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International Christian Brotherhood Membership Application 718.306.1034 icbmen.org Founded by Reverend A.R. Bernard


Welcome!

But you are

My Brother in Christ,

a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for your interest in the International Christian Brotherhood fraternal organization (ICB). We believe that this fraternity is part of God’s plan and purpose for your life because brotherhood is essential to your growth as a Christian man. God wants you to be trained and then for you to help train other men in Christ-likeness as the one and only true standard for manhood. ICB is more than a men’s ministry, ICB is a move of God. Here are some of the privileges you can enjoy as a member of ICB: • Groundbreaking involvement in a new paradigm of men’s ministry. • Ministry of the Word from designated ICB leadership. • Brotherhood: Being a part of something much greater than yourself. • Accountability: Encouragement from other men for your spiritual journey. • Biblical & Practical Life Training in relationships, health, finances, time, communication and much more. Simply put, you will grow in your relationship with God and continue the journey to being and helping other men be committed disciples of Jesus Christ. We are praying that the Spirit of God will continue to guide, strengthen and encourage you. And we pray that ICB will be a vehicle for your empowerment and growth as a man of Christ’s Kingdom.

received mercy. 1 PETER 2:9-10 NIV

What is the International Christian Brotherhood?

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Meet the Men of ICB

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Application Instruction Sheet Application

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Yours in Christ,

Reverend A.R. Bernard, Sr.

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Table of Contents:

Founder and Visionary of the International Christian Brotherhood

Requirements for Active Membership

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Application Materials Checklist

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International Christian Brotherhood

“ICB has been a strong shoulder for me knowing that I am a part of an

Purpose: The International Christian Brotherhood is a fraternal organization that seeks to train men in Christ-likeness as the standard for manhood. In other words, “we train men.” Through ICB, men are instructed in the Biblical definition of manhood then mentored to establish godly habits that will demonstrate Christ-likeness through their daily lives and community service.

organization that is so Spirit filled and dedicated to changing lives for thousands…”

Vision: To establish a global organization of men committed to dynamically presenting and communicating Christ-like manhood in the world. ICB is a fraternal organization, dedicated to the establishment of a global network of Christian men who, regardless of race, economic status, denomination or nationality, commit their knowledge, influence and affluence, to affect positive change in their society.

— JACK LILES

Mission: To establish ICB chapters throughout the world that will serve as vehicles through which the process of Education, Mentoring, Accountability and Networking will take place among men.

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another,” PROVERBS 27:17 Raising the Standard of Manhood True Manhood: Who is the true vision for manhood?

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We believe that Jesus Christ, as the only incarnation of God, represented the perfect union between God and man, thereby demonstrating the true vision for manhood. In a world where the concept of manhood has become obscured and even corrupted, the God given model must be re-presented. It was the original intention of God that man can be dentified with his Maker in character and purpose. Once this identity crisis is resolved the man becomes complete in himself, empowered to pursue his purpose and destiny in life.

The ICB men endeavor to do the business of the Kingdom on this earth and strive for maturity in every area of our manhood. It is by grace through

faith that we are saved, and it is by grace we continue to work out our salvation in fear and trembling. (PHILIPPIANS 2:12-13). We raise the standard of manhood not in our strength, but in the strength of our King Jesus Christ. This standard of greatness was raised up and demonstrated by Jesus Christ. It is through living by faith in Jesus Christ as the only Lord and Savior, by the power of the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer, and according to the principles of God’s Word that we strive toward this standard of manhood.

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Meet the Men of ICB

Found Real Brotherhood

“Becoming an ICB member has humbled me and brought forth nothing but love

Got My Finances in Order

for my Brethren… the dedication that a member has to put forth really matures one’s spiritual growth. Many are called but few are chosen.”

Drew Closer to God

“The weekly prayer I share with my brothers has become an invaluable asset in my growth and development. To openly discuss life challenges and hold each other accountable has not only become beneficial but spiritually enriching.”

— L O N N I E K O R N E G AY — DARRELL WINSTEAD Bonded With Sons

“ICB has provided an opportunity for men to grow relationships

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based on integrity and accounta-

Got in Shape

bility. Personally... it has facili-

“I am grateful for the training I received at ICB. I was

tated my walk instead of talk as

out of shape. Participating in the Gye Nyame Ryu Dojo

an example to my two sons.”

martial arts class shed 10 pounds from my waistline in

— GUEDNER VILLETTE

less than 5 weeks.”

