AFM Pastoral Letter: 1st Quarter 2018

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Dear Colleague,

Greetings in Jesus’ Name. As this year progresses I am constantly reminded of the AFM’s precious and very specific calling – to win souls. It is our vision to see that every single member of the AFM claims his/her role as a local missionary in their community. Gone are the days where we had to travel to a foreign and distant country to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. South Africa has become home to various foreign nationals. They can be reached with the Gospel within our reach, in our neighbourhood, work places and places of entertainment. Every AFM member is a soul winner or Kingdom worker and has a responsibility to proclaim the Gospel there where they are – at work, within their families and local communities. Our role as pastors and leaders of the church is to create an assembly culture where members can grow, develop and be equipped as missionaries, Kingdom workers or modern-day Apostolic Agents. This precious calling is at the heart of our One AFM Game Plan.

In this Pastoral Letter we consider a few issues that affect the church’s ability to reach and fulfill its calling: (i) Missionality – traditional vs. new paradigm of missions, (ii) Leadership Succession Planning and (iii) Coaching as a Leadership Development tool and (iv) Language – a key to unlock understanding of the Game Plan.

MISSIONALITY – TRADITIONAL VS. NEW PARADIGM OF MISSIONS

Dr. Henri Weideman – General Secretary

A key part of the traditional paradigm of missions, sees an individual believer receiving a call from God and traveling to a far-away foreign country to preach the Gospel to unbelievers, in what is called the “mission field.” A “Mission’s Board or -Committee” then “adopts” this missionary, raises support and “sends” him/her out to do missions work. In this paradigm, mission is mainly the “work” or focus area of a department/committee and a few missionaries.

Times have changed, and we are now living in a new reality: People from all over the world are coming to our country, communities, and neighbourhoods to live and work. This is happening everywhere in the world. The “mission field” is now in our own houses, communities, places of learning and leisure and in our own workplaces. Make no mistake! God still calls people to go to other countries as missionaries, but He is also now calling us more than ever, to open our eyes and see the tremendous opportunities to share the Gospel right where we work and live!

“The “mission field” is now in our own houses, communities, places of learning and leisure and in our own workplaces.”

Did you know that England, a great Christian missionary-sending nation for centuries, now has more mosques than churches, and must itself be reached with the Gospel all over again! America with its 195 million unchurched people, has also become a new “mission field”.  The people best positioned to reach them, are the Americans and British citizens themselves. The One AFM Game Plan is our strategic plan to transition the concept of mission in the AFM, from the traditional one into a new paradigm. The five drivers or focus areas of the One AFM Game Plan are critical in the implementation of this new paradigm. It is therefore important that we understand the concept of being missional.

BEING MISSIONAL: In the past mission was regarded as a responsibility of a certain department, or group of individuals. Being missional means that mission is the daily task and calling of every believer. The basic premise is that all Christians should be involved in the fulfillment of Great Commission of Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20). Not only through “official” ministries and structures, but as part of our everyday life style.

“…all Christians should be involved in the fulfillment of Great Commission of Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20).”

Being missional includes embracing the thinking, behaviour, and practices of a missionary, in order to reach others with the message of the Gospel.  “Missionality” is a term used by Christians to describe this missionary lifestyle. Jesus said: “As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you” (John 20:21).

The Church (every Christian) is sent into the world to continue that which Jesus came to do – in the power of the same Spirit, reconciling people to God (Lesslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1989, 230).

So, for a missional church it is not about building a “department” that does missions, but about empowering all assembly members with a missional mindset and practical know-how: That of being an agent of God’s mission to the world. The church as a whole and individual believers specifically, are the instruments of this mission. The Church is not supposed to be an end in itself; God has a mission that goes beyond the Church. There is church because there is a God-given mission, not the other way around. Mission in its widest sense, is what the church is there for.

“…empowering all assembly members with a missional mindset…”

Those who belong to Jesus are called, here and now, in the power of the Spirit, to be agents of that putting-to-rights purpose (N. T. Wright, Simply Christian, Harper San Francisco, 2006, 201, 204).

BEING SENT:
Jesus was the first apostle. Sent by his Father. He, in turn, sent the Twelve. They went to people who would then take the Gospel to the rest of the world. Whoever received it would understand that they, too, had been sent. With the Gospel being what it is, the church as bearer of the Gospel is bound to be Apostolic (Jim Petersen and Mike Shamy, The Insider, NavPress, 2003, 83).

