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"When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed."

Acts 14:23


At St John's we are led by a body of appointed elders who meet regularly

to discuss, decide and direct all matters of church governance.

The elders role is to "shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the local church"..  

The eldership is itself accountable to two spiritual "patrons", Rev Richard Fothergill and Mark Warren Smith.


“Elders lead the church [1 Tim 5:17Titus 1:71 Peter 5:1–2], teach and preach the Word [1 Timothy 3:22 Timothy 4:2Titus 1:9], protect the church from false teachers [Acts 20:1728–31], exhort and admonish the saints in sound doctrine [1 Timothy 4:132 Timothy 3:13–17Titus 1:9], visit the sick and pray [James 5:14Acts 6:4], and judge doctrinal issues [Acts 15:6]. In biblical terminology, elders shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the local church” . 


St John's at 24 Rivers

Vaalwater, Limpopo




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