What’s in a name – the name change.

What’s in a name? A church builds a name. A name doesn’t build a church. A name in itself is nothing really; it’s a few hollow letters that signify little more than alphabetical shapes. The only time a name has some sort of appeal when you first hear it is if you have positive associations […]

Mediation and Ancestry Worship

Following are notes from our weekly staff meeting on the subject of mediation and ancestry worship in the Zulu culture by Bheki Zulu. We hope this information benefits you and gives you a greater understanding of the subject. What is it? The custom of venerating deceased ancestors who are considered still a part of the family […]

True Greatness –

When you have had an extraordinary revelation of who Jesus is, it seems almost incredible that we would fight over who the greatest amongst us is. And yet, that is exactly what Jesus’ disciples did. In Luke 9: 28-36, Peter, John and James witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus. In Luke 9: 37-43, we read of […]

Excellence in Everything –

-staff meeting notes by Tristan Kirn compiled by S. Mahabeer. Excellence in Everything You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to learn a lesson on excellence from the Aston Martin (for you who appreciate cars, we are referring to the Aston Martin Vantage 2007, to be precise). From the hand-stitched leather seats, to the […]

Fruitfulness of Sites and Congregations –

1. Introduction: One of the mistakes a pastor can make while leading a growing church is to get fixated on methods. Methods and systems are helpful, in fact they are necessary for sustaining growth in the medium term. However, they are temporary, readily changeable and to be held very lightly. When we use methods to […]

Think Different –

-notes from NCF’s weekly staff meeting by Tristan Kirn compiled by S. Mahabeer. Recently, Global 500 released a list of the most valuable companies in the world. Amongst these companies were, no surprises here, the biggest businesses such as Shell, Barclays, De Beers and Coca Cola who literally are more valuable than the entirety of […]

Handling legal attacks and outside interference –

Persecution is a huge subject as the church has always been open to attack. And yet, somehow, God manages to turn these situations around for us. Some of the frontiers we have been attacked on, include: 1) Wide spread slander On the internet, slating character and doctrine Negative press reports Approach As a general rule […]

Alive and Compelling Worship –

Alive and compelling worship, where people encounter God, is a contributor to a church growing. 1. Pre amble Music forms a central role in modern societies. It is a doorway to our emotions, our opinions our buying patterns, or voting choices and our thoughts on eternal matters. Music also has an uncanny way of soliciting […]

Bringing through leaders –

When a church begins, the pastor does everything. Your ability to gather, organise, preach, etc. is going to get your church to 150 people, depending on your ability, but, beyond that, it’s your ability to release leaders that really counts. Three introductory statements The goal of “fathering” men is to produce “Fathers”, not “eternal teenagers” […]

Handling Adversity –

Following is another lesson from our 40 years/ 40 lessons book. We hope you find the pointers regarding handling adversity helpful to you and your ministry. Hold to the conviction that God is with you and he will fight for you when wronged Isolate (in your thinking) damage directly applicable, give it to God Thank […]

Who do you imitate? –

By Grant Crawford. Notes from our weekly staff meeting compiled by Sabine Mahabeer. “Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how […]

Preparing for Battle & New Seasons –

Notes from a Staff meeting led by Barry Hunkin  The start of September means the start of a new season. As a church, we are also in a new season; Harvest time. Part of the harvest season is really a season of warfare. A battle, not against flesh and blood, but against Principalities and powers. […]

Worship and Modern Day Missionaries –

By Grant Crawford Pre amble Music forms a central role in modern societies. It is a doorway to our emotions, our opinions, our buying patterns or voting choices and our thoughts on eternal matters. Music also has an uncanny way of soliciting fierce loyalties. In church circles congregations hold doggedly onto genres of music for […]

Building relationships –

By Grant Crawford- Notes from a staff meeting compiled by Heidi Kirn We are currently in a series called ‘Conviction’- a series through the book of 2 Timothy. We join Paul, an apostle in prison. Being on death row, everything that he sees seems to be sharper and there is an immediacy to much of […]

