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Welcome to the International Coalition of Apostles (ICA)
Why the name change? ICA to ICAL
Written by Jan-Aage Torp, European Convening Apostle
We have just finished the annual meeting in Dallas of International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders (ICAL). The largest annual meeting so far in the history of our movement. But what will be talked about in Christendom is our name change: We are no longer just “ICA”, but “ICAL”, with Europe following suit – from “ECA” to “ECAL”. Why the name change?
The decision was made by our International Convening Apostle, John P. Kelly, with the unanimous support of the Apostolic Council. This council comprises men and women from every continent such as C. Peter Wagner, Bill Hamon, Barbara Wentroble, Lance Wallnau, Joseph Mattera, Mark W. Pfeifer, Naomi Dowdy (Singapore), Joseph Adefasarin (Nigeria), Paul Gitwaza (Rwanda), Rene Terra Nova (Brazil), Carlos Gordillo (Mexico), John MackNamara (Australia), Mel Mullen (Canada) and myself (Europe).
There is really no drama behind this name change.
The definition of “the gift of apostle” to the church remains the same. Please read our global web page on the matter.
The main reason for the change is that we do not major on titles, we major on function. Kelly states that 90% of all ministers with the gift of apostle – not only do not call themselves apostles; they are fruitful in denominations, ministerial fellowships, and missionary enterprises of the evangelical-pentecostal world.
There are some in ministry who are self-ordained apostles, whom are not apostles.
There are some in ministry who have been called apostles, either by the laying on of hands, and/or by prophetic words, and told they must call themselves apostles. John Kelly says: How can they be an apostle if they do not have full knowledge of the Epistles and the Gospels?!
Kelly is bringing reform to the apostolic movement, specifically the vehicle of ICAL. He is addressing this through ICAL literature, summits, consultations, and annual meetings – through himself, convenors, ambassadors, apostolic leaders.
ICAL is made up of fruitful apostolic leaders around the world. ICAL is growing.
We have a sense that many apostles around the world don´t feel comfortable with calling themselves “apostle”, for instance within the worlds of evangelicalism and pentecostalism.
We also realize that many apostles are emerging into their calling. During such a process of emergence, it can be an unnecessary burden to use a name that is so associated with stigma and misunderstandings because of history and the now.
And we also acknowledge that the actual title may in some circumstances unnecessarily separate true apostles from each other. We need each other!
A prophet isn´t automatically an apostle. Neither are evangelists, pastors nor teachers. But many apostles often have simultaneously more than the gift of apostle. Dr. Wagner has coined the phrase “hyphenated apostles”. In such a context, using our newer term “apostolic leaders” could prove to be more suitable than just “apostle”.
John P. Kelly, Convening Apostle
A Word from John P. Kelly
We are excited about the great movement God is leading to unite apostolic leaders worldwide! ICAL was created in 1999 to facilitate new and ongoing opportunities to connect and combine apostolic wisdom. It is currently the largest known Christian society of God-ordained and man-recognized apostles in the world.
ICAL’s purpose is to connect each member’s wisdom and resources in order to function more strategically, combine their efforts globally, and effectively accelerate the advancement of the Kingdom of God on earth.
If you are an apostle, it is my desire that you would discover the valuable resources and relationships ICAL membership has to offer. The benefit of mutual support and accountability builds a unified force that God can use to accelerate Kingdom advancement.
Building together with Him and you,
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