International Coalition of Apostles
A Prospectus By C. Peter Wagner, Presiding Apostle

The Origin of ICA
The International Coalition of Apostles (ICA) was conceived by a group of apostles who gathered informally in Singapore in 1999. John Kelly agreed to establish an office in Dallas, Texas, to organize a council and to begin to invite apostles to join ICA. He then asked C. Peter Wagner to assume overall leadership of ICA as Presiding Apostle. In early 2001, the office was moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, under Wagner’s supervision. John Kelly continues to serve ICA as Ambassadorial Apostle, working out of his Dallas office.

Purpose of ICA
In compliance with scriptures such as Ephesians 4:11, Ephesians 2:20, and 1 Corinthians 12:28, the office of apostle began to be established and recognized by an increasingly wider spectrum of the body of Christ during the 1990s. By the year 2000 the office of apostle had begun to be affirmed and set in place throughout numerous churches of the New Apostolic Reformation. One of the symbolic events marking this transition was the first annual meeting of ICA held in Dallas, Texas, December 6-8, 2000.

Given the worldwide multiplication of individuals recognized by other Christian leaders as apostles, a strong desire has been expressed by many of them to be able to relate, in some structured way, to peer-level apostles in their own nations and internationally. Since autonomy is a high value for members of differing apostolic networks, the apostolic leaders of these networks, who technically are “vertical” apostles, had little access to mechanisms designed to fulfill that lingering “horizontal” desire to meet with their peers in anything other than a casual way.

The International Coalition of Apostles was organized as one attempt to meet this need. It is not an exclusive organization since other similar groups are forming in different parts of the world, much to the delight of ICA, as a response to what the Spirit currently seems to be saying to the churches of the 21st Century.

The fundamental vision of ICA is to speed the completion of Jesus’ great commission to preach the gospel to every creature and to make disciples of all nations. World evangelization is the pulse beat of apostles wherever they might be found. Nothing that we do in ICA should eclipse or even dull this essential vision. The accelerated advance of the Kingdom of God is our highest priority. The primary purpose of ICA is to:

• Structure meaningful opportunities for peer-level apostles, representing both the nuclear church and the extended church (workplace), to meet each other, build relationships, and interact with each other on regional, national, and international levels.
• Develop communication vehicles to facilitate interaction among apostles, apostolic networks, and apostolic ministries.
• Catalyze and stimulate the development of creative strategies for combining apostolic efforts on the widest basis possible in order to fulfill Jesus’ great commission in our generation.
• Attain and maintain the highest possible levels of integrity of personal character and operational methodology among member apostles.

Membership
Membership in ICA is restricted to individuals who have been recognized by a significant segment of the church, including peer-level apostles, as having the gift and office of apostle and who have been ministering through this gift for a period of time. It is not intended to be a training ground for would-be or “emerging” apostles, but rather it should be seen as a professional society in which confirmed apostles are able to relate to and connect with each other.

What is an apostle? Here is the abbreviated ICA definition of apostle: An apostle is a Christian leader gifted, taught, commissioned, and sent by God with the authority to establish the foundational government of the church within an assigned sphere of ministry by hearing what the Spirit is saying to the churches and by setting things in order accordingly for the growth and maturity of the church. For the official ICA definition "What Is An Apostle", please view this .PDF document here.

Since apostles minister in several different ways, ICA is open to “vertical apostles” (including ecclesiastical, functional, congregational, and team-member vertical apostles), to “horizontal apostles” (including convening, ambassadorial, mobilizing, and territorial horizontal apostles), and to different kinds of “workplace apostles.”

Invitation Only
Membership is attained only by official invitation from the Presiding Apostle. Invitation to ICA requires nomination made and seconded by any two current, active ICA members. Nominations are then processed through the Colorado Springs ICA office, and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis as to whether official invitations will be extended. Under extenuating circumstances where two nominators are not available, an explanation as to why there is no second is weighed in the decision-making process.

An application process is required if the invitation is accepted by the individual nominee. This involves submitting a written application form as well as the payment of membership dues. The applicant is required to provide contact information for a person who knows the ministry of, and to whom the applicant is accountable. We will secure that person’s consent during the application approval process. Additionally, US members are expected to contribute US$500 per year for annual dues, and Non-US and Native American members to contribute US$250 per year for membership. If there is any doubt because of the area of ministry, the individual apostle decides whether he or she is US or Non-US/Native American status.

Ordination, Commissioning, Covering, and Accountability
When an individual is accepted as a member, a membership certificate suitable for framing is sent by the ICA office. An annual membership card is also provided, confirming that the member is active. It must be understood that ICA membership does not confer ordination or commissioning on a given apostle. ICA does not “make” an individual an apostle. Only those who have previously been recognized as having the gift and office of apostle are accepted as members, and this recognition comes through and is maintained by the particular ecclesiastical network or apostolic ministry conferring the ordination or commissioning.

