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Agapé History

Agapé History

Corné and Pat arrived with their daughters, Tania, Liesl and Vicki, in January 1987. The move from Pretoria is based on a request from a small group of zealous disciples of Jesus.  The aim was that Corné would serve as teacher for a small home church who met in a garage in Burgerstreet 65.

Corné and Pat were pastors at Hatfield Christian Church.  In their search for God’s will and the discovery of their own vision it was possible to make the move from one of the biggest churches to such a small group without feeling that something was lost or missing.

The existing brotherhood already expressed a strong basis of leadership and Corné and Pat only had to give the visionary pace.  Soon it seemed as if the ministry philosophies were sometimes too unique and radical to attract crowds.  The leadership, however, strived to stay true their interpretation of the Kingdom.  God worked with them and poured out tons of grace on waiting and eager brothers and sisters.

From the beginning of the church it was clear that men and women’s camps would be an instrument for spiritual renewal and evangelism.  Personal discipleship was always a reality.  Words such as:  Integrity, accountability, loyalty and serving soon became a part of the daily vocabulary.

During January 1991, in a constitutional manner the church officially received a new name and the first official leadership was constitutionally ordained.  The church quickly began talking about vision and about the principal of cell groups as both shepherding and discipleship tools.  For a period of 18 months a lot of attention is given to establishing cell leaders.

Soon the church started showing healthy growth.  There are problems, however, experienced with accommodation for the Sunday services.  First we had to find space for 100 people, then for 200 and later for 400.  In 1994 it is decided to establish our own building.  With R10 000 in the bank the leadership decided to take a step out on the water and within 30 days amounts of first R100 000 through a spinster, and later donations of R200 000 through the church members.  A multi-purpose building is erected in 1995 and is called “The Potter’s House”.  In this building a day school for 100 learners is offered, services are held and many word school and evening lessons are offered.

Our desire is that the Potter wil touch and transform each person that enters this building according to His image.

In the meantime we also started with an English Church on the same campus.  This church is under leadership of Pieter and Lianza Pretorius, along with a formidable team by their sides.