Who And What We Are About
Fellowship City is part of “The Fellowship”, a movement of three churches. We are a new church plant in the heart of Centurion – a fast-developing part of Tshwane, Gauteng.
We are a family consisting of missional communities of people who commit to living life on life, life in community and life on mission. “Life on mission” is very important to us, as we want to remain outwardly focussed to share the good news with people and invite them into the community.
A life centred and saturated around the Truth of the Perfect Birth, Life, Death, Resurrection, Ascension, and Return of Jesus Christ, affirming Him as Lord and Saviour.
As the Gospel transforms the individual life of a person, we want to see a multiplying effect of that in the lives of others and we believe that happens best in the making of disciples.
Is a view of community that reflects, embraces and enjoys the diversity of its context, and by the power of the Gospel transcends it and creates one new community in Christ.
We want to see a diversity of cultures and socio-economic classes present in the church, committed to transcending man-made boundaries and economic inequality, worshipping God together on mission.
God has been faithful in bringing together a group of people who are the core of this church plant.
We organized ourselves into two groups for the launch. These groups are known as City Groups.
A City Group is similar to a household in a bigger family of people. This is where we aim to do life together, to be in a deep and meaningful community with one another, and also where we keep ourselves focussed towards places and people in desperate need of the good news of Jesus Christ.
The City Groups are led by Ryno and Mari Meyer and Lesego and Wandile Thulo.
What we believe
Fellowship City | Statement of Faith
1. The Triune God
We believe that there is one living and true God, who exists in three persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three, the Trinity, are equal in essence, power and glory, and are distinct in function.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Mathew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
2. The Father
The first person of the Trinity orders and directs all things according to his purpose and pleasure. He has created humanity to bring him glory and honour, through his grace. While he is transcendent, he is actively involved in his creation, offering an eternal relationship with us through his Son, Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 6:9; Ephesians 1:3-6; Ephesians 2:1-10)
3. The Son
Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity is both the eternal Son of God and virgin-born Son of man. Fully God, fully man. He surrendered nothing of His deity during His earthly life. His sinless sacrificial offering on the cross satisfied the Fathers justice, offering atonement for all of humanity sins., for all time. We believe in his bodily resurrection, His physical ascension, and His visible return back to earth to establish His earthly kingdom.
(John 1:14-18; Luke 1:34-35 1Corinthians 15: Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 2:9; Romans 3:24-26; Romans 8:34)
4. The Holy Spirit
The third person the Trinity executes the will of God in this world through humanity by leading, guiding, filling, teaching and convicting. The Holy Spirit is not merely an impersonal force, but is a person, displaying the qualities of personhood (intellect, emotions and will). He equips believers upon conversion by giving them the gifts to be used for the building up of the church and by bearing fruit through their yielded lives.
(John 16:5-16; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:30; John 3:3-8; Galatians 5:16-25)
5. The Scriptures
We believe that only the sixty-six books of the Bible, making up the Old Testament and New Testament are the inspired and therefore inerrant Word of God. These books provide us with a perfect treasure of divine instruction and narrate Gods purpose in the creation of the world, His plan for salvation in Jesus, and the standard by which He will judge the world. The Bible is the true center of Christian union and will remain to the end of the world; because of this the authority and teaching of the Scriptures have a preeminent place in our church.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 17:17; Hebrews 4:12)
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all of life, by direct act.
(Genesis 1:1-2; Colossians 1:16-17)
7. Depravity of Humanity
We believe humanity was originally created in the image of God, righteous and without sin, destined to enjoy an intimate relationship with God, but because of Adam’s willful disobedience, sin entered into the world, and has infected the entire human race. Therefore humans are totally depraved – born subject to imputed and inherent sin, and by nature and choice the children of Gods wrath. Humans are alienated from God and on their own or by any contribution, are unable to redeem themselves.
(Genesis 1-3; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:9-18; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3)
8. Salvation (The Gospel)
We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins as the only sufficient sacrifice, offering the atonement of sins for all mankind through his life, death, burial and resurrection. While salvation is available to all, it is only experienced by those who respond to his gracious gift of faith apart from works. For those who do respond they are regenerated and baptized by the Holy Spirit, becoming children of God, given a new nature and placed into the universal body of Christ, making us eternally secure in Him. As a result our new relationship with god through His Son Jesus Christ, we are now called to a life of submission to the Holy Spirit, possessing spiritual fruit and walking in good works that God has prepared beforehand for us to do.
(John 14:6; Titus 3:4-7; Acts 4:12; John 1:12; Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 10:10-12; 1 John 5:11-13; Galatians 3:26; John 3:16)
9. The Church
For those who have placed their faith in God through Jesus Christ for salvation is part of the universal body of believers known as the church. The believer in the universal church requires association with other believers and followers of Jesus Christ in a local assembly. The purpose of the local church is to bring God glory by leading people to Christ and to bring them to maturity in Christ. The members of the local church are to live their lives in humble submission to other Spirit-led believers and to the God appointed leaders of the church. The church demonstrates the reality of Gods kingdom through the proclamation of the Gospel, pastoral care and leadership, and ministry to the poor and marginalised through sacrificial giving and practical service.
