THE SEVEN PILLARS



The CFC Themes
Year  ↓ Theme  ↓ Bible Verse  ↓
1999 "Go and bear fruit that will remain." John 15:16
2000 "Bring glad tidings to the poor." Luke 4:18-19
2001 "United in Christ."
2002 "Build up, build up, prepare the way." Isaiah 57:14
2003 "Possess the land." Psalm 37:34
2004 "Fear not, I am with you." Isaiah 41:10
2005 "God is enough." Psalm 51
2006 "Show his power and majesty to a sinful nation." Tobit 13:6
2007 "Hope in the Lord." Lamentations 3:24
2008 "Love one another as I have loved you." John 13:34

VISION AND MISSION

During the CFC Leaders Conference at the Araneta Coliseum on January 12, 2008, the International Council introduced CFC's new Statement of Vision and Mission. This revision was the result of the discussions in the Pastoral Congress held in 2007. As a result of this revision, CFC's vision "Families in the Holy Spirit Renewing the Face of the Earth" was expanded into:

'"Moved by the Holy Spirit
One with the Catholic Church
Blessed to Witness Christ's Love and Service
Couples for Christ is a United Global Community
Of Family Evangelizers
That Sets the World on Fire
With the Fullness of God's Transforming Love."

The Mission Statement, by which CFC seeks to accomplish the vision stated above, is now stated as:

"Building the Church of the Home, Building the Church of the Poor."

EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION

CFC is an evangelistic and missionary community. It exists for mission. Its work is in response to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, to "go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). In order to do so, CFC has embarked on an evangelization thrust that is rapid, massive, and global. Every member is an evangelizer. CFC's goal is to win the world for Christ.

PASTORAL SUPPORT

With an evangelistic army continually opening new fronts and rapidly bringing the gospel throughout the world, there is a need for logistical and pastoral support. This pillar provides the critical backroom and frontline support. It includes Home Office operations and the Pastoral Center. It develops teachings and formation courses, provides counseling, trains music ministries, handles finances, and so on.

FAMILY MINISTRIES

CFC provides support for every member of the family. Every person is supported at whatever stage of life he is in. Persons move from KFC to YFC to SFC to CFC or to HOLD or SOLD. This pillar effectively provides a "womb-to-tomb" family renewal ministry. Nothing is left to chance. From birth until death, there is caring and formation, in preparation for entry into heaven. This pillar builds the Church of the Home.

  • CFC Kids for Christ (KFC): To provide a Christian support environment for Kids of Couples for Christ members who are between the ages of 4-12.
  • CFC Youth for Christ (YFC): To provide a Christian support environment for young teenagers between 13 to 21 years of age.
  • CFC Singles for Christ (SFC): To provide a Christian support environment for single men and women who are as the crossroads of their state of life, choosing between marriage, a religious vocation, or single blessedness.
  • CFC Handmaids of the Lord (HOLD): To provide a Christian support environment for single mature women, widows, separated or divorced, single parents, wives of overseas workers, and those whose husbands are incapacitated or in prison.
  • CFC Servants of the Lord (SOLD): To provide a Christian support environment for bachelors, widowers, separated or divorced, single parents, husbands of overseas workers, expatriates, and those whose wives are incapacitated or in prison.
 
 

SOCIAL MINISTRIES

Evangelization has two dimensions: the spiritual and the social. The spiritual has to do with the salvation of souls. The social has to do with the liberation of the body. This pillar is about the work of total human liberation and development. It is about freeing humanity from anything and everything that is not of God: poverty, injustice, oppression. This pillar helps build the Church of the Poor.
  • CFC Educational Foundation Inc.: Children, whatever their color, race, creed, disability, or social status, are special gifts from God; Formation and empowerment of families start with the young; Everyone has the right to receive quality education; Education is not a privilege but a right of every human being; Parents are the primary educators of the children; Education to be relevant and empowering should be holistic, with emphasis on the mind, body, and more importantly, the soul and the spirit
  • Flame Ministries Inc.: Revolutionized social communications renewed in Christ
  • Give Kare Health Foundation Inc.: An empowered evangelistic ministry providing comprehensive, excellent, sustainable health care systems and programs through the CFC global community in the pursuit of total human liberation
  • Isaiah 61:1: To be present in all prisons/detention centers/correctional facilities in the countries of the world, and to build up vibrant Christian fellowships among the prisoners
  • St. Thomas More and Associates: To work for the renewal of the temporal order according to Gospel values, by helping build the Church of the poor, with the goal promoting total human liberation
  • The Sword of Gideon: A mighty army of God that will do battle with the forces of evil in the land and help usher in the reign of God, one characterized by justice, peace, and security
  • Tekton Guild: A renewed global economic order where there is equitable distribution of the world’s good such that there is no person in need
  • Teodora: In Defense of the Authentic Woman, Inc.: The authentic woman at the heart of every home and society nurturing and protecting family and life
  • The Oikos Society: An ecologically balanced, clean and healthy environment, with the communities living with and caring responsibly for it, such that we help preserve the integrity of creation

