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Welcome to Christian Maturity
A ministry of Christ Ministerial Fellowship
|Brethren at a retreat|
About 34 years ago during one of our convention times in Reading, Pennsylvania, some of us pastors decided to get together for prayer and sharing our hearts one with the other. Although there was no human effort to 'start anything', the Spirit kept drawing us together until precious relationships were formed over the years. Since those early days, others have been added, love among us has grown and our lives have been deeply bonded together. This has been the Lord's doing; it has been marvelous in our eyes.
For many years we have held pastors' retreats twice annually, during which times we have experienced precious fellowship, shared burdens one with the other and had opportunity to hear a present word from the Lord. There has been a growing sense among us that the Lord has kept us together to fulfill a purpose in this time of the end. Though we acknowledge there are legitimate individual pursuits, we share a growing conviction about purposes God would have us fulfill in a corporate way.
We are reminded of a scene in Acts 13:2,3,4a where a group of prophets and teachers was gathered. The word says, "As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed..."
The bold effect is ours, to show a plurality of ministry at work - praying, fasting, receiving direction from the Lord and going forth into ministry. We feel the Lord is calling us into this type of approach to ministry, both for overseas missions and for the spiritual growth of local churches in the U.S. and Canada. We, as brethren, are seeking the Lord in a corporate way and local churches are supporting such ministry by prayer and monetary gifts. The Lord has opened doors of ministry for us in many parts of the world, including Colombia and Peru in South America, Mexico and Guatemala, Kenya, East Africa, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Bulgaria in Eastern Europe. It is surely a time for the message of the Kingdom to be preached in all the world!
What is our vision?
In a day of much shallowness, great mixture, man-induced hype and increasing apostasy, it is our burden to see the Church grow in spiritual stature, be purified as a Holy Bride for the Lord, develop the character of Christ and be made ready for the coming Kingdom. We yearn to see the diversity of ministry listed in Ephesians 4:11-16 working together to establish in His Church the purposes listed in that passage, namely --
- equipping of the saints for their work (v.12)
- promoting the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God (v.13)
- growth unto a full-grown corporate man (v.13)
- development unto the stature of the fullness of Christ (v.13)
- the functioning of every member of His corporate Body (v.15-16)
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