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Edit: One member in C3 Leadership have confirmed that the ‘school’ existed. It was stated,

“.. International School of the Church was run at C3 Church for Church planters, I actually lectured in it – it is still advertised in some of Ps Phil’s books if they were published when it was in operation.”

“… we definitely had an ISOC- just how long it ran I am not sure of.”

We speculate that it may not exist now. Many other C3 leaders do not know it ever existed.

Phil Pringle released a new book last year called ‘Hope’ in 2011. At the book is a segment about the author. Philip Andrew Pringle writes (emphasis mine),

“He [Pringle] has overseen the planting of new churches in major cities throughout the world. Today, there are more than 300 C3 Churches around the globe, which collectively make up C3 Church Global, with a combined membership of more than 75,000. In addition to its renowned teaching ministry, C3 has an internationally acclaimed, accredited education program that includes kindergarten through high school, and offers baccalaureate degrees in disciplines that include:

  • The School of Ministry, which trains ministers and develops powerful ministries.
  • The School of Creative Arts, focusing in all disciplines of the arts.
  • The Pastoral Care and Counseling College.
  • The International School of the Church, which trains pastors and teams to plant churches and take the Word of God to new levels of growth.” – Phil Pringle, Hope, About The Author, 2011.

We’ve already discussed Pringle’s false information regarding that his colleges provide “baccalaureate degrees”:

About Phil Pringle: Well The Author Is Confusing & Misleading About His Colleges

Pringle says that “baccalaureate degrees” are offered to students in his ‘International School of the Church’ (ISC). But this is a problem.

The ‘International School of the Church’ does not seem to exist. The ‘International School of the Church’ is mentioned in his book online, “Top 10 Qualities Of A Great Leader” (emphasis mine).

“Ministries of Christian City Church include: School of Creative Arts, Pastoral Care and Counseling College, the International School of the Church, Jesus Television, and Seam of Gold Recording.” – Top 10 Qualities Of A Great Leader, http://books.google.com.au/books/about/Top_10_Qualities_of_a_Great_Leader.html?id=rJDrhB-05twC&redir_esc=y, (Accessed 07/02/2012).

And in the book itself (emphasis mine),

“Christian City Church Oxford Falls has a School of Ministry, developing powerful ministries for the future; a School of Creative Arts, developing ministries in the Arts; Pastoral Care and Counselling College; the International School of the Church, which trains pastors and teams to plant churches and take the churches to new levels of growth; a business course…” – Top 10 Qualities Of A Great Leader, 2007.

It is also mentioned online here (emphasis mine),

“Ministries of Christian City Church include: School of Creative Arts, Pastoral Care and Counseling College, the International School of the Church, Jesus Television, and Seam of Gold Recording.” – Top 10 Qualities of a Great Leader, Books Express, Biographical Note, http://www.books-express.ro/book/9781577949398/Top-10-Qualities-of-a-Great-Leader.html. (Accessed 08/02/2012)

And on this website as well (emphasis mine),

“Ministries of Christian City Church include: School of Creative Arts, Pastoral Care and Counseling College, the International School of the Church, Jesus Television, and Seam of Gold Recording.” – Top 10 Qualities of a Great Leader, eCampus, Author Biography, http://www.ecampus.com/top-10-qualities-great-leader-pringle-phil/bk/9781577949398. (Accessed 08/02/2012)

It is also mentioned in this online Harrison House Spring 09 catalogue (emphasis mine),

“DR. PHIL PRINGLE is an author, songwriter, artist, and Senior Minister of one of Australia’s fastest growing churches, Christian City Church in Oxford Falls, Australia, with over 4,000 members. Dr Pringle also oversees approximately 200 churches worldwide that make up Christian City Church International. Ministries of Christian City Church include: School of Creative Arts, Pastoral Care and Counseling College, the International School of the Church, Jesus Television, and Seam of Gold Recording. Pastor Pringle has spent over 30 years as a pastor, trainer, and leader, sending out hundreds of ministers to plant churches in major cities of the world.” - Harrison House Spring09 Catalogue, 2009. (Emphasis mine)

All we came across in our 11 hour search was Pringle promoting his ‘International School of the Church’. Above is all the information we could find. We don’t know where Phil Pringle’s school exists.

THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL IS NOT PROMOTED AT C3 COLLEGES

I personally attended the C3 College for three years from 2007 to 2009. Not once was the ISC ever promoted. Not once did I ever hear about it, (which is unusual for C3 not to market to international students in their colleges). This ISC does not exist at C3 or on the internet.

We encourage people to search for “International School of the Church” on the web. It can’t be found.

We can only come to 2 conclusions.

1. Phil Pringle promotes himself with this made up school. Or

2. The ISC has been renamed something else.

If the second option was true, then their would be some notification through the web or at the C3 College that there was a name change. We have found no information to say this has happened. I personally asked a C3 leader in the movement if they have heard of the ISC. They haven’t.

Even a C3 College lecturer is not aware of Pringle’s ‘International School of the Church’. Therefore, we are led to believe that the “International School of the Church” does not exist.