Pastors and leaders from different evangelical churches in Metro Manila joined us at our Discipleship Summits for 2015 last March 26 and May 21. As one church, we shared to the Body of Christ what helped us make disciples the past thirty years. God has been faithful to enable us to come up with different ways to preach the gospel and develop leaders who will, in turn, make disciples.
Our first Discipleship Summit was held at the Victory Ortigas center in Robinson’s Galleria in Pasig City, while the Every Nation Building housed the Taguig Discipleship Summit.
Because we know that we are better together, we took the opportunity to serve the Body of Christ by sharing tested methods on how to reach our communities and nations with the gospel. With the vision of making disciples as our focus, we discussed important principles of discipleship, including having a vision for the multitudes, why discipleship is an important mandate for churches, building the right biblical foundations, and the dynamics of small groups.
“(I was reminded of) what was in the heart of God for His people, His church, and the lost.” Renee Kern, a church administrator from Hope of God Manila, shared. Since her involvement in the first Discipleship Summit, they have taken active steps in applying what they’ve learned. “We are now training people in discipling others. Because of doing intensive discipleship and training people, a number of new Life Groups has emerged.”
Pastors Dan and Jean Parilla of the JCA God Most High Church also recounted their experience in the Summit. “The Great Commission must be part of every church member’s DNA,” they shared. Pastor Conrado Santos of Ministries of Jesus Christ International also agreed with this. “(As leaders, we must) not doubt that (everyone) can make disciples, even if they’re new. We need to trust that they can be used by God.”
Two more discipleship summits are scheduled for 2015 throughout Metro Manila. As we lock arms together as one Body, we are excited to witness growth in churches throughout Metro Manila and the Philippines!