As missionaries sent by Jesus, every Christian must learn to live a life that actually impacts our surrounding culture and all spheres of the society that we live in. We should be doing this, not by “preaching” to the people around us, but by engaging them – firstly through our own way of living, secondly by sharing our (Christian) values and thirdly, by demonstrating and talking about the difference that Jesus made in our own lives. St Francis Assisi once said: “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching”. Every disciple/follower of Christ should strive to be an agent, a representative of the kingdom of God and endeavor to carry the mission of God into every sphere of his/her life. We are all missionaries sent into our world.

“We are all missionaries sent into our world.”

We are all called to go – even if it is only to the next room, or the next block. (Thomas Hale, On Being a Missionary, p 6).

 

LEADERSHIP SUCCESSION PLANNING

Past. M.G. Mahlobo – President

The matter of succession is provided for in our church’s constitution as perpetual (continuous) legal succession. This phrase recurs with regard to the legal status of the following structures: Local Assembly, Regional Leadership Forum and the specialized ministries which are referred to as Departments.  Perpetual legal succession in this instance, has a reference to the continuation of the church’s existence despite leadership vacancy that may be due to natural attrition or any other form of exit.

In the local Assembly, pastors are called and utilized in terms of service agreements between them and their respective local assemblies. Succession becomes an issue when such a pastor is no longer available to serve them for whatever reasons. Members of the local Assembly’s governing structures are elected during the church’s election year. When it comes to the Regional, National and Departments’ structures, election year is the interval at which new leadership is elected. Currently this happens every four years. The next election year in the AFM is 2020.

“How should we understand the concept of succession planning?”

Elections unleash a lot of emotions. Some of these emotions are destructive and have the potential to undermine and compromise interpersonal relationships. On the other hand, there is no clear job descriptions for those elected into leadership, especially at Regional and at National structures of the church. How should we understand the concept of succession planning? Succession planning is a three-fold process. It includes leadership identification, leadership development and leadership retention.

LEADERSHIP IDENTIFICATION:  Some of the current challenges when it comes to leadership succession, are a lack of adequate experience orientation, transitional mechanisms and a lack of clarity when it comes to job-descriptions. It is becoming evident that most of the General Business Meeting (GBM) delegates are not sure about who is available when it comes to election of the National Office Bearers of the church. This becomes intensified when those that have been in the leadership for a long time are no longer eligible or available for election.

“We must always bear in mind that those appointed to lead the church are leading a church organisation that is multiracial, multilingual, multicultural and of course that the church has a history of 110 years.”

Identifying leaders without guidelines, leads to a state uncertainty and “caucusing”. We need to find a way of identifying potential leaders through open discussions. We need to relook the eligibility requirements for potential candidates. These requirements must include skill, status and experience. We must always bear in mind that those appointed to lead the church are leading a church organisation that is multiracial, multilingual, multicultural and of course that the church has a history of 110 years.

We also need to consider transitional mechanisms. Such mechanisms must ensure that there are exit reports prepared and handed over to the successors. They must also ensure that the newly appointed leaders are given ample time to comply with their contractual obligations, where necessary.

We also need to consider transitional mechanisms. Such mechanisms must ensure that there are exit reports prepared and handed over to the successors. They must also ensure that the newly appointed leaders are given ample time to comply with their contractual obligations, where necessary.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT:  If we agree that leadership succession includes leadership development, it is essential that the National Leadership Forum (NLF) be requested to formulate a leadership development framework. While current theological training produce pastors who are doing well, it must be stated that it does not necessarily produce leaders. A leadership development framework must take into cognizance the diversity aspect of our church organisation and the impact of information technology, just to mention a few of the ingredients.

“While current theological training produce pastors who are doing well, it must be stated that it does not necessarily produce leaders.”

LEADERSHIP RETENTION:  The NLF will be requested to also look at strategies for leadership retention. It is important that the church retain its leadership. The above matters have been discussed by the NLF and are currently being presented to the Regional Committees and Local Assemblies’ leadership during the NOB Regional Empowerment visits. Written inputs are received from participants. I and the Deputy President are further canvassing these matters with Regional Leaders and the church’s National Departments’ Leaders.

“The current discussions on succession planning may culminate in the proposal for constitutional amendments to be considered by the 2018 AFM General Business Meeting.”

