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The FIEC Podcast
Teaching and resources for church leaders to help Independent churches work together to reach Britain for Christ.
Dec 15, 2020
Elisabeth Smyth: 261 Months with FIEC
Elisabeth Smyth retired in September 2020 after more than 20 years of service with the Fellowship, latterly transforming our work amongst women in ministry as our first Women’s Ministry Co-ordinator. Phil Topham interviews Elisabeth as she recalls some of her experiences during more than 20 years of service and shares her hopes for the future. You can watch this interview on the FIEC website.
Dec 10, 2020
Missional Lessons from the Covid Crisis with Ed Stetzer (Webinar)
What will mission look like for churches in the post-Covid world? In this webinar FIEC National Director John Stevens is joined by Ed Stetzer, professor and dean at Wheaton College and Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center, to discuss mission in the post-Covid church. This is followed by a Q&A with church leaders. You can watch this webinar and find further resources on the FIEC website.
1 hr 2 min
Dec 3, 2020
Women's Ministry in Lockdown and Beyond (Webinar)
How can churches care for women during the lockdown period, and beyond? FIEC National Director John Stevens is joined by FIEC's Women's Ministry team - Elinor Magowan, Rachel Sloan, and Gabby Samuel - to think about what women's ministry has looked like during lockdown, and how to go forward in women's ministry. You can watch the webinar recording, and access further resources, on the FIEC website.
Dec 3, 2020
Coronavirus Tier System Update for Churches (2 Dec 2020)
During this week's Leadership in Lockdown webinar, FIEC National Director gave an update on the current coronavirus law and guidance for places of worship in England. The update included implications of the new Tier system, new singing guidance, and church leaders' liabilities. You can watch the presentation, plus the webinar it was taken from, titled 'Women's Ministry in Lockdown and Beyond', on the FIEC website.
Nov 26, 2020
Leading the Church Without Becoming An Armchair Epidemiologist (Webinar)
Assessing and understanding the medical background of Covid can help as we navigate the different views about coronavirus and the following lockdown. To help assess and understand the medical background of Covid, FIEC National Director John Stevens is joined by Dr Peter Saunders, former general surgeon and Chief Executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship, now CEO of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association. Greg Strain, pastor of Spicer Street Church in St Albans, offers a pastor's perspective on the medical side of Covid. You can watch the webinar and access further resources on the FIEC website.
1 hr 16 min
Nov 24, 2020
Leaders Under Pressure (Webinar)
How can pastors deal with the additional pressures they face due to the pandemic? Johnny Prime (FIEC Associate National Director) looks at how the pandemic is affecting the pressures on pastors, and gives advice for how to deal with those struggles. The webinar also includes and update from John Stevens (FIEC National Director) on how the pandemic is currently affecting churches in Britain, alongside an outline of the latest restrictions. You can watch this webinar and access further resources on the FIEC website.
1 hr 4 min
Nov 6, 2020
A Message to Churches in England in a New Lockdown
FIEC’s National Director gives a message to church leaders in England as they enter a new national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can watch a video recording of this message and read a full transcript on the FIEC website.
Nov 6, 2020
Leading Through a Time of Division (Webinar)
How should we manage division in our churches - in church leadership and within our congregations? FIEC National Director John Stevens is joined by FIEC's Church Leadership Consultant Ray Evans to explore this topic with teaching from Acts 15 and 16. This is followed by a short Q&A with church leaders. You can watch the webinar and access further resources on the FIEC website.
Nov 5, 2020
National Lockdown in England - Implications for Churches
Presented during this week's Leadership in Lockdown webinar, John Stevens gives an update on the new coronavirus restrictions from the national lockdown in England which starts today (5 November), and their implications for churches. This is followed by a Q&A with church leaders. You can watch this presentation and access further resources on the FIEC website.
Oct 27, 2020
Pastoring People in a Mental Health Crisis (Webinar)
How can we help people to deal with the fear, stress, loneliness and depression caused by the pandemic and lockdown life? In this webinar, FIEC National Director John Stevens outlines what the implications for church ministry are from the latest coronavirus restrictions before inviting Alan Thomas, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Newcastle University, to speak about the mental health implications of the Covid-19 pandemic. This was followed by a Q&A session on the topic and the latest restrictions. You can watch the full webinar and access further resources on the FIEC website.
