Under this theme, the congregational and district rectors gathered with the Apostle Sipho Mogane for a weekend of fellowship, learning and sharing ideas, from 13 to 15 September 2019.
Arriving in Mookgopong on Friday evening, the delegates were welcomed to the conference venue with a braai with a twist. Each one had to cook his own rump steak and wors. Hungry, but with great excitement the brothers arrived and enjoyed an evening around the fire!
After a hearty breakfast on Saturday morning, the delegates met in the conference hall for the training sessions. The Apostle opened with prayer and welcomed all. The programme was intense and dealt with relevant topics on how each rector can work on cultivating a warm fellowship in the congregation. The Apostle also provided feedback on the resolutions passed during the recent Apostles and Bishops Conference in Port Elizabeth, and how this will impact the congregation life. In the afternoon, the brothers had some break-away sessions, where groups comprising rectors of both rural and urban congregations shared their experiences on the challenges they face. However, they also came up with proposed solutions on how to successfully address such challenges. After supper, the brothers gathered for a choir practice.
The highlight of the weekend was the divine service on Sunday with the Apostle. The Apostle implored the ministers to adhere to the importance of sanctification; by sanctifying themselves as servants of God, being reassured that it is the Lord who has called them to serve. Soon the weekend drew to an end and after lunch, all headed home with much appreciation for the bushveld hospitality, as well as new insights on how to lead and manage their respective congregations. Furthermore, many bonds of friendship were also established.