NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHES
Quezon City, Philippines
The National Association of Congregational Churches and its relief organization, The Caring Community, have effectively partnered to plant and nurture Congregational Christian Churches in the Philippines. Mission founders, Rev. Ernanie and Awit Castillo brought the Congregational Way to the Philippines. Presently, their son, Symphony John, serves as Executive Director of the NACC.
The NACC has planted over 30 churches with a goal of planting three news churches a year. These congregations are closely associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship in accordance with the biblical teachings. Acting as an inspirational and advisory body, NACC bridges unity and networking in its outreach to poor communities. Part-time pastors must work full-time at a secular job and carry on a part-time ministry to their congregations on weekends. Many of them cease to exist for lack of ministerial support. The NACC strives to provide support to churches and pastors to keep the churches alive, reaching out to their communities in growth-efficient ways.
NACC is on the frontline of ministry relief, livelihood assistance, and a childhood sponsorship program through Caring Community. $245 annually will provide for education and the basic needs for one child. Sponsors will receive a photograph and correspondence from their sponsored child. The program aims to help families in areas being reached by its church-planting ministry. In addition, the Caring Community supports pre-schools and kindergartens.
The mission’s goals are four-fold: (1) to support local pastors in their ministry to NACC churches; (2) to share the love and compassion of Christ through spiritual nurture and material assistance; (3) to plant Congregational Churches in the surrounding villages and suburbs; and, (4) to help educate children and train them for future leadership in NACC churches.
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