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Urban Mission and Reconciliation – Jubilee Community Church, Cape Town

Author: Lex Loizides
Date: 25.09.2010
Category: Poverty and Wealth, Reconciliation, Cities

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Urban Mission and Reconciliation – Jubilee Community Church

Since the birth of the new South Africa in 1994, the country has been affectionately referred to as the Rainbow Nation. This represents a celebration of the rich diversity of cultures, languages and races that make up the nation. Over the centuries Cape Town has become a real melting pot of cultures, and Jubilee Community Church reflects and celebrates this diversity as a local church community.


Jubilee Community Church was launched in 1983 and for much of the first year the group met in a Scout hall under a bridge in the predominantly white suburb of Plumstead.

This was an exciting phase in which the values of the church were explored and foundations were set in place. People came from all walks of life to meet with God.

Much attention was given to building relationships. Meetings were characterized by heart-felt worship and careful exposition of biblical texts. Within a year the church had grown and the Sunday meeting moved to a local School hall in Wynberg.

Soon the church was structured on the basis of cell-congregation-celebration. Every member was encouraged to participate in a mid-week home group; on Sunday mornings each person attended a particular congregation (from 1985 there were three – meeting in Plumstead, Claremont and Rondebosch – and later congregations were also established in Muizenberg, Ottery, and Gardens); and on Sunday evenings the whole church gathered for a city-wide celebration.

Social Concern

The 1980s were a stormy time in South Africa, with the struggle against apartheid intensifying. In this context, building a non-racial community was an important value, and the young church was intentional about being part of the solution and not merely observing the process unfold. It was not always an easy road to tread in a deeply polarised society.

Church members participated in various projects in some of the squatter settlements (eg, housing projects, carpet-weaving, and health clinics), as well as preaching the gospel, praying for the sick and building friendships.

Strong relationships were built with residents in Khayelitsha, which later led to the planting of Uzukho Lwakhe Church in that township. In the Tambo Square squatter settlement near Gugulethu members of the church became involved in helping with a children’s crèche, while others joined the community in campaigning for adequate housing.

Eventually the authorities allocated land for this purpose and the present Tambo Village began to take shape. Transport was provided for members of that community to join the church at Sunday meetings, and this led later to the planting of Khanyisa Church in Gugulethu.

Building Diverse Worship Services

One outcome of the growing relationships developed between these racial groups was the change in the look and feel of the public meetings at Jubilee.

Songs were no longer sung merely in English, but songs were both discovered and written in a variety of South African languages. Today on a Sunday at Jubilee you can hear songs in English, Xhosa, Zulu and sometimes even French!

Keywords: Racial Reconciliation, Urban Mission, Cities, Cape Town, church planting, Ministry to the Poor, poverty, health care

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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down abrown13 (0)
United States

This seems like a great church that is being used for surprising triumph after such a large, trying time in history.  May God bless your efforts to love inclusively and may you share the Gospel with many others.

Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Mariusbrand (0)
South Africa

Community farms: (Kibbutz)

4 land & wealth redistribution, to evangelise the community: To train, educate, work,  live and have a base from where to launch missionaries into the community. A community farm is where the Christians in the community corporately owns the property. Our corporate finances provide 4 cost of the farm, infrastructure & accommodation for those working on farms while they are discipled.  Investors, invest directly in the crops to secure food and jobs for the people. Thousands of jobs will be created where people could be evangelise, reconciled, unity restored and worldviews changed to a Biblical one. Farms will act as a place of employment, a basic income, a missionary training School, an orphanage and launching pad to send trained missionaries. Here Christ Jesus will be a way of living where the community will see what we preach!

 Three legs: (Operating separately)

 1.   Accommodation and employers Lodges/Hostels on farms with infrastructure:

2.   Education, “Skills” development, Discipleship training & orphanages.

3.   Agricultural projects – investment arm. (Project financing). Outside investors.

      Full scale business to create a holistic cosmos to the missionary to have the  infrastructure needed to live and operate in without lack or limitations.

 Shammah Foundation: Marius Brand: Cell 082 9210 275, e-mail -

Reply Flag 1 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Nevwellington (1)
South Africa

Great overview of the Jubilee history. Brings back memories of the past 22 years I’ve been there. Was Helderberg fellowship not also planted from Jubilee?

Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Lex_L (6)  
South Africa
@ Nevwellington:

Hi Nev,

In one sense Heldeberg Christian Church was planted by Jubilee, but only in that the key leadership went from us. It was different from other close up plants because we normally have sent a fairly large number of people to plant.

So I haven’t mentioned it for that reason.


Reply Flag 1 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Stephen_Murray (1)  
South Africa

Great church and great example of the whole gospel for the whole city.


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