Kingdom League International covenant & Charter
A Church & League of Churches, Ministries and Ministers
A Corporate Body Started by and for the Gospel of the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ
Launched February 24-26, 2011
Elders/ministers serving in the launch: Apostle/Prophet/Teacher Tim & Brenda Taylor (Founders of Watchman Ministries International, the Spiritual War College, and Operation Rolling Thunder, Renton, WA) Apostles/Pastors Paul & Linda May Mackie (Founders of City of Refuge Community of Churches & Apostolic Leadership Ministry Institute), Teacher & emerging Apostolic Leader Jason Hubbard (Director Light of the World Prayer Center, Bellingham, WA), Teachers/Prophets Tony & Irene Fournier (Lion’s Roar Ministries, Kent, WA), Pastors David & Jolene Chadwick (City of Refuge Community, Indianapolis, IN).
There is a wide variety of ministry history represented in the attendees who came together at this meeting with the intent to be established in “present truth.” It was determined through council and through the working of the prophetic gift that it was now time to launch, “Kingdom League International” a ministry the Lord had shown Tim Taylor.
Reference the transcript from the February 26, 2011 recording for the launch of the “apostleship.” This prophetic word combined with the sign of the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery fulfilled prophetic words given to Tim and Brenda Taylor in 1995 and 1996. It was a way that God put His supernatural signature on those three historic days marking the launch of Tim’s apostleship as the founder of the Kingdom League International, a Church & League of Churches, Ministries and Ministers.
Pursuant to the direction received February 24-26, 2011, we hereby form together as a Church under the Lordship and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ, and organize the following articles, on this day of March 23 in the year of our Lord 2011.
Vision, Missions, Values & Culture
Transform society through the demonstration and presentation of the gospel of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ through the Church.
Empower independent local congregations, ministers/ministries, saints, networks or denominations to become interconnected and in league with others passionate about demonstrating the gospel of the kingdom with character and supernatural power city by city.
Establish the government of the Lord city by city by equipping leaders to form apostolic/strategic councils representing all 7 spheres of society and the fivefold ministry while establishing 24/7/365 prayer, praise and worship.
Plant or launch churches, apostolic resource centers, schools, city prayer centers, or other auxiliary or ministry expression that supports the advancement of the gospel of the kingdom.
Establish training programs, schools, colleges, courses that support local leaders in their efforts to make disciples who are kingdom transformers; we will ordain, commission and send the equipped while we work to equip the called.
Empower the Church through a revelation of God’s name as the Lord of Hosts to mobilize as a spiritual army of the Lord to project power to enforce the will of King Jesus city by city.
Publish the gospel of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ through every media possible including but not limited to websites, e-newsletters, magazines, books, video, TV, radio, etc.
1.3 – Philosophy of Ministry
Kingdom League International (KLI) is a league of strategic kingdom leaders, churches and ministries. We are an association of ministers, ministries and churches who recognize that while we each are part of a local church we are interdependent and are to be interconnected; together representing the Church in a city, region, state, nation and ultimately apart of the universal eternal Church. As part of this eternal Church we represent, if you will, a tribe or stream that carries the kingdom message of our Lord Jesus. He is the dominant personality and the head of this tribe and the King in this kingdom.
We are a covenantal alliance of churches, ministries and kingdom leaders who team together to glorify Jesus Christ through kingdom exploits of love combined with the demonstration of power that transforms cities and regions. This alliance has leaders representing each of the seven spheres of society and the fivefold ministry. Our destinies are intertwined and we recognize that each of our visions and assignments is connected to a greater one for the sake of the kingdom. As cutting-edge leaders network together a corporate anointing manifests that empowers each one to have much greater impact and effectiveness than when operating alone.
KLI exists to facilitate the:
Uniting of the body of Christ (John 17:21)
Building of His Church (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Mobilizing of the army of the Lord (Joel 2:1-10, Ezekiel 37:1-10)
Equipping leaders who in turn equip others ministers (Ephesians 4:11-15)
Projection of power to show forth the manifold wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10, Mark 16:17)
To demonstrate Christ’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9-12).
1.4 Values – the Foundation of Kingdom Culture
Love – Love is the greatest value that is demonstrated through giving and laying our lives down for our God and for people. It is the preeminent value upon which all others rest.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. NKJV
John 15:13 - Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. NKJV
John 10:15 - As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. NKJV
Jesus and His Kingdom – We are passionate about representing (re-presenting) the gospel of the kingdom that our Lord Jesus Christ preached. The Church exists to present His kingdom to the world. His kingdom rule and reign is based upon God’s love and it begins in us and then works through us for His glory.