The current discussions on succession planning may culminate in the proposal for constitutional amendments to be considered by the 2018 AFM General Business Meeting. It is my view that we need to consult broadly with the church before amendments to the constitution are presented to the GBM for action. In this regard I solicit your prayers for God’s guidance. You are also welcome to send your input via e-mail to the General Secretary at [email protected].

LANGUAGE – A KEY TO UNLOCK UNDERSTANDING OF THE GAME PLAN

Past. M.G. Mahlobo – President

As we travel through the various provinces on our annual NOB Regional Empowerment Workshops we are blessed with many informal conversations with our pastors, governing body members, department leaders and other leaders functioning in the church. These informal discussions, together with the feedback we receive through a formal survey or questionnaire, makes us aware of the needs, challenges and questions our leaders have.

“…the Game Plan is available in 4 different languages…”

With regards to Game Plan implementation, the issue of language is still being raised. We want to make sure that all leaders are aware of the fact that the Game Plan is available in 4 different languages:

  • English

  • Afrikaans

  • isiZulu

  • Sesotho

The AFM produced articles and video clips in 4 languages to explain missionality and its drivers. If you were not aware of this fact, I want to encourage you to visit the AFM website to view and download these resources. There is also a Game Plan DVD resource that can be ordered from the AFM National Office. All the relevant link are provided below:

Read more about the Game Plan process and progress:

http://afm-ags.org/category/one-afm-game-plan/

Learn more about each Game Plan driver by selecting the language of your choice:

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

Order the Game Plan DVD from the National Office:

COACHING AS A LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TOOL

Dr. H.J. Weideman – General Secretary

WHY COACHING? One of the core values of the AFM is relationships – genuine and edifying (enriching) relationships between believers, pastors, leaders and assemblies. It is no longer possible in today’s context to keep others at an arms-length away from us, trying to avoid an in-depth meaningful relationship. True leaders and disciples are produced when individuals are led to spiritual and emotional maturity through relationship. Coaching (producing quality relationships) is an essential tool in our journey to fulfil our missional calling.

“True leaders and disciples are produced when individuals are led to spiritual and emotional maturity through relationship.”

In 2017 the National Leadership Forum (NLF) members received training in coaching and during the 2018 NOB visits to the regions and attendees were exposed to the basic elements of coaching, as well the GROW coaching model. Coaching is a form of development in which a person called a coach, supports a coachee, in achieving a specific personal or professional goal by providing guidance, training and advice. Coaching ideally assists a person to find his/her own solutions, rather than prescribing a solution from the coach’s viewpoint.

“Coaching ideally assists a person to find his/her own solutions, rather than prescribing a solution from the coach’s viewpoint.”

In short, the basic elements of coaching are the following:

  1. The coaching attitude:  In the first-place coaching is about an attitude that believes in the potential of every individual and wants to add real value to the life of others. This means that a person interested in coaching, should have a heart for other people and strive to bring out the best in the coachee.

  2. Relationship and trust:  An important part of the coaching relationship is the building of trust, as well as the maintenance of authentic rapport, sincerity and humor between the coach and coachee.

  3. Asking questions:  Powerful questions form the foundation of effective coaching. The quality of the questions that a coach puts to his/her coachee, determines the quality of the coaching. Questions should be open ended and avoids being judgmental or advice-oriented. The right questions will create buy-in and release solutions.

  4. Listening & intuition (Discernment):  Second in importance to asking great questions, is to really listen with the aim to understand. A coach should aim to listen rather than tell. An important part of good listening is to avoid jumping to premature conclusions. The coach should try to stay as impartial and non-judgmental as possible. Part of listening deeply is to observe the coachee’s body language. Holy Spirit filled coaches also have the added benefit of discernment.

  5. Feedback & awareness:  Although we sometimes do not like it, feedback from the coachee is important for success. The coach guides the coachee to make decisions and to take action and needs to regularly ask him/her how the agreed upon action is coming on.  In this context it is also important to build awareness in the coachee on what is happening around and inside him/her. This will aid and cultivate transformation.

  6. Suggestions & Simplification:  Sometimes it happens that a coachee gets stuck and struggles to see or find solutions and options for action to be taken. The coach should then be able to offer a suggestion/s but, must first get the consent of the coachee before doing so. An important mindset throughout coaching sessions, is to try and keep to the rule of simplicity in all discussions and conveying of concepts.

