Statement of Faith - What We Believe
We Believe The Bible To Be The Inspired, Infallible, Authoritative, And Inerrant Word Of God (II Timothy 3:15-17, II Peter 1:21).
We Believe There Is One God, Eternally Existing In Three Persons: The Father, Son And Holy Spirit (genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30).
We Believe In The Deity Of Christ (John 10:33); His Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:34-35); His Sinless Life (Hebrews 4:15, 7:26); His Miracles (John 2:11); His Vicarious And Atoning Death (1 Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9); His Resurrection (John 11:25, I Corinthians 15:4); His Ascension To The Right Hand Of The Father (Mark 16:19); His Personal Return To Earth In Power And Glory (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11-16).
We Believe In The Absolute Necessity Of Regeneration By The Holy Spirit For Salvation Because Of The Exceeding Sinfulness Of The Human Nature, And That All Are Justified On The Single Ground Of Faith In The Shed Blood Of Christ, And That Only By God's Grace Through Faith Alone Are We Saved (John 3:16-19; 5:24, Romans 3:23; 5:8-9, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5).
We Believe In The Resurrection Of Both The Saved And The Lost; Those Who Are Saved Unto The Resurrection Of Life, And Those Who Are Not Unto The Resurrection Of Damnation (John 5:28-29).
We Believe In The Spiritual Unity Of The Believers In Our Lord Jesus Christ (romans 8:9, I Corinthians 12:12-13, Galatians 3:26-28).
We Believe In The Present Ministry Of The Holy Spirit By Whose Indwelling The Christian Is Enabled To Live A Godly Life (Romans 8:13-14, I Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20, Ephesians 4:30; 5:18).
We Believe That We As Christians Are Examples Of The Love Of God In This World. It Is This (agape) Love That We Desire To Possess And Without Which We Have No Right To Call Ourselves Christians (1 John 4:16-17).
We Believe It Is The Mandate Of The Whole Church To Go Into The Whole World And To Preach The Gospel To Every Living Creature. (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20)
AN INTERVIEW WITH THE NEW OWNERS (2-1-12) OF FAITHWRITERS
JOANNE: Why did you decide to buy FaithWriters? How did you learn about it? What attracted you to it?
MIKE: We had been looking for a business for a while and could not find a good fit. At the same time I was concerned with getting a business that would take me away from my passion to share my faith. I tend to get very involved. Bea is also going to Moody Bible online and we had thoughts of her running a business we bought. Then again I did not want to take her away from what the Lord wants her to do. We wanted something that would not be too time consuming and it had to be something we wanted to own as Christians.
We received an email about FaithWriters from a broker who had been sending possible businesses to us for a while. Bea was the most excited at first and pushed some so we would make an offer. Apparently there were others very interested in the business. We both were attracted it it being Christian. We liked the idea of growing it so members could benefit and the gospel could be spread by all of us together.
JOANNE: Sounds like a great fit! What are your goals and/or plans for the site? Your vision?
MIKE: We want to offer as many benefits as we can to the members, so we will be shopping for the best we can find. We want to find more writing opportunities and more ways for the writers to grow. We plan on keeping the core group of ladies that take such good care of the members on the forums and website.
At the same time, we’ll be presenting a lot more of Jesus to the worldwide audience. We figure as the membership grows and the viewership increases, more people from around the world will be told about Jesus. We also plan on offering members information on defending their faith in today’s skeptical world.
JOANNE: Tell us about your ministry outside of FaithWriters. How did you get involved?
MIKE:Frankly, the last job we wanted was to tell people about Jesus. I mean, what would they think of us? Well, God had a different plan. We ended up talking to people about Jesus – just a little at first and then more and more as time passed. I became a Gideon and handed out thousands of Bibles.
Bea and I learned that most people think that if God exists, there are a lot of people worse than they are, so they will be okay. We took a class from www.livingwaters.com and learned how to show a person their true condition before God. That God’s standard is not other people: it is perfection. We started teaching the class on sharing your faith and on apologetics.
