Newsflash: Friday, 18 May

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 Newsflash Friday, 18 May 2018

1.     AFRICA HAS 631 MILLION CHRISTIANS

Dear Colleagues,

It was a great privilege for me to attend the third Global Christian Forum (GCF) in Bogota (Columbia) on 23-27 April 2018. “Together Christians are called to take up the challenges of peace, unity and costly discipleship”, the Global Christian Forum said on 27 April in a closing message to churches world wide.

Participants brought together the widest variety of Christian traditions. They came from the Catholic Church (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity), the Pentecostal World Fellowship, the World Council of Churches, and the World Evangelical Alliance together with those of many other Christian World Communions and international Christian organisations. We were 251 in total. The theme was ‘Let mutual love continue’ (Heb 13:1).

The meeting created a useful platform of sharing stories and faith experiences. It was for me surprising to hear stories and experiences, like that of ours, from the participants’ encounter with Lord Jesus. Three factors that emerged were (i) Africa’s new place in global Christianity as of 2018, (ii) the rise of Independent Christianity and (iii) Christians who identify themselves separately from Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants.

These factors are currently researched by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, in the United States of America. Over the last 100-year period, Christian affiliation has decreased slightly in the northern hemisphere and increased substantially in the southern hemisphere.

One aspect that was fascinating with the statistics was that, for the first time, Africa has more Christians in comparison with other continents. Africa has 631 million Christians. This translates to 45% Christians in Africa. The global picture, however is not good at all. Christians are 2.5 Billion which is equivalent to 33% of the current world’s population.

The number of Pentecostal/Charismatic Christians has shown exponential growth and is second to that of the Catholics. While the numbers make one feel good the question that remains is: What is the impact of these numbers in the world? If one looks at South Africa with its over 83% Christians one would have expected a prosperous and peaceful country, but we know that it is not the case. We, as South-Africans, need to do more soul searching with a view to making our confession of faith compatible to our lifestyle.

A true AFM member must be a follower of Jesus in word and in deeds.

To learn more about Christian statistics globally I encourage you to visit the link below:

http://www.gordonconwell.edu/ockenga/research/documents/GlobalChristianityinfographic.pdfPg1.pdf

2. AFM GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING (GBM)

The AFM National Office is looking forward to hosting the 2018 General Business Meeting. We can confirm the following:

Date: 9-13 September 2018

Venue: AFM Woord en Lewe (Boksburg)

Early Registration Fee: R300 per person before/on 30 June

Late Registration Fee: R350 per person

Please take note that a Circular will be distributed to all assemblies. For an electronic copy refer to the Events page on the AFM website: http://afm-ags.org/category/events/. On this page you will also find:

  • The Registration Form

  • Annexure A: Agenda

  • Annexure E: Programme

3. OTHER UPCOMING AFM CONFERENCES

For a view on all upcoming AFM conferences I encourage you to visit the Events page on the new AFM website:

http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Blessings!
M.G. Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 4 May

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 Newsflash, Friday 4 May 2018

1. ASCENSION DAY, PENTECOSTAL WEEK & PENTECOSTAL SUNDAY

Dear Colleagues,

I trust you are well! I want to remind all that Ascension Day is next Thursday on the 10th of May 2018. The Pentecostal Week starts on 11 May 2018 and conclude on the Pentecostal Sunday which will be on the 20th of May 2018. My appeal is that Baptism in the Holy Spirit, the Gifts of the Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit should be given priority both during the Pentecostal Week and the Pentecostal Sunday. Let’s believe God for a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit!

2. FEEDBACK – UP4SA

I have asked Past. Robbie Black to give us feedback on the Up4SA united prayer initiative that took place during the month of February this year. This is a growing prayer movement with more and more communities getting involved:

Up4SA is all about standing ‘Up’ to the call for PRAYER and UNITY in South Africa on grassroots level.  There is no better time for ordinary believers (across denomination and race) to grab the opportUNITY to be ambassadors of Unity through Prayer all across South Africa! The body of Christ needs to take the lead in this regard! I’m whole heartily convinced that healing in our Nation will come from grassroots level, it’s time for the Christian community to ACTIVELY PURSUE UNITY!
 
We honour the Lord for more than 250 towns that joined in united prayer this year. There are so many testimonies of towns where relationships are being restored in communities and between local churches and pastors since the start of Up4SA in 2016. The gates of hell are shaken when believers across race and denominations take hands in United Prayer. Strongholds of hate, anger, racism, self-righteousness etc. are broken when we unite in prayer. We have a responsibility as Christians to reach out to each other, we need to build relationships so that we can be united to take a stand for what is right and pure in our Communities and Country!  We can start by praying together in unity! Let’s not wait for next year’s nationwide Up4SA prayer weekend, start now!
 
There are some very important aspects on prayer that we need to emphasize! Remember that prayer is about relationship, whether we want to know it or not, our prayer life reflects our relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!  Secondly we know that prayer is a discipline. We need to discipline ourselves to pray, it doesn’t just happen or comes easily. Thirdly, prayer is also about responsibility. So many times we say that we pray for issues of concern and for each other, but do we really pray?
 
Lastly, we do realize that prayer is continual, Acts 12:5   (KJV) “Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.”  The Bible also teaches us that the Holy Spirit are constantly interceding for us. Praise the Lord! If we say that we are truly filled with the Holy Spirit and that we are Pentecostal, we should have the nature and fullness of the Holy Spirit in us. This means that we will have a supernatural unction / desire / yearning to be a praying Body! 
 
What a blessing it is to be a Pentecostal Church, the blessing of praying in the Holy Spirit!  When we don’t know what to pray, the Holy Spirit guides us. The wonder of receiving the revelation of the mysteries of God, to experience the heart of God in prayer, to get in sync with God as we pray in tongues.
 