GAWAD KALINGA

Gawad Kalinga is CFC's work of building communities among the poor. It is an integrated, holistic, and sustainable way of restoring the dignity of the poor and raising them to be agents of their own liberation. It provides homes for the homeless and land for the landless and food for the hungry, transforms slums into pieces of paradise, radically reduces crime, and most of all inspires hope for the future. GK has evolved into a work of nation-building, and is raising new heroes who give their all for God and neighbor. This pillar carries on the very mission of Jesus, which is to bring glad tidings to the poor.

The Essence of GK

Gawad Kalinga sees itself as a solution to poverty in the Philippines and the world. GK’s vision is a slum-free, squatter-free Philippines by focusing on bringing back dignity and peace for every Filipino. It is this vision that drives GK to provide land for the landless, homes for the homeless, and food for the hungry. GK is ultimately driven by the mantra, "Less for self, more for others, enough for all."

GK hosts people-empowering activities moving towards building integrated, holistic and sustainable communities focusing first and foremost on depressed areas throughout the Philippines. GK considers cooperation as a must in this endeavor, firmly believing that not one organization has the capability to rebuild the country, not even the government.

The work of GK seeks to dismantle the pattern of despair and abandonment that poor Filipinos face, first by establishing relationships with them, then promoting an atmosphere of happiness and cheerfulness. This is why GK insists on brightly-painted homes, beautiful parks and playgrounds, colorful gardens and clean surroundings.

GK engages donors to be active partners in the work for the poor emphasizing the hands-on participation required to make the program a success. GK has established many partnerships with individuals, corporations, religious groups, charitable institutions, schools, and even foreign government agencies. The program provides partners the opportunity to help by donating funds to build GK villages and through sponsoring a child's education.

To GK, resources refers to more than money. It refers to that which has value to people and the community. That is why GK goes beyond fund management to relationship management and resource sharing. The work of GK inspires people of varied fields to contribute their talents: architects and engineers design houses, doctors and nurses attend to the people's health, teachers contribute their time and knowledge to the young, and business leaders tutor others towards self-sustenance.

GK is supported by partners internationally through ANCOP, the official international fundraising and sponsorship arm outside the Philippines. ANCOP has more than 50 locations worldwide. Having begun in the Philippines, GK villages have also been recently started in Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Cambodia and Indonesia through the work of CFC chapters in those areas.

GK's Objectives

  1. Community Empowerment
    GK envisions empowered communities whose residents are not just receivers but are givers as well. The work is not about dole-out or charity, but stewardship. It is about uplifting the dignity of the poor by building their capacity to respond to opportunities and enabling them to reach their highest potential.
  2. Massive Mobilization of Volunteerism
    The Filipino is known for "bayanihan," the collective efforts of heroism in our local communities. Heroism is not confined to men and women of history who gave up their lives; it also honors ordinary men and women who choose to make sacrifices for the greater good. It not only pertains to a single outstanding individual who wants to help his/her community but the whole community working together to achieve success for all.
  3. Partnership in Nation Building
    The task of nation building is indeed massive, but the challenge is not insurmountable if all Filipinos learn to work together. Not one group or agency can do it alone. Government is not hopeless, but it is helpless without the support of civil society. Each Filipino must take part in realizing the dream of the Filipino nation rebuilt.

Aspects of a GK Community

  1. Faith Community
    ...where there is mutual respect among community members for each other's religious beliefs. Each one is free to express one's faith. The community is bonded by their common love for God, and from this, love is expressed concretely in terms of respect and care for each other.
  2. Peace Zone
    ...where the community members, regardless of their religious or social beliefs, live in peace and harmony. Conflicts and misunderstandings among community members are settled based on the higher interest of peace, justice and solidarity. Peace is achieved when broken relationships are healed and rebuilt.
  3. Tourist Spot
    ...where the sense of beauty of the surroundings befitting human dwelling and habitation is a priority. Brightly colored houses and landscaped environment are an expression of hope and the transition from a survival mentality to living a full life of dignity.
  4. Productivity Center
    ...where the potential of the community, both human and natural resources, are developed and tapped to sustain the growth of the community in terms of self-sufficiency and eventually to be "givers" not just "receivers."
  5. Environmentally Healthy Community
    ...where the preservation of the environment is as urgent and as important as self-preservation. The community, through proper waste management, waste disposal and planting of trees and plants to preserve the natural habitat, concretely expresses their value for the environment.

