We believe that The Bible is the inspired Word of God. 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 our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (2 Tim. 3:16; I Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe that Our God is one, but manifested in three – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal (Phil. 2:6). God the Father is greater than all: the Source of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter (John 14:28; John 1:14). God the Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1; John 1:18; John 1:14). God the Holy Spirit proceeds forth from the Father and is eternal (John 15:26). In Jesus all the fullness of the deity lives in bodily form (Col. 2:9).
We believe that Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image 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 (Rom. 5:14; Rom. 3:10; Rom. 3:23; I John 3:8). Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Eph. 2:8).
We believe that 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 Cor. 7:10; 1 John 5:12; John 3:3-5).
We believe that 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 (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36-39).
We believe that The Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers and is received subsequent to the New Birth. Evidence of this experience is speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4). We believe in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit in the body as enumerated in I Corinthians 12-14 as manifested in the early church.
We believe that The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation (Heb. 12:14; I Thess. 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; Phil. 3:12-14; I cor. 1:30).
We believe that 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. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the Church today (Mark 16:18; James 5:25; I Peter 2:24; Matt. 8:17; Isa. 53:4-5).
We believe that the angels said “This same Jesus shall so come in like manner”. His coming is imminent. When He comes, the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air and return with Him to the earth according to Matt. 5:5 (Acts 1:11; I Thess. 4: 16,17).
We believe that the one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire and, therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms eternal and everlasting, used in describing the duration of punishment of the damned in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 19:20).
We believe that faith without works is dead. We do not believe, as a matter of the fundamental beliefs and doctrines of this church that any matter can be believed without there being an accompanying and corresponding action. Our faith is an active faith that requires the doing of acts in the world. Our faith is not a passive or complacent system of intellectual belief or assent to doctrine, but is an active force in our lives that requires and results in actions being taken. A living, active faith will be manifested not only in belief and mental assent but in actions expressed and based upon that belief. If a belief is truly held, it will be acted upon. The act is as much a fundamental aspect of our faith as the belief upon which the act is based. (James 2: 14-16; Ephesians 2:8-10; Matt. 7:24-27; Matt. 5:16; II Cor. 5:10; Mat.16: 27; Rev. 2:23; Rev. 22:12).
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 private confrontation, private confrontation with witnesses, and, finally, exposure to the church for judgment leading to restoration or separation (Matt. 18:15-20; Gal. 6:1; Rom. 16:17; II John 9-11; I Cor. 5; II Cor. 2:6-8; I Tim. 5:20).
We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ expressed as the church individual (a specific church), the church local, and the church universal and invisible (all saints of all places and all times united together under one Lord). As such, we believe the church to be more than just a building or a gathering of people. It is a body living in relationship and harmony under the direction of the head, Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:15; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Romans 16:5; 1 Peter 2:4-5; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians4: 11-16).
We believe that the local church, although autonomous, will be related to other local churches and ministries through fellowship and formed relationships. In particular, we believe that there are foundational ministries of apostles and prophets that transcend the local church and that the local church should be in a relationship with such a ministry or ministries for the purpose of advice, counsel, oversight, encouragement, and help. Such ministries are designed by God to provide connection and relationship in the universal Body of Christ between and among local fellowships and to provide spiritual, covering, protection, accountability, identity, and checks and balances for local leadership by local elders.
We believe that in all matters concerning the Body of Christ, in its direction, discipline, ministry and functioning, that specific guidance, 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; I Tim. 1:18; Rom. 8:14; I Tim. 5:22; John 16: 13-15; I Cor. 5:3).
We believe that Laying on of hands is a biblical practice. Jesus practiced it in Mark 10:13-16 as a blessing, and it is our grounds for baby dedication instead of baptism. We believe in the laying on of hands for healing (Mark 5:22, 23 and 41; Mark 5:28-3 1; 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 Ghost (Acts 8:26-18); laying on of hands to believe words spoken, to receive anointing, and to cultivate the anointing (I Tim. 4:14); laying on of hands for appointment to eldership (I Tim.4: 14).
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 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 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:3-6).
