Pastoral Letter: 4th Quarter

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AFM Newsltr 4th Qrt 2019 ENG 2

Dear AFM Colleagues,

The year 2019 is slowly but surely drawing to a close. It is a privilege and blessing for me to address you in this last Pastoral Letter for the year. We take a look at the strategic direction and the way forward for 2020, we consider the most important results of the pastoral wellness survey, we take note of the AFM Welfare’s intent to serve and enable AFM Assemblies to practically implement Community Involvement and lastly we celebrate Rev. Frank Chikane’s contribution to leadership in the AFM.

 

AFM’S STRATEGIC DIRECTION – ONE AFM GAME PLAN
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA) – [email protected]

The strategy or plan is to align all church structures with the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 18-20). Ultimately, we would like to see our members becoming disciples discipling others and our church buildings becoming Missional equipping centres. Our pastors and members are critical in transitioning the AFM from being a traditional church into becoming a missional movement.

“…we would like to see our members becoming disciples discipling others and our church buildings becoming Missional equipping centres.”
Importance of having Goals
A lot of energy and resources have been spent in developing and conceptualizing our understanding of our missional calling. We have reached an implementation phase. Without goals we risk: (i) staying at a level of information, (ii) providing training in our regions that are not relevant or bringing us any closer to being more missional and (iii) we stay unaccountable for our progress. There is a reputational risk if we don’t actively pursue our mission or calling – which we claim to be our calling. Trust in the church to do what they say they are doing, is vital.

We requested the National Leadership Forum (NLF) to propose implementation goals for each of the five Game Plan drivers. The feedback received from the NLF helped us in mapping future focus and direction. The following focus goals have been identified:

Discipleship: We need practical models to guide local assemblies on discipleship. Such a model must enable believers to grow through the different stages of spiritual development. It must also help them understand that they are missionaries with the responsibility to share the gospel. We would like to see every member measuring up to a Christ-like lifestyle. For 2020 the goal is that our assemblies and departments must come up with a good and effective model for discipleship training.

Empowerment: The most prevalent goal, hereof, is to teach, equip and train members to embrace their Great Commission calling. In most cases teaching, equipping and training focus too much on the “what” do to with insufficient emphasis on the practical question of “how to” do it. Regional, Network and Departmental Committees would like to know which training programs are currently being used by local assemblies and departments.

Governance: At an assembly level the main goal is to see excellence in administration and full compliance with the church’ constitution. Among leaders the goal is to see more accountability and stronger communication of the vision. This should result in less uncontrollable debts and more trustworthiness. We would like to see our members becoming good stewards on all resources that God has entrusted in their personal care (finances, marriage & children).

Community Involvement: We need 2-3 models that are effective in dealing with needs of communities. Poverty & unemployment are major concerns. We would like to see AFM Assemblies becoming agents of change in their communities. We would like to see our members becoming the salt of the earth and the light of the world (as described in Matthew 5: 13-14) by getting involved in their communities’ structures to make transformation possible. The AFM Welfare’s intent is to serve, enable and equip AFM Assemblies with practical knowledge, tools and programmes to implement social development actions that will have a positive impact on the lives of people in local communities. (Also refer to the AFM Welfare’s article in this letter.)

Ecumenical Involvement: It is necessary that we build relationships with other Christian institutions to demonstrate our unity. Our ecumenical involvement goal is to see our pastors initiating or getting involved in Pastors’ Forums in their communities. We would like to see our assemblies initiating or becoming involved in ecumenical activities such as prayers for rain or making a public demonstration of Christian churches in confronting social ills. At a national level the AFM of SA is part of ecumenical bodies such as the South African Council of Churches (with Provincial sub-structures) and the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa.

The Importance of Accountability
Accountability is becoming increasingly important today. When an AFM member or any member of the public sees the AFM of SA logo, they should agree that it stands for something – a church that  is passionate about winning souls for Jesus, a church where the members are active Kingdom workers, a church that is passionate about local communities and always visible in their local communities. We cannot afford to carry the name and logo of the AFM when we are not one hundred percent devoted and committed to this missional calling.

PASTORAL WELLNESS SURVEY: RESULTS
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA)

Wellness is not only related to physical health, but it includes spiritual wellness, social wellness, mental wellness and emotional wellness. Traditionally “wellness” has been used to mean the opposite of illness and the absence of disease and disability. More recently it is widely used to describe living the best possible life that one can regardless of his/her medical condition.

“Wellness is not only related to physical health, but it includes spiritual wellness, social wellness, mental wellness and emotional wellness.”

