The church of believers that meets at Christian Fellowship Centre (CFC) today commenced with a few families that first met together in Bangalore, India in August 1975. They decided to be disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ first themselves, and then to make disciples in obedience to the Lord's commission in Matthew 28:18-20, emphasizing the new birth, holiness of inner life, mutual love, moral purity, financial integrity and sharing God's truth with others - founding every aspect of their lives on God's Word alone.
CFC is not connected organisationally with any group or church anywhere. We are evangelical in our faith ( See 'what we believe' ) and gladly receive all who are members of the worldwide Body of Christ.
No reports of the work done or any appeal for finances are ever sent out anywhere. All money that is received as freewill offerings or as voluntary contributions, goes directly to the work of spreading the gospel in India, through conferences, literature and audio-tapes etc. ( See 'Financial Support' )
CFC is led by a plurality of elders. No elder is paid for his work. This is NOT because we feel that such financial support is unScriptural, but because we desire to stand apart from the bad testimony that many Christian workers have had in the matter of finances.
Zac Poonen was formerly an Indian Naval Officer who has been serving the Lord in India for nearly 50 years as a Bible-teacher. He has responsibility for a number of churches in India and abroad.
He has written more than 25 books and numerous articles in English - which have been translated into many Indian and foreign languages. His messages are available on audio CDs and video DVDs.
Like the other elders in CFC, Zac Poonen also supports himself and his family through "tent-making" and does not receive any salary for his services. He does not receive any royalty for any of his books, CDs or DVDs, that are published by Christian Fellowship Centre, Bangalore.
The Lord planted CFC in Bangalore in August 1975. We began then with just a few believers. When we first started meeting together, we were not very clear as to why God had brought us together. But gradually God revealed His plan to us.
It was this: To demonstrate and proclaim the new wine (the life of Jesus and the Divine nature) in a new wineskin (the local church as an expression of the Body of Christ, built according to the new-covenant pattern).
This then became our vision.For a fuller statement of CFC's Vision click here.