The Church of England in South Africa
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God’s Master Plan
for Change part 1
If you love someone you won’t try to
change them. Love accepts people as
they are, warts and all. Maybe you’ve
heard that relationship advice before?
But is it always true? Is acceptance of
someone’s shortcomings really a dem-
onstration of true love? God’s love for
us is a perfect love. And yet, He doesn’t
love us for who we are. He loves us in
spite of who we are. And because He
loves us, He very much wants to change
You could say that the whole Bible
story is about God’s master plan to
change lives. None of us are who we
should be. Our lives are a very pale re-
ﬂection of what God intended. Sin has
taken its toll. We are all in need of a
complete overhaul. That’s where God’s
master plan for change comes in. Be- a people that are his very own, eager promises to see His change project all
fore time began, God set His sights on to do what is good.” As Jesus atoned on the way through to that point of com-
loving and calling and restoring broken the cross for our sin, paying its penalty pletion in the future glory. Philippians
people. Romans 8:28 tells us that God and destroying its power, He opened 1:6 says that “he who began a good
is orchestrating every moment of every up the possibility for change. That is work in you will carry it on to comple-
day so that everything we experience, why Jesus died. That possibility then tion until the day of Christ Jesus.” God
if we are God’s children, has been de- becomes reality in the most incredible is in the business of changing lives. He
signed by Him to change us into the act of God’s power and grace. Through never does half jobs. And He has a 100
people He intended us to be – people the gift of the Holy Spirit, God unites per cent success rate. Through Christ
whose lives look more and more like people to Christ as they put their faith He destroys the penalty of sin and the
Jesus. in Him, so that they benefit from all that power of sin so that one day we will be
Christ achieved. God’s simple purpose free from the presence of sin.
Made Possible by the Cross in doing this is so that “we may live a
God’s great change project was made new life” (Rom. 6:4). The Bible calls this some of the implications
possible through the cross. The death the new birth. The implications of this are huge.
of Jesus made real personal change not But God doesn’t stop there. Not Firstly, it means that change is inevi-
just a pipe dream, but an achievable re- only does He set His affection upon in- table for God’s children. God is trans-
ality. Titus 2:14 says that “Jesus Christ … dividuals in eternity past, not only does forming us into Christ’s likeness with
gave himself for us to redeem us from He unite them to Christ at the point of ever-increasing glory (2 Corinthians
all wickedness and to purify for himself conversion in the present, but He also 3:18). So I don’t have the option of
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administrative Oﬃcer: Presiding Bishop: Registrar:
The Rev Brian Cameron The Rt Rev Frank Retief Dr Jerry Gule
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A Word from the Presiding Bishop
synod salary Revision most unlikely people having a Gospel
Thank you for your participation in We were grateful to Mike Budden concern: E.g. the Free State farmers for
Synod. It was a good time of fellow- and Lew de Jager of Cebano for the their workforce. What a strange and
ship and rekindling of friendships. I was hard work they put in to this presenta- wonderful land we live in. Bishop Mar-
grateful for the “family” atmosphere tion regarding salaries and remunera- tin’s comments on the pros and cons of
that prevailed and the warm-hearted- tions. Their report has been sent to all staying in South Africa instead of leav-
ness exercised by everybody. presbyters and Christian workers. It is ing were a timely reminder to us all of
now up to the various Churches and the wonderful opportunities for evan-
Speakers Area Bishops to carry this report for- gelism and witness that exist in Africa.
