Hi, My name is George Kouri.
In addition to being the Senior Pastor of the King's Church here in Jacksonville, Florida, I am also the presiding Apostle of the Communion of Apostolic Churches and the Chancellor of the Apostles Theological Seminary.
The Apostles theological Seminary is perhaps one of today's most exciting new approaches or thrusts in the area of theological or ministerial training in several generations.
My own testimony is that I was saved when I was 13 years old through the ministry of the First Baptist Church, Lawton, Oklahoma. A few years later I was called to the ministry, when I was only 16 years of age. Almost immediately, I began to minister in jails and every place that I was given an opportunity. After graduating from Lawton High School in 1954, I attended Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Upon graduating from OBU in 1958, I attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, graduating in 1961. All during my years at OBU and Southwestern and for several years afterwards, I faithfully and diligently served as a pastor in Southern Baptist Churches. However, in 1969, during the early days of the Charismatic movement, I had a definite and dramatic encounter with the Lord. At that time I was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. And it was after this powerful experience that the Lord began to open my spiritual understanding, enlarge my personal experience of the gifts and operations of the Spirit of God, and expose me to the larger Christian community worldwide.
Over the last forty years of extensive study and ministry, not only throughout the USA, but also in India and Africa, the Lord has greatly enlarged my personal and ministry experience from those early ministry beginnings to include a truly Scriptural or Apostolic understanding of the Eschatology of Jesus and Messiah's Kingdom, the Church as the Holy Nation (the New Covenant Israel or One Holy Apostolic Church), Kingdom Initiation (the "Peter Package"), Apostolic Government or the Spiritual Government of Apostles and Elders, Davidic Worship and the Lord's day, Spiritual Warfare and the Conquest of Satan's Kingdom, Possessing Nations or Filling All Things. I want to make it very clear that I am grateful for my early years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. It was at Southwestern that I received, from scholarly professors, a high view of Scripture and a deep appreciation for the authority of God's Word; it was there that I was exposed to the vast history of Christianity and to a wide variety of theologies espoused by various denominations and Christian movements, and it was there that I was immersed in a spirit of evangelism and missions. I am very grateful for my early seminary training. But I want to make it clear that the Apostles Theological Seminary is not like other seminaries. In fact there is not another theological seminary or ministerial training program like it in the world.
Most seminaries around the world are actually seeking to prepare ministers to serve in a particular denomination or movement (whether Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Reformed, Baptist, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Word of Faith, or etc.) and thus are really helping to perpetuate the present divided condition and sub-normality of the modern church. ATS, on the other hand, is earnestly seeking to rediscover the revelation of Christ, His Kingdom and His Church that Jesus entrusted to the original apostles, and apply that revelation to the problems and divisions that are rampant in the church and the world of the 21st Century.
Our mandate from the Lord Jesus Christ is to recover the seed or word of the Kingdom that Jesus Himself gave to His apostles and which is preserved for us in the Canon of the New Testament, and at the direction and by the power of the Spirit raise-up a radical new generation of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers for the 21st Century.
It is our deep conviction that for a fivefold minister of Christ to be fully prepared to serve Messiah's Kingdom purpose in the 21st century he or she must be established in the Revelation of the Lord (the Doctrine of Christ and His Apostles), should understand 2000 years of Church history and the various and numerous theologies held by denominational churches (i.e. Christianity did not begin with us), should be fully aware of the Spirit of the age in which we are living (there is a real devil and the 21st century presents the Lord's Church with unique challenges), and finally, like the sons of Issachar, he or she must know what Israel (the Lord's Church) should do.
If you are a fivefold minister of Christ, I encourage you to take time to prayerfully consider our mission statement and our philosophy or approach to ministry training explained under, "WHY ATS" at http://www.atsvirtual.org/why-ats. Carefully preview our four outstanding degrees and course requirements found under, "AREAS OF STUDY" at http://www.atsvirtual.org/areas-of-study. (Please note that all four of our distinctive degrees [Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate] are in Apostolic and Prophetic Studies with Specialization [i.e. specialization in a specific area of Ministry or Biblical Studies, Church History, the Theology of the Kingdom, Building Kingdom Civilization].) Also, take a look at what is being offered for this Fall Semester under "Current Courses" at http://www.atsvirtual.org/current-courses. Finally, go to http://www.atsvirtual.org/admissions, fill out the registration, and begin the enrollment process for one of our degrees.
For a limited time only, our degree programs are being offered at special "TASTE AND SEE" prices, which offer substantial savings over the entire course of a degree. For details click here. Also, because of our interest-free financing, anyone can earn an Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctoral Degree for as little as $50.00 a month.
A call to the ministry, whether it is a call to serve Christ and His Kingdom as an apostle, a prophet, an evangelist, a pastor or teacher, is a call to prepare. Paul's admonished Timothy, his apostolic deputy, to "study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." I request that you to prayerfully consider allowing the Apostles Theological Seminary to serve you in your preparation process.
For those of you who live in the Jacksonville area, the King's Church hosts our ATS Jax Commuter campus. Watch for the announcement of our 2013 Spring Courses and Schedules or you may contact Dr. Marie Howard, the Dean of ATS Jax at email@example.com for details.
For Christ and His Kingdom,
Posted on Mon, December 10, 2012
by George Kouri