A CHURCH WITH BOTH SPIRITUAL AND SOCIAL RELEVANCE
By Anele Nduzulwana
Proclaiming the word of God and converting people into Christianity is the norm for most churches.
‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28v19. This verse emphasizes the purpose for which every Christian is called. The house of God is known as a place of worship, sermons and praises. Lately though, some churches run as businesses, instead of being a place where people get spiritual growth and hope for a better life.
Operating in a frame tent erected on the sports ground of Mayville high, Teleios Revival Centre is a church that strives to ensure better living conditions for its people.
Teleios Revival Centre is no different to churches that teach and preach true meaning of life in the kingdom of God. It aims at delivering people from the control of evil and introduces them to a new fulfilling life in God’s kingdom; but its unique efforts in changing people’s lives for the better makes it different from other religious congregations. It is popular for its reputation of youth development and promotion of cultural diversity and talents within the community.
Pastor Sipho Malembe of Teleios Revival Centre said, “our vision is to uplift neighborhoods and people, hence our priority is not only to call people into the kingdom of God but to try and enrich them with better living conditions.”
Situated in the informal settlement, the church attempts to encourage people to not only wait for government to come to their rescue but strive for their own self-development.
Malembe says they are establishing co-operative programmes which will allow people to engage in business to alleviate poverty.
“These include agricultural activities, catering, shisa nyama, cleaning services and sound-equipment hiring that members of the church will partake in for their own livelihood. However these programs are not yet implemented due to a lack of funding, but the arrangements to raise funds are in process,” said Malembe.
The church also has a youth ministry called Agents of change, which focuses on young people, giving them a platform to showcase their talents. This ministry also educates teenagers about the importance of pursuing education and dedicating their lives to serving God. Speakers like Zookey of Igagasi and Siboniso Mtshali of Ukhozi FM are usually invited to give motivational talks and urge young people to keep themselves occupied with positive activities.
Praying is an exercise we all ought to live by. God always provides but it takes one’s actions and social growth to progress and be successful in life. Churches should not only preach about living in the kingdom of God but should also teach how to live responsibly in this world. Believing in God is believing what you can do through his Word, not expecting him to magically open doors for you. James 2v17 says ‘Faith without deeds is dead’.