MANILA INTERNATIONAL MISSION CONFERENCE 2013 MANIFESTO
We, the 580 mission leaders representing 100 churches, 17 denominations and 37 mission organizations, coming from 18countries that have gathered for the 3rd Manila International Mission Conference on August 13-16, 2013 at Elijah International World Mission Institute, make the following manifesto:
We will Heed the Divine
We will Face the Global
We will Employ Basic
PCEC STATEMENT ON THE GPH-MILF SIGNING OF THE WEALTH-SHARING ANNEX OF THE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT ON THE BANGSAMORO
The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) congratulates both peace-negotiating panels of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for their excellent work of cutting a breakthrough deal on the Annex on Revenue Generation and Wealth Sharing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB).
We thank God for the GPH Peace Panel talking with the MILF for their sincerity and firmness in guarding the interest of the Republic of the Philippines, and yet being flexible enough to recognize the Bangsamoro as a people with a distinct identity; as a people with their right to self-determination; and, as a people who have the right to manage their God-given resources.
We also thank God for the MILF Peace Panel for their firmness in upholding the principles of the Bangsamoro, yet affirming their respect for the national integrity of the Republic of the Philippines. Their patience, their flexibility, and their willingness to find a win-win path to come up with this breakthrough agreement on wealth sharing would eventually lead to a lasting and genuine peace in Mindanao and the whole Philippines.
We call on all who claim to follow Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, to “Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” (Psalm 34:14 ESV). We can apply this biblical exhortation through the following:
• Seek to understand this Agreement using the biblical lenses of justice (Amos 5:24), and peace (Matthew 5:9). While we pray and work together for the unity, integrity and transformation of the Republic of the Philippines, we also want to affirm the diversity of each people group (ethnei) as the understanding of nationhood in the Gospels (Matthew 28:19).
• Get your facts and information directly from the sources. Read the document called Annex on Revenue Generation and Wealth Sharing. Get your information from both the GPH and the MILF sources and perspectives. Refuse to be manipulated by black propaganda, calling for war and violence as the answer to the conflicts we’re facing as a nation, especially coming from those pockets of our society whose interests are to protect their war-based wealth and power.
• Be a channel of healthy dialogue and relationship-building discourse. As Christians, let us listen and seek to understand the point of view of our Muslim neighbors. “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” (Colossians 4:6). This real-life discussion on resource sharing is a kairos-moment for us to engage our Muslim neighbors in love. (Matthew 22:39)
Like climbing Mount Apo, this newly-signed Wealth-Sharing Agreement would help all citizens of the Philippines--Christians, Muslims, and Indigenous People--reach the summit of peace in accordance with the will of God. Let us be mindful that the nearer we are to the summit, the more difficult the terrain and the more tiring the climb can become. But with God's grace and mercy, there is new energy, new hope, and new sight of the summit of peace getting nearer each day!
Hallelujah! Alhamdulillah! Let there be peace in Mindanao! Let there be peace in the Philippines! Let there be peace on earth!
"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all." 2 Thessalonians 3:16, ESV
CLARK II DECLARATION
We heed the call to be healthy shepherds who can properly
lead the flock of God. It is essential that before we can fully take
care of the God’s flock, we need to have alignment with Jesus
so we can effectively do our assignment. We need consecration before
Protect the flock. Good shepherds do their
best to protect their flock from self-centered life, Satanic attacks,
and unnecessary harm and injury. Leaders should protect themselves with
the disciplines of godly living and should accord the same protection
and security to the people to defeat the enemy.
Raise younger leaders. We accept the challenge to develop younger leaders to be vision keepers of the ministry we will turn over to them, and to model before them a life focused on God.
Raise marketplace leaders. We will raise and equip people in the church to be God’s presence in the marketplace to become fishers of men, and be the salt and light in our society to accomplish our task of social and economic transformation.
Promote economic uplift. We believe that, since God gives His people power to produce wealth, then wealth creation, entrepreneurship and faithful stewardship must be promoted among God’s people. Generosity, giving and receiving, which are already inherent in our culture, should be practiced intentionally so that the mission work will be supported, poverty alleviated and God’s name honored.
Champion societal righteousness. We should impart righteousness in society and be engaged the fight against corruption by living a life of integrity and actively exposing the deeds of darkness.
Care for Creation. While the earth is only our temporary home, we are called to subdue the earth and all who live in it. This entails being good stewards of the only planet that God has entrusted to us. Therefore, we are to be conscious and wise in using our environmental resources.
Children’s Ministry. We affirm that children are created in God’s image and identity. God’s love for children is immeasurable and He has chosen and equipped the church to respond appropriately and care for them in whatever situation.
Church and Politics. We desire for the government sector to initiate righteousness and lead the nation in integrity. We want to be channels of blessings to our local and national leaders by building good relationships with them and leading them to Christ. We also want to involve our churches to cooperate with the transformational goals of the government and to participate in community activities.
Church Planting. We believe that churches with well-nurtured flock can transform entire communities; thus we continue our battle cry to plant churches in every barangay, and reiterate our mission to catalyze the multiplication of Christ-centered churches.
Community Development. We only have one model in doing mission, and it is Jesus who said “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” Thus, we adopt an incarnational strategy—building significant relationships with the community we serve. In so doing, we obey Jesus’ call to be His voice, His hands and His feet, serving and empowering the poor so that we are closer to God’s desire to have “no poor among us”.
Disciple-making. We believe that disciple-making is the heart of the ministry of the Church. It is the life transference of those who are imitators of Christ. It is about people connected because of Christ in a committed and accountable relationship working towards the goal of becoming like Christ.
Family ministry. We affirm that families need God’s life-changing power because of the oppression of the enemy, sin in the hearts of people, and media influence. We believe that the family is a primary platform for reaching people with the Gospel of Christ. We will, then, strengthen our ministry to families, which are the foundation of our character.
Pastoral Training. We believe that the priority task of pastoral leaders is to facilitate the growth of their people towards Christ like maturity as a foundation of church membership growth. Towards that end, pastoral leaders must mentor their people by modeling to them the life of Jesus and come alongside their journey to engage them in spiritual conversation. We must raise up pastoral leaders with character integrity, deep spirituality and competency.
Peace and Reconciliation. We pray and actively share the peace of Jesus Christ, which is central to the good news: harmony with God, with self, with others, and with God’s creation. By 2018, we dream of having a network of Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) communities throughout our land who are organized in partnership with various parts of the people of God, who are mobilized to do ministries of justice and peace, and who will lovingly sense all people regardless of religion, ethnicity and political ideology, to the end that our land will experience shalom transformation.
Missions Mobilization. We believe that Filipinos
scattered around the globe have a strategic mission of spreading the
Gospel. We reiterate our contribution to the global harvest force by
equipping and deploying a million cross-cultural disciple-makers by
Therefore, we resolve to watch over ourselves and all the flock which God has entrusted to us. We will seek to be the healthy shepherds that can fully feed and take care of the people of God.
July 4, 2013
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