What Makes a Small Group Grow? –

The short answer is “God does”. (1 Cor 3: 5-9), but he also co-labours with you (1 Cor 3:9). The following is a list of things that Jesus uses (through you and I) to build his church. When we say ‘build’ we mean both maturity and numerically. Leadership development If you develop potential leaders, they […]

Pastoring vs a pastoral model –

Ministry is very often spoken of in terms of shepherding. The office of an overseer by implication has a pastoral component to it. In John 10 Jesus is depicted as a classic example of a good shepherd. In Ezekiel 34 God makes it pretty clear what the job description of the shepherd is. However, as […]

Thoughts on Interpreting Scripture in Devotions –

Notes of Grant Crawford speaking at a staff meeting by Heidi Kirn When looking at a scripture, there are generally 4 steps which can be really helpful to interpret scripture in your devotions. Using an example of the parable of the fig tree found in Luke 13, we can examine these steps in more detail. Let’s […]

How to Build a Specific Culture –

By Grant Crawford Culture is the invisible tide or momentum that builds and shapes the church while leaders are not present. Here are a couple of points we think are valuable when it comes to this subject. In order to purposefully build a leader needs to use the following tools: Opinion leaders, people like John the Baptist, will set culture […]

Inter-Church Conflict –

The following is a message by Russell Toohey on inter-church conflict from our Church in Action meeting. We hope that this resource blesses you and your ministry. Feel free to use and distribute this message.

Leaders Training Manual –

Pair this manual with our clips that we work through for each week of the manual. Other downloads available as part of this resource: Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6

Spiritual Warfare –

by Grant Crawford For a very wise man, Solomon did a very stupid thing – he married 700 women. These women came from foreign lands and brought with them their foreign gods. Solomon introduced these into his very home and his land. And for a season of his life it took his heart away from […]

Khumbul’ekhaya (English) –

Khumbul’ekhaya Quick Review After the message on Sunday, what are you most excited about for this new series? My Story Was there a time or moment in your life where you experienced extreme happiness/joy/contentment? Describe what happened and the emotions you were feeling? How would you define joy? What is the difference between joy and […]

Khumbul’ekhaya (Zulu) –

Khumbul’ekhaya Esisheshayo  Emva kokuzwa umlayezo wangeSonto yini ekujabulisayo noyiphokophelele kakhulu kuloluchungechunge olusha? Ndaba Yami Sikhona yini isikhathi empilweni yakho lapho owake wazizwela khona  injabulo/intokozo/ukweneliseka? Chaza ukuthi kwenzakalani nemizwa owaba nayo? Ungayichaza kanjani injabulo? Uyini umehluko phakathi kwentokozo nenjabulo? Uyini umbono wakho kulomusho olandelayo: – Intokozo ukwenela nokwaneliseka ngemanje nengomuso Injule Nokujiya  Ucabanga ukuthi uNkulunklu uyichaza […]

Joy to The World (English) –

This week we start our brand new series A Christmas Carol in the build up to Christmas. [ca_audio url=”http://static.ncfchurch.org.za/audio/insiderinfo/2012/AChristmasCarol/InsiderInfoAChristmasCarolJoyToTheWorld.mp3″ width=”500″ height=”27″ css_class=”codeart-google-mp3-player”] After the message on Sunday, what are you most excited about for this new series? My Story When you  think of Christmas Carols what is your first response? Why is this so? What […]

1 Timothy Week 6 (English) –

Insider Info: [ca_audio url=”http://static.ncfchurch.org.za/audio/insiderinfo/2012/TheCoach/timothy_wk6_finance.mp3″ width=”500″ height=”27″ css_class=”codeart-google-mp3-player”] 1 TIMOTHY 6 QUICK REVIEW   What part of Sundays message stood out for you the most and what did it get you thinking about? MY STORY Describe how the world portrays the pursuit of money and wealth? Describe how the Bible, in particular this chapter, portrays the pursuit […]

