If you google “affair proof your marriage”, you will find many have written on this subject, from Dr Phil, Oprah, fallen pastors, casual bloggers and dozens of psychologists. When it comes to pastors, let me categorise affairs into two groups: Firstly, those who have affairs with strangers, one night stands, motivated by lust and an […]
Why we change things How can we be relevant as a church and reach our city in today’s society? Two types of churches In the world today, we find that there are two “philosophies” about what the church is or should be like The Half-Time Church: the church is only for Christians. It’s a place […]
When elders are called on to discipline a person, it is a critical moment in the life of the church. Let’s look at some passages in the Bible and what it has to say about this topic. “Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older […]
God has called His shepherds to pastor the flock, not worship them. What does biblical pastoring look like? How do we pastor and lead the people God has entrusted us with? How do we do that effectively? In John 10 and Ezekiel 34, we find excellent pointers as to what biblical pastoring is like. The […]
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the […]
How to envision a church Lean on the prophetic Lean on the word Get an understanding of who it is you are trying to envision (what motivates these people, what makes them nervous, or reluctant?) Remember that every crowd will be made up of: Thinkers need to know you have thought it through, scoped long term, […]
Giant Slayers – No Longer the Underdog We all face giants in life, whether we call whatever rises up against us just that or not. Jesus never promised us life to be a walk in the park. “I (Jesus) have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will […]
staff meeting notes by Nhlaka compiled by S. Mahabeer. “…No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land […]
NCF Church staff meeting notes by Martin Burndt, compiled by S. Mahabeer. In Matthew 26: 47- 49, we read of Judas betraying Jesus: “While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the […]
-by Grant Crawford. Notes from NCF Church’s weekly staff meeting compiled by S. Mahabeer How a local church and an apostolic team work together The following article describes how having an apostolic team minister to a church is different from having a guest speaker. We can find three structures of church in the Bible: The universal […]
– Notes by Nigel Day-Lewis from the weekly NCF Church staff meeting, compiled by S. Mahabeer. Working for a church or a ministry is a privilege, and yet, sometimes, we slip into that mindset in which we take what we have for granted. Here are three exhortations regarding stewardship: Stewardship of Church Resources We can’t […]
My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.- James 2:2 Some points for consideration in introducing this topic There are 52 Sundays in the year, and we treasure every one of them Ecumenical events (like interchurch mens’ meetings) should be every day but Sunday […]
-notes from our NCF staff meeting by Grant Crawford, compiled by S. Mahabeer. In the matter of enlisting or involving people, here are some thoughts that can help you in the process: Spread it out Don’t go for people who already are involved: rather, spread it out. It is far better to have a hundred […]
-notes from NCF Church’s weekly staff meeting. By Grant Crawford compiled my Sabby Mahabeer. In 1 Samuel 27-30, we find the following scenario: David flees Saul and seeks refuge in the land of the Philistines. Achish, the king of Gath, takes David and his six hundred men and wives and children in. David finds favour in […]
Following are notes from the weekly staff meeting at NCF Church. This message is by Grant Crawford, compiled by Sabby Mahabeer. John 1: 43-51 tells us about Jesus calling Nathaniel. In this conversation, Jesus gives him a prophetic word: “Behold, an Israelite, indeed, in whom there is no deceit.(…) you will see heaven opened, and […]
Following are some pointers that have assisted us doing a multisite church. We found it helpful to establish what we handle together, and what is handled by each site independently. “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its […]
“In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.”- 1 Timothy 3:8 Some pointers we have found helpful when it comes to treating people with dignity and honour Watch your humour No commanding people from the microphone, you are not ordering troops […]
By Tristan Kirn. Notes from NCF Church’s weekly staff meeting compiled by Sabine Mahabeer. “The empire on which the sun never sets”, namely the British Empire, faced one of its’ most humiliating defeats to this day on 22 January 1879. As we look at this valuable piece of history, let us see what we can […]
The Grace of God by Nigel Day-Lewis The following text is the continuation of the series The Grace of God or Some thoughts on Grace, Part 3: Two Things Grace is Not A denial of discipline or effort in Christian life and service “For it is by grace you have been saved…not by works” (Ep […]
The Grace of God by Nigel Day-Lewis The following text is a continuation of the series “The Grace of God” or Some thoughts on grace, Part 2: TWO THINGS GRACE IS NOT Soft on sin and weak on holiness Some of the teaching on grace is so one-sided that it leaves you with the conclusion (if […]
Notes from our weekly NCF Church Staff meeting by Grant Crawford compiled by Sabine Mahabeer There are many different denominations in our greater church family, and everyone has a certain way of doing things. In recent events, we were asked how we structured our church, because “whatever we are doing seems to be working”. In answer to […]
The Grace of God by Nigel Day-Lewis Grace has been the most preached/sung/written about topic in recent years. Anyone who’s anyone has wanted to get in on the act and preach their series, write their book or compose their song about it. No doubt much of it is good – but judging from some of […]
At NCF Church we believe in inspiring and equipping leaders and future leaders. One of the ways we do that, is by holding an annual worship conference, aimed specifically at musicians, song writers and worship leaders. Here is an inspiring message by Jon Anderson on My Worship Journey.
At NCF Church we believe in inspiring and equipping leaders and future leaders. One of the ways we do that, is by holding an annual worship conference, aimed specifically at musicians, song writers and worship leaders. Here is an inspiring message by Mark Wimble on Heaven Touching Earth.
At NCF Church we believe in inspiring and equipping leaders and future leaders. One of the ways we do that, is by holding an annual worship conference, aimed specifically at musicians, song writers and worship leaders. Here is a fantastic message by one our NCF Church’s worship leaders, Sean Clarence, on Building Team.