We believe that God speaks today. There are at least five channels of prophecy by which God speaks to His people today. They are: the office of the prophet, prophetic preaching, prophetic presbytery, the gift of prophecy and the spirit of prophesy. All five channels are received and encouraged in this church. We believe that hearing from God, both individually as members and corporately as a church, through prophecy or any other biblical means chosen by God to communicate, is essential to our faith and walk with God. Prophecy is only one method of discerning God’s will and direction. It is recognized that none of the methods or channels of prophecy will always be 100 percent accurate and actions should not be taken on the basis of prophetic words alone without other confirmation. We believe the presbytery serves the purpose in the body of Christ in activating, establishing, releasing, commissioning, and ordaining gifts to their office, function, and place of relationship and/or leadership (I Cor. 14:3; Eph. 4:11; Eph. 2:20; I Tim. 4:14; Acts 13:1-3; Titus 1:5; Rom. 12:6; I Peter 4:10; I Cor. 14:39; I Cor. 14:1; I Thess. 5: 19-21; I Tim. 5:22; II Tim. 1:6).
We believe in the apostolic ministry for today as one which functions in one or more localities through foundational ministry as of a father laying the foundation on the Christ and equipping the saints for the work of ministry. We seek to relate to the apostles of Christ and to be apostolic ourselves (Eph. 4:11-16; Col. 1:25-29; Heb. 6:1-2).
We believe that there is always a person who is the presiding leader on any leadership team raised up by God. That person will be the first among equals –the leader of the leadership team. We believe that the leader will be an ascension gift, not necessarily a Minister, though that is the title given to the leader in this church. The leader will be the person through whom the main vision of the church is received, articulated and developed. He will be the one with the final responsibility and decision make authority in all matters concerning the church. He will be recognized by the God’s grace, God’s anointing and ability and vision that God given to him (Num. 27:15-22; I Cor. 12:18; Eph. 4:11; Acts 13:1). God will raises up elders and other ascension gifts to function with and in relationship to the visionary. We believe that there will be mutual submission within the leadership team consisting of the visionary and elders. Within the team we believe that there will be submission of the visionary to the others in the governing leadership and that there will be at they are to seek the mind of God together for the church in all areas of its affairs.
1) Apostolic Center (Antioch type)
– Focusing on missions by sending people to missions fields through the development of the Fivefold Leaders
– Training and raising Marketplace ministers
2) Power Evangelism Crusades
3) Apostolic Oversight for Fivefold Ministry and Churches
4) Prophetic Shelter for the Nations
5) Equipping and Training future Fivefold Ministers
6) Networking with churches and leaders
7) Planting churches based on the foundations of apostles and prophets
8) Resource Center for World Missions
9) Providing Spiritual Accountability through Relationships
10) Consulting Marketplace Ministers
11) Twenty four hours Global Intercessory Prayer Center
We believe that God is raising a new structure (wineskin) for the Body of Christ on earth;
We believe that the Holy Spirit is restoring the ministry of apostles to lead, govern and father the body of Christ;
We believe that churches and pastors in many places are seeking fruitful relationship in networking with apostles through the initiative of the Holy Spirit;
We believe the restoration of apostles and prophets to the church is necessary to bring the church to power, authority and maturity (Ephesians 4:11-13) before the coming of the Lord;
We believe that the restorations of apostles and prophets are a preparation to the body of Christ for the coming of Christ;
We believe that the ministry of apostles and prophets and the principle of relational networking are essential for the life of the church/ministry for what will behold during the last days;
We believe that the coming years we will see great harvests for the Kingdom of God in many nations and great worldwide revivals will be expected by the body of Christ;
We believe that the Great Commission of Jesus expressed in Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:5, 8 must be embraced today by every local ministry and each believer;
We believe that Christ has commissioned us to facilitate the ministry of apostles and the networking of churches and other ministries in all nations.
ANOINTED APOSTOLIC MINISTRY
Throughout the Churches there is a cry coming before the Lord for the restoration of New Testament function and pattern that God might work through the body of Christ the way Scripture describes. But according to the clear witness of the Word of God, for such recovery to take place Apostolic ministry must first be restored to proper function, structure and priority in the church or the cry of these many will never be answered.
