About the Initiative
Veteran Friendly Congregation Initiative (VFCI) was conceived to promote a sense of community, acceptance and support for Veterans and their families in East Tennessee. Launched by Faith-Based Communities, it will become an integral part of the Faith Based Initiative.
Veteran Friendly Congregation made simple, please listen and better yet, please join in the VFC movement. A great way to save lives! Click the orange button to hear an audio introduction to the VFC.
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Your Congregation makes a difference
Your congregation can be an environment of acceptance for veterans and their families.
Did you know that veterans are five times (5X) more likely to seek help from their clergy than every VA service combined?
Your congregation could help promote awareness of the needs of those sacrificing their time and effort to support our country.
Listen to the testimony of three Vietnam Veterans whose lives were destroyed for decade because of the war.
Veteran Friendly Congregation Initiative Hotline at 865-336-2624!
Start a Veteran Friendly Congregation
We appreciate your interest and the investment of your time spent learning how your congregation can better serve veterans and their families.
We remind you that in order for us to recognize your place of worship as a “Veteran Friendly Congregation”
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Become Veteran Friendly
Please listen to Freddie Owens and Randall Baxter explain the foundation of a VFC and while providing the benefits of being a VFC.
VFC lesson 101
Resources for Congregations
Your commitment toward becoming a Veteran Friendly Congregation begins with raising awareness among the members that you now have this program in place. We urge you to publish this ministry in your bulletins, newsletters and websites at least on a monthly basis. Your veterans need to know to whom they can turn for assistance.
Did you know that people are more likely to turn to their clergy and congregation leaders when faced with mental health challenges? Did you know veterans are five times more likely to seek help from their clergy than from psychologists, mental health experts or every VA service combined? Watch as Department of Veterans Affairs Chief of Chaplain Services Reverend John Oliver discusses the role clergy can play in ensuring the welfare of our nation’s veterans. The Veteran Friendly Congregation hotline is 865-336-2624.
Congregation-based Military Ministry Programs are a step toward
supporting active military and veterans of the current and past
conflicts. These programs are fundamental to the success of the Veteran
Friendly Congregation Initiative (VFCI) effort as they represent the
primary participation vehicle for Congregations to
participate in the VFCI and also an important element in qualifying as a
Veteran Friendly Congregation (VFC). It is a key way for spreading the
word and connecting with military family members in need on a local
The Initiative is intended to address the entire extended
family members associated with the person that is or has been in the
military. The VFCI has the following goals:
Help the congregation members maintain an awareness of the existence and needs of those sacrificing their time and effort to support our country
Create an environment of acceptance
within the congregation for any extended family member who worships or
visits the congregation; acceptance of their needs (physical, material,
and spiritual), and a willingness to join in their struggles, whatever
they might be.
NOTE:No faith has
to act in any way like another faith ... no congregation has to act or
have a Ministry like any other congregation ... it is completely
customizable to each congregation's desire to act ... but being
part of a larger networks helps build the network and allows us to
share information among the active congregation that can help others
learn what others are doing.
Your congregation can be an
environment of acceptance for veterans and their families. Your
congregation could help promote awareness of the needs of those
sacrificing their time and effort to support our country.
Friendly Congregation Initiative Hotline at 865-336-2624!