Newsflash: Friday, 2 November

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 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

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 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

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 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

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 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

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 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

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 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

Newsflash: Friday, 7 September

 7 SEPTEMBER

Dear Colleague,

1.  SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE COMMEMORATION DAY

On Sunday, the 2nd of September 2018, the South African Police Service (SAPS) hosted its annual Commemoration Day ceremony in honor of 29 members who lost their lives in the line of duty between 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. The names of the 29 officers who died in the line of duty were added to the wall of remembrance.

During the ceremony, families, friends and colleagues of the deceased members and the leadership of the Department of Police laid wreaths as they paid their respects to the fallen heroes and heroines. I am requesting that we remember the bereaved families in our prayers, especially this coming Sunday. Where possible let us accompany them in this journey of bereavement with healing messages of hope. I call upon our pastors and members to work with the police in fighting the scourge of crime including police killings. Police members are a national asset and they need to be protected by all of us. One police killing is one too many.

Blessings!
MG Mahlobo  

2.  DEALING WITH STRESSFULL TIMES, REALIZING THE SANCTITY OF YOUR LIFE
Stress is part of our everyday life. We need to acknowledge that to ourselves and to our children. Denial is not helpful.  As Spiritual leaders in our churches and communities, we need to create an openness for our members, young and old, as well as our children to talk about the stressful times in their lives and receive guidance on how to handle it.

I am saying this in the light of the fact that we are entering one of those stressful times again, as we do every year – when students at tertiary institutions and leaners at school prepare for exams. During this time many of our young people feel stressed, they are worried that they are not adequately prepared and will not pass the exams.  Some do not know how to handle these feelings and thoughts. They might feel that they are not “allowed” to express their concerns and worries, because it will show that they do not have enough faith.

The fact is: Most of us will at certain seasons in our lives, face times that are extra stressful and can shake us to our core. You can experience stress when you worry about things like your job, money, relationships, or a friend or family member who is ill or going through a difficult time. At those times, having strong coping strategies can make a big difference. During stressful times (always actually) it is important to look after your physical health, to get support, tackle your challenges and strengthen your Spiritual life.

I would like to encourage you by sharing a few key guidelines contained in the document below:

 Stressful Times in Difficult Situations

I trust that his might be helpful to us as Pastors ant those that we are leading and ministering to.
Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 7 September

 7 SEPTEMBER

Liewe Kollega,

1.  SUID-AFRIKAANSE POLISIE GEDENKSDAG

Op Sondag, 2 September 2018 het die Suid-Afrikaanse Polisiediens hulle jaarlikse Gedenksdag seremonie gehou ter ere van die 29 lede wat hulle lewens aan diens verloor het tussen 1 April 2017 en 31 Maart 2018.  Die name van die 29 offisiere wat aan diens gesterf het is bygevoeg tot die muur van herinnering.

Gedurende die seremonie het familie, vriende en kollegas van die afgestorwe lede en die leierskap van die Departement van Polisie kranse gelê en hulle respek betoon teenoor die gevalle helde en heldinne.  Ek versoek dat ons die bedroefde families sal onthou in ons gebede, veral hierdie komende Sondag. Laat ons, waar moontlik, hulle vergesel in hulle reis van verlies met helende boodskappe van hoop. Ek doen ‘n beroep op ons pastore en lidmate om saam met die Polisie te werk om die plaag van misdaad, insluidente polisie moorde, te beveg.  Polisie lede is ‘n nasionale bate en hulle het nodig om beskerm te word deur ons almal.  Een polisie moord is een moord te veel.

Seënwense!
MG Mahlobo

2.  HANTERING VAN SPANNINGSVOLLE TYE EN DIE BESEF VAN DIE HEILIGHEID VAN JOU LEWE

Spanning is deel van ons alledaagse lewe. Ons het nodig om dit teenoor onsself asook ons kinders te erken.  Ontkenning is nie nuttig nie. As geestelike leiers van ons kerke en gemeenskappe het ons nodig om ‘n openheid te skep vir ons lidmate, jonk en oud, asook ons kinders om te kan praat oor die spanningsvolle tye in hulle lewens en leiding te ontvang om dit te kan hanteer.

Ek noem dit in die lig daarvan dat ons tans ‘n jaarlikse spanningsvolle tydperk binnegaan – wanneer skoliere en tersiêre studente voorberei vir eksamens. Gedurende hierdie tyd voel baie van ons jong mense gespanne en is hulle bekommerd dat hulle nie genoegsaam voorberei het nie en dus die eksamen nie suksesvol sal kan aflê nie. Sommiges weet nie hoe om hierdie gevoelens en gedagtes te hanteer nie.  Hulle mag voel dat hulle nie toegelaat word om hulle bekommernisse en vrese te toon nie, want dit sal ‘n gebrek aan geloof toon.

