To God be the glory for the formal constituting of the Reformed Baptist Fellowship in Davao. It is now the Davao City Reformed Baptist Church. It was born April 1, 2017 and it was for real.
The pioneering work began close to two decades ago when a group of young couples from Mintal, situated on the outskirts of Davao City, left their former denomination to start a new church based on their newly found convictions. The services began in a dusty warehouse along the main highway, then rented by one of the brothers who was into the construction business. That was 1998. The group was called the Church of the Sovereign Lord, but it was really a fledgling fellowship of young believing couples.
Come 2017, nineteen years later, the group blossomed into a stable work. But the journey was long and at times difficult. There were ups and downs; there were additions and subtractions; there were trials and blessings. Mid-way through the group’s journey, Brother Boy, one of the leaders, decided to go into full-time ministry, leaving behind a fairly well-paying supervisor’s job in a banana plantation in order to spend three years in rigorous pastoral training at the Reformed Baptist Institute for Pastoral Training (RBIPT). He testified that it was time to leave secular concerns in order to serve the Lord in a more focused way for the rest of his life.
He graduated after three years and spent some time helping out in the ministry at MCBC and in a sister church in Laguna. But after some time, he returned to his hometown of Mintal to lead the small group who held fort even in his absence, assisted by some of the men. Gradually, more men and families became regular attenders of the fellowship.
Ultimately, the group would meet at Brother Boy’s residence, gathering in the living room for the Sunday services in spite of the noisy neighborhood. As the attenders could not fit the small space of the sala, some of them, especially the latecomers, sat outside the front porch and had to strive to listen amidst blaring Karaoke speakers. After a few years and increasing attendance, the group decided that it was time to move to a more spacious place.
The Lord showed them a nice piece of property at quiet and clean Green Meadows subdivision which they are presently renting. Although the meeting space would hardly fit 50 people, this has been their home for the past few years and the environment is much much better.
The covenanting activities began with interviews of prospective members a few weeks back. Five of those accepted were baptized in a swimming pool at a nearby resort on the day of the covenanting. After the baptisms, a covenanting service was held where 12 founding members affixed their signatures on a document containing the church covenant. All of them vowed to fulfill the duties of a faithful church member.
The next day, the new church met after the morning service and nominated Brother Boy to be the pastor of the new work. I led the examination based on the stringent requirements of 1 Timothy 3 and on the whole the meeting was encouraging. Brother Boy was unanimously recognized and Pastor Mike, my co-worker, and I laid hands on him in the installation service in the afternoon. He is now Pastor Boy of the Davao City Reformed Baptist Church.
I pray for the Lord’s blessing on this new church. It has a lot of potential as it is ideally situated in a university belt alongside huge housing projects. May the Lord give zeal to this new flock to saturate this densely-populated area with the gospel. May the members work hand-in-hand to promote the purposes of Christ’s kingdom. May the risen and reigning Christ always be given glory in DCRBC!
Candidates for Baptism
Jonathan gives testimony at covenanting service.
Kristine gives her testimony.
The 12 covenanting members
Posing with guests
Men gather for prayer before Sunday service
Bro Jonathan leads the morning service
Pas Mike preaches
I lead meeting for examination of Bro Boy
I pray for Pas Boy during the installation service
Jean and Terence
Marcial and Jane
Melanie and Randy
Tim and Kristine
Bing and Boy
Nathan and Yoly
After the Installation Service