Recently Rev. Wayne Thring of Joy Chapel Ministries in Mariannridge hosted a Pastors Dialogue Event in partnership with CAST, Mariann Co-ordinating Committee (MCC) and the Ministers’ Fraternal. CAST had the chance to ask Rev. Thring a few questions about local church involvement in his community:
Q: Can you explain the purpose of the Pastors Dialogue and how the idea for it came about?
A: Jenny Boyce from MCC visited the Ministers’ Fraternal, and expressed her concerns about the many challenges facing the community. She asked the question: “Who is leading?” The Pastors then agreed that we need a collaborated effort, meeting to help address the challenges. This effort would be led by the Fraternal, CAST, and MCC.
Q: What churches and/or organisations were represented?
A: Joy Chapel Ministries, Assemblies of God, Pinetown Christian Fellowship, Evangelical Bible Church, Hope Family, Christian Assemblies, Kingdom Life Ministries, Methodist Church, Catholic and Anglican Churches, African Christian Democratic Party, ANC, CAST, MCC, Community Police Forum, SAPS & Democracy Development Centre
Q: What was the end result of the dialogue?
A: It was realised that most organisations were working in silos, doing good work. What was needed was relationship building to break down walls that exist. A commitment to work together for the benefit of the community was established. The next meeting would flesh out how this could be achieved.
Q: What are the current challenges that your church and community are facing?
A: Over 50% unemployment, crime, much of which is related to drug abuse. Overcrowding in the flatted area, lack of housing and poor education levels.
Q: What do you believe is the biggest strength of Joy Chapel?
A: Unity among the leadership.
Q: How can we best pray for Joy Chapel, and especially for you and the church leadership?
A: Pray that we would be able to extend our reach, into our community and beyond. Pray for the needed resources locally and for our church plant in KwaXimba. Pray for our leadership. Some are moving to Johannesburg for work and family reasons. Pray for wisdom, strength and skill sets to accomplish our goals.