Christian Communion International


Christian Communion International
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The Christian Communion International is a family of Christian churches and worship communities around the world - formed largely as a result of the Convergence Movement - with church networks in Africa, South America, Asia, North America and Europe. There are approximately 200,000 members. More than 2,000 ministers are serving in local worship communities and chaplaincies. The International Ceremonial Seat of the Primate is Jerusalem. The administrative offices of CCI, Province USA, are located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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History

CCI was established in September 2005 as the result of a merger of Province USA of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC) and the International Communion of Christian Churches (ICCC). In October 2007, the name Christian Communion International was chosen by the House of Bishops as the universal identity of the communion. The Christian Communion International is a constituent part of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches and functions as a "communion within a communion," sharing the same doctrine and commitment to unity and mission as the CEEC, with each retaining their own liturgy, theology, spirituality, discipline and hierarchy of jurisdiction.

Beliefs

The Bible is their all-sufficient rule for faith and practice and is summarized in the Nicene Creed and The Apostles' Creed. Their beliefs are stated in the Preamble and Constitution of Book I of the CCI Canons and the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral 1886, 1888.

The CCI acknowledges and blends the three main streams of Christian worship in church history: evangelical, sacramental and charismatic. The leadership of CCI has integrated the inspiration from Christian theologians such as Lesslie Newbigin and Robert Webber. CCI follows the practices, beliefs and life of the early Celtic church and early Methodism, which they feel became a signpost for the Convergence Movement.

Structure

CCI functions in an episcopal structure overseen by bishops. The House of Bishops, who govern collegially, provide the general oversight of the communion. At each level of the communion structure, leadership is elected and appointed to serve the dioceses, parish churches and other areas of service and ministry. The CCI Canons govern the way mission is accomplished and the manner in which communion organizations are regulated.

Provinces are generally made up of dioceses that exist (a) within a country's borders or (b) within a clearly defined ethno-linguistic group that may spill across international boundaries. We also provisionally recognize several bishop directed families of churches and affiliated ministries that are non-geographic/non-ethno-linguististic networks. Church networks in several nations are currently functioning under the jurisdiction of the Apostolate for the Nations until such time that a Province is warranted for the specific regions. The Most Reverend Quintin Moore is the Presiding Bishop of the CCI.

Further reading

  • "The Convergence Movement" written by Wayne Boosahda and Randy Sly for "Twenty Centuries of Christian Worship", by Robert Webber, ISBN 1562330128, Publisher: Star Song Pub Co, 1994. (Also referenced at Convergence Movement)
  • "Forgotten Power", William L. DeArteaga, 2002 Zondervan Publishing, Grand Rapids Michigan, 49530 (Ch. 15 focuses on Daniel * Williams, pgs 248-260), ISBN 10-0310245672, ISBN 13-978-0310245674
  • "911 Promise" by Daniel Williams, 2002 Creation House Press (Strang Communications Co.) 600 Rinehart Rd., Lake Mary Fl. ISBN 10-0884199274, ISBN 13-978-0884199274
  • Charisma Magazine, March 1996 issue, interview with Daniel Williams.
  • "Sound of Rushing Waters", by Daniel Williams, ACW Press/DQuest Publications, 2005. ISBN 10-1932124667, ISBN 13-978-1932124668
  • "Saint Cuthbert Prayer Book", by the Diocese of Saint Cuthbert, 2007, ISBN 978-0-615-17489-1
  • "Prayers and Blessings" by Robert H. Hoyt, Jr. and Michael F. Lee, Published by Fultus Corporation (April 30, 2005), ISBN 10-1596820489, ISBN 13-978-1596820487
  • "Talking Circle Journal, The Potlatch Speeches", by Ray Levesque, Healing Land Publishing, 2005
  • "Talking Circle Journal, Questions and Answers on Native Ministry", Ray Levesque, Healing Land Publishing, 2005

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