Catholicity – The word “catholic” refers to the Universal Church and should not be confused with any specific branch of the Church that uses it as part of its name. We are dedicated to unity and cooperation with the Universal Body of Christ. Our catholicity is further expressed by relating to the ancient, undivided, universal Christian Church and claiming historical continuity from it.
We will continually network with others in the faith and hold as our goal to be in inter-communion relationship with all branches of Christ’s Church. We therefore subscribe to, and uphold as a model, the proclamation of the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral “That in all things of human ordering or human choice, relating to modes of worship and discipline, or to traditional customs, this church is ready in the spirit of love and humility to forego all preferences of her own.”
We hold a catholic view of the entire Church of God In Christ, which is one of comprehensiveness, not exclusiveness. We acknowledge and accept God’s ordained diversity within His Body. We renounce all elitism and seek to understand and discern rather than adjudicate and censor.
John 17:20-23 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (NIV)