All leaders have a need for relationships where they can be open and accountable. They also need to know that there are others who can stand with them in love and encouragement.
Every leader needs to have times away where they can gain new perspective on what is happening in their church and the church world. In our rapidly changing culture, there is a need to be aware of current trends and how to respond to them. The MFI annual conference and the regional conferences will help the leader stay abreast of current trends both in the secular culture and in the church world.
Most leaders desire ongoing training and further education so that they can become more effective at what they do. Through the regional conferences, networks, and website MFI will assist the leader in becoming better equipped to face the challenges of today.
Every leader desires to find resources for the growth and development of their leadership and church, yet researching these can take more time than the leader can give. Through the networks and website, MFI provides a forum for ongoing discussions on ministry tools as well as providing resource materials for all areas of worship: children, youth, missions, administration, business, worship and more. MFI also provides access to apostolic ministries and leaders who can provide counsel to leaders who are in need of assistance on any level.
Most church leaders are continually giving out and ministering to others, but who ministers to them? Where do the shepherds have an opportunity to be sheep and receive pastoral ministry? The MFI conferences are a place where leaders can have time away to receive refreshing and receive personal impartation.
All visionary leaders have a desire to be a part of something that is going to make a difference in the Kingdom of God. By joining together with other leaders of like vision, they will be able to make a much greater impact on the world and have a greater possibility of realizing the vision that is in their hearts. MFI’s international outreach and expansion can be shared by the entire membership of MFI.
Local Church Autonomy
Ministers Fellowship International has strong convictions regarding the autonomy of the local church. These underlying convictions affect everything that MFI does and guides every policy that MFI establishes.
Membership is an important part of MFI as it enables those serving the MFI members to know who each member is and how to serve the members and their leadership teams. Membership is entered through a defined process that includes an application and interview.
There is a regional director and a regional leadership team for each region. The purpose of team ministry in the region is to ensure that each region has a strategy to impact the region and that member ministers have someone they can readily relate to as a resource.
MFI sponsors annual conferences for the purpose of developing and deepening a broad base of relationships, inspire vision and bring refreshing to all levels of leaders. This conference is always a highlight of the year and a great time of refreshing and renewal. MFI hosts conferences of his nature both in the United States and internationally.
MFI sponsors smaller regional conferences in many geographical places for the purpose of relating to leaders in that region, and practical discussion on relevant issues facing the leaders and churches. These regional gatherings are the heartbeat of MFI and provide for a genuine opportunity for relationships to deepen.
Apostolic Leadership Team
Ministers Fellowship International is directed by an Apostolic Leadership Team which is made up of the Officers of the Fellowship, the Regional Directors and other proven, mature ministries.
International Strategy Team
The International Strategy Team, led by the International Director, is a vital key to the development of MFI worldwide. This team makes recommendations to the Apostolic Leadership Team concerning international development. In every nation there are pastors and leaders who are walking alone and need the things that a fellowship like MFI has to offer. The International Strategy Team helps the fellowship to connect with these national pastors and church leaders.
MFI’s vision is to reach out internationally as well as nationally and connect relationally with those who share the vision of nurturing leaders and developing strong local churches, and who also share our biblical core beliefs. This occurs through MFI affiliates, emerging affiliates, and related networks that already exist in different nations. At the time of this writing, MFI has affiliates in Europe, Australia, Brazil, the Caribbean, Nigeria, Uganda, Haiti, Singapore, Peru, and Bolivia; and there are related networks in Mexico, Ghana, India, Indonesia, and Guatemala.
The fundamental beliefs of the MFI Apostolic Leadership Team are reflected in the following statements:
Canon of Scripture
We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the accepted canon of the Scriptures as originally given (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Corinthians 2:13).
One God Existing In Three Persons
We believe in the Eternal Godhead who has revealed Himself as ONE God existing in THREE persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, distinguishable but indivisible (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
Creation, Test & Fall of Man
We believe in the creation, test and fall of man as recorded in Genesis; man’s total spiritual depravity and inability to attain to divine righteousness (Romans 5:12, 18).
Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of men, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, very God and very man (Luke 1:26-35; John 1:18; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6).
Christ Died for Our Sins & Rose Again
We believe Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day, and personally appeared to His disciples (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:25).
Ascension & Return of Jesus Christ
We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, His exaltation and personal, literal and bodily coming again the second time for the Church (John 14:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
Salvation of Sinners by Grace Through Repentance & Faith
We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace, through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of the cross of Calvary, by which we obtain remission of sins (Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:12; Romans 5:11).
Water Baptism by Immersion
We believe in the necessity of water baptism by immersion in the name of the eternal Godhead in order to fulfill the command of Christ (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:36-39; 19:1-6).
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as a distinct aspect of the Christian foundational experience with the primary evidence of speaking in tongues as well as evidences such as empowerment to witness, to conquer sin and to live a holy life (Acts 2:1-4; 8:14-17; 10:44-46; 19:6, Galatians 3:14-15).
Gifts of the Spirit
We believe in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit as enumerated in 1 Corinthians 12-14, manifested in the Early Church.
Spirit Filled Life
We believe in the Spirit-filled life, a life of separation from the world and perfecting of holiness in the fear of God as an expression of Christian faith (Ephesians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 7:1).
Healing of the Body
We believe in the healing of the body by divine power, or divine healing in its varied aspects as practiced in the Early Church (Acts 4:30; Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 12:9; James 5:14).
Table of the Lord
We believe in the Table of the Lord, commonly called Communion or the Lord’s Supper, for believers (1 Corinthians 11:23-32).
We believe in eternal life for believers (John 5:24; 3:16) and eternal punishment for unbelievers (Mark 9:43-48; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 20:10-15).
Reality & Personality of Satan
We believe in the reality and personality of Satan and eternal judgment of Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10-15).