Welcome to the Evangelical Lutheran Church
in Southern Africa (N-T)
Evangelical Lutheran Johannes Congregation Pretoria East
Pastor Nicole Otte-Kempf
INTRODUCTION: WHERE ARE WE?
www.johannesgemeinde.org.za.(Here you can also find the groups, services and the congregational newsletter, the “Johannesbote”)
HISTORICAL OVERVIEW: FROM WHERE DO WE COME?
In the nineteen eighties the church of the St Peters Congregation in Skinner Street Pretoria became too small for the worshipers. Since many Germans settled in the vicinity of the “Deutsche Schule Pretoria” in The Willows, it was decided to establish a second place of worship there. On 20 January 1985 the first service was held in the Aula of the school. Simultaneously discussion groups, regular youth work and women’s groupings were started. The official establishment of the congregation took place on 17 March 1992. On 28 November 1993 the newly built church was inaugurated. Since then bells were purchased, administrative, Sunday school-, youth and meeting venues as well as a memorial wall were erected, the access road and the terrain were upgraded and an organ was bought: all visible signs of the rich blessing we receive.
Pastor Siegfried Hambrock was the first pastor of the congregation. His successor since August 2003 was Pastor Dr Volker Lubinetzki, who returns to Germany mid 2012. Gerhard Krehl and Andreas Bernhardt, who also leaves us end of 2011, were our youth deacons.
We are a relatively big, rather heterogeneous city congregation. This results in interacting challenges:
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Joh 8,12
(Foundation stone inscription of Johannes church – 19th May 1991)
VISION: WHAT WE ENVISAGE and HOW WE WANT TO ACHIEVE THAT
In 2006, when we introduced circuits in our congregation, we formulated a vision with 5 G’s: (“Gnade” [grace], “Gemeinschaft” [community], “Glaube” [belief], “Gutes tun” [doing well], “Gaben” [gifts]).
1. To live from the grace of the lord
We want to spread the liberating message of the gospel and live accordingly. This should happen during
2. To experience community
We want to respect diversity and nurture unity through
3. To invite others to join the community of believers (mission work)
We want to live and proclaim our belief in
4. To do well
We want to help, heal and reconcile through
5. To develop our gifts
We want to experience our congregation as a living body and enrich it by