EBENEZER CIRCUIT ASSEMBLY 2014

The Circuit Assembly was held on 23-24 August 2014 at Mamelodi and was again a highlight for the circuit.  It is also satisfactory for the moderature to realise that circuits are keeping to the circuit assemblies, as this is a way of managing the church from the bottom to ensure that the decisions of the church are carried out accordingly.

The meeting started with a highlight when the circuit chairperson, Mr Moss Mdluli made his opening address.  He reported on the highlights of the circuit in the past year.  He proudly reported the progress made on the entire task that was placed before the committee.

Mr Mdluli also encouraged the delegates to make the 2014 assembly the best, by thinking out of the box, but still remaining within the parameters of the Church Order.  He encouraged the delegates to ensure that there is a healthy working relationship with the ministers and the ministers to do the same.  His major concern was the lack of support of the organs of support and encouraged the church councils to assist in that regard.

Mr Mdluli when he was asked about the achievements of the circuit he said: “We managed to accomplish all the tasks and continued to function effectively as the circuit.  Most of our congregations that were raising concerns to us were visited and I am happy to say that there is progress now.  The Easter Pilgrimage was a huge success and this is the time when we can raise enough funds for the circuit.  We also continued to support the office of the church”. 

Mr Mdluli further highlighted that the Ebenezer circuit is progressing well and it his wish to see it raising from the current level to be the best circuit in the church.

The assembly was also graced by the presence of the members of the moderature and the administrator.  In his messages, the Administrator-Rev Modisaotsile Motloba also echoed the same sentiments with Mr Mdluli and emphasised the importance of circuit assembly meetings and proper planning in the church.  He further reminded the assembly about the 13th General Church Assembly (GCA) that should be hosted by the West of Drakensburg Region.  In that note he requested the assembly to lobby for the hosting of this meeting.

Rev Motloba also raised his concerns about the congregations not contributing accordingly and ignoring the reminders about their debts.  Most importantly he encouraged the circuit to continue to support the office and all the activities of the church as they have been doing.  

Rev Obakeng Kgabele represented the moderature and presented the operational vision of the moderature which has three pillars as follows:

* MRCC striving to grow and be self-sustainable.
* MRCC seeking to be a caring church.
* MRCC continuously establishing sound ecumenical relationships.

He mentioned that these pillars should be supported by extensive or extra church services more than the Sunday service, Bible studies and establishment of mission fields.  He encouraged the church to practice healing ministry and ensure that fundraising is encouraged but not as a self-enrichment scheme.

Rev Kgabele also mentioned some achievements of the church since the 12th CGA:

* MRCC theological students now studying direct at the University of Pretoria.
* HIV & AIDS program-the moderature has reviewed their efforts and is encouraging the circuits to support the program.
* MBB congress-the moderature has committed them to ensure that the congress is held in December 2014.

The assembly was a success and the circuit can be applauded for the job well done.  The congregations were also encouraged to continue to support the church activities.

"God bless the Circuit of Ebenezer"

Rev Masello Mothopeng