Sandton Church, situated in the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Sunninghill, South Africa, has quadrupled in size in the last nine months.
“Nine months ago our humble 200 seated sanctuary was so full, there were often people seated outside in the open air. We were looking forward to starting the construction of our new 600 seat church 2016,” said Sandton Church Pastor, Robert Hall.
However, by the time construction began weeks ago, it was apparent even this new church would not be big enough to cater for the growing church membership and Sabbath visitors.
“On Monday 5 April we began the demolition and rebuilding process, moving our services nearby into a large 460-seat tent, erected as a temporary sanctuary on our large parcel of church-owned land.”
However, the church has already outgrown the tent. “Our tent is now full to overflowing for not one but two services every Sabbath. In addition to this we also have a children’s church in the former sanctuary seating 100. Thats over 1020 members, their families and visitors attending every week! On Sabbath, 7 May, members had to sit outside of the tent for each of the two services too.”
Sandton Church Elders have been mindful of the rapid growth and the opportunity to start new congregations close by. “Over the last two years, we have also planted two additional churches nearby and we intend to continue with our outreach programs, and our program of transplanting a new church every year. There is a huge hunger for the Lord and our members are excited to share their faith with their friends, colleagues and the community, “ Church Elder Tulani Sithole said.
Churches are growing very quickly in the Southern Africa – Indian Ocean Division. Each member is encouraged to be actively involved in church life and evangelism and to bring at least one person to know Jesus every year. This initiative is called “ONE MEMBER ONE SOUL” and members all over the Division are actively participating.
“We thank the Lord for His goodness and providence. There are so many more that need to hear the Good News of Jesus. All praise and glory to God,” Pastor Hall said.
By Joanne Ratsara and Elder Tulani Sithole