We are grateful to Michael Lawrence ward and assist people in thinking it
and Thabiti Anyabwile for being our through and implementing what they change of name
speakers this Synod. They came to us are able. This is an ongoing debate. The is-
at no cost to CESA because they were sue now seems to be that our consti-
on their way to a conference at Africa Issues
Enterprise. The three talks on the Penal It was interesting,
Substitution of Christ were excellent from my point of view,
and the two talks on race were superb. to note the issues with
I hope you are able to obtain copies to which we dealt at Synod.
lend to others. In summary they are as
2 follows: race, transfor-
new Bishop mation, succession, mis-
We congratulate Raj Moodley on his sions, local ministries,
election as a new Bishop for CESA. His money, and care for the
consecration will take place on 28 No- poor.
vember. We do hope it will be a bum- We did not deal with
per occasion. We were disappointed these in great depth be-
that no other black Bishops were nomi- cause they are ongoing
nated this year for various reasons. But conversations, but I think
we were heartened to hear that there we covered important
will be nominees for next year. We con- issues that would be applicable for tution makes it impossible to change
tinue to keep transformation on our all Churches. I was greatly blessed to our name. If this is so then we might
agendas and pray for God’s help and hear of the various projects being un- need to consider an additional “trading
guidance in this regard. dertaken in different areas and of the name”. Legal advice is being sought on
this at present.
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stagnating on my journey to becoming agement when change seems painfully We have been without a Chancellor
more like Jesus. I must not be satisfied slow. When persistent sin seems im- for five years. The Chancellor is the le-
with mediocrity in my Christian life. If possible to overcome and failure feels gal advisor to CESA. Allistair McIntosh
God’s goal is perfection, then I should like a way of life, I need to remember was our Chancellor until an accident
aim at nothing less. Secondly, it means God’s commitment to present me spot- made it impossible for him to act. It
that the key to bringing about change less and pure on the final day. Because was, however, wonderful to see him
in my life and dealing with specific sins He loves me, that is His goal. And He back at Synod this year. With Synod’s
is found in the gospel. The gospel is our will stop at nothing to achieve it. permission we have asked him to re-
power and motivation to change. In the sume his position, bearing in mind that
fight against sin we can do no better Recommended reading: we need to train a new Chancellor in
than preaching the gospel to ourselves You Can Change by Tim Chester; How accordance with our commitment to
again. Thirdly, it means that because People Change by Tim Lane & Paul transformation.
God is not finished with me yet, I should Tripp; Finally Alive by John Piper. Continued on page 3
not become overwhelmed by discour-
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Other Matters The problem is that those who readily through the land, with his jacket ﬂap-
welcome us and seek us out are more ping open, his hands behind his back
1. GWC is going through a process of Anglican than we are and think we are and his eagle eye watching for every
strategic planning at present. We look more Anglican than we really are. This opportunity to ask somebody “Are you
forward to a report in due course on all is a debate we must have in the future. a Christian?”
5. Following on from the previous point Finally, brothers and sisters let me
2. In the Cape the building of the new may I ask you to seriously reﬂect on comment on the request of Synod for
“Arise” building on the premises of St your order of service? I have been to me to stay on for one more year. First-
Thomas’ Church in Heideveld is under- services where the leader prays a short ly, it is an honour to serve God in CESA
way. prayer of confession at the beginning of and Beulah and I gladly do so. Secondly,
the service then a song is sung. Apart I am putting into action now a process
3. Bishop Des Inglesby and I were re- from this being out of order with our by which we will hopefully elect a new
cently invited to attend the opening ser- normal practice, the point is that I want Presiding Bishop to be presented to
vice of the Anglican Church’s Cape Dioc- to confess my own sins. I do not want next Synod. More of this in the future.
esan Synod. We found the Archbishop anyone else doing it for me, especially Both Beulah and I are conscious of the
to be a most pleasant and courteous when it sounds hurried, insincere and need for new leadership. We are both
person who welcomed us warmly. The bad grammatically. This confession is past our sell-by date and are amazed
service was typical high Anglican with an opportunity for all of us who feel and grateful for your patience with us.
much ringing of bells and billowing in- stained and defeated by the world to Both of us live only to preach Christ
cense that filled the building. We were come together as God’s ﬂock and con- and invite sinners to come to Him to be
amused, after the service, to see a ‘NO fess our sins and ask for forgiveness, saved with all that means in terms of
SMOKING’ sign in the foyer. Des and I which He graciously promises in Jesus changed lives. But we are also dedicat-
recently had a follow-up meeting with Christ our Lord. Sincerely and imagina- ing ourselves to finding new leadership.
