ICCC Endorsed Missions & Institutions

The International Council of Community Churches researches and recommends for endorsement mission agencies, programs, and institutions worthy of support by Community Churches.  We critically consider a program or agency’s commitment to answer Christ’s mandate to love, as well as their furtherance of reconciliation in the body of Christ and in human society.  All programs and agencies are periodically reviewed by the Council Office and related committees. 

Recommendations for endorsement should be sent to ICCC, 21116 Washington Parkway, Frankfort, Illinois 60423-3112.  Phone 815-464-5690, Fax 815-464-5692, Email ICCC60423@sbcglobal.net, website www.icccnow.org.

For endorsement as an approved mission agency or institution by the International Council of Community Churches the agency or institution must meet the following guidelines as set forth by the International Council of Community Churches approved by the Board of Directors.

 

Guidelines for Endorsed Missions

  1. Must seek to fulfill the mandate of Christ to meet human needs and further the unity of the human family.
  2. Must be interdenominational, ecumenical, or non-sectarian in legal standing and philosophical perspective. Must be racially inclusive with no barriers of class, creed, or sect.
  3. Must have no wasteful overlapping of competitive denominational programs.
  4. Must have evidence of good stewardship.
  5. Must have an emphasis on self-help with an affirmation of the dignity and equality of each individual.
  6. Must have clearly presented goals: for example target starving people, enhancing individual technical skills, working on community development, general literacy, etc.
  7. Must submit evidence the project is needed.
  8. Must submit an annual report to the ICCC showing financial standing and project activities.
  9. Must be willing to send a representative to the ICCC Annual Conference at least every three years to be a resource for mission information.
  10. Must provide a contact person to work with the ICCC and member churches. 

 

Endorsed Institutions 

The following educational institutions have been endorsed by the Board of Directors, International Council of Community Churches.  Financial contributions to these institutions can be sent directly or through Council House.

ALICE LLOYD COLLEGE

            100 Purpose Road, Pippa Passes, KY  41844.  Private, coed, 4-year college serving Appalachia’s heartland.  High moral and academic standards required.  All students work part time (888) 280-4252.  www.alc.edu

BEREA COLLEGE

            101 Chestnut St., Berea, KY 40404.  Emphasis on work/study program which enables many Appalachian young people to secure an education.  First college in Kentucky to open its doors to black students (859) 985-3000.  www.berea.edu

CHRISTIAN CENTER INSTITUTE OF HAITI

            Attn. Ruth Applewhite Mission, San Francisco Christian Center, 5845 S. Mission St. San Francisco, CA  94112.  Christian Center providing poverty stricken student’s academic, vocational and Christian training.  Sponsored by the WCF, ICCC (415) 584-5515. Fax: (415) 584-3175.  www.sfchristiancenter.org

COLGATE ROCHESTER DIVINITY SCHOOL/BEXLEY HALL/ CROZER SEMINARY

            1100 S Goodman Street, Rochester, NY  14620 (585) 271-1320.  www.crds.edu

HARTFORD SEMINARY

            77 Sherman Street, Hartford, CT  06105 (860) 509-9500.  www.hartsem.edu

HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL

            45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA  02138 (617) 495-5761.  www.hds.harvard.edu

HOWARD UNIVERSITY DIVINITY SCHOOL

            Holy Cross Hall, 2900 Van Ness St. NW, Washington, DC  20008 (202) 806-0500.  www.howard.edu/divinity

INTERDENOMINATIONAL THEOLOGICAL CENTER (Consortium of Seven Seminaries)

            700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta, GA  30314 (404) 527-7794.  www.itc.edu

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE

            830 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta, GA  30314.  Independent, 4 year undergraduate, liberal arts college for men.   Part of Atlanta University Center, the largest private educational complex with predominantly black enrollment in the world. (470) 639-0999.  www.morehouse.edu

PACIFIC SCHOOL OF RELIGION

            1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA  94709 (510) 849-8200.  www.psr.edu

PIEDMONT COLLEGE

            P.O. Box 10, 1021 Central Ave., Demorset, GA  30535.  Church-related, privately endowed liberal arts college, providing intellectual and social tools for students to develop potentials and make contributions. 

