Pastoral Letter 4th Quarter

Download the PDF version here:

 Pastoral Letter 4th Qrt 2018

Dear Colleague,

We are steadily approaching the end of 2018 and looking towards the new year with hope and fresh expectation. 2019 marks an important year for the South African nation because it is a general election year. We are seeing a strong drive in South Africa towards corporate or united prayer meetings and gatherings. Up4SA is also such an initiative with the aim to bring unity through prayer to our local communities. It is an action that can be taken by our local AFM assemblies that directly promotes the implementation of a missional church – as described on our One AFM Game Plan.

It is an action that can be taken by our local AFM assemblies that directly promotes the implementation of a missional church – as described on our One AFM Game Plan.”

My question to you is: Do you have a prayer point in your local community? I ask all our pastors and community leaders to prayerfully consider volunteering and co-ordinating a prayer point in your local community. Every leader or volunteer receives a resource pack and will be empowered to coordinate the prayer point. Let us cover our nation with prayer through the Up4SA prayer initiative in 2019 (22-24 February). Information is available from:

http://afm-ags.org/category/media/
https://www.facebook.com/Up4SA/
Past. Robbie Black 082 462 1540

LET US PRAY!

Past. M.G. Mahlobo – President of the AFM of SA

January month is specifically set aside for prayer and fasting in the AFM of SA. (Download the AFM national calendar from: http://afm-ags.org/category/media/.) Each local assembly leadership decides on the commencement, the manner and the duration of prayer and fasting. I call upon all AFM pastors and members to commit to prayer and fasting during the month of January in 2019. While each congregation will decide on the prayer focus, my request is that you include the following prayer items.

I call upon all AFM pastors and members to commit to prayer and fasting during the month of January in 2019.”

South Africa’s general elections that will determine who will become the next President of the country. The date for the coming elections is yet to be pronounced by the State President. We need to pray for peaceful and successful elections.

The AFM International will be convening its Triennial Conference in Nairobi (Kenya) on 19-24 August 2019. This Conference will, among other things, deliberate on the status of the AFM churches in all countries in which it has a presence. AFM member countries are at different stages of growth on their way to self-sustenance, self-governing and self-propagation. In many of these member churches there is a need for leadership development and the establishment of governance structures. A few of them have teething internal challenges. My request is that you pray for the successful Triennial Conference in Kenya and growth in all of the member churches.

Most of you are aware that one of the global events that I have been promoting is the 25th World Pentecostal Conference which will be convened in Calgary (Canada) on 27-30 August 2019. The AFM is an active member of the World Pentecostal Fellowship which is convening this Conference. It will be attended by representatives from Pentecostal Churches from all over the world and presented under the theme: “Spirit Now!” Without prayer our plans may not succeed. I am calling on our pastors and members to pray for the 25th World Pentecostal Conference in Canada.

Lastly but not least, let us pray for the great harvest of souls in 2019 and for the transformation of our communities through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.”

GAME PLAN IMPLEMENTATION: AN INSPIRING STORY

Past. Johan Brits – Fokus Deo Assembly (Modimolle Limpopo)

At the General Business Meeting (GBM) that was held in September, there was one presentation that focused on successful implementation of the One AFM Game Plan drivers. This presentation is now accessible in an article format to show how the Game Plan drivers can be implemented on a practical level. Past. Johan Brits of the Fokus Deo assembly tells their inspiring story:

ADAPTING TO CHANGE: ON A MISSION FOR A NEW ENGLISH SERVICE

“We are the AGS/AFM in Modimolle Limpopo (situated in the middle of the town) and are part of the Familia Dei Network. We saw that there were many families moving into town from the township, leaving us with the following question: Where would they go to church? We saw that they weren’t going back to the township church, and realised we could be a home for them!
This mind shift came after the leadership did the “Walk Thru the Bible: High Impact Church” course. There we realised that it doesn’t matter what the size of your church is, what does matter is the impact your church has in your community. The leadership made the decision to embark on an English service at the beginning of 2017 and adopted the principles below:

“…it doesn’t matter what the size of your church is, what does matter is the impact your church has in your community. “

  • We focus on the middle-class person in town. We do not focus on the township, because there is already an AFM there which is a spiritual home for many believers in the township.
  • We don’t provide transport from far locations – our focus is on our immediate community.
  • It is not a multi-cultural service. We see it as a modern English service where we have all colours and cultures attending (there are even Germans who drive far to attend).
  • We are in a modern community and have a modern service with multi-media. Services last no longer than 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • We do not have a band yet, but that is not seen as an obstacle. We build our songs on video (and the people love it!)
  • The pastors work intentionally to break any racial issues and talk about it openly with the congregation.
  • Fellowship is very important. We connect and build relationships over coffee/tea/biscuits after and between the services.

Our church leadership decided: it is not ‘us’ and ‘them’, but just US, the same congregation, just another service like the others but in English. We preach the same message in this English service as we do in the Afrikaans services.

We preach the same message in this English service as we do in the Afrikaans services.”

To get this new English service started in our community we planned multiple actions and strategies. We started by printing flyers and giving them out everywhere – at schools and on the streets. We even asked our current members to take these flyers to their workplaces. We hosted a street braai in the main street of town and gave away 1,000 wors rolls for free! We told people about the new service, gave them flyers and prayed for them. I often went (and still go) to the main streets on a Saturday morning with my Bible. I talk to people, pray with them and invite them to church – through this I have led people to Christ, gained new members and baptised them! We do Church Campaigns (from Walk Thru the Bible) in our services – this grows the congregation through attendance and cell groups. You can go to their website: www.bible.org.za. We do projects that reach out to schools and businesses – with the intent to introduce them to the church.

With the help of a good friend, Pastor Elvis Mvulane we started the English service with 20 people. We now average 120 people per Sunday. It has now evolved to such an extent that we have a pastor (who lives in Alberton) that travels 180 km every Sunday to help with the preaching and house visitations. Four months after starting the English service we saw the need for an English Sunday School – and currently minister to 60 children on a Sunday. We now also employ someone who takes charge of our Sunday School. Our dream is to have 5,000 people in our English service! With 80 000 in the area we believe that this is a realistic target.”

“Our dream is to have 5,000 people in our English service! With 80 000 in the area we believe that this is a realistic target.”
If you are looking for the direct connections between the story and the One AFM Game Plan drivers, I trust that the GBM presentation will clearly show and demonstrate these links:

PASTORAL WELLNESS: THE WHOLE PICTURE

Dr. Vincent Atterbury  
(A follow-up article from the AFM Pastoral Letter 3rd Quarter)

God calls and empowers people with the Holy Spirit, to be part of the extension and continuation of the ministry of His Son, Jesus Christ’s ministry on earth. As much as it is an honour to be called by God, it also implies a personal responsibility –  to maintain the zeal of the original calling without falling short thereof because of burnout. God’s calling is never at the expense of anything within the totality of any one’s human existence.

