Who We Are
Flavour: We are a tapestry of ordinary people that God has gathered from across this beautiful region of North Lancashire. We represent more than 13 nations and span different generations. Our passion is to see our lives and communities transformed by God’s amazing love. We aim to grow as disciples of Jesus and see others grow into becoming disciples too. We treasure God’s word to inform us, His Spirit to transform us and His mission to drive us. We love where God has placed us and recognise that even though as Christians we are pilgrims, we are here for such a time as this.
Family: We belong to the Free Methodist movement and are part of the Evangelical Alliance. The Free Methodist Church (FMC) was first established in the United States in 1860 and in England in 1971. The congregation at Carnforth grew out of the Lancaster church and was organised as a Free Methodist Church on 6 December 1995. The Free Methodist Church is committed to the will of God as revealed in the Bible and is Wesleyan in doctrine and practice. It views local churches as mission outposts and pastors are appointed not only to serve a local congregation but to also to evangelise whole communities.
Leadership: Pastor Cristi Murgu is Romanian-born and has served at CFM since 1998, after training at Birmingham Bible Institute. His desire is to be a ‘curator of gifts’, inspiring those around him to see that God Himself became our greatest gift and we ourselves are gifted to serve Him and impact our world. He will probably always have something to say about: discipleship, small groups, communication, vulnerability, social action, Kingdom, coffee, Aston Villa Football Club, The West Wing, Frasier, Tim Keller and productivity.