(Matthew 16:17-19; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 12:14; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 3:7-21; Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5; 1 Peter 2:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)
10. Sacraments: Baptism & The Lords Supper
We believe that Christ instituted the sacraments of water baptism and the Lords Supper, which are to be observed by believers until He returns. Both sacraments visibly and tangibly express the Gospel, though they are not means of salvation, when the church in genuine faith celebrates them, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer. We believe that by baptism a believer is publicy identified with his Saviour. We believe the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Christ’s death until He returns, the elements being symbols of His body and blood. We believe that every believer has a right to partake of the elements of the Lord’s Supper, but that participation should always be preceded by serious self-examination.
(Acts 2:38; Acts 8:26-38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26;)
11. Return of Jesus Christ
We believe in the personal, glorious and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ, when he will exercise his role as final Judge and His kingdom will be accomplished. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. The wicked will be consigned to eternal punishment in hell separated from God. The righteous will enjoy eternal joy in fellowship with the Triune God.
(Matthew 25:46; John 5:25-29; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12; Revelations 19:1-21; Revelations 20:11-15; Revelations 21:1-22)
12. Scripture is the Final Authority
We believe that all matters concerning the life and beliefs of the churches are to be settled by the Word of God; and though the churches are to be guarded and protected by elders; all are subject to the authority of Scripture.
(1 Timothy 4:1-16, 6:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:14-15, 3:16, 4:1-4; Titus 1:5-16, 2:1,15; 2 Peter 3:14-18; Jude 3,17)
meet the team
Ryno & Mari Meyer
Ryno has been working at Pierre van Ryneveld Geloofsfamilie (Pierre van Ryneveld is an area/suburb in Pretoria, and Geloofsfamilie means “Family of Faith”) since 2007, in various capacities. In this time, by God’s grace, He has awakened Ryno and Mari to the wonder and beauty of his diverse, global, transcultural church.
Ryno and Mari met on a short-term missions trip in Swaziland in 2008. They got married in 2012 and God has given them two amazing daughters.
Here they stand: ready and set to plant a transcultural church in partnership with Pierre van Ryneveld Geloofsfamilie and Rooted Fellowship, in the city they grew up in, love so much, and know so well!
They love good conversation and good coffee. Hopefully their church planting journey will be filled with an abundance of these.
082 460 2103 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lesego & Wandile Thulo
Lesego is a manager, principal consultant and software developer for a company in Bryanston. Wandile is a graphic designer for a company in Centurion. They both have been in ministry spaces since varsity serving in various capacities.
Lesego and Wandile met while at a church in Midrand. They were both serving in different spaces, a couple of short-term mission trips to Zimbabwe and the Young Adults ministry were specific spaces where they noticed each other more. They got married and started a family, they have been gifted with two beautiful daughters. The addition of the family arrived in 2020, a lockdown baby.
082 051 5393 | email@example.com
Pierre van Ryneveld Geloofsfamilie turned 36 in October 2020. Pierre van Ryneveld is the name of the suburb where the church is, and geloofsfamilie is the Afrikaans word for ‘family of faith’. The church was started when a new suburb came into being, and people who belonged to the denomination started moving into the neighbourhood and needed a local congregation. What is unique about the suburb though, is that it can only be accessed by 3 main roads leading into it, which makes it feel like a little village. Recognizing that, the church changed its name to ‘community church’ in the early 2000s, and ‘family of faith’ in 2013.
The church has always aimed to be inclusive of the people in the neighbourhood and to run ministry programs that are beneficial for a widespread number of people in their commitment level towards faith. Its typical activities and current programs are aimed at creating spaces in which people outside of the church can enter into community at a low commitment level, making disciples of the people who are already committed to the church, training up leaders to do the work of ministry, and reaching into the community and loving and serving it well.
Rooted Fellowship turned 5 in September 2020. It was planted in 2015 from a partnership between LIG.punt and Bryanston Bible Church, which are both Acts29 churches. The vision, the target group, the identified spiritual and social needs, and the distinctives of our church plant align almost perfectly and completely. This is why Ryno was invited to do his church plant residency at Rooted Fellowship. As a suburban, monocultural church in a rapidly changing community, the leadership of Pierre van Ryneveld discerned the importance of partnering with someone who has done what they felt called to do before. Rooted Fellowship was planted from two churches that believe in the planting of more churches, so multiplying by planting more churches in diversifying areas was always a goal of Rooted Fellowship. Through mutual relationships, these two churches got connected with one another and decided to