Blessing the people of our community (and beyond)

through Christ-centered love

For most Christians and churches, their OUT relationship with the surrounding world is the weakest.  For this reason, and because of Jesus' call to "make disciples of all nations," we are intentional in embodying the love of Christ to the world around us.  We do this in a variety of ways; some are organized and others are informal, but a central theme of our outreach efforts is the value of ongoing, intentional relationships between Christ-followers and those around them.

  • Living as "Backyard Missionaries"

    Everyone has "spheres of influence" in their neighborhood, workplace, family, and friendship circles.  God calls us to be "Christ's ambassadors" in our spheres of influence by embodying His love in practical ways and by making the most of every opportunity to point people to Jesus.  We like to say that "the Gospel flows best over the bridge of relationships," so we seek to build caring, trusting relationships across which the Gospel can flow so more people will experience the true life that Jesus offers.

  • Mentoring & Educational Support

    Friedens is starting a mentoring program to provide educational support to students in our community through ongoing one-on-one relationships.  This program will initially focus on grades 1-4.  We hope to launch this program in Fall 2017; more information will be coming soon.

  • Global Missions

    Friedens dedicates 12% of its income to missions work around the world.  Currently, Friedens has ongoing partnerships with eleven missionaries, most of whom minister in other countries.  In addition to financial and prayer support, there are periodic "Service Project Sundays" during which the Friedens family prepares customized care packages for Friedens' missionaries.

  • Forever Families

    Forever Families is Friedens' adoption & orphan care ministry.  God is working through Forever Families to bless many families with adoption grants, along with many more adoptive families with training and support.  In addition, Forever Families helps support orphan-care ministries in Ethiopia, China, Haiti, and Honduras. Since 2010, Forever Families has distributed over $100,000 for adoption grants and orphan care, along with providing support, training, and relational networking to many adoptive families throughout southeastern Wisconsin.  For more information on Forever Families, click here.

  • Operation Christmas Child

    Throughout the year, Friedens collects items for Operation Christmas Child, which is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse that distributes Christmas gifts and Christ-centered literature to needy children throughout the world.  Each Fall, the Friedens family gathers for a "Service Project Sunday" to assemble the Operation Christmas Child boxes and prepare them for shipment.