Members Church of God International
|Members of the Church of God International|
|Over-all Servant||Eliseo Soriano|
|Headquarters||ADD Convention Center, Sampaloc, Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines|
|Origin||April 20, 1980 registered as Mga Kaanib Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohanan sa Bansang Pilipinas
|Congregations||1,360 as monitoring/coordinating centers|
|Aid organization||ADD Foundation International
|Tertiary institutions||La Verdad Christian College|
|Other name(s)||Ang Dating Daan, ADD, MCGI|
Members Church of God International is a Philippine-based Christian religious organization that started in 1977 with Eliseo Soriano as its Overall Servant (Former title: Presiding Minister). It is colloquially known in the Philippines as Ang Dating Daan (English: "The Old Path"; abbreviated as ADD) which is the name of its flagship television program.
Eliseo Soriano, born in April 4, 1947, was born and raised as a member of a church called "Iglesia ng Diyos kay Cristo Hesus Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan" which was led by Nicolas Perez (the then church's presiding elder). In 1969, Soriano became a minister of the church. Soriano, as a minister of the church, became one of the candidates to become the next presiding elder. After the death of Perez in 1975, Levita Gugulan, a female minister in the church, ascended to post left by Perez. Soriano countered the authority of Gugulan. In February 21, 1976, Soriano, together with 16 other members was separated in the church and began a new church organization called "Mga Kaanib Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohanan sa Bansang Pilipinas" (translated as "Members Church of God in Christ Jesus, Pillar and Support of Truth in the Philippine Nation").
In April 20, 1980, the new church was officially registered in the Philippines with Soriano as its presiding minister. Missionary works was first made in the towns of Pampanga and then, the neighboring provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, and Metro Manila. In the last quarter of 1980, the church launched the radio program Ang Dating Daan (ADD). Through the local radio station DWWA 1206 kHz, ADD was heard in many parts of the Philippine Archipelago. The program became popular in the Philippines because of its live question and answer portion. In 1983, the program kicked off its national television appearance through Intercontinental Broadcasting Channel 13. Ang Dating Daan as a program in radio made its stint in RJTV 29, PTV 4, SBN 21, and now UNTV.
In 2005, the church changed its name to "Members Church of God International". On January 7, 2006, the first live Bible exposition in the United States was held in Los Angeles, California. In 2008, Bible Expositions were conducted in the continent of Oceania bringing forth the first congregation in Papua New Guinea. In the same year, congregations were established in Ghana, West Africa as a result of a series of Bible studies in Africa. The early months of 2009 saw the Church introduced in Latin America.
The first schism in MCGI happened when Willy Santiago, one of Eliseo Soriano's top evangelists had a dispute over church "erratic" leadership and "erroneous" changes in doctrines (such as prostrating towards the east in prayer and Sabbath). This resulted twelve MCGI members including Willy Santiago to split from the group on October 2009 and established a new religion, the Members Church of God in Jesus Christ Worldwide or MCGJCW, with membership now consists of mostly former MCGI followers.
Organization & Administration
The MCGI Central Administration is composed of the Over-all Servants, the Council of Assistants to the Administration and Church Workers. In locale congregations, Workers administer spiritual services, such as: Thanksgiving, Prayer Meetings, Worship Services, Indoctrination Sessions, and Bible studies. The Over-all Servant (formerly termed as "Presiding Minister") supervises the entire activity of the church and implements all policies and projects. Currently, Soriano is the Over-all Servant while his nephew, Daniel Razon, is his deputy. The Assistants to the Administration was assigned to supervise church Divisions ( Church Divisions is equivalent to one region in the Philippines). Area Servants assigned to supervise church ecclesiastical Districts (Districts are equivalent to one Philippine province). Workers, on the other hand, are assigned to preside in various activities and services done in church locales under the supervision of the Over-all Servants and the assigned Assistant to the Administration.
Since 1980, there have been conflicts between religious organizations Iglesia ni Cristo ("Church of Christ", INC) and the Members Church of God International (MCGI) when MCGI Presiding Minister Eliseo Soriano started his radio program Ang Dating Daan (ADD). Through his program he discussed biblical issues and "exposed" what he believes are wrong doctrines of other religious groups, including those of INC. In 2001, after twenty-one years of reticence, the INC launched its own program, Ang Tamang Daan (English: The Right Path), as a direct response for the first time to Ang Dating Daan, and to debate and rebuke the claims of Eliseo Soriano, featuring video footages and recordings of ADD hosts as issues were tackled.
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- "From the Philippines to Brazil: MCGI’s Last Quarter of 2014’s Big Events and Recognitions". MCGI. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- "Ang Dating Daan’s 34th Anniversary: An example to a peaceful and beneficial celebration". Buenos Aficionado. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
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- "History of the church". mcgi.org. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
- "About MCGJCW The History". Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- "Ministry". mcgi.org.
- Official website of Eli Soriano
- Official website of Ang Dating Daan TV program
- Official website of Daniel Razon