Over the past 13 years, the NCFIC has ended up with a fairly large network of churches and families around the nation. We feel that now is the time to take steps toward decentralization for the purpose of facilitating local relationships, equipping church leaders and offering regional gatherings led by local pastors in order to continue to proliferate gospel-centered, Biblically ordered family integrated churches that embrace the sufficiency of scripture. One of the central objectives of the NCFIC has been to connect families and churches.
One of the increasing challenges I am facing at the NCFIC is counseling with men who call or write to us with important questions. In addition, it seems to me that God would have many of these churches be connected with one another for mutual help. This is the pattern of the churches in the New Testament. For example, as Jonathan Leeman points out, “They shared love and greetings; They shared preachers and missionaries; They supported one another financially with joy and thanksgiving; They imitated one another in how to live the Christian life; They were instructed to love one another by caring for one another financially; They were cautioned about whom to receive as teachers; They were exhorted to pray for other churches and Christians.”
In addition, two of the great historic confessions of faith (Westminster and Baptist Confession of 1689) also address this issue of churches working together. This is not the same as forming a denomination, but rather, the organic way that brothers and sisters in churches are designed to love one another.