What is the First Christ Non-Denominational Ministry?
The First Christ Non-Denominational Ministry practices Christianity but is a strictly a non-denominational ministry, where we accept all those whom are searching or are current believers. We aim to study and embody Christian values.
Practicing non-denominationally while stressing traditional Christian values and incorporating a moralistic and ethical approach with His Word regarding life, purpose, and death. Our studies are focused on the individuality of the worshiper as His creation and decentralization of worship within His Kingdom. The guidance from these two important concepts assists practitioners and adapts their religious journey and experience(s) for operation in the modern world.
The First Christ Ministry is best described as a non-denominational practice that augments the ministerial practice of traditional Christianity that adopts many concepts and religious practices of various branches of Christianity, and all writings/readings of the Bible, focused on independent interpretation of KJV and ESV bible transcriptions from Christian scholars. While the First Christ Ministry teaches from Christian writings, it is truly non-denominational and invites everyone to research and study Christianity in His name.
We pride ourselves on spreading His Word through non-denominational means under both the Universal Life Church's core tenents and the First Christ Ministry core tenets as deeply held religious convictions and practices held by our members. We study and abide individually as Christians whom follow the non-secular teachings of Christ in non-traditional forum and focus.
How was the First Christ Ministry started?
Formalized from the need for a decentralized and independent way to worship, this Ministry, and core tenants have organically been derived as an effect of living in His Kingdom in modern era. Particularly, the decentralization of worship has been a naturally developed by way of many modern-day Christians. It has now simply been formalized into a ministerial practice. Likewise, the creation and mandate from God to each person has always been an individual journey and experience, again it has now simply been formalized into defined ministerial practice.
Founders and core members of the initial population of the Ministry have deep rooted Christian heritage in the New England area, dating back to the landing of the Mayflower and the signing of the Mayflower Compact. The May flower compact was signed by Puritan settlers and free-thought pioneers whom sought to break from the rigid Puritan beginnings of Colonial America. Their goal was to form more open and free-thinking new settlements in New England where they defiantly believed that the State should have no power over people's religious convictions. This forged the basis for Religious freedom in the United States of America. These ancestral relations continue to fuel the separatist and free-thinking spirit as well as the advancement of the Christian Faith in the Glory of God for the First Christ Ministry
How is the First Christ Ministry recognized / organized?
First Christ Ministerial practices are a non-denominational ministry at it's core. We practice Christian values and study Christian literature. Our services are inclusive of any searching individuals seeking His guidance. The mission of First Christ Ministry is to spread His Word via individual's efforts, operating in both geographically dispersed and individual efforts in His name. Additionally, it should be noted that there is no 501(c)(3) organization due to the decentralized tenet of the First Christ Ministry as an entity. There is, nor will there ever be, a single lead figure, or organized monetary organization that shall ever seek tax exemption for such. We recognize only one true leader, Christ our Lord, and only one divine truth, God’s truth, as written; in His Word. Our committee of Ministers and Christian scholars provide input and guidance for the ministry in His name. We excerise our sovereignty by declining to register under IRS code 501(c)(3), a natural right fully acknowledged by the IRS in 26 US Code Section 508(a,c)(1)(A), which reads in pertinent part:
Special rules with respect to section 501(c)(3) organizations: (a) New organizations must notify Secretary that they are applying for recognition of section 501(c)(3) status. — Except as provided in subsection (c)… (c) Exceptions. — (1) Mandatory exceptions. — Subsections (a) and (b) shall not apply to — (A) churches, their integrated auxiliaries, and conventions or associations of churches.
Founders and members of the First Christ Ministry are geographically dispersed and decentralized in organization whereas their connection to God and their independent journeys are the organizational factor that keeps them bound. First Christ Ministry followers are considered on parallel paths to God, travelling at their own individual pace, from individualized starting points here in His Kingdom.
Elders, ministers, and members of the First Christ Ministry seek no approval from any person, organization, entity or government; outside of God Himself as the ultimate authority over all things in Heaven and in Earth.
Additionally, within The United States’ Bill of Rights, it has been reaffirmed that the unalienable rights of the individual regard the freedom of religious practice as endowed by their Creator, Him.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.