Global Church Marks 40 Years of Spreading Faith and Teachings

The Shincheonji Church of Jesus, Temple of the Tabernacle of Testimony, is commemorating a significant milestone this year – its 40th anniversary. Founded in 1984 with just a small outdoor gathering, the church has undergone a remarkable transformation, now boasting a global outreach that has seen its teachings embraced by thousands of congregations across the globe.

In its ‘Announcement of the 40th Anniversary History Report,’ the church outlined its journey from those modest origins to its current status. Initially lacking a proper temple, the first worship services were held outdoors until a small facility was secured in Anyang later that same year. By 1985, nationwide revelation seminars were underway, spreading the church’s biblical interpretations.

A pivotal moment came in 1995 when the church organized its 12 tribes based on the biblical model, reflecting its foundational scripture. Four years later, the headquarters relocated to Gwacheon, a site the church views as the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. This period also witnessed the expansion of the Zion Christian Mission Center, a Bible training facility that has produced over 100,000 graduates since its first ceremony in 1991, according to the church.

Shincheonji’s global missionary efforts took root in 1993, paving the way for the church’s first international seminar in 2012. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, when borders were closed, the church pivoted to online seminars, leading to partnerships with 443 Korean churches and 9,462 congregations across 77 countries. Notably, 1,382 churches in 38 nations rebranded as Shincheonji after attending these virtual events.

As the church celebrates this major anniversary, its focus remains on sharing its biblical interpretations and promoting peace through religious dialogue. A recent seminar for religious leaders from around the world garnered significant interest, underscoring the church’s commitment to fostering understanding across faiths.

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