How does an MCF begin?
Military Christian fellowship begins when two or
more military Christians from the same nation meet for fellowship, prayer, Bible
study, and witness. If any nation considers that these activities are illegal
the associates are encouraged to follow Christ's teaching in Mt. 22:21 and "Give
to Caesar what is Caesar's."
A group is recognized as a Military
Christian Fellowship (MCF) when it takes a name and appoints a leader. However
in many nations it may be necessary for military Christians to maintain only informal
links with one another.
2. How are MCFs organized?
MCF chooses a name, sets up its organization, and functions according to its needs.
The national MCF is totally independent, autonomous, and self supporting financially.
It is essentially nonpolitical and ideally non denominational.
An MCF needs
a constitution to guide it and give it legal standing. A constitution normally
includes: organization name and address; purpose; how organized and governed,
frequency of governing meetings, quorum (percentage of votes needed to approve
actions); officers, description of their duties, how elected, term of office,
staggered elections to establish continuity, eligibility for reelection; procedures
for changing the constitution.
3. How is AMCF organized?
is a worldwide association of national Military Christian Fellowships (MCFs) and
individual military Christians in nations that do not have an organized fellowship.
the AMCF does have is a President and regional Vice Presidents. Together these
officers make up the "Presidential Bench" of the AMCF. They are volunteers
and are supported by several military ministry organizations, the MCFs, and others
as their capacities permit.
The officers of the AMCF (the Presidential Bench)
have no authority over the internal affairs of national MCFs. They neither direct
nor represent them. The MCFs take their directions directly from God. At the national
level, the AMCF officers function to encourage and help those associated with
the AMCF. At the international level they coordinate activities and provide encouragement,
guidance and assistance based on the needs of the association and the national
4. How can an MCF or individual person become associated with
Any MCF or Contact may request association with the AMCF by indicating
this informally by any means to any AMCF officer (the president or a regional
vice-president) or staff member of ACCTS, Accts MMI, or MSO. The information will
be passed on to the AMCF President who will provide a reply. A "certificate
of association" is available for those MCFs which desire to have one.
Click here for email addresses. Those associated with the AMCF are encouraged
to work together with the object of encouraging servicemen and women of all nations
to apply the teachings of Jesus in their personal and professional lives. They
are expected to keep ACCTS, who publishes the AMCF Newsletter, informed of their
correct addresses, and are encouraged to send prayer requests and information
about their activities to the newsletter editor (AMCF, PO Box 27239, Denver, CO
80227 USA: or, email@example.com) so that
they may be shared with other associates. In turn they are kept informed of and
encouraged to participate in AMCF activities.
5. How can we help our
Growth results naturally or as the result of a plan. Natural
growth occurs when members of the group invite a friend or acquaintance, or when
a member is transferred and decides to start a new group. Planned effort generally
results in faster growth. The MCF may use many ways to accomplish this.
How can we explain an MCF to others?
Many MCFs have found it important
to emphasize several things when discussing the MCF with non-members. These things
- The MCF is not a new denomination or church.
does not take members away from a church or chapel. On the contrary it allows
the church a missionary outreach into the military establishment.
service is not incompatible with Christianity. Military Christians are encouraged
to give their very best in their duty and service for the glory of God (Colossians
- The Commander should be kept informed so that he understands and
does not oppose the MCF.
- Where a chaplain's program exists, MCF members
normally offer to support and enrich the program.
7. What kind
of activities do MCFs have?
Any activities which please God and honor
His Son Jesus Christ are appropriate. The activities of a national Military Christian
Fellowship are generally based on A PASSION FOR GOD -"Love the Lord your
God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."
Matthew 22:37, and A PASSION FOR MEN "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Matthew 22:39. The activities generally fall into one or more of the practices
of the Early Church: "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles DOCTRINE
and FELLOWSHIP, and in BREAKING OF BREAD, and in PRAYERS." Acts 2:42
(capital letters added for emphasis). These categories of practices in the early
church therefore have been used to show typical activities of an MCF. It is worthwhile
noting that the believers "continued steadfastly," or devoted themselves,
to these things.
The activities listed above as appropriate for a Military
Christian Fellowship are often combined. For example, the most common, and probably
the most important, activity of an MCF is the frequent, regular gathering of members
in small groups for prayer, Bible study, fellowship, and witness. It bears repeating
that whatever is pleasing to God and honors His Son Jesus Christ is appropriate.
MCFs around the world have many different kinds of activities, which have
included small group Bible studies, prayer meetings, evangelistic events (concerts,
Christian films, English language programs, etc.), conferences, and leadership
training, to name just a few. Click here for
examples of activities of various national MCFs.
8. What kind of
objectives and goals do MCFs have?
The principal objectives of an
MCF usually include:
- Carrying out the Great Commission (Matthew
28: 18-20) within the armed forces; and,
- Helping members reach spiritual
Click here for examples of objectives
and goals of various national MCFs.
9. What unique resources
can our MCF use?
Any job is done more easily if one uses the right
tools. Likewise the work of MCFs is done more easily if all the resources, or
tools, available are used. Some of the easily overlooked resources are:
- Supporting Organizations. The 3 principal supporting organizations are ACCTS
(the Association for Christian Conferences, Teaching and Service) at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Accts MMI (Accts Military Ministries International) at email@example.com,
and MSO (Mission Support Organization) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These can help in many ways, and provide links to other organizations.
21 other supporting organizations are listed in Annex S of AMCF Reference Manual.
The spouse's support is essential to the MCF
- Retirees. Retirees often
have more time available to dedicate to the ministry. In addition, they bring
years of experience and maturity to the MCF.