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Apostolic kingdom-minded leaders following Jesus together.

 VISION

CCFI is a 21st-century movement that offers an apostolic covering with respect to the autonomy of local faith-based organizations and their unique structure in order to impact their communities with the Gospel of the Kingdom.

 
 

MISSION

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CCFI is the acronym for CCF Ministries Inc. It is an international movement connecting kingdom leaders who choose to do life together as they follow Jesus.  We are a 21st century apostolic movement that connects kingdom leaders who carry a similar apostolic grace and anointing, and CCFI offers a platform that provides a spiritual covering to pastors and ministers who wish to be licensed or ordained by apostolic leaders.  

 

Doing life together - as we do life together, we devote ourselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. CCFI is determined to offer all members a united opportunity to live the book of Acts, chapter 2. 

 

CCFI provides discipleship and leadership development through the continued education of kingdom principles. As a church planting movement CCFI offers an apostolic covering to churches while respecting the autonomy of each church. 

CCFI is a sending movement that offers members the opportunity to participate in missions’ trips, nationally and internationally. Currently CCFI is concentrating on the following nations: Middle East, South America, Africa, and Europe.
We are kingdom-minded apostolic leaders around the globe who are passionate about the reformation of the church to its original purpose  -  the ekklesia of God on earth.

 

We are focused on the restoration of the Antiochian Paradigm of 1) team leadership, 2) multi-ethnicity, 3) mission church, and 4) APETS. 

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Major Characteristics of the Antiochian Paradigm

I. The Antioch Church was an inclusive church that was born out of persecution (ACTS 11:20).

Often, people who are victims of persecution, and who are experienced in the ways of suffering, are a more broken people who are ready and willing to step out of their cultural box to welcome and love others (as opposed to the homogeneous model of the Jerusalem Church). We desire to weep with those who weep, and mourn with those who mourn. We desire to be a people of compassion who will bear the burdens, and identify with the pain and suffering of others.

  1. Jesus had to touch the leper, a social outcast, before he could heal him.
  2. We live in a broken society. We, as broken people, need to convey the fact that we are a community of people in the process of healing and spiritual transformation. We should not portray ourselves as a righteous community having all the answers, that sends the erroneous message that we are in anyway better than others.
  3. David said that God enlarged him when he was in distress (Psalm 4:1). So, in our brokenness and pain we grow in God’s grace, which enables us to be wounded healers like our Savior.
II. The word over the Antioch Church was purpose, transcending earthly and material possessions, money and concerns (ACTS 11:23).
  1. An apostolic church emphasizes God’s Kingdom purposes rather than material possessions, convenience, or comfort. They know there is more to life than earthy pleasure; there is the joy of walking in divine purpose that comes by obedience to the call of God and living for the sake of others.
  2. God’s Kingdom purpose is always a corporate purpose. That is to say, our individual purpose will never be fulfilled unless it is attached to a local church.
III. The Antioch Church had emerging five-fold ministry gifts (ACTS 13:1).
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod) and Saul.  While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  So, after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. They had prophets and teachers; and apostles. There was evidently a type of discipleship process in which servant leaders were continually raised up.
IV. The leadership and congregation of the Antioch Church was multi-ethnic (ACTS 13:2).
The Jerusalem Church was multi-lingual and multi-ethnic, but was not trans-cultural because they never reached out beyond Judaism. The Antioch Church modeled ethnic reconciliation. In Antioch there were five walls that divided the ethnic groups of the city. Believers in this church would scale these walls to attend church. Believers today still need to be intentional and scale the walls that divide us from our ethnically or economically different brothers and sisters. A culture based on Christ should always trump our individual and family cultures.
V. The leadership of the Antioch Church was vocationally diverse (ACTS 13:2).
Barnabas was into real estate; Saul was a religious leader; Manaen was a politician. Scripture teaches that it takes more than a religious leader to transform a culture or nation. (The books of Esther, Nehemiah, Ezra, and Daniel demonstrate this.) We need to see an Antiochian Church model that trains and releases believers in the business, political, and religious spheres of society to proclaim the Kingdom of God.
VI. The Antioch Church was reliant on God’s presence.
  1. They regularly ministered to the Lord. Many of today’s congregations come to God to receive from Him instead of ministering to Him. If we would learn to minister to the Lord then He would minister back to us beyond measure (Psalm 37:4).
  2. They heard from the Lord regarding mission and purpose. People who minister to the Lord regularly will not live vain lives that focus on trivial things. Many people just want to hear from the Lord regarding their own personal issues!
VI. The Antioch Church was reliant on God’s presence.
  1. They regularly ministered to the Lord. Many of today’s congregations come to God to receive from Him instead of ministering to Him. If we would learn to minister to the Lord then He would minister back to us beyond measure (Psalm 37:4).
  2. They heard from the Lord regarding mission and purpose. People who minister to the Lord regularly will not live vain lives that focus on trivial things. Many people just want to hear from the Lord regarding their own personal issues!
VII. The Antioch Church was a sending church.
  1. They understood and preached corporate mission and corporate destiny!
  2. Their members and leaders followed apostolic protocol in regard to their ministry. In our day, most just “went” instead of being sent, which is the reason why there are so many dysfunctional pastors and churches in our nation.
  3. Today many churches are started by self-appointed and self-ordained people who begin ministries without being under proper spiritual authority, which makes them illegitimate in the Kingdom.
VIII. The Antioch Church was a generous giving church that gave to other ministries and churches (ACTS 11:29).
  1. People who understand pain are also people who empathize with the needs of others. This results in being moved by compassion to give of time and finances.
  2. As we are told by Old Testament prophets, taking care of widows, orphans, and empowering the poor or disadvantaged, is dear to the heart of God.
Used with permission/Mattera Min. Int'l.