The Family International traces its origins in 1968 to Huntington Beach, California, where our founder, David Brandt Berg (1919-1994) together with his family began a ministry to the counterculture youth.
In late 1969, when the group had grown to about 100 members, it was dubbed the “Children of God” by the news media. By 1972 there were 130 communities of full-time members scattered throughout the world. In early 1978, the Children of God was reorganized and became known as the Family (International).
Throughout its history the movement underwent many changes in structure and methods. In 1995, a membership charter was adopted, which codified the beliefs, rights, and responsibilities of Family members and communities.
In 2010, the Family International adopted a new organizational model in order to better achieve our purpose of reaching the world with the gospel message, and to allow for greater diversity. Currently, TFI is organized as an online network.