In the next few weeks until November, most areas (Sectors, Regions, Countries) will be conducting our 1st SFC Pastoral Congress. This will be a Big step for the ministry as we move forward in the next years of the life and mission of the community.
The recently concluded CFC Pastoral Congress truly marks an important milestone in the history of our community. After 26 years, we sought to have a common understanding and appreciation of the movement of the Holy Spirit in and through our community, and aimed to search for new and creative expressions of living out our mission and vision.
Indeed, the harvest that resulted from this Congress has helped us see more clearly God’s design and direction for our community. Our vision remains: Families in the Holy Spirit renewing the face of the earth; but now clearly defined and expressed as: Moved by the Holy Spirit, one with the Catholic Church, blessed to witness to Christ’s love and service, Couples for Christ is a united global community of family evangelizers that sets the world on fire with the fullness of God’s transforming love.
Our mission has been redefined, clearly conveying the focus of our work: Building the Church of the Home and the Church of the Poor. This is expressed as: We are Couples for Christ.
We are committed to live in God’s righteousness and holiness, evangelizing people through a life of love and service; we shall work for the renewal of families that will serve God and build generations of Christian leaders; and, we shall pursue Total Christian Liberation through social justice, respect for life, and work with the poor.
Hence our global goals: evangelization, family renewal, total Christian liberation, and in addition, effective and efficient governance.
As the eldest of the Family Ministries and the future leaders of our beloved community, we in SFC see our role in CFC’s global vision and mission. Evangelization is likewise our call, for we work to share with other single men and women the life we have found in Christ. As sons and daughters and some of us future parents to our own children, family renewal is likewise our priority. Being Christ’s disciples, we take on His mission as well and embrace the call for total Christian liberation. Having defined itself as a community of family evangelizers, we know that we have an integral role to play in our community’s vision, not only as individuals, but as a ministry.
We encourage all of you to take part and pray for this pastoral congress.