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ELCSA was founded in Tlhabane; Rustenburg on 15 December 1975. This was a gathering of four (4) Regional Churches, namely the Tswana Regional Church; the Cape-Orange Regional Church; the Transvaal Regional Church and the South Eastern Regional Church.  Out of this union, the following Dioceses were born: Cape-Orange Diocese; Central Diocese; Northern Diocese; South Eastern Diocese and Western Diocese.  Later on, the Botswana Diocese and Eastern Diocese were added.  Today, we have the seven (7) Dioceses that comprise of ELCSA.  Geographically, we are operating in the whole of South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland.  Serving Bishops (as at 30 June 2013) are:

  • Cape-Orange Diocese:    The Right Rev. Bishop WR Bowles
  • Central Diocese:            The Right Rev. Bishop Dr NP Phaswana
  • Northern Diocese:         The Right Rev. Bishop SWS Sihlangu
  • South Eastern Diocese: The Right Rev. Bishop PP Buthelezi
  • Western Diocese:          The Right Rev. Bishop MM Ditlhale
  • Botswana Diocese:         The Right Rev. Bishop LJ Selwane
  • Eastern Diocese:            The Right Rev. Bishop A.M. Mnisi

 

Extracts from ELCSA Constitution:

Part 1 Chapter 1 Clause 1.2 (CHARACTER):

ELCSA is an Episcopal Church. The Church shall therefore have an office of Bishop entrusted with an oversight concerning the Teachings and Spiritual matters.

Part 1 Chapter 3 Clause 3.1-3.6 (THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH):

The mission of the Church is to glorify and praise the name of the Triune God.  It is realized by:

3.1       
Proclaiming the crucified and risen Christ.


3.2       
Bringing the gospel to all people through preaching and teaching the word of God and through administering the Sacraments.


3.3       
Being a witness of Jesus Christ as servant to the world by word and deed in faith, love and hope.


3.4       
Working towards the realization of the oneness of the Body of Christ.


3.5       
Actively supporting ecumenical movements and by being prepared to co-operate with other Churches for the extension of the Kingdom of God, provided such co¬-operation does not violate the
confessional basis of the Church.


3.6       
Advocating for justice, peace and reconciliation for the people of God.



THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
IN SOUTHERN AFRICA (ELCSA)


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ABOUT CAPE-ORANGE DIOCESE (ELCSA-COD)

Cape-Orange Diocese
functions in five (5) of the nine (9) provinces of the Republic of South Africa, namely Eastern Cape-, Free State-,Northern Cape-, Western Cape- and a small portion of the North West Provinces.  This Diocese is headed bBishop William (Bill) Raymond Bowles.  The Diocesan Administrative offices are situated at 24 Natasha Street, North view, Homestead, Kimberley, 8301.  The Diocese has a membership of about 60,000, and it is divided into six (6) Circuits namely, Eastern Cape-; Free State-; Kalahari-; Moria-; Northern Cape- and Western Cape Circuits. Each circuit is headed by a Dean.

Eastern Cape Circuit
is located in the Eastern Cape Province.  The Dean is The Very Rev. Emmanuel Zwelihle Nzuza.  The Circuit has four (4) Parishes and these are served by one (1) full-time, and two (2) self-supporting Pastors who render spiritual services to the more than 4,000 members.

Kalahari Circuit
is situated in the north western part of the Northern Cape Province.  The Dean is The Very Rev. Jacobus Bezuidenhout.  The Circuit has four (4) Parishes and these are served by one (1) full-time, one (1) missionary and three (3) self-supporting Pastors.  The Circuit has a membership of 6,000. The seat of the Dean is in Upington.

Free State Circuit
is situated in the Free State Province of our country.  The Dean is The Very Rev. Alfred Monama.  The Circuit has seven (7) Parishes served by six (6) full-time and two (2) self-supporting Pastors.  The membership of the Circuit is 10,000 and the seat of the Dean is in Bloemfontein.

