Research & Development Workshop - Kimberley: 21 - 25 February 2019

21 -  25 February was the date of our Research and Development meeting for 2019, held in Kimberley.

ThePLAN Associate Rev. Ensie Enslin of DRC Dutoitspan, together with his friendly personnel, were our hosts.


This time we had the privilege to be visited by a group of ministers from the Lobatse Circuit of the Reformed Church in Botswana.  They and we as associates of thePLAN had a good time to learn to know each other well. 


Rev. TC Du Toit (Tsabong, Botswana) writes about his impressions of the meetings:

 “I believe that somehow we are closer to helping ourselves, as well as congregations, to get to a level where we in a very practical way can ‘practice what we preach’. We though need to continue with our present conversation in this regard.

“For me the listening sessions proved itself to be a standard point on our agenda for future R&Ds. The time spent ‘in His presence’ seemed to be foundational for progress, even when we stalled at a stage. 

“It also was a wonderful and very meaningful way for me and my new co-worker and colleague, Johan Swart, to come to know one another better and for him to be exposed to part of the material driving the ministry in Kgalagadi. I believe it was God’s timing that his arrival in Kgalagadi and the dates of the ministers’ retraite, as well as R&D, coincided. “


After some introductory discussions (connecting with one another, the road up till now, experiences), Dr. Frans Hancke led us in the 7 pillars constituting the content of the workshop that we are sharing with congregations.  Somehow we got stuck in the question how we can be more functional and successful in sharing our convictions about missional living within congregations.  Eventually we identified the accelerators that improve the implementation of thePLAN’s process, as well as decelerators that hinders the acceptance of thePLAN’s message and influence in congregations.  


Rev. Albertus Louw (Ghanzi, Botswana) led us in a process of listening to God in his Word about our calling and work.


We all feel that the Holy Spirit really helped us in listening, sharing, hearing, seeing and contemplating with our eyes on the future.

We appreciate everyone’s prayer for us in thePLAN.

Research and Development Workshop - Kleinmond: January 9 - 11, 2017

Participants:  Frans Hancke, TC du Toit, Ensie Enslin, Hendrik Saayman, Johann Du Plessis, Kobus Kellerman, Werner and Tania Schultz (Kid’s Xpress).  Geo de Kock acted as co-ordinator.

One of the outcomes of our deliberations is that we have discovered that all our R&D’s actually must be structured and conducted with a focus on the reason why it is called together.  The specific task is determining the structure of the meeting:  the location, the number and identity of participants (according to personal skills and concern in connection with the task), the outcome needed, time available, costs, etc.

During this R&D we had to seriously re-visit the different tools we are currently using in our work-shops (missioristics, building blocks and questions).  We realised that the full scope of work necessitated a meeting with a core group of participants.  And it worked very well!

Frans is also working on a list of the different tasks or functions with which members can be busy with, so that we can make sure we are all active in a working group in line with the calling and aim of thePLAN.

All this we can discuss again at a following Encounter/R&D.

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Workshop and sermon at Stellenbosch International Fellowship: 10-12 May 2019

The congregation mainly consist out of foreign students from countries in Africa, Asia and the East who are studying theology at the Stellenbosch University. The couple leading the Fellowship is Dr Jurie and Magdaleen Goosen, assisted by colleague Philip.

As always, the workshop was presented very professional by Dr Frans Hancke. The presentation was videotaped by Deon Langedyk, media-coordinator related to the Joyce Meier-preaching in Africa.
The participants valued the material very well and one of the brothers from Sri Lanka even uttered a wish for Frans to come and present and to share ThePLAN philosophy with ministers / reverends and pastors in Sri Lanka.

We are excited that, through this small congregation, there is a wider potential to present and distribute ThePLAN contents through the workshops.

Dr Jurie Goosen and some of the attendees of the workshop and sermon.

Grace – A Testimony of Forgiveness

Testimonies of believers for evangelism of unbelievers and motivation for Christians.

Program Number: V65887

Visit the website here to watch the film:

Brand new workshop

The brand new workshop developed by Dr. Hancke, God's plan and I, was introduced at DRC Nahoon in East London (South Africa) at the beginning of June 2012. Since then Dr. Hancke presented this workshop at several venues, some being Tsabong and Bokspits in Botswana at the fall of July 2012. The workshop was accepted with acclamation and there were several testomonies of life changing experiences.  We believe that this new addition to the material of thePLAN is a powerful instrument in the hand of God, awakening His children and helping them to obey His call to make a personal and intentional difference in their communities. Dr. Hancke's short article Factors influencing extensive personal witnessing and increasing the missionary commitment of the church is giving some theological background about this workshop.

UFS Students

Dr. Frans Hancke's book, We are the Plan, forms part of the curriculum for the students in their final year of studies at the Theological Seminary at the University of the Free State. Recently he had the opportunity to meet these students for lecturing and discussions on the book. It always is a very blessed experience to see how the student's perspectives on the church are influenced by the contents of the book. It really is our prayer that this pastors-to-be will carry these insights with them into the congregations which they will be serving!