1 hr 10 min
Oct 15, 2020
Christmas isn't Cancelled (Webinar)
How can we plan to make the most of the opportunities at Christmas with the limitations we're facing due to the coronavirus? In this Leadership in Lockdown webinar and Q&A, FIEC National Director John Stevens gives an update on the latest coronavirus guidelines and the implications of the Three-Tier system on church services. John is then joined by three church leaders who share their plans for Christmas outreach under coronavirus restrictions: Kathryn Jackson (Cornerstone Church, Nottingham), Mike Kendall (St Neots Evangelical Church), and Neil Tallamy (Baglan Community Church). Jonathan Carswell also gives a presentation of Christmas resources available for church leaders to use in their outreach this year. You can watch this webinar, and access further resources, on the FIEC website.
1 hr 9 min
Oct 13, 2020
Lockdown Ministry in Wales (Webinar)
This webinar aims to help church leaders in Wales think through church ministry during the coronavirus lockdown, and to hear what some churches are currently doing. The webinar is hosted by Jonathan Thomas, pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Church in Abergavenny. He is joined by FIEC National Director John Stevens to look through the current coronavirus guidelines for Wales, and three church leaders in Wales to share what ministry currently looks like in their churches: Jonny Raine (Pontrhydyrun Baptist Church), Tim Gill (Newtown Evangelical Church), and Dafydd Cunningham (Ebenezer Baptist Church). You can access further resources for this webinar on the FIEC website.
Oct 8, 2020
Leading Church Through Phase 3 in Scotland (Webinar)
The focus of this Leadership in Lockdown webinar is to look at how churches in Scotland have fared over the past six months. Paul Rees, pastor at Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh, opens with a reflection from God's word, before FIEC's Scotland and the North of England Director Andy Hunter goes through a survey of Scottish churches conducted over the past six months. This is followed by three church leaders in Scotland who share the experiences and plans at their churches and the leadership challenges faced: Greig Ferguson, Yoker Evangelical Church, Glasgow; Peter Fullerton, Refuge Church, Glasgow; Alan McKnight, Harper Church, Glasgow. You can watch this webinar and download further resources on the FIEC website.
Oct 1, 2020
Sung Worship When You Can't Sing (Webinar)
How can we serve our churches well when coronavirus restrictions mean we can't sing in corporate worship? The theme of this Leadership in Lockdown webinar is corporate worship in our churches when we can't sing. FIEC's National Director John Stevens gives a brief update on the latest coronavirus guidance. Then Adrian Reynolds, one of FIEC's Associate National Directors, introduces three presentations on how to serve our churches in corporate worship under the current coronavirus restrictions. He is joined by musicians and church leaders: * Andrew McKenna, Associate Minister at Christ Church Banstead and part of the national team of Music Ministry UK; * Aaron Johnson, Pastor at Springwood Church; * Phil Moore, Director of Ministry for Youth and Music at Cornerstone Church. You can watch this webinar and access further resources on the FIEC website.
1 hr 1 min
Sep 24, 2020
Student Ministry in Lockdown (Webinar)
What are the challenges and opportunities facing churches as they send and receive students during lockdown? In this Leadership in Lockdown webinar, John Stevens provides an update on how the latest Government announcement will affect church ministry. He is also joined by Peter Dray, Director of Creative Evangelism at UCCF: the Christian Unions, to discuss how the pandemic has affected university experience for students, and how churches who send students to university or churches that receive students arriving for university can support students best during lockdown. This is followed by short presentations from three FIEC church leaders about their challenges and opportunities as they welcome students to their churches this month: * Jon Reeves, Highfields Church, Cardiff; * Naomi Shin, Christ Church Liverpool; * Dave Bish, Beeston Free Church, Nottingham. You can watch the full webinar and access further resources on the FIEC website.
1 hr 15 min
Sep 17, 2020
Staying Online While Meeting In Person (Webinar)
In this Leadership in Lockdown webinar FIEC National Director John Stevens gives an update on the new 'Rule of Six' law and how it might apply to churches. He is also joined by Phill Brown, pastor at Cowplain Evangelical Church, who shares how his church managed their online presence before the lockdown, what they did during lockdown, and what their plans are to continue online as they move out of lockdown. You can watch the webinar and access further resources on the FIEC website.
