What is Community?
Community is sharing something in common with others. For Christians that means sharing a common life centered
around Jesus. To be a community is not an option for the church because it is by nature a community. The real
question is, "What kind of community will it be?"
Man, having suffered the consequences of rebellion, is broken and alienated. Jesus'
message is hope for a weary world tired of living in selfishness.
Christian community is about living out the values of God's kingdom expressed by Jesus in His Sermon on the
Mount. Simply, it is loving one another and taking liability for each other. It is committing our whole lives
and resources to each other under the lordship of Christ.
This is much more than just attending a service.
What Are We?
We are a community of Christians living out the gospel through our commitment to one another and God's kingdom
values. Specifically, we are a church that has a number of members living together in intentional community.
Our home consists of several buildings where our residential members live. We eat our meals together in a
common dining area and share our finances and needs together. In this way we have greater opportunity to
support and care for one another.
It is a wonderful experience living with other brothers and sisters in Christ and knowing the love of God in
daily life. Community provides the chance to grow and be changed in a loving, accepting environment.
What We Do
Our main purpose is to model now, the kingdom of God through our values and lifestyle. To that end we
cultivate a life together that encourages each of us to serve God and others.
We care for one another's needs, challenge each other to holiness, have fun together, educate and train our
children together, and reach out to the lost and needy.
Practically that means we:
- Meet together as a church
- Have our own children's academy
- Own our own businesses
- Share our meals together
- Support and care for one another in daily life
- Minister to the lost and needy around us
We believe loving God means having a whole life commitment to Christ, His people, and His work. This is why
we live out the gospel in community and dedicate our lives to God's purposes.
Who are we?
We are a family of families, raised up by God to care for our brothers and sisters and to be instruments of His healing and
love to one another.
We are a covenant people, committed to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and to each other for the rest of our lives.
We are Inter-Denominational, representing many streams of Christianity.
We are charismatic. We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit – healing, prophecy, discernment of spirits, words of
knowledge and wisdom, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues (1 Corinthians 12).
We are a people seeking to help one another be obedient to God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; to live under His commandments
in dedicated lives of love, holiness and joy; and to live a life of service to Jesus and to others, in the power of the Holy
The CFI Community is a community of men, women, and children, from different Christian traditions who have decided to be
a people who live under the Lordship of Jesus. We believe the Holy Spirit has called us together to witness to the Christian
life, culture, and unity that God desires for all people.
We are a Community whose members have agreed to live out our lives in a committed order for the purpose of helping each other
live a full Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit. Our community life is more than a commitment on paper or an
abstract theory; it is a daily living in committed relationships with brothers and sisters who make themselves available to
support one another in living the Christian life. One of the distinct features of the Christian Community is that we place
a high priority on living in close proximity to one another in a “neighborhood” setting. Besides sharing common beliefs,
values and commitments we seek to share our lives on a daily basis.
This close proximity adds a dimension of intensity to our life rarely found outside of monastic settings. There is no better
way to get to know someone than to live closely with that person. All families live in their respective homes but we
certainly share our lives together.
The Word the Lord gave us during the early formative years of the community was to “Be an alternate society”. In responding
to that word we are striving to be a community where our “society” and “culture” are boldly and radically Christian. In this
“alternate society” based on Christian principles our form of government is “Theocratic,” guided by the Godly principles of
the Scriptures. We recognize the primacy of the Family as the foundational unity of society and uphold the
sovereignty of the family in its role in the formation and education of children.
A necessary part of the “Alternate Society” is the development of an “Alternate Culture” with ideas, practices, and
prohibitions that provide a framework and context for living out the good news of Christian life. Although many cultures
(Asian, European, Latino, etc.) are represented in the Community, the culture is specifically Christian and the ideas and
practices are guided by Christian principles
Anyone wishing to join the Christian Fellowship International Community, would become a member shareholder (after a 12
month trial period) and as such have a vote (via unanimous consensus) in the direction and the policies of the CFI Community
Co-Op. Due to this being a private British Columbia Cooperative according to B.C. corporate regulations, we give priority
to married couples and their children and of course always welcome singles. The shareholding memberships are in a British
Columbia registered Co-Operative.
Anyone wishing to come and stay in the Community as a Volunteer Intern, without buying any membership shares, in other words
without any cash input, will be allowed to do so, but will not have a vote at the Annual or General Meeting, only members will
be allowed to vote according to their membership in our Co-Op. One vote per member.
Anyone desiring to be involved with the CFI Community on a trial basis (three, six, nine or twelve month commitment), may do
so, and not be under any obligation outside of working in the community, doing their chores and being involved in the overall
Ministry effort of the Fellowship, including taking courses in our Bible College. Their spiritual and intelectual input is
Each member of the CFI Community will have no expenses (Food, Housing, Medical, Transportation) during their stay in the
If at any time a member of the community decides that they are going to leave, they will always be allowed back in, if they
wish to at a later date, if their departure has been on amicable terms.
Shareholder members will be allowed to cancel their membership and get a full refund of their paid membership shares.
Shareholders who decide to leave the community may keep their shares and benefit from them in the future. Members may also
donate or return their membership shares to the CFI Community Co-Op treasury.