CfC Ministries, exist to glorify God by serving, encouraging and empowering His Church, in order to fulfil the Great Commission in this generation.
CfC is a non-denominational mission organization that was started in 1975 by Rev. Dr. Ron Wesson. What started out as an evangelistic focussed ministry with tent campaigns and “deeper life preaching”, has now become a more comprehensive mission, addressing more needs due to the changing needs in ministry. Many converts were reached and as a result churches were established which led to the need to raise up and equip leaders for these churches.
After 40 years of ministry, Crusade for Christ, also known as CfC Ministries, has committed itself to develop and expand its ministry focus in order to make disciples that would follow Jesus in all aspects of life.
CfC is a non-profit organization registered with the South African Government Social Development Department (NPO 058-158), as well as with the South African Revenue Services as a Public Benefit Organization with registration number PBO 930017316. The Organization is directed by a Council made up of members from various denominations and backgrounds.
The current Director is Rev. George Sander who has been in ministry for more than 30 years with his wife Cecile. They served as missionaries in Lesotho and Madagascar as well as pastoring churches both in South Africa and Mauritius. He can be contacted for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administration & Finances:
CfC adheres to a standard of administration, including recording and reporting of finances, in accordance with the International Financial Reporting standard for Small and Medium-sized entities. This includes the timely submission of reports to the Council, Government, including regular communication with supporters and partners.
CfC seeks to develop a sustainable support base for the ministry. This includes finding ways to reduce costs, enabling Silver Oaks Retreat and Conference Centre to be self-financing; and to use and distribute resources in a manner that will be fair and will honour our donor’s wishes.
In order to do fund raising, we will endeavour to visit churches and partners, making CfC Ministries known and inviting potential partners to serve with their gifts and in kind.
Maintenance & Development:
CfC seek to be good stewards of the property entrusted to them by God.
This includes to maintain current buildings, and developing new buildings to serve the ministry needs of the entire family of ministries on Silver Oaks Retreat & Conference Centre, which also houses the offices and staff of CfC.
Garden & Terrain:
God entrusted a beautiful piece of His creation to us to work and look after. We seek to keep it neat and tidy, developing it in a way that would honour Him. We also cultivate the land in order to become more self-sufficient, using that which is in abundance to provide an income for the ministry. Recently CfC started a small “farming operation” to help with the raising of funds towards maintenance expenses.
CfC desires to communicate effectively with their partners and supporters. A regular newsletter is published every 3 months as well as using Facebook and an up-to-date website.
We also seek to establish partnerships with churches and institutions, both locally and internationally, that will contribute to the expansion of this work.
Staff:CfC seeks to recruit suitably qualified and gifted staff that would serve its vision and purpose. Ministry staff should be committed followers of Christ with a love for God’s Church. They are required to develop a healthy relationship with a local church and become active participants in that local church. All ministry staff are self-supporting and sent out by their home church. God blesses unity, and therefore this will be the motto to which we will strive for in working as a team. In order to facilitate this, weekly staff meetings are held as well as other times of prayer and fellowship. We also seek ways to empower and develop our staff so that they can reach their full potential in Christ for the glory of God.
SOUTH COAST BIBLE SCHOOL
God has entrusted us with a very special curriculum for the training and equipping of servants for His Church. We endeavour to teach God’s Word with fervour, seeking to equip more servants for His Church. This will be done in the following way:
• Certificate in Ministry:
This, currently non-accredited Certificate in Ministry, consists of residential training at Silver Oaks on a quarterly basis. This set curriculum consists of 36 courses done for 5 days once a term on set dates (four times per year). Experienced lecturers that are well versed in the Scriptures and have had some theological training facilitate these times of training. The curriculum is currently under revision in order to make it more contextual and to improve the standard of training. Accreditation is also being investigated through SETA as well as REFORMA.
• Higher Certificate in Theology:In partnership with Mukhanyo Theological College, the SCBS offers an accredited (NQF level 5) qualification. It consists of two modules:
Each of these modules consist of 12 subjects that represent 120 credit hours. The format of training is distance education with classes and follow the same rhythm as the SCBS Certificate in Ministry.
The SCBS Certificate Curriculum is currently in use in 4 other locations: Tongaat – Bethany School of Missions; Emphangeni – Zululand School of Missions; Tylden – Light of the World School of Missions; and Phuza Moya (Swaziland) – Lubombo School of Missions. Ways to extend the footprint of the SCBS Curriculum into other areas, including other parts in Africa, through partnerships with local churches or ministries is ongoing.
Under the banner of the SCBS, CfC is seeking to develop and provide appropriate and relevant training seminars to assist and serve the local church, equip and encourage Pastors, and provide ongoing training to its alumni.
SILVER OAKS RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTRE:
Silver Oaks Retreat & Conference Centre exists to provide an affordable training and conference venue to God’s Church in order to see His church mature and strengthened through teaching and fellowship. It is therefore our aim to provide good quality, self-catering accommodation by effectively using the resources that God has given us.
OUTREACH & DISCIPLESHIP:
CfC is seeking opportunities to assist the local church to effectively reach out to their communities by providing relevant training for evangelism and discipleship to the local church.
The targeted area is within the footprint of CfC, but with special emphasis on the communities surrounding the mission station. In order to do this successfully, relationships need to be established and strengthened with the local churches in the area.
OUTREACH TEAM FACILITATION:
In order to grow partnerships with local churches, CfC Ministries will endeavour to host short term outreach teams. The following could be arranged:
a. A Work Team serving on campus.
b. A Beach Mission – reaching out to those on holiday.
c. Outreach Partnership with some of the local churches in our footprint. This could include(1) team staying on the premises and commuting to outreach location;
(2) living in a rural area serving a local church. This option is suitable only with small groups up to 10 people. Whatever the option ample time is required for preparation especially option (c).
LIFE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT:
The CfC facilities are situated in some of the poorest parts of South Africa with very high unemployment. This is also an area with one of the highest incidents of HIV AIDS and teenage pregnancies in Southern Africa.
The aim of the life skills development strategy is not merely to help people to gain proficiency in skills in order to get a job, but it is part of the CfC Outreach & Discipleship ministry as we seek to reach the lost for Christ and to disciple those who came to faith in Christ, seeking to join them to Bible teaching churches.
Skills4Life (S4L) started in 2016. The training consists of basic “skills training” such as computer skills; building; carpentry; plumbing; baking; sewing; etc. “Life-skills” also forms part of the curriculum i.e. human relationships; life style choices; financial integrity; poverty and its causes, etc. This curriculum, including skills training, will be expanded as assessment is made on the job market in the area. Other training such as “small business skills” are also taught.Since 2020, a three-month Business Incubator Program was also started to promote entrepreneurship through skills learnt.