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International Christian Church
Usd21globes.jpg
Globes that the ICC gives to missionaries.
ClassificationChristian, Non-Denominational, Restorationist, Christian Fundamentalism
OrientationBible, Evangelical
AssociationsMERCYworldwide, UpSideDown21, Discipleship Media, International College of Christian Ministries
Region21 nations [1]
FounderKip McKean & Elena McKean
Origin2006[2]
Portland, Oregon
Separated fromInternational Churches of Christ
SeparationsPortland International Christian Church
Members2000
 
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International Christian Church
Usd21globes.jpg
Globes that the ICC gives to missionaries.
ClassificationChristian, Non-Denominational, Restorationist, Christian Fundamentalism
OrientationBible, Evangelical
AssociationsMERCYworldwide, UpSideDown21, Discipleship Media, International College of Christian Ministries
Region21 nations [1]
FounderKip McKean & Elena McKean
Origin2006[2]
Portland, Oregon
Separated fromInternational Churches of Christ
SeparationsPortland International Christian Church
Members2000

The International Christian Church (Typically abbreviated as 'ICC' and also known as the 'Sold-Out Discipling Movement') is a group of Restoration Movement, non-denominational congregations led by Kip McKean (World Missions Evangelist). The roots of the International Christian Church come from the International Churches of Christ (ICOC).

History[edit]

On 12 November 2001, Kip McKean wrote that he had decided to take a sabbatical from his role as the leader of the International Churches of Christ. He issued the following statement:

During these days Elena and I have been coming to grips with the need to address some serious shortcomings in our marriage and family. After much counsel with the Gempels and Bairds and other World Sector Leaders as well as hours of prayer, we have decided it is God's will for us to take a sabbatical and to delegate, for a time, our day-to-day ministry responsibilities so that we can focus on our marriage and family.[3][4]

McKean had stepped other evangelists down from leadership positions for "Family problems", yet was having a difficult time applying the same standards to himself. During this time McKean wrote Revolution Through Restoration II (published with preface by Al Baird on March 22, 2001) and Revolution Through Restoration Part III (dated July 13, 2003).[2][5]

On 6 November 2002, Kip McKean resigned his World Missions Evangelist leadership position with the ICOC. He cited family problems and apologized for his own arrogance. McKean indicated that his sins "have weakened and embittered many in our churches," and "these sins have surfaced in my family as well as the church."[6]

The Elders, Teachers and Evangelists of the ICOC wrote a letter to McKean highlighting their ongoing concerns.[7]

On 15 October 2006, McKean published in the Portland Church Bulletin the first of a three-part series entitled, "Partners in the Gospel."[8][9][10] Though the names “Portland Movement” and “Sold-Out Discipling Movement” had been used for over a year, these three articles were the first formal announcement of the birth of the International Christian Churches. It was only after this October 2006 date that any church affiliated with the Portland Church changed their name to ICC. Please Note: Kip Mckean removed over $500,000 from the Portland Church, that was in Savings before he got there.

In April 2007, McKean and his wife Elena left the Portland International Christian Church to plant the City of Angels International Christian Church in Los Angeles. McKean and his wife were accompanied by 40 others from the Portland ICC.[11]

In August 2008, the Portland International Christian Church under the new leadership of Steve Johnson, made the decision to break ties with McKean and the ICC. The church then changed its name to Portland International Church of Christ in order to realign itself with the ICOC. Douglas Arthur, long time friend of McKean's and lead evangelist of the Boston Church of Christ explained:

I personally traveled to Portland in May of 2006 to admonish my friend Kip and the Elders in Portland about "letting no unwholesome talk come out of their mouths" Eph 4:29. With the encouragement of Steve and Lisa Johnson, Kip showed some signs of changing, but in time quickly reverted back to slandering other churches not under his direction... People would be contacted and told that their church was now dead and if they had any hope of doing their best for God they should come join the new "Sold Out" congregation. This pattern was repeated in a several cities around the world.

Four other churches, who initially listed with the Portland Movement, have since followed Portland's lead and disassociated themselves from the International Christian Churches.[12]

Sold-Out Discipling Movement[edit]

Kip McKean uses the term "sold-out" because "so many have cheapened the word 'disciple'." "Sold-out" is the slogan he uses in the new congregations to refer to the doctrine of "total commitment" to God. McKean states, "To be 'fully committed' is to be sold-out." The (SODM) is a re-branding of the Discipling practices that the International Church of Christ had become known for. One strategy of the is to approach members of the ICOC and to pull them into the ICC. This practice is referred to as "harvesting" or "calling-out the remnant".[13]

Leadership Positions[edit]

Associations[edit]

These associations are run completely by brothers and sisters of the church. Some money from the contribution is used for aid towards these associations.