John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, "Are You a king then?" Jesus answered, "You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice." NKJV
Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. NKJV
Church (Ekklesia) – The Church is the governmental assembly of people of called out ones, ambassadors, united by a passion to present the gospel of the kingdom in the character of Christ with signs and wonders confirming their word.
Ephesians 1:22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, NKJV
Ephesians 3:10-11 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, NKJV
Honor – We value and esteem all people and authority through our actions and words by recognizing the price our Savior paid to have relationship with them and the limits and boundaries of their responsibilities and abilities as well as our own.
1 Peter 2:17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. NKJV
Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; NKJV
Matthew 10:41 The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward. ESV
Faith – Nothing is impossible with God. Faith is love spoken and demonstrated through wisdom in action. It trusts God’s word, takes risk and is courageous as it faces difficulty, pain, obstacles and challenges with bravery and without fear.
We value risk takers and those who push the envelope in their relationship with God and the application of His Word in our spheres of influence.
Faith without works is dead and a righteous man may fall 7 times but he gets back up.
Spiritual Catalysts - We are not theorist but practitioners who lead by example and guide communities into a genuine encounter with God.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. NKJV
Hab 2:4 "….But the just shall live by his faith. NKJV
Rom 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. NKJV
Covenant Relationship – This is a relationship based upon a holy agreement with God and a solemn commitment with people united by a common purpose in presenting the gospel of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. The “league” is another expression of corporate covenant relationship.
We develop and commit to deep relationships that help contribute to our life purpose and destiny.
Covenant is essential for teamwork and war. Covenant involves an agreement, benefits for keeping covenant and consequences for breaking covenant.
Presence of God – God’s presence is the preeminent focus of our pursuit.
Prayer is a vital to maintaining ongoing communication that develops spiritual intimacy.
Praise and worship flow out of love and our Lord Jesus Christ is worthy of extravagant worship and praise expressed in all Biblical forms of worship including the redeemed arts.
Acts 3:19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, NKJV
2 Thes 1:7-10 and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. NKJV
The presence of God is the focus of the tabernacle of David. It is key to the harvest.
TEAMWORK - There is an exponential increase in giftings and anointings when we bring them together to form a team.
We are interdependent and network teams built upon permanent, transparent relationships that function with accountability.
Servanthood - We seek to advance the gospel by serving each other in love.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. KJV
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. NKJV
LEADERSHIP – Jesus was a leader and we are all called to be like Jesus therefore, we believe everyone should be trained as a leader. Leadership is the instance or act of giving guidance or direction. In the kingdom servant leadership is the standard. You cannot lead where you do not go therefore a true leader must always be first leading by example in character, deed, word, and action. The best leaders are the best servants. A servant leader is teachable, always learning, willing to take the initiative when the objective is identified, the risks assessed, and a strategy developed with wisdom based upon God’s love and the advancement of His kingdom.
Isa 55:3-4 Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you — The sure mercies of David. Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people, a leader and commander for the people. NKJV
Courage – This is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, pain or danger bravely without fear. We value those who courageously embrace the cross and rise in a newness of life to dream of the kingdom as it flows through their life and who will take risks to advance the kingdom through the exercise of their faith in Christ.
1 Chronicles 19:13 Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the Lord do what is good in His sight." NKJV
Deut 31:23 Then He inaugurated Joshua the son of Nun, and said, "Be strong and of good courage; for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land of which I swore to them, and I will be with you." NKJV
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. NKJV
Commitment - Jesus Christ is both Savior and Lord. He gave His all for us and expects us to follow Him. This requires commitment. Salvation and eternal life are free but Lordship costs us everything.
Luke 9:23-24 Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
John 12:25-26 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
Christ – We are joint heirs through Christ and it is Christ working through His people today who are building His Church to present the gospel of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom 8:9-11 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. NKJV
Rom 8:17 and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. NKJV
Col 1:27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. NKJV
Truth – Everything we do is based upon the Word of God and it is the ultimate standard for truth.
John 17:17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth (Ps. 119:142). NKJV
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. NKJV
John 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. NKJV
Stewardship - We are called to steward and be distributors of the resources God puts within our hands to establish the gospel of the Kingdom. Our stewardship will reflect people first, programs second and buildings third. We believe a spirit of excellence should be exhibited in all we do and produce. We seek to honor the Lord in all we do in business, ministry and in our personal lives and to be good stewards of all the gifts, talents and words God has given us.