At NCF Church we believe in inspiring and equipping leaders and future leaders. One of the ways we do that, is by holding an annual worship conference, aimed specifically at musicians, song writers and worship leaders. Here is a fantastic message by one our NCF Church’s worship leaders, Aiden Whitaker, on Owning Your Ministry.
By Tristan Kirn. Notes from NCF Church staff meeting compiled by Sabby Mahabeer. In continuation of our series “Conviction” in the book of 2 Timothy, here are some encouraging thoughts on Finishing Strong. We live in the “Information Age”, where we can access things and information instantaneously, with as little as a phone and a […]
Eldership Ethics Let us consider 1 Tim 3 when considering eldership ethics. Qualifications for Deacons 8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued,not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as […]
An audio message by Jon Anderson.
by Grant Crawford Jesus made it a priority. Matt 18: 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 “Whoever receives one such child in […]
By Grant Crawford We used to believe two visions = di-vision That’s often true in a very small context That assumes two visions can’t pull in the same direction That assumes that function trumps over relationship and honour That assumes that roles can’t change for different seasons or projects We now believe multiple visionaries are […]
A leader’s role at a Sunday service Gone are the days where Sunday ministry is the domain of the pastor. Useful passages on this subject are ⁃1 Cor 11-14, Acts 2, James 2 and Mark 6.1. Pastoring people Notice the missing, the sad, the alone, the hurting, the grumpy. Showing an interest and concern is […]
Introduction An ability to handle conflict is a critical skill for any leader. Marriages sink or swim on this ability. Churches split and friends tear apart when the ability is undeveloped. The eldership team is a robust environment. Any strong team will feature people with different gift mixes, different personalities and the nature of ministry […]
By Grant Crawford The early church devoted themselves to “fellowship” (Acts 2:42). So we know community is important, but how is it outworked? Expression in small groups? Expression in coffee lounges on sunday? Expression in dinner tables during the week Sharing and counselling? Our theology needs to inform our practice. The theology underpinning community is […]
Handling church transitions- a short overview of the big issues By Grant Crawford | Audio available at footer of this article. Introductory comments As a general rule, if a son in the house takes over it’s less stressful than an outsider coming in. Examples include David compared to Solomon. Acts 14 implies that laying on of hands […]
By Grant Crawford Being involved in ministry ultimately means that your entire family will be affected by your involvement. Keeping perspective of mission can be a fragile business in such instances. Here are some pointers aimed at maintaining that perspective and balance with regards to your family and ministry involvement. The privileges of ministry Opportunity […]
By Grant Crawford. Some principles we have learned over the years from Dudley Daniel How to receive an apostolic gift (transfer trust & take seriously) Nonsense regarding titles Invited vs imposed authority (the dangers of invited authority are selective inclusion and “playing the field”. The dangers of imposed authority are “control related” and too scary […]
By Aiden Whitaker Aiden Whitaker, a pastor at NCF Church, shares his heart on prophecy at an NCF staff meeting. What is prophecy? When it comes to prophecy in the Bible there are 2 elements that help us understand what it is; that of “foretelling” and “forth-telling”. Foretelling deals with speaking about something that is […]
By Grant Crawford Adapted from an Andy Stanley illustration For biblical references see texts on shepherding in Ezekiel 34 and John 20 Connectedness is easily illustrated with the family example as found in Luke 15 You get visitors to your front door (foyer). Churches also have visitors like this. They are recognisable strangers who pop […]
By Grant Crawford. At NCF Church we have learned a great deal about MC’ing at our various meetings. Here are some of our thoughts on MC’ing a meeting. How you start a meeting Countdowns can help start big meetings. If you use a countdown for a small meeting, you probably need to use it to launch […]
With new elders coming on team all the time it is essential that we don’t make the same mistakes year after year. God has shown us things over the years. Some are seasonal, others are principles which endure through time. What follows is a summary of these lessons in this downloadable eBook. 40 lessons in […]
By Grant Crawford At NCF Church we believe that being on mission is good for our church. Here’s our take on leading the church into evangelism. To start off with, a couple of pointers why we believe that evangelism is a good idea: Reduces conflict Keeps you relevant as you engage the world Releases priests […]
By Grant Crawford When elders are called on to discipline a person it is a critical moment in the life of the church. Here are a couple of points we think are valuable when it comes to this subject. Scripture reference: 1 tim 5:1 & 20 ; 2 tim 4:2 ; Titus 1:9 When elders get it […]
By Grant Crawford We have learnt a lot about handling finance in a meeting during our years here at NCF Church. Here are a couple of points we think are valuable when it comes to this subject. Two extreme errors pastors can slip into: When they are silent on financial matters or When the begin begging/cajoling […]
12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands […]
The following is a message by Ant Naidoo on Abuse from the Pulpit from our Church in Action meeting. We hope that this resource blesses you and your ministry. Feel free to use and distribute this message.
The following is a message by Craig Botha on Homosexuality from our Church in Action meeting. We hope that this resource blesses you and your ministry. Feel free to use and distribute this message.
By Grant Crawford We have learnt a lot about ministering to the elderly during our years here at NCF Church. Here are a couple of points we think are valuable when it comes to ministering to the elderly. The older you get the more resistant you get to the gospel. Send the elderly to preach […]
By Grant Crawford An ability to handle conflict is a critical skill for any leader. Marriages sink or swim on this ability, churches split, and friends tear apart when this ability is undeveloped. The eldership team is a robust environment. Any strong team will feature people with different gift mixes, different personalities, and the nature […]
By Martin Berndt Take 5 minutes to read through 7 lessons we learn from Jesus regarding discipleship in Luke 9 1. Jesus is our source and provides for us Jesus urges the disciples to take nothing with them on their mission trips. 2. Accountability The disciples came back and gave an account of what they had done […]