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					 1                            PRESBYTERY OF TSHWANE
 2    The minutes of Tshwane Presbytery meeting held on Saturday 20th May 2006 at Saints
 3                             Presbyterian Church (Lyttelton)
     Table of Contents
     PRESBYTERY OF TSHWANE .......................................................................................... 1
       1.Constitution ................................................................................................................... 1
       2.Congregational Introduction ......................................................................................... 1
       3.Present - Apologies - Associates .................................................................................. 1
       4.Notices of Motion ......................................................................................................... 2
       5.Confirmation of Minutes ............................................................................................... 2
       6.Matters Arising.............................................................................................................. 3
       7.Moderator’s Report ....................................................................................................... 3
       8.Clerk’s Report ............................................................................................................... 3
       9.Finances ......................................................................................................................... 5
       10.Ministry ....................................................................................................................... 6
       11.Congregational Integration Committee ...................................................................... 7
       12.JSR/SACC ................................................................................................................... 7
       13.Mission and Church Development ............................................................................. 7
       14.Doctrine and Remits .................................................................................................... 8
       15.Rolls and Records ....................................................................................................... 8
       16.Associations ................................................................................................................ 8
       17.Next Meetings ............................................................................................................. 9
       18.Closure ........................................................................................................................ 9
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 5   1. Constitution
 6   The Moderator welcomed all present and asked the students for ministry to lead
 7   devotions. Sisanda Mpayi did the opening, Lentekile Mashoko and Jun Hu offered
 8   prayers and Wonke Buqa preached on Matt. 28:19-20 (The Great Commission).
 9   2. Congregational Introduction
10   There was no report from Soshanguve and St. Peter’s.
11   3. Present - Apologies - Associates
12       1. Present
13            1. Ministers: R. Armstrong, B. Bosiki, M. Broughton, A. Cameron, A. Combrink,
14               G. Duncan, G. Goyns, S. Mamabolo, E. Moerman (Moderator), M. Mohapi, D.
15               Nanyane, P. Nyauza (Clerk), G. Sinclair, T. Steyn and R. Wilson.
16            2. Elders: F. Barnard, P. Crouch, R. Cullen, H. Davies, L. Fourie, J. Hara,
17               G.Hartley, S. Hay, C. Johnston, J. Kraan, V. Mashao, S. Masotla, S. Mbana,
18               A.Milanzi, E. Motaung, B. Motshabi, M. Nyakale, V. Nxiwa, P. Rathebe,
19               P.Reynders, E. Stopforth, A. Thema, M. Thompson, M. Tleane, G. Tunzi,
20               B.Watson, P. Witham and S. Zibi
21       2. Apologies