Pastors’ wellness is also a Biblical mandate. In the first part of Acts 20:28 church leaders are instructed “to keep watch over themselves”. During this year’s NOB Empowerment Visits, we conducted a survey on AFM pastors’ wellness. The most important results are:

  • In terms of the wellness of assemblies, results indicate that they are focusing more on “having” church than “being” church outside the walls of the church building. Currently there are areas that do not receive the same attention as others, including: (i) collaborating with other AFM churches, (ii) collaborating with other non-AFM churches, (iii) helping the local community with its specific problems, (iv) members as soul winners and full-time Kingdom workers and (v) training and equipping courses for members. All these areas are not receiving the attention it should in AFM Assemblies.
  • When it comes to the functioning between the Pastor and his/her Governing Body, there is no clear understanding of roles.
  • Pastors show hesitation in their understanding of how the ministry impacts their children, as well as the ways in which an assembly can support these children.

The full report can be downloaded from the AFM website: http://afm-ags.org/category/media/. All of the above take-outs will be addressed during the 2020 NOB Regional Visits – either through a live presentation or a pre-recorded video. We encourage our Pastors to join us at these meetings:

For more information about the 2020 NOB Empowerments and to download the programme kindly visit the following link: http://afm-ags.org/category/events/.

AFM WELFARE: WITH AND THROUGH ASSEMBLIES FOR IMPROVED COMMUNITY IMPACT
Ashley Theron (Acting CEO of the Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA) 
[email protected]

Moving towards Full Integration
The Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA (also known as EWC or AFM Welfare) is the Welfare Department of the church – The Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa. For most of the past 81 years, the AFM Welfare focused mainly on the provision of institutional care of vulnerable Children and Older Persons. More recently Community Development was added as an additional focus area where the AFM Welfare works with and through assemblies to implement social development actions to the benefit of local communities.

In the beginning years, the church was involved with the Welfare. At some point in history the AFM Welfare systematically started to “drift” away from being an integral part the church – to such an extent that some AFM Assemblies today are not even aware of welfare projects in their geographic area. Somewhat isolated from the church and experiencing financial challenges, the AFM Welfare was left in a vulnerable position. Fortunately, the NLF (National Leadership Forum) intervened and through the visionary leadership of the present Executive Welfare Board a new strategic plan was presented to ensure the future sustainability of the Welfare: Moving towards full integration of the Welfare with the AFM of SA.

Currently AFM Assemblies are challenged with the practical implementation of the One AFM Game Plan of which Community Involvement is one of the drivers. There is a great synergy to be realised through the full integration of the AFM Welfare and the church. While AFM Assemblies are focused on implementing Community Involvement – the AFM Welfare can serve, enable and equip AFM Assemblies with the practical tools and programmes to implement social development actions in their local communities. The AFM Welfare then works with and through AFM Assemblies to reach communities, assisting Assemblies to become service points and later service centres in the community.

“There is a great synergy to be realised through the full integration of the AFM Welfare and the church.”

Social Development Questionnaire
The AFM Welfare has recently started circulating a Questionnaire to ascertain what type of social development services or projects are currently being rendered or planned by the various Assemblies. We therefore encourage every AFM Assembly to complete the questionnaire and send it back to us. The questionnaire can be downloaded from the following link: http://afm-ags.org/leading-the-afm/one-afm-game-plan/ We are also planning a follow-up questionnaire to measure the impact of the church in addressing social challenges.

Main Categories of Community Services
The AFM Welfare sees social development in its broadest sense and can serve, enable and equip AFM Assemblies to implement Community Involvement through the following strategies.

Strategy 1: Child Protection and Family Strengthening 
Family Support 

Examples of Services/Projects: Parenting Skills Training, Victim Empowerment Centres, Parents Support Groups and Marriage Enrichment Programmes.
Services or Support to Vulnerable Children
Examples of Services/Projects: Raising awareness of the importance of child protection and child safety, Shelters children living on the streets, Child & Youth Care Centres, Foster Homes and Drop-in Centres.

Strategy 2: Care and protection of Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities 
Care and Protection Services to Older Persons
Examples of Services/Projects: Home-based Care, Old Age Homes or Service Centres.
Care and Protection Services to Persons with Disabilities
Examples of Services/Projects:  Home-based Care, Residential Care Facilities or Day-care Centres.

Strategy 3: Socio-Health Services 
Services to Persons Affected or Infected with AIDS
Examples of Services/Projects: Prevention/raising awareness or supporting patients through long-term care programmes.
Services or any Projects related to Substance/Drug Abuse
Examples of Services/Projects: Support Groups, School Outreach Programmes and Rehab or Outpatient Services (Day-Treatment Programme).

Strategy 4:  Socio-Education services 
Examples of Services/Projects: Schools, Early Childhood Development (ECD), Literacy Projects, After-school Centres.

Strategy 5: Socio-Economic Services 
Poverty Alleviation Services
Examples of Services/Projects: Soup Kitchens, Social Relief, Food Parcels, Clothing Distribution, Small Scale Farming.
Services Related to Job Creation or Employability Preparation
Examples of Services/Projects:  Upskilling, assisting with CVs or preparing for job interviews.
Empowerment Programmes to address Inequality
Examples of Services/Projects: Women Empowerment, Youth Development.