God’s calling is never at the expense of anything within the totality of any one’s human existence.”

Although great progress has been made in attempts to understand the total existence of human beings, these efforts have only scratched the surface. Every person is created by Him in a unique way when He knitted them together for His glory and purpose (Psalm 139:13-14). In a sense, it is a challenge for human beings to understand exactly how wonderfully and complex God made them.

The wellness of a person is determined by not only one, but a combination of different areas and facets of life. Considering the wellness of pastors, at least 7 areas that are integrated and interwoven with one another is applicable and need to be focussed on in working towards pastoral wellness.

  1. Spiritual: At the centre of any human’s wellness is their personal relationship with God. Living in a right relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, and being led by His Spirit. From such a relationship one will experience a deep sense of purpose (calling) and meaning in life. The values, principles and behaviour of individuals are determined by their personal relationship with God. Growing stronger in your relationship with God is essential to any pastor’s wellness.
  2. Emotional: Every human being has the inherent ability to experience a variety of emotions, e.g. happiness, sadness, joy, hope, stress, fear, anger, etc. Many feelings are attached to opposites causing variance in mood, effectiveness, productivity, perspectives, behaviour and coping with challenges. Growing in emotional intelligence (the ability to understand ourselves) and coping with life’s challenges, is vital to pastoral wellness.
  3. Intellectual: Every person has been created with intellectual ability that needs to be developed through a lifelong process of acquiring knowledge and skills. This is a never-ending process as the world, knowledge and life itself change constantly. New ideas and problem solving abilities are required to stay relevant and live well. Pastors need to be life-long learners in order to contribute to their own wellness.
  4. Physical: God gives a human being one body that serves as a vehicle through which He displays the masterpiece He has created in that person. The body is like any vehicle, the better it is looked after, the longer it will serve one with excellence. Pastoral wellness can be enhanced in growing, adopting and maintaining healthy habits (e.g. routine medical check-ups, a balanced diet, exercise, rest, etc.). Destructive lifestyle patterns must be avoided at all costs.
  5. Social: God created every individual to be interdependent with other human beings. Relationships with spouses, children, other family, etc. is very crucial with regard to a pastor’s wellness. Growing in the creation and maintenance of positive relationships enhances pastoral wellness. This includes occupational and institutional relationships too, e.g. with colleagues, volunteers,  assembly members, the governing board, regional forum, national leadership and office.
  6. Occupational: God created us for a specific purpose (calling). The wellness of pastors are influenced by the level of personal fulfilment they experience in what they are doing, what they are allowed to do and what they are empowered to do. Pastoral wellness can be enhanced by engagement in ministry according to the individual’s God-given talents and gifts, matched by a suitable working environment.
  7. Financial: Our relationship to earthly possessions, money and the management of resources is a major topic addressed in the Bible. The Bible explains the effect thereof on the wellness of humans. Growing in the Biblical understanding of God’s provision, our relationship to it, as well as our responsibility towards managing God’s provision, will enhance pastoral wellness.

Pastoral wellness is complex and there is not a ‘quick fix’, one key or secret, that will cause a pastor’s wellness. Every pastor must consciously be aware of the fact that he/she is multifaceted. All areas require attention and determine wellness.

The prayer of John for Gaius emphasises that pastors should not only be well spiritually, but also in every other area of their lives (3 John 1:2). In Proverbs 4:23 Solomon emphasises that we have to take care of all areas of our life, as the totality and quality of our lives and ministry, is affected by it. It is only then, and then alone that pastors will be able to fulfil God’s calling for their lives through sustainable fruitfulness, season after season.

“…pastors will be able to fulfil God’s calling for their lives through sustainable fruitfulness, season after season.”

LEADING FROM THE HEART: HELENA JACKSON
Past. M.G. Mahlobo – President of the AFM of SA

The AFM Welfare Department has been a shining example of the AFM’s Social Responsibility and Community Involvement since the unification of the AFM in 1996. Helena Jackson succeeded Past. Eben Muller as the Director of this Department. This is one of the Departments that requires prudence and a high degree of stewardship. Helena steered this Welfare ship until it hit the financial “ice berg”. She didn’t abandon the ship. She continued to do her best to keep it afloat. In the meantime, the National Leadership intervened with the aim of rescuing and turning the Department around. Helena remained optimistic that this ministry will continue. She has since resigned as the Director of the AFM Welfare Department. We will surely miss her passion and commitment to minister to the needy. I am, however, convinced that she will not sit back and fold her arms in the face of many social challenges that our country is facing. She will find a way of expressing her desire to care for people that are hurting.

On behalf of the AFM of SA, I would like to thank her for her valuable input in the Church’s Welfare Department. I pray that God will continue to shine His face upon her. Thank you very much Helena.

What prompted you to initially get involved with the work of the AFM Welfare Council?
I come from a Dutch Reformed Church background. Whilst studying my Social Work degree in Wellington in the Western Cape, I started attending services at the AFM Church – where I came to conversion in 1977, was baptized and baptized in the Holy Spirit. I met my husband during the same time and he was a member of the AFM Church. I graduated as a Registered Social Worker in 1978 and as all students applied for as many vacant posts as possible. Amongst other successful applications was the AFM Executive Welfare application – which I took as I knew my future with my husband would be in the AFM Church.

Looking back, what was the most exciting development you will never forget?
The decentralization of the Children’s Division since 1999, which was once again groundbreaking progress in Child Care.  It was this development which added the most value to the lives of our children, as well as to the standing of the AFM Executive Welfare Council in the Welfare Sector.

What will you miss about your role?
The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the beneficiaries which I had worked with for 39 years and 6 months, as well as the opportunity to empower the staff – over the whole spectrum of the work of the AFM Executive Welfare Council.

What do you believe is the critical success factors for the future of the AFM Welfare Council?
Two very important factors WERE the driving force over especially the last 20 years. The one was for sure the buy-in from the AFM Assemblies who took co-responsibility for projects since the decentralization process. As well as the  passion, faithfulness and hard work of the staff.

What is your final wish for the AFM Welfare Council?
That it would survive the current uncertainty in terms of its direction and fulfil its mission and vision as was intended from the beginning.

What do you plan to do after retirement?
I would like to remain involved in community projects and have already engaged in it.   I am a “people’s person” and want to be of value for those in need.  Other than that I want to travel, do gardening and spend as much time as possible with my family.

Any final advice to AFM assemblies regarding Community Involvement?
It is our responsibility as church to care of our communities as we are taught in the book of Acts. We have no choice and I would encourage assemblies to find the needs in your community and fill it, find the hurt and heal it. Become involved and serve those who cannot fend for themselves.

“…find the needs in your community and fill it, find the hurt and heal it. Become involved and serve those who cannot fend for themselves.”

