History of ICAL

The International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders (ICAL) was conceived in Singapore in 1999 by a group of apostles. The group discussed how God could use the combined efforts of global apostolic leadership to advance the Kingdom of God more rapidly and effectively.

In order to accomplish the mission, establishing a communications center would be essential. After the discussion, a few of the leaders, including Dr. C. Peter Wagner, gave private council to John P. Kelly to consider forming an international council. After speaking with other apostolic leaders, Kelly believed it was God’s will for him to establish an apostolic coalition. He then organized an internal council and began inviting other apostolic leaders to join ICA (International Coalition of Apostles, the original name of ICAL).

In 2000, at the first Annual Gathering, John P. Kelly was set in as the Presiding Apostle for ICA. In 2001, God directed Kelly to ask Peter Wagner to accept the position of Presiding Apostle and the management of ICA moved to Colorado. Kelly then continued to serve ICA as the Ambassadorial Apostle representing ICA globally, Presiding Apostle Peter Wagner, and conducting ICA Regional Summits throughout the United States.

In 2009, on the eve of his 80th birthday, the Holy Spirit directed Peter Wagner to ask John Kelly to again accept the position of Presiding Apostle for ICA. The headquarters was then transferred back to Texas in the spring of 2010. With an official handing-of-the-baton ceremony at the 2010 Annual Gathering, John P. Kelly became the International Presiding Apostle and C. Peter Wagner became the Presiding Apostle Emeritus of ICA.

Then Kelly decided to not use the title of ‘Presiding Apostle’ and instead use the term ‘Convening Apostle’. The reason being that the term ‘Presiding Apostle’ conveys a vertical, top down governmental position, but the term ‘Convening Apostle’ conveys a horizontal position and relationship.

In 2011, John Kelly began to establish National Convenors for indigenous apostolic leaders within their nation. He also began to personally raise up Ambassadors to represent ICAL. These National Coalitions would be in fellowship with global ICAL members, but governmentally autonomous from ICAL.  

During the 2013 Annual Conference, the ICA name was changed to ICAL - International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders. The reasons for this: the function of the apostolic gift-bearing fruit is more important than the title “apostle’ and the majority of apostles throughout the world are called pastor, bishop, prophet, and some are called superintendents. It does not matter what their title is, what matters is that all members of ICAL should be apostolically advancing the Kingdom of God fulfilling the great Commission and be recognized by their peers as apostolic leaders.

 The vision and mission of ICAL is Revival, Reconciliation, Restoration and Reformation within the nations of the world to fulfill the cultural mandate and Great Commission mandate that the Church (Ecclesia) be an influence spiritually, governmentally, and economically.

 Mission of ICAL  

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 ICA 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 Spirit is saying and 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.

ICAL Membership Membership in ICAL is restricted to individuals who have been recognized by a significant segment of the church, including peer-level apostles, as having the gift of apostle and who have been ministering through this gift for a period of time.

Membership is by Invitation Only

Membership is attained only by official invitation from the Convening Apostle through the following process:

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. Nominations forms are available to Members on this site- Nomination forms

On the Membership section, an Online Information Form is available for NON-Members to fill out and submit to the ICAL office.

Nominations by the two active members are 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.

After the application is approved, the new ICAL apostle will be sent: a membership certificate suitable for framing and other relevant items and documents.  

Annual Membership Fees

  • United States based member fee is: $450.00

  • Married apostles combined fee is: $650.00

  • First Nation (American Indian fee is: $350.00

  • International independent members (those not belonging to their individual country’s Apostolic Coalition) fee is: $350.00 (USD).

  • Fees may be paid by check or credit card - and at the store ONLINE

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 Congress and Summits

The major structures for Connecting apostolic leaders to Communicate and Collaborate with one another are through the Annual Congress, National Coalitions gatherings and Regional Apostolic Summits. 

Annual Member's Congress

The Annual Congress is held in Dallas, Texas, during the second week of November each year. 

During the three day meetings, dozens of speakers representing the Nations, ICAL Alliances and other special presentations share during the full day and evening sessions.   Powerful praise and worship and Prophetic Prayer is included daily. Breaks and meal times are provided for meeting and networking. All Members and guests pay a registration fee (outlined in the Annual Conference details each year).

Invited Guests to the Annual Congress

Members are entitled to bring their spouse and anyone whom they believe is an apostolic leader or someone whom they are mentoring/coaching, disciplining in the apostolic. There is no limit to the number of non-member guests a member can invite as long as they fit the above criteria for attendance.

Regional Summits

For those nations not represented by a Convenor, ICAL has many Ambassadorial Apostles who travel to various nations and hold an invitation-only meeting of 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. See the Nations Pages on this site or the Contact page to connect with the representative for a nation.

How ICAL is Administered

International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders, Inc. is administered as a religious educational Non-profit organization in the State of Texas, USA.  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 is apostolically led and prophetically influenced.

ICAL has an in-house Executive Administrator based in Fort Worth, Texas. The other necessary administrative duties are outsourced for efficiency, excellence, and cost-effectiveness.

Apostolic Council

The International Convening Apostle appoints an ICAL Apostolic Council which provides advice and accountability.  ICAL members are free to bring any concerns which may arise to any or all council members. 

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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. 

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