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22         1. Ministers: W. Bezuidenhout, R. le Roux, Z. Makalima and T. Groeneveld,
23            D.van der Spuy.
24         2. Elders: E. Klopper, P. Marshall, M. Mooka and A. Tleane
25      3. Associates: W. Buqa, E. Cameron, C. Deliwe, S. Hodgson, J. Hu, J. Lediga,
26         F.Makgahlela, L. Mashoko, C. Moore, S. Mpayi, F Ntshona and V. Zepe
27   4. Notices of Motion
28   4.1. NOM 1 from Ruth Armstrong
29   At a time convenient to the council, I shall move that Presbytery grant four months
30   maternity leave to Rev. Ruth Armstrong, in line with guidelines laid down by the 6th
31   General Assembly of the UPCSA in 2004, commencing on 1st July 2006 until 1st
32   November 2006, with the possibility that these dates may change.” (To be taken under
33   Ministry.)
34   4.2. NOM 2 from Theo Groeneveld (Presented by the Clerk)
35   “When the Finance Committee presents its report or at a time convenient to the court, I
36   will move that Presbytery notes that Emmanuel Congregation intends to add an
37   additional office and Sunday School space to their facilities. This will cost in the region
38   of R330.00 and will be funded by money that the congregation has paid ahead on its
39   bond. In the light of this the following proposals are moved:
40      1. Presbytery approves the Building Project
41      2. Presbytery approves the Assessment relief on this project and writes to the Finance
42         Committee of General Assembly in this regard.” (To be taken under Treasurer’s
43         Report.)
44   4.3. NOM 3 from Keith Scott
45    “When Presbytery considers the Mission and Church Development Report, I will move
46   the following: In terms of paragraph 2.11(b) of the Manual of Law and Procedure, Mr
47   Robin Bryant who is our Treasurer is required to retire because of his age. The Board of
48   Management is experiencing difficulty in finding a replacement for Mr Bryant and has
49   resolved to request Presbytery to allow Mr Bryant to continue as Treasurer for the period
50   of one year.” (To be taken under Treasurer’s Report.)
51   4.4. NOM 4 from Ewald Moerman
52   “At a time convenient to the council, I shall move that Presbytery grants permission for
53   Long Leave to Ewald Moerman as from 1st June to 31st July 2006.” (To be taken under
54   Ministry.)
55   5. Confirmation of Minutes
56        1. 18 Feb 2006 at Jonas Lediga:
57           The minutes were confirmed with the following corrections:
58            1. On p.2 under item 40 add the name of Mr E. Motaung as present
59            2. On p.6 under item 205 add the name of G. Goyns as part of the Training
60               Committee


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61            3. On p.10 under item 313 the name should read UPCSA
62        2. Executive Meeting – 20th April 2006 at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church
63           No meeting was held.
64   6. Matters Arising
65    1. Assessment Relief for Saints Presbyterian Church
66    2. Travel costs for Ruighoek Training Workshop
67   7. Moderator’s Report
68   The report on Ministerial Family Retreat having been circulated, the Moderator moved
69   the following proposals as linked:
70    P_7.1.1. Presbytery receives the report.
71    P_7.1.2. Presbytery takes note of the proposed program and should they have any
72         suggestions, to please relay these to the Moderator before the 1st of June2006.
73    P_7.1.3. Presbytery urges all ministers and elder commissioners to inform and
74         encourage congregations to see this retreat as an investment in their ministerial
75         families and their subsequent ministry back to the congregation.
76    P_7.1.4. Presbytery requests all congregations to pay for their ministerial families
77         travel to and from the Retreat.
78    P_7.1.5. Presbytery challenges all congregations to hold a retiring offering for one
79         month, before the retreat, to help raise funds for the cost of the retreat.
80   These linked proposals were seconded and agreed.
81   8. Clerk’s Report
82   8.1. Synod:
83   The Clerk gave a report that due to lack of cooperation from other Presbyteries, it is
84   difficult to carry on with the vision of forming a Synod.
85     P_8.1.1. It was proposed, seconded and agreed that the idea of a Synod be kept in
86         abeyance until another Presbytery makes an overture to the General Assembly.
87   8.2. Commissioners to General Assembly:
88     P_8.2.1. The following names were proposed, seconded and it was agreed.
89          Ministers         Elders
90          1. A. Cameron          1. G. Hartley
91          2. G. Duncan        2. V. Mashao
92          3. S. Mamabolo      3. P. Rathebe
93          4. P. Nyauza        4. E. Stopforth
94          5. G. Sinclair      5. M. Thompson
95   8.3. Letter of Appeal:
96   A letter of appeal against a suspension was received from G. Dintwe, an Elder at St.
97   Thomas (Hammanskraal). Due to time constraints and lack of more information, it
98   was referred to the next Executive meeting.


