We are an affirming, Apostolic-Prophetic church for all people.
We are a “future generation church”. We believe that the face of the church in the 21st century is going to change radically to emulate the face of Christ; in a way which does not compromise our faith, but seeks to resist the boundaries so often placed on the church by human limitation, concerning Christ’s love.
We want to change the negative connotation that many have come to know, regarding the face and purpose of the global Church and we want to lift high the banner of victory that belongs to the body of Christ, emulating God’s love for all people.
“Christ has come to change our hearts, not our fingerprints” – Apostle Deborah Bell
Christ’s love is unconditional. We as the Church must show that unconditional love to ALL of God’s people. Our church provides a safe place to worship for ALL of God’s people to find wholeness in Christ and grow into who God has originally created them to be.
In September 1997 Deo Gloria Family Church KZN was birthed. We initially affiliated with Deo Gloria Family Church, Pretoria, by name, before the church in Pretoria closing, but remained an independent church, pioneering an Apostolic Prophetic work in Durban.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Gal.3:28
We are a fivefold ministry church. We believe that the global Church cannot operate in the fullness of Christ’s power with a “threefold, fivefold.” The offices of Apostle and Prophet have been excluded for many years, even though it is scriptural to operate in the Fivefold (Eph 4:11-13).
We believe that in these times the offices of Apostle and Prophet are being restored to the church; they have always been included in the fivefold ministry in the bible, but until recently have been excluded from the church. The office of Apostle and the prophetic are being restored to accelerate God’s divine strategy in the earth.
We believe in every member ministry, where the greater body of Christ is being raised up to restore the church of God.
We encourage all our members to be actively involved in extending the kingdom of God through these ministries. We are living in a time of the move of the saints – which is all of us!
Apostolic Ministry (Ministry of the Apostle)
And God has placed in the church first of all apostles second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. (1Cor. 12:28)
… built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. (Eph. 2:20)
God is restoring the offices of Apostle and Prophet back into the church where they were originally meant to be. The Fivefold is not meant to be the Threefold!
The office of Apostle seeks out and sets the vision according to God’s heart, and then builds, establishing it in the nations.
The apostle brings in the new revelation of God into the churches. Apostles also mobilise the army of God and release impartation which enables the saints to fulfill their destinies and callings.
Apostles bring order to the body of Christ, and are pioneers who set up church government according to God’s divine order.
… the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. (Romans 4:17b)
Prophetic Ministry (Ministry of the Prophet)
DGFC has a powerful prophetic ministry. Along with the office of the apostle, the prophet releases the new revelation that God is unleashing in the kingdom, which brings transformation.
The prophetic ministry speaks forth God’s voice on the earth and into the heart of the church, releasing destiny into people’s lives from the throne room of God, and discerns the times and seasons. The prophetic ministry calls that which is not as though it were.
Ministry of Teaching and Preaching
All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that everyone in the Lord may thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV)
We believe in the centrality power and impact of the proclaimed word of God as revealed through the Holy Spirit.
We believe in teaching the deep principles of truth that scripture has laid out for us and that it is vital to the growth of a healthy body of Christ. We understand the prosperity of the life God has called us to and the reality of the life word spoken by Christ.
“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)
As Christians, we have the mandate to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. We, as a church, pledge to reach the unreached through effective witness and evangelism.
Members of our congregation visit clubs and bars and spread the Word of God, making use of pamphlets and visiting cards through our outreach program. We are also affiliated with other organisations with whom we network on a regular basis. If you’d like more information on this program, please contact us. Be on the lookout for the outreach team at their next visit!
“I’ve posted watchpeople on your walls, Jerusalem. Day and night they keep at it, praying, calling out, reminding GOD to remember.” (Isaiah 62:6, The Message)
DGFC has a powerful anointed and prophetic prayer ministry, which Apostle Deborah often refers to as the backbone of the church. We are a group of ordinary people longing to do extraordinary things for Jesus Christ, to bring glory and honour to God.
