It must be understood that CNAL membership does not confer ordination or commissioning on a given apostle. CNAL does not “make” an individual an apostle. Only those who have previously been recognized as having the gift and office of apostle are accepted as members, and this recognition comes through and is maintained by the particular ecclesiastical network or apostolic ministry conferring the ordination or commissioning.
Because CNAL is a horizontal apostolic network, as over against a vertical network, CNAL does not provide “apostolic covering” or ‘spiritual covering” for its members. Although CNAL may not be a primary accountability structure for everyone, membership does imply a degree of apostolic accountability. Every member is accountable, in the broad sense of the word, to all other members and to the organization itself. When reproach comes upon one, potentially that reproach can come upon all.
Structure of CNAL
CNAL is apostolically led and prophetically influenced.
CNAL is primarily a professional society in which confirmed apostles are able to relate to and connect with each other. It is secondarily a training ground for “emerging” apostles.
CNAL focuses on the strategic development of creative strategies for combining apostolic efforts on the widest basis possible in order to fulfill Jesus’ great commission and mandates.
CNAL recognizes that autonomy is important for members of differing apostolic networks and business leaders. Leaders, who are the heads or “top” of networks, or marketplace CEOs, are technically “vertical” apostles. Vertical apostolic leaders have few mechanisms designed to fulfill their need to relate horizontally; to meet and work with their peers in anything other than a casual way. This is an important aspect of CNAL.
CNAL provides venues at the Annual Meeting to facilitate connections with like-minded apostolic leaders. These settings promote a structure of meaningful gatherings for peer-level apostles, representing both the nuclear and marketplace church. Here, apostles meet one another, build relationships, and exchange wisdom, knowledge, skills, and resources.
CNAL provides apostolic accountability
CNAL members are committed to maintaining the highest possible levels of integrity of personal character and operational methodology among its members. The CNAL Council gives oversight and enforces the code of Biblical conduct required of each member to insure the standards of CNAL and maintain unity among the brethren (Psalm 133:1, Eph.4:3). This does not mean “covering.” CNAL does not ordain or cover individuals or groups of apostles.
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