Ministry Opportunities

Several ministry positions are currently open in the FCA. Ministers looking for an opportunity to serve can check current available positions HERE.

The most recent listing is for a pastor to serve a church in Kent, Washington…

Pastor. Riverview Community Church in Kent, Washington (http://www.riverview.cc/) is seeking a pastor who exhibits loyalty and delivers in-depth preaching that will challenge listeners to respond at the altar. The church desires someone gifted in administration and leadership as well as skilled in financial management. Preference: someone with ministry credentials and experience (especially as a youth pastor, if possible) along with the ability to identify with younger singles and families. Also prefer someone with a good marriage (i.e. no divorce) who has children. Resumes may be emailed to rivervwelders@gmail.com.

Celebrating the Mission

Historic FCA mission organization marks major accomplishments

The World Outreach Ministry Foundation (WOMF) was founded years ago by Ron and Shirley DeVore. Today the organization still exists to see people live life to the fullest—in a number of African countries.

The vision of WOMF is to see God transform lives, empowering people to build thriving communities.

"Our mission is simple: train, equip, and support local leaders to make a difference in their nation," says Jesse Crock, WOMF Vice President. Crock notes that supporters who partner with the mission of WOMF, are joining in "a Christ-focused ministry that brings hope for a brighter future."

This October 12th, WOMF will be celebrating their years of ministry at an Annual Gala & Silent Auction. People in the Seattle-Tacoma area are invited to come together at Emerald Downs (2300 Ron Crockett Drive NW, Auburn, Washington) for a night of uplifting stories from the mission’s work—stories of hope and healing.

Crock assures guests that they will discover new ways to participate in the mission’s various efforts. "You can offer [people] dignity and truly make an impact in Africa," he says.

WOMF will provide their guests with an excellent dinner as part of the evening of celebration. Any who are interested in attending the event should make reservations at womf2019gala.eventbrite.com

Eric Black — Pastor in Friend, Nebraska

Friend Christian Assembly in Friend, Nebraska, has announced that Eric Black has accepted a call to serve as the church’s senior pastor, beginning his ministry in Friend in early July.

Originally from the Midwest, Eric, his wife, Cindy, and his family returned to the U.S. this past spring after spending 12 years as a missionary to Nigeria where Eric was working with the Center for Biblical Studies in Aba in southeastern Nigeria. Since 2004, they were members/missionaries with Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle on Long Island.

Eric and Cindy are parents to four girls and two boys: Hannah, Jillian, Emily, Elijah, Caleb, and Naomi.

Eric and Cindy Black

Friend Christian Assembly has been in Friend for 88 years. By 1932 the Friend Gospel Tabernacle was renting the vacant Baptist Church in town as a meeting place. In 1968 construction on a new church home along Highway 6 was started and by January of 1969 a dedication service had been held.

Through the years, Friend Christian Assembly has equipped and sent a number of ministers to serve in various places in the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies, including Warren Heckman, Ron Drake, and Branden Dyer.

 

Ministers Ordained

After retiring from careers in public service, the congregation and pastors of Journey Christian Church (Cloquet, MN) set aside into the ministry two lay ministers on June 23 and recognized them for their spiritual gifts and callings.

Pastor Hollis Graves charges two ministers standing with their wives during their ordination service at Journey Christian Church June 23, 2019. L-R: Fay and Jon Haataja, Grace and Dave Hall. [Photo by Walt Lindquist.]

Jon Haataja, retired from the Duluth police force but now continues to serve as a police chaplain. For years he has served in the church in ministering to youth, children, and others. He is married to Fay, who is the director of children’s ministries at Journey Christian Church.

Dave Hall, retired from his counseling career after working in medical facilities and, more recently, for Carlton County in Minnesota. Before retiring, he volunteered a number of hours weekly to lighten the counseling load of the pastors at the church. Now he plans to give a couple of days a week to an ongoing counseling ministry at the church.

Dave spoke at all three weekend services about the one leper in ten who turned back from his assignment to go see the priest in order to give thanks to Jesus. He shared his personal life stories of how Jesus had transformed him. Jon also gave testimony to the grace of God and his own journey into ministry.

Come Apart…or Go to Pieces

By Marco Bianco

As a corporate chaplain I spend a good deal of my time visiting with my corporate employee constituents week in and week out. Personal weekly interactions highlight a plethora of situational and circumstantial challenges, which often intertwine with the perpetual work-and-life balancing act.

Sadly, I meet and speak with many workers who are so often immersed in their present predicaments that they lose sight of the need to step back and displace themselves from ‘the issue.’

An impromptu segue between dialogue provides me the opportunity to ask them, “What about your ‘Me time’?” I’m amazed that many of these sincere and conscientious employees are so spread thin in their commitments with family, work, and social events that they often sacrifice their personal well-being to keep everything else all together.

To a large extent, a healthy corporate culture is dependent on the personal and emotional well-being of each and every employee within the enterprise. “Me time” is a critical component to establishing an essential balance for one’s well-being.

I always encourage my employee constituents to be intentional in their pursuit of personal time as a critical element of dealing with the stressors in life. I want them to connect with and engage their ‘sweet spot’ activity to give them an outlet where they can de-stress and dis-engage from the treadmill of the work-and-life balance.

Ministers and missionaries have the same needs as the employees I work with. To maintain emotional and spiritual balance, you must schedule an intentional “Me time” appointment with yourself! What activities do you enjoy? What helps you unwind? Make it happen.

Is it reading a good book? Taking a walk or jog? Perhaps a hot salt water bath? Whatever it is, make an intentional decision to make that appointment with yourself — at least twice a week. You will be amazed at how it will help your outlook and disposition.

Refuel your passion for life and gain an upper hand in working through your toughest challenges. Be intentional and make some time with yourself this week.

—Marco Bianco works as a
chaplain through Outreach Canada
and serves at a trucking company
in Kitchener, Ontario.