1 Timothy Week 6 (Zulu) –

Insider Info: [ca_audio url=”http://static.ncfchurch.org.za/audio/insiderinfo/2012/TheCoach/timothy_wk6_finance.mp3″ width=”500″ height=”27″ css_class=”codeart-google-mp3-player”] 1 Thimothewu 6 ISIBUYEKEZO ESISHESHAYO Ikuphi okuye kwagqama kakhulu kuwena emlayezweni wangeSonto? Ukucabangiseni? INDABA YAMI Chaza indlela izwe eliyiqhakambisa futhi liyibone ngayo imali nomnotho? Chaza indlela ibhayibheli eliyiveza ngayo indaba yokuthola imali nomnotho. Chaza lomusho olandelayo – “Uma ulifunda ibhayibheli ozokuthola ukuthi uNkulunkulu ufuna simthande sithande nabantu imali […]

Gap year programme promotion

Every year we advertise our gap year programme, destiny team. The aim is to make this promo look fun, exciting and edgy. This is what 2012 saw us doing:

1 Timothy Week 5 (Zulu) –

Ukucabangiseni umlayezo wangeSonto? [ca_audio url=”http://static.ncfchurch.org.za/audio/insiderinfo/2012/TheCoach/InsiderInfo_timothy_relationships_wk5.mp3″ width=”500″ height=”27″ css_class=”codeart-google-mp3-player”] Indaba Yami Chaza umndeni ophelele? Liwumndeni kanjani ibandla? Chaza lemisho elandelayo: ibandla likhonela mina ibandla likhonela abampofu ibandla likhonela abalahlekileyo Umndeni kumele uzinakekele kanjani izidingo zelunga lomndeni? Kuyafana yini lokhu nasebandleni? Uma kunjalo, onjani okumele anakekelwe ibandla? Libonakala ngani ibandla elinothando? Injula nokujiya Funda 1 Timothy 5:1-8 […]

1 Timothy Week 5 (English) –

[ca_audio url=”http://static.ncfchurch.org.za/audio/insiderinfo/2012/TheCoach/InsiderInfo_timothy_relationships_wk5.mp3″ width=”500″ height=”27″ css_class=”codeart-google-mp3-player”] What did the message on Sunday get you thinking about? My Story Describe the perfect family? How is the church a “family”? Discuss the following statements: The church exists for me The church exists for the poor The church exists for the lost How responsible should a family be for […]

Growing Your Small Group –

By Grant Crawford [ca_audio url=”http://static.ncfchurch.org.za/audio/DNADownload/Growing%20Small%20Groups.mp3″ width=”500″ height=”27″ css_class=”codeart-google-mp3-player”]

Womanhood –

      In today’s modern world it is becoming increasingly difficult to discern what it means to be a strong Godly woman.   Have you ever wondered :   What is required to be a strong woman? What is my role as a woman? What about women’s rights? Do I have to give up […]

1 Timothy Week 3 (English) –

[ca_audio url=”http://static.ncfchurch.org.za/audio/insiderinfo/2012/TheCoach/InsiderInfo_timothy_wk4_leadership.mp3″ width=”500″ height=”27″ css_class=”codeart-google-mp3-player”] For the 30th of October 1 Timothy 3 Quick Review As you reflect on the sermon this last Sunday what particular point or passage was most meaningful to you? My Story Have you ever lead anything and felt completely out of your depth? What happened? Which one of the following […]

