CBF is a supportive home for those discerning and living out a call to church starting. Within CBF Church Starts, one finds a creative space for visioning, contextualization, coaching and training. CBF covenants with new churches to provide three years of professional coaching, site visits for leadership development, spiritual renewal retreats, financial grants and the development of partnerships. Church starts bless the Fellowship by modeling innovative practices for ministry.
This year’s commissioned church starters bring several “firsts.” Virginia, Kentucky and CBF West will commission their first church starters, and the Fellowship will partner with its first church created out of the need for community among immigrants and refugees resettling in the United States.
In the coming days, we will be introducing our six new CBF church starters and the five churches they lead.
Felix and Nicole Iyoko | Shiloh Restoration Church
Raleigh, North Carolina
Felix and Nicole lyoko serve as pastors and organizers of Shiloh Restoration Church in Raleigh, N.C. Their call to ministry began in Nigeria at the Agape Community Baptist Church. From Agape, they were called to serve as missionary pastors in charge of church planting. Felix was ordained as a pastor on November 13, 2011, at Kingsword Ministries International Church in Lagos, Nigeria.
Upon coming to North Carolina, while helping another pastor with his ministry, Felix and Nicole felt a call from God to launch a Swahili church in the community to provide hope to Swahili-speaking people who are dealing with challenges and despair in their lives.
The mission of the church is to be a Biblically-based community of believers, dedicated to impacting the world with the Good News of Christ. Shiloh Restoration Church is a multi-cultural, multi-generational congregation focused on reaching out to refugees and immigrants who, due to language barriers, are not attending any church. They seek to serve both the churched and the unchurched in the community.