Because ICA is a horizontal apostolic network, as over against a vertical network, ICA does not provide “apostolic covering” or ‘spiritual covering” for its members. Although ICA is not a primary accountability structure, membership in ICA does imply a secondary apostolic accountability. Any ICA member is accountable, in the broad sense of the word, to all other members. When reproach comes upon one, potentially that reproach can come upon all.

Annual Meetings and Summits
The major structures for facilitating the interaction of apostles with one another are the ICA annual meeting and occasional apostolic summits held in different locations.

The annual meeting is held in Dallas, Texas, on the first Wednesday, Thursday, and until noon on the first Friday of the December each year. Since ICA is a professional society, only members are invited to speak or participate on panels in the annual meeting. Speakers come at their own expense and are not paid an honorarium for their participation as they would be in a conference or a seminar. All members and spouses pay a registration fee to cover the costs of the annual meeting.

At the annual meeting, each member is entitled to bring as an observer one non-member plus their spouse. Observers and their spouses are expected to pay the normal registration fee for the meeting.

In each annual meeting, the Presiding Apostle presents an annual report which includes a financial report and a current list of ICA members. The Ambassadorial Apostle and the Apostle-at-Large present field reports. Sessions are held in the mornings and afternoons only, leaving evenings free for personal interaction.

The Ambassadorial Apostle, John Kelly, convenes apostolic summits in different regions of the U.S. from time to time. These are generally open meetings, not restricted to ICA members only.

Once or twice a year the ICA Apostolic Leadership Team travels to a different region of the world in order to hold an invitation-only meeting of regional apostles. This invariably brings together apostles who have much in common but who have not previously been able to connect with each other. As a direct result of these summits, the European League of Apostles, the Nigerian Coalition of Apostles, and the Spanish Apostolic Forum have been formed, and the strength of the international apostolic movement has been greatly increased. All current members of ICA are automatically invited to attend any of these international meetings as they desire.

Administration
ICA is administered as a d.b.a. of Global Harvest Ministries of Colorado Springs, Colorado. ICA Presiding Apostle C. Peter Wagner is President of Global Harvest, and Doris Wagner and Chuck Pierce serve as Vice-Presidents. John Kelly of LEAD is the ICA Ambassadorial Apostle. Chuck Pierce is Apostle-at-Large. Marguerite Duerr is the full-time administrator. Financial records may be accessed by ICA members at any time. An annual audit is performed by Capin & Crouse. ICA holds membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) through Global Harvest Ministries. No compensation is paid to officers of ICA, all of whom serve in an honorary capacity.

ICA Apostolic Council
The Presiding Apostle appoints an ICA Apostolic Council which provides advice and accountability. ICA members are free to bring any concern which may arise to any or all council members. The ICA Apostolic Council is made up of C. Peter Wagner, John Kelly, Chuck Pierce, Doris Wagner, Naomi Dowdy, Ed Silvoso, Dennis Peacocke, Bill Hamon, Gunnar Olson, Ron Cottle, James Chosa, David Cartledge, Dan Juster, Pat Francis, and George Bakalov, John Eckhardt, and H. Daniel Wilson. Addresses and other contact numbers of Apostolic Council members are available to all ICA members upon request to the Colorado Springs ICA office or on the ICA website (see below).

It must be understood that ICA is not a council-run organization. Rather, it is governed by apostolic leadership. Because ICA functions on relationships, it is not bound by any legal structure such as bylaws.

Statement of Faith
Since it is essential that the members of ICA be cemented together by a common set of fundamental beliefs, the following doctrinal statement defines the primary biblical and theological parameters of the organization:

The International Coalition of Apostles (ICA) positions itself in the evangelical theological stream of Protestant Christianity. It adheres to the Apostles’ Creed and to the core doctrines of the Protestant Reformation, namely the ultimate and essential authority of the Scriptures for Christian faith and practice, justification by faith, and the priesthood of all believers. It believes that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that Jesus was born of a virgin, that He was physically raised from the dead, and that an individual’s personal relationship to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior determines that individual’s eternal destiny in heaven or hell. The fulfillment of Jesus’ great commission to make disciples of all nations is central to the focus of ICA.

Website
The official website of ICA is www.apostlesnet.net. Through the website we communicate what ICA is, upcoming events, relevant ICA news, articles and information from members, and an up-to-date list of ICA members with links to their ministry websites and other contact information. This website is now both public access and password protected. Once you become a member, you will receive the Logon and Password prompts for access to the Members’ Access portion of the website.

For further information:
International Coalition of Apostles
Box 63060
Colorado Springs CO 80962
Tel: 719-262-9922
Fax: 719-262-9920
Email: ica@globalharvest.org