1 hr 26 min
Sep 10, 2020
Leading in the New Normal (Webinar)
In this first webinar back after a summer break, FIEC National Director John Stevens gives a review and reminder of the current Government guidance and laws for church buildings in England to open after lockdown. He is joined by six church leaders who have shared their plans for re-opening in previous webinars to find out what their experiences have been and what their ongoing plans are. You can watch the webinar and access further resources on the FIEC website.
1 hr 10 min
Sep 8, 2020
Meet Gabby: the Newest Member of our Ministry Team
Gabby will be the youngest member of our Ministry Team – but that’s quite deliberate. She is going to help us think through raising the next generation of women’s ministry workers, as well as helping FIEC to think carefully and wisely about issues related to ethnic diversity in our churches. She will work closely alongside our Women’s Ministry Coordinators as well as working alongside London Director Trevor Archer. Working with FIEC for three days a week, Gabby will also continue to serve with Stockwell Baptist Church in London as their Women’s and Youth Worker for the rest of her working week. We asked Gabby to record a short film introduce herself to the wider FIEC family - the audio is used in this podcast. Please pray for her as she starts this new role. You can watch the video on the FIEC website.
Aug 11, 2020
Facing the Facts on Masks at Church
With the government introducing mandatory face masks in places of worship from 8th August, John Stevens provides an update on the latest government rules on face masks in church, why it has been instructed and who will have to wear one. The webinar is followed by a Q&A. You can watch the webinar and download further resources on the FIEC website.
1 hr 7 min
Aug 6, 2020
Introducing Rachel Sloan: FIEC's New Women's Ministry Coordinator
Phil Topham (FIEC's Executive Director) interviews Rachel Sloan who will become FIEC's new Women's Ministry Coordinator in September. Find out more about Rachel's appointment on the FIEC website.
Jul 31, 2020
Lessons from Lockdown
A webinar and Q&A to think about lessons learned during lockdown, the challenges of decision making, and anticipating lasting change. The theme of this webinar is leading into the future and lessons learned during lockdown. John Stevens, FIEC's National Director, explores lessons that have been learned so far during the coronavirus pandemic and what lasting change church leaders should be anticipating. He is joined by Ray Evans, FIEC's Church Leadership Consultant, who discussed the challenges of decision making as churches move out of lockdown, and how to make them wisely. You can access for further resources on the FIEC website.
1 hr 6 min
Jul 28, 2020
The Journey Out of Lockdown in Wales
Now that the Welsh Government has given guidance for churches in Wales to reopen their buildings after lockdown, church leaders in Wales can begin to plan for their congregations to meet again. This webinar was hosted by Jonathan Thomas, pastor at Cornerstone Evangelical Church in Abergavenny, and he was joined by John Stevens (FIEC National Director) to explore the Welsh Government's guidance for church buildings reopening after lockdown. Jonathan, Pete Campbell (Capel Fron, Penrhyndeudraeth), and Steve Levy (Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Swansea) also shared their churches' plans for responding to the new guidance. You can access further resources on the FIEC website. nb. Pete's opening devotional from God's word was lost due to internet connection issues
Jul 23, 2020
Youth & Children’s Work in Lockdown
With schools closed, churches not meeting in person, and summer camps cancelled, it's important to think through how to continue youth and children's ministry during this time of lockdown, and how to plan ahead for when in-person activities are possible. In this webinar, John Stevens, FIEC's National Director, is joined by Michael Tinker, from Walton Evangelical Church in Chesterfield and involved in the Contagious summer camps, and Michael Williams, from Gunnersbury Baptist Church in London, to explore the Government guidance on out-of-school settings in England, and how to continue youth and children's ministry in lockdown. To access further resources, visit the FIEC website.
1 hr 12 min
Jul 22, 2020
The Journey Out of Lockdown in Scotland
This special Leadership in Lockdown webinar explored the Scottish Government's guidance for places of worship in Scotland to reopen after lockdown. Andy Hunter, FIEC's Scotland and North of England Director, was joined by David Nixon, pastor at Carrubbers Christian Centre, to discuss the guidance and other church leaders in Scotland shared their approaches and experiences to reopening. You can read a full summary of the guidance, and see further resources, on the FIEC website.