Colossians 1:25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, NKJV
Luke 16:2 teaches us that one day God will require an accounting of our stewardship
Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, NKJV
Integrity – Integrity refers to the adherence to moral and ethical principles. In nautical terms it refers to a hull that is watertight. Therefore we endeavor to develop Christ-like character and display that in our ministries, businesses and personal lives.
Ezekiel 22:4… I the Lord, have spoken, and will do it.
Psalm 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the Lord; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change; NKJV
Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. NKJV
Servants – Serving faithfully is an essential component of sonship and promotion in the kingdom.
Matthew 23:11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. NKJV
Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." NKJV
Philippians 2:19-21 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. KJV
1 Thessalonians 5:21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. NKJV
2 Timothy 2:2-4 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. NKJV
Vision - Personal destiny cannot be fully realized apart from alignment with a corporate vision.
Luke 16:11-12 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's, who will give you what is your own? NKJV
Habakkuk 2:2 Then the Lord answered me and said: "Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. NKJV
Book of Joshua and Numbers 32:28-33: The personal inheritance of every family depended upon their tribe receiving its inheritance. Each tribe depended upon help from the other tribes to receive their inheritance. They fought for each other until all entered into their destiny.
We are all for one “King Jesus” and we are one for all “the Ekklesia, the Church, the called out ones!”
1.5 The Power of God
We believe in the power of the gospel of the kingdom being released through apostolic team ministry with miraculous signs and wonders following.
1.6 We are One in Christ
Galatians 3:28 says “In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Becoming one with Christ also connects us with His Church, the ekklesia, His body of believers. The process of becoming one with Christ begins with a decision to accept what Jesus Christ did upon the cross for us, repent of things in our life the Bible calls sin, and a public confession of faith (Romans 10:8-13, Acts 3:19, Acts 2:38, John 17:20-23, Galatians 5:19-21, Romans 1:16-32, Leviticus 18 and 20). The process of becoming one with Christ continues the rest of our lives as our minds are transformed through the washing of the water by the word and through discipleship, regular prayer and study of God’s word (Romans 12:1-21, Ephesians 4:1-6 and 5:26, 1 Corinthians 1:10, Psalm 119:34, Psalm 37:31, Romans 2:12-16). By the grace of God through His enabling power this transformation is reflected through our character and our daily lives as we seek to live the Word and become epistles read of men.
1.7 THE Holy Bible is the Inerrant Word of God
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. NKJV
The Word of God is unchangeable. Jesus is the Word of God. (John 1:1, Hebrews 13:8) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We agree with God’s word and its definition of sin and righteousness, mercy and truth, heaven and hell.
There are many valuable translations of the Bible but for the sake of this charter the elders will use the following Bibles and tools as their primary reference for making decisions pertaining to doctrine, discipline, procedures and policies: New King James Version, the English Standard Version, Strong’s Concordance, and other resources deemed reliable by the elders.
NAME, Authority, scope of powers, Offices & Meetings
The name of this kingdom Church body is Kingdom League International (KLI).
A Church & League of Churches, Ministries and Ministers
KLI derives its existence and authority exclusively through the headship and sovereignty of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church, its members, attendees, minister(s), apostle(s), prophet(s), evangelist(s), pastor(s), teacher(s), bishop(s), elder(s), deacon(s), etc. shall submit to and be governed in accordance with God’s Word, the Holy Bible as well as the Church’s Covenant, Articles of Faith, and other governing documents which may from time to time be prescribed by the Church.
2.3 Scope of powers
The Church, acting through its Apostle(s), Bishop(s), Elders(s), and any they may from time to time appoint, and pursuant to Church polity, shall be authorized to conduct Church activities and functions deemed necessary to the proper operation of the Church. Such activities shall include, but not be limited to, opening financial accounts such as bank accounts (whether checking, savings, etc.), as well as brokerage or other investment accounts, the purchase, lease or rental of church meeting facilities, as well as necessary office facilities, the purchase, lease or rental of church office equipment, musical instruments, sacerdotal accouterments, and any and all other forms of property, both real and personal, vehicles, equipment, supplies, implements, tools deemed necessary to the proper operation of the Church, the purchase of insurance, the remuneration or compensation of the Church’s minister(s) such as apostle(s), prophet(s), evangelist(s), pastor(s), and teacher(s) and other ministers, the distribution of tangible and intangible gifts or benevolent charities, as well as any other necessary and appropriate financial transactions, the Church acting through its governing body, for the initiation, promotion and expansion and continuation of this ministry.
The principal address is currently located at 4004 NE 4th Street, Suite 107-350, Renton WA 98056. Additional offices may be authorized by the apostolic council in different locations as the Church may require.