Let us keep four things in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, God delivers by prayer.” EM Bounds
 
Love and blessings!
Robbie Black

3. NATIONAL MEN’S FELLOWSHIP: CONFERENCE

We are excited to share information about the upcoming AFM National Men’s Fellowship:

To download the Formal Invitation Letter, Registration Form and Accommodation Options follow the link below to the Events page of the AFM website:
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Or visit the AFM Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/196441254470991/

4. AFM NATIONAL YOUTH: CONFERENCE 

All our regions, networks, committees and members are encouraged to register for the annual AFM National Youth Conference in Gauteng:


To download the Registration Form please visit the AFM website:
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

For more information on how to register online for the conference visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/171720516868544/

5. EMPOWERED21 AFRICAN CONGRESS AT WOORD & LEWE, BOKSBURG

Download the Registration Form Here:
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/


Today I am sharing an extremely important and strategic event with you – and especially with our AFM Pastors, Governing Body Members, Leaders and Members in and around the Gauteng Province.

Empowered21 is an organization that is helping to shape the future of the Spirit-empowered movement throughout the world. It is open to all Spirit-empowered churches, ministries, organisations, networks and fellowships. The Empowered21 African Congress is a strategic empowerment opportunity that speaks directly into the heart of missionality and the AFM’s “One AFM Game Plan”. The vision of EMPOWERED21 is:

“That every person on earth would have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit…by Pentecost 2033.”

This vision mirrors the Great Commission and connects to the basic vision of every Christian church – and especially every AFM assembly. In attendance will be a wide array of ministry leaders from around the world, including William Wilson (President, Oral Roberts University), George Wood (Chairman, World Assemblies of God Fellowship); Opoku Onyinah (President, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council), Frank Chikane (President, The Apostolic Faith Mission International); Daniel Kolenda (President, Christ for All Nations); Ron Luce (Global Youth Strategist, Generation Next) and many others.

Ten focus areas have been identified for both the main and individual track sessions (that are aligned with the AFM’s missional church strategy):

Evangelism

Discipleship

Prayer networks

Women’s ministry

Children’s ministry

Next Generation Youth Network (NGN)

Theological scholars

Advocacy & prophetic leadership

Humanitarian aid & disaster relief

Christian Business Network

Through registering for this congress you get the opportunity to be part of network structures (from contintental to national levels) that serve and network with African leaders on each of the focus areas. The idea is to create new connections that will empower the Spirit-filled movement to fulfil the Great Commission.

On Saturday 19 May 2018 the program will focus on inter-generational impartation. All young people, Youth Pastors & Leaders are invited to participate in the sessions hosted by the Next Generation Network (NGN). Local youth that can’t afford to come to the whole Congress are encouraged to buy tickets for the Saturday only at a special youth discounted price of R150. Youth tickets for the Saturday will be available soon.

I want to encourage you to attend this Congress as it will strengthen the overall leadership in your assembly, region, network or department. The registration fee has been lowered to R600. Online registration can be done through i-tickets at https://itickets.co.za/events/383130. The link is also on the Empowered21 official website:
www.empowered21.com

For more information contact:

Ms Lunga: Office 0126440987 Mobile: 0793358971

Past Modise Moatlhodi Mobile:0824494288

Mr Kabelo Ndlovu: Mobile: 0832918637

Inviting all Spirit-empowered movements:

Blessings!
M.G. Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 4 May

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 Nuusflits, Vrydag 4 Mei 2018

1. HEMELVAARTDAG,  PINKSTERWEEK EN PINKSTER SONDAG  

Liewe Kollegas,

Ek glo dat dit goed gaan! Ek wil jou net herinner dat Hemelvaartdag volgende Donderdag op 10 Mei 2018 plaasvind.  Die Pinksterweek begin op 11 Mei 2018 en sluit af op Pinkster Sondag, 20 Mei 2018.  My versoek is dat Doping met die Heilige Gees, die Gawes van die Gees en die Vrugte van die Gees prioriteit sal geniet gedurende beide die Pinksterweek en Pinkster Sondag.  Laat ons op God vertrou vir ‘n glorieryke uitstorting van die Heilige Gees!

2. TERUGVOER – UP4SA 

Ek het vir Past. Robbie Black gevra om vir ons terugvoer te gee aangaande die “Up4SA” landswye gebeds inisiatief wat gedurende Februarie hierdie jaar plaasgevind het. Dit is ‘n groeiende gebedsbeweging waarby meer en meer gemeenskappe betrokke raak:

 Up4SA’ gaan daaroor dat ons op grondlvlak opstaan in GEBED en EENHEID vir Suid-Afrika.  Daar is geen beter tyd vir gewone gelowiges (oor denominasie en ras grense) om deur gebed eenheid te bewerkstellig in Suid-Afrika nie! Die Liggaam van Christus moet die leiding neem in hierdie verband.  Ek is heeltemal daarvan oortuig dat genesing in ons Nasie vanaf grondvlak sal kom, dit is tyd dat die Christelike gemeenskap daadwerklik eenheid sal nastreef en bevorder!
 
Ons eer die Here vir meer as 250 dorpe,ongeveer 800 gemeentes landswyd, wat hierdie jaar in verenigde gebed in hul gemeenskappe saam gebid het.  Daar is soveel getuienisse van dorpe waar verhoudinge in gemeenskappe herstel word!  Vele getuinisse van samewerking en eenheid word na jare beleef tussen plaaslike kerke en predikante sedert die begin van “Up4SA” in 2016.  Ons ervaar dat die poorte van die hel geskud word wanneer gelowiges oor ras en denominasies hande vat in Verenigde Gebed.  Vestings van onder andere haat, woede, rassisme en selfgeregtigheid word verbreek wanneer ons verenig in gebed.  Ons het verder ‘n verantwoordelikheid as Christene om na mekaar uit te reik.  Ons moet verhoudings bou sodat ons as Christene, verenig standpunt kan inneem teen enige vorm van ongeregtigheid en boosheid in ons gemeenskappe.  Ons kan begin deur saam te bid in eenheid!  Kom ons wag nie vir volgende jaar, 23 Februarie 2019, se “Up4SA” se naweek van gebed nie, begin nou!
 