The AFM Welfare is looking forward to connecting with Pastors, Governing Body Members and other leaders in the church during the 2020 NOB Empowerment Visits. I want to encourage you to join us for the Welfare session that is scheduled for the Saturday afternoon 14:00-16:00. During this session we will elaborate more on different strategies through which Community Involvement can be implemented and how the AFM Welfare can serve, enable and equip Assemblies in this regard.

REV FRANK CHIKANE: THE RARE BREED IN AFRICAN LEADERSHIP
With acknowledgement to the AFM International Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/AFMIntl/

In a time in Africa where many leaders want to continue to hold on to power long after their strength is gone, we want to honour our former AFM International President who decided to step down when he still had the strength to go on. Pastor Frank Chikane announced during the August 2019 AFM International Conference held in Nairobi (Kenya) that he was not going to stand again for election after being at the helm of AFMI for 23 years.

In his Presidential report he stated that he wanted to retire in 2016 but the AFM International prevailed on him to give them another three years. “I do not want to cause people to think that no one else can lead the church besides me. I also don’t want a scenario where the church crumbles because of my overstaying on the leadership position,” he said. Past. Chikane has led AFM International as a servant leader who sacrificed a lot of himself and his family for the sake of the church.

He had a powerful vision for AFM. It was under his leadership that AFM grew worldwide. Today we have the AFM’s presence in more than 35 countries of the world and in all continents. It was him who pushed that the church must be visible online in the different platforms and for the establishment of the AFM International Business Forum which is intended to link AFM businesses across the globe. It is worth noting that he has not only retired as President of the AFM International, but he has also retired as Presiding Pastor of the AFM of SA Naledi Assembly (Soweto) in South Africa.

We also know that he had worked for the South African Government as the Director General in the Office of the Presidency for many years and that he took retirement after he felt that he had played his part. This is a good example to follow for all leaders whose time to retire has come.

May God Bless Rev. Chikane, his spouse Mme Chikane and their Children.

CONCLUSION

We are almost at the end of 2019. Some of the memorable events in 2019 include the SA National elections and the Springbok Rugby Team becoming the World Champions for the third time since the dawn of the democracy in SA. We will also remind ourselves about the resurgence of the Gender-based violence, xenophobic attacks, electricity load shedding and the increase of the unemployment rate in the country. As we reflect on these moments and many other challenges let us not give up hope. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:13). Allow me to wish you a peaceful and blessed Christmas. May 2020 renew your vigour and passion to continue to serve our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ with sincerity.

“May 2020 renew your vigour and passion to continue to serve our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ with sincerity.”

Blessings! Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Pastorale Brief: 4de Kwartaal

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AFM Newsltr 4th Qrt 2019 AFR

Liewe AGS Kollega,

2019 is stadig maar seker om tot ‘n einde te kom. Dit is ‘n voorreg en seën vir my om met jou te gesels in hierdie laaste Pastorale Brief vir die jaar. Ons kyk na die strategiese rigting en die pad vorentoe vir 2020, ons beskou die belangrikste resultate van die Pastorale Welstand vraelys, ons neem kennis van die AGS Welsyn se voorneme om AGS gemeentes te bemagtig en in staat te stel om gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid prakties te implementeer. Laastens vier ons Past. Frank Chikane se bydrae tot leierskap in die AGS.

AGS SE STRATEGIESE RIGTING – “ONE AFM GAME PLAN”
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President van die AGS van SA) – [email protected]

Die strategie of plan is om alle kerkstrukture met die Groot Opdrag te belyn (Matteus 28:18-20). Uiteindelik wil ons graag sien dat ons lidmate dissipels word wat ander mense na Christus toe lei en ons kerkgeboue Missionale-gerigte sentrums. Ons pastore en lidmate is krities in die proses om die AGS te transformeer vanaf tradisionele kerkwees na ‘n missionale beweging.

 “…wil ons graag sien dat ons lidmate dissipels word wat ander mense na Christus toe lei en ons kerkgeboue Missionale-gerigte sentrums.”
Belangrikheid van Doelwitte
Baie energie en hulpbronne is gespandeer om ons begrip van ons missionale roeping te ontwikkel en te konseptualiseer. Ons het ‘n implementeringsfase bereik. Sonder doelwitte loop ons die risiko: (i) om te bly op ‘n vlak van inligting, (ii) om opleiding in ons streke aan te bied wat nie relevant is nie of ons nie nader bring om meer missionaal te wees nie en (iii) om onverantwoordbaar (accountable) te bly vir ons vordering. Indien ons nie aktief ons missie of roeping nastreef nie loop ons ‘n risiko vir skade aan ons reputasie. Vertroue in die kerk om te doen wat hulle sê hulle doen, is noodsaaklik.