2.5.1 Regular meetings: Meetings will be held as determined by the apostolic council and or leaders of the respective congregations, churches, ministries and network leaders.
2.5.2 General Convention: An annual gathering for the purpose of consultation, fellowship and instruction will be convened at the discretion of the apostolic council.
2.5.3 Apostolic Council: The elders who are part of KLI’s apostolic council will meet regularly via conference call, Skype, or any other technology which serves to facilitate regular meetings with a plan to meet at least annually at a general convention. More frequent meetings will be scheduled according to their discretion.
The following terms and concepts will help define the rule, order and function of Church government within KLI.
3.1 The Chief Apostle, Priest, Bishop, Lord of Lords and King of Kings: Our Lord Jesus Christ who is seated at the right hand of our Father in heaven waiting for His enemies to be made His footstool is King and He has chosen through His Church to demonstrate His kingdom. It is His Church and His kingdom and we serve as stewards, men and women in authority but under authority. (Hebrews 1:13, 3:1, 10:13, Revelation 17:14 and 1 Peter 2:25)
3.2 Church Government: The ecclesiastical organization, structure, methods and process whereby decisions are made and carried out empowering the Church corporately to present the gospel of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. The pattern used will include the “set man” principle or bishop/overseer integrated with a council of elders. These positions of will be filled by men and women who possess combinations of gifts described in Ephesians 4:7-11 and supplemented by the gifts found in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12. They will have been qualified over time (2 Timothy 2:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:21) and have proven character (1 Timothy 3:1-10, Titus 1:1-9, Galatians 5:19-26).
3.3 Bishop/Overseer: 1 Timothy 3:1 – The “episkope” is the senior or chief elder, leader, overseer, director, or superintendent of a work. The character qualifications are described in 1Timothy 3 and Titus 1 this office holder is also required to have an ability to teach. In the case where an apostle pioneers a work they serve as the initial Bishop. This office is for the chief servant of servants. The KLI founding council chooses to use biblical terminology to describe governmental positions within the church. However, there is liberty throughout KLI for leaders of churches, ministries, etc., to use whatever title best suits their assignment. The role of the Bishop is to be the chief steward of the vision, missions and values God gave this corporate body. If the corporate body fails to fulfill the assignment the bishop or founding apostle will be held responsible (Revelation 2-3, Acts 15:6-21) and therefore has the responsibility to make the final decision. The Bishop/Overseer shall seek wisdom and the mind of the Lord through a council of elders.
3.4 Elders: Titus 1:5 – The “presbuteros” refers to older, senior or more experienced ministers who are appointed to serve on a council. 1 Timothy 4:12 illustrates that the primary issue is not natural age but the maturity demonstrated through application of kingdom character and principles in your personal life. Elders are appointed and represent the bishop’s vision to the Church.
3.5 Ministers: I Timothy 3:8, 1 Corinthians 3:5, John 2:9 – The “diakonos” refers to ministers, servants and deacons. These ministers can serve in any one of the fivefold ministry or they may serve in a non-public service role. They share the same character qualifications as elders and bishops but are not required to have an ability to teach.
3.6 Saints: Ephesians 4:12 – The “hagios” are holy, morally pure people set apart as holy to the Lord. The fivefold ministry is to equip them to do the work of the ministry “diakonia.” We are all called to be saints and we are all called to be ministers. We are all called to be kings and priests patterned after Jesus (Revelation 1:6 & 5:10). The fivefold serves to equip the saints for ministry.
Members: Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12 & 20, Ephesians 2:19 – We are to be a holy people who are connected to and interrelated with a local body which is interconnected with the body of Christ at large. Member(s) can refer to individual people, ministers, ministries or local churches.
3.8 Church: The “ekklesia” refers to a local congregation, the Church in a city or region, and the universal body of Christ. Historically this term referred to a body politic hence an assembly of people called out to rule. Therefore, KLI is a Church whose authority is from God and is made up of an association of congregations, city Churches, ministries, networks and ministers whose government reflects that pattern established in the Bible and who is passionate about demonstrating the gospel of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9-12).
3.9 Auxiliaries of the Church: There are numerous expressions of ministries, organizations, networks and entities that can be formed in support of the Church such as but not limited to city prayer centers, healing rooms, bible schools, mission organizations, prayer groups, apostolic networks, prophetic networks, etc.