(800) 277-7020.   www.piedmont.edu

PINEY WOODS COUNTRY LIFE SCHOOL

            5096 Hwy. 49 S.(Mailing: P.O. Box 99), Piney Woods, MS  39148  Academic and vocational programs largely for underprivileged students in grades K-12 (601) 845-2214.  www.pineywoods.org

UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

            3041 Broadway at 121st Street, New York, NY  10027 (212) 662-7100. www.utsnyc.edu 

UNITED BOARD FOR CHRISTIAN HIGHER EDUCATION IN ASIA

475 Riverside Drive, Rm. 1221, New York, NY  10115.  Agency for encouraging interest in and support for Christian colleges and universities in Asia (212) 870-2600   Fax: (212) 870-2322.  www.unitedboard.org

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO DIVINITY SCHOOL

            Swift Hall, 1025 E 58th St., Chicago, IL  60637 (773) 702-8200.  https://divinity.uchicago.edu

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY DIVINITY SCHOOL

            411 21st Ave. S, Nashville, TN  37240 (615) 322-2776  www.vanderbilt.edu/divinity/

VELLORE CHRISTIAN MEDICAL COLLEGE, INDIA

            475 Riverside Drive, Suite 725, New York, NY  10115.  Has trained some of the leading medical personnel of the vast nation.  First medical school in India to admit women (212) 870-2640.  www.vellorecmc.org

YALE UNIVERSITY DIVINITY SCHOOL

            409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT  06511 (203) 432-5358.  www.yale.edu/divinity

Service & Advocacy Agencies 

American Bible Society (ABS)

…furnishes Bibles and related materials at low cost in several hundred languages for people all over the world.  ABS also has ongoing work in modern translations.  The Council has a special multi-year project to assist the funding of scriptural translations in a West African language.  Address: 101 N. Independence Mall East Fl. 8, Philadelphia, PA  19106-2155, (215) 309-0900  www.americanbible.org.

American Leprosy Missions

…serves as a channel of the love of Christ to persons with Hanson’s disease (leprosy) and to those with disabilities, helping them to be healed in body and spirit and to be restored to lives of dignity and usefulness within their communities.  Address: 1 ALM Way, Greenville, SC 29601, 1-800-543-3135, Fax: (866) 881-9769. Contact: Bekah Schwanbeck, www.leprosy.org.

Bread for the World

…seeks to educate people and the U.S. government about world hunger and poverty.  Address: 425 3rd St. SW Ste 1200, Washington, DC 20024, (800)822-7323, Fax: (202)639-9401.  www.bread.org.

Christian Center Institute of Haiti, Ruth Applewhite Mission

…provides poverty-stricken student’s academic, vocational, and Christian training.  Sponsored by National WCF, ICCC.  Address: San Francisco Christian Center, 5845 S. Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94112, (415) 584-5515, Fax: (415) 584-3175.  rapplewhite2819@yahoo.com, www.sfchristiancenter.org. 

Habitat for Humanity

…a non-profit Christian housing ministry; works in partnership with people in need to improve the conditions in which they live.  Habitat challenges people of compassion to provide the initial capital, through gifts and no-interest loans, to build or renovate simple, decent homes for the inadequately sheltered.  Construction is a cooperative effort including volunteers and home buyers.  Houses are sold at no profit and with a no-interest mortgage repaid over a 15 to 25 year period.  House payments are then recycled to help build more houses.  Address: 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709-3498, (800) 422-4828. www.habitat.org.

Heifer International

…is a self-help, non-profit organization providing livestock, poultry, training, and related agricultural services.  Address: 1 World Ave., Little Rock AR 72202, (855) 948-6437.  Contact: Cindy Sellers Roach. www.heifer.org. 

The Maine Sea Coast Missionary Society

…an off-shore mission caring for the needs of small, isolated Maine coast communities including church and pastoral work, assistance to those in sickness and poverty, scholarship aid to students, and errands of friendship, counsel, and encouragement carried out by land and sea.  Address: 127 West Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04690, (207) 288-5097. www.seacoastmission.org. 

Opportunity International

…an economic development organization operating through 47 indigenous partner agencies in 24 of the world’s poorest countries.  In response to Christ’s call to serve the poor, Opportunity’s goal has been to reduce hunger and poverty by creating jobs for women and men in economically depressed communities.  Address: 550 W. Van Buren, Chicago, IL  60607, (800)793-9455, Fax: (312)487-5656. getinfo@opportunity.org, www.opportunity.org.

U.S. Fund for UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund)

…assists millions of mothers and children all over the world, especially those in remote rural areas and urban shantytowns.  The ICCC sponsors special projects.  Address: 125 Maiden Lane 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038, (212)922-2644.  Contact: Emma Pfister, epfister@unicefusa.org, www.unicef.org.

World Neighbors

…is a people-to-people self-help movement. One village at a time, we work with people to halt hunger, poverty, and ecological deterioration in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  WN does not try to give quick fixes.  Our focus is on long-lasting change.  We help people sustain and create livelihoods that will not deplete natural resources.  Affirming the determination, ingenuity, and dignity of people, WN works as a partner in a process of change that promotes self-reliance.  Work of Women (WOW!) is a member organization within WN to foster relationships and help for women in WN project areas.  ICCC co-sponsors mission visitations and special projects.  Address: 5600 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK  73112-4222, (800)242-6387, Fax: (405)752-9700.  Contact: Kate Schecter kschecter@wn.org, (405)418-0487, www.wn.org.