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 99   8.4. Khayakhulu Situation:
100     1. Rev Bosiki gave a detailed report about the dissident group who are influenced by
101        outside forces and misled by certain Elders in the congregation to re-establish the
102        former Reformed Presbyterian Church.
103     2. Furthermore Prof. S. Zibi gave a report that these outside forces are also operating
104        in other Presbyteries and are threatening the peace and unity of this denomination.
105     P_8.4.1. It was agreed that Presbytery should take decisive steps and act within the
106          provision of Manual of Law and Procedure by appointing a Commission to the
107          Khayakhulu Congregation. The following names were proposed, seconded and
108          agreed as members of the Commission:
109          Mac Makalima (Convener), P. Nyauza (Clerk), and Elders V. Nxiwa, E.
110          Stopforth and G. Tunzi.
111          The Commission is expected to come up with recommendations and report at the
112          next meeting of Presbytery in August 2006.
113     P_8.4.2. It was also proposed, seconded and agreed that Bongani Bosiki should
114          remain the Interim Moderator until this situation is resolved.
115     In view of this dissident group in trying to destabilize the denomination, Prof. S. Zibi
116     moved the following proposal:
117     P_8.4.3. Presbytery overtures the General Assembly to reopen serious discussions on
118         issues affecting the union in all Presbyteries.
119         It was seconded and agreed.
120   8.5. Database
121     P_8.5.1. Database: It was proposed, seconded and agreed that Theo, Eddie and
122         Margie be appointed as Database Committee .
123   8.6. Correspondence
124     1. From Rustenburg congregation informing the Presbytery about the revised salary
125        breakdown for Ruth Armstrong as from 1st January 2006.
126        Stipend      R3 210.00
127        Travel allowance   R1 920.00
128        Water and Lights   R400.00
129        Telephone      R100.00
130        Pension      R800.00
131        Rent         R3 400.00
132        Total        R9 830.00
133     2. From Saints congregation informing the Presbytery about the salary increase for
134        Glynis Goyns as from 1st March 2006.
135        Stipend        R6 815.00
136        Accommodation         R1 069.82
137        Annual Bonus        R567.92
138        Long Leave          R227.17
139        Less: Own Pension Contribution R511.13
140        Sub Total         R8 168.77
141        Tax on above        R870.38

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142      UIF           R68.15
143      ADJ. Blocked         R1 353.77
144      Payable Monthly      R5 876.47
145      Benevolent Fund      R900.00
146      Total         R6 776.47
147   3. From Ga Rankuwa congregation informing Presbytery about their current
148      finances.
149      Investment     R203 404.66
150      Unit Trust     R11 711.38
151      Cheque Account     R15 604.78
152      Total        R230 720.82
153   4. From Trinity Session requesting permission from Presbytery for Mr Albie Jordaan
154      (Youth Pastor with a Bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry - UNISA) to dispense
155      the sacraments, subject to a successful completion of the prescribed examination.
156   P_8.6.1. After a thorough discussion, permission for Mr Albie Jordaan (Youth Pastor
157       with a Bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry - UNISA) to dispense the sacraments,
158       subject to a successful completion of the prescribed examination was granted by
159       Presbytery.
160   5. From Trinity Board of Management requesting approval of Presbytery for the
161      appointment of Miss J. Sawyers and Mr N. Siebert as Trustees representing the
162      congregation on the Trinity Church Trust. They replace Miss J. Mansfield and Mr
163      B. Laing respectively.
164   P_8.6.2. Presbytery approved the appointment of Miss J. Sawyers and Mr N. Siebert
165       as Trustees representing the congregation on the Trinity Church Trust.
166   6. From General Assembly Office.
167         1. A belated condolence to Rev. J. McKane whose mother has passed away.
168         2. A copy of the Message of the President of the WCC at Pentecost.
169         3. A copy of the vacancies advertised by the WCC. Interested persons to
170            contact the Clerk for more information.
171         4. JSR (SA) has embarked on a project of skills development and job creation
172            within the bounds of Egoli Presbytery. The contact person is Rev. M.
173            Raphesu.
174         5. Consultation of Presbytery Clerks, Moderators and Treasurers at St. Peter's
175            Lodge in Johannesburg as from 24th to 26th July 2006.
176         6. The Maintenance of the Ministry Committee is conducting a survey in order
177            to gather information with regard to car loans. Replies are expected by end
178            of June.
179         7. Ministers’ Spirituality Conference will take place at the Camp Jonathan
180            Retreat Centre in KwaZulu-Natal in May next year (2007). Although dates
181            still need to be confirmed, the most likely date is Tuesday 22nd to Friday
182            25th May 2007.