the Archbishop. It was a most cordial tively done this could be a great mo- Beulah will be running the last Wom-
time underscoring the good relations ment in the service. Please do not take en’s Conferences this year. Next year is
we have with the Anglicans and aﬃrm- this away from me or from your con- the World Cup and travelling will be a
ing the difference between the present gregations. nightmare. That, combined with costs
with all its changes and the acrimoni- and the fact that many regions have
ous past, which most of you reading 6. We are grateful for the visit of Vijay their own Conferences, make it pru- 3
this will not remember. Menon to our Churches. He came at dent to call it quits this year. But Beu-
my request as I thought this was to be lah hopes to continue to be involved in
4. It occurs to me that with the new my last Synod and I wanted to publicly other ways. The old era is coming to a
developments around Africa and the thank him for being such a good friend close, but a wonderful new era is beck-
invitations Bishop Martin Morrison over the years. Many of you have bene- oning. Please pray for us and for CESA
is receiving, we need to rethink our fited from this unique individual. Many as we move into the future with all its
stance as an Anglican Church. I suspect have been converted, encouraged and exciting opportunities.
that our Anglican roots are not that challenged afresh. He is 79 years old
important to our current generation. and hard to keep up with as he marches Bp Frank Retief
introducing . . .
Nils is going to be writing some posts for the
CESA blog, so we thought you should meet him
and get to know him before he does that. Nils is
a huge reader and thinker, so we’re pretty sure
you’ll benefit from the stuff he writes.
Nils Holmgren is a pastor at Tokai Community
Church in Cape Town, South Africa. He is cur-
rently involved in leading the young adults
ministry, music ministry and he oversees The
Bible Talks congregation.
Nils completed his Theological studies at
George Whitefield College in 2005. Before en-
tering full-time ministry, Nils studied marketing at the Cape Technikon and worked for Santam in market research.
Nils is married to Chantelle and they have two beautiful daughters.
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A cricketing double-act, featuring Pe-
ter Pollock and Johan Botha, drew the
crowds at an evangelistic weekend,
hosted by St James Church in Port Eliza-
On the Friday evening Johan en-
gaged with Grade 6–12 learners about
his faith and the importance of being
100 per cent sold out for Jesus. Learners
came from schools where congregation
members are employed as teachers
or visit voluntarily to teach Scripture
classes. (St James members teach 6 addressed adults at a banquet on the
Scripture classes in local schools each Saturday evening and preached at
week). The church’s ongoing links with the Sunday service. Many lives were
local schools also provided great op- touched and some professed faith dur-
portunities for follow up. ing a follow-on Christianity Explained
Peter spoke to the children but also course.
Crossword Junior Kids Camp ’09
On Friday, 2 October, just under 70 small group time to engage with their
Grade 4–7 campers, and 15 leaders, kids and point them to Jesus, reinforc-
descended on Camp Anerley campsite ing the message of the passages taught
on the South Coast of KZN. Every year during the camp. They report having ex-
Crossword Junior regional camp pro- cellent gospel conversations with their
vides a weekend of good Bible teaching, groups, which is very encouraging.
and the kind of relationship-building Another encouragement is that de-
and fun unique to camping for children spite the great diversity in social, eco-
from churches all over KZN. nomic and cultural backgrounds of the
This year was no different. With the campers and leaders, and
theme of the Transformers to aid and the large number of church-
illustrate, main camp speaker Nigel es they represented, there
Richardson (Christ Church, Umhlanga) was a real spirit of unity and
taught the kids from Luke’s gospel friendship amongst every-
about some of the people Jesus met, one.
and how they were transformed by Praise God for a great
Him. Camp directors, Michelle Edgcum- weekend of sunshine and
be and Pam Jacobs, did the same from fun, and most of all for Jesus,
Mark’s Gospel. the ultimate transformer!
