Biyernes, Nobyembre 25, 2011


Filipino artistic expression + Christian faith + KBP requirement + musically-gifted individuals = PAPURI!
The 1970’s marked the period of westernization of Philippine music and Christianity with the proliferation of international singing groups, English hymns and Gospel songs.
To curb the looming foreign takeover of the Philippine music scene, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) issued a directive to all radio networks to air Original Pilipino music beginning in 1977. Far East Broadcasting Company initially complied with the KBP ruling by playing Filipino adaptations of Gospel songs. But because of the scarcity of materials, it was quickly axed. Evidently, something more Filipino was needed.
Enter FEBC’s Hymnody Project in 1978. With American missionary Dr. Gordon England at the helm, it began developing music that was truly Christian and uniquely Filipino. Together with 15 young men and women involved in the music ministry, Dr. England started the first all-Filipino original Christian music project. Sixteen songs were selected. Some were already known and widely used in churches while some were freshly written.
While meditating on the first chapter of Ephesians, Mr. Efren Pallorina, then 702 DZAS station manager, was able to coin the name PAPURI!, the Tagalog word for praise, for the project. He also developed the concept of three C’s of putting the project together as a bundle—producing a cassette album, publishing a chordbook and mounting a live concert.
The first PAPURI! concert was held at the jampacked Philamlife Theater on UN Avenue, Manila on October 26, 1979. From then on, PAPURI! was positioned as FEBC’s music arm and a handmaid of the Church on the air and in public.
Over the years, the original three Cs of PAPURI!—cassette, chordbook, concert—have expanded to include another C, church promotions, whose purpose is to introduce and encourage the use of original Pilipino music in their worship, fellowship and evangelism programs.


Biyernes, Nobyembre 18, 2011

Mega-churches and Senior pastors in the Philippines

The Philippines has been one of the world’s hot spots for church growth. Although in the first seventy years after Protestant Christianity reached these islands in 1898 only 5,000 churches were established, in the last twenty-five years a further 22,000 have begun. While the average size of a church in Manila is about 100, a number of mega-churches have sprung up with congregations numbering in the thousands.
The term megachurch is the name given to a cluster of very large, Protestant/Born-Again Christian congregations, that share several distinctive characteristics. Here are some mega-churches that also have its other congregation worldwide:

Jesus Is Lord Church (JIL) is a Pentecostal charismatic movement in the Philippines  headed by founder Bro. Eddie Villanueva. The Jesus Is Lord Church was called the Jesus is Lord Fellowship when Villanueva started it with 15 members in 1978. In 2008, it had 6 million members in 10,000 local congregations in 44 countries. In the Philippines, it reached 4000 barangays in 85 provinces and 1,000 cities. 
Founded: 1978
Total members: 6,000,000

Greenhills Christian Fellowship (GCF) is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, English-speaking megachurch whose main congregation is located at Ortigas. It was a Baptist megachurch founded by David and Patty Jo Yount of Conservative Baptist Association of America in 1978. Dr. Larry Pabiona is the current senior pastor of GCF when Dr. Luis Pantoja passed away in 2010 due to massive heart attack. 
Founded: 1978
Total members: 7,000

Bread of Life Ministries International (BOL) was founded by Rev. Butch L. Conde. It was started in the early 1980's as a half-way house for prostitutes in Olongapo City, until they expanded together with 12 people, including Rev. Conde, to start a new church in Marynoll College (now Miriam College), offered its auditorium to launch the first service gatherings on November 1982, and its church rapidly growth from 120 to 30,000 members overall in the congregations in the Philippines and overseas congregations in Asia, North America, Middle East and Europe. BOL is slightly different from all Christian churches in the country, because the leaders of the church teaches not only on spiritual needs and Heaven's promise, but also they teach intelligence, moral, physical, excellence, nation building and love for country.
Founded: 1982
Total members: 30,000

Christ’s Commission Fellowship (CCF) is a thriving church of approximately 25,000 believers, with worship and bible study centers in major cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, plus one in Singapore. The fellowship is composed of and led by lay men and women, actively involved in small groups, in homes, communities, and workplaces. It was started in 1984 by Rev. Peter Tan Chi, as they started as Bible studies in Cainta, Rizal, until they expanded by the businessmen attended the Bibly studies to gather at Asian Institute of Management to launch CCF's first service until they grow into thousands of believers.
Founded: 1984
Total members: 26,000

Victory Christian Fellowship (VCF or Victory)  has 51 churches  in the Philippines, with thirteen in Metro Manila and thirty-eight in various provinces around the country. Rev. Steve Murell is the senior pastor of Victory Christian Fellowship, as well as being overall president of the Every Nation group of ministries. As of 2008, more than 34,000 people attend the worship services in Victory in Metro Manila alone. Victory has local congregations in the Philippines. Also, attended by some TV personalities and political icons.
Founded: 1985
Total members: 34,500

Day by Day Christian Ministries (DBD) was founded on June 6, 1985 in RiyadhSaudi Arabia as a small fellowship of OFWs. But the start of the growth of the organization was in 1990s, when they had the organization set foot in the Philippines. Currently the organization is still doing missions within the Philippines and in Arab countries. The senior pastor is Ptr. Ed Lapiz.
Founded: 1985
Total members: Not counted members

Other mega-churches are
Word of Hope Christian Family Church
Cathedral of Praise
Lord of the Nations Ministries
Word for the World Christian Fellowship
World International Ministries
New Life Christian Center
  • Mega churches are mega churches because of who the leaders are, the vision they cast before their members and their ability to make spirituality real to their members.
  • but Mega-Church will never be much bigger unless Small Group is emphasized so that the fellowship of the Brethren will remain even though you are big enough.
  • Healthy churches grow its natural as they take care of their members for their spiritual growth.
Bro. Eddie Villanueva (JIL)
Pastor Butch Conde (BOL)

Pastor Peter Tanchi (CCF)

Pastor Steve Murrell (VCF)