THE BIRTH OF GTC
Commissioned to plant churches and ordain clergy, Robert Gray in 1847 became the first Bishop of Cape Town. When he died 25 years later, the 10 churches with which he began had grown to 63! Talk about growing the church!
More than 150 years later, in 2003, Archbishop Ndungane introduced to the Synod of Bishops the concept of “Growing the Church”. He recognised the need for those involved in primary evangelism, church planting and other church growth initiatives in ACSA to work synergistically towards fulfilling the Great Commandment and the Great Commission: to love the Lord God with all our heart, soul and mind and to love our neighbour as ourselves AND to go into the whole world to make disciples—beginning at home.
To this end, the Archbishop appointed †Martin Breytenbach to spearhead an initiative to focus on “Growing the Church”. In June 2005 a report of the same title was presented to Provincial Synod. It was warmly received and its primary objective—to develop a ‘Growing the Church Network’—was enthusiastically adopted. In May 2006 the Synod of Bishops unanimously resolved that †Martin should gather a committee and move towards launching the ‘Growing the Church’ initiative at the beginning of 2007. Thus Growing the Church (GtC) was born, and the Revd Trevor Pearce was appointed as the first director.
WHAT WE DO
There are ten “tools” of Mission and Ministry at Growing the Church:
- Intentional Discipleship
- Mission and Evangelism
- Fresh Expressions of Church
- Leadership Development
- Youth & Children
- Spiritual Formation, Prayer and Intercession
- IT/ Media Ministry
- Social and Environmental Development