CFC-Singles for Christ
CFC-Singles for Christ (SFC) is one of the family ministries of Couples for Christ (CFC). It was founded to cater to the needs of single men and women from 21 to 40 years of age. “Single” refers to anyone within that age group who is free from any legal impediments to marriage. The pastoral care offered by the ministry, though, is not limited to those who are called for marriage, but includes as well those who may be considering either single blessedness or religious vocation as a state of life.
CFC-SFC was established in April 1993, when a group of about 40 single men and women, mostly from the Visayas Islands in the Philippines, met for a 3-day workshop in Kalibo, Aklan to talk about forming a ministry for single men and women under the leadership of CFC. In alignment with CFC`s thrust of rapid, massive and global evangelization, their initial aim is to provide a Christian support environment for single men and women who want to follow Christ.
SFC adapted the 7 Pillars of CFC to make it relevant to SFC and it`s vision of making a generation of leaders and martyrs. It is SFC`s goal to form SFC to become a generation of:
- Bravehearts – Relating to the CFC Pillar of Evangelization and Mission. Wherein we want every SFC to be brave in proclaiming Christ to the world.
- The Faithful – Family Ministries. Wherein we want to make sure that CFC truly becomes a womb to tomb ministry, with no fall outs along the way to Heaven.
- The Holy – Pastoral Support. Wherein we want every SFC to become pastorally mature and get supported in whatever state of life they are in.
- Patriots – Social Ministries. Wherein we want SFC to be involved in the life of the country they are in – to work for justice and total human liberation from sin.
- Heroes – Gawad Kalinga. Wherein we want SFC to see the blessing of Gawad Kalinga to CFC. How GK is helping the poorest of the poor. And how this blessing is changing the lives of the people who benefit from it, and the people who actively participate in it.
- Witnesses – Pro-life. Wherein we want SFC to live lives that are good examples to others – whether in community of not. And wherein SFC can speak out against what is crippling people today.
- The Chosen – Special Ministries. Wherein we help SFC find their true calling – marriage, single blessedness or religious vocation – and help them in their path to claim that calling.
A single person can only be acknowledged as a full-fledged SFC member after he / she has gone through the 13-week Christian Life Program (CLP). Mixed CLPs (meaning CLPs with CFC, HOLD, SOLD and SFC participants) and Fast Track CLPs (meaning CLPs with compressed talks or over a weekend) are only used for starting areas. Once an area has SFC already, the 13 week CLP format should be used.
SFC members must go through a series of pastoral formation for nourishment and sustenance. This is very crucial to their growth as individuals and empowerment as servants in the ministry.
Members are organized into household cells (a group of 5 to 7 members) led by a household head. Unit heads lead household heads, chapter heads lead unit heads, and cluster heads lead chapter heads. Overall direction is provided by a national council.
As a way to enhance the ministry, SFC came up with programs for specific functions, such as:
- Corporate Evangelization
- Campus Evangelization
- Community Evangelization
- Government Evangelization
- Gawad Kalinga
- Social Ministries
In addition, SFC also has support functions focusing on certain skills and tasks such as:
- Pastoral Formation
- The Concentric Circles
These stand for two wedding rings, one on top of the other. They depict Christian marriage, where two have become one. They stand for the unity between the husband and wife, a unity manifesting itself in mutual love and service. The rings also point to our family life ministry. The family is to be the focus as well as the foundation of our work.
- The Cross
This stands for the cross of Christ. The central position of the cross states that Christ is at the center of our lives and of our work. The cross is also an empty cross. It shows that Christ is risen. By His death and resurrection, Christ conquered sin and death and won for us our salvation.
- The Dove
The dove represents the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit Who is our guide, our counsellor, our advocate. He is the Spirit of truth. He is the source of power and strength for the Christian life. The dove also indicates the charismatic dimension of our spirituality. We are to pursue our work of renewal with the full use of charismatic gifts at our disposal (1 Cor 12:4-11).
- The Concentric Circles and the Cross
The circles also stand for the globe or the world. Christ is at the center. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Our work is to participate in the fulfillment of God's plan: to bring all things in the heavens and on earth into one under Christ's headship (Eph 1:10).
Taken all together, the overall meaning of CFC logo is: CFC is a work of Christ which raises up Christian couples and establishes Christian families committed to the work of evangelization and winning the world for Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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- SFC Toronto. (accessed on April 21, 2008).
- Brands of the World. (accessed on April 21, 2008).
- SFC Global. (accessed on April 21, 2008).
- CFC Singles for Christ Hong Kong. (accessed on April 21, 2008).
- CFC Singles for Christ Maryland, USA
- CFC Singles for Christ Singapore
- CFC Singles for Christ Toronto, Canada
- CFC Singles for Christ Vancouver, Canada