The mission of Firm Foundation in Christ Ministries is to train nationals not only to evangelize, but also to follow up with new believers; training them in the basic knowledge, attitudes, and practices of the Christian faith that are necessary for them to become lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.
The purpose of FFICM is to help new believers build a foundation for their faith–a foundation which is firm because it is based on a strong relationship with Christ. After conversion, most people are inadequately followed up and taught how to have a strong relationship with Christ, with the result that most people who become Christians do not continue in the faith. In other cases, believers may continue to identify themselves as Christians, but do not follow Christ with the commitment or passion that He desires.
Our vision is to ground believers in their faith so that they will have a lifelong, active faith in Jesus Christ.
Rationale for Ministry
FFICM trains national pastors, church leaders, and church members in evangelism and follow-up so that the people who come to Christ through their ministry will be established in lifelong discipleship.
We train until not only the information is understood, but trainees can confidently lead a group of new believers towards development of their faith in Christ. Most of the training work of FFICM is to church leaders and lay leaders; however, there are times that teaching directly new believers is necessary.
The training materials used by FFICM have been written by Dr. Richard Gardner based on his doctoral work, with assistance from Community & Rural Life Enhancement Initiative.
FFICM organizes yearly conferences in the USA and abroad to teach biblical methods of evangelism and new believer discipleship. We invite international evangelist to speak at the conferences, which started in 2007.
FFICM develops culturally relevant materials for evangelism and new believer discipleship. They are written so that Biblical principles can be accurately communicated and understood by members of any specific culture or sub-culture. Translation into the vernacular is being done as personnel and finances are available.