Frequently Asked Questions
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- What is Faith in Action?
- Who is behind Faith in Action?
- How does a church participate in Faith in Action?
- How does my church get started?
- Is Faith in Action for churches of all sizes?
- Should our church really cancel our regular services? What about the offering?
- Does the entire church have to participate in Faith in Action?
- How will Faith in Action help transform my church?
- How will Faith in Action help our church reach the community?
- How do I find creative ways to serve my community?
- What are the steps and timeline for doing a FIA event?
- How do I order a FREE Resource toolkit?
What is Faith in Action?
Faith in Action is a four-week, church-wide campaign that creates an outward focus and a heart to serve in your congregation. Faith in Action culminates in a Sunday where regular services are cancelled, and the entire congregation engages in service projects in and with the community.
Who is behind Faith in Action?
The Faith in Action campaign is a partnership between Outreach Inc., the nation's leading provider of church communication resources; and World Vision, one of the largest Christian humanitarian organizations.
How does a church participate in Faith in Action?
Faith in Action brings an entire church together to learn and act on their faith through study and community outreach. Faith in Action includes materials for four worship services, four weeks of small group studies, a day of community service and a culminating worship celebration.
How does my church get started?
If you are a church member, share Faith in Action with your senior pastor by sending them a link to www.PutYourFaithinAction.org Your church will select a four-week window when you will run the Faith in Action campaign in your church. Start looking for areas of need in your community!
Is Faith in Action for churches of all sizes?
Faith in Action is designed to fit the needs of all churches, whether they have 30 members or 30,000. Faith in Action materials can be easily customized to the specific needs of your church and your community. Faith in Action encourages churches to look at their available resources and needs of their community, then act out their faith in a way that uniquely serves them.
Should our church really cancel our regular services?
It’s a radical, unique idea: canceling a church’s weekend services in order to “turn the church inside out” and serve the community. While your church may hesitate, remember that you are not canceling worship; you are redefining it. In addition, many elements of a Sunday service, including the message and offering, can be included in the Sunday evening celebration service.
Faith in Action is adaptable to the needs and gifts of your congregation and community. If your church is unable to plan community service events on Sundays, plans may be adapted for a Saturday event or immediately following a regular Sunday morning worship service.
There are 3 different suggested Campaign Options:
1. Serve, then worship. After serving on Sunday morning, come back together for an evening celebration to praise God, share stories and take an offering.
2. Worship, serve, return. Gather on Sunday for worship, then go out and serve. Enthusiasm for the day will increase when you kickoff the project with worship and an offering. After your service project, everyone returns that evening for a celebration and sharing.
3. A weekend of service. Execute your Faith in Action project on a Saturday and celebrate on Sunday. Be advised, however, that Saturday events will generally draw fewer participants.
A related church story:
FAITH IN ACTION WAS A RISK THAT BECAME A BLESSING
Does the entire church have to participate in Faith in Action?
While every church may not have 100% participation, we strongly encourage participation by as many in your church as possible. The impact of Faith in Action is dependent upon the commitment, passion and gifts of the whole congregation. By uniting behind Faith in Action, your congregation will grow in fellowship and spiritual commitment while demonstrating the love of Christ to your neighbors. Everyone can make a difference!
How will FIA help transform my church?
The Faith in Action experience is designed to transform your church from the inside out. Using Bible studies, sermons and Scripture from the book of Luke, Faith in Action will help church members turn their focus to others instead of themselves. When your church members serve side-by-side in your community, relationships deepen and spiritual commitment increases.
How will Faith in Action help our church reach the community?
Faith in Action helps your church meet your community's tangible needs. By acting as "the hands and feet of Jesus," your church will demonstrate God's love through more than just words. And by inviting members of your community to join in serving, church members will develop new relationships in the community and reach unchurched friends.
How do I find creative ways to serve my community?
Check out the Faith in Action Service Ideas. Use the Serive Idea area to search by various categories of service, and choose ways to serve that best fit your church and community.
What are the steps and timeline for doing a FIA event?
Check out the Steps to Success and Timeline to see an example of how to structure your event. Each church is unique and will have a different timeline. It is suggested that churches promote the event to the community one month prior to the Faith in Action Sunday and at least two weeks before the start of the 4 week campaign to the congregation.