Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches

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Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches
Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches seal white.png
Classification Evangelicalism
Orientation Baptism
Polity Congregationalist
Leader Atty. Von Lovell Bedona
Associations Baptist World Alliance, World Council of Churches, National Council of Churches in the Philippines
Region Philippines
Headquarters Iloilo City, Philippines
Origin 1935
Jaro, Iloilo City
Congregations 1,000
Members 500,000
Official website

The Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, Inc. (Hiligaynon: Kasapulanan sang Bautista nga Pilipinhon) is a Baptist Christian denomination, affiliated with the Baptist World Alliance, in Philippines. The headquarters is in Iloilo City, Philippines.


The Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches started on the island of Panay in 1900 as a foreign mission of the American Baptist Missionary Union. [1] [2]

A church was organized there, at Jaro, in February 1901. Lund translated the entire Bible into Hiligaynon, and the New Testament into two other dialects. In 1905, the Jaro Industrial School (now known as Central Philippine University) was established. The Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches was formed in 1935. [3]

The Convention has allowed ordination of women to the ministry since 1980. [4]

In 2016, it has 1,000 churches and 500,000 members. [5]

Core Mission Principles[edit]

  • Being grounded in the Biblical tradition
  • Engagement in prophetic and priestly functions
  • Building a community that heals and restores broken ties
  • Developing of strong and responsible leaders
  • Achieving stability through full support of member churches and organizations
  • Building of a deeper and stronger relationship with other mission partners
  • Deep and genuine concern for the lost, the poor, the weak and the needy
  • Faithfulness to the Baptist legacy of missionary service
  • A dynamic, relevant and responsive servant organization
  • Deep commitment to the implementation of a holistic and comprehensive ministry
  • Full use of appropriate technology to enhance programs and ministries

Theology and practice[edit]

Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and the final authority in matters of faith. The CBPC affirms the Trinity, that the one God exists as three persons in complete unity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord through whom those who believe can have fellowship with God. He died, taking on the sins of the world, and was resurrected, triumphing over sin and death.

CPBC churches recognize two ordinances: Believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is by immersion, and those being baptized must be of an age to understand its significance. Believing in the priesthood of all believers, the CPBC avoids using creeds, affirming the freedom of individual Christians and local churches to interpret scripture as the Holy Spirit leads them. The CPBC affirms the ordination of women.


Baptist missionaries founded many schools and universities in the Philippines. Most notable of these is Central Philippine University,[6] the first Baptist university in the Philippines and in Asia, while Filamer Christian University is the first Baptist school in Asia and the Philippines.

The CPU College of Nursing. Founded in 1906 as Iloilo Mission Hospital School of Nursing is the first Nursing School in the Philippines.[7] The Central Philippine University College of Nursing is also one of the leading nursing schools in the Philippines

Central Philippine University's official Student Governing Body, the CPU Republic (Central Philippine University Republic), holds the distinction of being the oldest student government in the Philippines. It was organized in 1905, one year after the founding of the school. [8] The University's official publication, the Central Echo (CE) is the official student publication of CPU. It was founded in 1910, five years after Jaro Industrial School opened. It is one of the oldest student publications in the Philippines.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ William H. Brackney, Historical Dictionary of the Baptists, Editions Scarecrow Press, Canada, 2009, p. 442
  2. ^ J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann, Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, ABC-CLIO, USA, 2010, p. 788
  3. ^ J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann, Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, ABC-CLIO, USA, 2010, p. 788
  4. ^ Michael Edward Williams, Walter B. Shurden, Turning Points in Baptist History, Mercer University Press, USA, 2008, p.
  5. ^ Baptist World Alliance, Statistics,, USA, Retrieved September 29, 2018
  6. ^ Iloilo City#Education
  7. ^
  8. ^ Peter C. Phan, Christianities in Asia, John Wiley & Sons, USA, 2011, p. 109-110
  • Baptists Around the World, by Albert W. Wardin, Jr.
  • The Baptist Heritage: Four Centuries of Baptist Witness, by H. Leon McBeth

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