The annual Apostles and Bishops Conference moved into its fifth day in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, 21 August 2019.
It was the turn of District Apostle J Kriel to steer most of the scheduled discussion points for the day.
Feedback on agenda items stemming from the District Apostles Meeting International held in Goslar during June 2019, were the main points that the District Apostle shared in the morning session of the meeting. The presentations brought the meeting up to speed with the announced changes to the concept of ministry of the New Apostolic Church.
Apostle Sipho Mogane was next to take the stage for his presentation on the work of the Disability and Special Needs Committee. The group has developed an online questionnaire tool to quantify the full extent of people with disability in congregations and to identify any physical, architectural, and/or communication barriers that may impede the full participation of people with disabilities in congregations. The questionnaire tool aims to help the Church in obtaining empirical data which will describe the prevalence rates of different types of disability and/or special needs in all congregations. After input from the meeting, this work in progress will be further developed to garner information for a national roll-out plan of the Church.
Chief Apostle J-L Schneider will visit the District Church Southern Africa in December of the current year. Bishop Greg February updated the meeting on the plans for the visit of the Chief Apostle to Walvis Bay, Namibia, from Thursday, 12 December 2019 to Friday, 13 December 2019 and thereafter to East London, South Africa, from Saturday, 14 December 2019 to Sunday, 15 December 2019. The latter service will be transmitted via NACTV to all congregations of the District Church Southern Africa. The District Apostle Helpers João Misselo (Angola) and Robert Nsamba (Zambia) will accompany the Chief Apostle on this visit.
Soul-care visits, an operating model for areas affected by violence/disrupted community life, was the topic of the presentation by Apostle Robert Worship. The presentation informed that the Cape Flats area of Cape Town has been hard-hit by gang violence over the last few months, with recorded deaths in excess of 2 000. The PowerPoint presentation shared the initiatives with the APBI group of what strategies could be employed to ensure that the work of caring for souls continues.
After some intensive deliberations on various topics, the meeting adjourned in the mid-afternoon, to afford the delegates the opportunity to prepare for and attend the evening Divine Service that was conducted by District Apostle J Kriel at the Forest Hill church, the closest congregation to the conference centre.
After the divine service it was back to the conference venue for supper and evening fellowship.