Frequently Asked Questions
Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries identifies as "neo-Apostolic." What does this mean?
"Neo-Apostolic" is a designation Apostle Marino came up with to define the experience of work as conveyed in this ministry. It wasa given to her by God a few years back to describe the work. Neo-Apostolic means "new apostolic" and explains that we are apostolic for a new era. We respect the various traditions of faith that have gone before us, recognizing their relevance as expressions of faith throughout the ages. Rather than reject whatever has come first, we choose to learn from it, embrace what is relevant, and update our worship styles, understanding, and interpretation for our current era. We seek to be relevant now; to hear what God is saying to us now; and incorporate Biblical knowledge, understanding, and wisdom as the Spirit blows through our churches and experiences today.
What is an inclusive ministry?
Inclusivity is a basic Gospel principle that is often difficult for people to explain piece by piece. In a general sense, an inclusive ministry is one that is welcome and open to everybody. This becomes problematic, however, because many ministries claim that anyone is welcome, but they do not uphold this precept. Once someone comes to a ministry who is different, they spend their time trying to conform and make that person like everyone else. If someone comes along who has a situation outside the “norm,” such as a specific disability or condition that sets them apart from everyone else, many ministries are unable to accommodate the special circumstances and needs that such an individual might have. Even though ministries might claim to welcome everyone, the cold, hard truth is that many do not embody this principle. Their own limited understandings, lack of education, and sometimes lack of Biblical perspective limit ministries in their interests of inclusivity and understanding where others are coming from. This is not taught to congregations and, in process, Christian ministries are often thoroughly trained against principles of inclusion, rather than on being inclusive.
To us at AFIM, inclusion is simple: we make room for anyone and everyone that is a “whosoever” and desires to be a part of our ministry. We welcome anyone from any walk of life, and we make special consideration for any and all who are different. This includes, but is not limited to, those of the LGBTQ+ community, minorities, indigenous communities, immigrants and refugees, individuals who are classified as more liberal in politics or ideals, individuals with disabilities, families with disabled family members, women, the disenfranchised, and those who might have ideas or concepts about spiritual matters that they are trying to sort out. In inclusion, it’s not our position to jump all over you, but to walk with you, show you the way, and be here for you, every step of the journey.
We are here to pray with and for you, to teach and show you God’s way that can enhance and better your own life, and to love you as a human being. If you have any questions about what you hear or see or would like more thorough information, just ask and we’ll make sure your questions are answered. Also, if there is some way that we can make your walk easier or we can make your participation with our church more comfortable, let us know. We are welcoming, embracing, and inclusive. We are here for you!
How can I get in contact with Apostle Marino?
Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries is not at liberty to give out Apostle Marino's personal contact information. If you have something you would like directed to Apostle, send your message to the ministry and we will direct it as needed.
I want Apostle Marino to speak at my event. How can I arrange this?
Contact us at Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries about your event and the specifications of it and we will process your request. For specific information, please contact our office at (919) 397-9122.
What is Apostle's honorarium?
For events within the United States, Apostle requires her hotel and travel accommodations be covered. She also requires the inviting church or ministry to provide a love offering (at least $200) and a table where related items may be sold.
I am in a foreign country. Will Apostle come and speak at my event?
Apostle Marino will travel to a foreign country at the expense of the ministry who invites her. She will not travel to a nation where safety may be in question and security cannot be gauranteed. Hotel, airfare, and a love offering of at least $500 must be provided. If you are unable to meet these requirements, please save our time and yours and do not flood the ministry inbox accounts with requests for Apostle to travel at her own expense to your nation or to nations that are unstable or unsafe.
I live outside the United States. I need a sponsor to enter the country because I feel called to live and preach there. Can Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries sponsor me?
Neither Apostle Marino nor Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries serve as sponsors for foreign ministers and preachers to come to the US.
How can I speak for one of Apostle's events?
Speakers selected for Apostle Marino's events are by invitation only. She does not accept requests for speakers at her event. Those who are invited to speak are invited by the Lord's direction.
I want Apostle to be my covering. How can this happen?
If you are drawn of the Lord to be covered by Apostle, please read more about it on the "About Us" page and our "Apostolic Fellowship International" page, keeping in mind the following: those who are covered by this ministry are required to tithe or give regularly, required to go through Apostolic University Seminary's program for ordination, and maintain regular communication with Apostle. If you think, based on these requirements and after seeking God, that you would be a good fit for covering with Apostle, feel free to contact our office.
How can we get a donation from Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries or from Apostle?
Neither Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries nor Apostle Marino receive solicitation requests for money. We give as the Lord leads, not as we are sent emails. Please save our time and yours and do not flood the ministry inbox accounts with requests for money because we will not answer them.
How can we get copies of Apostle's books or teachings?
Our complete ministry catalog contains Apostle Marino's available teachings. You can purchase from the links on our e-Store found on this site. You can also purchase Apostle's book and download several teachings through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and numerous other sites on the internet.
Is Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries doctrinally apostolic?
We are not a part of the apostolic churches that are based on extensive rules and regulations as pertain to salvation, but we do consider ourselves to be New Testament believers, ascribing to maintain our faith in a modern context. We are apostolic in doctrine, and Pentecostal in experience.
Is Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries a "King James Bible only" ministry?
No. As can be seen by our Bible quotations found throughout this website, Apostle uses a number of different translations, including the King James Version on occasion, but not exclusively. Other translations Apostle uses frequently include the New International Version, The Amplified Bible, The Living Bible, The Message Bible, and The New Revised Standard.