OUR WORK

TEASA is involved with many different communities. We offer support and spiritual guidance to all communities. Our mission is to connect and bring people together.

Children
The neglect of children by the Church generally is of concern to TEASA. This Commission works to sensitise the Church to the strategic value of Children’s ministry, in the light of the many challenges facing children. Dr Johannes Malherbe , a specialist in Children’s ministry, is the lead person in this Commission. He recently wrote: “Exciting things are happening in the field of children’s ministry. Hundreds of mission leaders from around the world attended the children’s track at the Lausanne consultation held in Cape Town in October 2011. It was inspiring to see Christian leaders getting excited about their work with children.

The South African Theological Seminary (SATS) recently hosted a successful three day conference with the theme “Understanding the 4-14 Window.” Top quality speakers explored various topics related to the place of children in the church and its theological reflection.

The theme of children also featured at the national consultation for Christian leaders to be held in Muldersdrift in July 2011

A new website dedicated to the promotion of children’s ministry in South Africa will open shortly – www.childnet.cc
Cherish a child today – he/she is special to God!

Evangelism and Church Planting
Led by Rev Karl Teichert, the evangelism commission envisions and equips churches for saturation church planting. Working through the Church planting alliance, the TEASA evangelism commission seeks to mobilize the Church toward planting a healthy church in every community in Southern Africa.

HIV & AIDS
TEASA seeks to build and extend a network of caring, HIV & AIDS competent churches that:

  • Are strong and flourishing communities of biblical faith.
  • Care not for only for their own members, but extend hope to the broader community.

Effective HIV & AIDS interventions require a good grasp of HIV & AIDS, and how it spreads and the impact it has on communities. Armed with this understanding, churches can develop ministry models that make a difference and can become signs of hope in communities. TEASA partners with theological institutions to facilitate ongoing theological and practical ministry training.

Enable your church to be an agent of transformation in your community by starting an HIV programs that helps prevent new infections, care for the infected, advocate on behalf of those who suffer discrimination due to illness. Network with others involved, compare notes and develop best practice.

Integral Missions
TEASA works with churches promoting the conviction that the mission of the Church, modelled on what Jesus Christ taught, lived and demonstrated is one that is holistic. It holds together the spiritual and the material, words and works, the natural and supernatural – all with a view that people would be reconciled with the Maker The text of Luke 4:18 is characteristic: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour”.

Public Voice
TEASA works with churches to raise matters of concern with different stakeholders in government and media. Recently a church delegation met with policy advisors in the office of the presidency to raise concern about the Millennium Development Goals and our country’s progress on the health related MDGs.

In most SADC countries, poverty is a key cross cutting problem that affects the quality of life of millions of people in each country in the region. While African countries have adopted the MDGs as guiding road map to combat poverty, many governments have not done as much as is possible to achieve these goals.TEASA is involved in strengthening advocacy in national alliances in the region to hold governments accountable to MDG promises made to the poor.

Religious Liberty
TEASA launched the religious liberty commission in 2010 in order to serve Christians around the world who suffer persecution for their faith. Delegates at the launch remarked:

‘The significance of this gathering is to raise awareness in, but also empower the church to act, in respect of issues concerning religious freedom all ever the world. Various forms of persecution, some subtle and some violent and oppressive, take place in many if not most countries as we speak. Gone are the days of ignorance and complacency. We cannot take our religious freedom for granted any more. We need to stand up for our right to worship our Lord, not only for ourselves but also on behalf of our brothers and sisters being persecuted across globe.’ Prof Rassie Malherbe – Johannesburg

Twenty Christian leaders had the opportunity on 31st August to workshop on different aspects of Religious freedom. The participants were made acutely aware of the plight of the persecuted church. Various ways were discussed in which the Religious Liberty Commission can contribute to the prevention of religious persecution which included the introduction of the Charter Of Religious Rights and Freedoms, engagement on these issues in the African Union and influencing the constitution writing process of African constitutions to ensure religious freedom. Issues of advocacy, UN reductions against defamation of religion and most importantly prayer for the persecuted church was discussed. The meeting was indeed significant in as far as it has created an effective network of organizations who are likeminded and has been able to define clear objectives for the TEASA Religious Liberty Commission.’ Teresa Conradie – Attorney

The chairman of the commission is Mr Murray Louw.

Theology Commission
The Theological Commission of TEASA exists to promote biblical truth – in word and practice, by networking theologians lay and professional – to serve the church in obedience to Christ.

  1. by encouraging theological reflection and research in the context of South Africa and the global village.
  2. by responding the issues in society that have a bearing on theology.
  3. by focusing discussion on practical and relevant themes in varied contexts.
  4. by articulating biblical truth in forms accessible to all Christians.
  5. By serving the churches with theological tools and resources.
Women
Mrs Esme Bowers convenes the Women’s Commission, geared at equipping women to take their rightful place in the Mission of the Kingdom.