Throughout the weekend the camp
leaders worked hard to make use of the
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Saying Yes to Christ
Having barely recovered from SABC 3’s
disastrous ending to Survivor China re-
cently, Hayley and I decided to make
our TV selves vulnerable once more by
tuning into the Amazing Race. If you’re
unfamiliar with the series, the premise
is simple enough. Teams of two race
each other around the world, navigat-
ing their way through various challeng-
es to be the first to cross the finish line
and win the million dollar prize.
But the real interest of the show re-
volves around the partners chosen to
make up the teams. This season boasts
two overachieving siblings, a grandfa-
ther and grandson, and a pair of Goths.
The one team that’s hard to miss this
season, however, is Kate and Pat, the
lesbian couple that are also (wait for
it...) ordained ministers.
In the first episode they came across
as confident, self-assured and happy.
They are full of compliments about the
adventure they have embarked upon,
at one point saying something to the
effect of: “Amazing Race is a love letter 5
to the planet as we get to go and ex-
plore God’s creation.”
It was after one such outburst of
carefully aimed happiness and love talk, ing yes to every sinful impulse is not dif- yes to sin, but in saying yes to Christ.
that Hayley rather shrewdly observed, ficult. Whether it be rejecting God’s au- Only then will we discover what it is
“It’s easy for them to love everything thority when it comes to our sexuality to know life to the full, and only then
since they have decided never to say or our morality, the end result is always will we be able to know the God who
no to sin.” The danger of Kate and Pat the same: “The wages of sin is death,” is love.
is that they embrace what God has told (Rom 6:23).
us to ﬂee, and then proudly wrap it in Real joy in life is not found in saying Scott Tubman
Many viewers may think that this
lesbian team represent everything the introducing . . .
church should be if it hopes to remain
relevant in the 21st century. A religion
that denies nothing and embraces ev-
erything is perhaps, at first glance, ap- We’d like to introduce you to Scott Tubman.
pealing. He’s also going to be doing some writing for
Yet can one use the phrase ‘God is the CESA blog, which we hope you will benefit
love’ as an excuse to baptize every hu- from. Here is a little bit more about him:
man whim? Scott Tubman is an Australian by birth and a
Jesus says that if we are to follow South African by choice. In 2000 he crossed the
Him, we must take up our cross, a ocean to study at GWC. Not long after that he
daily battle in which we die to sin. It’s married Hayley and they now have two great
Jesus Himself who points out that to kids. Scott is the Youth Minister at St James Church, Kenilworth and also helps
say yes to everything is no way to find look after the evening service. He lectures Youth Ministry at GWC and gets
life. “What good is it for a man to gain excited about training youth workers for the church.
the whole world and yet lose his soul?” If you want to see Scott smile, take him for a swim at the beach, throw him
(Mark 8:36). a frisbee, or buy him a good cup of coffee.
Simply mimicking the world by say-
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GO Mitchell’s Plain
The annual GO Mission traditionally
took people away from Cape Town for a
week of mission but, this year, we have
“decentralised”. We held a second GO
Mission at Trinity Church, Mitchell’s
Plain, which ran from 23 to 27 Septem-
We wanted people to realise that
they didn’t need to “GO” very far to
find a cross-cultural, mission field. Our
goals were simple: We hoped the team
would get to know the local congrega-
tion and forge long-term friendships,
learn a bit about the community, reach
out to the community with the gospel
and consider the role of the church in
6 a place like Mitchell’s Plain. News bul-
letins tend to paint a grim picture of
Mitchell’s Plain and perhaps, as a result,
many would be scared to just wander in
for a visit. So we prayed that the Go Mis-
sion would be considered a “safe” way
of venturing in. People came and went a mini-tournament. Our thanks to
as their time allowed, but on Thursday Brad Wos for his tireless refereeing
24th, over 50 people attended. and coaching. On Friday afternoon we
The theme was “A New Communi- played on a dusty piece of ground next
ty”. Mitchell’s Plain is very community the church and on Saturday, in the rain,
orientated but is marred by substance the players slid all over a wet tarmac.
