The Amman International Church is a local expression of the Body of Christ, which is the group of all who have in faith been saved from the penalty and power of sin through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the unique Expression and Son of God; and who strive to know, honor, and worship God through the enabling of God’s Holy Spirit.
The primary objectives of the Amman International Church are:
– The worship and praise of God
– The extension of God’s kingdom by the proclamation of the word and deed of the
Gospel of the grace of God
– The nurture and instruction of those who have received Jesus Christ into their lives
– The provision of fellowship for individual believers.
The Amman International Church is a living organism rather than an organization. It is governed directly by the Lord Jesus Christ, through the principles revealed in His Word, and led by the body of elders. The congregation is composed of all believers who live by faith in Jesus Christ and His redeeming death and resurrection, and who sincerely subscribe to the fundamental truths expressed in the Statement of Faith. We believe in faith that God provides men and women to AIC with the unique spiritual gifts needed for the encouragement, building up, administration, and shepherding of the congregation. The congregation gathers regularly for worship, instruction from the Word of God, confession and prayer, and the celebration of the sacraments of the Church such as the breaking of bread and baptism.
Given the diversity of Christian theology and practice represented at Amman International Church, the following principles, which synthesize the basic, irrefutable doctrines of the Church, will form the basic statement of faith of AIC.
This Statement of Faith is as follows:
The Amman International Church is a body of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ from many national backgrounds and church traditions. We affirm the following to be the essentials of the Christian faith to which all members of this church should agree:
A. We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
B. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
C. We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.
D. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
E. We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
F. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God.
G. We believe that the Lord’s Supper and Water Baptism are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.
H. We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the Head.
I. We believe in the personal and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
J. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.
1. Any individual will be considered a member of Amman International Church who meets the following criteria:
a. Has accepted by faith the gift of salvation from sin through Jesus Christ, and strives to know Him and follow Him
b. Is in full agreement with the Statement of Faith, as described above
c. Is at least 16 years of age and participates in the activities of the church
2. The governing body of the Amman International Church will be the council of elders. These elders will be primarily responsible for teaching and guiding the congregation in worship, prayer, and activities of service. They will coordinate the preaching and the teaching of all members, and serve as the primary teachers and pastors of the congregation. They will watch over and care for the spiritual state of the congregation, and lead by their example of prayer and godliness.
3. The congregation is asked to support, encourage, follow, and submit to the spiritual authority of the elders that they have selected. (Heb. 13:17, I Tim. 5:17-18)
4. The elders will be selected by the congregation, and serve according to the following guidelines:
a. The number of elders is not fixed, but determined by the overall size and needs of the congregation, and by the number of men qualified and gifted by God to be elders. Because the Scripture teaches a plurality of leadership, the minimum number of elders is two, and more than two is preferable for effective pastoral work.
b. The elders must fit as much as possible the qualifications given in I Tim. 3 and Titus 1, as determined by the congregation and those who know them best.
c. All existing elders will be presented and re-affirmed by the congregation once each year. If the council of elders determines that new or additional elders are needed, the congregation is asked to propose the names of men whom they believe are qualified to serve. The proposed candidates are then examined by the existing elders, taking into consideration all available information. Those whom the elders determine to be qualified (according to I Tim. 3 and Titus 1) and appropriate for the needs of the church will be presented to the congregation for at least two weeks of meditation and comment. Following this period of consideration, the congregation will affirm them as members of the council of elders by a minimum of 75% vote.
d. As spiritual men, the elders will seek to arrive at their conclusions and decisions with prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is anticipated that most decisions will reflect a general consensus, although not necessarily a unanimous agreement. The elders will select one of their number to serve as coordinator.
e. The elders will serve for a maximum of 7 years. Following a year of rest, an elder may be selected again by the congregation for another term of service.
f. Any concern regarding the qualification or suitability to lead of an elder should be communicated directly to the council of elders, together with the testimony of a minimum of one or more further witnesses (I Tim. 5:19-20). An elder may be rebuked or removed from service temporarily or permanently by the decision of the council of elders, and this action will be communicated to the congregation.
5. The elders will be assisted by the deacons, who will be primarily responsible for the physical structure and facilities of the church, administration of the funds, coordination and implementation of activities and projects, and assisting members of the congregation. They will be selected and serve according to the following guidelines:
a. Deacons must fit as much as possible the qualifications noted in I Timothy 3. Ideally, the deacons should consist of both men and women, and should represent the diversity of the congregation.
b. All existing deacons will be presented and re-affirmed by the congregation once each year. If the elders determine that new deacons are needed, the new candidates to become deacons will be nominated by the congregation once each year. These candidates are then examined by the council of elders, taking into consideration all available information. Those who are qualified according to I Tim. 3, and appropriate for the needs of the church will be presented to the congregation for at least two weeks of meditation and comment. Following this period of consideration, the congregation will affirm them as deacons by a minimum of 75% vote.
c. The deacons will meet with the elders on a monthly basis to facilitate the administration of the church. They should select one of their number to act as treasurer of the church funds; this individual will be responsible for collecting and depositing the funds, disbursing funds, and maintaining the accounts and budgets.
d. The deacons will serve for a maximum of 7 years. Following a year of rest, a deacon may be selected again by the congregation for another term of service.
6. The first selection of elders and deacons will be made by polling the congregation for those men and women who they feel are qualified and able to serve. The existing Church Council and active Pastor functioning under the previous constitution will examine the initial list, taking into consideration all available information. Those who are qualified according to I Tim. 3 and Titus 1, and appropriate for the needs of the church will be presented to the congregation for a minimum of a two-week period of meditation, consideration, and comment. Following this period of consideration, the congregation will affirm them as the first council of elders and group of deacons by a minimum of 75% vote. The active Pastor at that time will automatically become one of the initial council of elders.
7. The council of elders will meet with the congregation a minimum of twice each year, to report on the activities of the council and of the congregation, to propose their vision of the coming period, and discuss those matters of importance to the church. The deacons will participate in this meeting to provide necessary information and background. The re-affirmation of existing elders and deacons, affirmation of new elders and deacons as described above, and approval of proposed budgets, etc. will be a part of the agenda of this meeting at least once yearly.
8. The congregation and council of elders may elect to partially or fully support one or more elders, deacons or other members of the church, to facilitate their ministry and the exercise of their specific gifts in the church (I Timothy 5:17-18). These elders and/or deacons who are partially or fully supported are also expected to take a sabbatical year of rest after 7 years of service, with appropriate financial arrangements to be determined with the approval of the congregation.
9. This Statement of Principle will supersede and replace the previous Constitution of Amman International Church by a 75% majority vote of the congregation. Additions or modifications to this Statement may be made by approval of the council of elders and a 75% majority vote of the congregation.