  7. Goals & Action plans:  Without the establishment of clear goals of which the coachee must take ownership and commit to implement, a coaching session will ultimately only be an interesting discussion. The setting of goals, coupled with the creation of strategies and action plans to achieve them, is a very important part of successful coaching.

  8. Accountability & Accomplishments:  We should measure what is important, therefore part of successful coaching is for the coachee to be accountable to his/her coach on actions taken towards the completion of agreed upon goals. Accountability drives accomplishments and the coaches’ side of this coin is to authentically acknowledge the efforts and progress the coachee is making.

In the Pastoral Letter for the 2nd quarter I will share the coaching process.

CONCLUSION

The purpose of the Pastoral Letter is to encourage, connect and engage with our leaders on matters that are currently at the centre of our church’s heartbeat. I trust that you are informed and part of the important conversations that are taking place on different levels in the church. We ask God’s guidance as we delve further in search for sustainable solutions.

God Bless!

M.G. Mahlobo

AGS Nuusflits: Vrydag, 9 Maart 2018

Kollega,

1. EMPOWERED21 AFRIKA KONGRES TE WOORD & LEWE, BOKSBURG

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.  Daar is ‘n vroeë en laat registrasie fooi. Die vroeë registrasie sluit op 31 Maart 2018 en beloop R1350.00. Na 31 Maart 2018 beloop registrasie kostes R1500.00.

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:

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):

2. 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

Dear Colleagues,

1. EMPOWERED21 AFRICAN CONGRESS AT WOORD & LEWE, BOKSBURG

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:

Home

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:

2. 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

 Newsflash, Friday 9 March 2018

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 9 Februarie

Kollega,

Ek vertrou dat dit goed gaan met jou in die nuwe jaar! Neem asseblief kennis dat landlyn telefone a.g.v kabeldiefstal, in en rondom die AGS Hoofkantoor af is.

Volgens Telkom sal dit ongelukkig tussen 3-5 weke neem om te herstel. Ons het ‘n alternatiewe reëling getref waarvolgens daar steeds na die bestaande landlyn nommers  gebel kan word en na ‘n selfoon herlei word. Ons ontvangsdame (Letta) sal ‘n boodskap neem en die betrokke personeel lid sal per selfoon terugskakel. Ons is jammer oor die ongerief en vertrou dat hierdie inligting meer duidelikheid verskaf.

Ek wil hierdie geleentheid gebruik om jou aandag op 2 sake te rig:

VERKLARING DEUR SARS
Die Suid-Afrikaanse Inkomstediens (SAID) het onlangs ‘n verklaring uitgereik oor sy plan om moontlike belastingversuim in die godsdienstige sektor te ondersoek. Dit sluit kerke in. Pastore, Beheerliggame en Streekkomitees moet bewus wees van die belastingverpligtinge van kerke en hul werknemers.

Om verder te lees, klik op die onderstaande skakel om die volledige artikel in PDF-formaat af te laai:
EDUCATION & TRAINING: KORREKTE AANSOEK PROSESSE

Die afgelope paar weke het ons ‘n aantal navrae ontvang oor die korrekte aansoekprosedures vir teologiese studies.

Om die korrekte aansoekprosedures te sien, klik asseblief op die onderstaande skakel en laai die inligting in PDF-formaat af:

 Education & Training Korrekte Aansoekprosedures

Vir opgedateerde aansoekvorms:

1. GESAMENTLIKE GEBED VIR SUID-AFRIKA

Dit is ‘n algemene feit dat Suid-Afrika uitdagings ervaar op vele tereine. Die belangrikste verantwoordelikheid van Christene is om ernstig en getrou te bid. Op 24 Februarie vind ‘n landswye gebedsinitiatief plaas. My versoek is dat pastore en gemeenskapsleiers dit biddend sal oorweeg om vrywillig ‘n gebedspunt in hul plaaslike gemeenskap te koördineer. So ‘n individu word bemagtig om die gebedspunt te koördineer en ontvang ‘n hulpbron pakket.

Wees bewus van die nodige inligting om deel te neem aan wat ek glo is ‘n God-geïnspireerde inisiatief.

