Ministries

The C.C.C organizes the ministry of the Church into 2 subsets - Para-Church Ministries and Worship Communities.

As a Communion we view the Worship Community as nexus of Christian Worship.  We classify Worship Communities in 3 categories – Faith Communities, Mission Congregations (Missions) and Parish Churches.

Missions are churches that are establishing a worshiping community in a certain region or city. are also new worshiping communities that are less than two years old. New worship communities may be planted in one of two ways:

 

  1. An individual or group may work with the Bishop for that area to develop a new worshiping body which from the beginning can designate itself as a potential affiliate;

  2. A satellite or extension work may be developed by an existing congregation that will remain under the auspices of that congregation until such time that it is ready to become an independent affiliate.

Faith Communities are multi site communities that may be meeting in the form of cell groups, house churches, community groups, etc.

Parish Churches are established congregations with one central gathering point.  These churches are more than two years old and have regular worship services or gatherings.

Para-church Ministries are Christian faith-based organizations that usually carry out their mission independent of typical church oversight.  Roles that para-church organizations undertake include larger more national or international movements:

 

  • Religious Orders

  • Evangelistic crusade associations

  • Evangelistic and discipleship ministries

  • Music and print publishers, radio and television stations, film studios, online ministries

  • Study centers and institutes, schools, colleges and universities

  • Political and social activist groups

  • Welfare and social services, including homeless shelters, child care, and domestic violence, disaster relief programs, food pantries and clothing closets, and emergency aid centers.

  • Self-help groups

Existing Worship Communities and Para-church Ministries may make application to join the Communion.

The following 3 Points should be consider by those wishing to join.

I. Worship Communities and Para-church Ministries desiring affiliation with the Communion should:

 

  1. be in agreement with the vision and mission of the Convergent Christian Communion.

  2. be in agreement with the Communion Statement of Faith.

                                                                                                                                              

II. Affiliation requirements:

 

The Senior Minister of the Worship Community or Para-church Ministry desiring affiliation must carry or obtain Convergent Christian Communion credentials.

 

Each Worship Community/Para-Church Ministry shall 

  1. be an autonomous body with its own charter/bylaws.  Convergent Christian Communion can assist in crafting.

  2. have the option of obtaining its own 501(c) (3).

  3. financially support the Communion and provide for its on-going growth (as they are able).  

  4. be required to complete a 6 month discernment period, prior to being granted full affiliation.  Delegates representing a Worship Community/Para-Church Ministry in discernment are not granted voting rights for General Assembly. 

  5. make use of a proper and functional financial recording system, reflecting financial integrity.

  6. submit a yearly report describing the ministry activities through the past year

  7. committed to relationship, responsibility and accountability to the Communion.

  8. shall have an administrative body including a Treasurer, Secretary, and at least one other member.  Within Worship Communities the elected Pastor is automatically a member of the administrative body.  

 

III.  The benefits of affiliating with the Convergent Christian Communion are:

 

  1. Increased credibility through identification with a nationwide organization that emphasizes integrity and responsible Christian conduct.

  2. Churches will be able to receive guidance from the Regional Bishop, Bishops Council and General Council.

  3. Communion Clergy will be available to minister to the local congregations and bring outside wisdom to the body.

  4. Churches will have the opportunity to partner with Communion mission’s projects.

  5. External accountability - independent churches run the risk of becoming echo chambers, the benefit of external accountability insures that ministries remain hubs of Christian mission and ministry.

Ready to join our journey?

Submit your Worship Community/Para-church information today!