ICAL is designed to connect apostles’ wisdom and resources in order that each member can function more strategically, combine their efforts globally, and effectively accelerate the advancement of the Kingdom of God into every sphere of society.
ICAL Definition of Apostle
The name “apostle” is a New Testament word the Apostle Paul described as a person who serves in the office that Jesus established at His ascension: “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:11-12.)
An apostle is defined by ICAL as a Christian leader gifted, taught, commissioned, and sent by God with the authority to establish the foundational government of a church or business within an assigned sphere by hearing what the Holy Spirit is saying and one who sets things in order accordingly for the growth and maturity of the group or complex of groups (churches or businesses).
Since apostles operate in several different ways, ICAL is open to “vertical apostles” (including ecclesiastical, functional, congregational, and team-member vertical apostles), to “horizontal apostles” (including convening, ambassadorial, mobilizing, and territorial horizontal apostles), and to different kinds of “marketplace apostles.”
Structure of ICAL
ICAL is apostolically led and prophetically influenced.
ICAL is primarily a professional society in which confirmed apostles are able to relate to and connect with each other. It is secondarily a training ground for “emerging” apostles.
ICAL focuses on the strategic development of creative strategies for combining apostolic efforts on the widest basis possible in order to fulfill Jesus’ great commission and mandates.
ICAL recognizes that autonomy is important for members of differing apostolic networks and business leaders. Leaders, who are the heads or “top” of networks, or marketplace CEOs, are technically “vertical” apostles. Vertical apostolic leaders have few mechanisms designed to fulfill their need to relate horizontally; to meet and work with their peers in anything other than a casual way. This is an important aspect of ICAL.
ICAL provides venues at the Annual Meeting, Regional Summits, and International Summits to facilitate connections with like-minded apostolic leaders. These settings promote a structure of meaningful gatherings for peer-level apostles, representing both the nuclear and marketplace church. Here, apostles meet one another, build relationships, and exchange wisdom, knowledge, skills, and resources.
ICAL uses available technology: Internet, blogs, online videos, etc., to facilitate written communication and live interaction among apostles, apostolic networks, and apostolic ministries.
ICAL Provides Apostolic Accountability
ICAL members are committed to maintaining the highest possible levels of integrity of personal character and operational methodology among its members. The ICAL Advisory Council gives oversight and enforces the code of Biblical conduct required of each member to insure the standards of ICAL and maintain unity among the brethren (Psalm 133:1, Eph.4:3). This does not mean “covering.” ICAL does not ordain or cover individuals or groups of apostles.
Membership is attained only by official invitation from the Convening Apostle through the following process:
Membership in ICAL is restricted to individuals who have been recognized by a significant segment of the church, including peer-level apostolic leaders, as having the gift of apostle and who have been ministering through this gift for a period of time.
An invitation to join ICAL requires a nomination to be made and seconded by any two active ICAL members. Under extenuating circumstances where two nominators are not available, an explanation as to why there is no second nominee is weighed in the decision-making process. Nomination forms are available to ICAL apostles here. To request information, please fill in the Online form under the Membership Information section.
Nominations by the two active members are then processed through the ICAL office and the Convening Apostle. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis as to whether official invitations will be extended.
When the invitation is accepted by the individual nominee, a membership application and related documents will be sent to the nominated apostle. This involves the nominee submitting a written application form as well as the payment of membership dues. The applicant is required to provide the contact information for a person who knows about the nominee’s ministry and to whom the applicant is accountable. ICAL will secure that person’s consent during the application approval process.
Annual Membership Fees
- United States based member: $450.00
- Married apostles combined : $650.00
- First Nation (American Indian): $350.00
- International independent members (those not belonging to their individual country’s Coalition): $350.00 (USD).
- International married apostles combined: $450.00.
- Fees may be paid in two installments by check, credit card or at the Online Store.
Ordination, Commissioning, Covering, and Accountability
It must be understood that ICAL membership does not confer ordination or commissioning on a given apostle. ICAL does not “make” an individual an apostle. Only those who have previously been recognized as having the gift and office of apostle are accepted as members, and this recognition comes through, and is maintained, by the particular ecclesiastical network or apostolic ministry conferring the ordination or commissioning.
Because ICAL is a horizontal apostolic network, as over against a vertical network, ICAL does not provide “apostolic covering” or ‘spiritual covering” for its members.
Although ICAL is not a primary accountability structure, membership in ICAL does imply a secondary apostolic accountability. ICAL members are committed to maintaining the highest possible levels of integrity of personal character and operational methodology among its members. The ICAL Advisory Council gives oversight and enforces the code of Biblical conduct required of each member to insure the standards of ICAL and maintain unity among the brethren (Psalm 133:1, Ephesians 4:3).
Annual Meetings and Summits
The major structures for facilitating the interaction of apostles with one another are the Annual Congress and Regional or International Apostolic Summits in the nations.
Annual Members Congress
The Annual Congress is during November in Dallas, Texas. See Events page.
During the gathering, ICAL Members speak on current topics pertaining to the global apostolic movement, discipling nations, and current issues. The format includes a mix of general sessions and forums, special presentations, praise and worship, and prophetic prayer. Breaks and meal times are provided for networking and fellowship.
ICAL is a professional society, therefore, only members are invited to speak or participate on panels in the annual meeting.
Each member is entitled to bring their spouse and encouraged to bring anyone who is an apostolic leader or someone whom they are mentoring/coaching, disciplining in the apostolic. Building the next generation is a focus of ICAL.
There is no limit to the number of non-members a member can invite as long as they fit the above criteria for attendance. Members and guests all pay a registration fee.
Regional and International Summits
For those nations not represented by a Convenor, ICAL has many Ambassadorial Apostles who travel to various nations and hold invitation-only meetings for regional apostles with whom they have formed relationships. This invariably brings together apostles who have much in common, but who have not previously been able to connect with each other. As a result, many apostolic coalitions have been formed and the strength of the international apostolic movement has been greatly increased. All current members of ICAL are invited to attend any national or international meetings.
How ICAL is Administered
International Coalition of Apostles, Inc. is administered as a non-profit religious educational organization in the State of Texas. John P. Kelly is the International Convening Apostle along with an Apostolic Council which gives advice and accountability. Thus, ICAL is governed by apostolic leadership in line with a strictly biblical-based form of government (episkopos and presbuteros).
ICAL administrative team is based in Fort Worth, Texas.
International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders (ICAL) is a private membership non-profit corporation designed to serve its apostolic members and provide general information for potential members. ICAL assumes no responsibility, liability or guarantee of accuracy or the ‘final word’ on any information, teachings, or opinions expressed in any format including the official website, conferences and seminars, publications or otherwise. It is not to be considered the ‘perfect’ or ‘total’ word or revelation on the subject of the apostolic or apostolic movement. ICAL encourages individuals to seek other sources of information and not rely on ICAL as a complete source of apostolic information.