 Up4SA Information AFM 2018


Maak ook kontak met Up4SA deur hul sosiale media platforms:

Webblad: www.up4sa.co.za

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Up4SA/

 

2. NOB STREEKSBESOEKE 2018

Die NOB se besoeke aan ons streke skop binnekort af. Ons sien uit daarna om tyd te spandeer saam met elke streeks-, netwerk- en departementele komitee, asook al ons pastore, hul beheerliggame en ander leiers in die kerk. Die doel van hierdie besoeke is om strategiese kwessies met die leierskap van die kerk te deel en sluit opleiding, besprekings, refleksie en terugvoersessies in.

Die strategiese kwessies vir 2018 fokus op: ● Opvolgbeplanning (Succession Planning) ● Tradisionele sending paradigma vs. Missionaliteit paradigma ● Leierskap Ontwikkeling ● Game Plan terugvoer ● “Coaching” vehoudinge in streke, netwerke en departemente ● Praktiese eenheid/kohesie. Hiermee die datums en plekke vir ons 2018 streeksbesoeke:

3. AFM WEBBLAD

Die Nasionale Kantoor is opgewonde om aan te kondig dat die huidige webwerf (wat die afgelope 4 jaar sy doel gedien het) in die proses is om opgedateer te word. Die webwerf sal nuttige en opgedateerde inligting verskaf aan ons AGS pastore, leiers, lidmate en die breër Christelike gemeenskap.

Die nuwe webwerf sal einde Februarie 2018 aangeskakel word. Ons sien uit om met alle rolspelers van die kerk te skakel deur hierdie nuttige aanlyn platform.

Seën!

M.G. Mahlobo

AFM Newsflash: Friday, 9 February 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings! I trust that the new year is treating you well. Please note that due to cable theft the area around and including the AFM Head Office are currently without landline telephone connections.

According to Telkom it will unfortunately take 3-5 weeks to restore. An alternative arrangement was made whereby the normal Telkom numbers for Head Office are diverted to a cellphone. Our receptionist (Letta) will take a message and the relevant staff member will return the call per cellphone. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and trust that this explanation gives some clarity.

I would also like to use this opportunity to direct your attention to two very important issues:

STATEMENT BY SARS

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) recently issued a statement on its plan to investigate possible tax non-compliance in the religious sector. This includes churches. Pastors, Governing Bodies and Regional Committees, should be aware of the tax obligations of churches and their employees.

To read further, click on the link below to download the full article in PDF format:

 STATEMENT BY SARS

EDUCATION & TRAINING: CORRECT APPLICATION PROCESSES

The past few weeks we have received a number of enquiries regarding the correct application procedures for theological studies.

To view the correct application procedures, please click on the link below and download the information in PDF format:

 Education & Training Correct Application Procedures

For updated application forms:

http://afm-ags.org/departments/theological-training/

1. UNITED PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA

It’s not necessary to mention that South Africa is experiencing difficulties on many terrains. The main responsibility of Christians is to pray earnestly and faithfully to God. On the 24th of February a nationwide prayer initiative is taking place. My request is that pastors and community leaders prayerfully consider volunteering and co-ordinating a prayer point in their local community. Every community leader that volunteers receives a resource pack and will be empowered to coordinate the prayer point.

Please read the information and be part of what I believe, is a God-inspired initiative:

 Up4SA Information AFM 2018

You can also connect directly with Up4SA via their online platforms:

Website: www.up4sa.co.za

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Up4SA/

2. REGIONAL EMPOWERMENT VISITS 2018

We are excited to commence with our annual NOB empowerment visits. The NOB is looking forward to connect with 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 ● “Practical” cohesion. Kindly find the dates and venues below:

3. AFM WEBSITE

The National Office is excited to announce that the current website (which served us well for the last 4 years) is in the process of being updated and revamped. Apart from receiving a fresh “look and feel” the website will provide useful and updated information to AFM pastors, leaders, members and the wider Christian community.

The new website will be live by the end of February. We are looking forward to engage with our church through this useful online platform.

Blessings!

M.G. Mahlobo

AGS Nuusflits: Vrydag, 26 Januarie

Kollega,

Ontvang hiermee my beste wense vir die nuwe jaar! Ek bid dat God vir jou die nodige wysheid, kapasiteit en salwing sal gee vir jou bediening in 2018 en ook daarna. Ek herinner jou graag aan die feit dat die maand van Januarie in die AGS gewy word aan gebed en vas. Ek is dankbaar vir die wat alreeds hiermee besig is.

