We are about six weeks away from the Lay Witnessing Weekend. A lay Witness Mission is a weekend experience in
which a team of ordinary people from African Enterprise comes to St Barnabas to share in the life of Jesus Christ. Lay meaning that these are not ordained people, but ordinary people, who have a story to tell about Jesus Christ. What
Jesus Christ has done in their lives and continues to do in their lives! Stories of other lay people enable us
to be renewed, to examine our own lives in Christ Jesus and to pray that Jesus
can manifest himself in our lives in the way that he is doing in those who are
leading the lay witnessing mission. We too are invited to tell of our own
stories with Jesus. It is when ordinary people speak of the living Christ in profound way that others are moved
to seek him earnestly and to be fulfilled by him. The lay witnessing mission is
open to all young and old, converted and not converted. It is a weekend of
renewal and getting new direction from God. Many people get confirmation on
things they are praying for you. Such as being a lay minister or even entering
into the ordained ministry. The way we should view lay witnessing mission is like the whole parish has gone into
retreat, for that weekend. So that when the parish comes out of this weekend
retreat the growth that the parish will experience afterwards should move us to
say this is marvellous in our eyes. Lay witnessing mission has the ability to
triple if not quadruple church numbers. It is has the ability to increase
ministries in the parish and to get move people to be involved in the life of
the parish instead of just being pew warmers. Lay witnessing mission has cataclysmic
implications. If we take on this vision of lay witnessing mission and to own it
and to say to ourselves that we will make an individual effort for this to
succeed, the numbers we experienced during lent will seem like child’s play.
This parish needs lay witnessing mission for it has many people who God is
calling and this weekend will help them make decisive decisions. We had good
numbers in Lent but we should not rest on our laurels and neither is Christ.
Jesus Christ wants St Barnabas to grow in numbers and in ministries.
Jesus Christ wants Christians at St Barnabas to boldly witness for him on the Bluff and surrounding areas.
Dates 29th June- 1st July 2012
My name is Barnabas Sibusiso Nqindi, rector of St Barnabas-Bluff. I enjoy a good debate and I love to see people grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