Isabella County Restoration House

by Hope Brookens

In the beginning of 2013, our church — Central Michigan Free Methodist Church in Mount Pleasant, Michigan — was approached by Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH) about attempts at opening a homeless shelter in Isabella County.

ICRH is a nonprofit organization that has been behind the scenes for years prior, trying time and time again to get some sort of shelter for … Read more…

Wilmore FMC Builds People and Buildings

Article Written by: Martha Evans Sparks

After several years of pencil chewing, prayer, planning and patient giving and saving (we now have about $2 million in our piggy bank), Wilmore [KY] FMC is digging a hole in the ground. We hope it will become a new building with more space for our church to grow and help others.

“Honestly, I don’t get tremendously excited about … Read more…

Embracing All in Shreveport

About the Author

This story was submitted by Ronnie Hampton, pastor at New Vision Community Church-Shreveport. Ronnie’s vision and the church’s ministry in the Shreveport area provides a great example of the Free Methodist strategies to “Engage Urban” and “Embrace All“.

Embracing All in Shreveport

By: Ronnie Hampton
After a great focused and informative Gulf Coast Annual Conference, Bishop David and … Read more…

Hope Clinic International

About the Author

This story was submitted by Marilyn Bahena, a retired hospital chaplain who currently attends Detroit Hispanic House Church. Her story is a great example of how to “Go Global

Translating for Hope

I’m a retired hospital chaplain. I recently interpreted for a wonderful group of physicians and nurses from Hope Clinic International as they provided medical care in Jesus’ name … Read more…

Fruitful Church Plants

About The Author

Brian Warth is the founding pastor of Chapel for Change, a multi-ethnic, city-focused church that is a catalyst of restoration and an instrument of God to impact the world with the Gospel.

This is an inspirational story, a big story within the Free Methodist Family.

Light & Life North Long Beach has been on the front lines of church planting for … Read more…

Leadership Development in the Church?

About the Author
Kelli Wommack directs SERVE Ministries and Leadership Development at Christ Community Church in Columbus, GA. They’ve started Led to Lead to encourage and strengthen church leaders in the greater Columbus area.

Leadership Development can sound so corporate, so theoretical, so…like something else to add to our already full plates of ministry. That’s what many churches think.

And so it was with our Read more…

Take the Plunge

Take the Plunge

About the Author
Bec Dawborn is the director of Urban Plunge, a cross-denominational ministry focused on mobilizing young people to engage urban areas. She writes:

Not once but twice, the youth from the Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church have traded in their weekends of relaxing and enjoying their comfortable nights in front of the television to take the Plunge out of the suburbs and … Read more…

Winged Warriors

About the Author
Dale Kaufman is the Senior Pastor at New Freedom Family Church in Monroe, MI. He writes:

Several years ago, our church identified a group of people in our city who were disenfranchised from most churches. These developmentally-disabled people had nowhere to go on Sunday mornings to fellowship in a church that would not just tolerate them, but embrace them and minister to … Read more…

The Cherished Missing


God doesn’t count how many are in the church. He counts how many are missing. We have come to call them “the cherished missing.”

Recently God placed a strange desire and opportunity before our pastor, Alma Thompson, co-pastor with her husband of Harvest Chapel in Fredonia, N.Y. In our area of Chautauqua County there is a GLBT community of college students (gay, … Read more…

The Singing Men and Boys of Greenville


On Sunday evening, Sept. 1, in the Greenville FMC, the singers filed onto the platform. Norm Swanson, a devoted layman, had brought together a group of 45 men and boys to sing the praises of God. Their ages ranged from 7 to 84.

During the course of the program we heard four individual male groups, the spectacular quintet of Norman and … Read more…

Church Pursues Super Bowl Ad

The New Hope Community Free Methodist Church in Mount Pleasant, Pa., has a huge opportunity. Its website company, Homestead Intuit, is offering a grand prize of a Super Bowl commercial to the business with the most votes.

“I have been praying for years God would give me a chance someday to share in a stadium or some large venue, but to share with over 111 … Read more…

Lives Changed Under the Dome

Free Methodist Pastor Ronnie Hampton’s Takin’ It to the Streets Inc., a community outreach group, ministered July 20 to more than 4,000 residents at Centenary College’s Gold Dome in Shreveport, La., with 100 ministries and resource agencies, a Kid Zone, music, prayer warriors and 300 volunteers; 200 received Christ and 600 were reunited in church fellowships.… Read more…

Watervliet Celebrates 125 Years


The Watervliet Free Methodist Church in Watervliet, Mich., celebrated its 125th anniversary on Sunday, June 23.

Great music, sharing and a message were enjoyed by all in attendance. Former pastors along with newly elected Superintendent Bruce Rhodes made the trip.

Ruth Cowgill started attending the church as a baby. She is now 103 years old and living in a nursing home. … Read more…

Winged Warriors


Several years ago, our church — New Freedom Family Church in Monroe, Mich. — identified a group of people in our city who were disenfranchised from most churches. These people had developmental disabilities and nowhere to go to fellowship in a church that would not just tolerate them, but embrace them and minister to them.

To address this need, we began a … Read more…

Hanson Shares “Visual Parables”

Marcus J. Hanson has been ministering at Hope Community Church in Emporia, Kan., for a number of years through teaching and preaching.

The last four years, he has been bringing the weekly messages alive through his artwork. Whatever the pastor speaks on, Hanson brings it alive. People in the congregation have so appreciated Hanson’s talent and ministry that he has made several glossy prints of … Read more…

Pastor Starts Internet TV Station

Light and Life Arabic Free Methodist Church, Detroit Mich.
Light Broadcasting Network Director

I want to share with everybody at the Free Methodist Church – USA the passion I have for media ministry. I have experienced the effectiveness of mass media communications, especially when the radio and TV shows helped evolve the Light & Life Arabic Free Methodist Church in Detroit … Read more…

Returning to My Roots


I am a Free Methodist. But I only realized that recently.

When I was young, my mother told me stories of her Free Methodist upbringing – her father’s commanding presence as First Free Methodist’s enduring song leader before instruments and choirs were used; the annual summer camp meeting, where congregants gathered for spirited singing and messages by visiting evangelists; and the way … Read more…

FM Team Serves in New Jersey

Founder, Takin’ it to the Streets, Inc.

On April 20, 2013, Saint Anthony’s Church of Passaic, N.J. was the scene where Takin’ It to the Streets, Inc., a Free Methodist nonprofit organization from Washington, D.C.. partnered with other churches and organizations to provide relief for victims of Superstorm Sandy. The founder of Takin’ It to the Streets, Inc., Dr. Ron Hampton, … Read more…

Growth at Storehouse Church

Pastor, Storehouse Church

Since its foundation in 2001, Storehouse Church has rented space to hold its Sunday service, small group gatherings, band rehearsals and other functions. In fact, meeting in a rented facility was part of the overall stewardship plan. Pastor JR Rushik has always believed that the people are the church (not the building) and that we must leverage all of … Read more…

Touching People for Christ

Associate Pastor, Cooks Hill Community Church, Centralia, Washington

Several years ago, our associate pastor, Roger Keller, implemented a special ministry at Cooks Hill Community Church (Centralia, Wash.). He realized that the church’s proximity to a retirement community and the large number of senior citizens in the church would greatly benefit from a volunteer chaplain ministry. The ministry began with five eager church members who … Read more…