The Interdenominational Assembly of Churches

An Association of Churches, Para-Churches, Clergies and Lay Leaders 

Oecumenist Association

Ecumenism, also spelled oecumenism, is the concept and principle that Christians who belong to different Christian denominations should work together to develop closer relationships among their churches and promote Christian unity. The adjective ecumenical is thus applied to any initiative that encourages greater cooperation and union among Christian denominations and churches.

The fact that all Christians belonging to mainstream Christian denominations profess faith in Jesus as Lord and Saviour over a believer's life believe that the Bible is the infallible, inerrant and inspired word of God (John 1:1), and receive baptism according to the Trinitarian formula is seen as being a basis for ecumenism and its goal of Christian unity. Ecumenists cite John 17:20-23 as the biblical grounds for striving for church unity, in which Jesus prays that Christians "may all be one" in order "that the world may know" and believe the Gospel message.

The term ecumenism as it is now commonly used refers to interdenominational cooperation between different Christian churches. These initiatives can range from local churches of different denominations operating a soup kitchen for the poor, hosting an ecumenical Bible study with participants from different Christian traditions, inviting all baptized Christians to partake in a Lovefeast when churches celebrate them, to holding an ecumenical Stations of the Cross service on Fridays during the Christian liturgical season of Lent with the service being held at a different local church each Friday (e.g. Catholic, Lutheran, Moravian, Anglican, Reformed and Methodist). The ultimate goal of ecumenism is the recognition of sacramental validity, eucharistic sharing, and the reaching of full communion between different Christian denominations. There are a variety of different expectations of what that Christian unity looks like, how it is brought about, what ecumenical methods ought to be engaged, and what both short- and long-term objectives of the ecumenical movement should be.

Baptism according to the Trinitarian formula, which is done in most mainstream Christian denominations, is seen as being the grounds for Christian ecumenism, the concept of unity amongst Christians. With respect to ecumenism, A. W. Tozer maintained that "Unity in Christ is not something to be achieved; it is something to be recognized." Ecumenists cite John 17:20–23 as the Biblical basis of striving for church unity, in which Jesus prays that Christians "may all be one" in order "that the world may know" and believe the Gospel message. As such, ecumenism has a strong implication for the Church's mission of evangelism, which is referenced in John 13:35: "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another". Additionally, Jesus emphasized that the ties of Christians to one another are much greater than those to blood relatives.

Historically, the term "ecumenism" was originally used in the context of the larger ecumenical councils organized with the support of the Roman Emperor. The aim of these councils was to clarify matters of Christian theology and doctrine, leading to the meaning of unity behind the term "ecumenical". The ecumenical councils brought together bishops from across the Roman Empire, with a total of seven ecumenical councils, accepted to have been held by both the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic churches before the Great Schism dividing the two churches; the first four ecumenical councils are recognized by the Lutheran Churches, Anglican Communion and Reformed churches though they are "considered subordinate to Scripture". The Assyrian Church of the East acknowledges the first two ecumenical councils, while Oriental Orthodox Churches accept the first three ecumenical councils.

The IAoC Association Membership:

The "Interdenominational Assembly of Churches" is an association of churches, para-churches and missionaries operated under the Eric Michel Ministries International composed of Baptist,  FAICL Catholic, Christian Evangelism, Methodist Episcopal Nonconforming, Pentecostal, Presbyterian and  Christian Unitarian Universalist. We aim to put faith into action through leaders who move their congregations and communities to help each other for the common good and spread the Gospel of Christ. With more than 85 church partners come alongside Eric Michel Ministries International. The Association is staffed with Directors, Clergy and supporting members, mobilizing all the services. We provide in Christ at our International Districts and bring them out into the communities that need them the most. 

The Interdenominational Assembly of Churches Ministry Association (IAoC) was created in 2017 in which we had our 1st Symposium in January 2018. Then we had only four (4) church affiliate members and two associate members. In the last months of 2018 and the beginning of 2019, we had 18 church members or Christian organizations represented by 83 Ecclesiastic persons from Nepal, India, Pakistan, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Canada, Cameroon, Togo, Ghana, Brazil, USA and Burundi.

The IAoC Ministry operates under Eric Michel Ministries International, the headquarters in Brunsburg-Chatam Province of Quebec, Canada, and its counterpart  EMMI African Church Association Ministry.

01- Pentecostal Church Vadapalli India represent: Philip Kumar, J.Kaladhar, 

02- Bethel Orphanage Care Foundation, represented by the Rev. Robert Muhindo

03 -Glory Ministry in Kenya, represented by the Rev. Philip E. Odhiambo

04- Christ Commission Fellowship Church, represented by Rt.Rev. Julius O. Nyambuoro

05- Conceição Souza want to set up a NGO in Caucaia, Brasil

06- Happy Times Care Ministries by Pastor Muwonge Ibrahim

07- SET FREE CHURCH /MINISTRIES by Pastor David  and Petronilla Turyatemba

08- African United Methodist by Rev. Xaviour Sebastian Chikwatu

09- Greater Grace Ministries by Rev. David Kisaame

10- Nepal by Rev. Sunu Bajrachraya

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Members list of the IAoC as of Jan. 12, 2019

Our Groups 2018 - 2019:

IT Support Team 13 members since Dec 27, 2018