Ek wil jul graag bemoedig met die volgende bekende aspekte rakende gebed.  Onthou dat gebed oor verhouding gaan, of ons dit wil erken of nie, ons gebedslewe weerspieël ons verhouding met die Vader, Seun en Heilige Gees!  Tweedens weet ons dat gebed ‘n dissipline is. Ons moet ons self dissiplineer om te bid, dit gebeur nie net, of kom maklik nie.  Derdens gaan gebed ook oor verantwoordelikheid!  Soveel keer sê ons dat ons vir kwessies van kommer en vir mekaar bid, maar bid ons regtig?
 
Laastens besef ons dat gebed aanhoudend moet wees. Handelinge 12: 5 (AOV)  “So is Petrus dan in die gevangenis bewaak; maar daar het ‘n aanhoudende gebed tot God deur die gemeente vir hom opgegaan.”  Die Bybel leer ons ook dat die Heilige Gees voortdurend vir ons intreë by die Vader.  As ons sê dat ons werklik met die Heilige Gees vervul is en dat ons ‘n Pinkster gemeenskap is, moet ons die natuur en die volheid van die Heilige Gees in ons hê.  Dit beteken dat ons ‘n biddende Liggaam sal wees met ‘n bonatuurlike verlange vir gebed!
 
Wat ‘n wonderlike seën is dit om ‘n Pinkster Kerk te wees, die seën om in die Heilige Gees te bid!  Wanneer ons nie weet wat om te bid nie, lei die Heilige Gees ons.  Die wonder om die openbaring van die verborgenhede van God te ontvang, om die hartklop van God in gebed te ervaar en om in lyn te kom met God terwyl ons in tale bid.
 
“Let us keep four things in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, God delivers by prayer.” EM Bounds
 
Liefde en Seën!
Robbie Black

3. AGS NASIONALE MANNE BEDIENING:  

Ons is opgewonde om die informasie omtrent die opkomende AGS nasionale Manne Konferensie, te deel:

Volg die skakel hieronder na die “Events” bladsy van die AGS webtuiste om die Formele Uitnodigingsbrief, Registrasievorm en Akkommodasie Opsies af te laai:
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Of besoek die AGS se Facbook blad:
https://www.facebook.com/events/196441254470991/

4. AGS NASIONALE JEUG:  KONFERENSIE  

Al ons streke, netwerke, komitees en lede word aangemoedig om te registreer vir die jaarlikse AGS Nasionale Jeug Konferensie in Gauteng:

Besoek die AGS webtuiste om die Registrasie Vorm af te laai:
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Vir meer inligting aangaande aanlyn registrasie vir die konferensie, besoek:
https://www.facebook.com/events/171720516868544/

5. EMPOWERED21 AFRIKA KONGRES TE WOORD & LEWE, BOKSBURG

Laai die Registrasie Vorm hier af:
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Vandag deel ek ‘n uiters belangrike en strategiese byeenkoms met julle – veral met ons AGS Pastore, Beheerliggaam Lede, Leiers en Lede in en rondom die Gauteng Provinsie.

Empowered21 is ‘n organisasie wat help om die toekoms te vorm van die Geesvervulde beweging (Spirit-empowered movement) regdeur die wêreld.  Dit is toeganklik vir alle Geesvervulde kerke, bedienige, organisasies, netwerke en gemeenskappe.  Die Empowered21 Afrika Kongres is ‘n strategiese bemagtigende geleentheid wat direk praat tot die hart van die missionaliteit van die AGS se ‘One AFM Game Plan”.  Die visie van EMPOWERED21 is:

“That every person on earth would have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit…by Pentecost 2033.”

Die visie weerspieël die Groot Kommissie en verbind tot die basiese visie van elke Christelike kerk – en veral met elke AGS gemeente.  Bywoning sal ‘n wye verskeidenheid van bedieningsleiers regoor die wêreld verteenwoording, insluitende William Wilson (President, Oral Roberts University), George Wood (Voorsitter, World Assemblies of God Fellowship); Opoku Onyinah (President, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council), Frank Chikane (President, AGS Internasionaal); Daniel Kolenda (President, Christ for All Nations); Ron Luce (Globale Jeug Strategis, Generation Next) en menige ander.

Tien fokus areas is geìdentifiseer vir beide die hoof en individuele “track” sessies (wat ook in lyn is met die AGS se missionale kerk strategie):

Evangelisme
Dissipelskap
Gebedsnetwerke
Vroue Bediening
Kinder Bediening
Volgende Generasie Jeug Netwerk (Next Generation Youth Network – NGN)
Teologiese studente
Voorspraak en profetiese leierskap
Humanitêre hulp en rampverligting
Christelike Besigheids Netwerkvorming

Deur te registreer vir hierdie kongres bekom jy die geleentheid om deel te wees van ‘n netwerk strukture (vanaf kontinentale tot nasionale vlakke) wat dien en netwerk met Afrika leiers op elkeen van die fokus areas.  Die idee is om nuwe konneksies te skep wat die Geesvervulde beweging sal bemagtig om die Groot Kommissie te vervul.

Op Saterdag 19 Mei 2018 sal die program fokus op inter-generasie meedeling.  Alle jong mense, Jeug Pastore en leiers word uitgenooi om deel te neem in die sessies wat aangebied word deur die “Next Generation Network – NGN”.  Plaaslike jeug wat nie kan bekostig om die volle Kongres by te woon nie word aangemoedig om kaartjies vir slegs Saterdag te koop teen ‘n verminderde prys van R150.  Jeug kaartjies vir hierdie Saterdag sal binnekort beskikbaar wees.

Ek wil jou aanmoedig om hierdie Kongres by te woon aangesien dit die algehele leierskap in jou gemeente, streek, netwerk of departement sal versterk.  Daar is ‘n vroeë en laat registrasie fooi.  Die registrasie gelde is verlaag na R600.  Aanlyn registrasie kan geskied deur i-tickets te https://itickets.co.za/events/383130.  Die skakel is ook beskikbaar op Empowered21 se amptelike webtuiste:
www.empowered21.com

Vir meer inligting kontak:

Me Lunga: Kantoor 0126440987 Selfoon 0793358971
Past Modise Moatlhodi: Selfoon 0824494288
Mnr Kabelo Ndlovu: Selfoon 0832918637

Uitnodiging aan alle Geesvervulde bewegings:

Seënwense!
M.G. Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 20 April 2018

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1. AFM COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT RECEIVES DEPARTMENTAL AWARD

Dear Colleagues,

Today we are celebrating one of our AFM assemblies that received an award from their local government for active involvement in the local community. The AFM Emmanuel Assembly is situated in Potchefstroom (Ikageng) and led by Pastor Palo Motsi and Mrs. Theresa Motsi. The vision of the assembly is to influence and impact the world around them for God’s Glory.

The assembly has various programs and projects to support the local community. It was one specific issue that became evident in the community in 2017 – the below average matric results achieved by the learners. The AFM Emmanuel Assembly got involved and identified the Secondary Schools where matric results were below average. Empowerment sessions were used as tool to motivate scholars, teachers and the management of the school. The assembly invited an international motivational speaker (Dr. John Tibane) and a local motivational speaker (Lesego Tau from Soweto) to encourage and motivate the school.

The AFM Emmanuel Assembly is a great example of actively getting involved with the challenges of the local community and is one of the drivers in the One AFM Game Plan. The empowerment sessions contained valuable information to help matrics to reach higher and delve deeper to accomplish the matric results that are beneficial to their future and the community as a whole.

This Godly caring for and heartfelt involvement in the community was seen and noted by the Education and Sport Department of Northwest.  On 24 March 2018 the AFM Emmanuel Assembly was the blessed recipients of an award from the Department that acknowledged and recognized their service as a stakeholder for the Provincial Quality, Learning and Teaching Campaign in Northwest.

The AFM Emmanuel Assembly is an example of a missional church that is a church beyond the physical “church building”. Actively representing Christ in our communities and getting involved with the issues of the day, is being a missional church. We congratulate them on this exceptional achievement!

Note: Remember that the One AFM Game Plan resources are available from the AFM website in 4 different languages: Afrikaans, English, isiZulu and Sesotho.
http://afm-ags.org/leading-the-afm/one-afm-game-plan/

2. NATIONAL MEN’S FELLOWSHIP: CONFERENCE

We are excited to share information about the upcoming AFM National Men’s Fellowship:

To download the Formal Invitation Letter, Registration Form and Accommodation Options follow the link below to the Events page of the AFM website:

http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

3. EMPOWERED21 AFRICAN CONGRESS AT WOORD & LEWE, BOKSBURG

Download the Registration Form Here:
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Today I am sharing an extremely important and strategic event with you – and especially with our AFM Pastors, Governing Body Members, Leaders and Members in and around the Gauteng Province.

Empowered21 is an organization that is helping to shape the future of the Spirit-empowered movement throughout the world. It is open to all Spirit-empowered churches, ministries, organisations, networks and fellowships. The Empowered21 African Congress is a strategic empowerment opportunity that speaks directly into the heart of missionality and the AFM’s “One AFM Game Plan”. The vision of EMPOWERED21 is:

“That every person on earth would have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit…by Pentecost 2033.”

This vision mirrors the Great Commission and connects to the basic vision of every Christian church – and especially every AFM assembly. In attendance will be a wide array of ministry leaders from around the world, including William Wilson (President, Oral Roberts University), George Wood (Chairman, World Assemblies of God Fellowship); Opoku Onyinah (President, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council), Frank Chikane (President, The Apostolic Faith Mission International); Daniel Kolenda (President, Christ for All Nations); Ron Luce (Global Youth Strategist, Generation Next) and many others.

Ten focus areas have been identified for both the main and individual track sessions (that are aligned with the AFM’s missional church strategy):

  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Prayer networks
  • Women’s ministry
  • Children’s ministry
  • Next Generation Youth Network (NGN)
  • Theological scholars
  • Advocacy & prophetic leadership
  • Humanitarian aid & disaster relief
  • Christian Business Network

Through registering for this congress you get the opportunity to be part of network structures (from contintental to national levels) that serve and network with African leaders on each of the focus areas. The idea is to create new connections that will empower the Spirit-filled movement to fulfil the Great Commission.

On Saturday 19 May 2018 the program will focus on inter-generational impartation. All young people, Youth Pastors & Leaders are invited to participate in the sessions hosted by the Next Generation Network (NGN). Local youth that can’t afford to come to the whole Congress are encouraged to buy tickets for the Saturday only at a special youth discounted price of R150. Youth tickets for the Saturday will be available soon.

I want to encourage you to attend this Congress as it will strengthen the overall leadership in your assembly, region, network or department. The registration fee has been lowered to R600. Online registration can be done through i-tickets at https://itickets.co.za/events/383130. The link is also on the Empowered21 official website:
www.empowered21.com

For more information contact:

Ms Lunga: Office 0126440987 Mobile: 0793358971

Past Modise Moatlhodi Mobile:0824494288

Mr Kabelo Ndlovu: Mobile: 0832918637

Inviting all Spirit-empowered movements:

Blessings!
M.G. Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 20 April 2018

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1. AGS GEMEENSKAPS BETROKKENHEID ONTVANG DEPARTEMENTELE TOEKENNING

Liewe Kollegas,

Vandag gee ons erkenning aan een van ons AGS gemeentes wat ‘n toekenning ontvang het vanaf hul plaaslike regering vir aktiewe betrokkenheid in die gemeenskap. Die AGS Emmanuel Gemeente is geleë in Potchefstroom (Ikageng) en word gelei deur Pastoor Palo Motsi en Me. Theresa Motsi. Die visie van die gemeente is om die wêreld om hulle te beinvloed en te impakteer met God se Glorie.

Die gemeente het verskeie programme en projekte wat die plaaslike gemeenskap ondersteun. Tydens 2017 het een spesifieke behoefte na vore gekom in die gemeenskap – die onder gemiddelde matriek uitslae wat die skoliere behaal het.  Die AGS Emmanuel gemeente het betrokke geraak en die Hoërskole geidentifiseer waar matriek uitslae onder gemiddeld was. Bemagtigings sessies is gebruik as a metode om die skoliere, onderwysers en bestuur van die skool te motiveer. Die gemeente het ‘n internasionale- (Dr. John Tibane) en ‘n plaaslike spreker genooi om die skool te bemoedig en te motiveer.

Die AGS Emmanuel Gemeente is ‘n uitstekende voorbeeld van aktiewe gemeenskaps betrokkenheid. Die uitdagings van die plaaslike gemeenskap is aangespreek – dit is een van die drywers van ons “One AFM Game Plan”. Die bemagtigings sessies het waardevolle inligting bevat wat die matrikulante gehelp het om hoër te mik en dieper te delf om matriek resultate te behaal wat voordelig is vir beide die skoliere se toekoms en die gemeenskap in geheel.

Hierdie Goddelike empatie en heelhartige betrokkenheid in die gemeenskap is raak gesien deur die Onderwys en Sport Departement van Noordwes.  Op 24 Maart 2018 is die AGS Emmanuel Gemeente geseën met ‘n toekenning van die Departement wat hulle diens as rolspeler in die “Provincial Quality, Learning and Teaching Campaign” in Noordwes erken en aanprys.

Die AGS Emmanuel Gemeente is ‘n voorbeeld van ‘n missionale kerk wat ‘n kerk is buite die fisiese “kerk gebou”.  Om aktief Christus in ons gemeenskappe te verteenwoordig en betrokke te raak by die behoeftes van die dag, omskryf ‘n missionale kerk.  Ons wens hulle geluk met hierdie uitstaande prestasie!

Nota:  Onthou dat die “One AFM Game Plan” hulpbronne beskikbaar is vanaf die AGS webtuiste in 4 verskillende tale:  Afrikaans, Engels, isiZulu en Sesotho.

http://afm-ags.org/leading-the-afm/one-afm-game-plan/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. NASIONALE MANNE BEDIENING: KONFERENSIE

Ons is opgewonde om informasie te deel oor die komende AGS Nasionale Manne Bediening:

Volg die skakel hieronder om die Formale Uitnodigingsbrief, Registrasievorm en Behuisings Opsies vanaf die “Events”-blad op die AGS webtuiste af te laai.

http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

3. EMPOWERED21 AFRICAN KONGRES TE WOORD & LEWE, BOKSBURG

Laai die Registrasie Vorm hier af:
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Vandag deel ek ‘n uiters belangrike en strategiese byeenkoms met julle – veral met ons AGS Pastore, Beheerliggaam Lede, Leiers en Lede in en rondom die Gauteng Provinsie.

Empowered21 is ‘n organisasie wat help om die toekoms te vorm van die Geesvervulde beweging (Spirit-empowered movement) regdeur die wêreld.  Dit is toeganklik vir alle Geesvervulde kerke, bedienige, organisasies, netwerke en gemeenskappe. Die Empowered21 Afrika Kongres is ‘n strategiese bemagtigende geleentheid wat direk praat tot die hart van die missionaliteit van die AGS se ‘One AFM Game Plan”.  Die visie van EMPOWERED21 is:

“That every person on earth would have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit…by Pentecost 2033.”

Die visie weerspieël die Groot Kommissie en verbind tot die basiese visie van elke Christelike kerk – en veral met elke AGS gemeente.  Bywoning sal ‘n wye verskeidenheid van bedieningsleiers regoor die wêreld verteenwoording, insluitende William Wilson (President, Oral Roberts University), George Wood (Voorsitter, World Assemblies of God Fellowship); Opoku Onyinah (President, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council), Frank Chikane (President, AGS Internasionaal); Daniel Kolenda (President, Christ for All Nations); Ron Luce (Globale Jeug Strategis, Generation Next) en menige ander.

Tien fokus areas is geìdentifiseer vir beide die hoof en individuele “track” sessies (wat ook in lyn is met die AGS se missionale kerk strategie):

  • Evangelisme
  • Dissipelskap
  • Gebedsnetwerke
  • Vroue Bediening
  • Kinder Bediening
  • Volgende Generasie Jeug Netwerk (Next Generation Youth Network – NGN)
  • Teologiese studente
  • Voorspraak en profetiese leierskap
  • Humanitêre hulp en rampverligting
  • Christelike Besigheids Netwerkvorming

Deur te registreer vir hierdie kongres bekom u die geleentheid om deel te wees van ‘n netwerk strukture (vanaf kontinentale tot nasionale vlakke) wat dien en netwerk met Afrika leiers op elkeen van die fokus areas.  Die idee is om nuwe konneksies te skep wat die Geesvervulde beweging sal bemagtig om die Groot Kommissie te vervul.

Op Saterdag 19 Mei 2018 sal die program fokus op inter-generasie meedeling.  Alle jong mense, Jeug Pastore en leiers word uitgenooi om deel te neem in die sessies wat aangebied word deur die “Next Generation Network – NGN”.  Plaaslike jeug wat nie kan bekostig om die volle Kongres by te woon nie word aangemoedig om kaartjies vir slegs Saterdag te koop teen ‘n verminderde prys van R150.  Jeug kaartjies vir hierdie Saterdag sal binnekort beskikbaar wees.

Ek wil u aanmoedig om hierdie Kongres by te woon aangesien dit die algehele leierskap in u gemeente, streek, netwerk of departement sal versterk.  Daar is ‘n vroeë en laat registrasie fooi. Die registrasie gelde is verlaag na R600. Aanlyn registrasie kan geskied deur i-tickets te https://itickets.co.za/events/383130.  Die skakel is ook beskikbaar op Empowered21 se amptelike webtuiste:

www.empowered21.com

Vir meer inligting kontak:

Me Lunga: Kantoor 0126440987 Selfoon 0793358971

Past Modise Moatlhodi: Selfoon 0824494288

Mnr Kabelo Ndlovu: Selfoon 0832918637

Uitnodiging aan alle Geesvervulde bewegings:

Seënwense!
M.G. Mahlobo

AFM Social Media Policy (2018)

 Social Media Policy Updated 02.05

SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY FOR PASTORS, EMPLOYEES AND MEMBERS
OF THE APOSTOLIC FAITH MISSION OF SOUTH AFRICA (AFM)
NOVEMBER 2017

WHY SHOULD THERE BE A SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY FOR THE AFM?
All AFM pastors, employees and members have the responsibility to manage the AFM’S reputation online. We are a church of ….. members, … pastors and …assemblies and it has become essential in an age of increasing social media activity, to protect the name and stature of the church by putting a social media policy in place. If an individual’s social media activity is linked to, or is perceived to be linked to the AFM, we have a legitimate interest in the contents posted.

This policy will protect the AFM, its pastors and its employees from any possible action or threat taken against us and ensure that all platforms of social media are used in a professional manner.

Do know the AFM Pastoral Code of Conduct and the Social Media Policy. Make sure you are familiar with the content. It provides a framework to guide you in your dealings with your colleagues, other employees of the AFM and any person related to the AFM.

This policy must be read and understood by all pastors and employees.

Any reference to “employee” in this policy is deemed to also include contractors and others who provide services to the AFM.

Personal use of social media is related to the AFM when you post information regarding the AFM or your job/role/service you provide at the AFM.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO APPROACH SOCIAL MEDIA?
Always use sound judgement and common sense. -If you can’t put in on a poster in a public place, don’t post it on social media.

THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU POST
• Everything you do online affects your and the AFM’S reputation.
• Whether in your own capacity or on the AFM’S behalf, conduct yourself professionally in every instance.
• Be mindful when posting, because what you have posted will be in the public space for a very long time. Your post can be screen grabbed, published elsewhere and multiplied immediately.

SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR
1. Always represent yourself, or the AFM with integrity and ethically. Do not discredit anyone, or the AFM in your personal capacity.
2. The AFM reflects a diverse set of cultures, values and viewpoints which must be respected. Don’t be afraid to express yourself, but do so respectfully.
3. Be polite. When entering a social media system, you should behave the same as in any other social environment.
4. Good manners apply, don’t be rude.
5. Don’t intrude in or interrupt the conversations of others.
6. Introduce yourself. Don’t pretend to be someone else, or use a fake username or a username you are not authorized to use.
7. If you are unsure if your behavior is acceptable, ask yourself if you would be happy if someone else does the same to you, if not, review your behavior.

WHAT MUST NOT BE DONE ONLINE?
1. Don’t speak on behalf of the AFM. If you notice that someone who is not a spokesperson has posted something, bring it to the attention of your pastor, or Regional Leader.
2. Don’t post or discuss internal, or confidential information online, whether it is a local AFM assembly, regional of national AFM business matter or personal.
3. Don’t disclose any personal or sensitive information regarding an employee or anyone related to the AFM online.
4. Don’t speculate on anything the AFM has not officially announced. Information leaks and misunderstanding can damage the AFM’S reputation.
5. Don’t engage in online disputes or make comments regarding the AFM that may be insulting, or inappropriate, or may be damaging to the AFM’S reputation.
6. If you have an AFM email address, don’t use it on any social media platform.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW
1. Think before you tweet and, or retweet. There are liabilities and risks with retweeting. The law is designed to protect against the spreading of false and defamatory rumours. Retweeting a defamatory or false post could get you into trouble.
2. Respect copyright and fair use laws. You must comply with all laws governing copyright, or fair use of copyrighted material owned by someone else.
3. When expressing an opinion, your profile should clearly indicate that the opinion you express on a social media platform, is your own opinion and not that of the AFM. You can state “views are my own and not that of the AFM”. Be aware that such a disclaimer has no legal effect, should you post anything that might be harmful to the AFM’S reputation.

WHAT IS NEVER ACCEPTABLE TO POST ON A SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?
• Discriminatory or derogatory comments.
• Racist comments.
• Confidential or sensitive information.
• Adverse comments about the AFM, its employees or anyone related to the AFM.
• Disparaging comments. E.g. Against other Religious organizations and churches.
• Anything that may bring the AFM into disrepute.

The AFM reserves the right to request a pastor, an employee, or a member to remove certain posts and inappropriate comments from social media platforms.

CONSEQUENCES OF NON-COMPLIANCE
Any social media activity or behavior by pastors, employees, or members which brings the AFM into disrepute is in breach of this policy and could lead to disciplinary proceedings and/or dismissal.

Newsflash: Friday, 6 April 2018

 Download the Newsflash in PDF Format

1. SOCIAL MEDIA & MISSIONALITY

Dear Colleagues,

In my Pastoral Letter to you two weeks ago (http://afm-ags.org/category/publications/pastoral-letters/), I mentioned the AFM’s precious calling – to win souls. It is the vision of the church that every member claim their position as missionary, soul winner and “apostolic agent” – making the Great Commission of Jesus Christ their “Personal Commission”. Gone are the days where we have to travel to a foreign and distant country to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. The world is on our doorstep and the “mission field” is closer than we could ever have imagined! This now includes the Internet and social media.

Are you aware of the fact that 21 million South Africans are Internet users? Most of them access the Internet by using their mobile phones and new research indicates that 40% of the South African population were online in 2017 (World Wide Worx, Arthur Goldstuck). These statistics represent a major opportunity for the church, through its members, to interact, connect and build relationships with people who might never have set foot in a church. Imagine 1.4 million AFM members or Kingdom Workers actively spreading and embodying the Gospel online! When we use social media (e.g. Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to name a few) it is important to know and understand that what we “post” and how we “post” it, will have an impact on others. As believers our participation reflects our belief in Christ. It gives every follower an opportunity to extend the Kingdom of God online. What a valuable opportunity it is!

But there are also risks that we need to take note of. Behaviour that we should refrain from when we interact and participate on social media. The National Leadership Forum (NLF) approved a Social Media Policy for the AFM that all pastors, governing body members and leaders should take note of. The Policy can be downloaded from the link below:

http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

I would also like to direct your attention to:

The new AFM website: http://afm-ags.org/

And the official AFM Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AFMOFSA/

AFM FACEBOOK PAGE: I would like to encourage all our pastors, governing body members, leaders, regional/network committees and departments to connect with us on the official AFM Facebook page. Also encourage our members to join the AFM online missional community. We are looking forward to connect with our leaders and members across South Africa to focus on the precious calling of our church – the Great Commission.

2. EMPOWERED21 AFRICAN CONGRESS AT WOORD & LEWE, BOKSBURG

Download the Registration Form Here:

http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Today I am sharing an extremely important and strategic event with you – and especially with our AFM Pastors, Governing Body Members, Leaders and Members in and around the Gauteng Province.

Empowered21 is an organization that is helping to shape the future of the Spirit-empowered movement throughout the world. It is open to all Spirit-empowered churches, ministries, organisations, networks and fellowships. The Empowered21 African Congress is a strategic empowerment opportunity that speaks directly into the heart of missionality and the AFM’s “One AFM Game Plan”. The vision of EMPOWERED21 is:

“That every person on earth would have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit…by Pentecost 2033.”

This vision mirrors the Great Commission and connects to the basic vision of every Christian church – and especially every AFM assembly. In attendance will be a wide array of ministry leaders from around the world, including William Wilson (President, Oral Roberts University), George Wood (Chairman, World Assemblies of God Fellowship); Opoku Onyinah (President, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council), Frank Chikane (President, The Apostolic Faith Mission International); Daniel Kolenda (President, Christ for All Nations); Ron Luce (Global Youth Strategist, Generation Next) and many others.

Ten focus areas have been identified for both the main and individual track sessions (that are aligned with the AFM’s missional church strategy):

  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Prayer networks
  • Women’s ministry
  • Children’s ministry
  • Next Generation Youth Network (NGN)
  • Theological scholars
  • Advocacy & prophetic leadership
  • Humanitarian aid & disaster relief
  • Christian Business Network

Through registering for this congress you get the opportunity to be part of network structures (from contintental to national levels) that serve and network with African leaders on each of the focus areas. The idea is to create new connections that will empower the Spirit-filled movement to fulfill the Great Commission.

On Saturday 19 May 2018 the program will focus on inter-generational impartation. All young people, Youth Pastors & Leaders are invited to participate in the sessions hosted by the Next Generation Network (NGN). Local youth that can’t afford to come to the whole Congress are encouraged to buy tickets for the Saturday only at a special youth discounted price of R150. Youth tickets for the Saturday will be available soon.

I want to encourage you to attend this Congress as it will strengthen the overall leadership in your assembly, region, network or department. There is an early and late registration fee. The early bird registration which closes on 31 March 2018 is R1,350.00. After 31 March 2018 registration is R1,500.00. Online registration can be done through i-tickets at https://itickets.co.za/events/383130. The link is also on the Empowered21 official website:

www.empowered21.com

For more information contact:

Ms Lunga: Office 0126440987 Mobile: 0793358971

Past Modise Moatlhodi Mobile:0824494288

Mr Kabelo Ndlovu: Moble: 0832918637

Inviting all Spirit-empowered movements:

3. REGIONAL EMPOWERMENT VISITS 2018

The NOB is looking forward to connect with the remaining regional, network and departmental committee members as well as all our Pastors, their Governing Bodies and other leaders in the church. The aim of these visits is to bring key issues to the leadership of the AFM and includes training, discussions, reflection and feedback sessions.

The key issues for 2018 include a focus on: ● Succession Planning ● Traditional mission paradigm vs. missionality paradigm ● Leadership Development ● Game Plan feedback ● Coaching relationships in regions, networks & departments. Kindly find the remaining dates and venues below:

Blessings!
M.G. Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 6 April 2018

 Laai die Nuusflits hier af in PDF Formaat

1. SOSIALE MEDIA EN MISSIONALITEIT

Liewe Kollegas,

In my Pastorale Brief van twee weke gelede (http://afm-ags.org/category/publications/pastoral-letters/), het ek die AGS se kosbare roeping – om siele te wen – genoem.  Dit is ons visie om toe te sien dat elke lidmaat hulle posisie as plaaslike sendeling, sielewenner en “apostoliese agent” inneem.  Dat elke lidmaat die Groot Opdrag van Jesus Christus hulle eie “Persoonlike Opdrag” maak.  Verby is die dae waar dit nodig was om na ‘n verre en vreemde land te reis om die Goeie Nuus van Jesus Christus aan die verlorenes te verkondig. Die wêreld is op ons voorstoep en die “sendelingveld” is nader as wat ons ons ooit kon voorstel! Dit sluit nou ook die Internet en sosiale media in.

Is jy bewus daarvan dat 21 miljoen Suid-Afrikaners die internet gebruik? Meeste van hulle kry toegang deur middel van hulle mobiele selfone en nuwe navorsing dui aan dat 40% van die Suid-Afrikaanse bevolking aanlyn aangeteken het in 2017 (World Wide Worx, Arthur Goldstuck). Hierdie statistiek verteenwoordig ‘n belangrike geleentheid vir die kerk. Deur middel van ons lidmate kan daar nou direk in verbinding getree word, verhoudings gebou word en gekommunikeer word met mense wat andersins nie kerk-gebonde is nie. Dink net aan die impak wanneer 1.4 miljoen AGS lidmate of sielewenners aktief die aanlyn omgewing gebruik om die Goeie Nuus te versprei!