— R AY M O N D L E W I S

“My finances had me in a state of confusion. The ICB Financial classes taught me about God’s purpose for money. Dedicated experts worked with me to get my finances in order and get on a budget. I have been able to cut my debt and I am on my way to being debt free. Praise God!” — K E LV I N D I C K E R S O N

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Application Instruction Sheet

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his instruction sheet is provided to ensure that each part of the application,

Support Documentation:

accompanying documentation and other required procedures are clearly

he following documentation is to be submitted with your application. Each document is important to helping ICB understand who you are on paper. Combined, they create your life resume. Please make every effort to type or have typed each document. Double spacing the typed lines makes reviewing them quick and efficient. Please ensure that the font size is no larger than 12 points.

understood. Please take the time to read this instruction sheet completely before you begin filling out your application. If there are any steps you don’t understand or need help with please do not hesitate to ask an ICB leader for assistance

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or call Minister Onorio Chaparro at (718) 306-1000.

Membership Application: The Membership Application is the primary piece of documentation in your application packet. Please print or type all information requested in the following sections: Personal Information: Please be sure to write your full mailing address, including Apt. # if applicable, and correct zip code. This will ensure that you will always receive information and updates about ICB in a timely manner. Employment: This information is requested in order to identify brothers in the same profession for the purpose of networking and mentorship. If you are currently unemployed or retired please indicate this by writing it on the employer line and proceed to the next section. Household: When filling out this section please begin with your spouse (if married) and all other members of your household, preferably in

Autobiography: This is a one-page description of yourself, including your gifts, talents, and abilities along with the objectives you hope to accomplish in the future. These are your strengths and the vision you have for your life. Letter of Intent: This is a one page description of why you want to become a member of ICB. Include what you hope to contribute to the organization, as well as what you expect to gain from ICB. In other words, how will you be an asset to the International Christian Brotherhood and how do you believe ICB will benefit you. Heritage Paper: This paper should be a minimum of three pages and a maximum of 10 pages. This is the history about your ancestry and cultural background. Here you will briefly describe how your past has impacted you presently and how you believe it will affect your future. You should examine how your natural heritage is affected by your rebirth in Christ. Some resources that may help you are your family, Public Library, or appropriate government agencies such as the Bureau of Records. Passport Photos: (2) Color passport photos are needed for application processing. Please attach to upper right hand corner of application.

chronological order. If anyone in your household is currently a member of ICB or the International Christian Sisterhood (ICS ) please be sure to indicate this in the last column by writing ICB or ICS. Education History: Please write in the name and address of the High School and University/College or Other learning institution you have attended. Please include all certificates and degrees you have completed. If you did not complete High School, we can help you with obtaining a GED. If you would

ICB Sponsor and (2) Letters of Recommendation: You will need an ICB sponsor to submit your application. This is a current ICB member who can testify to your character and who is willing to hold you accountable to your membership in the fraternity. Please also submit (2) letters of recommendation on appropriate letterhead. These are letters written about you by an organization such as your job or other associations of which you may be a member. These letters will serve as character references and will attest to the positive contributions you have made.

like help in obtaining a GED please write in the space for High School the words “To Be Obtained.” 8

Support Documentation Requirements Continued on Next Page

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“We are the men of the I.C.B. Chosen before the foundation of the world and commissioned to uphold God’s standard for manhood as set forth by His son, Jesus Christ. Enlightened by His Word and empowered by His Holy Spirit, we seek to dwell peacefully with all

Support Documentation: (Continued) Two Prerequisites: Statement of Faith & Church Membership:

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Application Instruction Sheet

Membership Application

Chapter Information Chapter Name & Chapter Number

Last Name

1. Please read the “Statement of Faith” form included in this package. Every man interested in joining the fraternity must affirm this statement of faith.

First Name

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Middle Initial

Address

2. If you are not a member of Christian Cultural Center, you must secure an endorsement from the church you attend. ICB members are committed to the local church.

Employer Address

City

State

Country Home Phone

Zip Code

City

State

Date of Birth

Job Title

Work Phone

Mobile Phone

Can you be contacted at work?

Email Address

❍ Yes ❍ Yes

Are you a member of CCC?