Die feit is, meeste van ons sal tydens sekere seisoene van ons lewens tydperke beleef wat ekstra spanningsvol is en ons tot ons kern kan skud.  Jy kan spanning beleef wanneer jy bekommerd is oor sake soos jou werk, geld, verhoudinge of wanneer ‘n vriend of familielid siekte ondervind en ‘n moeilike tyd beleef. Gedurende hierdie tydperke kan sterk hanteringstrategieë die verskil maak. Gedurende spanningsvolle tye (eintlik altyd) is dit belangrik om na jou fisiese gesondheid te kyk, om ondersteuning te bekom, om jou probleme aan te pak en jou geestelike lewe te versterk.

Ek moedig jou aan deur ‘n paar sleutel riglyne te deel:

 Stressful Times in Difficult Situations

Ek vertrou dat dit van hulp sal wees vir ons, as Pastore, en vir diegene wat ons lei en bedien.
Henri Weideman

Newsflash: Friday, 24 August

 24 August ENG

Dear Colleague,

1.  CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS

I think you are all aware of the investigation by and recommendations of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (referred to as CRL) on the commercialization of Religion.

The position which was taken by the AFM of SA was that there should be no state regulation of religious groups. We advocated for self-regulation. Our position was based on two grounds, namely that there are enough laws in the country to curb commercialization of religion and of course the fact that the country’s constitution provides for freedom of religion. State regulation would undermine this freedom.

Parliament’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Portfolio did not accept the CRL recommendations. They felt that state regulation of religious organizations would be unconstitutional.  However, having these, it is a matter of concern that religious abuse is experienced in some quarters. Examples hereof are sexual abuses and religious malpractices which are subjects of public discourse.

It is for this reason that we agree with a broad code of conduct for Religious organizations as proposed by the South African Council for Religious Rights and Freedoms (CRRF). Unfortunately, we did not receive the first draft of the proposed code from CRRF. We, however, received the second draft. The NLF (National Leadership Forum) members were requested to make inputs. After receiving these inputs our General Secretary forwarded our position to the CRRF.

The underlined words and phrases indicate adjustments to the first draft while words and phrases in red fonts are AFM inputs. I have also included the letter dated 30 July 2018 from Dr Henri Weideman, our General Secretary to the Secretary of CRRF with further remarks from our side. These documents can be downloaded here:

 Proposed Code of Conduct for Religions in South-Africa 2

 Letter to SA Council for Religious Rights and Freedoms (003)

2.  LAND EXPROPRIATION WITHOUT COMPENSATION

This is one of the emotional issues currently in the public domain. The AFM made its submission to the Parliamentary Committee that acts on this matter. In our submission we requested for an opportunity to also do oral submission.

We have been granted an opportunity to do the oral submission in Parliament on 5 September 2018. To this end we solicit your prayers. We will also appreciate your further inputs to the written submission that we made earlier. This submission is available from:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Further inputs can be mailed to:
viewpoint@afm-ags.org OR chantalle@afm-ags.org

3.  AFM GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING (GBM) & NATIONAL CONFERENCE
The 2018 AFM General Business Meeting (GBM) is scheduled for 10-13 September 2018, at Woord-en-Lewe in Boksburg (Gauteng). The National Conference, however, will commence on Sunday evening, 9 September 2018 and conclude on Wednesday evening, 12 September 2018.

We want to encourage all pastors to pre-register and pay well in advance to avoid unnecessary administration at the GBM. Avoid the long queues and ensure that your registration experience is efficient. All information needed to pre-register can be found on the AFM website from the following link:
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Also note that registrations can now be done online:
http://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=253

There are important constitutional amendments that will be discussed for adoption by the 2018 GBM. These amendments will have significant bearing on the election of Office Bearers in 2020. They deal with the experience required for those elected to lead the church at regional and national level, transitional mechanisms post elections, orientation of newly elected Office Bearers and their core responsibilities. Your attendance and participation would contribute to these discussions and decisions to be taken.

We will have a special service on Sunday evening (9.09.2018) to celebrate the 110th Anniversary of the AFM of SA. Special Guests from other church organisations have been invited to attend this specific service. You cannot afford to miss it! Further we have PCD sessions which will be beneficial to both pastors and members of the church.

I am urging all pastors, assembly leaders and members of the church to attend this important event. I am looking forward to meeting you at the 2018 GBM in Boksburg!

Blessings!
MG Mahlobo  

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 24 Augustus

 24 Augustus AFR

Liewe Kollega,

1.  GEDRAGSKODE VIR GODSDIENSTIGE ORGANISASIES
Aangaande die kommersialisering van godsdiens, dink ek almal van ons is bewus van die ondersoek en aanbevelings van die Kommissie vir die Bevordering en Beskerming van die Regte van Kulturele, Godsdienstige en Taalgemeenskappe (waarna verwys word as die CRL – “Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities”).

