Our History

Our church was planted in 1974 with the name UAFC, which was a denominational name. Three years later the small group of believers bought a building in Victoria Road, in Pietermaritzburg, and began calling themselves Victoria Road Tabernacle. In 1983 the big change happened. Three churches joined us and we relocated to another part of the city. The new season for these four churches came with a new name – New Covenant Fellowship. This name had a deep meaning for us because it signaled a new start. It reflected the fellowship of four separate churches uniting together. It also spoke of our intent to follow a New Testament or New Covenant pattern to how we did church. This name served us admirably for 17 years. It saw the church grow to close on a thousand people and it facilitated a relationship with other churches, within the NCMI apostolic movement, who had similar convictions to us.

In the year 2000 Ray Oliver handed over the leadership of the church and with it came a name adjustment. We ceased to call ourselves New Covenant Fellowship, preferring instead to be known as NCF Church. The reason for this was not only to make branding simpler, but also in response to the changing spiritual landscape. Our nation had been through some huge adjustments, the secular trend from the western world had made its presence known and the word “covenant” had drifted out of the vocabulary of the average South African. We were often mistakenly referred to as “new government church”, “new convent church” and even “new coven church” which suggested to us that we should eliminate the confusion and so the name NCF Church,  came about.

31st January 2016 marked the launch of our Durban Site. We had been running pre-launch meetings for a few months when we stumbled upon a problem: a church in Durban that not only had the name ‘New Covenant Fellowship’, but also branded themselves as ‘NCF Church’. In addition to this they have a Site, which they also called NCF North – just like us! This NCF Church has thousands of members and also runs a TV program. If our values were similar, it may not have been a problem. We are, however, decidedly different to them and so to honour this church and to enable us to pursue our mandate of planting Sites in Durban we needed to change our name. Our Durban North Site was only the beginning. We anticipated that a university site would follow shortly as well as many others.

The process of choosing our new name began in earnest in August 2016. The selection process was led by the 52 elders of NCF Church and their wives, but not exclusively so. Extensive polling of views from the staff, various church members, both young and old, as well as un-churched friends was carried out. The elders were asked to list those of our values, which they felt needed to be encapsulated by the new name. Based on these values leaders were then asked to submit potential names for consideration. Discussion began around the names in elders meetings, informal gatherings and on social media. The elders fasted and prayed as a shortlist was created. This shortlist then underwent a similar scrutiny of opinion. Ray Oliver was asked for his perspective and a search was done through all the prophecies NCF had received so that we could compare the shortlisted names with what we believe God’s plan for our church is. Once the list was down to ten names they were put through a series of tests.

Remembering that any name would sound hollow at first and that until the associations of who NCF is are properly tied to it, it would be nothing more than a collection of letters, and bearing in mind that a church makes a name and not the other way around, we finally settled on ONE LIFE CHURCH.

What Our Name Means to Us

The ONE LIFE that we speak of is the LIFE of Jesus. With His ONE LIFE he gave us life. As a believer you have just ONE opportunity to live the ONE LIFE He has given to you. He invites you to join Him on His mission – holding out LIFE to one person at a time.

Romans 5:17 says, “For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.”

… One Act. One Life…

Ephesians 4:1 says, “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”

NCF has always had Jesus at the centre of all that we do. In this name His life is placed at the very centre of who we are. We love Him – this is the greatest commandment there is. We firmly believe that the great commission is our mission. The task of our ONE LIFE is to hold out the LIFE of Jesus to the world.

In addition to this scriptural fit with our name, the prophetic words that God has spoken over this church most often pertain to our mission – sending people out, speaking the language of the young, seeing the lost saved, revival, constant growth, refusing to settle into a rut – with which this name is in happy agreement with.

During his final meeting at NCF Church, as he was being sent out to plant a church in Gauteng, Jon Anderson said, “we only have ONE LIFE, lets do something dangerous with it”. I love the wildness attached to a life lived for one radical purpose and one reason only – to hold out the life of JESUS to a dying world.

What we believe

  • We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Sound orthodox doctrine is important to us. Our pastors devote themselves continually to the study of the Bible, both formally and informally.
  • We believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that Christ is the foundation of the church, the very epicentre of what we believe and our life-long pursuit is to know Him better and become more like Him.
  • We are missional in the sense that we preach the Gospel in order to see people transformed by Christ.
  • We are Apostolic in the sense that we are not independent. We partner with churches in our city, region and abroad.
  • We believe a healthy church needs to be connected to the rest of the church of Jesus Christ.
  •  We believe in the person and the workings of the Holy Spirit. In addition we believe that every believer is equally valuable to God and able to minister and grow spiritually.
  • We have a strong leadership development culture among us. It is our sincere belief that any believer can mature and begin to lead others. The church is lead by a team of pastors who are good friends and hold each other accountable in ministry and in life.

Our mission statement:

“Loving God, loving people, making deciples of all nations”

  • The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament in their original form as fully inspired by God, and accepts them as the final authority for faith and life.
  • In one God eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • That the Lord Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true Man.
  • That God created man in His own image; that man sinned and thereby incurred the penalty of death; physical and spiritual; and that all human beings inherit a sinful nature which issues in actual transgression involving personal guilt.
  • That the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, a substitutionary sacrifice, according to the Scriptures, and that all who believe and trust in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood.
  • In the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, His ascension into heaven, and His present life as our High Priest and Advocate.
  • In the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • In the personality of the Holy Spirit, His regenerating work, and His abiding presence in the true believer.
  • All who repent of their sins and receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and therefore become children of God.
  • That all Christians are called to a life of holiness, devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ and service to Him.
  • That the whole company of those who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour, been redeemed by Him and regenerated by the Holy Spirit form the one true church, and that the local church on earth should take its character from this concept. Therefore the new birth and personal confession of faith in Christ are essentials of Church Membership.
  • In the resurrection both of the just and unjust, the eternal blessedness of the redeemed, and the eternal banishment from God of those who have rejected the offer.
  • That the Holy Spirit indwells all true believers and that He has been sent to be Comforter and Empowerer of the Christian Church, to produce the Fruit of the Holy Spirit and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the Scriptures.
  • In the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
  • In the Priesthood of all believers.
  • That the Lord Jesus Christ appointed two ordinances – Baptism and the Lord’s Table – to be observed as acts of obedience and as a perpetual witness to the cardinal facts of the Christian faith; that Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water as a confession of identification with Christ in burial and resurrection, and that the Lord’s Table involves partaking of the bread and the cup as symbols of the Saviour’s broken body and shed blood, in remembrance of His sacrificial death till His return.
  • That the healing of the sick is still available in our day. (Mark 16:16-18; Matthew 8:16-17; 1 Corinthians 12:9 and James 5:14-15).
  • That God never removed the gifts of the Holy Spirit from the Church, and that the Scriptural commands to “seek earnestly the best gifts” and to “forbid not to speak in tongues” are still applicable today. (1 Corinthians 12, 13 and 14…. Note 1 Cor. 14:1 and 39)
  • That the ascended Christ has given various ministries or ministers to the Church in order to bring all believers to the place of Christian maturity in understanding of the truth, and the performance and function of the ministry. (Ephesians 4:11; Romans 12:4-8; and 1 Cor 12:10)
  • That the miracles recorded in the Bible were real miracles, and are possible in the present day. (John 14:12 and 1 Cor 12:10)