Zip Code

❍ No ❍ No

If you are not a member, please provide your church membership?*

Fees: A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 is due when submitting your application and documentation which covers administration costs. An initiation fee is due upon membership acceptance and this is the equivalent of the ICB fraternity dues collected once a year. These fees can be paid in the form of a Check or Money Order payable to the "International Christian Brotherhood.

Cultural Background Gifts/Skills/Talents/Abilities

*Please be sure to supply a letter of endorsement from your church clergy.

Household Information (Please list all the members of your immediate household.)

Submitting Your Application: Once you have completed all parts of the application packet enclose them along with your updated passport size photo in a letter-sized envelope. Please write in the lower left hand corner of the envelope the word "Membership". The packet can be mailed to the following address: Minister Onorio Chaparro, International Christian Brotherhood, 12020 Flatlands Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11207 or you can drop it off at the CCC Front Desk, making sure it is labeled “ICB”.

First Name

Last Name

Gender

Relationship

Date of Birth

ICB/ICS Member

Education History Name & Location

Degree

High School

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for the Kingdom

Employment Information

Personal Information

There are two prerequisites for joining ICB.

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ICB Sponsor Name

Grand Chapter of the ICB at Christian Cultural Center (#1)

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University or College Other

For Official Use Only ❍ International Christian Brotherhood

Date of Processing: _______/________/________

❍ Rights of Passage

❍ Builders and Protectors

❍ Delayed

Date of Acceptance: _________/_________/_________

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Statement of Faith and Church Membership: Please sign and complete ICB’s Statement of Faith and Church Membership forms. Autobiography: A one page description of yourself, including your gifts, talents, and abilities. Also include the objectives you hope to accomplish in the future. Letter of Intent: A one page description of why you want to become a member and what you hope to contribute to this organization.

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The following items must be submitted with your application:

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Support Documents

Heritage Paper: This paper should be a minimum of three pages with maximum of 10 pages. This is the history about your ancestry and cultural background. Here you will briefly describe how your past has impacted you presently and how you believe it will affect your future. Some resources that may help you are your family, Public Library, or appropriate government agencies such as the Bureau of Records.

Prerequisites

Part I: ICB’s Statement of Faith: he International Christian Brotherhood Fraternal Organization is a fellowship that reaches across denominational lines. However, there must be unity in the essentials of the Christian faith. If you have any questions concerning the statement of faith below, please call Minister Onorio Chaparro at 718.306.1000.

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Please sign below and turn this in with your completed application on the designated due date.

Letters of Recommendation: Please submit (2) letters of recommendation on appropriate letterhead.

1. Statement of Faith A. I believe Jesus Christ is the only incarnation of God and I confess Him as my personal Lord and Savior;

Fees: A non-refundable $50.00 application fee and a $150.00 Initiation fee due upon membership acceptance. ❍ Money Order Remittance can be in the form of: ❍ Check

B. I believe that the Bible is the inspired, only infallible, authoritative Word of God; Statement of Integrity

C. I believe that there is One God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit;

The International Christian Brotherhood is a fraternal organization of men who believe that Jesus Christ, as the only incarnation of God, represented the perfect union between God and man, thereby demonstrating the true vision for manhood. He is the epitome of integrity. Integrity is honesty, uprightness and dependability. Integrity is that priceless part of a man's character which makes him completely trustworthy. This includes fair play in dealing with others, truthfulness, admitting honest mistakes and sincere effort to do what is right and proper in all situations.

D. I believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory;

ICB believes that every member has integrity until proven otherwise. When proven otherwise, they cannot continue membership. ICB can only build a successful organization on people who have a conviction to do the right thing.

E. I believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential;

Conditions

F. I believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by who’s indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life;

I understand that false or misleading information given in my application or interview(s) may result in cancellation of my application. I understand, also that I am required to abide by all rules and regulations of the By Laws and Constitution of the International Christian Brotherhood.

G. I believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost;

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Signature of Applicant ___________________________________________________ Date _______/________/________

H. Those that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation; I. I believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ; I do hereby understand and affirm the above statement of faith as my own. Print Name ______________________________________________________________ Signature ___________________________________________Date _____/_____/_____ 13


Part II: Faithful Membership in a Local Church: ll members of the International Christian Brotherhood must be a member of Christian Cultural Center or another recognized Christian church. The International Christian Brotherhood is a nondenominational Christian fraternal organization.