As of today, we have spoken with thousands of people face to face about Jesus. Many actually thank us and very few get mad. And it is a deep witness encounter where we take them through the law to show them why they need Jesus. Sharing our faith regularly is the best job anyone could have. The site will allow us to do this on a larger scale as a team with the members.
JOANNE: Tell us about your own writing. What have you had published, and do you have anything else in the works? What do you like to write?
MIKE: I have written and self published one book Gravity - True for You But Not For Me. It is similar to More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell, yet different. Full color cover 4.25 x 6.25 and 132 pages, it is designed to be handed out to skeptics and seekers. It is great for the believer too, in that it goes over the objective evidence for God’s existence and identity. I tell people all the time that there is no other belief more reasonable than Christianity based on the facts. The book comes from my passion and thousands have gone out.
We sell them for our cost: a box of 80 delivered by US mail, 18lbs, is about $60. I have many people across the country handing them out. I will be introducing it in an ebook format soon to FaithWriters for free. I have some other ideas for books and they all come out of my passion for the lost. Bea has an awesome testimony that I am encouraging her to write about. I think it would help a lot of people and lead many to Christ.
JOANNE: Tell us about yourselves. Where were each of you born? How did the two of you meet? Do you have children? Grandchildren? Where do you live?
MIKE: I was born in Dearborn, Michigan and Bea was born in Germany. We have four boys: Travis, Cory, Tyler and Colby who is the youngest at 20. We have one granddaughter, Jada Lynn, who is almost 4. We live near Traverse City, MI.
How did we meet? I was living on a boat in San Diego and got down on my knees and said a simple prayer: “God, please bring me a woman who keeps you first.” Something clicked inside and I knew God agreed. About a week later, Bea showed up in my life. We started a relationship and upon our first disagreement, she said to me, “Michael you are not first in my life. God is.” Wow: that is exactly what I prayed for and I had not told her about the prayer. That was also the first time those words had ever come out of her mouth.
JOANNE: Oh, I love that story! God is so faithful. What roles will each of you have in the day-to-day operation of FaithWriters?
MIKE: That is not completely settled yet. Right now, Bea has been overloaded with Moody studies and some other issues ,so I have been working on the site. When the site came up for sale, there were many other things going on in our lives. But if we wanted to take advantage of the FaithWriters opportunity, we had to act. So we are still settling other things down as we take it one day at a time. Bea will be much more involved shortly.
JOANNE: What are you most looking forward to in your relationship with FaithWriters and its members?
MIKE: I see what a family atmosphere it has. How people care about each other. We want to be a part of that. We also want the members to have as many benefits as possible from their membership.
JOANNE: And I know they are looking forward to you joining the family. Is there anything else you’d like to share?
MIKE: I want to thank Scott for building such a great site. I also want to thank all of the people who make the site what it is. And, most of all, we desire to thank God and glorify Him through this venture.
MINISTRIES SUPPORTED BY FAITHWRITERS
Life Outreach, Fort Worth, TX Keys Evangelistic Ministries, Key West, FL
Jewish Voice International, Phoenix, AZ Living Waters, Bellflower, CA
Young Life, Colorado Springs, CO Voice of the Martyrs, Bartlesville, OK
Grand Traverse Right to Life, Traverse City, MI World Vision, Tacoma, WA
Reasonable Faith, Marietta, GA World Outreach Foundation, Duluth, GA
Cross Examined, Charlotte, NC Pregnancy Care Center, Traverse City, MI
New Hope Community Church, Williamsburg, MI Cross TV, Boca Raton, FL
Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO Teen Challenge, Phoenix, AZ
Water4 Foundation, Oklahoma City, OK
A VISIONARY START
Ours is a collective history of multiplied blessings. The very act of developing a faith-based writers' website was probably the best lesson in faith our management team has experienced.
