MCGI Unveils Q&A Site Featuring Bro. Eli’s Biblical Responses

A lad named Lawrence once went online and made good use of his webcam and headphones to ask an international preacher if God, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, is the destruction of the world. The preacher, a Filipino named Bro. Eli Soriano, told him that not all ends mean destruction and cited Bible verses for an informative discussion of a little more than 4 minutes.

This is but one of the many videos available online on the newest addition to the Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) list of websites for the benefit of online followers the world over.

MCGI Q&A website was launched to house video collections of Bro. Eli Soriano's answers to questions by people gathered from this radio-television broadcasts, Bible Expositions, and webcasts throughout the year.

As a response to online clamor for better access to Itanong Mo Kay Soriano (Ask Bro. Eli) viewing on the World Wide Web, the MCGI launched MCGI Q & A on August 3, 2011. The website is an online compilation of questions answered by Presiding Minister to MCGI Bro. Eli Soriano throughout the years.

Acquired from Bro. Soriano’s 30 years of preaching efforts via television programs, radio broadcasts and webcasts, MCGI Q & A features recent and time-pertinent questions for online viewing. The most frequently-asked questions regarding issues like resurrection, salvation, Bible mysteries and biblical characters are also featured on the site.

The website’s simple layout aims to make available Bro. Eli’s Bible-based answers to his online followers with ease in mind. All the videos available on the site are tagged and are viewable by category for easier browsing. This may be seen on the site’s home page.

Bro. Eli hosts a twice a week webcast via Livestream.com to cater to his international audience in the West.
Bro. Eli hosts a twice a week webcast via Livestream.com to cater to his international audience in the West.

MCGI Q & A is an extension of Bro. Eli’s question and answer history, starting from Bible Expositions in the 1990s to television segments in the Philippines. Today, Bro. Eli answers questions from various points in the world via the Internet on his live webcast show, The Truthcaster.

Right now, in foreign shores, Portuguese and Spanish versions of the Q & A television programs are being aired in South American countries. MCGI Q & A is anticipated to have versions of both languages on the site in the near future.

(Written by: Pol Arellano)

Curriculum-based Bible School for Kids at MCGI

Leveling up its Bible studies for children to a real classroom setup, Members Church of God International today opens a curriculum-based KNC Bible School.

KNC is short for Kawan ng Cordero (Flock of Lambs), MCGI’s children’s ministry, formed by MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eli Soriano more than 20 years ago. The ministry strives to nurture the children about the Christian way of living through Bible story readings, biblical topic lessons, Bible-centered competitions, and talent searches.

More than 1,000 children registered for this batch of the KNC Bible School.
More than 1,000 children registered for this batch of the KNC Bible School.

A former KNC member himself and now the Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI, Bro. Daniel Razon proposed having such a Bible school, explaining, “We should guide our children accordingly, expose them to the virtues in the Holy Scriptures that they may be taken care of spiritually.”

Bro. Eli also expressed his 100% support for the program.

The KNC Bible School class is rendered free and is apart from the children’s regular worship gatherings. Classes, grouped into four age brackets: 3-5 (KNC Toddler), 6-8 (KNC Junior), 9-12 (KNC Senior), and 13-16 (KNC Graduate), will be held at La Verdad Christian College, Apalit and Caloocan branches. Duration of each class is two hours every Saturday or Sunday and one enrollment term equals to one school year. This school year starts from August until May 2012.

The KNC Bible School is aimed at providing Bible-based preparatory classes for children as young as three years old.
The KNC Bible School is aimed at providing Bible-based preparatory classes for children as young as three years old.

Much like school rooms, each class will be facilitated by a teacher who is a Church worker trained to make lesson plans based on Bro. Eli’s prepared biblical topics for the children. The worker will also conduct activities, monitor attendance, and supervise the kids’ progress.

Though the KNC Bible School is curriculum-based, it will not include any academic subjects but programs and activities that are Bible-based that teach moral values, Christian morality, good manners and right conduct, and many others.

The Bible School also adopts the Department of Education’s (DepEd) school system in the Philippines. Students will be issued report cards every grading period, given periodical exams, and awarded for excellent performance in recognition and graduation ceremonies.

Classes at the KNC Bible School will be held every Sunday or Saturday, every morning till lunch time.
Classes at the KNC Bible School will be held every Sunday or Saturday, every morning till lunch time.

“It’s a formal schooling in the sense that we adopt the Department of Education’s system but it’s not under DepEd. This is an extension of a Church activity,” Mr. Albert Soriano, College Registrar of LVCC-Apalit branch, explained in an interview.

The enrollment scheduled last July 22 and 23 was extended to July 30 to accommodate requests from parents. To date, there are already more than 1,000 enrollees according to reports of the LVCC Registrar’s Offices.

(Written by: Hazel Chavez-David)

New Changes in Bible Exposition, MCGI Congregational Services Schedules

Bro. Eli Soriano at the Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines entertaining people's question and reading the Bible's answers live.
Bro. Eli Soriano at the Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines entertaining people’s question and reading the Bible’s answers live.

As August sets in, Members Church of God International will have an entirely different itinerary of activities. Changes in schedules were made for the Bible Exposition, Thanksgiving, and Worship services. In addition, a new Prayer Meeting schedule will take effect.

The Bible Exposition held Tuesdays each week will now be held on the first and last Fridays of the month beginning August 5. The adjustments were done in consideration of the requests to hold the Bible Exposition near weekends. After the new schedule takes effect, the mass indoctrination opens on August 8. This is for those who are either interested in membership or added doctrinal learning.

In the former setup, hotels, auditoriums, and large assembly halls in a region’s central suburb serve as focal point for receiving live broadcast feed. Under the new scheme, all coordinating centers with satellite receivers will be opened to those who are distant from the larger venue. Coverage is wider as more people are expected to benefit from the new system, without guests having to travel far from their places of origin.

With the changes made, regular Thanksgiving schedules during the first and last Saturdays will be moved to the following Sundays effective August 6. The afternoon of Saturday will be intended for the Worship Service.

In the new system, only the second and third week schedules remain in their original calendar.

The MCGI congregation also has a new Prayer Meeting setup. Once a month, a special prayer meeting will be held on Tuesdays, apart from the regular Wednesday and Thursday schedules. It is likely that the new set-up will be gradually adopted abroad.

Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon hope that the changes will bring more convenience to all concerned.

(Written by: Cecile Vizcaya)


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