FIRST LOVED TO LOVE
Our Vision: Every Christian loving the Jesus way
The Jesus way, at its core, is loving people as God has loved us. It is how Jesus loved the disciples daily through words and actions. Experiencing God’s love this way is life-changing, transforming, and compels us to love one another. As we regularly encounter His love for us, we want people around us to be drawn into their own joyful experience with God because of our loving interactions with them. Jesus said, “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you” and commanded them to: “Love . . . as I have loved you.”
Our Mission: To provide resources for life-changing experiences of God’s love
In order to be transformed by God’s love to “love as loved”, we have to learn how to experience God love us first. Our “First Loved” and “Getting Along” resources provide the curriculum to begin a life-changing journey of practicing this experience on a daily basis. “First Loved” is a powerful combination of teaching sessions followed by group interaction and guided personal exercises. This is designed intentionally to help lead participants into a deeper understanding and transformational connection to the Father’s love for them. Our “Getting Along” curriculum offers practical, biblical practices that equip people to engage in effective healing conversations, whether as the one who was wronged or the wrongdoer, in pursuit of genuine reconciliation. It also includes a prayer model that helps to heal people’s past and present painful experiences and memories.
First Loved Ministries was founded in 2006 by Mark Gordon Fee after his 17-year tenure as senior pastor of the Vineyard MetroNorth church in Melrose, MA. Mark has produced Biblically-based programs and music that specifically engage the church at large to help God’s people personally and tangibly experience God’s love, through training programs, worship events and prayer ministry. FLM is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit ministry with a 6-member Board of Directors and 25 team members who assist with events. While FLM is not a church, the practices and programs that are taught by this ministry organization are well-suited for church family life.
First Loved to Love – God’s Love Up Close and Personal
This program will immerse you in an experience of God’s love in a personal and tangible way, like the disciples did through Jesus, and how to prevent shame and suffering from hindering that experience. See our Events pages for more info.
Getting Along – Biblical Steps for Healing Conversations (in development)
This program explores five actions for having a healing conversation: STOP- LOOK – LISTEN – LOVE – CHANGE. Identify behaviors to stop; look at thoughts and emotions for understanding and accuracy; prepare good questions and learn skills for listening to others to understand them; love others in specific ways during the conversation; and finally talk about what needs to change so that the hurt doesn’t happen again.
Mark Gordon Fee, president and founder of First Loved Ministries, is an engaging speaker and teacher known for his warm personality, fun and passionate teaching style, and gifted ability to make Scripture come alive. A dynamic worship leader and songwriter, Mark has also been playing piano, singing, and writing for most of his life. He excels in drawing people into a deep and intimate connection with the Lord through a dynamic flow of music and Scripture.
Mark received a BA in Christian Education with a minor in music performance from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. He continued his education at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, MA, where he earned his Master of Divinity degree. He is presently engaged in a doctoral degree in Discipleship from Talbot School of Theology. Mark is the son of Dr. Gordon Fee, a highly-esteemed Biblical scholar who’s written numerous commentaries and whose insights and teachings have profoundly influenced Mark’s ministry.
From 1988-2005, Mark served as the senior pastor of the Vineyard Metronorth church in Melrose, Ma. During his tenure he developed several programs to help his people to personally and tangibly experience God’s love and to begin to remove the various relational, emotional and mental barriers that interfered with that experience. In 2006, he founded “First Loved Ministries” in order to share these programs with the church at large. He also produced a music CD entitled Rejoice Over You that invites the listener to hear God’s words of love spoken and sung to them.
Mark and his wife Robin have five adult children and live in Danvers, MA.
Gail joined the FLM staff in March of 2018. She has been an avid supporter of the ministry, has attended the First Loved to Love retreat twice, and has a strong background in administration after many years working for the Massachusetts Child Support Enforcement Division. She is also a singer/songwriter and has recorded her own album of original Christian songs.
Annette handles the finances of First Loved Ministries. She is a CPA with over 30 years of experience, much of it with not-for-profit organizations.
FLM BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Judy Carson (president)
Connie Jones (treasurer)
FLM CORE TEAM (Advisory Team and Trained Facilitators*)
* FLM has a number of additional trained facilitators, assistants and trainees that make up the greater FLM Ministry Team.
