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 early in 2015 through conversations between several international church leaders. Two Archbishops in particular, were influential in encouraging Bishop Steven Lyn Evans to establish the Network, Archbishop Doyé Agama of the Apostolic Pastoral Congress and Archbishop Doyle Volentine, who also subsequently joined the Network. Bishop Steven established the TICCN Network and was formally recognized as the Presiding Bishop at a service in Manchester Cathedral in 2015.
Subsequently, TICCN has been making a significant impact into some of the existing informal networks. They have been encouraged and strengthened by being encompassed within TICCN as it provides a spiritual home and support for like-minded people. Bishop Steven explains: “Often without funding, buildings and resources TICCN has been fueled by the God given mandate to walk in love and faith. We have seen the power of love and faith transform thousands of lives and entire communities. In this way, we have the highest level of resources available to us, unending, unyielding and unfailing. The reality of the impact of TICCN has been utterly miraculous!”
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).