Growing the Church
In March 2010, Growing the Church, a church growth institute within the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) gathered together various organisations within ACSA - SOMA, New Wine, Iviyo, Soul Survivor, Provincial Youth - to seek the Lord, asking this question: "What does God want us to do together that we cannot do on our own?"
In prayer, they received pictures of renewal and revival and out of those images the name "Anglicans Ablaze" was born. Then in 2011 at KwaMashu, 80 leaders gathered to discern the way forward.
What is Anglicans Ablaze?
We are a group of organisations, previously, under the oversight of Bishop Tsietsi Seleoane, currently under the oversight of Bishop Tsietsi Seleoane, within the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) who desire to be set ablaze with God's love and power in order to build up the church and to serve God in the world. Every two years, we gather together for an international conference; and each year, various regional Anglicans Ablaze conferences are held throughout the province.
Largest Gathering of Anglicans
Anglicans Ablaze is the single largest gathering of Anglicans in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. Come be inspired, renewed, equipped and encouraged in the faith. Come learn how to live "A Jesus-Shaped Life".
Anglicans Ablaze is a movement. If any diocese or province desires to hold its own Anglicans Ablaze conference, please contact Growing the Church for assistance.
First Anglican's Ablaze Conference
In 2012, the first International Anglicans Ablaze Conference was held, and it was a huge success! More than 1400 people attended and returned home renewed and refreshed, inspired to grow in their faith and to reach out to others in Christ's love. Months later, people continued to talk about their experience at the 2012 conference.
This is what our own Archbishop has to say:
"When I reflect on our Anglicans Ablaze Conference, I feel my heart lifting within me at the generosity of God's love and grace to us during those few days. Whatever our church background, we all found ourselves moved by God's loving, tender touch and compelled to go forward in confidence, embracing the vision he has set before us."
–Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Cape Town
Past & Present Conferences
The second International Anglicans Ablaze Conference took place in Johannesburg in July 2014; the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, was our featured speaker. In October 2016, the third International Anglicans Ablaze took place in Cape Town, and the fourth one is scheduled for 3-6 October 2018 in Durban.
The fourth International Anglicans Ablaze Conference took place in Natal 3-6 Oct 2018 about 2400 people attended. We had speakers like the Archbishop of South-East Asia, Moon Hing, Judge Leona Theron, a Concourt Judge, Mahlatse Mashua from RZIM and Sam Uys from ALPHA KZN.
The fifth Anglicans Ablaze took place as virtual international conference Thu 24 – Sat 26 Sept 2020, via Zoom.
This year, the sixth Anglicans Ablaze Conference goes Global! This online conference will involve the Anglican Communion throughout the world. It takes place 6-9 October 2021.