I: Core Purpose
The core purpose (mission) of the Family International is to
- Share the good news of God’s love, truth, and salvation. Translate God’s love into action in a way that brings a touch of the divine to someone’s spirit, and leads people to the discovery of a personal relationship with Jesus.
- Seek to improve others’ spiritual quality of life. Share God’s Word and truths to enrich others’ lives. Apply spiritual principles so as to help meet others’ needs, whether spiritual or practical.
- Provide an environment that nurtures faith. Support and assist individuals in growing in their personal relationship with Jesus, and in their efforts to share God’s love and truth with others, according to their unique calling.
The combination of the Family International’s core beliefs, core values, and core purpose make up the guiding principles that direct and inspire the Family International (TFI) as an organization and members as individuals. The guiding principles represent members’ motivation in living their faith and dedication to God in response to the call of the Great Commission. These principles give members the inspiration and confidence to act on God’s will for their life; to grow in Christian faith, belief, discipleship, or missionary service; to participate in and facilitate the mission of the Family International.
A new member of the Family International:
- Has received Jesus Christ as his or her personal Savior.
- Is 18 years of age or older.
- Has completed the New Members procedure in the Procedures of the Family International.
The Family International reserves the right to deny membership to an individual whose activities are incompatible with Family membership or who is deemed ineligible to be a member of the Family International.
A member of the Family International is responsible to:
- Accept the collective beliefs that define the faith of the Family International as listed in the Statement of Faith of the Family International and commit to grow in his or her understanding of those tenets of faith.
- Model his or her life around the principles embodied in the Core Values of the Family International.
- Cultivate a personal relationship with God through reading God’s Word, personal communion with Jesus, and prayer.
- Conduct him- or herself ethically and with integrity in his or her personal and professional life, and refrain from activities that reflect negatively on the Family International or its mission.
- Participate in and otherwise facilitate the mission of the Family International.
- Tithe or give of his or her income monthly to the Family International or to a member of the Family International who tithes directly to the Family International.
- Report monthly, directly or via another member who has agreed to report for him or her.
- A member of the Family International who is a parent is responsible to love and care for his or her children; raise them in a godly manner; impart to them a knowledge of God; see that their physical, educational, spiritual, medical, and emotional needs are supplied to the best of their ability; and protect them from all forms of abuse, including physical, sexual, or emotional.
- The welfare and protection of children is of vital importance to the Family International. All members are expected to abide by the policies outlined in the Child Protection Policy of the Family International.
A member of the Family International has the right to individual choice, self-determination, and expression in all matters, including his or her participation in and facilitation of the mission, and regarding how he or she lives his or her faith.
- A member of the Family International must receive the consent of the international public affairs desk before engaging in a legal agreement on behalf of the Family International, or participating in a national or international media interview, documentary, website or forum, movie, book, written or verbal rebuttal, press release, or article on behalf of the Family International.
- A member of the Family International must receive the consent of the international public affairs desk before publishing online or distributing to the public Family International publications that are not designated for the public. While many early TFI writings published from 1968–1979 were subsequently designated for the public, widespread distribution mechanisms such as the Internet did not exist at the time. Therefore, TFI writings from that period require permission for reproducing on the Internet or elsewhere.
A member of the Family International is subject to the laws of the country in which he or she resides.
A member of the Family International may have his or her membership revoked in accordance with Revocation of TFI Membership in the Procedures of the Family International for:
- Persistently contravening the responsibilities of Family membership as outlined above in Articles 4–5.
- Conduct or activities that foster schism or are damaging to the Family International or its mission, or to TFI members’ mission works or communities.
A member of the Family International will be permanently excommunicated from Family membership in accordance with Excommunication in the Procedures of the Family International for:
- Sexually or physically abusive mistreatment of a child.
- Committing an egregious crime or life-threatening violent act.
Maria Fontaine and Peter Amsterdam are the spiritual and administrative directors of TFI. In this capacity, they are responsible to:
- Determine the services provided by the Family International.
- Define, establish, or discontinue, as may be necessary, TFI Service departments, council bodies, portfolios and positions.
- Appoint a council to adjudicate questions of membership and disciplinary actions.
TFI Services will manage the tithes and gifts sent to the Family International to support publications, services, and structure; for projects or investments that further the mission of the Family International; and to assist mission projects and members.
IV: Mission Works of TFI Members
The Family International (TFI) is an international Christian community committed to sharing the message of God’s love with people around the globe. We seek to bring hope and spiritual renewal through the unconditional love of Jesus Christ that knows no borders or boundaries of race, creed, or social status. We strive to make a difference in our world by offering spiritual solutions for the challenges of life and translating God’s love into actions that manifest kindness and compassion and improve the lives of others. (Mission Statement of the Family International)
Members of TFI are encouraged to engage in mission-focused activities, referred to in this document as mission works. A TFI member’s mission work is a project, mission activity, congregation, association, or organization, incorporated or otherwise, founded and/or managed by a member of the Family International.
A TFI member’s mission work:
- Maintains a standard of professionalism as outlined in Professional Standard for TFI Member Works.
- Strives to align itself with TFI’s core values and mission statement.
If a TFI member’s mission activities are found to be in contravention of the Family International’s Charter, in accordance with Revocation of TFI Membership in the Procedures of the Family International, the revocation of membership procedure may be enacted.
Official documents of Family International policy and/or governance, which supplement, support, are authorized by, or refer to this Charter of the Family International are:
- Governance of the Family International
- Procedures of the Family International
- Statement of Faith of the Family International
- Core Values of the Family International
- Mission Statement of the Family International
- Professional Standard for TFI Member Works
- Child Protection Policy of the Family International
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