Who We Are

Hi, we're Preferred Future

We are the missions and justice division of the Assemblies of God Group (AOG) of churches in South Africa, and a registered NPO & PBO. Preferred Future acts as a service provider to the Group, connecting, facilitating and encouraging churches to pursue justice in their local communities and missions in Southern Africa. This involves identifying, raising and resourcing leaders within the local church who will champion and lead justice and missions work within their respective churches, to impact their communities. Our heart is to see our communities flourishing because of the presence and activity of the local church.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.”

Proverbs 31:8-9

OUR

Campus Connect

CORE

Justice | Education

FOCUS

Missions | Church Planting
CAMPUS CONNECT

The university campus is one of the most strategic mission fields there is. By reaching university students we are making a long-term investment in their eternity and our local churches. Campus Connect is the AOG Group’s outreach to university students.

Studies have shown that 65% of university students in their first term at varsity are open to the claims of Christ. As time passes that percentage drops. With tomorrow’s leaders sitting on today’s university campuses and open to the claims of Christ, there is an unparalleled opportunity to impact our country, our continent, and our world.

``Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of God, but our lives as well.``
1 Thessalonians 2:8

In one single verse this describes what we are wanting to see happen on our university campuses: a community where students are able to not only share the Gospel of God, but also their lives. By developing community on campus (through small groups, worship encounters, outreach events, etc.) we will see students grow into lifelong followers of Christ.

Campus Connect is about reaching students and equipping churches to have an impact on any tertiary institution near them. If your local church is currently running a university student ministry, we want to come alongside you to help resource and further equip you to reach the university. If your local church has a university near it and would like help in taking the steps to reach it, we would like to come alongside you to strategise, resource, equip, and reach students.

JUSTICE

``Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.``
Psalm 89:14

We believe that justice is a God word, something that is so important to him and one of the foundations of his kingdom.

If righteousness is about us being in right relationship with God, we consider justice to be about our right relationships with each other. This, essentially, makes up the two great commandments: love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind AND love your neighbour as yourself.

PF seeks to encourage our local churches to be in right relationships with those who make up their communities both individually and as a corporate. We encourage local churches to notice what is going on all around them, to hear people, understand their struggles and stories and have compassion and mercy on those who are being unfairly treated or who are being cheated out of God’s intended life for all.

``But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.``
Acts 1:8

Acts 1:8 exhorts churches to be witnesses of the gospel in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the Earth. We use this as a model for justice, and encourage churches to act justly and pursue right relationships with the people around them in the four circles that the scripture alludes to (geographically nearest to furthest, including people groups who are marginalised or not usually associated with).

Why we focus on education?
Over the last few years we have been encouraging our Group churches to consider including education within their justice work.

Why?
Because we believe that the lack of fair and quality education has become the greatest injustice our country is facing. The most vulnerable are becoming victims of the system and every year that we delay, we lose a generation of leaders.

PF has identified three key areas in education that we, as the church, are able to
engage in:
Starting a school

Establishing schools of excellence to provide quality education to children from under-resourced backgrounds.

Partnering with a school

Serving struggling schools by aiding students and teachers in Literacy, Numeracy, and Science and by supporting principals and the school as a whole.

Entrepreneurial activity

Discipling and developing school leavers and micro entrepreneurs by assisting them with vocational and business skills.

It is possible for us to, as the local church, change the lives of the most vulnerable in a significant and tangible way. The more we walk together, sharing our ideas and experiences, the easier it will be to do justice.

MISSIONS

``Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.``
Matthew 28:18-20

PF’s missions focus has always been that of cross border missions and church planting work that is done outside South Africa. Southern Africa has been the main cross-border missions focus for us over the last few years and will continue to be our focus.

Within the Southern Africa Missions work we have:
2 developed areas:

Life Church/Life Child Mozambique
This is a cell-based church planting model planting churches across Mozambique. Life Child, the justice arm of the church, focuses on health, education and the holistic care of orphaned and vulnerable children.

The Zambia Project, Western Zambia
This project focuses on planting a church within walking distance of every person in Western Zambia. The work includes ministries such as care of orphaned and vulnerable women and children, well planting, Bible translation, medical outreaches and education.

1 developing area:

Lesotho Missions, Lesotho
The focus here is church planting in rural Semonkong and the urban towns of Roma and Maseru.

Our dream is to become a grand procession of people telling others about Jesus across Southern Africa and to see strong leaders and influential churches that reproduce themselves and transform their societies. Our role is to make it easy for churches to join in this procession; to help them raise missions leaders (who we call Champions) who will plan mission trips and lead teams and to help them send teams to serve and support the already established work in Lesotho, Mozambique, and Zambia.

OBJECTIVES

(the same for Justice, Missions and Campus Connect)

How do we encourage churches to do this?

  1. By facilitating and encouraging discussion on missions, justice and student ministry within the local Group churches. This would help them to understand justice, missions and the importance of discipling students.
  2. By encouraging and facilitating the discovery of their local church’s justice endeavor, missions calling and student ministry.
  3. By connecting the leaders of this work (who we call Champions) and their pastors to resources that will enable them to start effective student ministry, missions and justice work.

Find out more by viewing and downloading our justice and missions resources here.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne.

Psalm 89:14

Our Team

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Donovan Coetzee
AOG National Leader
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Brian Sephton
Administrator
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Sarah Lee
Resource & Development