January 2018 | Pasay City
Go... Reach the World!
“Seventh-day Adventist mission is centered on God’s loving gift of His Son to be the Savior of the world. We are to share this good news with all people... At its core is bearing witness through word and life in the power of the Holy Spirit” (Message, Mission and Unity of the Church, p. 455).
To date, the North Philippine Union Conference’s total membership count is 364,434 congregating in 1,487 churches, and 414 companies. On this regard, through the involvement of the workers and members in various ministries, we came up with the following report on membership growth through baptism, ratio of population to the number of churches/companies, ratio of membership to the population in each mission/conference territory.
The work of God in this earth can never be finished until the men and women comprising our church membership rally to the work and unite their efforts with those of ministers and church officers. The words “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,” Mark 16:15 are spoken to each one of Christ’s followers. All who are ordained unto the life of Christ are ordained to work for the salvation of their fellow men. The same longing of soul that He felt for the saving of the lost is to be manifest in them. Not all can fill the same place, but for all there is a place and a work. All upon whom God’s blessings have been bestowed are to respond by actual service; every gift is to be employed for the advancement of His kingdom. --Counsels for the Church, page 58.1,2.
From the table above our baptism in 2017 increased by 18.5%. The number of churches in 2011 to 2015 increased to 39, but from 2015 to 2017 it increased to 94. The membership ratio to baptism is 22:1. The ratio of membership to population is 1:157.
While there is an increase in the number of congregations, there are more people waiting to be reached; the disparity ratio between membership and baptism should be lessened.
The challenge is still: Go... Tell... Reach the World... Make Disciples... Seek and save the lost!
“As the rays of the sun penetrate to the remotest corners of the globe, so God designs that the light of the gospel shall extend to every soul upon the earth... His Kingdom will not come until the good tidings of His grace shall have been carried to all the earth...” (IHP 340, RH Nov 14, 1912).
Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.