CONCLUSION

We are nearing the end of 2018. It will be remembered as the year in which the AFM celebrated its 110th Anniversary. We are grateful to God for His providence. We also had a watershed 2018 General Business Meeting which took important resolutions regarding succession planning for the Office Bearers at the National level. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all, for your ministry inputs this year. Your ministry has contributed to the growth of the church. May you all have a blessed Christmas and a prosperous 2019.

Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Pastorale Brief 4de Kwartaal

Laai die PDF weergawe hier af:

 Pastorale Brief 4de Kwartaal 2018 WEB

Liewe Kollega,

Die einde van 2018 is besig om nader te kom en ons kyk na die nuwe jaar met hoop en vars verwagtinge.  2019 dui op ‘n belangrike jaar vir die Suid-Afrikaanse nasie omdat dit ‘n algemene verkiesingsjaar is. Ons sien ‘n sterk beweging in Suid-Afrika na korporatiewe of verenigde gebedsvergaderings en byeenkomste. Up4SA is so ‘n inisiatief met die doel om eenheid in ons plaaslike gemeenskappe te bring deur gebed.  Dit is ‘n aksie wat deur ons plaaslike AGS gemeentes geneem kan word wat direk die implementering van missionale kerk bevorder – soos beskryf in ons One AFM Game Plan.

Dit is ‘n aksie wat deur ons plaaslike AGS gemeentes geneem kan word wat direk die implementering van missionale kerk bevorder – soos beskryf in ons One AFM Game Plan.”

My vraag aan jou is:  Het jy ‘n gebedspunt in jou plaaslike gemeenskap?  Ek vra al ons pastore en gemeenskapsleiers om biddend te oorweeg om vrywillig ‘n gebedspunt in jou plaaslike gemeenskap te koördineer.  Elke leier of vrywilliger ontvang ook ‘n hulpbronpakket en sal toegerus word om die gebedspunt te koördineer.  Kom ons bedek ons nasie met gebed deur die Up4SA gebeds-inisiatief gedurende 2019 (22-24 Februarie).  Informasie is beskikbaar vanaf:

http://afm-ags.org/category/media/
https://www.facebook.com/Up4SA/
Past. Robbie Black 082 462 1540

LAAT ONS BID!

Past. M.G. Mahlobo – President van die AGS van SA

Januarie maand word spesifiek opsy gesit vir gebed en vas in die AGS van SA.  (Laai die AGS se nasionale kalender af by:  http://afm-ags.org/category/media/.)  Elke plaaslike gemeente se leierskap besluit op die aanvang, die wyse en duur van gebed en vas.  Ek versoek alle AGS pastore en lidmate om hulle te verbind tot gebed en vas gedurende die maand van Januarie 2019.  Alhoewel elke gemeente self sal besluit op die fokus van gebed is my versoek dat die volgende gebedsitems ingesluit sal word:

Suid-Afrika se algemene verkiesings sal bepaal wie die volgende President van ons land sal word.  Die datum van die komende verkiesings moet nog aangekondig word deur die Staatspresident.  Ons moet bid vir vredevolle en suksesvolle verkiesings.

Die AGS Internasionaal (The AFM International) sal hulle Driejaarlikse Konferensie in Nairobi (Kenya) aanbied op 19-24 Augustus 2019.  Hierdie konferensie sal onder andere besprekings insluit oor die status van AGS kerke in al die lande waar die AGS voorkom.  Die AGS se lede lande is in verskillende fases van groei op hulle pad na selfonderhoud, selfbestuur en selfvoorplanting.  In menige van hierdie lede kerke is daar ‘n behoefte na leierskapsontwikkeling en die vestiging van bestuurstrukture.  My versoek is dat jy bid vir die suksesvolle Driejaarlikse Konferensie in Kenia en vir die groei van al die lede kerke.

Meeste van julle is bewus dat die 25ste Wêreld Pinkster Konferensie wat plaasvind in Calgary (Kanada) op 27-30 Augustus 2019, een van die globale gebeurtenisse is wat ek bevorder.  Die AGS is ‘n aktiewe lid van die Wêreld Pinkstergemeenskap wat hierdie Konferensie saamroep.  Dit sal bygewoon word deur verteenwoordigers van Pinksterkerke van regoor die wêreld en aangebied word onder die tema:  “Spirit Now!”  Sonder gebed mag ons planne dalk nie slaag nie.  Ek beroep my op ons pastore en lidmate om te bid vir die 25ste Wêreld Konferensie in Kanada.

“…laat ons bid vir ‘n groot oes van siele gedurende 2019 en vir die transformasie van ons gemeenskappe deur die krag en teenwoordigheid van die Heilige Gees.”

GAME PLAN IMPLEMENTASIE: ‘n INSPIRERENDE STORY

Past. Johan Brits – Fokus Deo Gemeente (Modimolle Limpopo)

Tydens die Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (General Business Meeting – GBM) wat gehou is in September was daar een aanbieding wat gefokus het op die suksesvolle implementasie van die “One AFM Game Plan” drywers.  Hierdie aanbieding is nou beskikbaar in artikel formaat en wys hoe die “Game Plan” drywers geimplementeer kan word op ‘n praktiese wyse.  Past. Johan Brits van die Fokus Deo gemeente vertel ons hulle inspirerende verhaal:

PAS AAN BY VERANDERING:  OP ‘n MISSIE VIR N NUWE ENGELSE DIENS

“Ons is die AGS/AFM in Modimolle, Limpopo (geleë in die middel van die dorp) en is deel van die Familia Dei Netwerk.  Ons het opgemerk dat menige families dorp toe trek vanaf die “township” wat ons met die volgende vraag gelaat het: Waar sal hulle kerk toe gaan? Ons het gesien dat hulle nie teruggaan na die kerk in die “township” nie en het besef dat ons ‘n tuiste vir hulle kan word!  Hierdie gedagte verskuiwing het gekom nadat die leierskap die “Walk Thru the Bible:  High Impact Church”-kursus gedoen het.  Daar het ons besef dat dit nie saak maak wat die grootte van jou kerk is nie, maar wel wat die impak van jou kerk op die gemeenskap is.  Die leierskap het die besluit geneem om ‘n Engelse diens aan die begin van 2017 te vestig en het die volgende beginsels aanvaar:

“…dat dit nie saak maak wat die grootte van jou kerk is nie, maar wel wat die impak van jou kerk op die gemeenskap is.”

  • Ons fokus op die middelkas persoon in die dorp. Ons fokus nie op die “township” nie, want daar is reeds ‘n AGS kerk wat ‘n geestelike tuiste is vir menige gelowiges.
  • Ons voorsien nie vervoer van veraf plekke nie – ons fokus is op ons onmiddellike gemeenskap.
  • Dit is nie ‘n multi-kulturele diens nie. Ons sien dit is ‘n moderne Engelse diens waar alle kleure en kulture die diens bywoon (daar is selfs Duitsers wat ver ry om die diens by te woon).
  • Ons is ‘n moderne gemeenskap en het ‘n moderne diens met multi-media.  Dienste is nie langer as 1 uur en 15 minute nie.
  • Ons het nog nie ‘n orkes nie, maar ons sien dit nie as ‘n struikelblok nie. Ons gebruik video om ons liedere aan te bied (en die mense is gaande daaroor!).
  • Die pastore werk doelbewus daaraan om enige rassekwessies uit die weg te ruim en praat openlik daaroor met die gemeente.
  • “Fellowship” is baie belangrik. Ons maak kontak en bou verhoudige oor ‘n koffie/tee/beskuit na en tussen die dienste.