Ons het die Nasionale Leierskapsforum (NLF) versoek om implementeringsdoelwitte vir elk van die vyf “Game Plan” drywers vas te stel. Die terugvoer wat ons ontvang het help ons om fokus areas and doelwitte vir die toekoms te identifiseer:

Dissipelskap: Ons het praktiese modelle nodig om plaaslike gemeentes in dissipelskap op te lei. So ‘n model moet gelowiges in staat stel om te groei deur die verskillende stadiums van geestelike ontwikkeling. Dit moet hulle ook help verstaan dat hulle sendelinge is met die verantwoordelikheid om die evangelie te deel met ander. Ons wil graag sien dat elke lidmaat na ‘n Christus-lewenstyl beweeg. Vir 2020 is die doel dat ons gemeentes en departemente moet kom met ‘n goeie en doeltreffende model vir dissipelskap opleiding.

Bemagtiging:  Die mees algemene doel hiervan is om lidmate te onderrig, toe te rus en op te lei om hul Groot Opdrag of roeping te omhels. In die meeste gevalle fokus onderrig, toerusting en opleiding te veel op die “wat” gedoen moet word met onvoldoende klem op die praktiese vraag van “hoe om” dit te doen. Streeks-, netwerk- en departementele komitees wil graag weet watter opleidingsprogramme tans deur plaaslike gemeentes en departemente gebruik word.

Goeie Bestuur: Op ‘n gemeente vlak is die hoofdoel om uitnemendheid in administrasie en volle nakoming van die kerk se Grondwet te sien. Onder leierskap is die doel om meer aanspreeklikheid en sterker kommunikasie van die visie te sien. Dit behoort minder onbeheerbare skuld en meer betroubaarheid mee te bring. Ons wil graag sien dat ons lidmate goeie rentmeesters word van alle hulpbronne wat God toevertrou het in hulle persoonlike sorg (finansies, huwelik en kinders).

Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid: Ons benodig 2-3-modelle wat effektief is om plaaslike gemeenskappe se behoeftes aan te spreek. Armoede & werkloosheid is groot bekommernisse. Ons wil graag sien dat AGS Gemeentes verteenwoordigers van verandering in hulle gemeenskappe word.  Ons wil graag sien dat ons lidmate die sout van die aarde en die lig van die wêreld word (soos beskryf in Mattheus 5:13-14) deur betrokke te raak by hul gemeenskappe se strukture om transformasie moontlik te maak.

Die AGS Welsyn se doel is om AGS Gemeentes te bemagtig en toe te rus met praktiese kennis en programme om sosiale ontwikkelingsaksies te implementeer. Die doel is om ‘n positiewe impak op die lewens van mense in plaaslike gemeenskappe te hê. (Verwys ook na die AFM Welfare se artikel in hierdie brief.)

Ekumeniese Betrokkenheid: Dit is nodig dat ons verhoudings met ander Christeninstellings bou om ons eenheid te demonstreer. Ons doelwit is om te sien dat ons eie pastore forums begin of betrokke raak by bestaande forums in hul gemeenskappe. Ons wil graag sien dat ons gemeentes ekumeniese aktiwiteite initieer of betrokke raak by bestaande initiatiewe, byvoorbeeld gebede vir reën of ‘n openbare demonstrasie van Christelike kerke om sosiale euwels te konfronteer. Op nasionale vlak is die AGS van SA deel van ekumeniese liggame soos die Suid-Afrikaanse Raad van Kerke (met Provinsiale sub-strukture) en die Evangeliese Alliansie van Suid-Afrika.

Die Belangrikheid van Toerekenbaarheid (Accountability)
Toerekenbaarheid word vandag toenemend belangrik. Wanneer ‘n AGS lidmaat of enige lid van die publiek die AGS van SA se “logo” sien, moet hulle saamstem dat dit vir iets staan – ‘n kerk wat passievol is oor die wen van siele vir Jesus, ‘n kerk waar die lidmate aktiewe Koninkrykswerkers is, ‘n kerk wat passievol is oor sy plaaslike gemeenskap en altyd sigbaar is in hul plaaslike gemeenskappe. Ons kan nie bekostig om die naam en “logo” van die AGS te dra wanneer ons nie een honderd persent gewy en verbind is tot hierdie missionale roeping nie.

PASTORALE WELSTAND OPNAME: RESULTATE
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA) – [email protected]
Tradisioneel is “welstand” gebruik om die teenoorgestelde van siekte en die afwesigheid van siekte en gestremdheid te beteken.  Meer onlangs word dit algemeen gebruik om die beste moontlike lewe wat ‘n mens kan leef, ongeag sy/haar mediese toestand, te beskryf. Welstand is nie net verwant aan fisiese gesondheid nie, maar dit sluit geestelike welstand, sosiale welstand, verstandelike welstand en emosionele welstand in.

“Welstand is nie net verwant aan fisiese gesondheid nie, maar dit sluit geestelike welstand, sosiale welstand, verstandelike welstand en emosionele welstand in.”

