Archive for September, 2010

Back to the Future

In Kip McKean’s world everything is monumental.  Every event that he schedules for his church is historic and life changing. McKean makes decisions as to where to live and he claims it’s the Spirit leading him.  McKean decides where to plant a new church and it is somehow the Spirit leading his church.

In January 2009 McKean brought together his central leadership team for his soldout discipling movement and selected his first-round-draft-picks for the position of world sector leader.  These world sector leaders will be given the charge to evangelize whichever ends-of-the-earth McKean, or I mean the Spirit, assigns to them.

In this article, while attempting to convince his readers that appointing world sector leaders is god’s will, we get some much needed insight into how McKean views his own position in his church.

“In each great movement in the Bible, there was always “God’s man” and the chosen few around him that formed “the leadership” through which God led that movement.”

That is until that movement confronts “God’s man” and requests he take a sabbatical and then “God’s man” resigns to work on issues in his life.  After McKean’s closest friends confront him and are hopeful for his repentance,  McKean isn’t content being a part of any movement he can’t lead, instead, he calls out a remnant and begins again.

McKean says,

“Today, many in “Christendom” are against a central leadership and a central leader.”

McKean refuses to see the difference between a movement opposed to a central leadership and a movement opposed to him leading the central leadership.

McKean goes on to discuss corruption within the Catholic church,

“They overreact and say, “We have no need for a human leader, a pope!” They go on to say, “The Bible teaches against a hierarchy of leadership.” In truth, it does and it does not. Ironically, most preachers who parrot these words are at “the top of the hierarchy” in their local, autonomous congregations. They simply want to lead “their own kingdom” and not submit to God through another man’s leadership.”

While it appears McKean is attempting to jab the ICOC leaders with these statements, he refuses to see that he too wants to lead his own kingdom and not submit to God through another man’s leadership.

It’s interesting to note that within McKean’s churches, each member is required to participate in a discipling relationship with another member over them.  Each member is held accountable to their discipler and to God.  Yet a central leader has no one over him. McKean claims,

“this man is held accountable by God. If God is with him, God blesses the movement. If he departs from God, God will take him out of leadership by killing him, or he disqualifies himself by falling away.”

This comment gives us some insight into how McKean may have viewed his leaving the ICOC.  Obviously, God didn’t kill him and McKean believes he did not fall away from God,  so McKean still views himself as “God’s man.”  No wonder it was quite a shock for McKean when he was forced to seek employment elsewhere.  Because “God’s man” doesn’t submit himself to other leaders for help and direction, he needed a new movement to lead and in August of 2005 McKean declared,

“as of this Jubilee the Portland leadership believes it is time for a progressive “calling-out of the remnant of disciples” from dying, former ICOC Churches.” The Portland Story

While the ICOC grew quickly and lessons learned over the years has given McKean experience to work from, his message hasn’t changed.  His doctrine and methods to implement his plans haven’t changed and eventually he’ll reap the same results he had with the ICOC.   We can look back at the “historic and life changing” events of the ICOC and predict with incredible accuracy what will become of the ICC.

Let’s look back to the future and see where things are headed!

ICOC Timeline ICC Timeline
1979 God initiates his modern-day movement as Kip McKean preaches to the 30 “would-be” disciples in the Gempel’s living room in Boston 2003 – McKean moves to Portland to begin his ministry again.  Making a point to point out how few chairs they would need to set up, “Wednesday Night Services – what a blast! A little less than a year ago, I would arrive early for Midweek services and asked myself whether to set up 20 or 25 chairs!! (This would be only about 1/5 of the membership of 120.)”   2004 Wednesday Night Services!
1979 Introduced the “key” or “pillar” church plan for evangelizing the world by “planting” churches in key metropolitan areas around the globe. 2008 – The Five Year Plan – To evangelize the world, pillar churches will be planted in the following mega-cities: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Moscow, Cairo, Lagos, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Mexico City, Sydney, Santiago, Sao Paulo, and one city in India – Mumbai, New Delhi, or Chennai. During The Five Year Plan, several more US churches must be established providing international student converts, who will “go home” to plant churches of sold-out disciples. Also, being a first world country, the US will provide mission funding for the third world.
1987 – August – The benevolent arm of the church, later named HOPEworldwide was founded 2009 “New Hope” led by the Bordieris later named MERCYworldwide. (2% of plantings’ weekly contribution will support this worldwide charity.)
1988 – World Sector Leaders chosen from couples the McKeans have trained 2009 – Future World Sector Leaders appointed.

