Joining Forces for the Kingdom
Details of the historic VICM - EFM Merger
Victory Inner-city Ministries and Evangelistic Faith Missions are pleased to announce the latest milestone in the growing ministry partnership that has been developing over the past two years. The Boards of Directors for VICM and EFM have unanimously approved the full merger of our organizations.
Victory Inner-city Ministries began in 2000, starting in an inner-city park in Indianapolis. Over the past 15 years, Victory Chapel and the Spanish Congregation, Mount Sinai Holiness Church, have grown into self-supporting, locally-governed congregations that are reaching out and making a difference in the inner city of Indianapolis. VICM is currently pursuing similar goals in Detroit.
Victory Inner-city Ministries will become the newly formed Urban Ministry Division of EFM.
VICM’s current Board of Directors will become the Urban Ministry Division committee at EFM, helping to guide the efforts of planting churches in the 50 largest cities of the U.S.
In addition, the ministry of Victory Acres Farm in Upland, IN, will become a separate entity and operation within the “Victory family” of ministries, but organizationally separate.
Eric Himelick will be the director of the new Urban Ministry Division. As of June 1, he will become part of the staff of EFM. He and his family will continue to live at and to work from Victory Acres.
The merger process is scheduled to be completed by the end of June 2015.
“We are excited about the possibilities,” says Eric Himelick, Executive Director of VICM. “We will be stronger working together. The capacity and stability that EFM brings with a 110-year history greatly enhance our mission and vision of planting churches and ministries of compassion in the 50 largest cities.”
Steven E. Hight, President of Evangelistic Faith Missions, comments, “EFM will benefit from the knowledge and experience that VICM has in urban ministry. Throughout the world the majority of people now live in cities, and learning better how to minister there will enhance EFM’s mission work in other countries. We welcome VICM and Eric Himelick as partners in the cause of winning the lost to Jesus.”
More details will be announced in the July issue of the Missionary Herald.