3.10 Apostolic Resource Center (ARC): The ARC is another description of how KLI will uniquely function as a distinct part of the universal body of Christ. The nation of Israel existed for 40 years in the wilderness with no permanent location. Following in this pattern, the ARC is not dependent upon a place but a people who have chosen to work together for a common kingdom cause. At the core of the ARC concept is the establishment of 12 apostolic or strategic councils of elders who serve to carry out the vision and assignment of KLI which is to equip, launch and send kingdom minded leaders into every sphere of society to transform it through the presentation of the gospel of the kingdom. There will be an apostolic council representing each of the 7 spheres of society and the fivefold ministry. For a complete description see the ARC Manifesto authored by Tim Taylor.
3.11 KLI’s Apostolic Council of elders: This is the primary decision making body of elders. This governing body is the church’s sole interpreter of Scripture. We will use the New King James Version, the English Standard Version and the Strong’s Concordance as the primary aids in interpreting Scripture per Article 1.7. They serve by the appointment of the apostle(s). This council consists of one or more elders (presbuteros) who are convened by a chief elder (episcope) who serves as the bishop or overseer of the vision. The chair person, chief elder of this council should carry a proven apostolic gift. Each elder who serves on this council should have a proven apostolic gift or is an emerging apostolic leader who exhibits the proven character of an elder as well as exhibits fruitfulness in ministry that speaks to a developing apostolic gift. These councils of elders can chair another council that focuses on one of the five fold gifts or one of the seven spheres of society. This council of elders will form additional councils of elders as needed (i.e. for a local Church, Ministries, Apostolic Resource Centers, etc.) as the vision and body of believers grows. The founding apostle and first Bishop of KLI is Timothy Lewis Taylor.
3.11.1 – Membership on this council is by appointment. Members must have executed the oath associated with covenant membership in KLI.
3.11.2 – Membership on this council can be terminated by:
Letter of resignation
Moral failure – when the steps described through Mathew 18:15-21 and Galatians 6:1 have failed to bring repentance and reconciliation with God and man.
Doctrinal error – when those departing from sound doctrine (2 Timothy 4:3, 2 John 1:9 and Galatians 1:6-9) have not responded to steps described Mathew 18:15-21 and Galatians 6:1.
The bishop/chief elder
3.11.3 - The Bishop’s role may be terminated for moral failure or doctrinal error when the steps described through Mathew 18:15-21 have failed to bring repentance and reconciliation with God and man. See Article 3.15.1.
3.11.4 – The scope of the elders’ authority is Biblically limited.
3.12 KLI’s Administrative and Operations Team: This is the team that oversees daily operations of KLI including but not limited to the office, websites, meeting locations, communication systems, accounting and distribution systems, and or any other infrastructure that supports daily operations. Members of this team shall aspire to the character and qualifications described in 1 Timothy 3:1-8.
3.13 Philosophy of Governmental Operations
The function of governmental operations in KLI will reflect the following philosophy.
Love is the foundational motivation for service.
1 Peter 2:17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. NKJV
We will honor and respect the Church as a bride being prepared for her groom, King Jesus.
We are called to lay our lives down to form a foundation and provide a platform that assists others in fulfilling their God given destiny in Christ.
We delegate responsibility and authority down to the lowest level.
Authority is granted based upon responsibility and the jurisdiction and measure of rule for each role will have practical limits based that could include but it not limited to time, geographic location and sphere responsibility.
Authority is given to serve Christ’s vision and His Church not Lord over her.
Abuse of authority will not be tolerated and is to be corrected swiftly.
Habitual sin within the Church must be confronted just as swiftly in love with a view to restoring the individuals’ relationship with God and with the Church.
One of the unique characteristics in KLI is that we carry a revelation of the Lord of Hosts/Armies and we are called to mobilize the body of Christ as an army to project power to enforce the will of King Jesus. We acknowledge that the kingdom is a theocracy and there is definite order and principles to be applied to in coordinating large scale operations with many diverse corporate bodies participating. Hence good order, structure, defined limits of responsibility, disciplined processes along with recognition that there is a time and season for all things under the sun, means there is a time to lead, a time to command and a time to obey directions or commands.
A theocracy and the set man bishop principle or a military like structure with single points of contact for command and control are the most biblical form of government. It is by far the most efficient form of government but it is also the most susceptible to abuse. With this in mind we seek to hit the mark following the example Jesus set and the leading of His Holy Spirit daily displaying an appropriate mix mercy and truth on earth as it is in heaven.
3.14 Decision Making Process
In adherence with the example set in Acts 15 elders of the council will provide complete enthusiastic advice and counsel while the chair of the council, the presiding bishop or apostle wholly responsible to the Lord for the results will make the final decision.