There’s a great need for the restoration of apostolic ministry. There are untold thousands of churches and other ministries through the cities, the slums and the villages that lack spiritual fathers. Despite the best efforts of denominational structure, men and women in ministry often struggle without mentors, without leadership, without teaching, without anyone to affirm them, ordain them and activate their gifts.
Apostolic ministry, a much needed ministry, does not only bring covering, protection, blessing and success to these ministers but also unites these various churches/ministry in strong networks under the leadership of local and international apostles.
The Lord calls us to the task of establishing apostolic ministry, including the calling forth of younger apostles and helping them to be established in leadership among their own people of every nation. Effective networks will develop ministries, many new churches will be planted and we will see the release of many strong leaders and ministries in the Body of Christ.
DEFINITION OF THE NETWORK
2-1. Under the leadership of those called to be apostles by Christ (see sect. 4), there needs to be an International Network of apostles and other 5-fold ministers, apostolic teams, churches, ministers and ministries in covenant relationship.
2-2. An Apostolic Network is not a denomination or a mission society. Rather, it is a movement of the Spirit of God restoring the ministry of apostles to the Body of Christ, and restoring more fully the true nature and structure of the New Testament Church.
2-3. The Holy Spirit is bringing churches and ministries into joyful harmony, productive partnership, loving relationship, trusting accountability, mutual support and common vision under apostolic leadership.
2-4. In an Apostolic Network, churches and various ministries are autonomous (ex. self- governing – see 4.4) but voluntarily enter into a relational structure for mutual edification, accountability and the strengthening of the church. Churches and ministries will find their fuller potential under the anointing of apostles.
2-5. All associations held within an Apostolic Network of Christian Ministries are bound together by a unity of the Spirit, especially as this pertains to the relationship between the local church/ministry leaders and the apostles of the Network.
2-6. The association of these various ministries is relational, under Christ our Head and on the basis of the spiritual authority which the Lord Jesus Christ gives and not that of legal ownership or authoritarian structures. It is a commitment to one another in the Lord, believing in mutual submission and the need in the New Testament Church for accountability, apostolic leadership and oversight.
GOALS FOR APOSTOLIC MINISTRY
3-1. Establish apostolic ministry to provide leadership and spiritual covering to Ministers and churches, missions, Christian schools, Christian business, Workplace ministers and all other forms of Christian work or ministry.
3-2. Make available the ministry of apostles as spiritual fathers, mentors and counselors to men and women of God seeking relationship, protection, wisdom, strength and anointing.
3-3. Form a network of ministers and churches under apostolic leadership in each nation of the world built up and protected by apostolic anointing and authority.
3-4. Train those called to be Apostles and other 5-fold ministers, especially in the area of character, accountability, and integrity in their ministries. To equip Ministers, Elders and Churches on how to operate and flow under the apostolic anointing.
3-5. Develop relationship with other networks of Apostles and Prophets and be fathers and brothers with them also.
3-6. Establish Apostolic teams under the leadership of Apostles being equipped with every kind of ministry, to bring life to Churches, spiritual break-through over towns, regions and cities, open new areas of ministry and establish Churches, bring ministers and Churches in a father-son relationship, prophetic counsel, encouragement, deliverance and teaching. To provide accountability, discipline when needed, and bring the blessing and protection that flows from Apostolic covering.
3-7. Plant new Churches which will have an Apostolic/Prophetic foundation, being under the government of apostles until ministry(elders) and leadership is(are) appointed by the apostles. To remain as a New Testament Church by being established in a relationship and voluntarily being accountable to apostles. To always be open to receiving the ministry which Christ provides through His appointed 5-fold ministries.
3-8. Facilitate ministry by raising financial support to meet the need of Ministers, Evangelists, Apostles, Churches and other ministries in economically poor regions. “Your plenty will supply what they need” (2 Corinthians 8:14).
3-9. Develop ways to equip, train and send out those Christ calls with a mission to the nations.
3-10. Take every God-given opportunity to serve the poor, remembering Christ’s words in Matthew 25:40. The Apostles of Jerusalem asked Paul and Barnabas as apostles to the Gentiles to “continue to remember the poor”, of which Paul said “the very thing I was eager to do” (Galatians 2:10).
