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Welcome to the online home of the International Congregational Fellowship

The Congregational churches trace their roots to sixteenth-century England. Freethinking Christians motivated by the Reformation wanted change in their ways of worship. The Puritans wanted to "purify" the Church of England by demanding an educated clergy and the right to hire their own minister. They also believed that a church should be a simple gathering of Christians with Christ as the only head of their church created for the purpose of hearing God's Word and governed by a covenant written by its members. 

 

Some of those church reformers stayed in England while others became Separatists and joined the Pilgrims on the Mayflower for their journey to New England in 1620. From those humble beginnings evangelism and mission movements caused the Congregational churches to spread from one end of the world to the other.

 

Since 1977 the ICF has hosted international conferences bringing together adults, youth, clergy and laity from our churches all over the world. The Congregational Way calls us to fellowship with each other. It is truly amazing what like-minded Christians can learn when we take the time to share our experiences and our faith journey. We hope you will spend some time getting to know us here on this website and, perhaps, even join us for our next Quadrennial Conference. No matter what, who or where you are, in the name of Jesus Christ you are most welcome here.

The 2021 ICF Virtual Conference is Now Concluded, Yet... The Voyage Continues

Thank you to all who were able to participate in this year's viritual conference, The Voyage Continues. While we have concluded our time together, you can still re-live the conference by watching our recorded sessions here!

 

Please also consider going to The Voyage Continues Youtube page for access to all content produced for the virtual conference, here!

 

The Passing of Jean Young

IICF regrets to announce the death of Jean Young, of the Congregational Federation in the UK. Jean was a mainstay of ICF from its first meeting in Chislehurst, England, in 1975. She always worked quietly in the background, to ensure that conferences were properly organized and run. Her efficiency was paired with a great sense of humour, and she was liked and respected by all who came into contact with her. She will be as greatly missed as we were greatly blessed by knowing her.
 
Her funeral will take place on Wednesday, June 23rd at 2.30 p.m., London time. The service will be streamed, because of Covid restrictions, which means that her friends from round the world will be able to gain access on line. If you would like to know more, please contact admin@congregational.org.uk. Please keep her family and friends in your prayers.
 

Mayflower Fest is Here!

The Congregational Federation, in honor of the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower sailing, has produced a collection of short films titled Mayflower Fest! To learn more about Mayflower Fest click here!

Meet our New ICF Moderator

As the new Moderator of the International Congregational Fellowship, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the ICF website.

 

The Rev. Mike Fales grew up in Flint, Michigan in the U.S. and first learned about The Congregational Way as a student at Olivet College in the 1970’s. After a career in the hotel/restaurant business he returned to his alma matter in 1992 where he currently serves as Director of Service Learning and Campus Ministries and Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Religion. In his role as Director of the college Service Learning program, Mike has led Olivet students on mission and disaster relief trips all over the world including to Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Peru. Olivet students traveled to New Orleans for eight Hurricane Katrina relief trips and have assisted with every major natural disaster in the U.S. since that time including in Texas, South Carolina, Louisiana, New Jersey, Oklahoma and most recently Northern Florida. Olivet students have served the people of Puerto Rico four times in the last two years.

 

Click here for more information about Mike Fales.

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