Whether you are applying for a military or civilian ecclesiastical approval, endorsement, lay minister or volunteer certification, the first thing we ask you to do is read our Statement of Faith. If you believe you are in full agreement with our Statement of Faith, proceed to the application forms. Review these forms and prior to filling them in, we ask that you contact CFGC at 972-291-5466.
In our phone conversation we will discuss why you desire to make a covenant with CFGC and what action you desire of CFGC (ecclesiastical approval, endorsement, etc.). We’ll discuss our history, the application forms, the CFGC financial covenant, application fee, and a time estimate for completing the review of your application. Once submitted, your application will be reviewed, references contacted, and a recommendation made to CFGC’s Endorsing Agent. To the best of our ability, CFGC will keep you informed as the process proceeds.
We believe in the plenary-verbal inspiration of the accepted canon of the scripture as originally given.
We believe in the Eternal Triune God.
We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in his sinless life, in His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and the baptism of the Holy Spirit as a separate and distinct experience subsequent to salvation, providing for life and service.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; that they are saved into the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe in the creation, test and fall of man as recorded in Genesis; his total spiritual depravity and inability to attain divine righteousness apart from God.
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.
We believe Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day and personally appeared to His disciples and others.
We believe in water baptism by immersion.
We believe in the Table of the Lord, commonly called Communion or the Lord’s Supper, for believers.
We believe in the reality and personality of Satan and the eternal judgment of Satan and his angels.
An Association of Independent, Spirit-filled Churches and Ministries
Principles of the New Testament for Christian Work
It is accepted among us that biblical teaching concerning the character and functioning of local churches is fundamental to their spiritual well-being, as is scriptural teaching concerning the doctrines of salvation.
In matters such as the new birth, the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the entire fellowship of Pentecostal/Charismatic people believe that the New Testament is our pattern. This scriptural reverence has been our stronghold as Pentecostal/Charismatic people in the storms that have swept round us. The power and authority of Pentecostal/Charismatic preaching always has been in its appeal to the Scriptures.
Because the church is God’s plan for evangelizing the world, it follows that we should find a scriptural pattern for the founding and functioning of local churches. This is of prime importance in carrying out the Great Commission.
In our day it is now generally recognized that one of the weaknesses of modern missions has been its failure to follow the New Testament pattern in establishing healthy, autonomous churches. This weakness in the foreign field probably reflects a parallel condition in the homeland. The indigenous principle must be practiced here in order to establish it over there.
We hold that scriptural church government is essential to maintaining the strength of any revival movement. The histories of some of the largest Protestant organizations testify to this fact: That a movement of spiritual power is weakened and distorted as unscriptural church organization and government increases. What appears, at its inception, to be means to greater efficiency in God’s work, eventually proves to be a deterrent to spiritual power.
A factor in the development of unscriptural church organization is the tendency to regard such matters as merely non-scriptural and a matter of expediency. This theory holds that there is no clear pattern in the Bible regarding the subject, leaving man free to choose as he deems best.
We believe that God, who has given us a divine pattern for salvation, has also left us a scriptural pattern in the work of the church with the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers, with local Elders and Deacons. All such are to be recognized by the Presbytery.
Calling: A divine summons (not an invitation) which entrusts believers with the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which comes directly from the Godhead, and the Lord Jesus in particular, via the Holy Spirit.
Placement: The Lord Jesus divinely placing spiritually acclimated ministers under the ministries (not ministers) of His ministers of reputation for a designated length of time in preparation for the work of His Ministry.
Ordination: Man’s recognition of God’s calling, for life, to propagation of the Gospel.