"Generosity is not something the Lord wants FROM you,
it's something He wants FOR you."
 
2015-2016 End of Year Report
There used to be an old saying that floated through church circles, "If every church member were just like me, what kind of church would my church be?"  The point was clear to those who were not carrying their fair share in serving and working in the church, but the premise is somewhat flawed. In reality, we aren't supposed to be exactly like one another. In 1 Corinthians 12, we are told that the Body of Christ, the Church, has one body, but many parts. These multiple parts serve many functions within the church and foster variety and vibrancy. Personally, if every church member were just alike, we wouldn't be very effective. One of our great passions here at Fellowship is to help believers identify their spiritual gifts, then release them to serve and do ministry in the name of Christ.
 
This core value of serving is called the "priesthood of the believer" (every member ministry). It is our sincere hope that you have found your calling here at Fellowship and are utilizing that calling to the fullest. My wife, Denise, played piano here at Fellowship almost every week for over 20 years. She began playing when she was 4 years old and it was a big part of her life. Then arthritis began to creep into her hands. Playing for multiple services and long rehearsals became a very painful experience and she had to step away from playing as often and using the gift God had given her. I worried that she might not feel as fulfilled, not having a regular place to serve in music as she had in the past. 
 
And then, she began serving in the nursery, caring for little ones while their parents worshiped. I've been amazed to see that she is just as fulfilled in caring for babies as she was playing the piano. Sometimes our gifts are on the platform, but more often, they are expressed behind the scenes. God views them equally when we serve with all our hearts. "Whatever we do, whether in word or deed, we are to do it all in the name of Jesus..."  Colossians 3:17.
 
Thank you to those of you who give of your time so freely, serving God through Fellowship Bible Church. Thousands of lives have been changed through the ministry of this church. And if our current growth is any indication of the future, thousands of lives have the possibility of being changed in the future. The key to our effectiveness will be our response to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to be generous with our time, talent, and treasure. 
 


- Mickey Rapier,
Fellowship Directional Leader  
    
YOUR GENEROSITY AT WORK (Time and Talents)
At the heart of Fellowship's philosophy of ministry is the conviction that God has called every believer into ministry. We desire therefore for all of Fellowship's people to mature in their relationship with Christ, be trained for ministry, and then be released into a ministry that fits their God-given gifts and passions.
 
Find "service opportunities" on Fellowship's website:
If you're looking for a place to serve, check out our website's "Serve" page to explore many opportunities for you to get engaged in ministry at Fellowship and in the local communities.
 
There are many members already engaged in ministry. Here are several examples:
  • Community groups sacrificing their time to help our Buildings & Grounds team at the Rogers campus:
 
  • Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is more than just filling a shoebox with random items so a kid in another country can have a gift; it's a tool used to introduce that child to the free gift of the Gospel. And, we get to have a part in that right here in Northwest Arkansas. A group of Fellowship folks took a road trip to the OCC Dallas distribution center and helped prepare those shoeboxes to send to the world: watch video
     
  • Learn why this couple serves each weekend in K2 Town (honesty and curiosity can go a long way!): watch video
The Leadership Lab
Fellowship's mission is to "produce and release spiritual leaders who know and express the authentic Christ to Northwest Arkansas." Our expectations for our members is to be engaged in a "best fit" ministry that will glorify God and fulfill your life purpose.
 
If you are not certain how God has gifted you to serve Him, please contact us to participate in the Leadership Lab. The Lab was developed by Chip Jackson and Gary Harrell to help people uncover their gifts and connect to a ministry according to their God-given gifts and talents. A Leadership Lab class will be offered as part of the winter trimester through BiLD or you may explore the Leadership Lab the curriculum through their website. For more info on the Lab, please contact us at the BiLD Training Center.  

Read More About Generous Living
Does the thought of living more generous in all areas of your life get you more excited? Read through these articles about using your time and talents to serve others:
  • 6 Characteristics of a Generous Person - "For the generous person, their posture of generosity affects all areas of their life, not just their bank account. So, what are some ways we can spot such a person?": read article 
  • God Calls You to Serve Others - " God calls you to a service far beyond anything you could ever imagine. You were put on Earth to make a contribution.": read article
  • 5 Remarkable Ways You Benefit from Serving Others - "One of the greatest characteristics that should embody the Christian life is the act of helping others. There are numerous scriptures that talk about helping others.": read article
Fiscal 2016 Year End giving review (unaudited)
Ministry Funds
Ministry Fund Giving: 2015-2016

Sunday Morning NWA   
 11,384,083  
Fellowship Fayetteville   
275,350  
Mosaic 
 
2,065,425  
Celebrate Recovery   
289,009  
TOTAL    
14,014,867 
 
NWA Campus - Mortgage

August 2016   
6,562,857 
August 2015 
 
7,014,712 
CHANGE   
(451,855) 
 
Fellowship Foundation (Endowment)
 

August 2016    
3,009,181 
August 2015    
2,969,070 
CHANGE 
 
40,111 
     
   


Fayetteville Campus - Mortgage

Total Costs to Date    13,232,072  
Total Given to Date    9,862,274
PAYOFF AMOUNT    3,405,798 

2015-2016 Ministry Fund Giving:




Giving areas explained:
  • Camps/Retreats/Missions includes all short-term mission trips, family camps, fall retreats, etc.
  • Community Outreach includes the Fayetteville Building Fund, Disaster Relief, Benevolence, Operation Christmas Child.
  • Ministry is all giving to the General Fund.
     
Thank you Fellowship for your generosity in time, talent, and treasure for life change in Northwest Arkansas and around the world!

For questions, comments, or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me,
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Lamar Steiger, Fellowship Generosity Pastor
479-659-3628 
 
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