After an incredible time and privilege of planting and leading Cosmo City Church for 14 years, Ps. Jack and Maratwa Tsoai handed over the leadership of the church to Ps. Thabiso and Didi Motsepe on the 9th March 2013 to pursue a more translocal ministry according to Acts 13:1-3 v1. "Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. v2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” v3. So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off”.
This move led Ps. Jack and Maratwa Tsoai to start a translocal partnership of churches called “Capstone Translocal Partnerships” on the 8th June 2013 to help train up church leaders, plant churches and equip the church globally. Whenever you see a God-inspired transition in the Bible, you also see an increase, expansion and fruitfulness. From Moses to Joshua, David to Solomon and Jesus to his disciples, all you see is the expansion of a trans-generational vision initiated by God using mere fallible human beings. Ps. Jack and Maratwa Tsoai accepted and embrace their pioneering calling knowing very well that it was not going to be a safe sailing journey as theirs has always been a journey of pushing out the borders of normality, breaking new ground, pioneering even when it didn’t look possible.
What or who is Capstone Translocal Partnerships (CTP)?
Capstone Translocal Partnerships is a Non-Profit Christian movement registered in terms of the Non-Profit Organization Act of 1997 (RSA) with registration No: 149-185 NPO. The movement is essentially a collective of Ephesians 4 gifted Christian partners who see the church beyond its locality through the eyes of the Great commission. The partnership is passionate about Jesus, the church and winning the lost. Our foundational value is that the Bible is the inspired and authoritative Word of God, and is the only acceptable standard for life, ministry, doctrine, direction, discipline, design of the church life and conduct in the Church in general. This standard is applied, as best as we know how, to all that we do in partnership with churches.
CTP is therefore comprised of men and women who come from different local churches, released to help build other local churches, and to equip and mobilize believers for the fulfilment of the work of the kingdom- the discipling of the nations.
Our core foundational beliefs and observations among others include the following:
1) We take the position that Scripture does not support man-made divisions in the Church and that the Body of Christ should be recognized and defined as one single entity.
2) We also believe that the New Testament patterns for Church life and structure are organic rather than organisational. Consequently, we have chosen not to set up a headquarters, hierarchies, executives, church franchises, superintendents, Presidents, or anything else within the CTP partnership that we would consider to be an extra-Biblical institution.
3) This does not imply a rejection of those who have chosen to express the Church through denomination or movements, only a difference in our ecclesiology. It does, however, imply that if you are a believer, there is one sense in which we are already joined to you and you to us.
4) A local church cannot 'join our denomination' because we are not one. They can, however, choose to partner with us (Phil 1:5 “because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now”) in the work of God's Kingdom. The nature of this partnership is a relationship one that is founded on the principle of “friendship before function” and is worked out as we function together in discipling the nations.
5) We see the Church as both local and universal with local eldership teams working with CTP to reach the nations for God.
6) Apostles laying foundations as they partner with the local churches. (Eph 2:20, Acts 14:21-23, 1 Cor 3:10, Phil 1:4),
7) Planting of Strategic Base churches as a way in which other churches can be served, (Acts13: 1-3, Acts 14:21 – 28),
8) We, above all others, know that we do not have all the truth and have lots to learn. We humbly recognize we are but a part of the whole of what God is doing, and that we ourselves are continually discovering His ways and learning to apply them.
9) Not everyone will agree with this ecclesiology, but we have a commitment to be as faithful to the Scriptures as we know how. Those who find that they agree with us, and wish to embrace the same ecclesiology, are welcome to become a part of what we are doing to fulfill the mandate of God to the Church.
Why Capstone Translocal Partnerships?
After carefully studying the scriptures, we are convinced that the perfect original balance and harmony and purpose of the church as portrayed by the Word of God (the Bible) has been lost. The church has gone through various movements up to date; consequently, some of the original church principles as seen in the book of acts have been compromised or eroded along the way, more particularly in the process of transfer of the baton from one generation to the next generation. This phenomenon has led to the splintering of the church for profit and leadership contestation as well as ambitious men/women trying to lead the church for personal and not Godly inspired reasons.
Some of the Identified compromised bible principles are:a) Servant hood. The modern church, especially the ruling “Pastors” or “Prophets” or “Men of God” prefer to be served rather to serve. The concentration is on making money than serving and caring for God’s flock. The attention is more on self-promotion, title chasing and self-enrichment. We believe that this kind of behaviour compromises the essence of who Jesus is: Mark 10:45 “ For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Peter also reiterate what Jesus said when addressing leaders: 1 Peter 5:2-3 “ Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock”.
b) Secular Knowledge. Today there is much dependency on secular wisdom for running God’s affairs. The church model is that of a business, entirely depending on business principles compromising and watering down Christ’s way of building His church. Colossians 2:8 “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ”.
c) New Testament Leadership Structure: Most church structures are driven more on personal or hierarchical nature to the advantage of a few power-hungry individuals who see the church as a self-enriching business, rather than being informed by Biblical principles which include among others the PRIESTHOOD of all believers; caring for one another in love and compassion as Christ would for His flock.
We believe that there are only two layers of leadership in the New Testament Church i.e.
- Elders /Bishop /Overseer
• Philippians 1:1 (NIV) “Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons”.
• Acts 20:17, 28 Verse 17,”Paul calls for the elders (Presbuteros) of the church” and addresses them.
Verse28, He is still speaking to the elders…” has made you oversees (Episcopos).
Be shepherds or pastors (Poimain)
•1 Peter 5:1-4
“To the elders (PRESBUTEROS) among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed.Be shepherds (POIMAINO) of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers (EPISKOSPOS) - not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”