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If you are not a member of Christian Cultural Center, then you must acquire a letter of approval and commendation from the church to which you are a member; this should be submitted with your application. This endorsement should be written by the Senior Pastor or appropriate Elder/Pastor/Minister who knows you and approves of your membership in this organization. ICB is committed to the local church and all ICB men should be just as committed to the local church which is the body Christ, an institution created by God.

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Frequently Asked Questions Can my membership application be denied? If so what is the process for resubmission?

Does the recommendation letter have to be from my employer?

No application is denied. Applications are only “delayed” for a number of reasons including but not limited to: • Incomplete documentation not submitted before the deadline

If you are currently employed, we would like a workplace reference from someone from a supervisor or manager. If you are self employed, we would like a client reference.

Application Materials Checklist

I am not sure what a heritage paper is supposed to look like?

__ Completed Application Form

There will be a workshop on preparing a heritage paper.

__ Statement of Faith

• Disagreement concerning the Statement of Faith

Failure to be approved through the interview process

Currently, I am not in a financial position to pay the membership fee or dues?

_____ I am a member of Christian Cultural Center

If you are financially challenged, a fee waiver can be offered after discussing the matter with Minister Onorio Chaparro, NY Director of the ICB.

_____ I am not a member of Christian Cultural Center and I will include a letter of approval from my church

I am concerned about all the writing that is required. Why do I have to write to become a member?

I do hereby understand and affirm the above faithful membership in a local church as my own.

Every man who is capable of writing is required to complete the essays. Exceptions are only made for men who are:

Print Name ______________________________________________________________

• Educationally challenged (such as illiteracy or not proficient in the English language)

Signature ___________________________________________Date _____/_____/_____

• Living with a mental or physical handicap that makes it difficult to write (such as dyslexia and so forth)

Requirements for Active Membership:

Such a man must communicate their challenge to ICB Leadership via Minister Onorio Chaparro so that alternatives to the essays might be provided.

Once you crossover into membership of the ICB fraternal organization, there are yearly requirements for maintaining fellowship in the brotherhood. They include Maintaining the Code of Conduct, ICB Oath and Core Values of ICB

Active participation in Chapter activities

Active Community Service

Payment of yearly fraternity dues.

All ICB active members must be registered with and assigned to a small group. Faithfulness to a small group is a reflection of a member’s faithfulness to the vision of ICB.

Failure to adhere to the standards of membership will result in probation followed by sanctions and possible expulsion unless there is an acceptable reason to be determined by ICB leadership.

I do not know anyone in ICB to be my sponsor?

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During the pre-pledge process you will have many opportunities to meet and establish relationships with other ICB members who can be your sponsor. I am having trouble finding two people to write my recommendation letters? Recommendations must first be professional in nature. A man must demonstrate that they have a good reputation in the world. If for any reason professional recommendations cannot be acquired, please speak with Minister Onorio Chaparro for alternative recommendations to complete the package.

Are there any resources available to assist me in writing my heritage paper and putting together my membership application? There will be a workshop to assist you in preparing the application. In addition, if there are any steps you don’t understand or need help with please do not hesitate to ask an ICB Leader for assistance or direct questions to Minister Onorio Chaparro. I have some personal circumstances that may effect my membership processing. What should I do? Please contact Minister Onorio Chaparro at (718) 306-1000. Where is the application to be submitted? To avoid confusion and misplaced forms PLEASE DO NOT HAND DELIVER forms to ICB members. Once you have completed all parts of the application packet, enclose them along with your updated passport size photo in a lettersized envelope. Please write in the lower left hand corner of the envelope the word “Membership.” The packet can be mailed to the following address:

__ Church Membership __ Verification of Church Membership __ ICB Sponsor name and contact info __ 2 Recent Color Passport Photographs __ Autobiography __ Letter of Intent __ Heritage Paper __ Letters of Recommendation __ $50 Application Fee (non-refundable) Note: Please keep a copy of all documents submitted.

Minister Onorio Chaparro, International Christian Brotherhood, 12020 Flatlands Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11207 or you can drop it off at the Christian Cultural Center Front Desk, making sure it is labeled “ICB.” When will the initiation fee be collected? The initiation fee will be collected upon acceptance into the ICB.

Any additional questions please Contact Min. Onorio Chaparro at 718.306.1000.

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