Iglesia Ni Cristo turns 97 today

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Iglesia Ni Cristo house of worship in Minchinbury
Iglesia Ni Cristo house of worship in Minchinbury

The Iglesia Ni Cristo turns 97 today, with members gathering on different days of the week in their respective places of worship for thanksgiving worship.

In Sydney, thousands of INC members gathered Saturday July 23 at the Sydney Town Hall to commemorate the occasion, this website has gathered. Members in other states are also reported to hold separate gatherings in their capital cities.

The first INC Australian congregation was established in Sydney in November 1976 with a handful of INC faithfuls holding worship services in Sydney’s YMCA Hall. The Sydney congregation has since moved to Carlingford, giving “birth” to eight other congregations in Metro Sydney.

The religious group, currently headed by Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, has congregations in 96 countries and territories including Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Tonga.

Two years ago, the Philippine government enacted Republic Act 9645 designating July 27 of every year as Iglesia Ni Cristo Day. The Act decrees the observance of the INC’s foundation day as a national holiday in recognition of the founding anniversary of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in the Philippines.

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2 Responses to Iglesia Ni Cristo turns 97 today

  1. Tom Baena

    Happy 97th Anniversary to the INC.

  2. Leafar Susej

    The Church of Christ (2009-2011): The Iglesia ni Cristo on the first two years of Bro. Eduardo Manalo Administration

    The Church can now be found on 98 countries and territories around the 6 habitable continents around the world, composing of millions of members from 106 different nationalities.

    In just 2 years,

    204 new chapels built around the world.
    7 ecclesiastical districts formed (Metro Manila Central, Metro Manila West, Bulacan South/North, Eastern Canada, Western Canada, Northeast Asia, and Southeast Asia).
    66 new local congregations established.
    18 new extensions.
    More than 40 huge properties acquired outside the Philippines.
    806 new ordained ministers
    Regular pastoral visitations of the Executive Minister around the world where he already visited 19 countries.
    New district offices such as Europe Main Office in London, UK; Eastern Canada District Office in Toronto, Canada; Northeast Asia District Office in Tokyo, Japan; Northeastern Seaboard District Office in Washington DC, USA.
    Groundbreaking and start of construction of EVM Convention Center, EGM Medical Center, NEU Sports Complex and Stadium, and the soon-to-be world’s largest indoor arena- INC’s Philippine Arena (50-55 thousand seater).
    Endless outreach and socio-civic programs are being conducted.

    Expect more until the Church’s centennial and the years to come.

    Praise be unto God!

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