Since the Government terminated the function of listing church names the National Register of Independent Churches was established to render these services. The NRIC prefers to deal directly with Religious Organisations. The NRIC handles Religious Organisation matters on a professional basis. It is a Religious Organisation-support institution doing archival research on behalf of the Religious Organisations in the RSA. The NRIC is the most representative list of Religious Organisations in the RSA based on the old records and the names of new Religious Organisations submitted to the NRIC. On application the name of the Religious Organisation will be checked against our Database. If it appears that the name is not listed, it could be listed right away into the NRIC. The names of its present leaders will be kept for reference purposes only.
The following Religious Organisations can be listed with the NRIC
Branches of listed Religious Organisations
The NRIC does not appoint, recognize or legalize Religious Organisation leaders. Please note that the names of Religious Organisations are only listed into the NRIC. There is no law governing churches. Churches could, therefore, not be registered, only listed or re-listed. Complete freedom of Religion prevails in the RSA that does not require legislation. The listing or re-listing of the name of the Religious Organisations is optional. It is however, highly recommended that the leaders of the Religious Organisation list the name into the NRIC to protect the name of the Religious Organisation as the intellectual property of its members, to establish order among all independent Religious Organisations and to guard against internal problems in future.
By listing with the NRIC you will be issued with a Listing Certificate and Certificates of recognition for use by the leaders of the Religious Organisation.
By listing with the National Register of Independent Churches, the leaders of Religious Organisation undertake to:
- Always keep the best interest of all the members of the Religious Organisation in mind
- Never act is a way that may harm any of the members of the Religious Organisation, both physically and spiritually
- Refrain from exploiting members financially and to use all financial contributions wisely and to the best interest of both the members and the Religious Organisation
- Submit to any and all municipal bylaws in the area in which the Religious Organisation is located
- Be in good standing with other local Religious Organisations
- That all Religious Organisation services and meetings be held, with the best interest of the local population in mind. Example: keeping the noise level within acceptable parameters – as not to disrupt the life of the people living in the vicinity of the Religious Organisation
- Always be courteous towards neighbors that does not form part of the Religious Organisation
- Whenever conflict or disagreements arise, that they may be resolved on a professional level