If you heard about FBF’s Easter basket collection and outreach, you have landed on the right website! What you may not have realized is that there is more to Families Building Faith than just our wonderful Easter basket outreach. Consider this an opportunity to explore how we aspire to build faith in ourselves and the world that surrounds us. We are so glad you are here!

How to engage

A bunch of rocks, gently worn, laying on the shore edge of Lake Michigan

Building faith by building community

Over the last 15 years, we have found that one of the best ways to build and strengthen faith is through God connecting people with one another. Often times, lives change for the better when a soul learns that they truly matter in this world. From FBF’s Prayers Plus outreach to our basket assemblies during Christmas and Easter, we have found that people love and long to reach out to one another. With the current and necessary restrictions on gathering together, we are creating new online spaces for us to meet, encourage and grow in fellowship, friendship and community.

Inspiring change by inspiring growth

Life is full of seasons that accentuate and promote or usher in change in our lives. Life was not designed to be stagnant, and that is so our faith may continue to mature. We believe that God’s light shines best into this world through the changes His Word brings into our lives. From the beginning, being in His Word regularly has been the guide in all that we do. Unfolding God’s Word, FBF’s Word study, will be available online with the hope that it will help people draw closer to God in their daily lives and strengthen many.

Giving hope by sharing blessings

Hope is an amazing gift, and the gift of hope comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes and ways! Over the years, we have learned to rely on God and His strength to help us connect the dots between those in need and those wanting to help another. Much of what we do stems from passing along the blessings we have received, and are no longer using, to others who can now be blessed by them. Faith stretches and matures when we learn to release and share things; choosing, instead, to trust God with our future needs rather than clinging to what we do not need out of fear that we may someday have a need for it. We advocate trusting God in today and with tomorrow.

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where are we located?

“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

― Mark 13:2

Because our emphasis is on living out faith each day of the week, we do not gather in any specific building. FBF is not about replicating a traditional church structure; it is about building faith into our lives. God wants us to pay attention to who we are internally, not just externally. How we authentically and routinely live out our lives, under rigors of daily experiences, is what matters most to God. Building faith is not about associating with the bricks and mortar (physical or metaphysical) of any given religious structure; faith is about our relationship with Him.

They broke bread together in their homes with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.

― Acts 2:46-47

With FBF’s focus being on building faith in the heart, soul, mind, and strength, our homes–as an extension of who we are and what our lives embody–are a fundamental part of His sanctuary. In fact, homes are often the crucial gathering point where we make memories, decisions and relationships that ripple out and impact His world. As a network of families and individuals coming together to build and grow faith, homes are where most of God’s, and our, work is done.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give to you today are to be upon your hearts.

Deuteronomy 6:5-6

Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them to your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:7-9
Sandy feet dangling over the edge of water.

Let’s journey together to build more faith in this world.

Be messy and complicated and afraid and show up anyways.

~Glennon Doyle Melton

we are not Striving for perfection

We are not about the outward image that can often be the focus in a faith-based setting. Frankly, we do not endorse nor believe in the concept of individual perfection. We believe in the possibility of change through repentance and God’s saving grace.

When the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

Matthew 12:2

God knows the more we focus on being “perfect”, the more life becomes about a system of check boxes and standards that have little to do with living His way or the changes life often asks of us. We quickly lose sight of Him in a sea of man-made rules. Our focus then turns towards fear of failure and becoming good enough rather than treasuring His grace and trusting Him more fully.

We are about Striving towards lasting change

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10

If He came to this earth to save us from our sins, that means there is change needed in each heart that cascades into each life. That is our hope…to grow deeper faith in God that inspires souls to turn and find the life that God has always meant for each soul.

Change begins, and continues to build, when we turn from our old ways and walk with Him on new paths that He lays before us in His Word and this world.

Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.

John 15:4