Moria Circuit
is formed by the Port Elizabeth Parish in the Eastern Cape Province and the rest of the Parishes are in the South Western Cape along the Garden Route.  The Circuit has nine (9) Parishes.  The Dean is The Very Rev. Richard M. Broekstein who is based in Mossel Bay.  The Parishes are served by six (6) full-time Pastors, one (1) missionary, two (2) self-supporting Pastors and an Emeritus (Retired) Bishop.  The membership of the Circuit is around 15,000.

Northern Cape Circuit
is situated in the Northern Cape Province and one Parish is in the North West Province of our country.  The Circuit has twelve (12) Parishes.  The Dean is The Very Rev. Adam T. Khunou who is assisted by seven (7) full-time and two (2) self-supporting Pastors.  The Circuit membership is about 15,000 and the seat of the Dean is in Kimberley.

Western Cape Circuit
is situated in the Western Cape Province.  The Circuit has ten (10) Parishes.  There are six (6) full-time and five (5) self-supporting Pastors who are serving the Parishes in the Western Cape Circuit.  The Circuit is led by The Very Rev. Gerhardus De Vries Bock who is the Dean.  The Circuit has a membership of about 15,000.

Updated: 18 December 2013

OUR MISSION  

THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH

The mission of the Church is to glorify and praise the name of the Triune God. 
It is realized by:

3.1
Proclaiming the crucified and risen Christ.

3.2       
Bringing the gospel to all people through preaching and teaching the word of God and through administering the sacraments.

3.3       
Being a witness of Jesus Christ as servant to the world by word and deed in faith, love and hope.

3.4       
Working towards the realization of the oneness of the Body of Christ.

3.5       
Actively supporting ecumenical movements and by being prepared to co-operate with other Churches for the extension of the Kingdom of God, provided such co­-operation does not violate the confessional basis of the Church.

3.6       
Advocating for justice, peace and reconciliation for the people of God.

OUR MEMBERSHIP  

MEMBERSHIP OF THE CHURCH

 

1.1       
All adults and children who have been received into the Church through
Baptism.

1.2       
All members of Lutheran churches transferred according to the regulations of the Church.

1.3       
All persons baptized in the name of the Triune God and in the recognized manner who have been admitted from other denominations after having been instructed in the Lutheran doctrine and who have expressed their adherence thereto.

 

CHAPTER 2:      The Duties of the Church Members

2.1       
The essence of church membership is the call, election and incorporation into the Body of Christ, effected by the Word and the holy sacraments. Therefore every member of the church must be a member of a congregation.

2.2       
Members of the Church are:

2.2.1    
To worship and adore God as their Lord, to abide faithfully in the Word of God, to make regular use of the sacraments and to embrace and profess the faith and doctrine of the church;

2.2.2    
To lead a Christian life, to promote the true edification and growth of the
Church and to lead non-believers to Him who is the Saviour of all;

2.2.3    
To observe the rules and regulations of the Church and to counsel all who profess themselves to be her members to do the same;2.2.4     To bear one another's burdens and be prepared to sacrifice their own interest for the sake of the community;

 

2.2.5    
To bring regularly all contributions and offerings which have been decided upon by the Church, and to make every effort otherwise to support the Church financially,  provided that no member shall be liable for any debts of the church, save to the extent of his/her unpaid contributions;

2.2.6    
To submit to the discipline of the Church in accordance with biblical scriptures.

 

CHAPTER 3:      The Privileges of the Church Members

3.1       
Baptized members shall have the privilege of partaking in the Holy Communion. 

3.2       
Every member is entitled to the spiritual care and spiritual instruction which it is the duty of the Church to give.

3.3       
Confirmed members shall have the privilege to act as sponsors for children who are brought for baptism.

3.4       
Every confirmed member of the Church who is 18 years and above has the privilege to participate in deliberations on Congregational affairs and to use his/her vote when decisions are taken.

3.5       
Members who have the right to vote and who are known to take an active interest in Congregational affairs may be entrusted with honorary tasks within the Congregation.

3.6       
Appeal by an individual Church member against the decision of any council in terms of this Constitution in disciplinary cases shall be made to the next higher office.



 
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