For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
In the summer of 1990, a culturally diverse team of ministers and leaders gathered in Columbus, Ohio under the leadership of Bishop Joseph L. Garlington, Sr., and they began to seek the Lord for direction for a common burden which they all shared. The topic was "reconciliation," and a major concern was "how to begin to address an area of life and ministry that was woefully neglected by the church."
Each person involved was gifted in some strategic area that produced an unexpected synergism. The Holy Spirit was very obviously present, and there was a sense that He gave birth to something during those days. This team has continued to meet, often twice a year. The initial group has grown quantitatively and qualitatively; it now includes men and women who are uniquely gifted by God for the "strategic hour." Their combined accomplishments in their varied fields of endeavor are noteworthy.
The team embraces a depth of experience in church government, education, and successful careers in the marketplace. Some have excelled in business and now serve the church with the same measure of excellence. The team members are recognized throughout the Body of Christ for their spiritual maturity and insight.
They are prophets, apostles, teachers, pastors, and evangelists. Some are accomplished musicians and composers; several are authors as well as practitioners, missionaries, and statesmen. Most are visionaries who have deeply touched their spheres of influence. Since most of these members possess an international perspective, they are ideally suited to embrace the present work of the Holy Spirit throughout the world. Each has a passion to see the body of Christ move in its full measure to accept its destiny to lead by example.
The senior pastors on the team have successful working models of reconciliation and diversity in their various spheres of ministry. Each believes that this is the call to the whole church and not just specifically to them. Together, they have their resources of time, energy, experience, and wisdom. This group has continued to focus their own church and ministries on the need for reconciliation and to build relationships with one another.
After meeting together informally for four years, these and other leaders formed Reconciliation! An International Network of Churches and Ministries Inc., with the purpose of formalizing their relationships and reconciling all men to God and one another.