1 Timothy Week 3 (Zulu) –

[ca_audio url=”http://static.ncfchurch.org.za/audio/insiderinfo/2012/TheCoach/InsiderInfo_timothy_wk4_leadership.mp3″ width=”500″ height=”27″ css_class=”codeart-google-mp3-player”] For the 30th of October Isibuyekezo Esisheshayo  Uma ukhumbula intshumayelo yangeSonto ikuphi okukusize kakhulu? Indaba Yami Ikhona yini into owake wayiphatha wazizwela uyisehluleki kuyona? Kwenzakalani? Ikuphi okulandelayo ongakhetha ukuba yikho, ngani? Ibhosi ephethe Umsebenzi oqashwe ngokugcwele kuwo Umholi wochungechunge lwamabhizinisi Umholi osafumfusa kwezomnotho Isekela likabasi ekuphatheni Okunye Ikuphi okujwayelekile ezweni […]

Building Fund Initiatives –

Building fund initiatives can be risky because people often have a mislead conception that ‘churches just want your money’. So, when launching a building fund initiative, the way in which you inspire people to get on-board with your initiative is important. We used this clip as a platform upon which we encouraged church members to […]

Moms on the Move –

Momʼs on the Move Momʼs with little ones are in a unique season of their lives. They often feel lonely, vulnerable and overwhelmed by the task of motherhood. At the same time, they have extra time on their hands and miss socialising with adults. When it comes to momʼs groups, there are some definite dangers […]

Music and the Spirit Part 1 –

By Aiden Whitaker Part 1 There is an interesting account in 1Samuel 16:14-23 that speaks about music and the Spirit of God – as I began to read I saw things I have never seen before. I love it when God’s word does that. The story starts with the Spirit of God leaving Saul and […]

Worship and the Spirit Part 2 –

By Aiden Whitaker Part 2 Ever wondered what it was about David that got him places? Try picture David in your mind, what does he look like? We often portray David as this scrawny kid who threw stones and wrote songs as he spent his days watching sheep and then all of a sudden he’s […]

Worship and the Spirit Part 3 –

by Aiden Whitaker Part 3 David the skilled, David the real deal, David the anointed of God finds himself playing music for Saul and as he plays: Saul feels better, is refreshed and the tormenting spirit leaves. Great therapy if you ask me. But is there more here? We already know what music does and […]

Church Administration and Finances –

  This post will help you out with legal, financial and human resources issues related to your church and being an NGO.   A constitution is a set of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is governed.[1] These rules together make up, i.e. constitute, what the entity is. […]

Marriage Manual –

The covenant marriage manual will take you through an interactive manual allowing you to explore the different facets of your marriage and equip you to live out your covenant marriage Download 

Youth Visionary –

“In the beginning, God ‘innovated’…” Being a young guy, I love innovation. Be it design, a product or something church-related. If it’s brand new, different to the status quo and “happening”, you have my full attention! However, it’s safe to say I’m not the only person with this mindset. This trend closely follows in the youth of today […]

Talk it Over 4 –

Icebreaker: Explain the word love using its 4 letters? Be creative & have fun with it! (doesn’t have to be serious) Read Gal 6:1-2 & Gal 5:14 Discussion questions: 1. How does the law of Christ differ from previous laws (ten commandments etc.) and why did the 10 commandments need an upgrade? (Leaders guide – […]

Trouble Maker –

Icebreaker: If you were forced to leave your country, where would you go and why? Discussion questions: 1. Jeremiah 20:7 & Lamentations 3:22-23 – compare these verses. How do you think Jeremiah was feeling when he wrote them? (Leaders guide – Jeremiah started prophesying at a young age, even though he went through extreme hardships […]

Joy –

ICE-BREAKER OPTIONS: Name 3 things that are guaranteed to make you HAPPY any day of the year! Name ONE of the happiest moments of your life to date   BREAK-DOWN FROM SUNDAY’S MESSAGE Read Eccles 2: 1 – 26:   There are two extremes that believers find themselves tending towards in trying to make sense […]

The Church of Jesus –

ICE-BREAKER OPTIONS: Nickname game: Write down a nickname (1 or more) you received at school/varsity and place it in a hat.  Then let people draw 1 piece of paper from the hat and try and guess whose nickname they have drawn.   NB: Please remember that this ice-breaker won’t work in every group and that […]