MERCY Worldwide[edit]

MERCY, Maximizing Efforts for Relief Care and Youth, is an international benevolent organization led by the International Christian Churches that normally partners with different community organizations to help people in need. Annually sometime in mid-June MERCY worldwide organizes Day of MERCY when each one of their branches to reaches out to the community,[19] but the day before they also hold their Day of Prayer & Fasting for Global MERCY worldwide Efforts.[20] In 2012 over 1,500 ICC members served in the Day of MERCY. MERCY worldwide was founded on 2008 at the 2008 World Missions Jubilee.

MERCY has various programs including an annual Toy Drive which takes place some time around Christmas, the joint blood donation drive with the American Red Cross, and recently MERCY worldwide Abidjan had begun programs to feed hungry children in the city. They also arranged for London widows to be united with orphans of Abidjan. MERCY's Dr. Souaga has been recruiting international volunteers to operate temporary clinics.[21]

Currently the chairman of the board is Kip McKean while Nick Bordieri serves as President and CEO. Other directors include Cory Blackwell, Blaise Feumba, Roger & Kama Parlour, and Rob & Burgandie Onekea. There also are 24 other MERCY Ambassadors in the USA and 16 internationally.[22] Currently there are branches of MERCY on 6 different continents.

UpsideDown21[edit]

Logo for UpSideDown21

UpsideDown21 (USD21) is the organization that creates most websites for the ICC. Its name derives from (a) how the first-century church "turned the world upside down" (Acts 17:6, RSV), and (b) because it shows that the impact the 1st Century Church had will be seen again in the 21st Century. In the 2004 World Missions Jubilee, Kip McKean named Jeremy Ciaramella CyberEvangelist for the internet ministry, then McKean named Ron Harding Lead CyberEvangelist in 2009. In the beginning UpsideDown21 had the sermons from the Portland church. It now has announcements for all the congregations in 12 languages.[23][24]

Discipleship Media[edit]

Discipleship Media (DM) is the publishing arm of the ICC. Discipleship Media focuses on business card designs, church invitations, special event flyers, podium signs, posters, street banners, web services, custom web design, special event registration, and audio/video production services.[25] DM also publishes copies of the First Principles booklets for the ICC but have announced that in 2014 would publish new books and music albums. Discipleship Media is run by the same members in charge of USD21; Ron Harding, Jeremy Ciaramella, Rob Onekea and Tim Kernan.[2] About one terabyte of sermon media is downloaded monthly from USD21 and ICC websites worldwide.[26]

International College of Christian Ministry[edit]

The International College of Christian Ministry (ICCM) is the official university of the ICC. It currently can award Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate Degrees in the ICC's Ministry.[27] The ICC has stated that it will officially open in late January 2013. The ICC has also stated that they will award 25 members of the churches $2,500 scholarships per trimester, after 3 February 2013 the ICCM will accept more applications.[28]

The ICCM was first approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education of California to offer bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees. The ICC stated on reason was to "enhance the public recognition of the tremendous quality of training received by our Evangelists and Women’s Ministry Leaders in the States and internationally." And secondly to allow them to bring men and women to train overseas to train on student visas.[29]

Chris Adams, a recipient of a BA in History from Yale and a Master’s Degree in Education from Long Island University, will serve as the Vice President of the ICCM; McKean will serve as the President; and Michael Kirchner will serve as the chairman of the board.[29]

Good News Network[edit]

The Good News Network (GNN) is the filmmaking arm of the ICC. The network was first announced at the ICC's 2013 Global Leadership Conference: Prophets & Kings where GNN also aired their first short film, Eyes Wide Open. During Chris Chloupek's introduction of GNN and the film, he stated that GNN was similar to the ICOC's former Kingdom News Network. GNN is also said to start airing news shows displaying the "good news" happening around the ICC.

Reunions and ministries[edit]

These are the main reunions of the church and the ministries in the ICC.

World Missions Jubilee[edit]

The World Missions Jubilee (WMJ) is the reunion of all of the congregations from around the world. It is actually exactly like a Worship Service only larger, the members unite daily for classes, and sometimes there are more than one groups (ex. The Latino Ministries). The WMJ was once annual but is now biannual, it is normally held in L.A., the movement's headquarter, were they rent conference rooms of hotels. It is typically held around August. The theme for 2010 was The Exodus. It does happen that some members can't go so there are still services in their home church.[23][24]

Global Leadership Conference[edit]

Attendance for the 2013 Global Leadership Conference was nearly 2,000

The Global Leadership Conference (GLC) is a conference for members in leadership roles or those who aspire leadership. Though not as many go to the GLC the attendance is high (1,046 at the 2011 GLC). It is held every year, though on a WMJ year it only lasts a day and it is held the day before the WMJ but on a year without a WMJ it is 3–4 days long. The 2011 GLC was The Calling and the 2012 GLC is Chosen (2012 GLC had 846 paid registrations and 1,400 on Sunday).[30] "The Crown of Thorns Project" is the world evangelism plan for the Sold-Out Discipling Movement. The Crown of Thorns Project so called because the cities in which the planting will take place form a jagged circle, a crown of thorns. The cities are Cairo, Chennai, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, London, Manila, Moscow, Mexico City, Paris, Santiago, São Paulo, and Sydney.

Sunday worship service[edit]

The worship service is held every Sunday. The worship consists of singing, prayer, communion, contribution, sermon, announcements, and fellowship. They have no constructed church buildings, so they rent out schools, auditoriums, conference rooms, and university rooms or even use a members home. Sometimes the church may be split in groups for special occasions. The worship service and the people sharing on communion or contribution could be different every Sunday, but sermon is usually given by the church's evangelist (leader).[23][24]

Ministerio Latino[edit]

There are four Latino ministries in three US congregations; there are two in Los Angeles, one in Chicago, and one in Portland. They form when there is a group of Spanish speaking members. The Latino Ministry has its own Sunday Worship Services equivalent to the English one. They usually are located in the same building as the rest of the congregation but may have to rent out other buildings. There are currently about 4 Latino Ministries in the US, 3 Spanish speaking churches, and 3 Spanish-speaking Remnant Groups. In Spanish the movement's name is Iglesia Cristiana Internacional de [The City's Name] (ICI). Some notable Latino leaders are Victor Gonzalez Sr. (Los Angeles, California), Victor Gonzalez Jr. (México City, México), Carlos Mejia (Santiago, Chile), Juan Carlos Garcia (Chicago, IL), Marcos Lopez (Portland), Raul Moreno (São Paulo, Brazil. Portuguese), and Carlos Vargas (Madrid, Spain) .[31]

Chemical Recovery Ministry[edit]

The Chemical Recovery Ministry is a spiritual program of recovery for those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. They have stated that the CR Ministry is not a treatment program and those in need of in-intoxication or a higher level of care are referred for an assessment and appropriate treatment. The ICC believes that addiction affects a person physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, they also continue to say that it is the spiritual aspect of recovery that they address as the root addiction.

Beliefs[edit]

The following are beliefs of the ICC.

First principles[edit]

The International Christian Churches believes that the following separates or "divides" them from mainstream Christendom.

Seven Areas[edit]

