In obedience to the Great Commission, JECPP exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to plant Spirit-filled and missions-oriented churches in the Philippines. It has the following objectives to accomplish:
To provide Christ-centered and Pentecostal witness in cities, towns and villages in the Philippines where such witness is lacking.
To plant reproducing churches in all the provinces of the Philippines.
To prepare and raise Filipino church planters to pioneer and pastor these churches.
To produce indigenous churches that intentionally transform communities.
To purchase properties and erect buildings for the congregations established.
To promote missions and send Filipino missionaries to their own people and to others.
To participate in the task of evangelizing the whole nation of the Philippines together with other evangelical church groups.
To fulfill this mission, JECPP has adopted a simple biblical principle in its church planting strategy. It is the Pauline approach of establishing strong Christian communities in strategic centers from which the Gospel radiates to their surrounding areas. This principle is, of course, best illustrated in the Book of Acts and well attested to in the success of many missionary endeavors.
The first step then, is to plant strong city churches in the key cities of the country. Thus far, four such churches have been planted: in Cebu (1988), in Davao (1993), in Cagayan de Oro (1995), and in Quezon (2012). The goal of these city churches is to build up a strong Pentecostal base congregation that will send, and support Filipino missionaries to their own people in neglected areas. This leads to the second step in JECPP’s strategy – the planting of town churches within each city church’s region of responsibility. Each city church supervises and supports its town churches as a mother would to her own daughters. The aim is for each town church to so gain maturity and stability as to send and support its own workers to the neighboring villages. These village churches so established may be described as third generation churches. The challenge is for each village church to give birth to daughter churches in surrounding areas, which constitute the final step in JECPP’s strategy. However, the process of church planting continues on so long as some remote parts in the Philippines remain in need of the Gospel. This strategy takes into consideration the great number of towns and villages beyond the urbanized and commercial areas in need of evangelical and pentecostal witness. It is by means of deploying national missionaries to multiply churches in these areas that the country may be effectively evangelized.
THE RAISING OF NATIONALS
That national workers must be recruited and raised is unquestionably a key factor for JECPP to realize its mission and vision. Again, JECPP abides by another Pauline principle – training trustworthy men to teach others (2 Timothy 2:2). For all their training and dedication, Singaporean missionaries or any other foreign missionaries will find their effectiveness curtailed when they venture beyond urban settings. They will encounter many difficulties and major obstacles in many rural situations. The cause in most cases is not spiritual but socio-cultural. Hence, it is wiser to equip national missionaries to reach their own people especially in rural areas. JECPP is, therefore, committed to the training of Filipino nationals for the task of producing church planting movement (CPM) churches.