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183   9. Finances
184   9.1. Treasurer's Report
185   The report on Income and Expenditure and Balance Sheet having been circulated, the
186   Treasurer moved the following proposal:
187     P_9.1.1. Presbytery receives the report. It was seconded and agreed.
188   9.2. Notion of Motion 2: Emmanuel building project.
189   Presbytery having been informed on the building project and being satisfied of the
190   arrangements approved the following:
191     P_9.2.1. Presbytery approves the Building Project
192     P_9.2.2. Presbytery approves the Assessment relief of R330,000 on this project and
193         writes to the Finance Committee of General Assembly in this regard.
194   9.3. Permission for Mr Bryant to continue as Treasurer.
195   NOM.3 from Keith Scott was in fact approved in the February meeting of Presbytery.
196   9.4. Assessment relief to Saints.
197     P_9.4.1. As this matter was not yet resolved, it was proposed, seconded and agreed
198         that the Treasurer should pursue the matter of assessment relief for Saints with
199         the Finance Committee of General Assembly.
200   9.5. Stipend Equalisation and Pledging workshop.
201   The report had been circulated. Presbytery agreed to the following proposals:
202     P_9.5.1. Presbytery Receive the Report.
203     P_9.5.2. Presbytery appoints Warwick Smart to convene a further discussion on
204         “Stipends – Equalization, Subsidization, and Centralization” with the mandate to
205         come out with some practical proposals to move us forward in this discussion.
206   10. Ministry
207   10.1. MinComm Report
208   The report having been circulated, the Clerk moved the following proposals:
209     P_10.1.1. Presbytery receives the report. It was seconded and agreed.
210     P_10.1.2. Presbytery makes time in its August Agenda for the Tribute to Fred
211         Lambert. It was seconded and agreed.
212     P_10.1.3. Presbytery ask the Moderator to consider asking Fred Lambert to conduct
213         devotions.. It was seconded and agreed.
214   10.2. NOM#1– Maternity Leave Ruth Armstrong
215   Having given a notice of motion,
216     P_10.2.1. Ruth Armstrong moved that Presbytery grant maternity leave as from 1st
217         July until 1st November 2006.(NOM 1) It was seconded and agreed.
218   10.3. NOM#4: Long Leave E Moerman.
219   NOM 4 from Ewald Moerman was in fact approved in the February meeting of

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220   Presbytery.
221   10.4. Chris Moore
222   A report was given that Chris Moore’s application for readmission into the ministry of
223   the UPCSA was already in the Assembly Papers.
224   10.5. Training Committee.
225      1. Eddie Stopforth gave a report that a training workshop for the Lowveld
226         congregations will be on the 3rd of June 2006.
227      2. Glynis Goyns gave a report that the Fellowship of Vocation scheduled for 6 May
228         2006, did not take place because of other commitments.
229      3. Glynis Goyns encouraged active involvement of student ministers in
230         congregations within this Presbytery.
231   10.6. Miscellaneous Ministry Related Issues:
232     P_10.6.1. Rex le Roux proposed, was seconded and it was agreed that there should a
233         list of Lay Preachers.
234     P_10.6.2. It was proposed seconded and agreed that Eddie Stopforth be nominated as
235         the next Moderator of General Assembly, pending her written consent. There
236         were no other nominations.
237     P_10.6.3. In view of Ewald Moerman’s Long Leave, it was proposed, seconded and
238         agreed that Mac Makalima be the Acting Moderator of Presbytery as from the 1st
239         of June until 16th August 2006.
240     P_10.6.4. In view of Ruth Armstrong’s maternity leave, it was proposed, seconded and
241         agreed that Tobie Steyn be appointed as Interim Moderator to the Rustenburg
242         congregation.
243   11. Congregational Integration Committee
244   The report having been circulated, Graham Duncan moved the following proposal:
245     P_11.1.1. Presbytery receives the report. It was seconded and agreed.
246   12. JSR/SACC
247   The report having been circulated, Sello Mamabolo moved the following proposal:
248     P_12.1.1. Presbytery receives the report. It was seconded and agreed.
249   13. Mission and Church Development
250   13.1. Reports of Vacant Congregations – No Reports Received
251      1. Ga Rankuwa : The report on finances was noted and referred to the Executive.
252      2. Khayakhulu: (refer to 8.4)
253      3. Mamelodi: No report.
254      4. Mamelodi Gardens: No report.
255      5. Phola: No report.
256      6. St. James: No report.

