Keeping the FOCUS on the Great Commission by sharing our stories
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Northside Baptist Church – Bluedowns, Cape Town
A new church plant that is determined to embed the right DNA from the outset.
According to Ps Sandi Sonteya, they are “a small church plant with a big heart”; and indeed so. One of their stated strategic goals is to do missions and mobilize other churches for mission.
Ps Sonteya says “The township church has a long way to go in realizing its biblical mandate to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth. We are actively involved in missions as a church because we believe it’s our mandate to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth.”
And they don’t just talk about it! They are active in identifying unreached people groups in their community (immigrant communities) and are engaged in cross-cultural work sharing the good news in word and deed. But they are also an example to others and a resource to the church in helping others to engage in mission.
In June the church is planning their third mission’s exposure conference – aptly called THUMA MINA – see flyer attached. The aim of this conference is to get Africans engaged in missions and seeing themselves as proponents of missions instead of objects for missions. It is strategically aimed at exposing and training Christians from low sending churches to be mission minded and reach out to the least reached in their work place, their communities and to the ends of the world.
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We are going to use this space to profile various mission organisations, churches, and networks, with the idea that we will be inspired by what God is already doing and learn from others
The past decade has seen the proliferation of disciple making movements (click the button for examples) . This has lead to an increased awareness and understanding of disciple making movement principles and many organisations / churches have embraced these principles and experienced varying degrees of fruitfulness in applying them.
The good news is that here in SA we have a growing community of experienced practitioners both in the local church and mission organisations. For example ACCELERATE is a South African based network offering opportunity / space for DMM practitioners to connect and learn from one another. They also offer online resource materials.
This is definitely a focus-area WENSA will be exploring further in our blog, read more below: