J-Life Africa is a non denominational movement that exists to train local church and ministry leaders to mobilise disciplemaking movements in Africa and to the ends of the earth. J-Life Africa has representatives in over twenty countries across Africa. J-Life South Africa functions in South Africa under the oversight of J-Life Africa since it was launched under J-Life Ministries in January 2001.
Initially our primary focus was training and coaching emerging leaders to implement the disciplemaking model as taught by Sonlife. For this to be done effectively, potential leaders were recruited annually for a year-long programme. These leaders were trained and coached intensively for a four month period and then released to multiply this training by coaching others in local churches.
Sonlife Africa launched at the same time and operated as a seminar training organisation. Within a few years training had spread into 16 countries across the continent of Africa. Sonlife Africa assigned country leaders in seven countries.
In 2005 J-Life Ministries merged with ASAP (Africa Sports and Praise) and a "year of your life" programme. This diversified our training to incorporate sports ministry, performing arts and a Life Discipleship programme in South Africa.
From the beginning, J-Life Ministries and Sonlife Africa shared the same DNA but due to a difference in methods of implementation, two separate movements were formed. In 2006, God led the two ministries to merge which would bring together the different methodologies and strengthen the movement.
At 2007 Africa Summit it was decided to use the name J-Life Africa instead of J-Life Ministries with each affiliate country adopting their own name, ie J-Life South Africa.
Up until our 2016 Africa Summit, J-Life functioned exclusively as a youth disciple-making movement to mobilize emerging leaders. Since then, J-Life SA has repositioned itself as a Disciple-Making Movement in general, mobilizing all local church leaders, especially key leaders with a sphere of influence wider than just youth ministry. However, youth is still our mandate, and J-Life SA gives expression to this through it's GC² Youth Worker Internship, and through the emerging leaders we continue to train, coach and disciple.