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About Us

“Embracing faith, community, and spiritual growth through Christ-centered worship and fellowship.”

Our Vision

“Communities of Christ’s disciples, glorifying God, equipping themselves, ministering to each other, and sending missionaries to other groups.”

Our Mission

“To be an instrument of God the Father, through the promptings of the Holy Spirit, in bringing people to Jesus and developing them to Christ-like maturity.”

Our Logo

The Circle – represents the world.

The White Dove inside the circle – represents God and the Holy Spirit who indwells the believer.

The Various Shapes of Houses inside the circle – represent various people groups, socio-economic status, and age levels (adult, youth, and kids), being reached out with the Gospel.

The Twelve Leaves attached to the circle – represent the original twelve ministry areas that organized/founded the Arise Christian Ministries, Inc.

The Book right below the circle – the Bible, the Word of God, the foundation of the ministry.

The Verse Isaiah 60:1– the key verse that defines the basis for the vision and mission of the ministry.

Blue – knowledge about God.

Red – blood of Jesus that washes the sins of the people (The ACMI at the middle)

Green – represents growth of the disciple-making ministries.

How the Ministry Started

The Ministry was organized by a handful of believers based in MSU, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Nasipit, Cotabato, and other areas of Mindanao, Philippines. These Christians were formerly members of campus-based Christian organizations. Through the years, these campus-based Christians after graduating from college went to other places for employment. With the desire to be used by God, they reproduced their lives and commitments by sharing the Gospel to their officemates and friends in places God brought them. In obedience to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), they helped these young Christians grow in their faith and become committed disciples of the Lord Jesus. Later, as the number of Christians attending Bible study increased, they saw the need to establish a local fellowship.

On the 19th of June, 1999, this group of Christians started to seek God’s will regarding the establishment of an indigenous Christian Organization. After much prayer and meditation on God’s words, they founded a Christian organization and named it Arise Christian Ministries, Inc. (ACMI) in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. This place is more or less centrally located and the gateway to Mindanao. The ministry started with twelve ministry areas and outreaches all over Mindanao, Philippines. It was later registered with the government on the 23rd of June 1999.

Again after four months of prayer and meditation on the word of God, the organizers conducted a general conference for them and their bible study contacts. On the 30th of October, 1999, the founders and their bible study contacts formally organized/established the Arise Christian Ministries, Inc. (ACMI). The word Arise was coined from Isaiah 60:1-2. With a vision of: “Communities of believers glorifying God, ministering to each other and sending missionaries to other people groups”, the ministry started with twelve ministry areas and outreaches all over Mindanao. To accomplish this vision, the ministry has the following as its mission: “To be an instrument of God the Father, through the promptings of the Holy Spirit, in bringing people to Jesus, developing them to Christ-like maturity-considering the whole person and his needs-and equipping them to be effective in their distinct gifts and calling, with the end view of realizing and using their full potential as self-sustaining, self-governing and self-propagating vessels in God’s ministry… all for the glory of God”.

The Ministry Today

The ministry’s focus is fulfilling the Great Commission – TO GO and MAKE DISCIPLES. Basically, brethren from ACMI share the Gospel to all kinds and walks of people who are willing to hear it. This is done on a man-to-man basis, small group witnessing, mass evangelism and/or crusades, in classrooms, during Christmas and Easter, during wakes and during free medical clinics. The ministry’s aim is that evangelism becomes a lifestyle of the members. Those who responded and are available for bible study are trained until they too become committed disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. In ACMI, new believers are followed up in Bible studies, man-to-man, if possible. Later, as they commit themselves to the Lord Jesus, they too can help others grow, and the process continues to other generations of believers.

The ministry has two structures, namely; the GO structure and the NOURISHMENT structure. In the go structure, the members share the Gospel to people and train them to be Christ’s disciples. On the other hand, in the nourishment structure, believers meet together every week as a church, worship together; hear His Word preached, and fellowship with each other. It also organized cell groups to meet the personal needs of believers for fellowship and encouragement.