Pastore se welstand is ook ‘n Bybelse mandaat. In die eerste deel van Handelinge 20:28 word kerkleiers opdrag gegee “om te waak oor hulself“. Tydens vanjaar se NOB Bemagtigingbesoeke het ons ‘n opname oor AGS pastore se welstand gedoen. Die belangrikste resultate is as volg:

  • In terme van die welstand van gemeentes, dui resultate daarop dat hulle meer intern gefokus is. Dieselfde aandag word nie gegee aan ‘n eksterne fokus nie, m.a.w. om die kerk “te wees” buite die mure van die kerkgebou. Tans is daar gebiede wat nie dieselfde aandag as ander ontvang nie, insluitend: (i) samewerking met ander AGS kerke, (ii) samewerking met ander nie-AGS kerke, (iii) hulp aan die plaaslike gemeenskap in terme van spesifieke probleme, (iv) lidmate as siele wenners en voltydse Koningkrykwerkers en (v) opleiding en toerustings geleenthede/kursusse vir lidmate. Al hierdie gebiede ontvang nie die aandag wat dit in ons gemeentes moet ontvang nie.
  • Wanneer dit kom by die funksionering tussen die Pastoor en sy/haar kerkraad (of Governing Body), is daar geen duidelike begrip van rolle nie.
  • Pastore wys huiwering in hul begrip van hoe die bediening hul kinders beïnvloed, asook die maniere waarop ‘n gemeente hierdie kinders kan ondersteun.

Die volledige verslag kan van die AGS webtuiste afgelaai word: http://afm-ags.org/category/media/. Al die bogenoemde onderwerpe sal aangespreek word tydens die 2020 NOB Bemagtigingsbesoeke – hetsy deur ‘n aanbieding of ‘n voorafopgeneemde video. Ons moedig ons pastore aan om by ons aan te sluit tydens hierdie byeenkomste:

Vir meer inligting oor die 2020 NOB Bemagtigingsbesoeke en om die program af te laai, besoek asseblief die volgende skakel: http://afm-ags.org/category/events/.

AGS WELSYN: MET EN DEUR GEMEENTES VIR ‘N HOëR IMPAK OP GEMEENSKAPPE
Ashley Theron 
(Waarnemende Hoof van die Uitvoerende Welsynsraad van die AGS van SA)
[email protected]

Beweeg na Volle Integrasie
Die Uitvoerende Welsynsraad van die AGS van SA (ook bekend as EWC of AGS Welsyn) is die Welsynsdepartement van die kerk – die Apostoliese Geloofsending van Suid-Afrika. Die AGS Welsyn het vir die meeste van die afgelope 81 jaar hoofsaaklik gefokus op die voorsiening van institusionele versorging van kwesbare kinders en ouer persone. Meer onlangs is gemeenskapsontwikkeling as ‘n fokusgebied bygevoeg – waar daar gewerk word met en deur gemeentes om maatskaplike ontwikkelingsaksies tot voordeel van plaaslike gemeenskappe te implementeer.

In die beginjare was die kerk betrokke. Op ‘n stadium in die geskiedenis het die AGS Welsyn stelselmatig begin om weg te beweeg en om nie meer ‘n integrale deel van die kerk te wees nie – tot so ‘n mate dat sommige AGS Gemeentes vandag nie eens bewus is van welsynsprojekte in hul geografiese gebied nie. Ietwat geïsoleerd van die kerk en met finansiële uitdagings is die AGS Welsyn in ‘n kwesbare posisie gelaat. Gelukkig het die NLF (Nasionale Leierskapsforum) ingegryp, en deur die visionêre leierskap van die huidige Uitvoerende Welsynsraad, is ‘n nuwe strategiese plan voorgelê om toekomstige volhoubaarheid te verseker: Die beweging na volle integrasie van die AGS Welsyn met die AGS van SA.

Tans word AGS gemeentes uitgedaag met die praktiese implementering van die “One AFM Game Plan” waarvan gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid een van die drywers is. Daar is ‘n groot sinergie wat gerealiseer kan word deur die volle integrasie van die AGS Welsyn en die kerk. Terwyl AGS gemeentes gefokus is op die implementering van gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid – kan die AGS Welsyn gemeentes toerus en bemagtig met praktiese kennis en programme. Spesifiek om sosiale ontwikkelingsaksies binne hul plaaslike gemeenskappe te implementeer. Die AGS Welsyn werk dan saam met en deur gemeentes om gemeenskappe te bereik, gemeentes by te staan en om dienspunte, en latere dienssentrums, in die gemeenskap te word.

“Daar is ‘n groot sinergie wat gerealiseer kan word deur die volle integrasie van die AGS Welsyn en die kerk.”

Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid Vraelys
Die AGS Welsyn het onlangs ‘n vraelys begin sirkuleer om te bepaal watter tipe maatskaplike ontwikkelingsdienste of projekte tans deur die onderskeie gemeentes gelewer of beplan word. Ons moedig dus elke gemeente aan om die vraelys te voltooi en dit terug te stuur aan ons. Die vraelys kan by die volgende skakel afgelaai word: http://afm-ags.org/leading-the-afm/one-afm-game-plan/. Ons beplan ook ‘n opvolgvraelys om die impak van die kerk te meet om sosiale uitdagings aan te spreek.

