Connections are about our partners in accountability. They are organizations which purpose, vision and mission are anchored on the truth of God's word and focus on the need to create a culture of accountability, promote a spirit of transparency and develop people of integrity.
Who are the founding members of Christian Council for Transparency and Accountability (CCTA)?
CCTA operates not as a self-regulation entity but as a peer accountability group through biblical demonstration of the church caring for its own. This peer accountability practice has proven very effective in many professions, such as accounting, legal, medical, etc. Similarly, Christ-centered organizations profess and espouse beliefs and ideas that are based and anchored on biblical truths so they should prove themselves faithful to their call and witness to the truth that the righteousness and rule of God can be done here on earth as it is in heaven.
The following organizations agreed to form CCTA in September 2012 as a council that will act according to the standards of responsible stewardship and hold each other accountable to practice and act according to these God-honoring ethical principles:
World Vision Development Foundation (World Vision)
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide towards eliminating poverty and its causes. World Vision strives to build thriving communities where peace and justice prevail and all can enjoy security, opportunity and happiness.
World Vision partners with children and the communities among the poorest areas to help improve lives and combat poverty.
Center for Community Transformation, Inc. (CCT)
CCT is an organized Christian response against poverty and social injustice. This is carried out through the fusion of social development initiatives and evangelical mission in a uniquely Filipino context. It serves urban and rural poor communities throughout the Philippines, in pursuit of its desire to see changed lives, strong families, and transformed communities centered on the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
It was founded in 1992 by development practitioners who believe that development strategies could best be achieved by enriching the spirituality of a person. Over the years, the Lord has enabled the organization to deliver wholistic, sustainable, and community-based programs and services that cater to the needs of the whole family. These services have opened opportunities for the community partners to grow and reach their full potentials as individuals created in the image and likeness of God.
Philippine Council for Evangelical Churches (PCEC)
PCEC was established in 1965 by a group of Christian leaders seeking to form an organization that would express their oneness in Jesus Christ and to formalize into a distinct council the growing force and influence of evangelism in the country. The defense of the fundamentals of faith, the need to evangelize the Philippines, and the need to have a clearly evangelical witness were the primary factors that prompted PCEC’s inception.
From a small umbrella organization, PCEC has grown to the largest network of denominations, churches, mission groups and para-church organizations nationwide. It seeks to become the main catalyst in hastening the discipling of the Philippines for the Lord Jesus Christ by promoting unity and cooperative ministries, presenting a distinctly evangelical voice and presence to our government and other publics, and engaging in ministries that help the poor and needy to become economically self-reliant and rightly related with God and Jesus Christ.
Asian Theological Seminary (ATS)
ATS came into existence when, after planning and praying for almost 25 years, missionaries of the Far Eastern Gospel Crusade (now SEND International) finally realized their vision for a graduate-level training institution.
ATS is accreditation with the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA), the Asia Theological Association (ATA), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
The seminary offers graduate level programs of education with focus on Biblical Studies, Christian Education, Counseling, Intercultural and Urban Studies, Pastoral Studies, Theology and Transformational Urban Leadership. Students could take the Graduate Diploma, Master of Arts, or the Master of Divinity tracks.
In its 45-year history, ATS has grown into a major interdenominational seminary serving approximately 100 different churches and para-church organizations in the Philippines and throughout Asia—surely a testament to God’s power, faithfulness, and grace.
Christian Stewardship Association (CSA)
Christian Stewardship Association is a network of Christian fundraisers, business people and local pastors whose mission is to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s Kingdom work through biblical stewardship education.
Philippine Bible Society joins the Council
In its meeting in January 2016, the board of trustee approved the membership of Philippine Bible Society (PBS) to CCTA and the election of the Ms. Nora Lucero, secretary general of PBS to the as member of the board of trustees.
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
ECFA which inspired the creation of CCTA continues to support the latter's responsible stewardship advocacy. It was through the support of ECFA that CCTA waa able to send delegates to the first International Accountability Summit in Dallas, Texas that resulted in the visit of Dr. Gary Hoag, ECFA International Liaison, and Wes Willmer, ECFA Press Author, to the Philippines to facilitate responsible stewardship training based on their books, The Choice and The Sower.
CCTA as part of the global network of faithful administrators of God's resources continue to contribute articles and updates to ECFA Global Network Update, a quarterly publication of development and activities in the area of responsible stewardship around the globe.