PLACES WHERE WE HAVE MINISTERED
Abundant Life Christian Center (Wilmington, MA)
Advent Christian Church of Haverhill (Haverhill, MA)
All Saints Anglican Church (Amesbury, MA)
Asbury Grove (Hamilton, MA)
Avery Street Christian Reformed Church (South Windsor, CT)
Awakening Church (Dover, NH)
Beaches Vineyard (Atlantic Beach, FL)
Bethany Church (Greenland, NH)
Bethlehem Community Church (Delmar, NY)
Boston Chinese Evangelical Church (Newtonville, MA)
Bridgeway Christian Church (Londonderry, NH)
Calvary Chapel (Chelmsford, MA)
Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI)
Central Congregational Church (Derry, NH)
Charles River Vineyard Church (Elliott, ME)
Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church (Danvers, MA)
City Light Church (Northfield, MN)
Coila Church (Cambridge, NY)
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC, USA)
Cornerstone Baptist Church (Bass Harbor, ME)
Danvers Church of the Nazarene (MA)
East Auburn Baptist Church (Auburn, ME)
Evergreen Covenant Church (Sanford, ME)
First Baptist Church (West Springfield, MA)
First Church of Wethersfield (Wethersfield, CT)
First Congregational Church (Wallingford, VT)
Forestdale Community Church (Malden, MA)
Gateway Christian Fellowship (West Haven, CT)
Grace Chapel (Wilmington, MA)
Grace River (Claremont, NH)
Green Mountain Christian Center (Bennington, VT)
Heritage Christian Church (East Falmouth, MA)
House of Hope (Lynn, MA)
Lakeshore Vineyard Church (Holland, MI)
Madison Church: North (Grand Rapids, MI)
Metro Maryland Youth for Christ (Baltimore, MD)
Middleton Congregational Church (Middleton, MA)
Montavilla Baptist Church (Portland, OR)
New Canaan Society (New Canaan, CT)
New Hope Chapel (Plymouth, MA)
NH National Day of Prayer (New Hampshire)
Oasis Church (Windsor, CT)
Old South Church (Newburyport, MA)
Portsmouth Christian Acadamy (Dover, NH)
Redemption Rock (South Chatham, MA)
Roadside Chapel Assemblies of God (Rutland, VT)
St. Mary of the Anunciation (Danvers, MA)
Seacoast Community Church (Portsmouth, NH)
Shelter Rock Church (Manhasset, NY)
Southside Vineyard Christian Church (Wyoming, MI)
Spanish Evangelical (Lawrence, MA)
Stanwich Congregational (Greenwich, CT)
State Street Church (Portsmouth, NH)
Straight Ahead Ministries (Worcester, MA)
The Mill Church (Millbury, MA)
The Vineyard Church of North Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI)
Trinity Church (Greenwich, CT)
University Chapel (Vancouver, CANADA)
VidaNet Discipleship School (San Jose, COSTA RICA)
Vineyard Christian Church in Hopkinton (Hopkinton, MA)
Vineyard Community Church (Londonderry, NH)
Vineyard Community Church (Saugus, MA)
Vision New England (Danvers, MA)
Voluntown Baptist Church (Voluntown, CT)
West Congregational Church (Haverhill, MA)
Woodman’s Conference (Essex, MA)
“We love because God first loved us.”
Human hearts dance for joy when they know they’re loved by another. That dance of joy is an echo of the eternal delight at the heart of the Triune God – the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit. We were made to share in this divine community, dancing with joy together in the endless overflow of Triune love.
That’s what’s behind FLM’s logo.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We at First Loved Ministries believe the following:
THE SCRIPTURES: The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved upon by the Holy Spirit and we accept it as the infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21).
THE GODHEAD: Our God is one, but manifested in three—God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, being co-equal (2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7). In His infinite wisdom, God has chosen to reveal Himself in three separate Persons, as Father, Son and Spirit to accomplish His divine will, with each Person of the Godhead having a separate purpose in man’s creation and redemption.
MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION: Man is a created being, made in the likeness of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Romans 5:14; Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23; 1 John 3:8).
ETERNAL LIFE AND NEW BIRTH: Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that works repentance. The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when fulfilled produces eternal life (2 Corinthians 7:10; 1 John 5:12; John 3:3-5).
WATER BAPTISM: Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12).
GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit in the Body of Christ as enumerated in 1 Corinthians 12-14 as manifested in the early church.
DIVINE HEALING: Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands (Mark 16:18; 1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:17; Isaiah 53:4-5).
THE BLESSED HOPE: The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hop[e of the Church (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Titus 2:14).
CHURCH DICIPLINE: We believe in church discipline administered within the relational group in a spirit of meekness and confidentiality. The purpose of such discipline is the restoration of the one subject to the discipline and/or the purification of the church. The steps of discipline are one on one confrontation, private confrontation with witnesses, and, finally, exposure to the church for judgment leading to restoration or separation (Matthew 18:15-20; Galatians 6:1; Romans 16:17; 2 John 9-11; 1 Corinthians 5; 2 Corinthians 2:6-8; 1 Timothy 5:20).
LEADERSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that in all matters concerning the Body of Christ, in its direction, discipline, ministry and functioning that specific guidance and instruction, revelation and discernment of truth from falsehood, is available by the leading of the Holy Spirit who enables us to know spiritual things by the Spirit (Acts 13:1-3; 1 Timothy 1:18; Romans 8:14; 1 Timothy 5:22; John 16:13-15; 1 Corinthians 5:3).
LAYING ON OF HANDS: Laying on of hands is a biblical practice. Jesus practiced it in Mark 10:13-16 as a blessing. We believe in the Laying on of Hands for healing (Mark 5:22-24; Mark 5:28-31; Acts 28:8; Acts 19:11-12); Laying on of Hands to confer office (Acts 6:2-6); Laying on of Hands to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:16-18); Laying on of Hands to believe words spoken, to receive anointing, and to cultivate the anointing (1 Timothy 4:14); Laying on of Hands for appointment to Eldership (Timothy 4:14).
MEDIATION: We believe as members of the same Body of Christ, baptized by one Spirit into one Body that we must endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace and as such that we are precluded from bringing a lawsuit in a civil court against another person who professes to be a Christian or against a Christian ministry. We believe that all such disputes must be resolved within the Body of Christ without taking them before unbelievers for judgment (1 Corinthians 6:1-8; Ephesians 4:3-6).
FINANCIAL SUPPORT: We believe that scripture requires all members of the congregation to support the programs and needs of the church in proportion, as the Lord shall prosper them, through tithes and offerings, thereby acknowledging that any institution can stand or be of full service only in proportion as all of the members of the congregation accept their responsibility of maintaining it (Malachi 3:10; 1 Corinthians 16:12; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; Hebrews 7:1-8).