What is Filipus
Filipus is a monastic, missional community that trains Turks and Turkish speaking believers for ministry in Turkey and in the nations.
Filipus is not a school. It's a family, a brotherhood committed to Christ, to each other and to a way of life.
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; yoksullara müjde iletmek için meshetti.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, yaralarını sarmak için,
To proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners;, zindanlarda bulunanlara kurtulacaklarını,
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord ...
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified."
A Monastic ...
Since the fourth century, Christians have been committing to intentional community and to a lifestyle of prayer, study and service. This “monastic” tradition had a significant beginning in central Turkey (Anatolia), and such men and woman were a blessing to their neighborhoods, their cities and even their nations. We join in their legacy by also committing ourselves to community, to God, and to a way of life. Intentional community and to a lifestyle of prayer, study and service This “monastic” tradition had a significant beginning in central Turkey (Anatolia), and such men and woman were blessing to their neighborhoods, their cities and even their nations to community, God and to a way of life.
That way of life is represented by the vows Filipus students take every year. These vows are lifelong commitments made to God and to one another. They clarify the significance of graduating the Filipus program and entering Christian ministry.
Will you commit to disciplined prayer for one another, for your church, for your people, and for the nations in the knowledge that prayer is an essential part of a life of dedication to God?
Understanding that ministry is a privilege from God, will you serve according to your gifts and calling in the work of making disciples of all nations, submitting yourself to the church and rejecting the temptations of pride and self-centeredness?
For the transformation of your heart and as an expression of loving God with all of your mind, will you study the Bible and commit to a life of study in fields which will support the call of the church?
Will you commit to being a blessing to the church, choosing a communal rather than an individualistic life, forgiving your brothers and sisters and living in peace with others?
Will you commit to a life of faithfulness to your leaders, to your church, and to the Lord?
Upon graduation, we give students rings instead of diplomas. We think that a diploma is a symbol of accomplishment, while a ring is a symbol of commitment. Students come to Filipus, not for a qualification, but to be equipped for a way of living and become a lifelong member of the Filipus brotherhood.
... and Missional Community
We believe it is the mission of God's church to make disciples, to reveal the goodness, the justice, the power, and the love of God to our neighbors, our cities, our nations and our world. It's our responsibility to represent Christ, and share his love in such a way that people are compelled to know and follow him.
Filipus teaches and lives out this vision, praying to see a missions movement born out of the Turkish church, one that reaches into the surrounding countries, Central Asia, and beyond.
A Few Weeks Serving In Country
Students spend several weeks all working at different churches or ministries around Turkey. Ministries around the country have come to count on Filipus students coming and interning for 6 weeks a year. It's both an opportunity for our students to be a blessing, to sow some of the vision they've gained while at Filipus into other ministries, and a chance for them to get practical experience, serve under another leader, and be a part of a different team.
A Few Weeks Serving Abroad
It's our vision to see the Turkish church making disciples in Central Asia, the Middle East, and around the world. In order that Filipus students might catch God's heart for the nations and experience his goodness in a foreign place, every year Filipus spends a few weeks abroad, partnering with God's church and sharing his good news.