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How CiC Began

This section will tell you all about how CiC started, and how we got to where we are now...

In 1993, Dr Hugh Osgood co-hosted a conference called ‘Faith for London’, at the Wembley Conference Centre. Of those attending, many were leaders of newly-forming independent churches. From this gathering, a bi-monthly lunch-time Ministers’ Fellowship began, hosted at the church where Hugh is Senior Minister - Cornerstone Christian Centre in Bromley, South East London.

The ministers who attended the lunch meetings expressed a need for a network that they could be a part of. They had a clear understanding of what they wanted for themselves, their churches and ministries:

  • a formal accountability and accreditation structure,
  • continued input and fellowship through the Ministers’ Fellowship,
  • occasional personal counselling appointments.

In 1997, CiC was established in response to this expressed need. From the beginning it was a member-led organisation with Hugh Osgood as President and Chair of Council.

After a strong start, CiC went through a challenging period when Hugh’s health was poor between 1999 and 2003.

In 2003 CiC was re-launched as an unincorporated association with a voting membership and an elected Council. Rev Joseph Boadu played an important part in the resurgence of CiC and the Ministers’ Fellowship, as did Trevor Howard, who had been Hugh’s administrator since 1998.

In ensuring that CiC became a fully functioning network, considerable emphasis was laid on the role of the CiC Council. The Cornerstone Ministers’ Fellowship became the CiC Ministers’ Fellowship, and the Council accepted some responsibility for the programme and planning.

Once the pressure on Hugh to become the hub of a wheel with all the spokes relating to him rather than each other had been averted, the Constitution adopted in 2003 was slightly modified in 2006 to recognise Hugh’s apostolic oversight of the network in his role as President and Chair of Council. Now, Hugh fulfils an international apostolic role both within and beyond CiC.

CiC has always been international in two ways: it works closely with a wide variety of indigenous Christian and diaspora communities and church expressions in the UK, as well as enabling local-culture relevant expressions of CiC to be set up in various nations.

In May 2010, when CiC became a not-for-profit company these principles were reflected in its Memorandum and Articles of Association. CiC International now has a Board of Directors as well as UK Ministerial Council. An International Council will bring together representatives of all CiC National bodies.

 

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