What we heard in 2012, concerns the change of leadership and the handing over of the baton in the churches. It will go very smoothly and happen for the good. Those people who are handing over the baton are actually doing it gladly and effectively. There are just a few hiccups in those to whom they are handing the baton. It is as if they are handing the baton to their favourite people, instead of hearing God and handing the baton to the one the Lord chooses. The person the Lord chooses does not always suit the current leader’s personality type; sometimes it is a sandpaper relationship. They should listen to hear the Lord before they hand over the baton. There should be a fine tuning of their spiritual ear and not allowing their own opinions to come into it.
In South Africa, I especially feel there are some very old leaders who are still the head of the church. There are younger people who are doing much/most of the work and they have not handed the baton over to them. So, there is a need for a spiritual push, to get that change-over of the baton through. The young leaders are becoming discouraged. The baton change is between the older and the younger leaders and many ministers are not able to come to grips with this change.
The resistance of the older leader in handing over the baton is because they can see the ineptitude and inadequacies in the next generation and they are holding onto the baton as a protection. It is not protecting the work, it is stalling the work. They have to hand over and let the next generation make their own mistakes. They may not be the same mistakes; they are going to be different mistakes. I just keep zooming into South Africa; I feel it is a word for South Africa.
Those ministers, who are retiring from their calling, will live twin track lives. They will support and sponsor themselves financially and continue to be active in the ministry. It is a new thing for South Africa. People have a desire to be in the ministry and want the church to support them. There will be this other group of people supporting themselves, having their own income and ability to support themselves. The church will lay hands on them and send them but they will finance themselves. So there will not be any financial drain on the church. There has been a blockage in stopping independent people from going into their ministries. The finance has not been available for it. If people are prepared to sponsor themselves, there are going to be many more people in the mission field.
I do not yet see South Africans going into Africa to the level that God desires. We seem to be bored with Africa and the South African missionaries want to go to other far off nations, they do not want to go into Africa. God is going to push them into going. I see God urging the people to go to the other African states. What we think will be found there will surprise us. We will be well received and we will have a ministry and a place to do the ministry. There have to be new choices, that the South African ministers and missionaries make, to take Africa for Christ and they should use their expertise for it.
In South Africa, I just see gold within the people of the gospel. People have gold in their spirits. They have a good word, they have a good ministry but they do not want to go. They think going into Africa will demean what they have. This is not so and there are people who will receive what they have to give.
There is a method change that is very closely linked to church planting. There will be a metamorphosis in the way church and church planting is done. It is not going to be in the usual way, like getting a building and starting a church. There is a new method of church planting. The old method of cell growth which then evolves into a church, is going to change. I see groups of people who are called; they then go and live in the community. They get to know the community, before they try and draw them into Christ. This is important because usually the communities’ view the new church opening with suspicion. They first need to know the people coming into their community, before they accept them and the gospel they bring. Those who are sent, first have to know the community before they can plant a church.
We have grown weary of reclaiming our city and we need to start doing that again. Every city, every village must be claimed for Christ; we are waiting for God to claim the city and we have stopped doing it. I don’t know when last I personally walked around the Union Buildings or walked around the suburbs and claimed them for the gospel. We all need to go right back to basics to claim our cities. Even as we drive past places, we need to claim the place in the city for God. It is not just going to happen because we want it, we have to put effort into it and as prophets and prophetic people, God is looking to us first. We each need to begin where we are, Middelburg, Midland, Louis Trichardt and Val de Grace and Muckleneuk and Garsfontein, Moreleta and Faerie Glen; we need to start where we live, as a prophetic action. Each of us needs to plant a scripture in our own city. God will give us a scripture, and we need to plant that scripture in the ground in our suburb as a remembrance. The Holy Spirit will prompt us to pray. It is as if we have to relearn that. We have fallen away from the old ways.
There is a big motor company in South Africa that is donating combis to churches in the rural areas. This is going to double. These combis will become multipurpose vehicles, for school transport and for the church. The church is going to take control of the management of these vehicles. They are going to transport school children and church people. This sponsorship is not going to be the mainline, well known Motor companies, like Mercedes and BMW but lesser known Motor companies like TATA and Daewoo. Presently they are plunging much finance into advertising. They are meeting together and discussing where they are going to reach the people with their product. It will no longer be costly billboard advertising but an actual Combi or vehicle with their logo on it. As they do their routes and pick up the School children and use them for church, their advertising will become effective and twofold. This will be advertising their product as well as helping the communities.