Die AGS van SA het die posisie ingeneem dat daar geen staatsregulering van godsdienstige groepe behoort te wees nie.  Ons bepleit  selfregulering.  Ons baseer ons posisie op 2 gronde, naamlik dat daar genoeg wette in die land is om kommersialisering van godsdiens te stuit en natuurlik die feit dat die land se konstitusie voorsien vir vryheid van godsdiens.  Staatsregulering ondermyn hierdie vryheid.

Die Parlement se Koöperatiewe Bestuurs- en Tradisionale Sake se Portefeulje het nie die aanbevelings van die CRL aanvaar nie. Hulle het gevoel dat staatsregulering van godsdienstige organisasies ongrondwetlik sal wees. Nietemin is dit ‘n bekommernis dat godsdienstige misbruik ervaar word in sommige kwartiere.  Voorbeelde hiervan is seksuele misbruik en godsdienstige wanpraktyke wat nou die onderwerpe van openbare diskoers is.

Dit is om hierdie rede dat ons ingestem het tot ‘n breë gedragskode vir godsdienstige organisasies soos voorgestel deur die Suid-Afrikaanse Raad vir Godsdienstige Regte en Vryhede (“South African Council for Religious Rights and Freedoms” – CRRF). Ongelukkig het ons nie die eerste weergawe van die voorgestelde gedragskode vanaf die CRRF ontvang nie.  Ons het egter die tweede weergawe ontvang.  Die Lede van die NLF (Nasionale Leierskap Forum) is gevra om insette te lewer. Nadat hierdie insette ontvang is het ons Algemene Sekretaris dit aangestuur na die CRRF.

Die onderstreepte woorde en frasies dui die verandering aan die eerste weergawe aan terwyl woorde en frases in rooi die AGS se insette aandui. Ek sluit ook ‘n brief in wat gedateer is 30 Julie 2018 vanaf ons Algemene Sekretaris, Dr Henri Weideman, aan die Sekretaris van die CRRF met verdere opmerkings vanaf ons kant.  Hierdie dokumente kan hier afgelaai word:

 Proposed Code of Conduct for Religions in South-Africa 2

 Letter to SA Council for Religious Rights and Freedoms (003)

2.  GRONDONTEIENING SONDER VERGOEDING

Hierdie is ‘n emosionele kwessie wat tans in die publieke domein is.  Die AGS het ‘n voorlegging gelewer aan die Parlementêre Komitee wat die kwessie hanteer.  In ons voorlegging het ons ook die geleentheid om ‘n mondelinge voorlegging te maak versoek.  Ons word die geleentheid gegun om op 5 September 2018 ‘n mondelinge voorlegging te lewer. Vir hierdie doel vra ons jou gebede. Ons sal ook verdere insette waardeer wat bydra tot ons geskrewe voorlegging wat ons vroeër gemaak het. Hierdie voorlegging is beskikbaar by die volgende skakel:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Verdere insette kan ge-epos word aan:
viewpoint@afm-ags.org OF chantalle@afm-ags.org

3.  AGS ALGEMENE BESIGHEIDSVERGADERING (GBM) EN NASIONALE KONFERENSIE

Die 2018 AGS Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM) is geskeduleer vir 10-13 September 2018 te Woord-en-Lewe in Boksburg (Gauteng). Die Nasionale Konferensie begin al egter die Sondagaand, 9 September 2018 en sluit af op Woensdagaand, 12 September 2018.

Ons will alle pastore aanmoedig om te registreer en vroegtydig te betaal om onnodige administrasie te voorkom by die GBM. Vermy om in lang rye te staan en verseker dat jou registrasie ondervinding positief is. Alle inligting rondom registrasies is beskikbaar op die AGS webblad:
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Neem ook kennis dat registrasies aanlyn gedoen kan word:
http://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=253

Daar is belangrike wysigings aan die konstitusie ( of “constitutional amendments”) wat bespreek gaan word vir goedkeuring deur die 2018 GBM.  Hierdie wysigings gaan ‘n beduidende impak hê op die verkiesing van Ampsdraers in 2020. Die wysigings handel oor die ondervinding wat benodig word van diegene wat verkies word om die kerk op ‘n streeks en nasionale vlak te lei, oorgangsmeganismes vir die na-verkiesings tydperk, oriëntasie van nuut verkiesde Ampsdraers en hul kern verantwoordelikhede.  Jou bywoning en deelname sal bydra tot hierdie besprekings en besluite wat geneem moet word.

Sondagaand (09.09.2018) sal daar ‘n spesiale diens wees om die 110de Verjaarsdag van die AGS van SA te vier.  Spesiale gaste van ander kerk organisasies is genooi om hierdie spesifieke diens by te woon.  Jy kan nie bekostig om dit te mis nie!  Verder het ons spesiale “PCD” sessies wat voordelig sal wees vir beide pastore en lidmate van die kerk.

Ek moedig alle pastore, gemeenteleiers en lidmate van die kerk aan om hierdie belangrike geleentheid by te woon.  Ek sien daarna uit om jou te ontmoet by die 2018 GBM in Boksburg!

Seënwense!
MG Mahlobo