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About the ICCEC

The International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church (ICCEC)(also known as the Charismatic Episcopal Church, CEC ) started with only one bishop and three parishes in 1992 and now reports churches in more than twenty countries all over the world. The ICCEC currently has churches in Europe, Africa, North America, South America, Central America, and Asia.

 

The Charismatic Episcopal Church is not and has never been affiliated with the Episcopal Church USA or the Anglican Communion.

Basic Beliefs

BASIC BELIEFS

The ICCEC stands squarely on the historic, undisputed teachings of orthodox Christianity as taught by Jesus, spread by the Apostles, defended by the Patriarchs of the Early Church, expressed in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds, and exemplified by the undivided Catholic Church during the first millennium of its existence. We believe that all these things together contain the substantial deposit of Christian Faith and Order delivered to the Church. Theologically we stand in union with all churches who profess the necessary tenets of Faith as outlined in our San Clemente Declaration of 1999, included at the end of this booklet.

 

The ICCEC is a church that was founded in the pro-life movement. We believe that all life is sacred from conception to natural death, and that abortion and euthanasia are the taking of human life and contrary to God's Word.

 

We believe in the sanctity of holy matrimony. Marriage is represented solely in the life-long union of one man and one woman. Divorce is contrary to God's plan, but we also recognize that in our frail humanity divorce is a fact of life.


Divorced persons, and those who are divorced and remarried, are welcome to receive Holy Communion in the ICCEC.

 

We maintain the validity of God's grace imparted through the seven traditional sacraments of the Church (i.e., Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Confession & Reconciliation, Holy Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Healing/Unction).

 

Since the ICCEC occupies a unique place between the protestant and catholic formulations of faith, our basic beliefs hold in common the essentials of orthodoxy (i.e., "that faith which has been believed everywhere, always, by all") found in Eastern Orthodoxy, Western Catholicism, and the Reformed traditions. Accordingly, we cannot walk in fellowship with those who deny the essentials of faith; those who would "move an ancient boundary stone" (Proverbs 22:28).

 

Among those beliefs we would underscore and commend the following:

- The Holy Bible is the Word of God. We believe Holy Scripture and affirm the critical importance of preaching, public reading of the Word, and personal Bible study;

- The Sacraments impart the grace of God, particularly baptism and the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist;

- A high view of the Church in affirming Cyprian's claim that, "he who has not the Church for his mother, has not God for his Father;"

- The doctrine of saving grace by faith as reinforced by both the Reformers and the Council of Trent;

- The real and present work of the Holy Spirit through gifts and signs as imparted to believers for service and witness as rediscovered during this century by the Pentecostal/Charismatic movements.


In this sense the ICCEC is wholly orthodox, wholly evangelical, wholly sacramental, and wholly charismatic.

Our Form of Government

The ICCEC is an episcopal communion; meaning, its government is overseen by bishops. The word "Episcopal" is from the Greek word for Bishop in the New Testament: "Episkopos." It is not intended to convey any other meaning except that. As stated above, The Charismatic Episcopal Church is not and has never been affiliated with the Episcopal Church USA or the Anglican Communion. We believe that a valid, apostolic episcopacy is not an option but rather an essential part of the New Testament definition of the Church. However, ICCEC bishops are not simply administrative overseers; they are chiefly pastoral.

 

Along with a governing episcopate, it is a founding principle of the ICCEC that government occurs by consensus under the direction of the Holy Spirit. On the International level, the Patriarch's Council and the International College of Archbishops confer on denominational matters chiefly through prayer; seeking the unity described in Acts 15 at the Council of Jerusalem. This same consensus process occurs within each international territory or national church, each province under the authority of its archbishop, each diocese under the authority of its bishop, and within each parish under the authority of its rector and his rector's council. The denomination, as a whole, is governed by The Canon Law of the Charismatic Episcopal Church.


While subscribing to the traditional and biblical understanding of ordained ministry by the imposition of hands for the consecrating of episkopoi (bishops), presbuteroi (pastor/priest), and diakonoi (deacons), we also recognize the recovery, within the charismatic movement, of the fivefold understanding of ministry expressed in Ephesians 4:11-13. That is, we believe that the gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher were designed for the edification of Christ's Church until His coming again, and we anticipate these ministries, as well as other Gifts of the Holy Spirit, to be in operation, whether in the clergy or laity in every healthy parish.

Our History

  • The Convergence Movement

    The seeds of this "convergence movement" were planted in May of 1977, when a group of evangelical leaders came together to issue a powerful call to all evangelicals to rediscover their roots in historic Christianity. "The Chicago Call," as it came to be known, was signed by such people as Peter Gilquist, Thomas Howard, Robert Webber, and Jon Braun. Their message, a recovery of our common and apostolic roots for the faithful transmission of the Gospel became the catalyst and heartbeat for our church.


    Uniquely, the ICCEC is not a schism or splinter group from another denomination. It was a unique work of God borne into the hearts of dedicated and faithful clergy from a number of denominations (Pentecostals, Baptists, Anglicans, Lutherans, Independent Charismatics, Wesleyans, etc.) who studied, prayed over, and witnessed this need for a house of convergence. They were burdened for a church that not only exercised apostolic authority within a liturgical framework but operated under the inspiration and anointing of the Holy Spirit. On June 26, 1992, Father Randolph Adler was consecrated as the church's first Bishop and Primate.


    Today, clergy and laymen of the ICCEC, traveling from their heritage in Evangelical, Pentecostal/Charismatic, Anglican, Roman, and Eastern Orthodox expressions, now have the common vision of making the Kingdom of God visible to the nations of the world. The founding vision of the ICCEC states: "We seek to bring the rich sacramental and liturgical life of the early church to searching evangelicals and charismatics as well as carrying the power of Pentecost to our brothers and sisters in the historical churches, all the while providing a home for all Christians who seek an expression of faith that is equally liturgical/sacramental, evangelical, and charismatic."

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