BUILDING THE CHURCH OF THE HOME, BUILDING THE CHURCH OF THE POOR
We are Couples for Christ. We are committed to live in God’s righteousness and holiness, evangelizing people through a life of love and service; we shall work for the renewal of families that will serve God and build generations of Christian leaders; and, we shall pursue Total Christian Liberation through social justice, respect for life, and work with 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
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.