Ons kerk se leierskap het besluit:  Dit is nie “ons” en “hulle” nie, maar net ONS, dieselfde gemeente, net ‘n ander diens presies soos die res maar in Engels.  Ons preek dieselfde boodskap in hierdie Engelse diens as wat in die Afrikaanse dienste gepreek word.
“Ons preek dieselfde boodskap in hierdie Engelse diens as wat in die Afrikaanse dienste gepreek word.”
Om hierdie Engelse diens in ons gemeenskap te begin was dit nodig om veelvuldige aksies en strategieë te beplan. Ons het begin deur pamflette te druk en dit oral moontlik uit te deel – by skole en op straat. Ons het selfs ons huidge gemeentelede gevra om hierdie pamflette na hulle werksplekke te neem. Ons het ‘n straat-braai in die hoofstraat van ons dorp gehou en het 1,000 worsrolletjies gratis weggegee! Ons het mense vertel van ons nuwe diens, hulle die pamlfette gegee en vir hulle gebid. Ek het baie keer gegaan (en ek doen dit steeds) na die hoofstrate op ‘n Saterdagmôre met my Bybel in my hand. Ek het met mense gepraat, saam met hulle gebid en hulle uitgenooi na ons kerk – so het ek mense na Jesus gelei, nuwe lidmate bekom en hulle gedoop! Ons doen kerk veldtogte (vanuit Walk Thru the Bible) gedurende ons dienste – dit veroorsaak dat die gemeente groei deur bywoning en selgroepe. Jy kan hulle webtuiste besoek by:  www.bible.org.za.  Ons doen projekte wat uitreik na skole en besighede – met die intensie om hulle bekend te stel aan die kerk.


Met die hulp van ‘n goeie vriend, Pastoor Elvis Mvulane het ons die Engelse diens begin met 20 mense.  Die gemiddelde bywoning van ons Engelse diens is nou 120 mense per Sondag.  Dit het in so ‘n mate ontwikkel dat ons ‘n pastoor het (wat in Alberton woon) wat 180km elke Sondag ry om te help met die prediking en huisbesoeke. Vier maande nadat die Engelse dienste begin is het ons die behoefte raakgesien vir ‘n Engelse Sondagskool – en huidiglik bedien ons 60 kinders op ‘n Sondag.  Ons het ook nou iemand in diens geneem wat in beheer staan van ons Sondagskool. Ons droom is om 5,000 mense in ons Engelse diens te hê!  Met 80,000 mense in die omgewing glo ons dat dit ‘n realistiese teiken is.

“Ons droom is om 5,000 mense in ons Engelse diens te hê!  Met 80,000 mense in die omgewing glo ons dat dit ‘n realistiese teiken is.”
Indien jy belang stel in die direkte verband tussen hierdie verhaal en die “One AFM Game Plan” drywers vertrou ek dat die GBM aanbieding dit duidelik sal wys en demonstreer:

PASTORALE WELSTAND: DIE VOLLE PRENTJIE

Dr. Vincent Atterbury   (‘n Opvolg artikel vanuit die Pastorale Brief 3de Kwartaal)

God roep en bemagtig mense met die Heilige Gees om deel te wees van die uitbreiding en voortsetting van die bediening van Sy Seun, Jesus Christus se bediening op aarde.  Alhoewel dit ‘n eer is om geroep te wees deur God sluit dit ook ‘n persoonlike verantwoordelikheid in – om die ywer van die oorspronklike roeping in stand te hou sonder om te kort te skiet as gevolg van uitbranding.  God se roeping is nooit ten koste van enigeiets binne die totaliteit van enige een se menslike bestaan nie.

“God se roeping is nooit ten koste van enigeiets binne die totaliteit van enige een se menslike bestaan nie.”

Aloewel groot vordering gemaak is in die pogings om die totale bestaan van mense te verstaan het hierdie pogings slegs die oppervlak gedek.  Elke persoon is geskep deur Hom op ‘n unieke wyse wanneer Hy hulle aanmekaar weef vir Sy glorie en doel (Psalm 139:13-14).  Op ‘n manier is dit vir mense ‘n uitdaging om presies te verstaan hoe wonderlik en kompleks God hulle gemaak het.

Die welstand van ‘n persoon word vasgestel nie net deur een area of faset nie, maar wel deur ‘n kombinasie van verskillende areas en fasette van die lewe. By die oorweging van die welstand van pastore word ten minste 7 areas, wat geintegreer en verweef met mekaar is, toegepas en moet daarop gefokus word wanneer gestreef word na pastorale welstand.

