In the early records of the Pentecostal movement it is abundantly clear that many of our forefathers and foremothers held to the theological and biblical tenants of peacemaking, non-violence and solidarity with the poor and dispossessed. At one point there was even talk about calling the saints together for a great Pentecostal Peace Council in light of looming World War I, but as far as we know, this event never took place.
It is in the Spirit of the early Pentecostals, the Mennonites of the Radical Reformation of the 16th century, and other peace-loving followers of Jesus throughout the history of the Church and back to the early Christians that we have determined to join together with other Pentecostals of similar conviction for the PURPOSE OF ORGANIZING a non-denominational fellowship of full-gospel, whole-life peace communities within the Pentecostal tradition to the end of offering mutual support in giving a clear, consistent peace witness to the world that is in desperate need of the Gospel of Peace.
This initiative also corresponds to the current situations, on one hand, of increasing domestic, racial, national and international violence, and on the other, to the problematic issue of patriarchal tendencies still persistent in church and society which privileges and protects males and, in doing so, contributes to violence against females. We feel the time has come for a return to the core gospel understanding of reconciliation which affirms Jesus as the Prince of Peace.