Our vision is to bring about a radical transformation in our church, community, nation, and the world, through the power of prayer.
We meet once a week, where we pray strategically to fulfill our church’s mission, seeking out the heart and vision of God through the Spirit for our church, the nations and all people.
We regularly go on Prayer Walks in spiritually significant areas in our City to bring about breakthrough. We encourage others from the congregation to join us to experience the power of praying for others and our City.
We know that God has called people of prayer who will dwell in the presence of God, who bring forth prophetic word and who immerse themselves in the Word. During these times, intercessors must pray unceasingly as we see the biblical prophecies rapidly being fulfilled. Prayer warriors must be watchful, seeking out the heart of God to change spiritual atmospheres and to stand in the gap for all.
We trust that God will make us faithful in the task which God has set aside for us and speak out in faith the words in Ezra: Ezr 8:23 “So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and God answered our prayer.”
If you wish to submit a prayer request, click here.
Ministry of Praise & Worship
We serve a living God, who calls us to praise and worship in song and adoration. We believe God wants us to be so immersed in God’s presence so that we make a real connection that brings change. Worship is a catalyst in this process.
Deo Gloria Family Church has been blessed with a vibrant music ministry and anointed musicians, who understand the power of worship and the prophetic in music. True worshippers live out the word of God in every aspect of their lives. Worship is developed & rooted in a life of prayer and intimacy with Jesus Christ, that is visible in our everyday lives.
Life Group Ministry (Life Groups)
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith… Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess. And let us consider how we may spur one another on to good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together… but let us encourage one another all the more as we see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:23-25, NIV)
We believe that the next move of the Lord is the move of the saints (the body of Christ). God’s taking us from being pew sitters to soldiers in the army of God.
Life groups are a healthy environment and setting, where we can build relationships that last. Fellowship and building relationships are vital in the Family of God.
We believe it is essential for every member of the body of Christ to be part of a Life Group. Life Groups are a place we can study the Word together and ask questions in a safe environment, and worship the Lord together in spirit and truth.
Healthy Christian relationships are an essential part of who we are and how we see ourselves.
Coming to Life Group helps us to work through our challenges, experience transformation, and be more Christ-like, with the goal being to reach spiritual maturity.
“…I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you took care of me.” (Matthew 25:36, NIV)
The focus of the Mercy Ministry is to extend God’s mercy to those in need; to be a guiding light and a source of hope as we influence our community with God’s unconditional love.
The Mercy Ministry takes care of the needs of underprivileged children, the elderly and homeless in our community, restoring hope to people in their struggle and showing God’s love to all. We like to have a “hands on” approach to ministry by getting involved in the various ministries to which we contribute.
We want to share the gospel in our word and deed as we live God’s word with love and compassion as an expression of our faith in Jesus Christ.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 10:23-25, NIV)
Apostle Deborah established an Apostolic network in 2012. She currently oversees a large network of churches, as well as church plants.
As a gateway church, we are also a conferencing church. Our annual, flagship conference is SOZO, which is a global Apostolic-Prophetic conference hosted by Apostle Deborah. The vision for SOZO was born in 2008 by Apostle Deborah Bell, with a desire to see people not only having a deeper encounter with GOD, but to see people enter into a new dimension of God’s presence & revelation for the future.
Our Bible School
We have our own Bible School here in South Africa, which is still currently being further expanded and developed in accordance with our vision.
We have grown rapidly and increased with a steady flow of students partaking in our school from in and around South Africa.
Cutting Edge Education
Through our Bible school, you will learn on the ground practicalities of ministry and for the church functions. The courses are module-based so can be taken indepedently as and when they are held. Our Bible school will equip you with all you need to function in the 21st Century church.
School of Worship
We currently are registered as a School of Worship. One of the globally recognised courses that we do is the Psalmody Course whose founder is Tom Inglis. Psalmody is to teach us how to live a lifestyle of worship. We recommend this for every member.