Every Nation Church is an ekklesia, a gathering of faithful people, and not a building. Here, the church is a spiritual family. Every Nation guides members to help their communities heal, become stronger and upskilled. They aim to build Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries throughout the world to enable everyone to do the work of ministry in their daily lives and lead others to God.
God inspired Christo Pretorius to lead Every Nation Church in Paarl through various prophecies Christo has experienced. At first, Christo planned to follow a career in the filmmaking industry. However, one scripture steered him to become a pastor instead. “During a youth camp in 1989, I received word that God is calling me to full-time ministry and I felt that God was speaking to me through 2 Tim 4:1-5. This scripture has always guided me in my calling as a pastor.”
Difficulties come in many shapes and sizes. But in recognising the problems, they can be solved.
“The biggest challenge we face as a church is to get people to fully trust in God by submitting to His Word. People are eager to listen to the preaching of God’s Word, but they are not as willing to obey it. They often focus on the easy things and disobey the tougher aspects of God’s teachings.
But the truth is that you will benefit if you obey the Word of God in totality, but you will also experience pain and heartache if you disobey it.
Our most significant calling is to make disciples for Jesus, yet Christians don’t see themselves testifying. The lack of finances can sometimes cripple our plans for the future, but God has always been faithful in this regard.
We haven’t overcome our challenges yet. Even Jesus struggled to get people to lay down their desires and take up His. It’s a daily spiritual battle between our flesh and what God’s Holy Spirit wants us to do. I have learned over the years that my job is to testify, proclaim the good news, live out my convictions and build spiritual platforms where people can live their faith in a practical way. I proclaim God’s good news and those who listen have to decide to follow Jesus for themselves. I can’t determine who will go to heaven, or who will follow God fully, but I can control how I preach and teach God’s Word and how I live.”
Every Nation Church makes a difference in the broader community past their congregation.
“Our name says it all – Every Nation. We are a family of churches that wants to build churches with campus ministries in every nation all over the world. We have a heart to unite people from different cultures. We want to see that all races and cultures hear of God’s goodness. We play a vital role in reaching people from different cultures and then bringing them together.
We also hope to reach the younger generations. Campus ministries are one of our biggest focuses. 75% of people who are saved, are saved before the age of 25. Our children are the future of the churches’ health. We want to reach them the right way before they learn the way of the world. They are the future leaders.
We also strongly believe in church planting, because we believe it was a strategy that Jesus invented when he came to earth. He did say that the gates of hell will not be able to stand against His church (Matt 16:18). History has proven that the church has time and again had a bigger impact over the long run than one time crusades and stand-alone ministries, although these do play a vital role in the bigger picture. The local church is a public picture of God’s family.”
God is Hope. Sharpen your world view through Him.
“Don’t just focus on the now, but allow the Holy Spirit to sharpen your vision for what lies ahead in the future. Sometimes people are blinded by their current problems, and they tend to forget that, even amongst these problems, God has planned an eternity for them with Him in heaven.
Rom 8:18-19. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
God did not ask us to understand Him, but to trust Him even if we don’t understand Him. Trust in Him, pray and seek His face daily, show love always, be thankful for what you have and be content with your circumstances.
Phil 4:4-13. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. […] 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Find out more about Every Nation Paarl via their website, here: www.enpaarl.co.za.