To assess the phenomenal growth and reasons real or perceived of the New Covenant Ministries International 1983 to 2001.
South Africa is in a state of flux-everything is changing from the steady collapse of the Rand over the last few years, to major changes in society. In just on ten years the country has changed from a minority White based government to one elected by the nation as a whole. This has rapidly become a one party secular state, in which the church, from being a national institution is in many respects fighting for survival in a society where anything goes. Even though the vast majority of the country subscribe to Christianity, other groups are more vocal in what they believe . With this in mind the topic of this dissertation was decided on. Here is a group of Christians who over the last few years have grown in number and are still adding to their number. They started in 1983 when a few ministers were relating and spending a morning a week together, while still belonging to various other Church denominations. This then became the basis for this new group, which registered a constitution but continues to this day to maintain a non-denominational viewpoint. They called themselves the New Covenant Ministries International. To date they have grown to over seven thousand churches. [Stated by Dudley Daniel, Bloemfontein 2001.] Obviously they are doing some things right or have a dynamic leadership leading them. At the conference held in Bloemfontein , their leader Dudley Daniel reminded them of their roots in Pentecostalism. Many of their original leaders came out of the traditional Pentecostal churches i.e. Full Gospel Church of God, Assemblies of God, Pentecostal Holiness Church, United Apostolic Faith Church etc. The aim of this work is to look back and see where the NCMI came from, how the structure is working today and finally to critically evaluate the changes that have occurred since conception.