  1. Geestelik: Die kern van enige mens se welstand is hulle persoonlike verhouding met God.  Om binne ‘n regte verhouding met God te leef deur middel van sy Seun, Jesus Christus, en gelei te word deur Sy Gees.  Vanaf so ‘n verhouding sal ‘n persoon ‘n diepe besef van doel (roeping) en betekenis van die lewe beleef.  Die waardes, beginsels en gedrag van individue word vasgestel deur hulle persoonlike verhouding met God.  Om sterker te groei in jou verhouding met God is van allerbelang vir enige pastoor se welstand.
  2. Emosioneel: Elke mens het die inherente vermoë om ‘n verskeidenheid emosies te ervaar, bv. geluk, hartseer, vreugde, hoop, spanning, vrees, woede ens.  Menige gevoelens is gekoppel aan teenoorgesteldes wat skommelinge in buie, effektiwiteit, produktiwiteit, perspektiewe, gedrag en hantering van uitdagings veroorsaak.  Om te groei in emosionele intelligensie (die vermoë om onsself te verstaan) en die hantering van die lewe se uitdagings is noodsaaklik vir pastorale welstand.
  3. Intellektueel: Elke persoon is geskep met ‘n intellektuele vermoë wat ontwikkel moet word deur ‘n lewenslange proses van die bekoming van kennis en vaardighede. Dit is ‘n onophoudende proses soos wat die wêreld, kennis en die lewe self konstant verander. Nuwe idees en probleemoplossingsvermoëns word benodig om relevant te bly en suksesvol te leef. Pastore moet lewenslange leerders wees om ten einde by te dra tot hulle eie welstand.
  4. Fisies: God gee vir die mens een liggaam wat dien as a voertuig waardeur Hy die meesterstuk ten toon stel wat Hy geskep het in daardie persoon.  Die liggaam is soos ‘n voertuig, hoe beter daarna gekyk word, hoe langer dien dit die persoon met uitnemendheid.  Pastorale welstand kan bevorder word deur gesonde gewoontes te kweek, aan te neem en in stand te hou (bv. gereelde mediese ondersoeke, ‘n gebalanseerde dieët, oefening, rus, ens).  Vernietigende leefstylpatrone moet vermy word ten alle koste.
  5. Sosiaal: God skep elke individu om interafhanklik te wees van ander mense. Verhoudings met gades, kinders, ander familie, ens is baie belangrik vir die pastoor se welstand. Groei in die skep en instandhouding van positiewe verhoudings bevorder pastorale welstand. Dit sluit ook in beroeps- en institusionele verhoudings, bv. met kollegas, vrywilligers, gemeentelede, die beheerliggaam, streeksforum, nasionale leierskap en kantoor.
  6. Beroepsgesondheid: God het ons geskep vir ‘n spesifieke doel (roeping). Die welstand van pastore word beìnvloed deur die vlak van persoonlike vervulling wat hulle ondervind in dit wat hulle doen, wat hulle toegelaat word om te doen en wat hulle bemagtig word om te doen.  Pastorale welstand kan bevorder word deur betrokkenheid in bediening te bepaal volgens die individu se God-gegewe talente en gawes, dus in ooreenstemming met ‘n geskikte werksomgewing.
  7. Finansieël: Ons verhouding met aardse besittings, geld en die bestuur van hulpbronne is ‘n belangrike onderwerp in die Bybel.  Die Bybel verduidelik die effek daarvan op die welstand van die mens.  Groei in Bybelse begrip van God se voorsiening, ons verhouding daarmee asook ons verantwoordelikheid om God se voorsiening te bestuur, sal pastorale welstand bevorder.

Pastorale welstand is kompleks en daar is geen kitsoplossing, enkele sleutel of geheim wat pastorale welstand sal verseker nie.  Elke pastoor moet pertinent bewus wees van die feit dat hy/sy veelsydig is.  Alle areas vereis aandag en bepaal welstand.

Die gebed van Johannes vir Gaius benadruk dat pastore nie net slegs geestelik wel moet wees nie, maar ook in ander areas van hulle lewens (3 Joh 1:2).  In Spreuke 4:23 benadruk Salomo dat ons na alle areas in ons lewens moet kyk omdat die totaliteit en kwaliteit van ons lewens en bediening daardeur geaffekteer word.  Dit is dan, en slegs dan dat pastore in staat sal wees om God se roeping vir hulle lewens te vervul deur volhoubare vrugbaarheid, seisoen na seisoen.

“Dit is dan, en slegs dan dat pastore in staat sal wees om God se roeping vir hulle lewens te vervul deur volhoubare vrugbaarheid, seisoen na seisoen.”

LEIERSKAP VANUIT DIE HART: HELENA JACKSON
Past. M.G. Mahlobo – President van die AGS van SA

Die AGS se Welsyn Departement is ‘n uitstekende voorbeeld van die AGS se sosiale verantwoordelikheid sedert die eenwording van die AGS in 1996. Helena Jackson het Past. Eben Muller opgevolg as die Direkteur van hierdie Departement. Dit is een van die Departemente wat wysheid en ‘n hoë vlak van rentmeesterskap vereis. Helena het hierdie Welsynsskip gestuur totdat dit ‘n finansiële ysberg geslaan het. Sy het nie die skip verlaat nie. Sy het voortgegaan om haar beste te doen om die skip op die water te hou. In die tussentyd het die Nasionale Leierskap ingegryp met die doel om te red en die Departement om te keer. Helena het optimisties gebly dat hierdie bediening sal bly voortbestaan. Sy het sedertdien bedank as die Direkteur van die AGS Welsyn Departement. Ons sal verseker haar passie en toewyding om die behoeftiges te bedien, mis.  Nieteenstaande is ek oortuig daarvan dat sy nie net terug sal sit en haar arms sal vou in die aangesig van die vele sosiale uitdagings wat ons land in die gesig staar nie. Sy sal ‘n weg vind om haar begeerte om om te sien na mense wat seer het, uit te druk.

Namens die AGS van SA wil ek haar bedank vir haar waardevolle insette in die Kerk se Welsyn Departement. Ek bid dat God voort sal gaan om Sy glorie op haar te laat skyn. Baie dankie Helena.

Wat het jou aanvanklik aangespoor om betrokke te raak by die werk van die AGS Welsynsraad?
Ek kom vanuit ‘n Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk agtergrond. Tydens my studies vir my Maatskaplikewerk graad in Wellington in die Wes-Kaap het ek begin om dienste van die AGS kerk by te woon – waar ek tot bekering gekom het in 1977, gedoop is en gedoop is met die Heilige Gees.  Ek het my man ontmoet gedurende dieselfde tyd en hy was ‘n lidmaat van die AGS kerk.  Ek het gegradueer as ‘n geregistreerde Maatskaplike werker in 1978 en soos alle studente aansoek gedoen vir soveel vakante poste as moontlik.  Onder ander suksesvolle aansoeke was die AGS uitvoerende welsynsposisie – wat ek aanvaar het omdat ek geweet het my toekoms saam met my man sal in die AGS kerk wees.

Wat is die mees opwindende ontwikkeling wat  jy nooit sal vergeet nie?
Die desentralisasie van die Kinderafdeling sedert 1999, wat weereens baanbrekerswerk in kindersorg was.  Dit was hierdie ontwikkeling wat die meeste waarde tot die lewens van ons kinders toegevoeg het asook tot die stand van die AGS Uitvoerende Welsynsraad in die welsynsektor.

Wat van jou rol sal jy mis?
Die geleentheid om ‘n verskil te maak in die lewens van die begunstigdes waarmee ek gewerk het vir 39 jaar en 6 maande, asook die geleentheid om die personeel te bemagtig – oor die hele spektrum van die werk van die AGS Uitvoerende Welsynsraad.

Wat glo jy is die kritiese sukses faktore vir die toekoms van die AGS Welsynsraad?
Twee baie belangrike faktore WAS die dryfkrag van veral die laaste 20 jaar.  Die een was vir seker die inkoop van die AGS gemeentes wat mede-verantwoordelikheid geneem het vir projekte sedert die desentralisasie proses.  Asook die passie, getrouheid en harde werk van die personeel.

Wat is jou finale wens vir die AGS Welsynsraad?
Dat dit die huidige onsekerheid in terme van rigting sal oorleef en die missie en visie sal vervul wat van die begin af vasgestel is.

Wat beplan jy om na aftrede te doen?
Ek sal daarvan hou om aan te hou om betrokke te wees in gemeenskapsprojekte en het reeds begin deelneem.  Ek is ‘n mense-mens en wil van nut wees vir diegene wat in nood verkeer.  Buiten dit wil ek graag reis, tuin maak en soveel tyd moontlik met my familie spandeer.

