Purpose of TCFNC Manifesto:

To describe the purpose of Telugu Christian Fellowship (TCF) and to clarify its importance and distinctions from Christian Churches.

Purpose of TCF:

The purpose of TCF is to reach out Telugu originated people in the USA in order to provide a local Christian fellowship towards mutual encouragement and to mobilise and to equip them so that they can make a significant contribution to the broader Kingdom of God locally and globally.

Execution:

TCF Execution happens via facilitating TCF activities. Considering that TCF members belong to various Churches and have their respective responsibilities, TCF should be conscious of managing the time of TCF meetings efficiently considering various needs of TCF members and families.

Monthly Meetings

The official TCF meeting is restricted to ONE per month, typically a Saturday evening. This restriction will provide members not to neglect their Church attendance and other responsibilities.

Gatherings

– Annual conference meetings are geared towards a specific purpose rather than a typical monthly gathering and preachers should be aware of it specifically.

– There could be a special requested meetings (like Picnic, Cottage prayer, Mens/Womens meetings etc.,) based on the needs for which leadership must have discretion for number of such type of gatherings.

– If TCF members require more fellowship, they can gather as pockets of members without the official announcements in TCF in such a way that it will not interfere with the official TCF gatherings.

– TCF would encourage people to develop their individual gifts by providing support and encouragement within the possibilities of TCF capabilities.

What is the need for TCF?:

When we talk about TCF, the first question that arises – “What is the need for another Church?” The intention of TCF is not to become another Church but to provide fellowship for Christians who are originated from India and residing in USA.

Peter 1:1-2 “From Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those temporarily residing abroad (in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, the province of Asia, and Bithynia) who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father by being set apart by the Spirit for obedience and for sprinkling with Jesus Christ’s blood. May grace and peace be yours in full measure!”

The context of America poses a unique challenge to the people who originated from India. While the primary focus of the Church is to meet the spiritual needs, TCF does not replace Church but will help people to have a smooth transition from India to USA providing the opportunity to serve local Indian Christian community.

The name of the fellowship need not be “TCF” but can be any name that fits into the local context. It also need not strictly be constituted with Telugu speaking but should accommodate any Indian speaking languages with an understanding that multiple languages could pose challenges and restrictions for the local group and needs to consider it with utmost prayer and the amicable agreements between the local leadership which the local group should be aware implicitly and consider others with love and respect as mentioned in Phippians 2:3 – “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.”

Challenges:

Biblical/Church Background
TCF is a primarily a gathering of people who trust in the Lord Jesus or seeking true God in their lives. Due to the nature of TCF with several immigrants from India, TCF should be aware of various doctrinal positions and should agree on the basic tenets of Christianity like Jesus as God, the impact of sin in our lives and the necessity of Jesus as Saviour for humanity.

Social
TCF should be a safe place for people coming with various social backgrounds.

Social backgrounds should not be a criteria for the unity among TCF members.

Language
Though TCF is based on Telugu language speaking people, it should always have a place for other languages speaking people with respect and consideration.

External Contacts and Internal Boundaries:

In relation to other Churches
TCF is an autonomous body of believers and do not associate with any church for its operations and decision taking criterias. All the decisions are taken by the TCF members with the supervision of TCF leadership.

Families
TCF gives utmost importance to Family’s spiritual growth. Families should take responsibility of kids conduct and behaviour during TCF meetings to build and environment of mutual cooperation and love.

Invitations and Speakers:

TCF commits itself to develop an indigenous gifts and talents. This way TCF fulfills the mission of equipping TCF believers for significant contribution to God’s kingdom.

Based on the needs and acquaintances, TCF members can invite Speakers for TCF Monthly meetings/Conferences.

The Invitor should refer to Section 5)Challenges while considering inviting Speaker to TCF:

Biblical/Church Background
TCF is a primarily a gathering of people who trust in the Lord Jesus or seeking true God in their lives. Due to the nature of TCF with several immigrants from India, TCF should be aware of various doctrinal positions and should agree on the basic tenets of Christianity like Jesus as God, the impact of sin in our lives and the necessity of Jesus as Saviour for humanity.

If Speaker is invited, TCF leadership should be informed 1 to 2 months prior so there would not be any conflicts or misunderstandings.

The Inviter family should take care of Speaker’s needs including Financial and a place to stay during Speaker’s visit.

Finances

Currently TCF is not in a position to give gifts to the external Speakers due to lack of registration and finances. TCF is registered on 6th, Sep 2018 and the financial structure is in planning phase, so TCF can collect gifts from TCF members.

Leadership and Roles:

Though TCF will have Christian community at its core, but due to various backgrounds with which people come from India, the leadership should be aware of their Christian beliefs before letting them become into official leadership roles to avoid deep doctrinal differences.

TCF considers the personal, family and community testimony before recognizing the leaders or allocating specific role to believers.

Conflicts:

Conflict breeds disunity and brings dishonour to God. TCF gives utmost importance to the unity of TCF members and families.

Conflict Resolution

  • Model of Matthew 17 is used to resolve.

Conflict of Interests

  • Areas like finances, speakers, churches etc.,

Leaving the Legacy

The primary aim of TCF should be leaving a legacy for future generations. TCF is a place to show how best we can influence the society for Christ as a community.

Though the results are slow because of various limitations, TCF should be a strategic place to unite in vision and contribute to the welfare of current and future TCF community.