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CDMA History
International Covenant Ministries was founded in 1997 by Dr. Creflo Dollar under the name Covenant Ministries International. After examining the structure of various ministry organizations, and the challenges facing many churches, he felt compelled to establish an organization that would serve as a "pool of resources" for ministries worldwide regardless of their denominational affiliations. Dr. Dollar's vision has always been to empower ministry gifts and their organizations with the resources they need to become all that God has ordained for them to be.

As we operate as one body in excellence, in faith and with integrity, we have purposed to come together in a covenant relationship to serve one another and maximize the visions of our ministries. We are committed to using the transforming power of God’s Word to affect change in all people and nations, ultimately making a mark that cannot be erased. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says "Two are better than one; because they have a good reward of their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken."

Covenant Affiliation
"Covenant Affiliation" is a phrase that accurately describes the heartbeat of CDMA. No minister or organization affliated with CDMA is without a spiritual "covering." No CDMA member ministry is alone or without support and guidance.

As far as Dr. Dollar is concerned, "Covenant is simply about helping people. It is about exchanging strengths for weaknesses until those weaknesses have been completely eliminated. It blesses me to provide other ministries with the tools they need to succeed. If only an International Covenant Ministries had existed when I started out in ministry! What a tremendous blessing it would have been to have access to the kinds of resources that CDMA now makes available to ministries around the globe. I would have avoided many pitfalls along the way. That's why I am so serious about the covenant relationship!"

For Dr. Creflo Dollar, excellence is a way of life. The dynamic founder of World Changers Church International (WCCI)—a global ministry organization anchored by the 23,500-member World Changers Church International in College Park, Georgia—insists on that standard in every area of ministry. The goal of his very existence is to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to people of every color and culture, literally changing the world one person at a time. The award-winning Changing Your World television broadcast, first aired in 1990, now reaches nearly one billion homes on a vast network of stations in practically every country in the world.

The Organization
There are many divisions and affiliates of WCCI that meet the diverse needs of people around the globe. WCCI, the church arm of the ministry, is situated in Metro-Atlanta but has members who commute from several surrounding states, such as Tennessee, South Carolina and Alabama. Dr. Dollar is known all over the world for a dynamic yet practical teaching style that has such an impact on people that they will make the drive. Creflo Dollar Ministries (CDM) hosts annual conventions in cities across the United States and serves Vision Partners in all 50 states and in almost every country in the world.

The Social Services arm of WCCI makes a daily investment in people's lives by meeting their physical, financial, emotional and spiritual needs through some 60 programs and ministries. Some of the innovations this visionary has implemented include the WCCI Career Center, where people receive the information, encouragement, training and practical assistance they need to obtain and maintain suitable employment, and where some 50 percent of referrals are hired; a food distribution facility, which provides over 60 tons of much-needed food to needy families annually; and the Joseph Project, a male mentoring program that provides a pathway out of despair for men whose lives have hit bottom. Dr. Dollar is the president of International Covenant Ministries (ICM), a covenant fellowship of affiliated ministries that strives to assist ministers, pastors, and churches large and small in the fulfillment of their God-given visions. Members have access to a long list of benefits, support services and ministry resources designed to optimize their effectiveness, including web site development, workshops and conferences on the "how-to's" of ministry, organizational structure and logistical support, and opportunities to network with like-minded men and women of God.

Humble Beginnings
Although he was "raised in the church," Dr. Dollar did not become born again until the summer after his freshman year at West Georgia College in Carrollton, Georgia. While visiting a Bible study on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Dr. Dollar gave his life to Christ. Despite the fact that he became born again, it was never Dr. Dollar's desire to become a minister; instead, he planned on becoming a professional football player. "There was never any doubt that one day I would [play pro ball]," he says. "God, however, had a different course for my life. I ended up getting injured and sitting on the bench for much of my college career."

Having put his plans on hold while his injury healed, Dr. Dollar decided to witness to students on campus. "I witnessed to a guy, and he became born again. Afterward, he brought back 10 more people. Before I knew it, Ken (his best friend and college roommate) and I were running a Bible study in our dorm room." This weekly Bible study was known as "World Changers Bible Study." The teachings captivated the attention of students who were in search of answers to life's questions, and attendance quickly grew to over 100 people. One of the students Dr. Dollar led to the Lord was Taffi Bolton, who became his wife five years later. He graduated in 1984 with a B.S. in Educational Therapy and promptly went to work at Brawner Psychiatric Institute in Atlanta. Although he was successful at counseling those in his care, Dr. Dollar knew that God had given him a clear assignment—to teach the Word with simplicity and understanding.

