How We Got Started
In June of 1984, Rice Broocks, Al Manamtam, and Steve & Deborah Murrell led a team of sixty-five American university students on a one-month summer mission trip in Manila’s University Belt. After two weeks of evangelistic meetings at the Girls Scouts Auditorium, the new church moved into the basement of the Tandem Theater on Recto Avenue. At that time, the congregation consisted of about 150 high school and university students.
By 1986, the U-Belt congregation spread to Makati, then to Tuguegarao, Dagupan, Baguio, Los Baños, and other Philippine cities and abroad. Victory has sent Filipino campus ministers and church planters to serve as cross-cultural missionaries in Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Guam, India, Latvia, Malaysia, Russia, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. Besides these long-term missionaries, numerous short-term evangelism and medical teams have been sent to more than a dozen nations.
In March of 1994, Rice Broocks, Phil Bonasso, and Steve Murrell met in Manila, Philippines to explore ways to cooperate in church planting. This meeting resulted in the birthing of Every Nation Churches and Ministries, with Victory as one of the founding member churches.
That original group of 150 students in Manila’s U-Belt has grown to over 29,000 students, professionals, and families, who now worship in fourteen different venues around Metro Manila. Victory has also equipped and empowered over 3,500 small group discipleship leaders who meet weekly in coffee shops, homes, and offices all over the city for bible study, prayer, and fellowship.
Much of Victory’s growth and health can be attributed to these volunteers’ passion to live a life that honors God and makes disciples.
Why We Exist
Victory is a member of Every Nation Churches and Ministries family of churches and ministries. a worldwide movement of churches. As a member church, we subscribe to the Every Nation mission:
To honor God and establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.
Our mission describes why we exist, what we do, how we build and where we go.
1. WHY? To honor God.
Our starting point is the honor of God. Our goal is the honor of God. Our motive is the honor of God. The chief end of Victory is to “honor Him and enjoy Him forever.” This is foundational for understanding why we do what we do. It is all about Him, not us.
2. WHAT? To establish churches and campus ministries.
We are a church that is called to plant new churches and campus ministries that reach every major high school and college campus and every major city in the Philippines.
Every Nation churches and campus ministries are to be centered on Jesus Christ, not for any man, doctrine or experience to take center stage.
17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. Colossians 1:17, 18
Every Nation churches and campus ministries welcome and celebrate the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to empower us to live lives that honor God and become effective witnesses to our community.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
· Socially Responsible
Every Nation churches and campus ministries are to demonstrate Christ to the community and culture that they’re in.
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. Proverbs 14:31
“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’” Matthew 25:45
19“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19,20
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. Revelation 7:9
How We Build
Everything we do at Victory is built around our four core values.
1. Engage our culture and community
Because lost people are valuable to God, we must intentionally and strategically engage on culture and communities.
10While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
12On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Colossians 1:17, 18
2. Establish spiritual foundations
Because foundations are essential for spiritual growth, we must establish solid biblical foundations at the start of our spiritual journey.
38Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
40With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.Acts 2:38-41
3. Equip every member to minister
Because every member is called to be a minister, we must equip all believers in basic ministry skills. God’s word is the ultimate equipping tool.
11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
4. Empower all disciples
Because Jesus expect all disciples to make disciples, we must not only equip them, but also empower them to make disciples.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20
What We Believe
We adopt the following Statement of Faith, as agreed upon by the National Association of Evangelicals:
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the baptism with the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of spiritual gifts.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
We also embrace and adopt the Nicene Creed of AD325 and Chalcedon Creed of AD451.