Our History: Tree of Life International Churches (TOLIChurches) started in 1993. Apostle John and Rev Stella Ebegbuna had a mandate to reach the un-reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ, disciple them and send them out to reach other people with the gospel. The importance of the Holy Spirit baptism is emphasized. Our call is to preach Jesus Christ, God's Son, as the Savior, Baptizer with the Holy Spirit, Healer and coming King. Our assignment is to prepare the church for the Second Coming of Christ and develop healthy, growing churches. Our commitment is to plant national churches around the world led by loving servants of Jesus Christ. Churches developed in this manner will reproduce again and again. This makes possible the spread of the gospel to those who have not heard or accepted the message of God's Son.
Our Vision and strategy: The strategy of Tree of Life International Churches is to follow the pattern found in the New Testament. The Holy Spirit led the early church. The pattern has four stages. Each stage is different but connects closely with the others.
Stage 1: Pioneer The church starts when workers bring the lost to Christ and plant local congregations. The goal is responsible disciples who evangelize and reproduce themselves. The church at Thessalonica in Greece started this way (Acts 17:1-9; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10).
Stage 2: Establish The church grows stronger when workers give practical Christian teaching and train leaders. The goal is responsible, reproducing leaders who serve their families and the local church. The church on the island of Crete matured this way (Titus 1-3).
Stage 3: Empower The national church organizes to govern and support itself and to do its own evangelism in a way that is sensitive to local cultures. The goal is responsible local congregations that plant other churches. Together they become a national church movement to reach the entire country. The church at Ephesus in Turkey developed and multiplied this way (Acts 19-20).
Stage 4: Send The national church reaches out to people of other cultures and languages. The goal is responsible national churches that send and support workers who serve other cultures and countries. In obedience to the Holy Spirit, the church at Antioch in Syria became such a church when they sent Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:1-4).