The network is the result of years of international ministry and fellowship among many Christian ministers.
We are thankful to the legacy of many Spirit-filled ministers, such as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, who could observe the well advanced tragedy in the last century: “The terrible, tragic fallacy of the last hundred years has been to think that all man’s troubles are due to his environment, and that to change the man you have nothing to do but change his environment. That is a tragic fallacy. It overlooks the fact that it was in Paradise that man fell.”
Whilst the network had existed in an informal way for several years it began to form a clear structure in 2015 through conversations between several international church leaders. Two Archbishops in particular, were influential in encouraging the network and placing Bishop Steven Lyn Evans as the Presiding Bishop, Archbishop Doyé Agama of the Apostolic Pastoral Congress and Archbishop Doyle Volentine, who also subsequently joined the Network. It became clear that some of the existing informal networks, could be strengthened by being encompassed within a suitable international structure. It was decided that an organization should be formed which could facilitate the expanding work and provide a spiritual home and support, for like-minded people.
The network has been influenced by a strong Christian heritage which includes Evangelical, Charismatic, Reformed and Word of Faith teachings. In this way, TICCN has a rather unique convergence of influences. Bishop Steven Lyn Evans commented: “We are happy to serve alongside all people who hold the Word of God as truth, let us walk with the Bible as our truth and the Holy Spirit leading. This way we do the work of God and walk in His love.”
We are reminded that whoever, or wherever genuine Christians are: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).