Enige finale advies aan die AGS gemeentes in verband met Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid? 
Dit is ons verantwoordelikheid as kerk om om te gee vir ons gemeenskappe soos wat ons geleer word in die boek van Handelinge. Ons het geen keuse nie en ek wil graag gemeentes aanmoedig om die behoeftes in hulle gemeenskappe te bepaal en te vervul, vind die seer en genees dit.  Word betrokke en dien diegene wat nie vir hulle self kan sorg nie.

“…vind die seer en genees dit.  Word betrokke en dien diegene wat nie vir hulle self kan sorg nie.”

SLOT

Ons nader die einde van 2018. Dit sal onthou word as die jaar waarin die AGS se 110de herdenking gevier is. Ons is dankbaar teenoor God vir Sy voorsiening. Ons het ook ‘n waterskeiding Algemene Besigheidsvergadering in 2018 gehad waar belangrike besluite aangaande die opvolgingsplan vir die Nasionale Ampsdraers deurgevoer is.

Ek wil graag van hierdie geleentheid gebruik maak om jou te bedank vir jou bediening insette gedurende die jaar.  Jou bediening het bygedra tot die groei van die kerk. Ek wens jou ‘n geseënde Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige 2019 toe.

Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 16 November

Download the PDF version here:

 Newsflash 16 Nov ENG

 

1.  UNITED PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA: 22-24 FEBRUARY 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Next year will be the 4th consecutive year that we gather as Christians all across South Africa to cover our nation in prayer. In 2018 there were more than 250 prayer points where many local communities united in prayer over the same weekend! Up4SA (United Prayer for South Africa) is a nationwide Prayer initiative on grassroots level. (Grassroots CommUNITY Prayer – Across race and denomination).

As ambassadors of our Lord Jesus we can play a huge roll in unifying our communities! I would like to encourage and challenge you again to take hands with the “Up4SA 2019” team, as we unite in prayer for South Africa! We all acknowledge that 2019 is a very significant year for us as a nation, as it is South Africa’s general election year.

I ask all our pastors and community leaders to prayerfully consider volunteering and co-ordinating a prayer point in your local community. Every community leader that volunteers will receive a resource pack and will be empowered to coordinate the prayer point.

To volunteer contact us at: admin@up4sa.co.za or 072 083 1371

More information, website: www.up4sa.co.za

More information, Facebook.com/up4sa

To download the full information, visit the link the below:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Up4SA National Co-ordinator:
Past. Robbie Black 082 462 1540

2.  PCD NOTICE

Please take note of the newly updated PCD website at www.pcdafm.co.za – book reports can easily be uploaded to the website. Please remember that all ordained pastors (excluding emeriti) need to accumulate 200 PCD credits by the end of December 2018 for the 2015-2018 PCD cycle. Completed PCD registers must first be send to the Regional PCD Coordinators who will process it and send it to the National PCD office.

Contact the PCD office at pcdafm@gmail.co.za  083 793 9112 or 083 2828 432 if you have any questions.

Warm Regards
Dr. Henri Weideman

 

3.  SPECIAL REQUEST

One of our Pastors, Romien Joubert is currently busy with studies on the well being of South African Church Leaders which remains a cause for concern: “Many church leaders are struggling to passionately persevere in ministry.”

The theoretical argument of her study is that resilience and the intentional and holistic cultivation thereof, could add immense value in offering a solution. Please assist her by completing a questionnaire focused on exploring church leaders’ understanding of resilience, their current attempts to build it into their lives, and their current resilience levels. Your participation and contribution is crucial and highly valued. Thank you in advance for your time.

…CLICK HERE TO START QUESTIONNAIRE…

Blessings!
M.G. Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 16 November

Laai die PDF weergawe hier af:

 Newsflash 16 Nov AFR

 

1.  VERENIGDE GEBED VIR SUID-AFRIKA: 22-24 FEBRUARIE 2019

Liewe Kollegas,

Volgende jaar sal die 4de agtereenvolgende jaar wees wat ons bymekaar kom as Christene regoor Suid-Afrika om ons nasie met gebed te bedek.  In 2018 was daar meer as 250 gebedspunte waar menige plaaslike gemeenskappe verenig is in gebed gedurende dieselfde naweek.  Up4SA (“United Prayer for South Africa”) is ‘n landswye gebeds-inisiatief op “grassroots” vlak.  (Grassroots CommUNITY Prayer – beweeg oor die grense van ras en denominasie).

As ambassadeurs van van ons Here Jesus kan ons ‘n groot rol speel in die vereniging van ons gemeenskappe! Ek wil jou graag aanmoeding en uitdaag om weereens hande te vat met die “Up4SA 2019”-span waar ons gaan verenig in gebed vir Suid-Afrika! Ons almal erken dat 2019 ‘n beduidende jaar vir ons gaan wees as ‘n nasie aangesien dit Suid-Afrika se algemene verkiesingsjaar is.

Ek vra al ons pastore en gemeenskapsleiers om biddend te oorweeg om as vrywilligers en koördineerders by ‘n gebedspunt in die plaaslike gemeenskap op te treë.  Elke gemeenskapsleier wat as vrywilliger optreë sal ‘n hulpbronpakket ontvang en sal bemagtig word om die gebedspunt te koördineer.

Om as vrywilliger op te tree, kontak ons by: admin@up4sa.co.za or 072 083 1371

Meer informasie, webtuiste: www.up4sa.co.za
Meer informasie, Facebook.com/up4sa

Om alle inligting af te laai, besoek die skakel hieronder:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

“Up4SA” Nasionale koöordineerder:
Past. Robbie Black 082 462 1540

 

2.  PCD KENNISGEWING

Neem asseblief kennis van die nuut opgedateede PCD webtuiste by www.pcdafm.co.za – boek verslae kan maklik op die webtuiste gelaai word. Onthou asseblief dat alle geordende pastore (behalwe emeriti) 200 PCD krediete moet versamel teen die einde van Desember 2018 vir die 2015-2018 PCD siklus.  Voltooide PCD registers moet eerstens gestuur word aan die PCD streekskoördineerders wat dit sal verwerk en dan dit sal stuur aan die Nasionale PCD kantoor.

Kontak die PCD kantoor by pcdafm@gmail.co.za 083 793 9112 of 083 2828 432 indien daar enige vra is.

Vriendelike groete,
Dr. Henri Weideman

 

3.  SPESIALE VERSOEK

Een van ons Pastore, Romien Joubert, is huidiglik besig met studies oor die welstand van Suid-Afrikaanse kerkleiers wat ‘n rede tot kommer bly:  “Many church leaders are struggling to passionately persevere in ministry.”