The apostolic council provides insight for the strategic direction of KLI and the KLI Administrative and Operations Team under the direction of the bishop or senior apostle.
3.15.1 The “set man,” apostle or bishop who has been given a vision is the vision holder and the final decision maker. The appointed elders cannot remove the bishop for any reason except for character issues, habitual unrepentant sin and/or doctrinal error that breaks covenant with the Lord, their spouse, hurts people in the church or is in violation of God’s word deemed severe enough to bring reproach to the name of Christ. In the event the bishop is not responsive to the elders’ admonitions or corrections, the elders shall refer the matter to a separate accountability council consisting of a minimum of three (3) ministers outside of KLI. This accountability council will make an inquiry into the allegations of wrongdoing and provide a course of action for discipline, restoration and, if necessary, removal.
3.15.2 Love confronts sin with a view to restoring a person’s relationship with the Lord and the offended party. Elders are to utilize the pattern set in Matthew 18:15-19 and Galatians 6:1 when confronting the vision holder.
3.15.3 Elders and other members of the KLI team are admonished to follow the pattern set in Matthew 18:15-19 and Galatians 6:1 with one another as well.
3.15.4 Accusations against anyone will only be accepted by the testimony of at least two witnesses (1 Timothy 5:19, Deuteronomy 19:16-19, and Proverbs 19:5). The elders who are sinning shall be confronted in the same manner described in Matthew 18. Proverbs 10:12 teaches us that love covers a multitude of sin therefore confrontation is to be done in such a manner as to protect their family and the offended. If an elder continues to sin they should be rebuked before the apostolic council of elders (1 Timothy 5:20) and if they continue then in front of the Church.
3.15.4 Members who continue in sin after the first two steps have been completed in Matthew 18:15-19 and the offender remains unrepentant can expect their sin to be presented to the Church publically. The goal is to bring correction to bear so that relationship with our Lord and the Church is restored (i.e. 2 Corinthians 2:3-11).
3.15.5 Members who habitually sin can expect the elders to employ a redemptive disciplinary process intended to correct the abhorrent behavior and restore relationship with affected parties and the Lord.
3.16 Guidelines for Decisions and Alternative Dispute Resolutions
3.16.1 In Church matters where the first two steps of confronting a sinning brother have failed the elders will form their council and or appoint a council to decide a matter. In keeping with our policy of driving responsibility and authority down to the lowest level, the council of elders closest to the actual member or issue is first responsible to resolve the issue. The following scriptures provide wisdom in the forming of a council to decide a matter:
Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. NKJV
1 Corinthians 6:1-6 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers! NKJV
3.16.2 Members of KLI as part of their covenant oath agree not to take another member to civil court but agree to our form of alternative dispute resolution.
3.17 Functions of Church Government wITHIN kli
Develop corporate strategy for regional operations to establish apostolic resource centers in cities, form apostolic councils, form the Church in a city or region made up of many local congregations, plant churches and equip kingdom leaders to go into and transform every sphere of society.
Establish schools, curriculum, training and other auxiliaries necessary to support churches, ministries and ministers in league with KLI and prepare leaders for ordination and commissioning as a fivefold ministers.
Provide strategic direction and recommend required budget for KLI administrative and operations team.
Amend this covenant as necessary.
3.18 Local Churches & Ministries
All local churches, ministries and their properties shall be governed, owned, leased, rented or managed by their local governing councils and are to be sovereign works. They shall be distinct yet interconnected like a body through covenant. KLI shall not be liable for any of their acts, liabilities or obligations. KLI leaders can take an active role in the leadership and care of each local church, assembly, mission, other place of worship or ministry whose leadership has submitted itself to the Elders of this League in a biblical manner.
3.19.1 This church (KLI) shall have the power to receive either by gift or purchase and hold, manage, and dispose of such real-estate or property deemed necessary for the church through trusts and or any other legal entity useful for good stewardship.
3.19.2 Local churches, ministries, or auxiliaries of KLI are sovereign works whose local leadership is responsible for the stewardship of the property they manage in the pursuit of the vision they have been assigned. Upon dissolution of any local church, ministry, or integrated auxiliary of KLI it is strongly recommended that property and net assets should be distributed to another church, ministry or auxiliary in league with KLI.
4.1 Membership of this church shall be composed of those who, through repentance and public confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, have been born again and manifest the fruit of a true Christian life, who support our doctrinal statement of faith, who affirm the church covenant, who desire to become a disciple which is demonstrated through their prayers, contributions, and regular active participation in a local church associated with KLI.