abuse and violence. So the seeds of a But the kids that came obviously loved
new, Jesus-centred community need to it. They were delighted afterwards to
be sown. The theme also covered the participate in freestyle dancing and to
need for a new Christian community listen to live rap. We also took
in Cape Town, that transcends cultural 20 or so men across to another
and, especially, economic divides. It church in Mitchell’s Plain for a
was our prayer that Go Mitchell’s Plain men’s breakfast hosted by the
would begin to address these issues. “Sons of God” choir. The men
Colin Banfield provided excellent loved the singing and were vis-
training and armed us with question- ibly engaged during the sermon.
naires to take out into the streets. The The proof of the pudding is in
questionnaires were designed not only the eating, as they say, and so it
to stimulate evangelism, but also to is a privilege to report that since
help us learn something about the re- the mission, the Sunday num-
ligious views and attitudes held by a bers at Trinity have swelled with
cross-section of people living in Mitch- plenty of new faces and return-
ell’s Plain. ees and encouraging new friend-
Over the weekend there was five- ships have formed.
a-side football, including training and Continued on page 7
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GlaDiator hOliDaY clUB
Riding the momentum of the GO
Mission, we ran a holiday club on the
Thursday and Friday of the following
week. The holiday club was held at Trin- Conference
ity in the mornings and St Lukes in the
afternoon. (St Lukes is another CESA
church in Mitchell’s Plain.)
“Let us not give up meeting togeth-
er” is one of the Hebrews’ com-
mands to Christians. No doubt it’s
meant to be worked out in a bunch
of different ways. And the Western
Cape’s Mid-Year Conference (MYC)
is one such outworking – and a
particularly meaningful one for stu-
MYC has always been a
The theme “GLADiator” gave us great opportunity for young
an excuse to have pool-noodle sword people to come together,
fights, human chariot races, straw-jav- sit under the teaching of
elin throwing contests and a “run the God’s word, and be inspired
gauntlet” version of dodge ball. to keep living for Jesus. This
year was no different as we
heard the book of Joel being
expounded by Justin Mote.
We were taught about an
ancient day of judgement, which was in fact a gracious signpost for an even
more awful day still to come. Joel’s message is the gospel, calling sinners to 7
return to God in sincere repentance. Unmissable stuff!
But the thing that marks out MYC from many other get-togethers is a com-
mitment to equip Christians to handle God’s word. To that end there were
workshops every day where students pored over various passages, working
out their meaning, and considering their impact. Students who were on camp
More importantly, we had an op- for the first time were given tools to tackle the New Testament, while others
portunity to explain, from Paul’s letter sank their teeth into an Old Testament passage, a systematic approach to the
to the Romans, that grace saves where Bible, or some in-depth OT application.
law condemns. This was well illustrated The first day of camp sometimes has students feeling a bit daunted by the
with a puppet show that starred a Ro- task ahead. But as they work together, they invariably become excited by the
man centurion called Law and a toga- clarity of God’s word and the insights they are able to make.
clad, happy man called Grace. Law tried It’s also always very busy on camp, with additional seminars dotted about
to do everything on his own and failed, the programme. This year, for the first time, seminars were included to help
while Grace was happy to be helped by students think through their youth and kids’ ministry. Scott Tubman and Jo
the children. Taylor stepped in to help lead those sessions.
The children learned that we will al- All of that hard work was matched by a very chilled atmosphere. Arriving
ways fail to make up for sin by our pa- at Rocklands, in Simonstown, always feels a bit like getting to a holiday resort.
thetic attempts at good works, but that Afternoons were filled with beach trips, football, touch rugby, and of course
God has graciously made it possible for every kind of mocha-choca-chakalaka-chino imaginable. All in all, it was a fan-
us to be His children again by simply tastic time away. Or, in the words of one of the students: “MYC was amazin! It
trusting in Jesus and His payment for was great 2 learn tools which we can put in 2 practice in our quiet times and
our sin on the cross. bible studies. Amazin fellowship in a beautiful place!”
tokai community church recently ran a share life weekend followed by two weekends of guest services.
the following media clips were used during these guest services:
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