The Free Pentecostal Fellowship in Kenya (FPFK) is an evangelical church registered in Kenya. It operates in 31 regions in Kenya and has 258 local churches and over 1,200 branches, with a combined membership of over 250,000. FPFK was established independently by the Norwegian and Swedish missionaries in the 1950s and 1960s respectively. The missionaries from the two Scandinavian countries operated independent of each other until 1997 when their operations were merged and FPFK as a Kenyan national church came into being.
Nationally, FPFK is headed by a National Board, which is the principal policy making body. A national secretariat headed by the General Secretary who is also the secretary to the National board is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the church at the national level. The regional councils are responsible for managing and coordinating the activities of the churches in the region level.
Our Philosophy of Service
Free Pentecostal Fellowship in Kenya (FPFK) greatly acknowledges the Almighty God for His grace and wisdom to the church and enabling it to come up with the second FPFK Strategic Plan after rigorous exercises. It is from here that FPFK seeks to espouse core values of Love, Integrity, Obedience, Humility, Unity, and Stewardship.
At Free Pentecostal Fellowship in Kenya (FPFK) we believe that growth and wellbeing of an organization are largely dependent on its vision and mission, which are embedded in planning. Strategic planning provides a road map to the future. It clarifies the mission and vision of the organizing as it moves towards the future. Indeed, we recognise that in the society today, we are faced with enormous challenges ranging from spiritual, political, economic, technological and socio-cultural trends that call for prudent mitigation measures. FPFK believes that this strategy document will facilitate the realization of the Church’s vision and mission.
FPFK approach is articulated in its mission statement which is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, provide health care needs, advocate for the oppressed, provide education for the illiterate, bring peace to the warring communities and alleviate poverty as a way to improve livelihoods. This approach is based on the church’s aim to address socio-economic and spiritual needs of communities through imparting knowledge, skills, and education. The church is thus an advocate for the oppressed, a counsellor for the distressed, and a provider of hope for the disparate. FPFK is thus a church organization involved in holistic Christian development. It promotes a rights-based approach (RBA) according to Christ’s teachings. The Church spreads the gospel of Jesus Christ according to the great commission.
FPFK Church was established by Norwegian and Swedish missionaries in the 1950s and 60s respectively. The mission work of the Free Pentecostal Fellowship in Kenya started in 1955. The Norwegian missionaries started work in Thessalia and spread to parts of Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley provinces, while the Swedish missionaries started work in parts of Central Rift Valley, Central Kenya, Nairobi and Southern Kenya. In the 1990s, FPFK started to nationalize the church through greater involvement of locals in the running of the church. The church became fully nationalised in 1997 with the election of a national board to spearhead the running of the church. Over the years, the FPFK has registered substantial growth in terms of systems development and increase of members. This growth in membership, development and other parameters.
FPFK operates on a three-tier structure i.e. national board, regional councils, and local councils. FPFK is headed by a National Board, which is the principal policy making body. The National Secretariat headed by the General Secretary is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the church. The General Secretary is also the secretary to the National Board. FPFK has regional councils who are responsible for managing and coordinating the activities of the churches in the 31 regions. FPFK’s operational structure is a great strength in project implementation except for the spiritual programs, which are not managed centrally.
The organization’s mission is to preach the word of God to all nations in preparation for the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ by reaching out and establishing churches which can meet the Spiritual, Economic and Social needs of the people through evangelism, education, training and socio-economic activities based on Christian values.
To expand its national reach and continue to enrich the lives of its members and of communities where it operates both spiritually and socially
- To preach the Gospel of Jesus, to found churches and develop them into local selfgoverning, self-supporting and self-propagating churches.
- To care for the needy, poor, sick, oppressed and disadvantaged persons, by engaging in social work and charitable work within the society.
- To engage in elevating general knowledge and educational activities in the society based on Christian values.
Love, Integrity, Obedience, Unity, Humility, Stewardship, Service
FPFK NATIONAL LEADERS
Bishop. David Kiragu
Bishop Walter O. Andhoga
Thematic Focus and Strategic Objectives
FPFK subscribes to a holistic development of the person and community and in this vein, emphasis is on changing the mind and soul of people through the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that they can affirm their dignity as God given and affirm a faith that enables them to see their lives from a hopeful and pro-active state rather than resigning to the vagaries of life.
Capacity building and awareness creation at all levels is employed to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of products and services provided by FPFK personnel. This involve skills development and knowledge enhancement through trainings, workshops and seminars. Lobby and advocacy on various issues including fight against HIV and AIDS, retrogressive cultural practices like female circumcision, segregation of single men and ladies and wife inheritance will be done by FPFK in collaboration with various institutions including government and CSOs to ensure that laid down policies are implemented.
FPFK is putting a lot of emphasis on gender mainstreaming in order to deal with gender inequalities and inequities. The church established Christian community services to reach all with holistic development. Economic empowerment is another approach that FPFK adopt under the social ministry. For instance, through micro-credit schemes, revamping institutions for income generation amongst people for improved livelihood. FPFK strengthen its partnerships, collaborations and networks in addressing climate change effects.
Management and Governance Structure
FPFK church has different levels of governance namely: the church; Annual general meeting, National, Regional and Local church Board. The church leadership meets annually to report and to define the strategic direction for the church as defined in the FPFK constitution. The Annual General Meeting elects a National board for the church. The National board and Board of trustee operates through the head office. The head office is managed by the General Secretary who reports to the national board and the Annual general meeting. The project committees, enterprise board, ministry committees and the various institutional committees at the national, regional and local levels reports to the General Secretary through the head office as presented in figure below.
FPFK as an organization has a constitution and policies in place that helps in running day to day activities. It also has in place a strategic plan for 2014 – 2021 which is currently on implementation.
Among other policies are; Anti-Corruption policy, Gender policy, Human Resource Policy, Complaints Response Mechanism, Development/program policy.