Wanneer ons sosiale media (soos Facebook, Instagram of Twitter om slegs ‘n paar te noem) gebruik, is dit belangrik om te weet en te verstaan dat wat ons plaas en hoe ons dit plaas, ‘n impak op ander sal hê. As gelowiges reflekteer ons deelname ons geloof in Christus. Dit gee elke gelowige ‘n geleentheid om die Koninkryk van God aanlyn uit te brei. Wat ‘n waardevolle geleentheid is dit nie!

Maar daar is ook risiko’s waarop ons moet let – sekere gedrag waarvan ons ons moet weerhou wanneer ons kommunikeer en deelneem op sosiale media.  Die Nasionale Leierskap Forum (NLF) het ‘n Sosiale Media Beleid vir die AGS goedgekeur waarvan alle pastore, beheerliggaam lede en leiers moet kennis neem.  Die Beleid kan afgelaai word by die onderstaande skakel:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Ek wil ook graag jou aandag vestig op:

Die nuwe AGS webtuiste: http://afm-ags.org/

Die amptelike AGS Facebook blad: https://www.facebook.com/AFMOFSA/

AGS FACEBOOK BLAD:  Ek wil ons pastore, beheerliggaam lede, leiers, streeks/netwerk kommitees en departemente aanmoedig om saam te gesels op die amptelike AGS Facebook blad. Moedig ook ons lidmate aan om aan te sluit by die aanlyn AGS missionale gemeenskap. Ons sien daarna uit om te kommunikeer met ons leiers en lidmate regoor Suid-Afrika en om te fokus op die kosbare roeping van ons kerk – die Groot Opdrag.

2. EMPOWERED21 AFRIKA KONGRES TE WOORD & LEWE, BOKSBURG

Laai die Registrasie Vorm hier af:

http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Vandag deel ek ‘n uiters belangrike en strategiese byeenkoms met julle – veral met ons AGS Pastore, Beheerliggaam Lede, Leiers en Lidmate in en rondom die Gauteng Provinsie.

Empowered21 is ‘n organisasie wat help om die toekoms te vorm van die Geesvervulde beweging (Spirit-empowered movement) regdeur die wêreld.  Dit is toeganklik vir alle Geesvervulde kerke, bedienige, organisasies, netwerke en gemeenskappe. Die Empowered21 Afrika Kongres is ‘n strategiese bemagtigende geleentheid wat direk praat tot die hart van missionaliteit en die AGS se “One AFM Game Plan”. Die visie van EMPOWERED21 is:

“That every person on earth would have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit…by Pentecost 2033.”

Die visie weerspieël die Groot Opdrag van Jesus en is verbind tot die basiese visie van elke Christelike kerk – en veral met elke AGS gemeente. ‘n Wye verskeidenheid van bedieningsleiers regoor die wêreld sal daar wees, insluitende William Wilson (President, Oral Roberts University), George Wood (Voorsitter, World Assemblies of God Fellowship); Opoku Onyinah (President, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council), Frank Chikane (President, AGS Internasionaal); Daniel Kolenda (President, Christ for All Nations); Ron Luce (Globale Jeug Strategis, Generation Next) en menige ander.

Tien fokus areas is geìdentifiseer vir beide die hoof en individuele sessies (wat ook in lyn is met die AGS se missionale kerk strategie):

  • Evangelisme
  • Dissipelskap
  • Gebedsnetwerke
  • Vroue Bediening
  • Kinder Bediening
  • Volgende Generasie Jeug Netwerk (Next Generation Youth Network – NGN)
  • Teologiese studente
  • Voorspraak en profetiese leierskap
  • Humanitêre hulp en rampverligting
  • Christelike Besigheids Netwerkvorming

Deur te registreer vir hierdie kongres ontvang jy die geleentheid om deel te wees van netwerk strukture (vanaf kontinentale tot nasionale vlakke) wat dien en netwerk met Afrika leiers op elkeen van die fokus areas. Die idee is om nuwe konneksies te skep wat die Geesvervulde beweging sal bemagtig om die Groot Opdrag te vervul.

Op Saterdag 19 Mei sal die program fokus op inter-generasie meedeling. Alle jong mense, Jeug Pastore en leiers word uitgenooi om deel te neem in die sessies wat aangebied word deur die “Next Generation Network – NGN”.  Plaaslike jeug wat nie kan bekostig om die volle Kongres by te woon nie, word aangemoedig om kaartjies vir slegs die Saterdag te koop teen ‘n verminderde prys van R150. Hierdie jeug kaartjies sal binnekort beskikbaar wees.

Ek wil jou aanmoedig om hierdie Kongres by te woon aangesien dit die algehele leierskap in jou gemeente, streek, netwerk of departement sal versterk.  Die registrasie fooi is verlaag na R600.  Aanlyn registrasie kan geskied by “i-tickets”: https://itickets.co.za/events/383130. Die skakel kan ook gevind word op die offisiële webtuiste van Empowered21:
www.empowered21.com

Vir meer inligting kontak:

Me Lunga: Kantoor 0126440987 Selfoon 0793358971

Past Modise Moatlhodi Selfoon 0824494288

Mnr Kabelo Ndlovu Selfoon 0832918637

Uitnodiging aan alle Geesvervulde bewegings (“Spirit-empowered movements):

https://vimeo.com/256974037

3. STREEKS BEMAGTIGINGS BESOEKE 2018

The NOB sien uit daarna om aan te sluit met die oorblywende streeks, netwerk en departementele kommitee lede sowel as ons Pastore, hulle Beheerliggame en ander leiers in die kerk.  Die doel van hierdie besoeke is om sleutel kwessies onder die aandag van die leierskap van die AGS te bring wat opleiding, besprekings, oordenking en terugvoer sessies insluit.

Die sleutel kwessies van 2018 fokus op: ● Opvolg beplanning ● Tradisionêle missie paradigma vs. missionale paradigma ● Leierskaps ontwikkeling ● “Game Plan” terugvoer ● Bevordering van verhoudinge in streke, netwerke en departemente.  Die oorblywende datums en ontmoetingsplekke soos volg:

Seënwense!
M.G. Mahlobo