C3 Church Global
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|C3 Church Global|
|C3 Church Global|
Pentecostalism, Evangelical, Charismatic
|Founder(s)||Phil Pringle and Christine Pringle|
C3 Church Global, formerly known as Christian City Church International (C3i), is a Charismatic movement founded by Phil Pringle and Christine Pringle. The first church was started at Dee Why on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia, and is now located in Oxford Falls. The movement changed its name to "C3 Church" in September 2008.
Phil and Christine Pringle arrived in Sydney from New Zealand in 1980 to begin a church on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. Growing to 400 within four years, the church began expanding and planting in other cities. The vision of 10 churches in 10 major cities was developed and the movement of Christian City Church began.
In 1987, Christian City Church expanded across the sea with its first overseas church planted in Auckland, New Zealand by Hamish and Dianne Divett. It is now pastored by Dean and Fiona Rush, who also oversee the Pacific region which spans to churches in Fiji and Papua New Guinea. Pat and Amanda Antcliff were commissioned to start a church in Cebu, Philippines in 1993. This opened doors to the Asia and Africa region which now has over 80 churches in the African continent and over 40 in the Asia region.
Planting the first Christian City Church in the United States were Mark and Bernie Kelsey in 1989. Their church, in Long Island, New York, planted the stake for C3i as an international movement. The second church in America was planted in 1996 by Dean and Jill Sweetman who oversee the Americas region with over 30 churches in Canada, the United States and Brazil.
At the tri-annual global conference held in Singapore in the year 2002, Phil Pringle revealed the 2020 Vision, the goal being 1000 churches with an average attendance of 500 people achieved by the year 2020.
In 2008, at the "Here We Go" global conference held in Hawaii, Christian City Church announced the name change to "C3 Church".
To date, C3 Church has just over 300 churches holding services worldwide.
C3 Church Global is directed by a team who themselves pastor C3 churches in the movement. Each member of the team oversees the pastors of various churches and/or other overseers. Local churches are overseen by a local board. Directors and overseers meet regularly at local, national, and international conferences and meetings. C3 Church Global annually ordains senior pastors of the churches in the movement. The local leadership of C3 churches individually ordain their team.
The main focus of the C3 Church Global movement is to plant churches. The movement is categorised into locations, satellites, plants and full member churches. Existing churches wishing to join C3 enter a season of provision for a minimum of one year as they build "connection" with existing C3 Churches and pastors.
In 2002, at the tri-annual worldwide conference held that year in Singapore, C3 Church revealed its plans to have over 1000 churches worldwide with an average attendance of 500 people throughout the movement, aiming to achieve this by the year 2020. This goal has been given the title of the "2020 Vision".
Music from C3 Church Oxford Falls is published under C3Music. C3 Church Oxford Falls generally produces one album a year, under the leadership of music director Ryan Smith. C3 Church Oxford Falls digitally release their songs via their websites. Most C3 churches release their music online using the iTunes Store and similar online vendors.
In the media
Reference was made to C3 Church in the Business Review Weekly (BRW), Australian edition article "God's Millionaires". This article noted that "Prosperity theology is practised by the bigger Pentecostal churches, including Hillsong, Christian City Church and Paradise. This promotes the idea that wealth and worldly success are signs of God’s favour."
The senior pastor at C3 Asheville in North Carolina, Nicholas Dimitris, has received a federal prison sentence for his part in a real estate fraud.
- "C3 Church - Who We Are".
- 25: The 25th Anniversary story of Christian City Church Oxford Falls. Hyde Park Press. 2007.
- "About C3 Church - Our Structure".
- "About C3 Church - The Future".
- "C3 Church - Where we are Going".
- "God's Millionaires". Business Review Weekly, Australia, 26 May 2005 by Adele Ferguson
- "Asheville Scandal".