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 in Metro Manila:
Victory Christian Fellowship (VCF) currently has 51 churches in the Philippines, with thirteen in Metro Manila and thirty-eight in various provinces around the country. Steve Murell is the senior pastor of Victory Christian Fellowship, as well as being overall president of the EveryNation group of ministries. As of 2008, more than 34,000 people attend the worship services in Victory in Metro Manila alone.
“HONOR GOD and MAKE DISCIPLES”
Jesus Is Lord Church (JIL) is a Pentecostal 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
“A Glorious Church evangelizing and discipling Filipinos and all the peoples of the world through teaching, preaching and living-out the full Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
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.
“Making Committed followers of Jesus.”
“KNOW CHRIST and MAKE HIM KNOWN”
Bread of Life Ministries International (BOL) was founded by Rev. Butch L. Conde. The church is composed of the central church in Metro Manila, outreaches in urban centers in the Philippines and overseas congregations in Asia, North America and Europe. The central church has sites in QC, Makati & Valenzuela with weekly attendance of around 15,000
other mega-churches are: Word of Hope Christian Family Church, Cathedral of Praise, Word for the World Christian Fellowship, World International Ministries. . .
- 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.