The Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development
It is our VISION and call, and commitment to point the church back onto the path of making disciples. It is our passion and directive to lead Christians away from our false perceptions and into His way.
Research and Practicum for Reformed Theology
The inward area is the first place of loss of true Christian life, of true spirituality, and the outward sinful act is the result. Francis Schaeffer
Under Schaeffer's guidance and vision, ITW and FASICLD were started in Carmel California as a think-tank and Bible literacy project. This endeavor came into fruition the late 70's to strategize how to reach and train pastors and church leaders to focus on Christ centered principles.
January 30, 2012 was Francis A. Schaeffer's '100th'
centennial of life celebration (1912-1984)!
of us who had the pleasure to know him or work in his legacy cannot fathom the
thoughts or write down the words of the impact Francis Schaeffer has had. For
us, expect for our Lord and Savior, no one has had a deeper, more profound, and
lasting impression. Perhaps, no one, has had 'deeper' life ministry impact in
character, in thought or in 'being' on Conservative and Reformed
Evangelicalism. God's Word impacted his words and his wisdom reflected God
precepts to his writings that we have to keep us honed and challenged. Those of
us here at Into Thy Word, of whom Schaeffer gave inception, being
researchers for his ideas and practicum.... All we can say is wow and thank-you!
Thank-you to our Lord for giving us such a man to help challenge and hone us.
Thank-you for giving us such a great mind that we can set as an example, a
character that we can model, a legacy that we can follow and an impact that we
We do not keep these commands to earn our salvation. Salvation comes only on the basis of the altar,...
Because of God's call and Schaeffer's influence, we desire to see a church committed to His purpose and poured out to His ways. Then we will see revival through real prayer and devotion to His Lordship.
The question before us is what the Christian life, true spirituality, really is, and how it may be lived in a twentieth-century setting.
The principle focus of FASICLD for the last 15 plus years is seeking why so many churches are failing.
This is what we found, and it is not pretty: Our churches are not glorifying Christ because we are failing at knowing and growing in Him personally. We are not able to teach others when we are failing at following Him and Him alone! Remember, it is His Church and we are the caretakers of it. Thus, we must act according to our call.
It is blatantly evil to twist God's truths to fit our whims and rationalize our sin. It creates a bad "who" and a bad "how we are." Do not allow this in your church! We have to be willing to prevent, discipline, and even kick out the manipulative and deceptive people in our churches.
Are you willing to take an honest look at some of the reasons why people are not coming to your church? 1,103 churches, surveyed and tracked for 12-plus years,
The problems of Church can be solved and used for His glory! The LORD is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
Are you crying out to God and asking why things are not going right in your church? Dealing with apathy and ineptitude? Is your church on the path of self-destruction and ineffectiveness? Are people lining up for war in various factions and sides while conflict and discontent are running amok? Are some people gossiping while others are being ignored? Is Christ outside knocking on your door, but not getting in? Instead, have you replaced Him with what you think is relevance and attractiveness to the Gospel but in fact,
Why Churches Succeed
Out of learning why churches fail, we also learned why they succeeded. The churches that are healthy, growing spiritually, and are socially vibrant have significant aspects that set them apart from the failing churches. These factors are displayed in order of relevance and importance. Each one of these factors creates a harmony, contentment, and atmosphere for a churchgoer to come to church services and fellowship, and then to invite others.
Learning to Focus on Christ
How do you know if Christ is your focus? Look at your life. Do you confess God with your lips yet deny Him in your daily life? It is easy to belong to a church or recite a creed, but difficult to live the Christian life. Yet, He gives us the love, grace, and means to do so. How do you define faith? Remember, faith without action is a contradiction, and love without obedience is impossible.
Books by Francis A. Schaeffer Schaeffer Books
The Complete Works of Francis a Schaeffer a Christian Worldview (A Christian View of Philosophy and Culture, Volume 1)
Thinking and Providing Biblical and Grace-Centered Theological Resources for the Church
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