Couples for Christ (CFC), formally the Couples for Christ Global Mission Foundation, is a Catholic organization intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. CFC, which was initially formed for married couples, has expanded into a community that seeks to preserve the sanctity of the family. CFC invites Catholic and non-Catholic Christians from all sectors of society regardless of cultural, economic, educational, social, and other distinctions to help in strengthening the Christian family as well as in helping the poor and the oppressed.
CFC was founded in the Philippines in 1981 as an outreach program of the Ligaya ng Panginoon (LNP) (Joy of the Lord), another Christian organization.  In 1993 CFC separated from LNP to pursue its own method of evangelization. Since then, CFC has created various programs to cater to the needs of other members of the family: children, adolescents, single adults, widows, and others. Notably, CFC is responsible for the creation of Gawad Kalinga, an organization that uses a Christian approach in solving poverty in the Philippines.
CFC has about 900,000 members, of which more than 800,000 are from the Philippines. CFC branches can be found in about 160 countries and territories throughout the world.
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What is Couples for Christ?
Couples for Christ (CFC) is a movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. The members have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another so that they may grow in maturity as men and women of God and fulfill their primary vocation of raising up families under the lordship of Jesus Christ and for the service of the Kingdom of God.
Couples for Christ is a work of Christ which raises up Christian couples and establishes Christian families committed to the work of evangelization, winning the world for Christ and Total Human Liberation through the power of the Holy Spirit.
It grows mainly through the establishment of localized units in different parishes.
WHERE AND HOW DID CFC BEGIN?
CFC began in 1981 in Manila, Philippines when a local Christian community tried a new approach in evangelizing married couples. The method used consisted of bringing together a small group of prospective couples in a private home. There they were brought to a living relationship with Jesus Christ and to renewal in the power of the Holy Spirit through a series of weekly informal discussions of the gospel in a social environment.
Soon, CFC became a Christian family life renewal program made available to parishes and groups of married couples who wished to live out their Christian life in an active supportive relationship with one another.
Through the years, CFC has blossomed into a worldwide ministry, becoming a major force for the renewal of the Christian family life and also of the church.
WHY SUCH MINISTRY?
It is God’s plan that the family be the basic unit of society. However, there are many forces in the world today that would, wittingly or unwittingly, destroy the very foundations of the family. CFC wants to rise in defense of the family, which is God’s work. CFC wants to bring God’s strength and light to those who are struggling to be truly Christian families in the modern world.
Through the years, CFC has blossomed into a worldwide ministry, becoming a major force for the renewal of Christian family life and also of the church.
HOW DOES CFC INTEND TO WORK FOR CHRISTIAN FAMILY RENEWAL?
- Individual renewal. Before one can consider the whole family, the husband and the wife first need to renew their commitment to God. CFC takes the basic message of Christianity and proclaims it anew so that those who hear it can make a renewed commitment to God in a way that will allow them to receive a fuller experience of the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
- Family renewal. As couples renew their commitment to God, they also renew their commitment to one another and to their Christian family life. Gradually, the new life that they find in the Lord filters down to all their family relationships.
- Church renewal. As individual families are renewed, they form a network of equally committed families that not only support one another but also strengthen the Church of which they are members.
WHO CAN BECOME MEMBERS OF CFC?
Any validly married Catholic couple can become members of CFC. Although a Catholic movement/organization, CFC remains open to having non-Catholic Christians as members. CFC draws its membership from all sectors of society, young and old, rich and poor, etc. CFC transcends all cultural, economic, educational, social and other distinctions.
HOW DOES A COUPLE BECOME A MEMBER OF CFC?
Those who want to join CFC go through a seminar that is called the Christian Life Program (CLP).