A Review: The Complex Social Identities Of Modern Day Southern Africa And Its Impact On The Church

On Wednesday 11 April 2018, I spent “An Evening with Acts 29” at the New Hope School in Pretoria where a crowd gathered to explore the complex social identities of modern-day Southern Africa and their impact on the church.

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What Does it Mean to be a Church-Planting Church

As a “diverse, global family” Acts 29 is all about church planting. We believe that the biblical case for church planting is robust, if not actually incontrovertible. But there is always the danger of rhetoric outstripping reality, and to such a degree that it becomes not only unhelpful, but also dishonest. The primary growth of Acts 29 should not be from churches joining us, but churches being planted by existing Acts 29 churches. If that is the case, new churches will join Acts 29 because it will be clear how we bring substantial added value in terms of helping them become churches that plant church-planting churches.

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Southern Africa has an estimated population of nearly 300 million people and contains a diversity of languages, races, cultures and people groups.

There is great gospel need in the region, and real opportunity to plant gospel-centred churches that plant other churches. Acts 29 Southern Africa is hoping to be able to seize that opportunity and to help to facilitate faithful planting by Southern Africans in Southern Africa. The network is still in its early stages, but there is a strong presence of full member churches with many more in the pipeline.

Regular training, recruiting and assessment events are planned for the region and our hope is that many men will be drawn to Acts 29 to plant churches in this massively strategic region.

Bringing together the Acts 29 church-planting focus and experience and the theological training expertise of The Acts 29 Oak Hill Academy, The Acts 29 Academy Southern Africa was launched in 2017.

Our aim is to train gospel workers for church-planting churches in the places where they live and work, as articulated in our mission statement.

Our prayer is that The Acts 29 Academy Southern Africa training and resources might assist local churches in:

  • making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ;
  • producing leaders of robustly gospel-centered local churches;
  • nurturing a culture of multiplication and church planting; and
  • investing in the next generation of missionary theologians.

For more information please contact us on [email protected].

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Leadership & Staff

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One Mokgatle Network Director | Southern Africa One, his wife Confidence and their daughters Amara & Keeya, live in Pretoria, South Africa. He leads Rooted Fellowship; a Gospel Centered, Disciple Making and Transcultural church, planted from a partnership with LIG.punt & Bryanston Bible Church. One’s desire is to see more churches planted in Pretoria and beyond.
Ronell King Chief Heart Officer Ronell, her husband Darret and three children live in Linden, Johannesburg. She studied Interior Design & Décor and had her own business before going full time into ministry in 2009. Ronell is eager to see church planting teams flourish for sake of furthering the gospel and glorifying his name.
Jono Tudhope Assessment and Coaching Coordinator Jono is married to Kirsty and currently looks after the city groups at Rooted Fellowship. He has an Honours degree in Theology from the South African Theological Seminary. Jono is passionate about Gospel-centered, transcultural churches and the role that coaching plays in making disciples.

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