  1. Worship – They believe that the primary function of the family of God is to be a worshipping community in attitude and lifestyle (Matthew 4:10, John. 4:23–24, Romans 12:1–2). In their worship services they say they want to experience the presence of God as they express honor, gratitude, awe, humility and brokenness before Him. They say that their walk with God should be a daily and consistent focus.
  2. Holiness – they say that a desire to be like Him should flow from effective worship. they believe that God desires us to come out and be separate so we can show the world his holiness (Leviticus 11:45, 1 Thessalonians 4:7). They believe holiness is bigger than just avoiding sin & should focus on developing a taste and passion for God and a hunger for righteousness. They say Jesus must be the Lord of one's life.
  3. Family – They believe that Christianity is inclusive of one's relationship with God and one's relationships with all the members of God's family universal. They believe they are part of God's Family universal. They say they there is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism (Ephesians 4:5), and a common love for God and each other. They say their commitment is to love, forgive, encourage, serve, lay down their lives, and to share their possessions and their hearts with each other (Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Galatians 5:13–26).
  4. Discipling – They say they are committed, not to only baptizing people into Christ (Acts 2:38, Eph. 4:1–7) but to growing, training and equipping disciples for kingdom-life (Ephesians 4:11–16). They say they recognize the biblical mandate to help each other obey everything Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:20) and they say that they continue to believe in accountability, seeking and giving biblical advice (Proverbs) and corporate prayer.
  5. Serving – They say their church is a church built on the biblical concept of ministering to the world’s hurts and needs. They believe that Jesus' goal in life was to give up his life for others (John 12:24–26). The servant-heart of sacrifice – showing concern for others and a willingness to give up time and money – is deeply rooted in Old Testament and New Testament themes.
  6. Evangelism – They believe they are committed to testify to the world that Jesus is one's Lord and Savior (1 Peter 2:9–10; 1 Peter 3:15). They believe evangelism should be personal and natural. They say they will provide small groups (Bible Talks) as well as larger meetings (Service & Midweek) to encourage a deep commitment to sharing the good news.
  7. Benevolence – They believe they are committed to making a difference in this world around us. They say Jesus taught that his followers are the salt, light, and leaven in a world that needs to elevate its morals and standards (Matthew 5:13–16). They believe they want to influence their neighbors through marriage help, child-rearing classes, generosity, meals, adoptions, helping widows and orphans, the poor and sick both in our community and in our world (MERCY worldwide).[33][34]

Congregations[edit]

Currently there are 50 congregations in 20 different countries.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.chicagoicc.org/2014/01/crown-of-thorns-project-update/
  2. ^ a b c Kipmckean.com – Get Your Answers Here!
  3. ^ [citation needed]
  4. ^ McKean, Kip, Upcyberdown website, November 12, 2001
  5. ^ Revolution through Restoration Parts I, II and III, Portable Document Format file posted on the UpsideDown21 website (accessed December 16, 2013)
  6. ^ Timothy R. Callahan, "Boston movement' founder quits,", Christianity Today, posted 3/1/2003 (accessed December 16, 2013)
  7. ^ Brothers from the ICOC (4 November 2005). "Brothers' Statement to Kip McKean 4 November 2005". Disciples Today. Retrieved 6 May 2012. .
  8. ^ http://www.upsidedown21.org/1.1/inc/services/iframed/archives_service.php?langID=1&artID=155&call=1
  9. ^ http://www.upsidedown21.org/1.1/inc/services/iframed/archives_service.php?langID=1&artID=158&call=1
  10. ^ http://www.upsidedown21.org/1.1/inc/services/iframed/archives_service.php?langID=1&artID=159&call=1
  11. ^ Christian Chronicle » features &raquo reviews » Author explores past experiences with Boston movement
  12. ^ http://www.disciplestoday.org/commentary/perspectives/item-49-kip-mckean-starts-the-international-christian-churches
  13. ^ http://www.caicc.net/2013/08/06/2013-glc-prophets-kings-lessons/
  14. ^ a b c http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ephesians%204:11&version=NIV
  15. ^ http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john%2010&version=NIV
  16. ^ http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Timothy%203:2&version=NIV
  17. ^ http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Titus+1:5&version=NIV
  18. ^ http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+tim+5%3A20&version=NIV
  19. ^ http://www.mercyworldwide.org/day-of-mercy/
  20. ^ http://www.chicagoicc.org/media/2013CiccCalendar.pdf
  21. ^ http://www.mercyworldwide.org/2012/09/18/abidjan-ivory-coast-report/
  22. ^ http://www.mercyworldwide.org/leadership/
  23. ^ a b c [Reference Needed]
  24. ^ a b c Religious organizations established in 2006
  25. ^ http://www.discipleshipmedia.com
  26. ^ http;//www.usd21.org
  27. ^ https://www.facebook.com/InternationalCollegeOfChristianMinistry/info
  28. ^ http://us4.campaign-archive.com/?u=4079b9aedce8dac0c97a6d22d&id=8fa1656dd9
  29. ^ a b http://us4.campaign-archive.com/?u=4079b9aedce8dac0c97a6d22d&id=6674eee765
  30. ^ http://www.dcicc.net/report-2012-global-leadership-conference-chosen/
  31. ^ http://www.discipuloslatinos.org/
  32. ^ The Church
  33. ^ http://www.chicagoicc.org/aboutdisciples/
  34. ^ http://www.newyorkcityicc.org/?page_id=1160

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