“The weekend of January 23-25, 2009 was historic – the first official gathering of the Central Leadership of the SoldOut Discipling Movement! …One disciple reminiscing about the “glory days” of the thousands being baptized in the Boston Movement (International Churches of Christ) asked, “Are these the new World Sector Leaders?” I responded, “In time, they and others will receive this charge.”

1989 LA World Sector Administrators chosen, Cecil Wooten appointed leader of WSAs
1993 – First Kingdom Teachers appointed
1993  Discipleship Publications International begins
1994 – Geographic Sector Leaders appointed
1994 – First World Missions Leadership Conference held outside of US
1994 – Evangelization Proclamation is released. A six-year plan to plant a true church of disciples in all 170 nations with a city of over 100,000. 2009 – The Crown of Thorn Project begins.
1994 – KNN is established SNN produces the Exodus video for the 2010 Jubilee
1994 – LA Story – LA Church Bulletin began
1996 – 1st HOPE Health Corps Conference – Los Angeles
1997 – 1st Kingdom Campus Conference (ICMC) – Paris
1997 – World Sectors financially sectorized
2000 – June – ICOC announces fulfillment of the Evangelization Proclamation

2001 – November – The McKeans step down from leading the LA Church of Christ to take a sabbatical and work on family issues

2002 – November – McKean’s announce their resignations as World Missions Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader and Leader of the World Sector Leaders
2002 – World Sector Leaders also disband and call for a unity conference for the future

2009

  • Future World Sector Leaders appointed for McKean’s new movement
  • From the 2009 Global Leadership Conference, McKean presents The Crown of Thorns Project which has become a rallying vision for the movement.

At the end of the lesson, I presented The Crown of Thorns Project. Remembering that Jesus said to the faithful Eleven, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” To evangelize the world, we must begin by evangelizing “our Judea,” the United States. In less than three years of existence, the SoldOut Movement has planted dynamic discipling churches in the four most influential cities of America – New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington DC – as well as in Portland, Honolulu, Hilo, Syracuse, Eugene and Phoenix. (These churches do not include several heroic remnant churches.) The US congregations will provide the needed resources – disciples and finances – to go “to the ends of the earth.” Therefore, to build on last year’s Five Year Plan, we must plan to encircle the globe with unified discipling churches on the other five populated continents. Listed are the 12 targeted international cities that form a redemptive “crown of thorns” around the world: Santiago, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, London, Paris, Cairo, Johannesburg, Moscow, Chennai or Delhi, India, Hong Kong, Manila and Sydney. It was so exciting that during the conference Sasha and Louisa Kostenko of Moscow, Russia and Joe and Kerry Willis of Brisbane, Australia solidified plans to move to LA for strengthening and further training. Of note, Sasha and Louisa were the number three and four baptisms when Elena and I planted the original Moscow Church in 1991. (The Moscow Church saw 850 baptisms in its first year!) In time, Sasha and Louisa married, went into the ministry, and by the year 2001, they led the 11,500 disciples of the 15 nations of the former Soviet Union! As He promised, our God is gathering a remnant from “the farthest horizons.” (Nehemiah 1:8-9) It’s happening!”

  • The Inaugural Service of the new Portland International Christian Church was held in January 11, 2009, led by Ron Harding