For the ministry’s social concerns, the Arise Foundation, Inc. (AFI) was founded to cater to the social implications of the Gospel, i.e., socio-economic needs of members. The foundation helps farmers to avail of small loans for their farms, come up with livelihood projects, and assists sick brethren all over Mindanao who can not afford medical expenses, especially minor and major operations among poor brethren. The foundation also gives minimal financial support to brethren who are poor for the education of their children. It also works hand-in-hand with other Christian Organizations in the conduct of medical missions in the ministry’s community outreaches (and also other churches). So far, the foundation had conducted free medical-dental-surgical clinics in depressed areas of Mindanao. During these free clinics, patients heard the Gospel shared to them by the members of ACMI.

From the original twelve ministry areas that formed an umbrella organization in 1999, this year 2020, the ministry, by the grace of God, had spread to more than 60 places in Mindanao. Six (6) new ministry outreaches were also established in the Visayas. Very recently, two (2) ministry areas were started in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), particularly; Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Indeed, the power of the Gospel, shared by men and women from all walks of life produced spiritual fruits in the lives of others. New believers were followed up until they became disciples, and in turn, train other believers and form new fellowship groups all over the country. In line with the ministry’s vision of reaching out to people groups, some of our leaders are presently involved in reaching out to the tribes in Mindanao, Philippines. At present, the ministry has existing works with the Higaonons, the Bagobos, the Tibolis, the Subanens, and the Iranons (a Muslim outreach).

WHAT WE BELIEVE

1 - ABOUT GOD

We believe that there is only one true sovereign and loving God who eternally exists in three Persons as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is the independent creator of heaven and the universe and is all-knowing, all-powerful, perfectly just, loving and completely truthful, and holy. He is worthy of all honor, praise, and glory as the creator, sustainer, and beginning and end of all things.

(DEUTERONOMY 6:4; MARK 12:29; ISAIAH 43:1,10,21; MATTHEW 28:19; EXODUS 20:2,3; REVELATION 4:11; 5:9-10) 

2 - ABOUT JESUS CHRIST AND HIS MILLENNIAL REIGN

We believe that Jesus Christ in the flesh was both God and man. That He was conceived by a virgin and was sent on earth to pay for the penalty of our sins. By His blood, the Lord Jesus Christ made a perfect sacrifice for sin once for all time and was raised from the dead on the third day. Later, He ascended to the Father’s right hand where He is the head of the Church and intercedes for believers. We believe He is coming back to earth bodily and visibly to set up His kingdom.

(II THESSALONIANS 1:7; REVELATION 19:11-16; REVELATION 20:1-7) 

3 - ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God and possesses all the Divine attributes. He indwells all believers, baptizes them into the body of Christ and seals them at the moment they trust in Jesus Christ to be their only Savior and Lord. He controls and empowers the true believers to live the Christian life in response to their obedience, confession of sin and submission to Him. Believers are instructed to be filled by the Holy Spirit and not to grieve Him. The main work of the Holy Spirit is to convict the world of sin, and of righteousness and judgment. The Holy Spirit also guides the believers into all truth. He does not bring glory to himself but will bring glory to Jesus. The evidence that the Holy Spirit truly dwells in the believer is the manifestation of the fruit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

(EPHESIANS 1:3; 5:18; 4:30; JOHN 16:8,9; 16:13,14; GALATIANS 5:22). 

4 - ABOUT THE BIBLE

We believe that the Bible is the word of God revealed to man. It is supernaturally inspired, inerrant and infallible. It is our supreme authority in all matters of faith, doctrine and conduct and is superior to conscience and reason.

(II TIMOTHY 3:15-17; II PETER 1:21; HEBREWS 4:12; I THESSALONIANS 2:13)

5 - ABOUT MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION

We believe that man was created good and upright, in the image of God, but by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, by virtue of Him who is the Son of God, who died for our sins and rose again from the grave. We also believe that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in the Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. We believe that Salvation, with its forgiveness of sins, the impartation of a new nature, and eternal life, is a free gift from God received when a person trusts in Jesus Christ to be his only Savior and Lord. Salvation is given by God’s grace received through faith and cannot be earned by man through good works, baptism, church membership or by any other means. We also believe that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.

(GENESIS 1:26-31; 3:1-7; ROMANS 5:12-21; TITUS 2:11; EPHESIANS 2:8, 9; ROMANS 10:13-15; LUKE 24:47; TITUS 3:5-7; I JOHN 5:11.12; I JOHN 5:18)

We believe that the inward evidence to the believer of this salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit.