Jul 21, 2020
Christianity Explored: Online Experiences & Lessons Learnt
Churches across Britain use Christianity Explored to help introduce the gospel to friends, family, and the wider community. What is it like running the course online? Chessington Evangelical Church runs Christianity Explored courses regularly but when the coronavirus pandemic hit meeting physically to share the sessions together was no longer possible. So they moved it online. We spoke to Danny Elliot, Pastor in Training at Chessington Evangelical Church, to hear what his experience of running Christianity Explored online has been, and what lessons could be learnt for other churches to use the course online themselves.
Jul 16, 2020
Mental Health in Lockdown
A webinar, with Q&A, to explore the theme of mental health in lockdown, both for church communities and church leaders. It's increasingly obvious and covered in the media that mental health issues are a significant problem both in the community within the church, and also amongst pastors and church leaders. This has maybe been maybe magnified and deepened during lockdown. Joining John Stevens, FIEC's National Director, in this webinar to discuss mental health are Steve Midgley, Executive Director of Biblical Counselling UK and senior pastor of Christ Church, Cambridge, and Dan Steel, pastor of Magdalen Road Church, Oxford. You can download and access further resources on the FIEC website.
Jul 9, 2020
Lockdown Leadership That Cares For Women in Church & Ministry
The theme of this webinar is to look at how, as churches collectively, we can care for women who are key parts of our congregations. The webinar is led by the FIEC's National Director John Stevens, and he is joined by FIEC's Women's Coordinators Elinor Magowan and Elisabeth Smyth. You can watch the webinar on the FIEC website.
Jul 9, 2020
How Four Churches Reopened Their Buildings After Lockdown (or Didn't)
It's great that church buildings (in England) have been able to open again after lockdown from 4 July. However, this will look different for different churches as church leaders explore what is right for their own context. FIEC's National Director John Stevens spoke to four FIEC pastors to find out how they reopened their buildings over the weekend, or what they did instead: Steve Kneale (Oldham Bethel Church), Adrian Reynolds (Christchurch Harborough), Mark Lawrence (Christ Church Dunstable), and Richard Lacey (Woodgreen Evangelical Church). The interviews were followed by a Q&A with other church leaders from across Britain. This episode was taken from the Leadership in Lockdown webinar series. You can watch the interview on the FIEC website.
Jul 7, 2020
How to Assess the COVID-19 Risk in Your Church Building
Why are risk assessments so important, and why should church leaders take them seriously - especially as churches re-open after the coronavirus lockdown? We spoke to a Health and Safety Inspector to find out. We spoke to Julian Wilkes, a chartered environmental health practitioner (and member at Christchurch Harborough) , to discuss the importance of risk assessments and their legal implications, plus some tips on where to start with assessing the risk in your church building. You can watch the interview and find more resources on the FIEC website.
Jul 3, 2020
Lockdown Week 15 - A Message to FIEC Churches
A message from FIEC’s National Director to all FIEC churches as we begin to think about the journey out of lockdown. You can watch this message on video and read a full transcript on the FIEC website.
Jul 3, 2020
The Journey Out of Lockdown - Extended Q&A
This week's Leadership in Lockdown webinar discussed the Government guidance for church buildings in England to reopen. Since there was such a huge number of questions from church leaders during the webinar, we have made sure any that were missed were answered by John Stevens after it ended. You can see the questions that were covered and watch the Q&A on the FIEC website.
Jul 1, 2020
The Journey Out of Lockdown
A panel webinar, with Q&A, to discuss government guidance for places of worship as churches consider re-opening. After the publication of Government guidance for church buildings in England to reopen from 4 July, John Stevens is joined by three FIEC pastors to discuss the reopening plans at their respective churches. On the panel are Paul Gamston (South Craven Evangelical Church), Mark Lawrence (Christ Church Dunstable), and Spencer Shaw (Emmanuel Church Chippenham). You can access further resources on the FIEC website.
1 hr 26 min
Jun 25, 2020
Leadership During Lockdown in Deprived Communities (Webinar)
The subject of this webinar is to think about how the lockdown is affecting churches and ministries in deprived communities. John Stevens is joined on a panel discussion by three FIEC pastors who are ministering in this context: Andy Constable (Niddrie Community Church, Edinburgh), Ian Williamson (New Life Church, Middlesborough), and Steve Kneale (Oldham Bethel Church). You can watch the webinar on the FIEC website.
