The New Testament Church of God has a rich heritage. Courageous
men and women of God have laid its foundation and planned the strategies
for its growth in the 1950’s and 1960’s. They did so despite
racism, marginalization and rejection. They refused to be so silent and
dared to “sing the Lord’s song in a strange land.” As
a result of their faithful service and the devotion of loyal followers,
we now have a denomination, which is firmly set in the Pentecostal Evangelical
tradition, organisationally sound, with over 115 congregations and more
than 300 ministers serving a set of talented, gifted people across the
Brown said: "The time has come for the black majority church leaders
to arise and start working together for the welfare of all our people.
We have spent enough time building our own images. We must now look at
the bigger picture of the issues confronting our communities."
Bishop Brown also talked about issues specific to church
life, such as falling membership, church hopping, the lack of unity, leadership
training and the church's relationship with the media, saying churches
"must respond to these and other issues if we are to regain and retain
our credibility as God's people".