Philosophy and People behind Our 2021 Calendar

Find our calendared ministries below, a philosophy of how we’ve calendared it, and the leader responsible for the ministry.

Holidays

Philosophy: We close most of our ministries down during the school holidays and on public holidays. This allows members and leaders to catch their breath. Ministry is like the Comrades Marathon not the 100-meter dash.

Teaching

Bible Study Leaders Meeting

Philosophy: Once a quarter, after the school holidays end, from 9:45-10:30, Mark speaks to the Bible study leaders to tell them about available material and other information that we want to drive through small groups for that quarter.

Leader: Mark

Fundamentals of the Faith Bible Study

Philosophy: The Fundamentals of the Faith Bible Study is a small group (primarily aimed at young adults, 19-35) meeting on Tuesdays, from 7:00-9:00pm at the church.

Leaders: Etienne and Stuart

Wednesday Ladies Bible Study

Philosophy: The Wednesday Ladies Bible Study is a small group of ladies meeting on Wednesdays, from 9:30-11:00am at the church.

Leaders: Liezl and Shirley

Benoni Bible Study

Philosophy: The Benoni Bible Study is a small group meeting on Wednesdays, from 7:00-9:00pm at David and Carol’s home.

Leaders: David, Shaun and Richard R

Crystal Park Bible Study

Philosophy: The Crystal Park Bible Study is a small group meeting on Wednesdays, from 7:00-8:30pm at the church and streamed live to YouTube.

Leader: Mark

Bible Training for Church Leaders

Philosophy: Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni will host Training for Bible Study and Church Leaders. The intent of the course is to equip men and women to serve as Bible study leaders. Also, the course aids the identification and development of potential elders and deacons. Each week there will be workshops, teachings and assignments and discussions. It meets on Thursdays, from 7:00-8:30pm at the church and streamed live to YouTube.

Leader: Mark

Moms and Tots

Philosophy: The Moms and Tots Bible Study is a small group of ladies generally meeting every second Friday, from 10:30-12:00am at Linzi’s home.

Leaders: Liezl and Linzi

Table Talk with Mark

Philosophy: A Talk Radio show with Mark and Tshepo where various guests converse on a range of Biblical subjects. Radio Pulpit is every Friday, from 9:00-11:00am on Radio Pulpit.

Leaders: Mark and Tshepo

Men’s Fellowship

Philosophy: TBC.

Leader: Tshepo

Ladies Saturday Bible Study

Philosophy: TBC.

Leader: Sharon and Lana

Ladies Discovery Group

Philosophy: The Ladies Discovery Group is a small group of Ladies meeting on Sundays, from 10:00-11:00am at the church.

Leader: Erica, Maggie and Julia

Youth Committee Meeting

Philosophy: The Youth Committee is comprised of a leader from Sunday School (Lee-ann), Youth (Tshepo), Schools Outreach (Staff), Sunday School Teacher Training (Craig) and our Child Protection Policy (Senior Pastor). The committee meets once a quarter before the school holidays end and the various ministries start up again to ensure we’re all on the same page and escalate any issues to the elders at church.

Leader: Mark

Sunday School

Philosophy: For children 3 and potty trained-grade 7 Sunday School is held each Sunday, during the 8:30am service at church.

Leader: Lee-ann

Youth

Philosophy: For youth 13-18 Youth is held each Friday, from 6:00-8:00pm at church.

Leader: Tshepo and Thoriso

Sunday School Teacher Training

Philosophy: TBC.

Leader: Craig

Worship

8:30/10:30 Sunday Morning Service

Philosophy: Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni’s service includes Bible reading, praying, giving, preaching, communion and singing. We sing traditional and modern hymns as well as contemporary worship songs. We have a piano, drums, guitarists and a team of vocalists.

Leader: Mark and Etienne

Worship Setup and Practice

Philosophy: Worship Setup and Practice is weekly, on a Saturday, TBC.

Leader: Warren, Stuart, Etienne and Richard

Worship Setup and Warmup

Philosophy: Worship Warmup and Practice is weekly, on a Sunday, from 7:30-8:00am at the church.

Leader: Warren, Stuart, Etienne and Richard

Sunday Afternoon Prayer Meeting

Philosophy: The Sunday Afternoon Prayer Meeting is primarily to pray for the church. It is on Sundays, from 5:00-5:40am at the church and on Zoom.

Leaders: Roland

Fellowship

Newcomers Lunch

Philosophy: Aimed at introducing newcomers to the church.

Leader: Tshepo

Membership Classes

Philosophy: We have 5 weeks of Membership Classes, for an hour, on the Sundays preceding a General Meeting at church.

Leader: Tshepo

Baptism Sunday

Philosophy: We baptise new converts on Baptism Sunday, during the morning service, on the Sunday preceding a General Meeting at church.

Leader: Tshepo

General Meetings

Philosophy: We hold Quarterly General Meetings on the last Sunday of February, May, August and our Annual General Meeting in November after the morning service at church.

Leader: Mark

Fellowship Meals

Philosophy: We also have events throughout the year.

Leader: Debbie

Evangelism

Clinic Outreach

Philosophy: TBC.

Leader: Tshepo and Erica

Crystal Park High School Outreach

Philosophy: TBC.

Leader: Tshepo

Jahari Christian Academy Outreach

Philosophy: TBC.

Leader: Tshepo

Crystal Park Primary School Outreach

Philosophy: TBC.

Leader: Mark

Door to Door

Philosophy: TBC.

Leader: Craig

Street Preaching

Philosophy: TBC.

Leader: Craig

Leadership

Staff Meetings

Philosophy: The pastoral staff meet first thing on a Monday, biweekly, from 9:00-11:00am. The general staff meet on a Monday afternoon, biweekly, from 1:00-2:00pm.

Leader: Mark

Elders Meetings

Philosophy: The elders meet first thing on a Monday, biweekly, from 9:00-11:00am.

Leader: Mark

Sola 5 Fraternal

Philosophy: A fraternal for pastors of Sola 5 churches generally meeting on the 1st Tuesday of each month, from 12:00-2:00pm.

Leader: Stuart Chase

BNA Eastrand Fraternal

Philosophy: A fraternal for pastors of Baptist Northern Association churches on the Eastrand generally meeting on the 3rd Friday of each month, from 12:00-2:00pm.

Leader: Parmesh Venkatasami

Expositors Forum

Philosophy: A Forum for Expository Preachers to meet. The Expositors Forum is generally meets on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 8:00-10:00am, at the church.

Leader: Mark and Rocky

External Events

Sola 5: Annual Conference

The conference is formatted to appeal to pastors and church members. In addition to the annual business meeting, there are sessions, each including a Scripture reading and prayer, some singing, a church planting report, and a sermon. Time is spent after each session in small group prayer, with delegates gathering to pray for and with one another.

Spurgeon Fraternal

This is effectively a retreat for pastors and elders. There is some teaching, sharing of individual church prayer requests and much time allocated to prayer.

Grace Fellowship: Shepherds Conference

Grace Fellowship brings subject matter expert speakers often tied to The Master’s Seminary.