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What should I expect if I’m visiting?
You can expect to feel welcomed into a large, diverse community. Our Sunday morning gatherings last a little over an hour and are a time for inspiring teaching, exciting worship, and making connections with others on the spiritual journey. You can choose any one of three service times, at 8:00, 9:45 or 11:30 a.m. on Sundays. For a map to our location, click here.
Our dress is casual, the coffee's always on, and you are definitely welcome.
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Does Fellowship have anything for my family?
Your entire family is welcome at Fellowship. Every weekend (and throughout the week) every member of your family will have the opportunity to interact with other people just like them - whether you're sitting next to them during the worship gathering, meeting them as your kids experience the excitement of our children's ministry gatherings in TotTown or Crosstown, or you bump into another family of teenagers as your student participates in our middle school and high school programs.
You can check out more about the family opportunities available at Fellowship by following the links on this site. But remember, this is just a website after all. The best way to get to know the Fellowship family is by joining us for one of our 3 Sunday morning gatherings.
I hear people say that Fellowship is
a “multi-cultural” community – what does that mean?
While our mission to reach people and develop them into fully devoted followers of Christ is unwavering, our passionate vision is to become a life-changing, inclusive biblical community that embraces our local community with the hope of Christ. We exist to glorify God and extend His Kingdom by making disciples in the way of Jesus through the power of the Spirit.
Our community is one of the most diverse in age, economics and cultures of any in Indiana and we believe each demographic difference brings its own understanding of God and strength to the body of Christ. When you omit any person you miss an important aspect of the creator God.
We intentionally follow the model of the church in Antioch found in Acts 13:1-3. The five leaders of the Antioch church represented five different cultures: Barnabas, a Mediterranean Jew from the island of Cyprus; Simeon, an African from Niger; Lucius, a north African from Cyrene; Manaen, an affluent Jew who was raised with Herod, the Roman emperor; Saul, a highly educated Jew with Roman citizenship. We believe that the strength and evangelistic zeal of the early Christian movement came from the Antioch church through the representation of multiple cultures, ages, education and economics.
Walking the Christian journey in an inclusive, diverse community is the nearest heavenly experience that we can think of.
How does Fellowship interact with the Fort Wayne community?
We at Fellowship love Fort Wayne - especially the Southeast side of the city.
Several of our staff members are in regular contact with city officials, social service agencies, and other non-profit organizations to help people receive needed help.
Our staff also has a strong working relationship with all city and local agencies to assist new Americans in becoming acclimated to our community. We are in a regular relationship with the mayor's office to combine influence for the benefit of south Fort Wayne, as well as the entire city.
What exactly does Fellowship believe?
OUR BELIEFS ARE EVANGELICAL IN CONTENT
We believe and teach the following basic statements of faith:
God: There is but one eternal, all powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere-present Triune God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. (Deuteronomy 6:4,5; I Timothy 2:5)
Jesus Christ: He is God incarnate, yet human, lived a sinless life, died to make atonement for the sins of all mankind, was bodily resurrected, and is now Mediator at the right hand of the Father, is assuredly coming in power and glory for His believing followers, and is the only Savior of men. (John 1:1, 14; Titus 2:11-14)
Holy Spirit: He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; regenerates all who repent of their sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; and sanctifies, empowers, teaches, guides, and comforts the believers. (John 16:7, 8, 12-15)
Bible: To us, the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God and thus authoritative in all matters of Christian faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21)
Salvation: Salvation is genuine repentance of sin and faith in the atoning work of Christ. It brings forgiveness to those who are penitent, makes them partakers of the divine nature, and gives peace with God. We call this new birth. (Titus 3:5; I Peter 1:3-5)
Church: We believe in the invisible and universal Church as an organism, composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who have been vitally united by faith to Christ, its living head and sovereign Lord. (Matthew 16:18; Hebrews 12:22-24)
Ordinances: We also believe that the Christian ordinances are two - baptism and the Lord's Supper - and that they are outward rites appointed by Christ to be administered in each church, not as a means of salvation, but as a visible sign and seal of its reality. (Acts 2:36; I Corinthians 11:23-24)
Service: Service includes witnessing to one's faith in Christ and living out that faith by helping meet the physical, emotional and mental needs of others in the name of Christ. (I Peter 3:8; Matthew 25:40)
The Missionary Church and her people have become known for their sound and pure biblical interpretation, avoiding doctrinal extremes while maintaining a balance of teaching that encourages holy living and sacrifice.
What’s the Fellowship Story?
Affiliated with The Missionary Church, Inc., the church began 30 years ago. Pastor Dave DeSelm was a staff member at First Missionary Church here in Ft. Wayne, and the leadership there approached him about being the pastor of a church they had hoped to plant on the Southeast side of Ft. Wayne. After much prayer, and confirmation from the Young Couples Sunday school class they were leading, Dave & Gwen agreed to "give it a try". Fellowship Missionary Church held its first services at the Southeast YMCA in 1980 and then built the first phase of the current building and started actually meeting there in October of 1982.
The church has grown in many ways over the years (100+ small groups and Bible studies, average Sunday morning attendance of 2200, and 5 different building projects) - and with growth comes change. However, some things will never change: to this day, Fellowship maintains its passion for solid, biblical teaching, creating moments of personal and corporate worship, and reaching out to a community, a city, and a world in need of the kind of restoration only Christ can offer.
What is an "Elder Board?"
FMC is governed by an Elder Board (meet the elder board here). The elders are responsible for congregational care and staff accountability. The number of positions on the elder board ranges from 6 to 15.
The selection process entails a selection committee recommendation, then elders appoint, and the congregation affirms.
Term of service is one year, with an indefinite renewal after a review by elders and congregational vote. An elder can transition to shepherding elder.
DUTIES OF ELDERS
- Pray for vision and direction
- Provide for care of the Body
- Establish sound teaching
- Refute and rebuke
- Hold Leadership Team accountable
What about “joining” Fellowship?
Every regular attender at FMC can participate in any FMC ministry and will receive the same care and attention whether they are a member or not. At the same time we believe that becoming a member is an important commitment to the body.
Twice a year we have a Saturday morning Membership Seminar during which you can hear the history and experience the mission of FMC. At that time you will receive a membership application. After filling out the application you will meet with an FMC elder to go over the application. The only two requirements for membership are to have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and to have been subsequently baptized by emersion. Baptism is always offered along with our membership process.
Check the calendar page for our next Membership Seminar.Download membership.pdf