Our lead elder couple
1994 was the start of something incredible. God spoke to Greig & Hencia to take a bold step and plant a church. And so the creation of what would now become newDAY began. They started off with a home group in their flat in Rosebank, and on 14 May 1995, they were released by their church to start newDAY (then known as Living Word Community Church) in the Bedfordview Primary School hall. Four years later, in 1999, the church moved on to the present property. They started out with only five rows of chairs across at their first meeting! It’s hard to explain the excitement the team felt in those early days! Two years later, in 2001, God spoke again. This time, He told the team to purchase the property and He even told the elders how much should be paid for it. Without the team even telling the church the figure or about the purchase an anonymous cheque for the full amount required was placed in the offering! About two years later the elders felt God say that it was time to build the auditorium at a cost 10 times that of the purchase price. It was an incredible adventure the whole journey long, and within two years the building was finished and fully paid for! In 2018 the church went through a time of mourning at the passing of Hencia, but the church still moved forward under Greig’s leadership. During 2019 a relationship developed between Greig and Vanessa, and they married in October of 2019, and as a couple they are committed to seeing the church move on in the things of God and Hid kingdom. A new chapter for newDAY, and exciting time for the church.
Our primary purpose is to carry out the mandate provided by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 – to make disciples of all nations. We believe that this is part of how we express our worship to God.
We also believe that the most effective way of preaching the Gospel to all who need to hear it is done by planting local churches or sites in every village, town and city across the world; wherever God opens the doors for us. This in turn, will produce people who passionately love and seek to serve God.
We also purpose to be a church that is ‘salt and light’ to the people of our city. In effect, this means that we want to be a blessing to our city. Our city, Johannesburg, of approximately 9,000,000 people, is full of communities that need an authentic expression of Biblical local church.
We believe in making disciples, not just converts, who will actively seek the Kingdom of God first as they work out practically their gifts and talents He has given them to use.
We believe that the church has been called to become a counter culture and counter community that offers life and hope, and influences our city, through the presence and person of the Holy Spirit. This is also why we encourage diversity – that people should come to NewDay as they are. We believe that God has promised us ‘wild’ and ‘cultivated’ growth, and that it is our responsibility and joy to worship Him, to seek His face, and to obey Him as best we can.
We want to see people saved, healed, set free, comforted and released to be all they can be! We are not just saved and our lives radically transformed for ourselves. We want to be a living letter to our families, friends, colleagues, schools and our city, of His great grace, mercy and love at work in our lives. It is for this reason that we meet together as friends to enjoy God and to get commissioned for the work He says He has already planned for us to do.