Our Lead Elder, John Sprecher, is excited to announce some major changes in the support structure of the Fellowship and the way in which ministers and churches will be served. The changes are the result of extended discussions over several years on how FCA member churches and ministers can be more effective in shared ministries and can collaborate better—both nationally and internationally.
When the Fellowship was incorporated in 1999 an individual Fellowship Coordinator (now called Lead Elder) was tasked with connecting the regions as well as the nations. Over time it became apparent that all the tasks connected with that assignment was beyond what a single individual could accomplish. As a result, the business meeting in April, 2021, elected to divide the work into three categories, resulting in two new positions being created. All three part-time positions will operate with more tightly focused job descriptions.
Sprecher is pleased that former FCA board president, Sam Snyder, has accepted the ¼-time position as Missions Coordinator.
Sam brings a wealth of experience to the new role, having been raised in Mexico by missionary parents and serving as a church planter in the US. As Missions Coordinator, he will focus on:
- Coordinating efforts of our regional missions board representatives;
- Connecting with missionaries in the field or on furlough;
- Consulting with and advising church mission boards;
- Assisting new missionaries preparing to go to the field; and
- Relating to our international Partners and Affiliates from other lands.
Meanwhile, Sprecher is happy to introduce Dave Bechtold as FCA Ministry Coordinator with a focus on ministry needs and resources for U.S. churches and pastors.
Former Family Life Pastor at City Church in Madison, Wisconsin, Dave has been a core part of the Wisconsin Connections. As a facilitator and leader of multiple ministries, he brings significant gifts and heart to this ¼-time position. His assignments include:
- Relating to regional representatives assigned to address ministry needs;
- Encouraging best practices in regional and national meetings;
- Being available to consult with pastors and churches;
- Helping pastors and churches in any way possible; and
- Enhancing Fellowship connections, communicating about God’s work.