The Ministerial Association in the Transvaal Conference exists to minister to pastors, pastors families and local church elders to empower them to inspire committed disciples of Jesus to, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, live for God and thus equip them to invite friends to joyful fellowship with the Father.
The Association affirms the importance of the local church in the completion of Christ’s commission. To assist its pastors in fulfilling this task, the Association serves them in the following areas:
- Proclamation – Keeping pastors ever conscious that their first calling is for the proclamation of the Word to the church and to the world and presenting Jesus as Saviour and Lord to all people, regardless of race, gender, nationality, tribe, or economic status.
- Personal Growth – Encouraging pastors in their personal growth and fostering a vibrant relationship with God that yields a strong sense of self worth and pastoral mission.
- Professional Growth – Promoting the professional growth of pastors in the study and practice of ministry, representing their interests at the local Conference, and enhancing the image of pastoral ministry so as to attract qualified persons and keep them in its ranks.
- Church Growth – Enabling pastors to nurture their congregations so they may be centres of loving concern, dynamic evangelism, and the presence of the living Lord.
To Pastors Families
The Association recognises that in today’s complex world, ministry is no longer the concern of the pastor alone. The pastor’s spouse and children are involved in and affected by the person and the practice of ministry. Therefore, the Association encourages the fulfilment of a family ministry and provides necessary support and resources to spouses who choose to serve as paraprofessionals in team ministry.
To Local Elders
The Association recognises the Biblical role of the local church elder, particularly in view of the ever-increasing demands on the church pastor and the need for lay involvement in the governance and ministry of the congregation. Therefore, the Association aims to nurture, train, motivate, and equip the local church elders in their leadership role as they serve their congregations and assist their pastors in soul-winning.
Values begin with God, and God is love
Love rejoices with truth Honesty
Love does not delight in evil Integrity
Love always trusts Faith in God
Love is not rude Respect
Love always protects Loyalty
Love never fails Responsibility
Love is kind Kindness
Love keeps no record of wrongs Compassion
Love does not boast
Love is not proud Humility
Love is not self-seeking
Love is not easily angered Self-control
Love is patient Patience
Love always perseveres Perseverance
Love does not envy Contentment
Love always hopes Commitment
1 Corinthians 13
The Northern Conference welcomes Ps Hannes Fourie as the new Director for the Ministerial and Training Departments.
We would also like to acknowledge and thank Ps Kobus Beukes (the previous Director) for his invaluable contribution to the Department for the previous term. May God bless you, Ps Beukes, as you return to the pastoral ministry.