The GK Program

GK provides a Christian-based holistic approach to poverty alleviation dealing with all community aspects that include values formation, community organization and involvement, education, basic health care, and livelihood programs.

Beneficiaries of GK homes are selected only upon their agreement to the rules and regulations of the program. Beneficiaries agree to undergo a 13-week values formation course and provide sweat-equity by building their own homes and the homes of their neighbors and abide by the rules of the "Kapitbahayan" (Community Association) that they establish in their GK village. As a community association they are expected to maintain the cleanliness, peace and order, and upkeep of their GK village.

The current success of GK is also highly attributed to the stewardship component of the program. Every GK village has a Caretaker Team, mostly volunteers from the local CFC area. The Caretaker Team commits a minimum of 3 years of stewardship to the village. They assist in resolving conflicts, ensure construction proceeds properly and that the GK standards are maintained and met until the "Kapitbahayan" community association is self-sustaining. Many GK beneficiaries cite that without the constant care and support of their GK Caretaker team they would have not been able cope with the difficult transition in their change of values and attitudes.

SAGIP

"SAGIP" in the local dialect means, “to save a life”. Aside from saving the lives of the children, it also means rescuing those that they could victimize in the future. GK SAGIP provides the path of change fro the children, a chance to live productive lives, with the proper values, raised in dignity and respect.

The GK SAGIP age of 7-13 years old, is that point in these children’s lives when they already have younger siblings that their parents need to focus on. These children start to wander the streets, and be exposed to their surroundings. Children at this age also begin to develop the need for a peer group and acceptance. GK SAGIP answers these concerns by organizing values formation sessions, conducting tutorial classes, networking for health needs, and ensuring that children discover their athletic and creative talents.

SIBOL

SIBOL means “to grow”. It means the beginning of something that has the potential to be great. It is a community based preschool program for children ages 3 to 6 years old. GK SIBOL believes in a holistic, and value-based education. GK SIBOL offers children in depressed areas hope that will enable them to hone their skills and guide them to a more fruitful and meaningful life.

GK SIBOL upholds the primary role of the parents to educate their children. Parents are required to participate in class by assisting the teachers in carrying out assigned activities for the children. This also serves as an opportunity for them to develop skills and learn concepts on early childhood management and education.

GK SIBOL recognizes the community’s role in the education of the child. He is influenced by those around him (friends, neighbors, media, etc.) especially by the values and traditions they espouse. Thus, GK SIBOL works hand in hand with all the other GK programs in re-shaping the child’s external environment to bring about good, responsible and God-centered Filipinos of the future.

SIGA

GK SIGA is the youth development and rehabilitation program. SIGA is the Filipino street language for “toughie”. However, SIGA in Filipino means to start a fire. In Cebuano and Ilonggo, it means to be a light. The GK SIGA program aims to be a catalyst of change and help them out of the darkness of their misery and despair by bringing them into the light.

 

PRO-LIFE

To be pro-God, pro-family, and pro-poor is to be pro-life. This pillar is about promoting the culture of life, very much under threat today by abortion, contraception, sterilization, capital punishment, euthanasia, assisted suicide, same sex marriage, cloning, and population control. It defends the family as the basic unity of society. Further, to be pro-life is to look to living life to the full, according to God's intent. Our battle cry: LIVE LIFE! 

SPECIAL MINISTRIES

This pillar is about building the Church of the Future. For the work of the Church in this third millennium, the unity and collaboration of laity, clergy, and religious will be crucial. Lay celibates will comprise a committed missionary core. No one is left behind, including those in irregular unions (such as those in cohabitation or domestic partnership) who are at the fringes of the Church.

  • Missionary Society of St. Francis and St. Paul: A charismatic, missionary association of consecrated persons: priests, nuns, brothers and other lay persons
  • Priests for Family and Life: Priests who share the vision of CFC for global evangelization, family life renewal, and work with the poor, and who are willing to actively participate in furthering the life and mission of CFC
  • Nuns for Christ: Religious sisters who share the vision of CFC for family life renewal, and who are willing to actively participate in furthering the life and mission of CFC
  • Jacob's Well: A ministry for persons in "irregular unions" (those with previous valid marriages, have separated or divorced, and have moved on to new relationships)