Dear FGA Member,
It has been a little over a month since our National Conference in Arlington, TX. A lot has happened in our Alliance, and I would like to catch you all up to speed.
First, allow me to introduce myself. I am Jeremy Vance and I have recently been appointed President of the FGA by the Executive Council (i.e., the board of the FGA). You may wonder who I am, how I ended up in this position, and what I bring to the table to help our Alliance grow stronger in order to advance the pure gospel message throughout the world. So, let me share some details about myself. I have been a full-time senior pastor for over twenty years, the last twelve have been at Faith Church, in Manitowoc, WI God has wired me to provide structure and direction to ministry through building teams. I have been a part of the FGA for well over a decade and have served on the Executive Council for four years. I am currently working on my DMin at Grace School of Theology. Maybe more than any of these things, what I bring to the table is my deep passion to help others know the Lord’s grace toward them and to encourage their hearts to be knit together (i.e., being an Alliance) in the true knowledge and wisdom of knowing Christ Himself (cf. Colossians 2:1-3).
Second, the Executive Council has met three times in this past month to work on the key elements that will help our Alliance truly become interdependent and an encouragement to each other. Here are some of the things we have given our attention to:
Improving our website
Starting a peer-reviewed journal
We are putting together an editing team and structure as to how it will be produced.
Enhancing our National Conference
It will be at a new location: Faith Bible Church in The Woodlands, TX, October 14-16, 2019. More details will be coming.
Organizing our structure for Regional Conferences
Alaska in February.
More are in the works.
Broadening our Council
It has been exciting to see how God has brought together a team of men and women to bolster our impact in the world.
Third, and finally, at its foundation, our battle is a spiritual one. You and I know this, yet I am convinced we need to be reminded of it. So, I am asking you to please pray for the pure gospel of God’s grace to spread to every corner of our world, that those who bear the offer of the free gift of eternal life would present it as just that—free, that assurance of salvation would be as solid as God intended for His adopted children, and that this Alliance—the Free Grace Alliance—would grow stronger and more dynamic for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas no matter where the Lord has you in life. As the Apostle Peter began and ended his second epistle (cf. 2 Peter 1:2 & 3:18), I hope you continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Serving Christ with You – Joyfully,