Our Fellowship History

The Early Days

The Potter's House Christian Fellowship is a Christian Pentecostal church organization founded by Pastor Wayman Mitchell in Prescott, Arizona in 1970. The official organization title is Christian Fellowship Ministries or CFM. The Potter's House is a Pentecostal bible-based fellowship of 1,744 churches in 112 nations throughout the world with 61 ministering evangelists. The first Potter's House church in Australia was established in Perth, Western Australia in 1978 and since that time have sent dozens of ministry couples to establish 201 directly related churches in many countries around the world. The name of the church is a reference to chapter 18 of the book of Jeremiah, from the Bible, verses 1-3.

Jesus People movement

The Potter's House has its roots in the Jesus People Movement, a Christian revival that occurred in America in the early 1970s. Wayman Mitchell originally began his churches under the affiliation of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and continued this affiliation until a disagreement with church leaders on ordination requirements for new ministers. Mitchell believed that a new pastor should be trained through discipleship in their local church rather than external Bible colleges. By the mid-1980s Mitchell had a following of over a hundred newly established churches, pastored by men who had been trained under him and sent out to minister after a period of discipleship.

The Potters House

TIn 1985, Mitchell gave up his official affiliation with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and took up a practice under Christian Fellowship Ministries (C.F.M.), the church he had established in Prescott. Potter's House Christian Fellowship is a Pentecostal church. Followers believe in the inerrancy of the Bible, with a particular focus on training and discipleship, along with an emphasis on building relationships in the church. There are specific standards of personal conduct for those serving in the ministry. Much of the official Potters House doctrine adheres to the book "The Foundations of Pentecostal Theology" written by two Foursquare ministers, and published by L. I. F. E. Bible College.

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