Die teoretiese argument van haar studie is dat veerkragtigheid (resilience) en die opsetlike en holistiese verbouing daarvan enorme waarde kan byvoeg tot ‘n moontlike oplossing.  Staan haar by deur ‘n vraelys te voltooi wat fokus op die ondersoek van kerkleiers se begrip van veerkragtigheid, hulle huidige pogings om dit in hulle lewens in te bou asook hulle huidige veerkragtigheidsvlakke.  Jou deelname en bydrae is noodsaaklik en hoogs gewaardeerd.  Dankie by voorbaat vir jou hulp.

…KLIEK HIER OM VRAESTEL TE BEGIN…

Seënwense!
M.G. Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 2 November

Download the PDF version here:

 2 NOV ENG 2018

THE AFM IN ZIMBABWE

Our brothers and sisters in the AFM in Zimbabwe are currently going through a painful experience with a potential of the church splitting. As you may be aware the leadership of the AFM International is continuing with its intervention. In its intervention report a plea was made to all parties and groups to avoid any action that may lead to the splitting of the church. This has not yet happened. There are national church elections planned for this coming Saturday, 3rd November 2018. During these elections the national Office Bearers will be elected. This will take place when the other group, under the leadership of the current Deputy President, claim to have already elected the national Church leaders. Both groups are using the same constitution and the same name.  I am asking that we pray for God’s intervention. Let us pray for an amicable resolution of all differences with a view of them becoming a united church again.

PASSING ON OF EUGENE PETERSON

Eugene Peterson, the Presbyterian pastor who authored 35 books amongst which is the Message Bible, passed on at the age of 85, a week after his admission into a hospice care for complications related to heart failure. He retired from pastoring in 1991 and became a Professor at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Among his final words were: “Let’s go.” Let’s keep his bereaved family in our prayers.

Past. MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 2 November

Laai die PDF weergawe hier af:

 2 NOV AFR 2018

DIE AGS IN ZIMBABWE

Ons broers en susters in die AGS in Zimbabwe gaan tans deur ‘n pynlike ervaring met die moontlikheid van kerkverdeling. Soos jy dalk al bewus is, beplan die AGS Internationaal om voort te gaan met sy ingryping. In die AGS Internationaal se intervensieverslag is ‘n pleidooi aan alle partye en groepe gedoen om enige aksie te vermy wat tot die verdeling van die kerk kan lei. Dit het nog nie gebeur nie. Daar word huidiglik ‘n nasionale verkiesing beplan vir hierdie komende Saterdag, 3 November 2018. Tydens hierdie geleentheid sal die nasionale ampsdraers verkies word. Dit sal plaasvind terwyl ‘n ander groep, onder leiding van die huidige adjunkpresident, beweer dat die nasionale ampsdraers alreeds verkies is. Beide groepe gebruik dieselfde konstitusie en dieselfde naam. Ek vra dat ons bid vir God se ingryping. Kom ons bid vir ‘n vriendskaplike oplossing van alle verskille met die oog daarop dat hulle weer ‘n verenigde kerk kan word.

EUGENE PETERSON IS OORLEDE

Eugene Peterson, die Presbiteriaanse pastoor wat 35 boeke geskryf het en wat die “Message Bible” insluit, is op 85-jarige ouderdom oorlede. Hy is een week na sy opname in ‘n “hospice” oorlede aan komplikasies wat verband hou met hartversaking. Hy het as pastoor afgetree in 1991 en word toe ‘n professor by Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Van sy laaste woorde was: “Let’s go.” Kom ons hou sy familie in ons gebede.

Past. MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 19 October

Download the PDF version here:

 19 OCT ENG 2018

Dear Colleague,

1.   APPLICATIONS FOR THEOLOGICAL TRAINING

 NWU THEOLOGY BOOKLET BROCHURE_E-VERSION 2018

The closing date for the acceptance of applications from AFM students who want to do theological training through North West University (Potchefstroom), is 30 October 2018. All applications must be done online through the following link:
http://studies.nwu.ac.za/studies/how-apply-online.

AFM applicants studying with a view to be ordained by the AFM of SA need recommendations from their Assemblies’ Governing Bodies  (AGB) and Regional Committees (RC). These recommendations are given after interviews have been conducted by both the AGB and RC. These recommendations must be made before the application forms are submitted to North West University.

Applicants are responsible for the payment of a R600-00 non-refundable admin fee. Banking details for this fee is provided on the AFM Seminary form:

 Seminary Application for Admission to Study for 2019

2.   2019 AFM NATIONAL CALENDAR

The 2019 AFM National Calendar is now available from the AFM website for download:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

3.   THE 25TH PENTECOSTAL WORLD CONFERENCE CALGARY 2019

Canada is proud to host Pentecostal leaders from around the globe for the 25th Pentecostal World Conference. We welcome you to be part of this global event being held August 27–30, 2019. Featuring over 55 guests from all over the world, Canada is proud to host Spirit-filled believers for this four-day event, where intentionally chosen speakers will challenge our hearts. The Pentecostal World Fellowship is a co-operative body of Pentecostal churches and groups worldwide of approved standing, and PAOC is a member.

For all related information regarding this conference, do visit:
https://25pwc.org/
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/
https://youtu.be/MvOvWCmimtg

Blessings!
M.G. Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 19 Oktober

Laai hier die PDF weergawe af:

 19 OKT AFR 2018

Liewe Kollega,

1.   AANSOEKE VIR TEOLOGIESE OPLEIDING

 NWU THEOLOGY BOOKLET BROCHURE_E-VERSION 2018

Die sluitingsdatum vir die aanvaarding van aansoeke vanaf AGS studente wat teologiese opleiding deur die Noordwes Universiteit (Potchefstroom) wil ondergaan, is 30 Oktober 2018.  Alle aansoeke moet aanlyn gedoen word deur die volgende skakel te gebruik:
http://studies.nwu.ac.za/studies/how-apply-online.

AGS applikante wat studeer met die oog om georden te word by die AGS van SA het aanbevelings nodig vanaf hulle Gemeente se Beheeerliggaam (Assemblies’ Governing Bodies – AGB) en Streekskomitees (Regional Committees – RC).  Hierdie aanbevelings word gegee na onderhoude gevoer is deur beide die AGB en RC.  Hierdie aanbevelings moet gedoen word voordat die aansoekvorms ingedien word by die Noordwes Universiteit.

Applikante is verantwoordelik vir die betaling van ‘n R600-00 nie-terugbetaalbare admin fooi.  Bankbesonderhede vir hierdie fooi word verskaf op die AGS Kweekskool Vorm:

 Seminary Application for Admission to Study for 2019

2.   2019 AGS NASIONALE KALENDER

Die 2019 AGS Nasionale Kalender is nou beskikbaar op die AGS webtuiste om afgelaai te word:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

3.   DIE 25STE PINKSTER WêRELD KONFERENSIE CALGARY 2019

Kanada is trots om gasheer te wees vir Pinkster leiers regoor die wêreld vir die 25ste Pinkster Wêreld Konferensie.  Ons verwelkom jou om deel te wees van hierdie globale gebeurtenis wat gehou word 27-30 Augustus 2019.  Met meer as 55 gaste van regoor die wêreld is Kananda trots om die gasheer te wees vir geesvervulde gelowiges tydens hierdie vierdag gebeurtenis waar doelbewuste gekose sprekers ons harte sal aanraak.  Die Pinkster Wêreld Gemeenskap is ‘n koöperatiewe liggaam van Pinkster kerke en groepe van goedgekeurde status wêreldwyd, en PAOC is ‘n lid.

