Victory Greenhill’s State of the Church Address
It is exactly 2 years and 7 months when we started our church in Greenhills. We have survived, enjoyed and seen the tremendous growth God has given us as a church. I still see the miracle of God’s mighty hand moving in our church week in, week out. We have seen marriages restored, young people saying no to pre-marital sex and drugs, people being delivered from demons and demonic oppressions, families getting saved, people receiving financial breakthrough and the greatest miracle of all – hundreds of people saved by the grace of God in the past 2 years. The sacrifice and hardwork of our Victory group leaders, volunteers and my fellow pastoral team is something I am truly amazed with. God has been good to me and my family. Leading and pastoring this church has been a source of joy and encouragement to me. Thank you for loving Jesus and His church.
I could still remember the early days of the church when 80 volunteers from the Fort decided to help out in the church plant. We were men and women of passion with one goal and vision: to honor God and make disciples. Almost all of us were clueless on how to run a church. I was clueless. Our volunteers were clueless but it didn’t matter – we learned along the way.
There were days when we start the church and the worship team comes up and the place is empty. I would pray those desperate prayers -“Lord please touch the shoppers to go to church today”. But we persevered through prayer, commitment and dedication.
The first two years of church in Greenhills was predominantly trying to break the missional/ culture code of the city. How do we effectively reach the people of San Juan? How do we create an impact as a church in this small city of 100,000 people. After being immersed in the city, its people and its culture, we have made headways in cracking the code here in San Juan.
From 300+ people in the first few months of church, we have grown to an average of 1200 people attending church. Out of 1100+ people regularly attending, 200+ of those are leading their own Victory groups.
We also started our Wednesday service that caters to the people working in San Juan and in a few more months we anticipate to start a 2nd Wednesday service. Pastor Jayson and Chinkee are doing a great job in leading our Wednesday service.
We also recently launched our high school ministry led by our campus workers Pastor Bojo, Joash and Ethel who are doing a tremendous job in engaging the next generation of leaders in our community. We have seen an influx of La Salle students and OB Montessori kids come to our events, some getting saved and others being part of victory groups.
Our children and kid’s church is always experiencing tremendous growth. During the pre-conference, one of the speakers shared about a new move God is doing and it is among the 4 to 14 years old. Pastor Larry and the whole kids church teachers (100+) of them are excited for the next season of our kids ministry.
After reading the book ACCIDENTAL MISSIONARY by Pastor Steve Murrell and attending the 3 day EN2010 world conference I sense a new season that our church is entering into. I believe it is a season to break the discipleship code of our city.
We are all about HONORING GOD and MAKING DISCIPLES. This has and should always be the reason why we exists as a church. With the current growth of the church and with new leaders being raised up, I sense we need as a church to raise up our discipleship to the next level.
The pastoral team of Victory Greenhills are excited with the new season we are entering into. More companies are opening up, new people are being added, unchurched people are hearing the gospel for the first time. Now is the not the time to relax. Now we respond to the GREAT COMMISSION Jesus commanded us to do:
MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS.
In light of this, as your pastors, we are commanded by the Bible to equip the saints to do the works of the ministry. We are committed to help you, guide you and mentor you to be the disciples Christ has called us to be. In Ephesians 4:11-12 the Bible outlines the role of the pastors in church:
Eph. 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
Eph. 4:12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
Eph. 4:13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
To all our Victory Group leaders – thank you for your commitment to love Jesus, love His church and His people. Let us continue to work in joy and in the power of the Holy Spirit.