Hoofkategorieë van Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid
Die AGS Welsyn sien sosiale ontwikkeling in die breedste sin en kan gemeentes bemagtig en toerus om gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid deur die volgende strategieë te implementeer:

Strategie 1: Kinderbeskerming en Gesinsversterking 
Familie-ondersteuning
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Ouerskapvaardighede Opleiding, Slagoffer Bemagtiging Sentrums, Ondersteunings Groepe vir Ouers en Huwelik Verrykingsprogramme.
Dienste of ondersteuning aan kwesbare kinders
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Bewustheid van die belangrikheid van kinderbeskerming en kinderveiligheid, skuilings vir kinders wat op die strate woon, kinder- en jeug versorgingsentrums, Pleeghuise en “Drop in” sentrums.

Strategie 2: Versorging en Beskerming van Ouer Persone en Persone met Gestremdhede 
Sorg en beskermingsdienste aan Ouer Persone
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Tuisgebaseerde sorg, Ouetehuise of Dienssentrums.
Sorg en beskermingsdienste aan Persone met Gestremdhede
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Tuisgebaseerde sorg, Residensiële Sorggeriewe of Dagsorgsentrums.

Strategie 3: Socio-Gesondheidsdienste 
Dienste aan persone wat geraak word of besmet is met Vigs
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Voorkoming/verhoging van bewustheid of ondersteuning van pasiënte deur langtermyn-versorgingsprogramme.
Dienste of projekte wat met middel-/dwelmmisbruik verband hou
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Ondersteuningsgroepe, Skool Uitreikingsprogramme en Rehabilitasie of Buite-pasiëntdienste (Dagbehandelingsprogram).

Strategie 4: Sosio-Onderwys Dienste 
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Skole, Early Childhood Development (ECD), Geletterdheidsprojekte, na-skool sentrums.

Strategie 5: Sosio-Ekonomiese Dienste 
Armoedeverligting-dienste
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Sopkombuise, Sosiale Verligting, Kospakkies, Klereverspreiding, Kleinskaalse boerdery.
Dienste wat verband hou met werkskepping of indiensneming voorbereiding
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Slyping van vaardighede, hulp met “Curriculum Vitae” of voorbereiding vir werksonderhoude.
Bemagtigingsprogramme om ongelykheid aan te spreek
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Vrouebemagtiging, Jeugontwikkeling.

Ons sien uit daarna om met pastore, kerkrade en ander leiers in die kerk te gesels tydens die 2020 NOB Bemagtigingbesoeke. Ek wil jou aanmoedig om by ons aan te sluit vir die Welsynssessie wat geskeduleer is vir die Saterdag middag 14:00-16:00. Tydens hierdie sessie sal ons meer op verskillende strategieë uitbrei waardeur gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid geïmplementeer kan word en hoe die AGS Welsyn in hierdie verband gemeentes kan bystaan.

PAST. FRANK CHIKANE: SELDSAME LEIERSKAP IN AFRIKA
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“In a time in Africa where many leaders want to continue to hold on to power long after their strength is gone, we want to honour our former AFM International President who decided to step down when he still had the strength to go on. Pastor Frank Chikane announced during the August 2019 AFM International Conference held in Nairobi (Kenya) that he was not going to stand again for election after being at the helm of AFMI for 23 years.

In his Presidential report he stated that he wanted to retire in 2016 but the AFM International prevailed on him to give them another three years. “I do not want to cause people to think that no one else can lead the church besides me. I also don’t want a scenario where the church crumbles because of my overstaying on the leadership position,” he said. Past. Chikane has led AFM International as a servant leader who sacrificed a lot of himself and his family for the sake of the church.

He had a powerful vision for AFM. It was under his leadership that AFM grew worldwide. Today we have the AFM’s presence in more than 35 countries of the world and in all continents. It was him who pushed that the church must be visible online in the different platforms and for the establishment of the AFM International Business Forum which is intended to link AFM businesses across the globe. It is worth noting that he has not only retired as President of the AFM International, but he has also retired as Presiding Pastor of the AFM of SA Naledi Assembly (Soweto) in South Africa.

We also know that he had worked for the South African Government as the Director General in the Office of the Presidency for many years and that he took retirement after he felt that he had played his part. This is a good example to follow for all leaders whose time to retire has come.

May God Bless Rev. Chikane, his spouse Mme Chikane and their Children.” 

SLOT

Ons is byna aan die einde van 2019. Van die onvergeetlike gebeure in 2019 sluit in: die SA Nasionale verkiesings en die Springbok-rugbyspan wat die Wêreldkampioene word vir die derde keer sedert die begin van die demokrasie in SA. Ons sal onsself ook herinner aan die herlewing van die geslagsgebaseerde geweld, xenofobiese aanvalle, beurtkrag en die verhoging van die werkloosheidskoers in die land.  As ons besin oor hierdie oomblikke en baie ander uitdagings, laat ons nie ophou hoop nie. Mag die God van hoop julle vul met alle blydskap en vrede soos julle op Hom vertrou, sodat julle met hoop kan oorloop deur die krag van die Heilige Gees (Romeine 5:13). Laat my toe om jou ‘n vreedsame en Geseënde Kersfees toe te wens. Mag 2020 jou ywer en passie vernuwe om voort te gaan om met opregtheid ons Verlosser en Here te dien, Jesus Christus.