Jun 24, 2020
Relaxation of Lockdown for Church Buildings from 4th July (England)
Whilst official guidance for church buildings in England to reopen from 4th July is not yet released, here's what we do know from John Stevens' (FIEC's National Director) call with Number 10. You can read more and find more resources for church leaders on the FIEC website.
Jun 18, 2020
Keeping Evangelism Central in Lockdown (Leadership in Lockdown)
The theme of this webinar is evangelism and how church leaders can keep it central to church ministry during lockdown. The webinar is led by the FIEC's National Director John Stevens, and he is joined by Jeremy Marshall, the Chair of Christianity Explored Ministries and long term friend of the FIEC, and Mike Kendall, pastor at St Neots Evangelical Church and Chair of the FIEC Trust Board. If you would like to find out more about booking Jeremy to speak at an event, please get in touch with him by email. You can find further resources on the FIEC website.
Jun 17, 2020
Race and the Evangelical Church
The death of George Floyd has sparked a global movement to once again address racial prejudice, and the church is not exempt from this. To understand the issues at hand better, and to consider ways forward for white church leaders in FIEC churches, we spoke with two black church leaders : Andrew Gordon, a London City Missionary based at Donnington Evangelical Church, North West London, and Raymond Brown, minister at Grace Church Brockley, South East London. We discussed their feelings in response to George Floyd's death and the protests that followed, what their experience of being black in Britain has been, and what the evangelical church, in particular white church leaders, can do to move forward in this.
1 hr 1 min
Jun 11, 2020
Self Care and Soul Care in a Lengthy Lockdown (Leadership in Lockdown)
The theme of this webinar is self care and soul care: how church leaders look after themselves and how they care for others in their congregations during this lockdown time. The webinar is led by John Stevens, FIEC's National Director, and he is joined by Johnny Prime, one of FIEC's Associate National Directors, and Ste Casey who is the pastor at Speke Baptist Church in Liverpool and is on the executive committee of Biblical Counselling UK (BCUK). You can download further resources on the FIEC website.
Jun 8, 2020
Lockdown Update for Churches & Leaders’ Conference 2020 News
FIEC's National Director John Stevens gives a lockdown update for church leaders, plus some news on the 2020 Leaders' Conference. Read the full transcript on the FIEC website.
Jun 3, 2020
Marriage During a Lengthy Lockdown (Leadership in Lockdown)
The aim of the webinar is to update on the current Government guidelines on the coronavirus lockdown, to explore what position churches are in to conduct weddings during this time, and to help think through pastoral care of married couples in our churches during lockdown. The webinar is led by John Stevens, FIEC's National Director, and he is joined by Paul Mallard who is the pastor at Widcombe Baptist Church in Bath. You can find the slide decks and resources mentioned on the FIEC website.
May 20, 2020
Word & Sacrament in Lockdown (Leadership in Lockdown)
The aim of this webinar is to help church leaders do the best they can in preaching the word and ministering the sacraments during the lockdown. The webinar is led by John Stevens, FIEC's National Director, and he is joined by Julian Hardyman and Matt Lillycrap (Eden Baptist Church, Cambridge). You can download the resources mentioned on the FIEC website.
May 14, 2020
Leadership in Lockdown: Leadership in a Lengthy Lockdown
A webinar, with questions and answers, to help church leaders think through leading their churches during what is looking like a long lockdown period. The webinar is led by John Stevens, FIEC's National Director, and he is joined by Spencer Shaw, pastor at Emmanuel Church Chippenham. You can watch the webinar and download the slides and resources mentioned on the FIEC website.
May 11, 2020
Leadership in Lockdown: Leading into the New Normal
A webinar, with questions and answers, to help church leaders in lockdown prepare for what may come next: 'the new normal'. The webinar is led by John Stevens, FIEC's National Director, and he is joined by Ian Jones, the pastor at Rotherham Evangelical Church and the Vice Chair of the FIEC Trust Board. You can watch the webinar and download the slides and resources mentioned on the FIEC website.