Durban Christian Centre is a church committed to proclaiming the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, locally and internationally in the power of the Holy Spirit. We meet regularly in Sunday celebrations, weekly LifeGroups, congregationals, prayer groups, bible study classes and home visits.
We are a family of Christians who love God and care for each other. We hope that you will make DCC your church where your spiritual life and that of your family will be strengthened. In addition, you will experience a family atmosphere where we express our love in practical ways when it is needed most.
There are a team of pastors and elders, whom you will meet, who are ready and able to serve you and your family. Most of all we want to see you grow in the things of God and have an influence much further than your own home, by touching the lives of others when they see what God has done in your life.
Our church is so much more than a website and we hope that you would visit us. We would love to make you feel right at home.
PASTOR JOHN AND JOY TORRENS
As we are committed to the worldwide proclamation of the gospel, we have the R.E.A.P vision, which aims to train and send men and women of God to raise up LifeGroups, to preach, teach, heal the sick, disciple and establish churches to influence communities and cities.
Durban Christian Centre is committed to be a “House of Prayer for all Nations”, a citywide multicultural church which meets in LifeGroups, congregationals and celebrations. Committed to the integrity of God’s Word and in submission to the leading of the Holy Spirit, we are constantly striving for excellence in ministry.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe the Bible is the inspired and only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (1 John 5:6-8)
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 1 Peter 2:18-24, John 3:16)
We believe that for salvation of the lost and the sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. (Romans 3:21-30, Galatians 4:4-7)
We believe in the baptism and the operation of the gifts of the Spirit for today.
(1 Corinthians 12)
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life; and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
(John 5:24, 28 & 29)
We believe that healing from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers. (Isaiah 53:4, Matthew 8:16-17, Mark 16:18, John 5:6-14)
We believe in the imminent return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 22:20, John 14:3)
We believe that God instituted marriage between a man and a woman designing it for life and that within the sanctity of marriage He calls and appoints families to fulfil their specific God-given destiny. God is a God of families having provided “a lamb for a house.” Thus, if God can reach down and save an individual He can save families too.
When we worship God we express our heartfelt love and adoration of Him. This may be through shouts of joy, singing, clapping or at times weeping. By doing so we outwardly express our love and faith in God and believe that God accepts our worship when given in sincerity.
DCC is committed to being a House of Prayer for all Nations. We firmly believe that absolutely nothing happens except through prayer and that prayer is the vehicle through which the plans and purposes of God are established.
We believe in the infallible, undeniable, irrevocable Word of the Living God. It is inspired by God, given by the Holy Spirit. All Scripture is God-breathed [inspired by God] and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness - 2 Timothy 3:16
SIGNS, WONDERS AND MIRACLES
We believe that God is a supernatural, miracle-working God and that what He did in the Old and New Testament, He is still able to do today.
As one of our core values, we encourage you to find a LifeGroup in your area. We believe that in a LifeGroup, you will be accepted for who you are,encouraged to achieve incredible things through Christ and be everything He has created you to be.
MILESTONES IN THE MINISTRY OF
PASTOR FRED AND NELLIE ROBERTS
Sailed from Durban to Britain where he studied at the Assemblies of God College.
Married Nellie and the couple set off to pioneer a church in Livingstone, Zambia (then Northern Rhodesia).
Moved to Estcourt where he not only build up a strong congregation. During this time he was given land on which a church, a school and an orphanage were later established.
Moved to Durban and accepted a call to pastor a church in Malvern, one of the southern suburbs of Durban. Starting with a small group of adults and a Sunday school this became one of the denomination’s flagship churches in the country.
Seeking a bigger vision Pastor Fred and Nellie left their denomination and launched out on their own. After successful services were held in the Playhouse theatre and the Embassy theatre the Lyric theatre was purchased as a permanent place of worship for the new Durban Christian Centre.
1981 - 1982
Christian Fellowship International founded
Pastor Fred is current president of CFI which has a network of over 200 churches locally and overseas.
Building purchased for the Kwa Mashu congregation.
Relatively unknown American preacher, Benny Hinn, invited to speak at the first DCC Jesus Convention.
(December): Awarded Doctorate of Divinity from the Christian International Seminary, Phoenix, USA.
The Lyric theatre became too small and was sold. The Alhambra theatre was bought and refurbished as the new headquarters of the Christian Centre. This was the first time the concept of a “Christian Centre” had been used in South Africa.
Was among a group of six leading South African churchmen who founded the International Fellowship of Christian Churches in Durban in August 1985. Pastor Fred later withdrew and today is the president of the Christian Fellowship International with a network of churches around the world.
Ground was purchased on a hill in Mayville and next to the N1 freeway entrance to Durban.
Commenced building the Jesus Dome
A new 5 500-seater auditorium was dedicated to the Lord. Known as the Jesus Dome, which has become a feature of the city of Durban.
DCC celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Land bought and work starts on a church in Phoenix.
Pastor Fred celebrates 50 years in Christian ministry.
A new Bible College and Youth Centre was dedicated, adding to the facilities at the Jesus Dome complex.
Durban City fathers honour Pastor Fred as a “Living Legend”.
The Phoenix church seating 1 200 is completed.
The first Jesus March through Durban is held to coincide with Easter Passion events. This becomes an annual city-wide event.
The church records and produces its first musical CD and DVD.
Pastor Fred celebrates his 80th birthday.
Operation Hope, an annual outreach to less fortunate communities, wins a special Crown Gospel Award organised by SABC TV, recognising the outreach as the most outstanding community project of the year.
Giant video screens were installed to complement a brand new stage, making it possible to present improved stage productions and concerts in the Jesus Dome. Pastor Fred and Nellie Roberts celebrate 60 years in ministry as well as their 60th wedding anniversary.