“Mag 2020 jou ywer en passie vernuwe om voort te gaan om met opregtheid ons Verlosser en Here te dien, Jesus Christus.”

Seën! Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Pastoral Letter: 3rd Quarter 2019

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings in the lovely and precious Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This week marked the 2019 AFM National Conference. The conference took place on 15 – 18 September at the Lighthouse Ministries in Parow (Cape Town). The conference theme was  “Rooted in Christ” –  based on Colossians 2:6-7. In this Pastoral Letter we reflect on some of the core messages that was shared during the conference. I trust that it will bless you and encourage you!

ROOTED IN CHRIST: ESTABLISHED IN OUR FAITH 
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA) – [email protected]

The ancient town of Colossae was in proximity of the ancient town of Laodicea and not far from Ephesus. Paul had not visited Colossae at the time of the writing of this letter. It must have started because of his ministry in Ephesus which spanned for almost two years. While Paul was in house arrest in Rome and awaiting trial, Epaphras visited him. Epaphras informed Paul about the spiritual condition among the Colossian Christians, who were strong in their faith at one time, but had now become vulnerable to false teachings (2:4, 8, 16, 18, 21–23). He wrote this letter (Colossians) to refute these heresies. Some of the features of the heresy in Colossae had to do with the supremacy of Christ, sufficiency of our redemption in Christ and supplementary things to salvation.

Supremacy Of Christ

There was a false teaching which denied that God’s fullness dwells in Christ. It sought to lower the divinity aspect of Jesus Christ. It was a blend of Christianity, Greek Philosophy and Zoroastrianism elements. Among its teachings it taught that the created world is evil, and all matter is corrupt. It then concluded that Jesus’ body was corrupt. Paul is responding to this teaching in Colossians 1:15-17: “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (NIV) and in Colossians 2:9 “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (NIV).

Sufficiency Of Our Redemption In Christ

The Colossian heresy taught that salvation is achieved through secret knowledge (gnosis) by which individuals come to know themselves, their origin and destiny. Paul’s response is in Colossians 2:10 where he states: “…and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority” (NIV).

Supplements To Our Salvation

The false teachers wanted to substitute salvation through Jesus with various ascetic abstinences, Jewish rituals, worship of angels, dreams and visions (See Colossians 2:8-12 & 16-18). Paul’s message to them and to us is: “As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith as you have been taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

“It is when we are matured that we would be able to stand against false teachings and hard times…”

The metaphor of roots and building structures as references to the Colossian saints should remind us about the importance of being anchored in Christ. Receiving Christ and baptisms should be followed by growing into the full image of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is when we are matured that we would be able to stand against false teachings and hard times – in the same way we are currently facing various challenges. Some of these are materialism, secular humanism and formalism.

Materialism

Material things, like money are important as a means to an end. There is a tendency among us which rate material possessions and physical comfort to be more important than our spiritual values. I am not against buying material things for purpose of utility. My problem is when it replaces prayer, humility, serving other people and honouring God with the possessions God has granted you. Life is more important than material wealth. The Lord Jesus warns us in Luke 12:15 and says: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions” (NIV). Our life must reflect Christ. We must always bear in mind that real deliverance comes from righteousness and not from the riches we have (Proverbs 11:4).

“Our life must reflect Christ.”

Secular Humanism

This phrase has been used since the 1930s by Anglican priests. It is a progressive philosophy of life that affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfilment aspiring to the greater good of humanity, without God or other supernatural beliefs. In other words, it is a comprehensive, non-religious life stance. Up to date I know of four Manifestos that have been produced in this regard. They are Humanist Manifesto i (1933), Manifesto ii (1973), Manifesto iii (2003) and Manifesto iv (2017). In their Manifesto ii they stated that: “…faith in the prayer-hearing God assumed to live and care for persons, to hear and understand prayers, and to be able to do something about them, is unproved and outmoded faith.” The Secular Humanism stance regarding religion can be summed up as: “No God will save us; we must save ourselves.”

“We are a Bible-based Church, our ministry is Christ-centred and Holy Spirit driven.”

Formalism

We are a church on a mission to fulfil the Great Commission (Matthew 20:18-20). We must always remember our ‘roots’. We are a Bible-based Church, our ministry is Christ-centred and Holy Spirit driven. Our members must receive Jesus as Saviour and Lord. They must be baptized in water and in the power of the Holy Spirit. They must uphold the Biblical values of integrity, accountability, constructive relationships and excellence. Above all we must always remember that we are missionaries bearing the Good News of Jesus Christ. We must guard against formalism. Formalism is when the working of the Holy Spirit is replaced with human programs that have nothing to do with the extension of the Kingdom of God. We are formal when we begin to emphasize the building of swimming pools in the churches at the expense of baptismal fonts. Paul gave a warning in 2 Timothy 3:2-5 when he said: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them” (NIV).

