Things You Should Know About Us…
- We want everyone to know God through faith in Jesus Christ and in a community of His followers.
- We exist to glorify God by winning people to Jesus Christ, building them up in conformity to Him, and equipping them to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.
- We are committed to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to our world.
- God loves us and wants us to experience peace and eternal life. Romans 5:1
- Because of our choice of sin, we have been eternally separated from God. Romans 6:23
- God has provided a solution to the problem of sin in the world–Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave, paying the penalty of sin. Romans 5:8
- We must trust Jesus Christ by faith and receive Him by personal invitation. Romans 10:9
- We’ve been around since 1863, serving our Communities with the message of Jesus Christ. We are affiliated with Venture Church Network.
Faith Community Church, West Concord, MN
An introduction to our church and community.
Who we are
Faith Community Church is a small, rural church in the town of West Concord, MN, one hour south of the Twin Cities. West Concord has a population of 800 residents and is located between Owatonna and Rochester in southeastern Minnesota. Although located in West Concord, we consider ourselves a regional church. Our members/attenders come from a number of area communities, including: Dodge Center, Kasson/Mantorville, Kenyon, Claremont and Hayfield. Church activities are the only time many of our people see each other during the week.
Founded in 1863, as Concord Baptist Church in Concord, MN we have moved a few times. When the railroad built west of the town of Concord and the city of West Concord was formed, the church followed the people and moved to West Concord, building and all! Our name was changed to First Baptist Church at this time. In 1903 a new building was built, which was used for 100 years. In 2003 we moved our morning worship service to the Triton Middle School in West Concord and we changed our name to Faith Community Church. In 2008, our new building was ready and we moved to our current location at 305 N. State St. in West Concord. Although our name may have changed, we have continued to be affiliated with the Conservative Baptist Association of America or now known as CBAmerica.
Our youth come from a number of different towns and schools in the area. They do not all attend the same school. West Concord is part of the Triton Public School system, which was formed in 1991. Our current youth attend school at Triton, Kenyon-Wanamingo, Kasson-Mantorville, and homeschool. Church and youth activities are often the only time many of our youth see each other. Camp Lebanon in Upsala, Minnesota, is where many of our youth go for summer camp and retreats.
We have Connect Time Education (Sunday School) for Pre-K through Adults. We have an active men’s ministry with a monthly breakfast held the 2nd Saturday along with a Wednesday evening prayer meeting. In addition, our women’s ministry has a weekly bible study plus a weekly prayer meeting. Typically three times a year we hold an afternoon Senior Festival hymn-sing, which draws a large number of senior citizens, not only from our community, but from communities as far away as Rochester, Owatonna, Albert Lea and “the Cities.” We also host American Red Cross blood drives and the Triton FFA Steak Feed.
Commemorating the New Building
A film/slide show commemorating the new building for Faith Community Church of West Concord, MN. The church was first founded in Concord, MN, and later became First Baptist Church of West Concord.
James & Resurrected Jesus
~ Pastor Dave Breederland
He was the older brother the four younger ones looked up to. He seemed intent on life and his purpose in it. They had a good relationship with one another, but the younger boys just couldn’t grasp what made their older brother tick. They didn’t get him even though he was their big brother. They didn’t want to.
Then he went off to service – to engage the enemy in battle. The reports they heard from the field were very harsh, the conditions brutal, the enemy strong – no one had escaped. They could count on their brother being killed, they were certain of it. Never again would he return to play ball with them, never would he be there to rough house with them, never again would they be amazed at his wisdom on walks in the field. Never again.
I was doing the main chores now as the oldest son. I had responsibilities and duties to my mother, brothers and sisters. I was in the shop working. I turned around when my name was called, hearing the sound of a voice I never expected to hear. I couldn’t believe it. There he was. There he was. My mouth dropped, my voice disappeared, I gasped for breath as I saw the wounds of the battle on his body. How did he survive with such significant bodily harm? He couldn’t have or shouldn’t have – but here he was – it was like old times, but yet it wasn’t. Something had changed, perhaps someone had changed.
It was me. I had to change. I couldn’t deny it any longer. My brother was alive. He told me he did die in the most intense battle of the war of the ages, but his father raised him from the dead. It was Jesus – alive from the dead. Jesus, my big brother – now Jesus my Lord.
That still seems like yesterday, although by now he’s been gone from this world, having ascended to his father and seated at the right hand of the majesty on high.
Why was I the recipient of a personal visit? Why do I get mentioned by the Apostle Paul that the Lord appeared to me? Why me, James? Only God knows. He chose to do a work in my heart – he had to, there was no way it would happen by my own efforts.
I know that I didn’t believe all that Jesus said and taught. In fact, one time we all went to get Jesus – to take charge of him. He was in a house in Galilee – a house so crowded with people and those disciples of his – and don’t get me going on those guys – so busy he couldn’t even eat. We were going to get him and bring him home. “He is out of his mind” is all that ran through our minds. [Mk 3:20-21] When we finally arrive at the house, but we can’t get in because there are so many people there. Fortunately we got someone to tell Jesus that his mother and brothers were there looking for him. And Jesus had the audacity to say:
Mark 3:33 (NIV) “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.
34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
Do you know how that made us feel?