4.2 Potential members shall notify the elders of their interest in membership.
4.3 Potential members shall attend an introductory discipleship class which, at a minimum, will include discussion of the church’s vision, mission, values, philosophy of ministry, the statement of faith, church government, and covenant. In addition, an introduction to the courses of instruction will be made available to help them develop as a disciple along with opportunities for them to serve and grow as part of one of the local house churches, ministry teams, or other ministry opportunities.
4.4 Upon completion of the introductory discipleship class potential members shall meet with the elders to express their desire to be a disciple and member in their local church. The elders shall review the oath of the covenant with them, arrange any special ministry needed to empower them in their development as a disciple (i.e. water baptism, baptism in the Holy Spirit, deliverance, inner healing, etc.), and schedule a time of church celebration for them to make public confession and welcome them as part of the local family.
4.5 Membership is available for any consenting adult age 18 and above, or minors legally emancipated under applicable state law.
4.6 Termination of membership shall take place:
4.6.1 Upon death or insanity of the disciple
4.6.2 Upon the written request of the disciple
4.6.3 If the disciple has disassociated himself/herself from fellowship with member for 6 months or longer or has otherwise ceased to function as an active member.
4.6.4 If the disciple is committing habitual sin to which they have not repented of after the elders have administered the steps for Church restoration of a sinning brother/sister found in Matthew 18:15-20. If all attempts to confront the sinning brother/sister fail and the elders take the matter to the Church excommunication can occur.
4.6.5 An individual can be restored to covenant relationship upon giving evidence of genuine repentance as decided by the local eldership.
4.7 Membership for Ministers, churches, ministries in the association
4.7.1 Ministers, Churches and Ministries who desire membership shall be composed of those whose personal lives include all that has been described in Article 4.1-5 and who support our doctrinal statement of faith, affirm the church covenant, and embrace the vision of KLI. We are a league, a network of corporate relationships with unique calls, gifts and abilities united by a common purpose. The relationships are united by purpose. There are varying degrees of covenant relationship which the apostolic council will define.
4.7.2 Potential members shall contact the council of elders.
4.7.3 Potential members shall complete an application and interview process, and go through an introduction to the vision, mission, values and operational procedures for KLI.
4.7.4 Upon completion of the application process, potential members shall meet with the council of elders to express their desire to league with KLI. The elders shall review the oath of the covenant with them, and schedule a time of celebration for them wherein we will publically confirm the covenant before the KLI network of families, ministries and association of churches.
marriage and its affects on Membership & Employment
5.1 We believe that term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.
5.2 We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. The following scriptures form the basis of our belief:
Galatians 5:19-25 – 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. NKJV
Romans 1:18-32 - 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man — and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. NKJV
Leviticus 18:5-30 – 5 You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am the Lord. 6 'None of you shall approach anyone who is near of kin to him, to uncover his nakedness: I am the Lord. 7 The nakedness of your father or the nakedness of your mother you shall not uncover. She is your mother; you shall not uncover her nakedness. 8 The nakedness of your father's wife you shall not uncover; it is your father's nakedness. 9 The nakedness of your sister, the daughter of your father, or the daughter of your mother, whether born at home or elsewhere, their nakedness you shall not uncover. 10 The nakedness of your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter, their nakedness you shall not uncover; for theirs is your own nakedness. 11 The nakedness of your father's wife's daughter, begotten by your father — she is your sister — you shall not uncover her nakedness. 12 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's sister; she is near of kin to your father. 13 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother's sister, for she is near of kin to your mother. 14 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's brother. You shall not approach his wife; she is your aunt. 15 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law — she is your son's wife — you shall not uncover her nakedness. 16 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother's wife; it is your brother's nakedness. 17 You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, nor shall you take her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness. They are near of kin to her. It is wickedness. 18 Nor shall you take a woman as a rival to her sister, to uncover her nakedness while the other is alive.
