Favor Church is a vibrant and exciting church for imperfect people of all ages, from different backgrounds. We’re based in Metro Manila, Philippines, but our church family can also be found all across the globe.
Our church started in 2015, when Senior Pastors James and Kate Aiton, out of a great love for the Filipino people, moved from Australia to the Philippines and started a Connect Group in their condominium unit. This small group eventually grew into a community gathering in a small function room, which turned into our first official Sunday service at a bar in Ortigas Center. It was very raw, but we felt something special, and more people started coming in, meeting Jesus, and finding family.
In May 2018, in what was both a step of faith and a miracle for our very new church, we opened our own facility inside the Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Our church saw significant growth during this time as we made space for God to continue to bring new people through our doors.
We spent much of 2019 and the early part of 2020 praying for a new venue, as we did five services at maximum capacity every Sunday. Our prayers were answered—just very differently from how we imagined—when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Philippines. Our Shangri-La facility was converted into a studio, and we worked hard to creatively bring the presence of God into people’s homes every week. In November 2020, an opportunity we had been praying for opened up, and we began doing Sunday services at the Grand Ballroom of Crowne Plaza Hotel, a bigger venue where we’re able to gather more people into the room to experience God’s presence together.
No matter where we find ourselves, our heart and our vision stays the same: to know God and make him famous.
PRESENCE – God’s presence is our ultimate pursuit. In everything, we’re hungry for God to pour out his presence. We know that a moment in God’s presence can change a person’s life, and we’re all about creating space for those moments.
PEOPLE – We’re authentic, and accepting of all people. We want to be a genuinely welcoming church, and we value people over process. We call our people our ‘Favor Fam’ because that’s what we are—a family. It’s not perfect, but it’s special!
PRAYER – We believe in the power of prayer. Everything we do is infused with passionate prayer and believing for God to move in power. We don’t pray for victory, we pray from victory!
GENEROSITY – We’re generous in everything. God has been so generous with us, so we live generous lives. It’s not just about money, but every other aspect—our time, our words, our service. We live life with an open hand. Generosity isn’t something we do, it’s who we are.
CREATIVITY – In the beginning, God created. The message stays the same, but the method is always changing. We’re passionate about being creative in everything we do, and we believe God has anointed us to reach people through our excellence and creativity.