This ancient painting depicts the miraculous catch of fish after Jesus’ resurrection. All Christians are partners with our heavenly Father in His great fishing business. But Apostles and fivefold ministers must work with Jesus to build and to repair His nets (the churches that make-up His One Holy Apostolic Church) in order to harvest the nations.
The purpose of the Communion of Apostolic Churches is to serve Christ’s Kingdom and Church:
1. By providing a welcoming and compatible ecclesiastical home or global wineskin for all in the body of Christ who believe God is in the process of restoring the foundation of the Church’s faith (the revelation of Christ, His Kingdom and Church entrusted by Jesus to the first apostles), and the foundation of the Church’s governmental and functional unity (the fellowship or communion of the apostles or the apostolate), and who share a common vision for the restoration of true Apostolic Christianity, the reformation of the Lord’s Church, and the conquest of the kingdom of darkness.
Please note that membership in the CAC includes not only apostles and elders (ruling pastors or bishops) who head-up networks or jurisdictions, but also the fivefold ministers and churches that make up their governmental spheres of responsibility.
(The terms elder, pastor, and bishop, were used interchangeably by the apostles and elders of the Apostolic Church, Acts 20:17,28 and I Peter 5:1-3, and are therefore used in this same way by the CAC. We do not use the terms elder or bishop in an episcopal sense.)
2. By developing and establishing within the CAC appropriate geographic governmental structures: international and regional councils, national synods or conferences, and municipal presbyteries of apostles, elders and other fivefold ministers that transcend relational lines and enable the various member jurisdictions to function together as one larger jurisdiction made-up of many jurisdictions (one great net of ministers and churches).
The development of these various geographic levels of spiritual government or council in accordance with New Testament patterns and principles as the Holy Spirit directs, will enable the apostles and elders that oversee the various jurisdictions that make up the CAC to provide appropriate and strategic apostolic, prophetic, and pastoral leadership and plural oversight for the larger work of the Kingdom and our related ministries and churches across relational or jurisdictional lines at every geographic level.
The development of these various geographic levels of spiritual government or council will also provide practical opportunities for the development of true Christian brotherhood and covenant community, personal friendships, shared Kingdom life, godly counsel, viable accountability and protection, personal encouragement, shared resources and support, valid ministerial recognition, ordination and commissioning, greater fruitfulness and opportunities to serve the King across jurisdictional lines, not only for the apostles and elders who head-up or oversee the member jurisdictions, but also for the ministers and churches of those jurisdictions.
Hopefully, the governmental structures described above will enable the CAC and its member networks or jurisdictions of ministers and churches to model for the larger Christian community what the whole Church could accomplish if we were all established upon the foundation established by Jesus and the original apostles and functioning together as one Holy Nation in the communion of the apostles.
Note 1: The Lord’s Church is not only one great spiritual family (made-up of many, many fathers’ households), it is a Holy Nation, a Kingdom of Priests, and a great spiritual army. It not only has fathers and mothers, but offices and officers that transcend family lines and enable the Church to function as one people in the earth. The ultimate purpose of fatherhood is to raise-up mature sons and daughters who can recognize and follow valid authority and the spiritual government anointed and appointed by God, and thus fulfill the Church’s mission.
Note 2: While we agree with Martin Luther that “popes and councils have erred,” the Biblical precedent for apostolic government and councils to govern the Lord’s Church and resolve doctrinal issues was established by the Lord Jesus Himself when He established the fellowship or communion of the apostles (apostolate) as the foundation of His Church in the beginning of the Christian movement (See Acts 1:14-26), and also by the gathering of the apostles of the Lamb, ascension-gift apostles, and elders in Jerusalem to resolve the circumcision issue and publish an apostolic decree or rule on this matter among the churches (See Acts 15).
3. By developing international, regional, national, and municipal plans and strategies, building appropriate governmental structures and architectural models at all geographic levels (See Point 2 above), structuring and ordering Church life, creating effective strategies and programs to strengthen and develop existing churches, launching Kingdom initiatives, training and ordaining ministers, commissioning strategic missions, planting new churches in strategic cities and untouched areas, developing ministry tools, and marshaling or mobilizing Kingdom resources.
All the above shall be aimed at repairing the original apostolic and prophetic foundations established by Jesus and His apostles in the beginning, restoring the fellowship or communion of the apostles and elders (the apostolate), reforming the Lord's Church, and enabling the various jurisdictions of fivefold ministers, saints and churches under our combined oversight and pastoral care to function as one church or jurisdiction (a great net of ministers and churches) and thus fulfill our Kingdom destiny to possess cities and nations.
The plans, strategies, structures, and etc. mentioned above include but are not limited to preaching and teaching the message of Christ and His dominion, establishing apostolic and prophetic centers or consulates for evangelizing and impacting unchurched areas, hosting apostolic and prophetic dialogues, ministers symposiums, national and international congresses and conferences, building a web presence, producing strategic radio and television programing including movies and documentaries, writing and publishing strategic books and training materials, building seminaries and other educational structures to train a new generation of leaders for Christ’s Kingdom, developing accurate ministerial standards for our related jurisdictions of ministers and liturgy needed to establish Kingdom or “Davidic” worship in the member jurisdictions under the general jurisdiction of the CAC, raising finances and funding strategic ministries and global missions undertaken together as a communion, and creating effective pastoral strategies and discipleship training programs to enable the pastors or care-givers who are part of the member apostolic networks or jurisdictions of the CAC to establish the saints in their churches in Kingdom faith, empower them to pray Kingdom prayers, do the work of the Kingdom and reign in life.
5. By building bridges of understanding, friendship, and alliances with other communions, streams, or jurisdictions of churches and where possible working together internationally, regionally, nationally, and locally to develop forums for dialog, as well as structures and strategic Kingdom initiatives to impact cities, nations, and regions. The goal of responsible inter-communion interaction is to advance Christ’s Kingdom in the world and remove the barriers to unity within the larger body of Christ, so that the Lord’s Church might be one doctrinally, experientially, governmentally, and functionally.
In this 16th c. painting of the Council of Nicea in 325 AD (similar to the one in Acts 15:4-22) Jesus presides as King and Bishop in the midst of His bishops assembled from throughout the R. Empire to deal with the Arian controversy and define the deity of Christ. The teaching of Arius was condemned and the Nicean Creed adopted.