The Church has Left the Building. Like Jesus, we go where the People are. We don't expect them to come to us. We are here to share the really Great News that we are created and re-created by a Loving God of Grace and Mercy.


This Page is the Temporary Home of Firebird Spirit, Inc. as well as a Welcome to South Church’s Acts of Faith Model of Ministry while and are under construction. Please scroll down to find what you’re looking for.

Learn more about how we might be able to work with you, your church
and/or your mid-council.

The Acts of Faith is a model of ministry that adapts the concepts of the 1st century church to the 21st century.

Firebird Spirit, Inc. emerged when individuals, churches and mid-councils around the country sought to learn more about the Acts of Faith. No two churches are the same. Yet, by offering consulting and coaching services, we are able to share the South Church Experience with others as we help them explore their options for new mission and ministries.

Below are some introductory videos and printed materials to help you learn more about how this one “wee kirk” is redefining church. In 2019 (pre-COVID), our 50 members supported 20 Acts of Faith that had 250 people involved weekly, 5,926 different people in the course of the year, and 25,399 different contacts with people through these ministries. Think about that: this “merry little band of believers” provided close to 25,000 opportunities for people to “bump up against Jesus” through them.

While their experience of this model coincided with selling their church building and becoming a 100% missional church … yours may not.

You don’t have to sell your building to be missional!
You just have to be open to God re-defining “church.”

We are happy to field your questions, to welcome visitors, and to arrange for members of our leadership team to visit you, if that would be helpful. Our whole life boils down to the prayer:

Put us where you want us, and Show us what to do!

Wondering who we are? Here are some Letters of Introduction CLICK HERE

In 2019, members of the San Fernando Presbytery (in Los Angeles) came to Rochester in order learn more about the Acts of Faith Model of Ministry. Although you don’t have to leave your building to be missional, this 7-minute video gives voice to some of South’s long-time members about their experience.

Life-long members talk about selling the church buildings to become more missional.

In 2017, South invited its members to make 20-second videos on their smart phones. Here’s what they want you to know about the Acts of Faith Model of ministry.

South’s AoF Model

Another 2019 video shot by our friends in Los Angeles speaks not only about South Church, but how it is that the mid-council — Genesee Valley Presbytery — assisted with developing and trying a new way of being the church.

Church and Presbytery work together for a new model of ministry.

The Acts of Faith Model of Ministry white paper –

Testimonials & More

Program Offerings and Payment Options


190 page, soft cover work book:
The Church Has Left The Building
You may purchase single copies of the book for $24 (includes lower 48 U.S. shipping)
by clicking the GIVE button and selecting “Book Sale” from the options.

OR buy an eBook version for $10 (from the Community Learning Lab) by CLICKING HERE and typing
Church Has Left the Building in the search box at the left.
For bulk sale discounts, please contact the church office for a custom invoice:
The Clergy discounted price is $10. Please call (585) 271-5078 or email to order.