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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is The Lord's Churches Fellowships, Inc. a denomination, conference or convention in the traditional sense?

No. TLCFMII (The Lord's Churches, Fellowship, and Ministries International, Inc) is strictly a fellowship to which churches, fellowships and other Christian ministries may choose to become a part and do so on their own volition, and can also choose to leave in like manner. As a Fellowship, we are an organization of like-minded believers who choose to fellowship and work together.
 
2. Does TLCFMII have women pastors and/or women Bishops?

Yes. While we recognize the right of other organizations to differ with us on this and other doctrinal issues, we do accept, ordain, and consecrate women into offices in the Gospel ministry. The way that we exegete and interpret the Scripture we believe that our position is sound and Biblical; however, we respect those who have a different viewpoint.
 
3. Are the churches of TLCFMII independent and autonomous?

Yes. The Fellowship and its leaders do not involve themselves in the internal affairs of any church. The pastor and leaders of every church are totally and completely independent, autonomous and free from any influence and involvement in any of the affairs of a church.
 
4. Can a pastor who is found in sin be removed, sanctioned or disciplined by the Fellowship?

A pastor who errors is subject to whatever action his/her church deems appropriate and the Fellowship has no voice or involvement in that matter what so ever. However, a pastor who sins is subject to remedial action of the Fellowship if Fellowship leaders know knowledge of the infraction. Pastors, Overseers, and Bishops all are called of God to lead His people, and therefore, are expected to be spiritually mature and live holy lives. In addition to what any church may do to correct the behavior of a leader, the Fellowship is still free and may choose to take a course of action to minister to the Individual, his/her family (if appropriate and agreed to by all parties), and correct any weakness or broken relationship and/or other remedial or corrective action. However, it is noted that some actions can be taken unilaterally by the Fellowship while others must be done in a collaborative manner.
 
5. How does TLCFMII assist smaller churches?

Small churches are at the heart of our ministry. Each province has its own efforts led by the bishop of that province to improve the situation of the smaller churches in each state and district within the province.

Again, each provincial bishop is to be personally involved with church growth in his/her province and to report both activity and progress on a quarterly basis to the Presiding Bishop.

The leadership of the Fellowship at every level is encouraged to seek ways and means of strengthening our member churches, especially those who are few in number and have few resources.
 
6. To whom is the Presiding Bishop of TLCFMII accountable?

Our Fellowship believes in and supports the "Covenant Accountability" concept. We also believe that all Christians are responsible to and for all other Christians. Members of our Fellowship are accountable to and for one another. Pastors and churches are accountable to and for one another. Our Bishops are accountable to and responsible for one another, those whom they lead and follow. Our Provincial Bishops are individually and collectively accountable and responsible to their individual constituency as well as to each other and to the Presiding Bishop - as well as to the Lord God Almighty. Our Presiding Bishop is likewise accountable and responsible as is the Provincial Bishops to God and to the International House of Bishops.
 
7. The Fellowship places considerable emphasis on evangelism, including overseas evangelism.  What is your position on evangelism at home and abroad?

We believe in and try to do what Jesus said in the Gospel of Saint Matthew (28:1-20) concerning sharing the Gospel. We believe that our evangelism begins at home and expands outward from there!

"And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen."

Acts 1:8 - "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." As individuals and certainly as a Fellowship we are involved in ministry overseas. Evangelism begins at home and then expands outward from there.
 

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