Vir alle verwante informase rakende hierdie konferensie, gebruik die volgende skakels:
https://25pwc.org/
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/
https://youtu.be/MvOvWCmimtg

Seënwense!
M.G. Mahlobo

Newsflash, 5 October

Download the Newsflash here in PDF format:

 5 OCT ENG 2018

Dear Colleague,

1.   APPRECIATION TO PASTORS AND THEIR FAMILIES

The month of October is known as Pastors Appreciation Month. It is a special time that has been set aside for the AFM of SA congregations and other statutory bodies to honor their pastors or assembly leaders as well as their spouses and children. Our appreciation is for their hard and sacrificial work and multiple blessings that they provide.

Allow me to take this time to express my deepest appreciation to all AFM pastors, assembly leaders, their spouses and children for what you are doing for both the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa and God’s Kingdom. Our Chief Shepherd and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has entrusted upon you one of the most delicate and most precious of assignments –  the spiritual well-being of His flock. Many of you are serving in ministry under incredible pressures mostly created by unrealistic expectations. You are expected to have ideal families, to be perfect people, to always be available, to never be down and to have all the answers that your members need to keep their lives stable and moving forward.

The same can be said with regard to those who serve on a full-time basis in the AFM in other structures beyond the congregation. In this case I am specifically referring to those that are serving the church at Regional and National structures. You fulfill these responsibilities in addition to other work that you do. Most of you fulfill this added role without any renumeration.

My prayer for you and your family is similar to the one John prayed for Gaius who was given a hard time by Diotrephes:

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well”  3 John 1:2 (NIV).

2.   PCD WORKSHOPS AT THE 2018 GBM

Pastors who attended the PCD Workshops at the recent General Business Meeting (GBM) received stickers for the workshops that they participated in. These stickers must be pasted in your PCD log-sheets. In this way you will be able to receive the credits. If you didn’t receive these stickers or maybe you lost them, you are welcome to contact the National PCD Co-ordinator, Dr Henri Weideman during Office Hours at 012 644 0490. I trust that these workshops added value to all who attended.

3.   THE 25TH PENTECOSTAL WORLD CONFERENCE CALGARY 2019

Canada is proud to host Pentecostal leaders from around the globe for the 25th Pentecostal World Conference. We welcome you to be part of this global event being held August 27–30, 2019. Featuring over 55 guests from all over the world, Canada is proud to host Spirit-filled believers for this four-day event, where intentionally chosen speakers will challenge our hearts. The Pentecostal World Fellowship is a co-operative body of Pentecostal churches and groups worldwide of approved standing, and PAOC is a member.

For all related information regarding this conference, do visit:
https://25pwc.org/
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Blessings!
M.G. Mahlobo

Nuusflits, 5 Otkober

Laai die Nuusflits hier af in PDF formaat:

 5 OKT AFR 2018

Liewe Kollega,

1.   WAARDERING VIR PASTORE EN HULLE FAMILIES

Oktober maand staan bekend as ons Pastorale Waarderingsmaand. Dit is ‘n spesiale tyd wat uitgesit is vir die AGS van SA se gemeentes en ander statutêre liggame om hulle pastore of gemeente leiers sowel as hulle eggenotes en kinders, te eer.  Ons waardeer hulle harde, opofferende werk en veelvoudige seëninge wat daaruit spruit.

Laat my toe om my diepste waardering uit te spreek teenoor alle AGS pastore, gemeente leiers, hulle eggenotes en kinders vir dit wat hulle doen beide vir die Apostoliese Geloofsending van Suid-Afrika en God se Koninkryk.  Ons Hoofherder en ons Here en Redder, Jesus Christus, het aan julle een van die mees delikate en kosbare opdragte toevertrou – die geestelike welstand van Sy kudde. Baie van julle staan in die bediening onder ongelooflike druk wat meestal ontstaan as gevolg van onrealistiese verwagtinge. Daar word van julle verwag om die ideale familie te hê, om perfek te wees as mens, om altyd beskikbaar te wees, om nooit mismoedig te wees nie en om altyd al die antwoorde te hê wat julle gemeentelede nodig het om hulle lewens stabiel te hou en vooruit te laat gaan.

Dieselfde kan gesê word van diegene wat op ‘n voltydse basis die AGS dien in strukture buite die gemeente. In hierdie geval verwys ek spesifiek na diegene wat die kerk dien in Streeks- en Nasionale struktrure. Julle kom hierdie verantwoordelikheid na benewens al die ander werk wat julle doen.  Meeste van julle vervul hierdie bykomende rol sonder enige vergoeding.

My gebed vir julle en julle families is dieselfde as die gebed wat Johannes gebid het vir Gaius wat ‘n harde tyd gegee is deur Diotrephes:

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” 3 John 1:2 (NIV).

2.   PCD WERKSWINKELS – GBM 2018

Pastore wat die PCD werkswinkels by die onlangse Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM) bygewoon het, het plakkers ontvang vir die werkwinkels waaraan hulle deelgeneem het. Hierdie plakkers moet geplak word in jou PCD “log-sheet”.  Op hierdie wyse sal jy krediete kan ontvang. As jy nie hierdie plakkers ontvang het nie of hulle miskien verloor het, is jy welkom om die Nasionale PCD Koördineerder, Dr Henri Weideman gedurende kantoorure te skakel by 012 644 0490. Ek vertrou dat hierdie werkswinkels waarde toegevoeg het vir almal wat dit bygewoon het.

3.   DIE 25STE PINKSTER WêRELD KONFERENSIE CALGARY 2019

Kanada is trots om gasheer te wees vir Pinkster leiers regoor die wêreld vir die 25ste Pinkster Wêreld Konferensie.  Ons verwelkom jou om deel te wees van hierdie globale gebeurtenis wat gehou word 27-30 Augustus 2019.  Met meer as 55 gaste van regoor die wêreld is Kananda trots om die gasheer te wees vir geesvervulde gelowiges tydens hierdie vierdag gebeurtenis waar doelbewuste gekose sprekers ons harte sal aanraak.  Die Pinkster Wêreld Gemeenskap is ‘n koöperatiewe liggaam van Pinkster kerke en groepe van goedgekeurde status wêreldwyd, en PAOC is ‘n lid.

Vir alle verwante informase rakende hierdie konferensie, gebruik die volgende skakels:
https://25pwc.org/
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Seënwense!
M.G. Mahlobo