METHOD OF OPERATION
4-1. International Council of Apostles
This will be comprised through regional, national and international networks and be in relationship to an international team of apostles. This will be the International Council of Apostles who will determine their own leadership under Christ.
4-2. International Advisers
The International Council may appoint an International Adviser. An International Adviser is someone who is an experienced or seasoned five-fold minister of the gospel with an existing international ministry. This is really a dynamic role for international Prophets.
4-3. Regional and National Networks
Within each nation, regional networks will develop, which will be designated by regional apostles and apostolic teams The regional apostles will be in covenant relationship with national apostles and the national apostles are themselves linked to international apostles and the International Council. Apostles will be recognized as such by their churches or by other apostles.
4-4. Every Ministry Autonomous
All ministries and churches, including the ministries of apostles themselves, are autonomous. The principle of autonomy must be effective at every level of ministry. The principle applies to the ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, as well as to churches, missions and every Christian agency or society. They must be self-governing and aim for self-funding. This leaves us free to fully participate in the dynamic partnership of covenant relationship. Churches and pastors will recognize those apostles who are fathers to them and will receive their ministry of authority and government within the context of liberty and autonomy.
The ministry of an apostle in overseeing a network of churches is itself autonomous. Thus, we will be raising many autonomous apostolic networks across the nations. These apostles are themselves at liberty but yet governed and fathered by other apostles as the Holy Spirit develops the links and relationships which is the body of Christ.
The ministry of the networks and oversight of the churches is to be in the hands of the apostles. Government is to be apostolic at all levels. This means that each apostle can find freedom but with accountability. Each apostle should receive partnership and advice from those around him and not be controlling. Apostles should receive counsel but in the end they must make decisions in the name of Christ for the good of the ministry. Apostles should be open and honest with those around them but they must also be trusted by those around them. At no stage should any part of the ministry be governed by democratic committees. Rather the work is in the hands of those ministers who are, on a daily basis, involved in ministry.
Covering and accountability is provided not through hierarchy or authoritarianism but through relationship, which will involve commitment to love and support. These relationships will be based on covenant, mentoring and accountability. The ministry of apostles is provided to impart a fathering spirit in ministry, bringing identity, security affirmation of worth and to help ministers and churches fulfil their calling, destiny and purpose.
It is stressed that all of these aspects of structure depend entirely upon relationship. Being outside of this heart type of relationship that is under the anointing of the Lord, does not exist. Every minister and church, every apostle, prophet, evangelist and other minister has an autonomous ministry in their own right but we come together in relationship to provide the network and covering which the Lord’s desires for us.
True apostolic ministry is relational. The development of a true covenant relationship in Christ will involve genuine love and trust, integrity, accountability and commitment. The rewards of such a relationship are very great.
The relationship between an apostle and a minister and between an apostle and the churches involves honoring. Honor and commitment must always flow two ways. The apostle honors in giving of his life, love, time and resources to help and enable the pastor and the church. The pastor and the church in return honor the apostle by giving and supporting him in his life and ministry. This commitment is necessary for a true covenant relationship to be effective.
In apostolic ministry and relational networks, giving must be two-way. The apostles give in enabling. That is, they will give of themselves completely, giving of their love and time, giving in mentoring, encouragement and training and whatever necessary they will give to support new works, to help the poor and to raise new churches.
On the other hand, ministers, churches and ministries must give in honoring their apostles. They must give in order to support the apostles and to their work and travel which is a part of their ministry. Every church in an apostolic network should have two forms of giving which should be included in their budget.
(1) Each church or ministry should give their tithe, first fruit to support their apostle, his traveling and his extended apostolic ministry.
(2) Each church or ministry should give from their mission budget to aid apostles with mission, evangelism, church planting and development of work.
LOCAL MINISTERS AND ELDERS
Ministers and elders should seek to develop and strengthen their personal relationship with apostles and prophets. While local churches, new ministers and elders must be affirmed and accepted by the constitutional procedures of each local church or ministry, it is important that the calling and selection of ministers and the identifying and nominating of elders be done in consultation with apostolic oversight. This is one of the essential functions of this relationship and helps a church/ministry to identify the particular persons that God is raising up and appointing and helps to safeguard the local church/ministry from costly mistakes.