About The ICOC

Submitted by The Editors on Mon, 2015-03-30 20:32

The ICOC, or International Church of Christ, is a family of churches spread accross 155 nations of the World. They are racially integrated congregations made up of a diversity of people from various age groups, economic and social backgrounds. They are non-denominational and as a family of churches are structured to avoid two extremes; disconnected autonomy and overly centralised authority.

They believe anyone, anywhere who follows God's plan of salvation in the bible will be saved. Christians are saved by the grace of God, through their faith in Jesus Christ, at baptism. (Ephesians 2:10, Romans 3:22, Acts 2:38, Matthew 28:18-20) They do not subscribe to the "sinners prayer" as a biblical method of conversion (James 2:20-26). While holding to sound doctrine is important, the ICOC teaches that Jesus is "full of grace and truth" (John 1:17) and that ultimately God decides who will be saved.

They have expanded rapidly around the world with an ambitious plan to have churches in every country, city, town and village. Starting in 1979 with about 30 members, the ICOC exploded to more than 37 000 members within it's first twelve years. Most recently they have grown from 88 000 members in 590 congregatons in 2008, to 110 000 members in 690 congregations.