In 1986, a year before he left Brawner to enter into full-time ministry, Dr. Dollar officially founded World Changers Church International. Its first worship service was held in the cafeteria of Kathleen Mitchell Elementary School with only eight people in attendance. The location held a special significance for the budding ministry, as Dr. Dollar had been the first black male to integrate the school, where his mother once worked on the staff. They adopted Proverbs 4:7 as the church motto: "...in all thy getting, get understanding," and Dr. Dollar perfected his gift for taking the complex language and principles of the Bible and converting them into a practical form that simplified things for the listener. Within two years, the cafeteria could no longer hold those who attended the services, so the ministry began its search for a new location. It negotiated for and purchased the former Atlanta Christian Center Church in College Park, Georgia. WCCI held its first service in that facility in 1988.

The ministry continued to grow at a rapid pace over the next few years and had to hold four services each Sunday to accommodate the explosive membership growth. In 1991, WCCI broke ground to build a new sanctuary. Four short years later, on December 24, 1995, the leaders and members of World Changers Church International moved into the 8,500-seat dome-shaped sanctuary now known as the World Dome. Unlike any other structure in the community, this magnificent building was built by faith, at a cost of close to $20 million, and without one dollar of bank financing. To this day, the ministry continues to extol the virtues of debt-freedom, trusting God to initiate and complete new projects without the added burden of debt. The construction of the World Dome, by a growing church with only a few thousand dollars in the bank when the project began, remains a model that ministries all over the world continue to emulate, and a testament to the miracle-working power of God, when you trust Him as your source.

The church now has a congregation approaching 24,000 people, while approximately 350 employees staff the facilities of World Changers Ministries both at home and abroad. Within the six buildings on the main campus are: a state-of-the-art television studio; a computer graphic design suite; a publishing house; a high-tech music studio; a food distribution center; a large banquet facility; commercial cooking facilities; a daycare center; a Christian bookstore; an audio and video duplication center; and a professionally-staffed fitness facility. The spiritual growth experienced by WCCI members, WCCI employees and the hundreds of thousands of CDM partners worldwide proves that clarity and simplicity are still the hallmarks of Dr. Dollar's ministry. "Nothing blesses me quite like the testimonies of people whose lives have been changed by our ministry," says Dr. Dollar. "We have been entrusted with an awesome responsibility to share the good news with those who need it."

A Household Name
Dr. Dollar is a much sought-after conference speaker and a best-selling author, with hundreds of books, CDs, audiotapes and videotapes in worldwide distribution. Dr. Dollar has written books that cover a variety of topics, including debt-cancellation, healing, total life prosperity, prayer, marriage, child-rearing, the Christian family and victorious living. Many of his past works, including The Anointing to Live, Understanding God's Purpose for the Anointing and The Divine Order of Faith, have been added to the curricula of Christian colleges across the United States. His latest releases, The Image of Righteousness, Lord Teach Me How to Love and No More Debt! have received very positive reviews both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Dollar has also collaborated with his wife of over 25 years, Taffi Dollar, on a comprehensive reference book for the 21st Century family entitled The Successful Family. Divided into six sections with an exhaustive list of recommended resources and six corresponding study guides for individual or group study, it tackles the most common problems facing families and provides them with sound, practical solutions and proven principles for success. In addition, Dr. Dollar is the publisher of Changing Your World Magazine, a monthly publication with over 50,000 subscribers and The Reservoir, a quarterly resource magazine for ministers and ministry leaders.

A Leader Among Men
Recognized for his cutting-edge revelation and humorous, pragmatic approach, Dr. Dollar received an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Oral Roberts University (ORU) in 1998 and serves on the Board of Regents there. His teachings have enabled thousands to experience restoration, healing and financial breakthrough as a result of applying simple biblical principles to their lives.

In addition to his ministry accomplishments, Dr. Dollar has also experienced success as a businessman and entrepreneur. In 1998, he assisted his wife in establishing a gospel music record company, Arrow Records, where Mrs. Dollar serves as Chief Executive Officer. The goal of Arrow Records, whose motto is "Music that Pierces the Heart," is to promote gospel music with strong, scriptural lyrics in a variety of musical styles. Award-winning artists on the label include Ann Nesby, Jeff Sparks, and Shonlock

Dr. Dollar can be seen and heard worldwide via the dynamic Changing Your World broadcast, now the most popular ministry program on television. He also maintains an extensive schedule of partner meetings, conventions and speaking engagements in locations that span the globe each year. "When I see all of the people in this world who are hurting, it just motivates me to do more," he says. "The job is not done until every single person on the planet has been exposed to this gospel." With offices in the United States, Australia, the Republic of South Africa, Nigeria and the United Kingdom, and several more scheduled to open in the next few years, Dr. Creflo A. Dollar is truly setting the standard for excellence in ministry, and making a mark in the lives of millions that can never be erased!

 
 
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