Since our humble beginning in 1967, Victory Outreach grew from one church to a worldwide network of over 600 churches and ministries, with locations across America and in 30 countries from the Philippines to the Netherlands. We have grown into one of the largest inner-city ministries in the world meeting the needs of people from all walks of life.For over 40 years, Victory Outreach has trained and equipped men and women to reach their full potential in life, whether it is establishing a church, building a career, or growing and nurturing a family.The following timeline illustrates the growth and development of Victory Outreach International. In 1967, our vision was to reach Los Angeles. This vision broadened to include California, then all of America, then the entire world. Victory Outreach was founded in 1967 by Sonny and Julie Arguinzoni when they invited people from their local community -- people they did not know -- into their own home. They shared the basic truth of the Gospel: God loves them and has the power to change their lives. Victory Outreach was born and began to flourish. In the early 1970s, members of Pastor Sonny's church felt an overwhelming sense of destiny: They dared to believe God and stepped out in faith starting Victory Outreach churches across California. They had little financial support, and in some cases, had no friends or contacts in cities they embraced as their own. Faith began to swell in the heart of every Victory Outreach member. In the 1980s, Victory Outreach emerged to the forefront of mission-focused ministries. Churches were planted across America. Some of the churches began to grow to over 1,000 members. This success spurred the next daring move: A cross-cultural church planted in Amsterdam, Netherlands. From the 1990s onward, it has been a time of explosive growth for the ministry, both here and abroad. Currently, a full one-third of all Victory Outreach churches planted are overseas which has added a strong international flair to the ministry. However, the primary focus of the ministry continues to be meeting needs within America.We are poised on the brink of a new era of growth and development. The ministry of Victory Outreach is as exciting today as was the day it was founded 40 years ago.
Mission Statement of Victory Outreach
Victory Outreach is an international, church-oriented Christian ministry called to the task of evangelizing and discipling the hurting people of the world, with the message of hope and plan of Jesus Christ. This call involves a commitment to plant and develop churches, rehabilitation homes and training centers, in strategic cities of the world. Victory Outreach inspires and instills within people the desire to fulfill their potential in life with a sense of dignity, belonging, and destiny. Victory Outreach works cooperatively with others of mutual purpose in accomplishing the task before us.
The Beliefs of Victory Outreach
For forty years, the foundational beliefs that have been a primary motivating factor in Victory Outreach are seen evident in the thousands of lives that have never been the same since they walked through the doors of Victory Outreach. Victory Outreach is uniquely distinguished by its fundamental belief in God’s love and in the transforming power of His love for hurting people from all walks of life.
Victory Outreach believes in the church’s mission to reach the lost as mandated by Christ in what is known as the Great Commission found in the Gospels. Jesus commands his disciples “… go and make disciples of all nations” and “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mt 28:19, Mark 16:15 NIV).
Victory Outreach believes that the Spirit of God is still actively working in the building of the church through manifestations such as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit for the empowerment of service, speaking in tongues and the impartation of spiritual gifts to each believer
(Acts 1: 4-8, 2: 1-4, I Cor 12, Rom 12: 5-8).
The beliefs of Victory Outreach can be classified as Evangelical and Pentecostal. Following is the organizations Statement of Faith which are the nonnegotiable tenets of faith that all Victory Outreach churches adhere to.
The Bible is Our All-Sufficient Rule of Faith and Conduct, in the Inspired Word of God
The Scriptures, both the Old and the New Testaments, contains the
verbally inspired, and authoritative word of God. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thess.
2:13; 2 Pet. 1:21).
There is But One Living and True God
God has chosen to reveal himself as the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit, and these three are one God the same in substance, equal in power
and glory. A Trinity in unity. (Dt. 6:4; Isa. 43:10,11; Mt. 28:19; Lk. 3:22).
In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and man. Jesus Christ is
perfect God and perfect man. (Jn. 1: 1-3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:10)
As the Eternal Son of God we Believe
1.He was born of a virgin. (Mt. 1:23; Lk. 1:31,35).
