Bishop Martin Breytenbach

Stompie travels around the Diocese with †Martin, sharing his preaching and teaching ministry.

The Diocesan Office at 29 Devenish Street

The Diocesan Centre at 29 Devenish Street, Polokwane

Draft Diocesan Budget for 2017

Making Disciples in Challenging Times

†Martin and Diocesan Administrator Freda Chigumadzi presented the draft Diocesan Budget for 2017 to Diocesan Standing Committee on Saturday 20th August 2016.

They explained that there are some changes in line with the Diocesan priorities for the coming year - with special emphasis on the training of future Rectors and making disciples of children and young people.  In line with these priorities there will also be changes in the Diocesan Staff. For the first time in many years we will have full time Youth and Children's Development Coordinator.

Over the next few months parishes will use this information to prepare their chapelry and parish budgets for 2016. They will then indicate to the Diocesan Office what amount they commit themselves to as a monthly pledge to the Diocese.

If you would like more information about the proposed Diocesan Budget for 2017, please click on Diocesan Budget 2017 and follow the links... This includes †Martin's Budget Presentation, giving the principles of the Budget and timetable for its acceptance; the Budget Summary; and the summary of pledges requested from our parishes.

Bishop Martin's "Ad Clerum" for Manche Masemola (August) has been published

In it he reflects on what it means to call ourselves the "Rainbow Nation". Despite recent criticisms he believes it is still a valuable image - but we need to think about it a bit more deeply than has often been the case.

Click on Ad Clerum to see all of these documents for 2016


Bishop's Teaching Day with Mothers' Union

†Martin spent the morning of Saturday 16th July with about 100 members of the Mothers' Union in the Diocese in his annual Teaching Day. The morning started with a celebration of the Eucharist, followed by sessions on Making Young Disciples and Green Anglicans.

  1. In the Eucharist, †Martin taught about Mary and Martha from Luke 10:38-42, using a PowerPoint presentation entitled "Mary or Martha?" (click to see the presentation). Mary and Martha represent two different kinds of people in the church - 1st commandment (love God) & 2nd commandment (love your neighbour), faith and works, prayer and action, "spiritual" and "practical". Both have tremendous strengths and potential weaknesses, and we need both! The title should not be "Mary or Martha?" but "Mary AND Martha"! This principle was applied to the two main topics of the day, and †Martin challenged the MU members to combine faith with action at parish level in responding to these topics.
  2.  Speaking about "Young Disciples" (click to see the presentation), †Martin explained the need to grow our young people in understanding (head), attitudes & behaviour (heart), and mission & ministry (hands). He spoke about the many questions for which young people need answers, and challenged MU members to be actively involved in making young disciples. In particular he encouraged them to support:
    • Rooted in Jesus among young people
    • The Diocesan Volunteer and Intern Programme (VIP)
    • Young women who have been accepted for training for Ordained ministry (stipendiary) at the College of the Transfiguration.
  3. In the last part of the morning Diocesan Environmental Intern, Robbie Stuart-Thompson, did a presentation on the environment. In it he highlighted practical and simple yet far-reaching things that members of the MU can do to care for our environment as Green Anglicans. They were given a work sheet and challenged to take it home and implement their decisions at Chapelry and Parish level.

Robbie S-T addresses MU members


 

Anglicans Ablaze 2016

Please click on Anglicans Ablaze for more information...


 

The Diocese is organised into 5 departments, and the Parishes are grouped into 7 Archdeaconries

The Parishes tab at the top of this page will lead you to the Archdeaconries and the parishes that make up each Archdeaconry. Most of our parishes are made up of many chapelries and congregations, each of which has the same "status" - we do not have "mother churches" or "outstations".

Departments

The Departments are:

  1. The Bishop's Ministry

  2. Governance

  3. Growing the Church

  4. Development

  5. Organisations

Parishes

The Parishes are organised into 7 Archdeaconries:

  1. Kopanong

  2. Lepelle

  3. Mopani

  4. Vhembe

  5. Waterberg

  6. West

  7. South West

Click on the tabs and the top of the page to learn more

Contact

Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist
(Anglican Church of Southern Africa)

Street address:
29 Devenish Street
Polokwane
Limpopo Province
Republic of South Africa

Postal address:
P.O Box 643
Polokwane
0700

Telephone: +27 15 297 3297
Fax: +27 15 297 0408
Email: info@stmark.org.za

Our Vision

To make disciples in vibrant, self-sufficient congregations established and linked to each other by sharing in:
   * Resources
   * Ministry and service
   * Outreach and evangelism

Our Goals

Every parish aims to have:
  1. A stipendiary rector to give leadership
  2. A team of self-supporting (“community”) clergy
  3. Many lay leaders – licensed, elected and appointed
  4. A church supported youth pastor
  5. All members discovering their gifts and using them in ministry & mission
  6. Community development and work-creating projects wherever we have property.

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