†Martin was consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist on 5th February 2000 at a wonderful service in St Mary's Cathedral, Johannesburg, where the then Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, preached. He encouraged the new Bishops (†Martin and †Brian Germond of Johannesburg) to be "vision bearers and not problem solvers".
Synod of Bishops Meets in the Diocese
The Synod of Bishops met at Linga Longa between Bela Bela and Modimolle between Monday 3rd and Friday 7th February 2014.
During this time the Bishops spent time together in prayer and worship. They dealt with many agenda items under Archbishop Thabo Makgoba's leadership. They also had some time of relaxing and fellowship together.
The Diocesan Choir, the "Voices of St Mark" joined the Bishops for their opening worship, adding music and life to that service, and making the Bishops feel really welcome. They also received generous gifts from the Diocesan Mothers' Union and Anglican Women's Fellowship.
Various speakers addressed the Bishops on aspects of leadership. These included
- General Bantu Holomisa
- Officials from the Department of Women, Children & People With Disabilities
- Rev JP Heath
The Bishops took time to visit St Stephen's Church in Phagameng, which is part of the Parish of Modimolle, where they prayed with members of the community. The Mayor of Modimolle, Councillor Kgaretja Elizabeth Lekalakala joined the Bishops at their closing service where she received prayer for her challenging role in the life of the community.
A sad but thankful note was saying farewell to Biship Dinis Sengulane who is about to retire after 38 years as Bishop of Lebombo (southern Mozambique). He will devote much of his retirement to making peace in Mozambique. The Bishops prayed for him in a moving farewell service.
Provincial Synod October 2013
Bishop Martin and the Diocesan representatives attended Provincial Synod in Benoni from 1st to 4th October 2013. Among the many resolutions was one on "Fresh Expressions" which †Martin proposed:
Motion on Fresh Expressions of Church
This Synod, noting
- Christ’s “Great Command” to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and our neighbour as ourselves; and Christ’s “Great Commission” to his church to make disciples of all people everywhere (Matthew 28:19ff);
- The decisions of our Synod of Bishops and Provincial Synod (2010) to raise the priority of discipleship in ACSA;
- The progress made by the “Fresh Expressions” (Mission Shaped Ministry) movement in England and other parts of the Anglican Communion as shared by Bishop Graham Cray at recent diocesan training days, as well as his sharing at Synod of Bishops, PSC and Anglicans Ablaze in 2012;
- The partnership that has been formed between Ekklesia in Stellenbosch, ACSA (through Growing the Church) and Fresh Expression in the Church of England;
- The challenge to the church to make disciples in a rapidly changing world.
Respectfully requests the Bishops to encourage the dioceses and parishes of our Province actively to explore and experiment with new forms of incarnational ministry, worship and church growth, alongside our traditional forms, and always bearing in mind:
- That these forms are designed to draw unchurched people into faith in Christ and into active membership of His church as devoted disciples;
- The values of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa as expressed by our Bishops on page 434 of the Anglican Prayer Book 1989 (paragraph 82).
Requests Growing the Church to make resources available and to give support where needed.
Chapel of the Resurrection Camp June 2013
Group photo from the Chapel of the Resurrection, Singapore, Parish camp where †Martin was the speaker.