Centrality of the Cross

    We see the action of Christ on the cross – his death and resurrection – as central to understanding the person and purpose of Jesus.

  • Baptism

    Affirming our personal faith in the public act of believer’s baptism.

  • Communion

    Celebrating regular communion as part of the normal worship of the church.

  • Self-governance

    Local churches are self-governing using a team ministry approach consisting of minister, elders and deacons.

  • Diversity

    We recognise that there are a range of views amongst Christians on important matters and we desire to honestly debate issues without dividing the Body of Christ.

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We plant churches - often intercultural expressions of the church - to enable the Kingdom of God to transform the world.

Structure

  • FCC is governed by the annual delegates conference which appoints people to a National Council.

  • The National Council meets twice a year and has a working executive, called the Strategic Board.

  • The Strategic Board meets more frequently than the National Council and has several Management Boards, to operate aspects of the work of FCC.

  • The Strategic Board appoints a National Moderator and a National Secretary who together direct and administer the day to day work of FCC.

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