Getting To Know THE IGLESIA NI CRISTO (Church of Christ)
The Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) is a Christian religion whose primary purpose is to serve and worship the Almighty God based on His teachings recorded in the Bible. It is not a denomination or sect. It is neither affiliated to any federation or religious bodies nor itself an assembly of smaller churches or religious organizations.
This Church is for everyone who heeds the call of God and embraces its faith - regardless of one's race, nationality, cultural background, social standing, economic status and educational attainment.
The Iglesia Ni Cristo was preached by Brother Felix Y. Manalo, God's Messenger in these last days, and was registered in the Philippines on July 27, 1914. From its first local congregation in Punta, Sta. Ana, Manila, the Church quickly spread not only throughout the metropolis but also to the neighboring provinces in Luzon and across the islands of Visayas and Mindanao. When Brother Felix Manalo was laid to rest in April 1963, the Church had already established ecclesiastical districts in more than half of all the provinces in the county.
In 1968, the Church, led by Brother Erano G. Manalo, the Executive Minister then, successively established the first two local congregations outside the Philippines - Honolulo, Hawaii and San Francisco, California in the USA. Thus began the Church's expansion in the Far West and eventually around the world.
From then up to the end of the 70's, the Church went on to spread throughout the continents of North America (establishing, local congregations and group worship services (GWS) in other states and territories, such as New York and Guam in 1969, and Canada in 1971); Europe (the first local congregation, London (now Battersea), was established in 1972); Aurstralis, mid-'70's; Asia (china, by way of Hongkong in 1974; Thailand in 1976; and Japan in 1977); and Africa (Nigeria and South Africa in 1978).
By the end of the '80s, there were local congregations and GWS in the Scandinavian countries and their neighbors.
The first local congregation in Latin America was established in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1990. Congregations were also established in world cities that are of great relevance to the history of Christianity in Rome, Italy on July 27, 1994; Jerusalem, Israel on March 31, 1996 and Athens, Greece on May 10, 1977.
At the dawn of the new millennium, the Church's mission reach South America with the establishment of Group Worship Service (GWS) in Brazil and Peru. Before Brother Erano Manalo was laid to rest on August 31, 2009, the Church had been spreading continuously in different parts of the world.
CENTENNIAL AND BEYOND
Through the leadership of its present Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, the Church continues to progress and succeed. Its membership has been constantly increasing . Thousands of ministers and Church officers are being added worldwide. The construction and renovation of houses of worship, Church edifices, and other structures also continue, not only in the Philippines but also in other countries. The houses of worship, Church edifices, and other structures also continue, not only in the Philippines but also in other countries. The houses of worship in Washington, DC; Barcelona, Spain; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands are just a few of those outside the Philippines that were dedicated to God in recent years, thus strengthening the Church's presence in the other countries worldwide.
On July 21, 2014, the Iglesia ni Cristo inaugurated the Philippines Arena, currently the world's "largest mixed-use indoor theater ." This megastructure tha sits in ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan was the venue of the Church's grand centennial celebration held on July 27, 2014, which was attended by millions of its members from all over the world.
CONTACT Iglesia Ni Cristo
INC Central Office
No.1 Central Ave, New Era,
Quezon City 1107 Philippines
Tel No. (632) 981-4311, Fax No. (632) 981 -4333
United States Main Office
770 Airport Boulevard
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
Tel. No. (650) 581 - 5555, Fax No. (650) 548 - 1128
Europe Main Office
79 Staines Road West Sunbury-on-Thames
TW167AH, United Kingdom
Tel. No. (0044-193) 275-5422
Fax No. (0044-193) 275 -5467
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Channel 49 (Philippine Free TV) and available also in 500 Philippine cable TV stations; DirectTV in the USA; and through Android and iOS applications, www.smartpinoytv.com and www.digitalpinoy.net in subscription based IPTV
DZEM 954 kHz in Philippine AM Radio;
Download the mobile app in your Android and iOS device
The Pasugo: God's Message magazine, the official monthly magazine of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ)
www.iglesianicristo.net and incmedia.org, the official websites of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ). Sign up for weekly updates.
Here's a video of Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) Centennial Documentary which tells about the humble beginnings of the church,the messenger in these last days, the early members of the church, the persecutions it has undergone and surpassed, the growth and expansions of the church, the houses of worship built around the world, the growing numbers of people converting to INC and the amazing successes of the church until the present time.