A church dispersed is a group of believers who have been called, anointed, equipped and scattered across a city, state, country or the world. Some are ministers who have been commissioned, licensed and ordained while others are seeking ordination and training in a non-denominational church. These ministers are busy about expanding the Kingdom of God and fulfilling the calling that Jesus placed on their lives. As a church dispersed we focus on identifying those the Holy Spirit anoints, equipping, support and multiplication.
The first picture of a church dispersed is found in Acts 8:1 “… And on that day a great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.”
Before this persecution dispersed the church they were all gathered together in Jerusalem. While the church was huddled in Jerusalem they had great impact and saw significant growth, but they quickly became stagnant and were not fulfilling the great commission to go and make disciples of all nations.
It was after the church was dispersed that the world was impacted with the message of Jesus Christ. Acts 8:4-8 gives us a glimpse of what a church dispersed is capable of; “Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word. And Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the signs which he was performing. For in the case of many who had unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice; and many who had been paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was much rejoicing in that city.”
Another picture of a church dispersed is found a few chapters later in Acts 11:19-21; “So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose in connection with Stephen made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord.”
Notice that the leadership of the church in Jerusalem was not the primary movers and shakers. They traveled around to these places preaching, teaching, praying and supporting the local ministers. It was men, women and children who were being move by the Lord to share the gospel with their family, friends, co-workers and community leaders. The leadership in a church dispersed equips the saints for the work of the ministry and then acts as a support system (Eph. 4:11-16).
As a non-denominational church dispersed the N.C.C.C. works to equip, issue ordination and clergy credential, support ministers who are called and scattered across the nation and the world. We believe that the church should not remain inside the four walls of a building or simply in one location. We, the people, are the church and we are called to “go.” Our philosophy is that a healthy church should be dispersed in location, focus, outreach, ministry and calling.
We have ministers and ordination candidates scattered across America and the world. There are pastors, evangelists, youth ministers and pastoral counselors active in the fellowship. There are both global missionaries and domestic missionaries who function in a variety of capacities to reach the lost and help the hurting. A church dispersed does not wait for the lost and wounded to seek us, we seek them.
Our uniqueness comes from the Holy Spirit calling ministers to come for training, commissioning, licensing, ordination and support so they can fulfill the calling on their lives. We believe in strong relationships and accountability, yet maintain a healthy level of freedom to minister as the Spirit directs.
If you are looking for a ministerial support team that is inspired by the Holy Spirit to stay on the cutting edge of ministry, use technology, welcome creativity and who keeps Jesus as the central figure here is your invitation to come join us as we expand the Kingdom together.