(ROMANS 8:16).

The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness, true holiness, and bears the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

(EPHESIANS 4:24; TITUS 2:12; GALATIANS 5:22-23). 

6 - ABOUT BAPTISM IN WATER

We believe that the water baptism is an act of obedience to Christ’s command. It is a public confession of our personal faith in Jesus Christ. It symbolizes our identification with Christ. As Christ died for our sins, we die to sin. As Christ was raised from death, we walk in newness of life with Him.

(MATTHEW 28:19; ACTS 10:47,48; ROMANS 6:4). 

7 - ABOUT THE LORD’S SUPPER

We believe the Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread, and the fruit of the vine is the symbol of Christ being the bread of life offered and was broken for us; and His blood shed for our sins. Believers are enjoined to celebrate the Lord Supper in remembrance of Him

(1 CORINTHIAN 11: 23-26).

8 - ABOUT THE CHURCH

We believe that the church is the body of Christ, composed of all believers in Christ, the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit, with Divine appointments to fulfill the great commission and to be light and salt of the earth.

(EPHESIANS 1:22; 2:19-22; HEBREWS 12:23; MATTHEW 5:13, 14)

9 - ABOUT EVERY CHRISTIAN’S MISSION

We believe that it is God’s will and command for every Christian to be actively engaged in sharing to others how to establish a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ and in discipling those who respond to this good news.

(MATTHEW 28:18-20). 

10 - ABOUT SANCTIFICATION

We believe that each believer in Christ must pursue a holy life by walking in obedience to the Word of God through the power of the Holy Spirit thereby is changed from glory to glory to the character of Christ.

(HEBREWS 12:14; I PETER 1:15, 16; I THESSALONIANS 5:23, 24; I JOHN 2:6; ROMANS 8:3, 4; II CORINTHIANS 3:18; 1 JOHN 3:2

11 - ABOUT DIVINE HEALING

We believe that the sick should be prayed for, with the anointing with oil by the laying of hands upon their request. We believe God is sovereign over the sick and we can trust Him both in His allowing healing or not, knowing that all things work for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.

(MARK 6:13; 16:18; JAMES 5:14; ROMANS 8:28)

12 - ABOUT THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD

We believe that the dead in Christ, together with all believers who are alive, will be translated to the Kingdom of Heaven when Jesus Christ comes again. It is imminent and is the blessed hope of the Church.

(I THESSALONIANS 4:15-18; ROMANS 8:23; TITUS 2:13; I CORINTHIANS 15:51-55)

13 - ABOUT THE LAKE OF FIRE

We believe that the devil and his angels, the beast and all false prophets, and whoever is not found in the Book of Life, will be cast out into everlasting punishment in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

(REVELATION 19:20; 20:10; 21:8). 

Financial Resources

The ministry’s operations (ACMI umbrella and local areas) are financed by the grace of God, by contacts, friends, and other people touched by God to share the load through their prayers, encouragement, and material/financial resources. Full-time workers are encouraged to live simply and sacrificially so that they can help carry the load of others, too. Funds to finance the ministry’s free clinics and medical assistance for the sick brethren, livelihood projects, and other concerns/activities, come from members and good Samaritans (local and abroad). The ministry has links/networks with Christian organizations/churches which occasionally give financial support.

Manpower

The ministry adheres to indigenous leadership patterns. In a locality, whoever God raised and used to spread the Gospel and follow up others, he is the leader. The rest who are being used by God in that area, form a core team to lead, plan, and coordinate ministry matters/activities. Every member is a co-laborer for the Gospel, not just the core team. The umbrella organization leadership serves as an encourager and helps and reminds each area of the Ministry’s vision and mission and comes up with training for leaders. The leadership regularly visits the ministry areas and outreaches for encouragement. In some ministry areas, especially the fast-growing ones, we have full-time workers. At present we have twenty-four (24), full-time ministry workers. Their work is to facilitate and help in evangelism and follow-up of people being reached out. They are also invited to go to other areas to help. At least five (5) of the full-time workers are Tribal leaders who help teach tribal members with the Word of God. Their areas of concern are the localities where they live/reside. The full-time workers are ably supported by at least fifty (50) volunteer workers from the various ministry areas and outreaches.

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