The number of Iglesia Ni Cristo’s (INC) congregations throughout the globe on works and still growing.
Known as one of the least religious parts of the country, with only 30 percent below the national average, and less than five percent of residents attending church services on Sundays, the Silicon Valley homes the newest house of worship of Iglesia Ni Cristo in California.
Amid the fact that people living in the said area thinks it as principle that life can somehow be perfected through innovation and technology; that mission seems to trump seeking religious purpose.
The INC continue its crusade to reach the overseas brethrens through establishing worship houses and congregations and spearheads the mission around the world.
As of writing, Church of Christ has nearly 40 growing local congregations throughout Northern California, remains to go against this trend.
In fact, a newly renovated house of worship in Mountain View, just a few blocks away from tech giant companies, opened its doors this past Sunday.
The newly-established was purchased for about $2 million from the Calvary Church of Mountain View way back in 2009.
Silicon Valley Church has a 215-capacity edifice located at 1880 California Street at the Mountain View, California.
Before the inauguration of the church, Church Of Christ members rented space in nearby community halls to worship twice a week, and before then travelled to other INC congregations throughout the region.
Last Sunday, INC Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo, fresh from his visitations in Brazil and Russia, dedicated this Mountain View house of worship.
With the prevailing scenarios of thousands of churches worldwide closed daily due to decline in membership, economic instability and people’s growing indifference with religion, INC continuous to grow for years.
In fact, in 2016 alone, the Church of Christ dedicated 350 houses of worship worldwide – of which were in the US, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and the Philippines. Voluntary contributions from members all over the world allow for the building and renovation of INC edifices.
According to INC’s profile, the Mountain View local congregation is one of six other growing INC congregations in the Silicon Valley, namely in San Jose, Redwood City, Milpitas, Fremont and Hayward.
“The INC arrived in San Francisco in 1968 and since then, has seen steady growth worldwide, including here in Northern California. One of the main factors has been the youth. Many churches are losing their young people, but the INC continues to have programs for families, kids and young adults that keep them close to God and tight knit in the Church community,” said Robert Pellien, a minister of the Gospel who joined the INC in the 1970s.
Worship buildings have historically been the fabric that threads a community together. And although many in the Silicon Valley may be focused on entrepreneurship and financial success, this additional INC house of worship in Mountain View will hopefully lead people to a true connection to God. It’s the kind of lasting connection that the most innovative technology cannot provide.
Silicon Valley welcomes the new congregation with joy and compassionate service before God, they hopes that the new house of worship will serve as the source of good things.
Pat Gelsinger, CEO of a multi-billion dollar IT company in the Valley noted that, “This area with all its wonderful things, still experiences brokenness.”
“We hope that this new house of worship will welcome more residents of the area, providing a community establishment they can also call their own, to hear the words of God and simply find something more meaningful in this fast-paced and competitive hi-tech environment, ” said Pete Dela Cruz, an INC Northern California District Minister.
Aa of writing, about 122 additional chapels are currently under construction or renovation in 2017. The Church’s unprecedented growth under the leadership of Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo is expected to continue in 2017 with the support of its membership worldwide.