The Southern California Christian Forum models itself after the Global Christian Forum. Our restructuring in 2015 sought to expand our reach as an ecumenical group by incorporating a broader range of Christian groups and movements that historically have remained outside the activities of the ecumenical movement. During this process, we discovered the Global Christian Forum, an ecumenical organization that was formed to do the very thing we sought to accomplish. The Global Christian Forum is the product of ecumenists around the world who have tried to engage churches and ministries that have previously refrained from participating in ecumenical settings for a variety of reasons. Their model allows for Christians from diverse backgrounds and confessions to engage each other through prayer and reflection on scripture as they share testimonies and address common concerns.
"To create an open space wherein representatives from a broad range of Christian churches and inter-church organizations, which confess the triune God and Jesus Christ as perfect in His divinity and humanity, can gather to foster mutual respect, to explore and address together common challenges.”
-Guiding Purpose Statement of the Global Christian Forum
The Global Christian Forum maintains loose connections with regional and local forums such as ours scattered throughout the world. The largest-scale expression of the movement is its Global Gatherings that are organized every few years. These gatherings are attended by hundreds of Christian leaders from diverse national and denominational contexts who then bring their ecumenical experience back to their homes.