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About the Maranatha Reformed Church of Christ

STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Maranatha Reformed Church of Christ (hereinafter referred to as the Church) is according to its statement of faith, a church of God whose teachings are based on the Holy Bible as the Word of God and its faith is expressed in the three formularies of unity, viz. the Belgic Confession of Faith, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dort of 1618 and 1619.

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Vision & Mission

VISION

Maranatha Reformed Church of Christ envisions herself as the church that is on the way towards becoming the true and complete body of Christ, inspired and energised by the Holy Spirit to strive for and promote the pure worship of the triune God in order to expand God’s kingdom, to work for and bring about conversion, transformation, reconciliation thereby ushering in salvation, liberation, healing and peace, to the glory of God.

 

Maranatha Reformed Church of Christ has a call to co-create with God the Father, proclaim the gospel of the Kingdom of God thus continuing the atonement work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God the father and facilitating through the gospel the regeneration and sanctification work of the Holy Spirit to bring about the new heaven and the new earth.

 

GOAL: TO WORSHIP AND GLORIFY THE ALMIGHTY GOD AND TO EXPAND HIS KINGDOM IN SOUTH AFRICA AND BEYOND

 

MISSION

TO PREACH THE MESSAGE OF SALVATION, LOVE, PEACE AND JUSTICE THEREBY HEALING GOD’SPEOPLE OF THE EFFECTS OF SIN SUCH AS DISEASES, SOCIO-POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND PSYCHOLOGICAL OPPRESSIVE SITUATIONS

 

OBJECTIVES

 

The MRCC wishes to:

  • Grow both quantitatively and qualitatively into the true body of Christ
  • Be Christ to the vulnerable through offering compassionate or diaconal services to members and non-members in adjacent communities
  • Grow financially in order to afford all necessary services such as missionary, pastoral, leadership and management, diaconal services and functions and so forth.

PLAN OF ACTION

  1. To hold two worship services on a Sunday to cater for all members – even those who have to work on Sundays.
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  3. To conduct Bible Studies twice during the week in the evenings to provide spiritual nurturing for advancement of spiritual maturity of our members.
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  5. To start and nurture new mission fields to extend boundaries of the MRCC in South Africa and beyond.
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  7. To start, develop and practise a scripturally sound healing ministry to attend to the physical ailments, spiritual and psychological challenges of church and community members. This ministry should also encourage healthy living.
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  9. To practically care for the most vulnerable members of our church and surrounding communities. Herein included for care are people living with disability, HIV and AIDS, the poor, children, widows, orphans and strangers or aliens.
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  11. To affiliate to reformed ecumenical bodies both nationally and internationally to have and enjoy Christian communion and fellowship.
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  13. To maximise fund raising – not as a mere means of wealth accumulation but especially for the service of God and God’s people.
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  15. To embark on a serious investigation of and search for an investment portfolio that could financially empower the church on short and long term bases.

 

 

FUNCTIONARIES

 

The above, it is expected, are to be carried out at all the three levels of church life and governance i.e. by synodal committees and boards, circuit assemblies, commissions and church councils as well as organs of support at all levels.

 

 

TIME FRAMES

 

Time and tide waits for no man, goes the English saying. Another saying of similar meaning goes: Procrastination is the thief of time. The two sayings suggest that the implementation should be as soon as possible.

 

Dissemination of information: By the end of 2013 all MRCC congregations, circuit commissions and organs of support should be informed about the vision and mission. Information is to be spread through:

 

  • Visiting members of the moderature to different circuit assemblies.
  • Special and usual circular letters from the office of the scribe and church administrator.
  • The church mouth piece – Montshafatsi.
  • MRCC website.    

 

Implementation:

 

  • The beginning of 2014.
  • The end of 2014 is evaluation and review time.

Leadership

The 12th General Church Assembly (GCA) was held on the 1 – 4 October 2012 at Port Shepstone in KZN. The new leadership is as follows:

  • Moderator: Rev Prof MJ Manala (Mamelodi East);
  • Scribe: Elder MJ Masenya (Jouberton);
  • Deputy Moderator: Rev ZO Madlala (Kangella);
  • Deputy Scribe: Rev MA Mothopeng (Saulsville);
  • Additional: Rev OA Kgabele (Dube).

Together with the Administrator, Rev Modisaotsile Motloba, who comes in as an ex-officio member, they form the Moderature of the MRCC.

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Front (left to right): Rev Mothopeng, Rev Madlala & Prof Manala.
Back (left to right): Rev Kgabele & Mr. Masenya

Leadership

The Administrator of the MRCC, Rev Modisaotsile Motloba (left), with the current Moderator, Prof. Dr. Matsobane J. Manala (right)

The executive authority of the Church vests in the General Church Assembly at synodal level, Circuit Assembly, at circuit level and the Church Council at congregational level.

NATIONAL LEVEL

The General Church Assembly is the highest policy making organ of the Church vested with ultimate authority and the supreme governing body. The Commission of the General Church Assembly (CGCA) is made up of the members of the Moderature, two high profile representatives from each circuit, two representatives from each organ of support and governance at synodal level and two representatives of each synodal committee. The Commission of the General Church Assembly holds at least two meetings during recess and one of those meetings must be held six months before the General Church Assembly. The members of the Commission of the General Church Assembly serve for a period of three years which coincide with the session of the General Church Assembly.

CIRCUIT LEVEL

Every circuit comes together annually in an assembly. The executive authority of the circuit assembly vests in the commission. All circuit assemblies coming immediately after the GCA are elective; hence a new leadership is elected after every three years. The Circuit Commission consists of the following members: The Chairperson, the Deputy Chairperson, the Scribe, the Deputy Scribe, the Treasurer, the Public Relations Officer and the Training and Development Coordinator. Members of the Circuit Commission are elected at a full session of the Circuit Assembly by secret ballot and the tenure of office of the members of the Circuit Commission is three years.

CONGREGATIONAL LEVEL

The church council is the executive authority of a congregation. It composes of the Ministers of religion in the congregation, Scribe, registrar, treasurer; two representatives from each organ of support, two representatives each from Boards of Presbytery and Deaconate and co-opted experts. The tenure of office of the members of the church council is three years.