Tuesday, February 7, 2012

AIMP Now in Wikipedia

Under the main article METHODISM
Section PHILIPPINES
Philippines
Main article: United Methodist Church in the Philippines
The beginnings of Methodism in the Philippines islands grow from the American invasion of the Philippines following the Spanish-American War. On 21 June 1898, the American executives of the Mission Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church expressed their desire to join other Protestant denominations in starting mission work in the islands and to enter into any comity agreement that would facilitate the establishment of such mission. The first Protestant worship service was conducted on 28 August 1898 by an American military chaplain named Rev. George C. Stull. Rev. Stull was an ordained Methodist minister from the Montana Annual Conference of The Methodist Episcopal Church (Later became The United Methodist Church in 1968).
Methodist and Wesleyan traditions in the Philippines are shared by three of the largest mainline Protestant churches in the country – The United Methodist Church, Iglesia Evangelica Metodista En Las Islas Filipinas (IEMELIF) (Evangelical Methodist Church in the Philippine Islands), and The United Church of Christ in the Philippines.[55] There are also evangelical Protestant churches in the country with Methodist and Wesleyan tradition like The Wesleyan Church of the Philippines, Inc. Free Methodist Church of the Philippines,[56] and the Church of the Nazarene in the Philippines.[57] There are also the IEMELIF Reform Movement (IRM), The Wesleyan (Pilgrim Holiness) Church of the Philippines, the Philippine Bible Methodist Church, Inc., the Pentecostal Free Methodist Church, Inc., the Fundamental Christian Methodist Church, The Reformed Methodist Church, Inc., The Methodist Church of the Living Bread, Inc., and the Wesley Evangelical Methodist Church & Mission, Inc.
There are three Episcopal Areas of the United Methodist Church in the Philippines namely: Baguio Episcopal Area,[58] Davao Episcopal Area[59] and Manila Episcopal Area.[60]
A call for autonomy from The United Methodist Church by a certain group within it was discussed at many conferences. Only in 2010 did decisive action lead to the establishment of the Ang Iglesia Metodista sa Pilipinas, with groups in Palawan, Bataan, Zambales, Pangasinan, Bulacan, Metro Manila Area, some part of Pampanga, and Cavite. The group finally declared its full autonomy and incorporated legally with Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines and was approved on December 7, 2011. It is led by Bishop Lito C. Tangonan, Rev. George O. Buenaventura, Chita R. Millan and Atty. Joe Frank E. Zu├▒iga, and has 126 local churches all over the Philippines.

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