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257      7. St. Mark’s: No report.
258      8. St. Paul’s: No report.
259      9. St. Peter’s: No report.
260      10.St. Thomas: No report.
261      11.Thumedi Makgahlela: No report.
262   13.2. Ruighoek:
263     The report having been circulated, Mel Broughton moved the following proposals:
264     P_13.2.1. Presbytery receives the report. It was seconded and agreed.
265     P_13.2.2. Presbytery relieves the Rev. M. Broughton of the Interim Moderatorship of
266         Ruighoek as from 1st June 2006. It was seconded and agreed.
267     P_13.2.3. Presbytery appoints the Rev. Tobie Steyn as Interim Moderator as from 1st
268         June until 1st November 2006. It was seconded and agreed.
269     P_13.2.4. It was proposed seconded and agreed that the Ruighoek congregation should
270         contribute money to cover travel cost for the person who will be training them in
271         skills etc and preferably someone from nearby Rustenburg.
272   13.3. Poor responses from congregations
273    The Moderator reminded Interim Moderators to submit their written reports in good time
274   (refer to Standing Orders of Presbytery).
275     P_13.3.1. It was proposed, seconded and agreed that the Clerk be instructed to write a
276         letter to the Ministers and Interim Moderators of the Lowveld congregations
277         expressing the Presbytery’s concern as to their attendance of meetings.
278   14. Doctrine and Remits
279   No report.
280   15. Rolls and Records
281   These were received from St. John’s, St. Mark’s and Thumedi Makgahlela and were
282   attested by Guy Hartley.
283   16. Associations
284   16.1. Children’s Ministry:
285   No report.
286   16.2. Youth:
287   Annual Conference as from 7-9 July 2006 at East London.
288   16.3. Presbyterian Women’s Fellowship:
289   No report.
290   16.4. Men’s Christian Guild:
291   Annual Conference as from 10-11 June 2006 at Mamelodi.



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292   16.5. Tshwane Regional Choir:
293   Will be hosting the National Choir Festival as from 26-27 August 2006 at Soshanguve.
294   16.6. Presbyterian Educational Fund:
295   No report.
296   16.7. Bible Society:
297   No report.
298   16.8. Rocky Valley:
299   The proposed Ministerial Family Retreat will be held there as from 24th to 26th
300   September 2006.
301   17. Next Meetings
302      1. Consistory Meeting - 7th June 2006 at 09H00 at Rocky Valley.
303      2. Executive Meeting - 20th July 2006 at 15H00 at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church.
304      3. Presbytery Meeting - 19th August 2006 at 08H00 at Soshanguve Presbyterian
305         Church
306   18. Closure
307   Before closure there was a time of prayer for the needs and problems of this Presbytery
308   and the meeting was closed with prayer by the Moderator at 12H30.
309
310   Confirmation of the Minutes
311
312   Confirmed this day__________________of___________________2006
313
314
315       _________________________                       __________________________
316                   Clerk                                        Moderator




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