Knoxville Area Boot Camp

Planting Boot CampBoot Camp is an intensive five-day training experience that covers the major start up issues church planters face in their first year in starting a new church.

Aug 12, 2015 2:00 pmAug 15, 2015 2:00 pm
Two Rivers Church, Lenoir City, Tennessee

Take part in this Knoxville area boot camp to learn more about planting healthy, growing and reproducing churches.

Two Rivers Church
275 Harrison Lane
Lenoir City, Tenn. 37772

Cost: $59

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FCMM Announces Group Health Insurance Arrangement

FCMM Benefits & Retirement, the church benefits organization of the EFCA, is pleased to announce access to group health insurance programs starting July 1, 2015. The highly respected health plans of GuideStone Financial Resources (the benefits board that serves Southern Baptist and other evangelical ministries) will be available to EFCA churches through an arrangement with FCMM.


GuideStone insurance plans offer a wide range of solutions to fit a variety of needs and budgets. And now churches with as few as two eligible employees can access the plans as group health insurance, meeting the eligibility for pre-tax benefit.


Personal plans are also available for one-employee-church pastors, but only within 60 days of new hire or with a HIPAA-qualifying event such as marriage, addition of a family member, or loss of coverage. Personal plans for those qualified are available with no medical underwriting restrictions. A GuideStone personal plan is considered part of a group plan, too, allowing for continued tax-free employer premium reimbursement. However if you are a group of one the recent IRS guidance under the Affordable Care Act has exempted you from the ACA reforms. You may continue tax-free employer payment or reimbursement of medical premium of a one-employee plan regardless of “group” or “individual” designation. (See ACA updates from FCMM here.)


A church employer obtaining group health insurance for 2-4 participants will choose one health plan. Employers covering 5 or more participants may offer two health plan choices. The employer must cover all full-time eligible employees. “Eligible” is defined as an employee who has no other group plan coverage, such as coverage under a spouse’s health plan or Medicare coverage.


As with any group health plan, other rules and procedures will apply. Each group plan eligible employee must complete a personal health questionnaire and there are thresholds for employer contribution levels.


Starting June 1, 2015, EFCA churches may contact GuideStone at 214-720-1190 or to inquire and request a proposal. Visit for general health plan information.


FCMM currently offers benefits services to churches including Retirement Plan, Long Term Disability Insurance Plan, and Payroll Service, as well as human resources expertise. Our partnership with GuideStone now adds the important benefit of group health insurance.




Rev. Jerry Rich, M.Div., MBA      

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM, Qualified Kingdom Advisor™

   FCMM Benefits & Retirement – Evangelical Free Church of America

Vice President – Client Services

901 East 78th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55420-1300

Direct       (952) 853-8472

Toll Free  (800) 995-5357

Cell            (952) 353-7424


Pastors Conf CastMember

This October 21-23, along with Evangelical Free Church of America-Southeast District, Cast Member Church will be hosting our first CHURCH BEYOND IMAGINATION Conference. It will be an unforgettable time when pastors, leaders, and staff members come together to be inspired and learn directly from Cast Members from Disneyland (Anaheim) and Walt Disney World (Orlando).

This will be a conference like you have never experienced before. In fact, we want it to be a conference you will be talking about months afterwards and inviting friends to come with you for the next one.

We have three objectives for those who attend:
1. CLARITY. To see how you could be used by God to lead your church in extraordinary ways by simply being the person He created you to be.
2. CONFIDENCE. To know that you can lead your congregation into new frontiers with quiet boldness and assurance that God is with you every step of the way.
3. COURAGE. To take those bigger steps of faith (in your life and in your church), that have always given you pause in the past.

In cooperation with Disney, we are offering some very special opportunities just for this conference: first, we are limiting the number of attendees to 50 to guarantee a quality experience for each person. Second, we are including a day in one of the Disney Parks with Cast Member guides to give you inside perspectives few guests ever see or learn, and a few other surprises. Third, Disney is providing a meal each day, included as part of the conference. Fourth, Disney is offering a room rate at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (on Disney property and the location for our conference) for $145/night (not including tax). They are also offering the same rate for three days before the conference and three days after the conference if you would like to make this a vacation. Fifth, the cost for the conference is $350, with an early-bird cost of $300 if you register before July 31. Also if you are flying in for the conference, you can arrange to have Disney’s Magical Express pick you up at the Orlando International Airport and take you directly to the hotel AT NO EXTRA CHARGE.

Speakers for the conference will be influencers and innovators from within The Walt Disney Company and who also have a contagious passion for the Body of Christ.
We will be providing that information very soon. Space is limited and it is first come, first served. If this is something you’re interested in attending, please email Steven Barr at and he will ensure you are contacted when registration opens.

On behalf of all our Disney Cast Members, we look forward to personally welcoming you to “the happiest place on earth.”


EquipGod has created us to bring forth fruit, fruit that remains. Learning and putting into practice what we learn are indispensable steps towards being fruitful. But in our individualized cultures, we sometimes forget that the bearing of fruit has both an individual and community aspect. With the goal of developing, empowering, and releasing you to be a fruitful part of a fruitful spiritual community, we at the EFCA are committed to creating a learning community called EQUIP.


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