2.He led a sinless life (Heb. 7:26; 1 Pet. 2:22).
3.He performed miracles (Acts 2:22; Acts 10:38).
4.He died on the cross for our sins (1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor.5:21).
5.He rose bodily from the dead (Mt. 28:6; Lk. 24:39; 1 Cor. 15:4).
6.He sits at the right hand of the Father
(Acts 2:33; Phil. 2:9-11; Heb. 1:3).
7.He will visibly return again (Acts 1:10,11).
In the Sinfulness of Man
When Adam and Eve fell from their original righteousness and communion
with God they became dead in sin. From this original sin our natures
became sinful. Because of the sinfulness of man, sinful man is inclined to
serve his own will instead of God (Ps. 36:1; Jer.17:9).
In the Salvation of Man
The Bible teaches that God has provided salvation for man in the person
and work (life, ministry, vicarious death, and resurrection) of his son
Jesus Christ. Conditions or requirements for salvation: Repentance toward
God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.(Mk. 1:15; Mk. 3:19, Mk. 16:31; Jn. 3:16).
The Sanctification of the believer
With salvation we are set apart from sin and dedicated to God for
fellowship and service. This sanctification is both instant and progressive in
the life of the saint. (1 Thess. 4:7, 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 10:4; 1 Pet. 1:2).
In the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The purpose of the baptism is to empower or energize us for service. This
is evidenced by the initial physical signs of speaking with other tongues as
the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 1:4, Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4).
In the Church and its Mission
The Church are those regenerate persons who are gathered together in
Christ the head of the church; through which the gospel is preached and
believers are nurtured.
(Mt. 28:19, 20; Mk.16:15; Acts 1:8; Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Cor. 14:12).
A) To accomplish the work of the ministry we believe in the priesthood of
the believer (Eph.. 4:12; 1 Pet 2:9)
B) And in the ministry of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and
Teachers (Eph. 4:11).
In the Ordinances of the Church
There are two ordinances (authoritative order, decree) that we observe and practice.
A) Water baptism by immersion: all who repent of their sins and believe in
the Lord Jesus Christ are eligible for water baptism (Mt. 28:19; Mk. 16:16; Acts 10:47; Rom. 6:4).
B) Holy Communion or the Lord's Supper. "Do it in remembrance" declares
the Lord's death and as such a memorial (1 Cor. 11:24; 1K. 22:19). "You
do show the Lord's death" is an act of faith in the atoning work of Christ
and as a proclamation (1 Co. 11:26). "Till He comes" is a statement of
anticipation of the return of our Lord Jesus Christ and as such our hope.
In Divine Healing
Jesus Christ is our Divine Physician who according to His will, sovereignty,
graciousness, and mercy can heal the sick. (Isa. 53:4, 5; Mt. 8:16, 17; James 5:14-16).
In the Second Coming of Christ
His coming will be personal, visible, and glorious. (Jn. 14:3; Acts 1:10,11;
Heb. 9:28; Phil. 3:20; Zech. 12:10; 2 Thess. 1:7; Col. 3:4; Rev. 1:7).
The dead in Christ will rise, then the redeemed that are alive shall be
caught up together to meet the Lord in the air
(1 Cor. 15:51,52; I Thess 4:17; 2 Thess. 2:1; Titus 2:13).
With the Second Coming of Christ will begin the thousand year reign of Christ over an earthly kingdom
The Final Judgment
Known as the "Great White Throne Judgment" it describes the judgment of
all the wicked dead (Rev. 20:11-14).
In a New Heaven and a New Earth
Heaven and earth will have a new beginning. Heaven and Earth have
awaited their redemption and will be restored in harmony and order,
wherein dwelleth righteousness.
(Ps. 102:25,26; Isa. 34:4; Isa. 51:6; Rom. 8:22; 2 Pet. 3:10,13).