Building the church of the poor.
CFC first used “Families in the Holy Spirit Renewing the Face of the Earth” as its vision statement in 1991, on its 10th year anniversary. By 1993, the Family Ministries were started. The Social Ministries and the work with the poor began to be established in 1995 and it signaled the direction of CFC to work towards Total Christian Liberation. In 1996, during its 15th anniversary, CFC declared its mission to “Build the Church of the Home and the Church of the Poor. This was also CFC’s response to the twin-call of the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II): To help rebuild the Church of the Home and Build the Church of the Poor.
The fullness of mission in CFC was further experienced in 2010 when the International Council was led to the theme “Fullness of Life in Christ.” As 2012 begins the first year of the next 30 years of community life, CFC strengthens the fullness of the mission that God has called CFC to do.
The elements of the CFC fullness of mission are the following:
> Evangelization and Mission
> Pastoral/Spiritual Formation
> Family Renewal
> Church of the Poor
> Effective Governance and Stewardship
Statement Of Mission
We are living in a time of rapid change. Everything is changing–social values, relationships, economic systems, ideologies and many other things that affect life in general. Caught in this tide of change is the family. Some futurists predict that the time is coming when the family shall be totally irrelevant and unnecessary in a world that is dominated by technological change. In some parts of the world, the family no longer operates like it used to. We see this as a matter of serious importance.
In the modern world, man has learned to band together for mutual protection. There are certain artisan guilds, trade unions, various business associations, all organized to protect and uphold common interest. But the preservation and strengthening of the family does not seem to be a matter of priority to many people. The family is left exposed and unprotected against the forces that tend to destroy it.
Now a spiritual revival has touched the earth. Christian families are feeling the need to be truly Christian in a modern world. Families are reaching out, crying for help, but they have nowhere to go. The help they are seeking is not normally available in the average parish. Whatever traditional help is available in some parishes is usually inadequate. And in this time of growing darkness, many parents do not have a clear direction. They hear strange voices leading them into strange paths, all promising fulfillment yet all causing confusion.
We believe that God wants us to rise up in defense of His work. We believe that the family is a creation of God and no one else has any right to change it, its structure and its purpose. We believe that God’s plan for all creation continues to operate, “namely, to bring all things in the heavens and on earth into one under Christ’s headship” (Eph 1:10).
Couples for Christ is a creation of God distinctly called to bring families back to the plan of God. Couples for Christ is called to bring the Lord’s strength and light to those who are struggling to be truly Christian families in the modern world.
In submission to God’s will, Couples for Christ commits itself to this mission. Couples for Christ will serve wherever God brings it to serve, trusting only in His guidance and His power.
renewing the face of the earth.
Families in the Holy Spirit renewing the face of the earth.
Moved by the Holy Spirit, one with the Catholic Church, blessed to witness to Christ’s love and service, Couples for Christ is a united global community of family evangelizers that sets the world on fire with the fullness of God’s transforming love.
Driven by its Vision, Couples for Christ has grown into a Global Family composed of CFC as the Head and the Family Ministries its children. CFC as the parents nurture and form the Family Ministries and ensure a future full of hope where the fullness of life in Christ will be enjoyed by God’s people through its global work of evangelization.
Started in Manila, CFC began in 1981 and since then, has established the community throughout the Philippines and globally. By end of 2011, there are over 100 countries with active CFC and Family Ministries’ membership. The CFC global governance is based in the CFC Global Mission Home Office in Quezon City Philippines. CFC is registered with the Securities Exchange Commission as Couples for Christ Global Mission Foundation Inc.
The recognition of CFC as a national association of the lay faithful with juridical personality was granted by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in 1996.
In the year 2000, Couples for Christ was granted Vatican recognition ad experimentum as a private lay association of Pontifical right. In 2005 the Vatican gave its definitive and permanent recognition of CFC as a private international association of the faithful and approved its statutes. The recognition of an association constitutes a declaration of the ecclesiastical authority stating that the association is really in the Church, that everything in it is in agreement with the nature of the Church. Our oneness with the Catholic Church is expressed in the CFC Vision statement.
The governance of the CFC global community has evolved over its 30 years of existence. In response to the need of its expanding territories, the CFC International Council (IC) has reviewed the overall governance of the organization and adopted a structure that best delivers the mission and vision of the Couples for Christ community.