Lost and found: Members of the New Apostolic Reformation

Recently, Apostle C. Peter Wagner wrote to his followers about the attention the New Apostolic Reformation is getting in the media. In it, Wagner downplayed the organization structure of the movement saying:

I am rather fascinated at the lists of individuals whom the media glibly connects with the NAR. I’m sure that some of them wouldn’t even recognize the term. In many cases, however, they would fit the NAR template, but since the NAR has no membership list they themselves would need to say whether they consider themselves affiliated or not.

and…

Some of the authors I read expressed certain frustrations because they found it difficult to get their arms around the NAR. They couldn’t find a top leader or even a leadership team. There was no newsletter. The NAR didn’t have an annual meeting. There was no printed doctrinal statement or code of ethics. This was very different from dealing with traditional denominations. The reason behind this is that, whereas denominations are legal structures, the NAR is a relational structure. Everyone is related to, or aligned, with an apostle or apostles. This alignment is voluntary. There is no legal tie that binds it. In fact, some have dual alignment or multiple alignment. Apostles are not in competition with each other, they are in cahoots. They do not seek the best for themselves, but for those who choose to align with them. If the spotlight comes on them, they will accept it, but they do not seek it.

I think I found some members of the New Apostolic Reformation.

The NAR as a ideological movement does not have a list, but Wagner’s International Coalition of Apostles does. Here is a link to it.

However, if you click it you will find a 404 Error page that says:

I’m sorry, but the page or file appears to be missing!

An out-of-date bookmark/favorite.

A failed search from the searchbar (try another search query).

A search engine that has an out-of-date listing for this site.

A mis-typed address.

One can no longer get to the list of 200+ people who are considered apostles by Wagner’s organization. You can however click the member section and find this page to sign in.

That is to say, if you are a member, you can sign in.

I don’t know when this changed but it was within the last year. Here is the 2009 list via Internet archives. These people are added by invitation only and are members of this elite group. There is a conference for ICA members in November.  Wagner says there is no leadership structure or statement of faith but this page has a statement of faith and this one describes a structure. Wagner says there is no leadership team but the website lists an “Apostolic Council.” 

The Presiding Apostle appoints an ICA Apostolic Council to give advice and accountability. ICA members are free to bring any concerns which may arise to any or all council members.

The Apostolic Council includes: George Bakalov, Mark Chironna, James Chosa, Ron Cottle, Naomi Dowdy, John Eckhardt, Pat Francis, Bill Hamon, Dan Juster, John P. Kelly, Joseph Mattera, John Macknamara, Mel Mullen, Dennis Peacocke, Mark Pfeifer,  Ed Silvoso, C. Peter Wagner, Doris Wagner, Lance Wallnau, and H. Daniel Wilson.

Contact information is available to Members only in the Member section.

 So there is an organization of apostles with a statement of faith, a conference and structure for entrance into the organization by invitation only. Remember that Wagner said this about the New Apostolic Reformation:

The reason behind this is that, whereas denominations are legal structures, the NAR is a relational structure. Everyone is related to, or aligned, with an apostle or apostles. This alignment is voluntary.

 Each apostle has his or her own network and organization, some of which are quite large and organized (e.g., Cindy Jacobs, Generals International). These organizations and churches follow the organization of the apostle who fits into the movement via membership in the ICA. It may not be tightly structured but to avoid mentioning the members of the ICA is to obscure a critical element of the movement.

Hallelujah! They once were lost, but now they are found!

 

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  • Tom

    Some of the networks with ICA do have a tight structure. Dan Juster’s Tikkun group –

    http://www.tikkunamerica.org/about.php has one example and Dan is on the board of the ICA.

    • http://wthrockmorton.com Warren

      Tom – Yes that is correct; there are more official structure within ICA but these are under wraps and not easy to research.

  • http://mojowire.typepad.com/blog vanmojo

    That’s actually pretty reminiscent of terrorist or insurgent cell structure and organization.

    mojo sends

  • Villabolo

    “That’s actually pretty reminiscent of terrorist or insurgent cell structure and organization.”

    I heard they have “cell churches” whose purpose is to infiltrate other churches.

  • Wes Sandel

    Went through the list and it’s startling how many whackadoodle fundamentalist there are in this country and abroad.

    Not a single respectable sane person in the bunch. And not one single real Christian.

  • http://mojowire.typepad.com/blog vanmojo

    That’s kinda chilling… yet I can’t quite bring myself to be surprised.

  • StraightGrandmother

    Warren-

    Hallelujah! They once were lost, but now they are found!

    SGM- Smile :)

  • Lynn David

    There is also an International Coalition of Apostles – Membership Directory dated November 10, 2009 (the other was dated December 2008) at:

    http://www.psa91.com/resource/ica.pdf

    Maybe they got rid of the short directory and went with the entire one??

  • Lynn David

    Here’s one from 2007 that has some people from Uganda. They weren’t on the 2009 edition:

    From Google

  • http://www.Talk2action.org Rachel Tabachnick

    There is also an Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders, Eagles Vision Action Team, an education accrediting entity, Wagner Leadership Institute, an organization of deliverance centers and an organization of faith-healing centers, and that’s not the full list. There are other entities related to the “great wealth transfer” that Wagner teaches is imminent.

    Wagner is over 80 years old and has been turning his positions over to other leading apostles. The ICA is now under Convening Apostle John P. Kelly, but Chuck Pierce is inheriting much of Wagner’s Global Harvest Ministries and is now leading an entity called Global Spheres. Members in this network are still listed online.

    Also note that the ICA newsletters list numerous international ICA’s including one developing in Uganda. Wagner, Pierce and Kelly traveled to Uganda in 2004 to facilitate moving nations in that region to “apostolic government of the church” and anointed Jackson Senyonga as the apostolic authority. They were joined on the trip by George Otis, Jr., producer of the “Transformations” movies and Joseph Thompson from Nigeria, who was an associate pastor at Ted Haggard’s New Life Church at that time.

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