19 'Also you shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness as long as she is in her customary impurity. 20 Moreover you shall not lie carnally with your neighbor's wife, to defile yourself with her. 21 And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. 22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. 23 Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it. It is perversion. 24 'Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you. 25 For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out its inhabitants. 26 You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations, either any of your own nation or any stranger who dwells among you 27 (for all these abominations the men of the land have done, who were before you, and thus the land is defiled), 28 lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you. 29 For whoever commits any of these abominations, the persons who commit them shall be cut off from among their people. 30 'Therefore you shall keep My ordinance, so that you do not commit any of these abominable customs which were committed before you, and that you do not defile yourselves by them: I am the Lord your God.'" NKJV
Leviticus 20:1-21:1 - Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "Again, you shall say to the children of Israel: 'Whoever of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who gives any of his descendants to Molech, he shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. 3 I will set My face against that man, and will cut him off from his people, because he has given some of his descendants to Molech, to defile My sanctuary and profane My holy name. 4 And if the people of the land should in any way hide their eyes from the man, when he gives some of his descendants to Molech, and they do not kill him, 5 then I will set My face against that man and against his family; and I will cut him off from his people, and all who prostitute themselves with him to commit harlotry with Molech. 6 'And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people. 7 Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. 8 And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 9 'For everyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother. His blood shall be upon him. 10 'The man who commits adultery with another man's wife, he who commits adultery with his neighbor's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress, shall surely be put to death. 11 The man who lies with his father's wife has uncovered his father's nakedness; both of them shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. 12 If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death. They have committed perversion. Their blood shall be upon them. 13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. 14 If a man marries a woman and her mother, it is wickedness. They shall be burned with fire, both he and they, that there may be no wickedness among you. 15 If a man mates with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you shall kill the animal. 16 If a woman approaches any animal and mates with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood is upon them. 17 'If a man takes his sister, his father's daughter or his mother's daughter, and sees her nakedness and she sees his nakedness, it is a wicked thing. And they shall be cut off in the sight of their people. He has uncovered his sister's nakedness. He shall bear his guilt. 18 If a man lies with a woman during her sickness and uncovers her nakedness, he has exposed her flow, and she has uncovered the flow of her blood. Both of them shall be cut off from their people. 19 'You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother's sister nor of your father's sister, for that would uncover his near of kin. They shall bear their guilt. 20 If a man lies with his uncle's wife, he has uncovered his uncle's nakedness. They shall bear their sin; they shall die childless. 21 If a man takes his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing. He has uncovered his brother's nakedness. They shall be childless. 22 'You shall therefore keep all My statutes and all My judgments, and perform them, that the land where I am bringing you to dwell may not vomit you out. 23 And you shall not walk in the statutes of the nation which I am casting out before you; for they commit all these things, and therefore I abhor them. 24 But I have said to you, "You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey." I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples. 25 You shall therefore distinguish between clean animals and unclean, between unclean birds and clean, and you shall not make yourselves abominable by beast or by bird, or by any kind of living thing that creeps on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean. 26 And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine. 27 'A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.'" NKJV
5.3 We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all members of KLI and persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly.
5.4 We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
5.5 We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the church.
Due Diligence Requirements for Staff & volunteers
6.1 The Church(s) and the adult church workers who assume responsibility for the spiritual well being of children of the congregation, whether as paid clergy or as volunteers, have a special relationship with those children that gives rise to a duty to protect them from reasonably foreseeable risk of harm from those members of the congregation whom the church places in positions of responsibility and authority over them. Thus we will do due diligence when selecting staff and volunteers to work with children. This could include conducting background checks and requesting references. It is also important to avoid situations where staff members or volunteers are alone with children.
Statement of Faith - We believe
In the One True God, who reveals Himself in three distinct persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Three being one and equal and eternally self existent as the Great "I AM".
That Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son, born of a virgin, who ministered the love and the will of the Father, was, and is, very God and Creator of all things.
That He was crucified and died for all men, and then overcame death by resurrecting from the grave on the third day that man might have new life in Him.
That He ascended to the Father and is seated at the right-hand of the Father making intercession for us all, and, has sent forth His Holy Spirit to indwell and empower believers.
That you must be born-again, receiving Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior, in order to see the Kingdom of God
That the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
That this same Jesus is LORD of all.
That He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
That believers should be baptized with water.
That all the gifts of the Father, of the Son and of the Spirit (Romans 12:3-9, Ephesians 4:8-11, 1 Corinthians 12) are operable in the Church of Jesus Christ today and should function out of love (1 Corinthians 13).
That love and the fruit of the spirit is just as necessary as the power of God and the gifts. Therefore we earnestly desire to have His character formed within us as much as we desire the various gifts to flow through us.
In unity of believers from all streams and denominations in the fellowship of the "Church" in love and worship of Jesus Christ as LORD, in one accord.
That He will baptize believers with the Holy Ghost and fire. This is according to Acts Chapters One and Two, with the evidence of signs and wonders including speaking with other tongues.
That the LORD Jesus Christ will soon return!
That as believers we have been given a universal commission to "Go into the entire world and preach the gospel of the kingdom" to all and that we are charged with making "disciples of all nations."