FEBC – An Association of Independent Fields
FEBC International is not a corporation, it is an association. Unless you belong to a member owned golf club, a professional association or some other similara structure the idea of an association is probably a bit strange to consider. You probably have questions like “Who is in charge? How does anything get done at the top level? What holds FEBC together?” Rest assured everyone who is a part of FEBC International has had to wrestle with these same questions. Our Executive Committee, the management body of FEBC International, is made up of “part time volunteer” staff who have other full time work since each committee member is required to be a field director of their own FEBC Field. The twelve International Service Team members are the the only full time staff working for the association. There is no Association mailing or business address. There isn’t an association checking account. Yet for all of that the Association has been effective and resilient in being able to Share the Good News to the nations, by Media, to encourage people to follow Jesus Christ.
FEBC Details and Statistics
Since the founding in the mid 1940’s FEBC has grown and expanded both by adding ministry fields and additional fields in the supporting role. The ministry started as a single corporate entity, but with the Lord’s blessing leading to great growth, the individual fields were restructured into independent members of an international ministry association. Today FEBC International Association (FEBC Intl.) is an association of 24 voting member countries and 2 associate member countries. All of the association members are based in an individual country and have a local board of directors, a local president and local operational and ministry staff. 19 of the member countries and the 2 associate members are “ministry fields” with local broadcast operations and on the ground ministry focused on reaching their people for Jesus. The balance of the members are “resource fields” who raise funds and provide technical personnel to empower the ministry fields’ work.
FEBC fields are growing and they use a lot of volunteer staff. It is difficult to get a current count on staff for the full association. We think that a good estimate is:
National Field Staff: 900 National Volunteer staff: 1500 Missionary Staff: 20
Members countries of FEBC are listed here with resourcing fields marked (res). You can follow the links to see each field’s web site.
FEBA India FEBA Pakistan FEBA South Africa (res)
FEBA UK (res) FEBC Australia (res) FEBC Canada (res)
FEBC Cambodia FEBC Hong Kong FEBC Kyrgyzstan
FEBC Indonesia FEBC Japan FEBC Kazakhstan
FEBC Korea FEBC Mongolia FEBC Myanmar
FEBC New Zealand (res) FEBC Philippines FEBC Russia
FEBC Taiwan FEBC Thailand FEBC USA (res)
FEBA Zimbabwe – sponsored by Feba UK
FEBC Ukraine – sponsored by FEBC Russia
FEBC International Structure
Power within FEBC is vested in the International Committee, which is at present composed of 24 member fields, each field is an independent locally owned and operated entity in its country. Each of the member fields has one vote when the business of the association is taken up, usually at the annual International Committee Conference (ICC).
The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee (Excomm) is the operational governing body for the Association. Excomm members are elected to three year terms and the member must be a field director within the Association. The FEBC International Chairman leads and is a voting member of the Excomm, but is separately elected by the the IC from among the field director’s of the IC members just like the Excomm.
The Excomm has several functions under the authority of the IC. The Excomm forms and manages working groups from among the members in order to produce bylaws and other recommendations that are then ratified by the IC at the annual IC Conference. The Excomm is tasked with ensuring compliance of the members to any bylaws and recommendations that are approved. The Excomm has operational oversight for any IC standing committees and for the International Service Team. The Excomm also acts as an adjudicating body when there are issues with members who have not been operating within the rules of the FEBC Charter. Additional roles of the Excomm are to review and endorse multi-national projects and assist the organization when fields have disputes with one another.
The IC Chair
The primary role of the IC Chair is to lead the Excomm and ensure its efficient and effective operation. Where an official “signatory” for the association is required, the IC Chair fulfills that role upon indorsement by the Excomm on the matter in question. The IC Chair is also the public face and representative of the Association to external organizations and ministries.