The initial website design seems like a vision too small in retrospect. In 2000, FaithMania.com made its debut on the worldwide web. Christian writers were encouraged to be the driving force of a site designed for and by Christians. The original design was intended for a small cast of writers to showcase their wordsmithing capabilities, while making the site one which visitors wanted to return to time and again.
The downside to the original design was that each article had to be uploaded manually by our staff. As the site began to grow, it was clear there was something bigger at work and if the site grew much larger we wouldn't be able to keep up with submissions. It really was no burden when a few articles needed to be placed on the site, but when dozens of articles began pouring in from the growing stable of writers, it was clear the pressure on the site design had reached critical mass.
As the vision enlarged, so did the plans for a new website that would mirror the growing desire to assist Christian writers in their pursuit of excellence.
A NEW DEBUT
Within a year of the launch of FaithMania.com, a new website with a plan for expanded growth was launched. FaithWriters.com provided the architecture to allow automatic author submissions to a comprehensive subject menu. Yet even this advance would not be enough to contain the member-inspired growth of FaithWriters.com.
By the summer of 2002, the writers who had made FaithWriters.com a "home on the web" inspired the launch of a message board that has since seen multiple thousands of posts.
As technology advanced so did the features available to FaithWriters.com members. What began as a site for as many as one hundred members now has tens of thousands of members that are able to gain access to information and encouragement--something many have never experienced before.
A VISION SET FREE
Within three years of the launch of what is now known as FaithWriters.com, marketing campaigns were developed and new features added to assist our growing membership. No longer was FaithWriters.com simply a place to have your work read by others. It was becoming a clearinghouse of information and opportunities. Contact information became available for writers seeking to connect with magazine and book publishers. Articles and resources were unveiled that made it possible for writers to grow in their skills and confidence. Private Messaging services were added to allow publishers to target writers with publishing opportunities.
A weekly Writing Challenge was unveiled in 2003, which has resulted in more than a dozen quarterly anthologies filled with roughly 100 original articles in each volume, with many more to come. Many of these authors have gone on to additional publishing success, while some are already established
- July 2002: 129 members.
- July 2002: Members' Message Boards added.
- January 2003: Writers' Resources added.
- February 2003: E-Books added.
- April, 2003: Private Messenger and EZ Site Builder added.
- June 2003: Author Tracking and My Favorites added.
- December 2003: Chat added.
- December 2003: The official Writing Challenge added.
- May 2004: Interactive Writing Courses added.
- June 2004: Local writing groups added.
- July 2004: FW 500 implemented.
- September 2004: 8,000 members.
- September 2004: FaithWriters' Magazine goes live.
- September 2004: First book published.
- October 2004: Addition of Submission Tracker.
- November 2004: The Critique Circle added.
- December 2004: Sign up of member number 10,000 -- Scott West.
- May 2006: Addition of FaithWriters for Kids.
- May 2006: Addition of the FaithWriters' eBook store.
- August 2006: First Annual FaithWriters.com conference announced.
- September 2006: Free Reprint Article feature unveiled for e-zines and print publications to utilize.
- October 2006: Guided Online tours of FaithWriters.com's most popular features.
- June 2009: 40,000 members.
- January 2010: Complete redesign of the FaithWriters' website. Gold Members' area added.
The continued growth of FaithWriters.com is a direct result of our members' enthusiastic support and interest in seeing the life-changing message of Christianity spread through the use of their writing skills via the web. With worldwide membership, it is clear to see that FaithWriters.com has become the premier destination of Christian writers on the web.
We believe FaithWriters.com has become a dependable source for the content needs of editors through a variety of faith-based publications.
We have always been sensitive to the needs and suggestions of our members, and we continue to listen to members as they assist us with new ideas for improving the services of FaithWriters.com.
Ultimately, we best understand the future by observing the past. God has brought us a long way from the humble beginnings of FaithMania.com. We are content to strive to do our best and watch to see what God does next.