United Congregational Church of Southern Africa
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150 Caroline Street, 2nd Floor
PO Box 96014
Brixton, Johannesburg 2019
South Africa (Africa)
Telephone: +27 11 837 9997
Fax: +27 11 837 2570
Email: vanessa@uccsa.co.za

Address-No.: 13280 / 1208

Information in the internet:

URL: http://www.uccsa.co.za/
Languages of the website: English

Congregationalism took root in Southern Africa when Johannes van der Kemp, a missionary of the LMS, arrived in Cape Town in 1799. He was the first missionary to take the Gospel to the Bantu-speaking people in Southern Africa. The first Congreg churches were founded at Graaff-Reinet in 1801 and at Bethelsdorp (Port Elizabeth) in 1802. Within a few years the LMS was moving north from its famous mission station at Kuruman. Robert Moffat, David Livingstone, and other pioneers brought the Gospel to almost every part of Southern Africa. In order to pursue its evangelistic thrust into the interior, the LMS withdrew from the Cape in 1854. Five years later the congregations it had founded, together with a number of English-speaking congregations in larger centers, formed the Evangelical Voluntary Union, which became the Congregational Union of South Africa in 1877. At the invitation of the LMS, the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Mission sent their first group of missionaries to South Africa in 1835. They worked among the Zulu people in Natal and the Batswa people in Mozambique, and the congregations they established eventually constituted themselves into the Bantu Congregational Church. For more than a century the three churches of congregational origin, while having close fraternal relations, operated as separated denominations. In 1967, the three strands of Congregationalism came together to form the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa. In 1972 the South African Association of the Disciples also merged with the United Congregational Church. Union talks are proceeding with the Angl, Meth, and Presb Churches. The UCCSA operates in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.

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Statistic data of church

total: 277527
(conventionally): 353
house fellowships
(Number of growing parishes): 0
Ordained clergy
total: 271
women´s ordination
total: 0
total: 0
  no information about deacons
total: 0
no information about missionaries working abroad
Baptismal practise
infant and believer´s baptism
No information about godparents
Lord's Supper
Frequency per annum: 12
Newspapers/ Periodicals
no information about publication of magazines
Theological training facilities

Number: 0

Schools providing general education
no information about other schools
Founded in
Organizational structures
Assemby, executive committee, Synods/regional councils
Official languages
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Ndebele
  • Xhosa
  • Sotho
  • Venda
  • Zulu
  • Tswana
  • Indebele
  • Xixswa
  • Ndebele
  • Apostles´ Creed
  • Nicene Creed (381)

International assiciations


last update: 01.03.2006
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