Dit is ‘n algemene feit dat Suid-Afrika uitdagings ervaar op vele tereine. Die belangrikste verantwoordelikheid van Christene is om ernstig en getrou te bid. Op 24 Februarie vind ‘n landswye gebedsinitiatief plaas. My versoek is dat pastore en gemeenskapsleiers dit biddend sal oorweeg om vrywillig ‘n gebedspunt in hul plaaslike gemeenskap te koördineer. So ‘n individu word bemagtig om die gebedspunt te koördineer en ontvang ‘n hulpbron pakket.

Wees bewus van die nodige inligting om deel te neem aan wat ek glo is ‘n God-geïnspireerde inisiatief.

 Up4SA Information AFM 2018
Maak ook kontak met Up4SA deur hul sosiale media platforms:

Webblad: www.up4sa.co.za

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Up4SA/

 

1. NOB STREEKSBESOEKE 2018

Die NOB se besoeke aan ons streke skop binnekort af. Ons sien uit daarna om tyd te spandeer saam met elke streeks-, netwerk- en departementele komitee, asook al ons pastore, hul beheerliggame en ander leiers in die kerk. Die doel van hierdie besoeke is om strategiese kwessies met die leierskap van die kerk te deel en sluit opleiding, besprekings, refleksie en terugvoersessies in.

Die strategiese kwessies vir 2018 fokus op: ● Opvolgbeplanning (Succession Planning) ● Tradisionele sending paradigma vs. Missionaliteit paradigma ● Leierskap Ontwikkeling ● Game Plan terugvoer ● “Coaching” vehoudinge in streke, netwerke en departemente ● Praktiese eenheid/kohesie. Hiermee die datums en plekke vir ons 2018 streeksbesoeke:

2. AFM WEBBLAD

Die Nasionale Kantoor is opgewonde om aan te kondig dat die huidige webwerf (wat die afgelope 4 jaar sy doel gedien het) in die proses is om opgedateer te word. Die webwerf sal nuttige en opgedateerde inligting verskaf aan ons AGS pastore, leiers, lidmate en die breër Christelike gemeenskap.

Die nuwe webwerf sal op Vrydag, 24 Februarie 2018 aangeskakel word. Ons sien uit om met alle rolspelers van die kerk te skakel deur hierdie nuttige aanlyn platform.

3. VAKANTE POS

Vakante pos beskikbaar:

Presiderende Pastoor by AGS Paarl , ook bekend as Protea Aanbidding-Sentrum.

Ouderdomsgroep : 35 – 48

Profiel: ‘n Dinamiese Pastoor met sterk leiereienskappe

Curriculum Vitae kan per e-pos gestuur word aan die Dagbestuur: [email protected] om ons te bereik voor/op 30 Maart 2018.

Seën en guns vir 2018!

M.G. Mahlobo

AFM Newsflash: Friday, 26 January 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Accept my best wishes for the New Year. I pray that God will give you the wisdom, capacity and anointing for your ministry in 2018 and beyond. I would like to remind you that January is dedicated to Prayer & Fasting in the AFM. I am thankful to all of you who have already commenced with prayer & fasting.

It’s not necessary to mention that South Africa is experiencing difficulties on many terrains. The main responsibility of Christians is to pray earnestly and faithfully to God. On the 24th of February a nationwide prayer initiative is taking place. My request is that pastors and community leaders prayerfully consider volunteering and co-ordinating a prayer point in their local community. Every community leader that volunteers receives a resource pack and will be empowered to coordinate the prayer point.

Please read the information and be part of what I believe, is a God-inspired initiative:

 Up4SA Information AFM 2018


You can also connect directly with Up4SA via their online platforms:

Website: www.up4sa.co.za

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Up4SA/

1. REGIONAL EMPOWERMENT VISITS 2018

We are excited to commence with our annual NOB empowerment visits. The NOB is looking forward to connect with 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 ● “Practical” cohesion. Kindly find the dates and venues below:

2. AFM WEBSITE

The National Office is excited to announce that the current website (which served us well for the last 4 years) is in the process of being updated and revamped. Apart from receiving a fresh “look and feel” the website will provide useful and updated information to AFM pastors, leaders, members and the wider Christian community.

The new website will be live on Friday, 24 February 2018. We are looking forward to engage with our church through this useful online platform.

Blessings and favour for 2018!

M.G. Mahlobo