“We need to deepen our roots.”

It is my prayer that we will not only receive Christ, but that we would walk with Him, rooted and built up in Him, established in our faith and abounding with thanksgiving. We need to deepen our roots through prayer and guidance from those who are leading exemplary Christian lives. We need to be built up in Christ through the Word (Bible) and fellowship with our Brothers and Sisters.

ROOTED IN CHRIST: SERVING OTHERS
Dr. H.J. Weideman – General Secretary – [email protected]

I have planted an apricot tree in my garden two years ago and was delighted to see blossoms on it during August this year. In the beginning of September I saw several small apricots forming – now I am sure that it is indeed an apricot tree! I recognized the fruit. Have you ever walked amongst fruit trees and you were unsure if it was a Peach or an Apricot tree, an Apple or a Pear tree, an Orange or a Lemon tree? Matthew 7:20 tells us that we will know a tree by its fruit. When you see the fruit and identify it, you will know what type of tree it is. Did you know that the fruit of a tree tells you a lot about the roots of that tree? Especially if it is a fruit tree.

The fruit producing areas in South Africa has many big orchards full of fruit trees that have all been grafted onto specific rootstock (understock). Grafting involves physically joining part of a twig or shoot of a certain cultivar or type of fruit, onto the roots of a different but closely related species, so that the two parts grow together as one plant. The process of joining the two varieties must ensure maximum contact between the layer just below the bark (the cambium) of each of the two pieces -the rootstock and the little twig, called the scion grafted onto it, so that they grow together successfully.

The rootstock makes a big difference in the life of a fruit tree: It determines the quality and strength of the root system of the newly formed tree. The understock or rootstock is usually chosen because it has strong roots, causing the tree to absorb nutrients and water better. It enables the tree to resist drought, root rot and different soil pests (like soil viruses, cutworms and bacterial infections). It also goes a long way to anchor the tree so that it will be able to stand firm during a storm. The rootstock, providing the root system of the tree has an influence on the number of blossoms the tree will produce. It determines the quantity and quality, as well as the size, shape and even the taste of the fruit. Studies have shown that most tree roots occupy an area two to four times the diameter of the crown of the tree. Which means that in most trees if the root spread is small, the tree will be even smaller…. (there are exceptions of course).

To be rooted in Christ means that we would be growing differently. We would be anchored against the storms and pests of life. We will bear fruit of a particular shape, size and taste if we are rooted firmly and deeply in Jesus. If our roots in Christ are small and shallow, the trees that our lives represent most probably will be feeble and small as well. In John 15 Jesus talks about the importance of pruning the branches a tree, so that it will produce more fruit. However, He also emphasizes the importance of the roots and says that a branch cannot produce fruit if it is not connected to the vine (the main trunk), which in turn is connected to the roots, to bring the food and water that the branches need to produce fruit.

Psalm 1, as well as Jeremiah, Jesus and Paul compared us to trees. Jeremiah 17:7 (NLT) says: “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit.”

“We become rooted in Christ by loving God our father with everything in us, just like Jesus did.”

Jesus said in John 15:4b (NLT): “You cannot remain fruitful unless you remain in Me.” He is the Vine and He must be our rootstock. We should become more and more rooted in Him. We become rooted in Christ by loving God our father with everything in us, just like Jesus did. The more we grow in loving God, the more we will be rooted in Christ, because Jesus and His Father are One. We become more rooted in Christ as we share Him with everyone around us. It is like the root system of a tree that is on a constant mission to spread out and reach further and deeper. The further the roots spread, the bigger the diameter of the tree’s crown become. The more we are rooted in Him, the more fruit we will bear. The fruit of the Spirit which is also the fruit of the likeness and character of Jesus.

We learn more about one of these fruits in John 13 where Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. In verse 12-17 (NLT) we read: “After washing their feet, He put on his robe again and sat down and asked: Do you understand what I was doing?  You call me Teacher and Lord and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since, I your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.”

The principle that Jesus teaches His disciples and us as His followers is not so much about washing feet. He is not saying go every Sunday, even in the 21st century, take off the shoes of your fellow believers in church and wash their feet. He is teaching His followers the principle of serving others. To be rooted in Christ is to serve others just like He served: He, our Lord and Teacher took off His robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, pour water into a basin and did what was normally done by a servant at the time: He washed the feet of His disciples. He sets the example of a leader not sitting on a big armchair with a high back, but kneeling down to serve those who followed Him.

“He is teaching His followers the principle of serving others.”

We are messengers of the Good news of God’s Grace and Forgiveness. We are not more important that the One who sends the message. We are not greater than our Master. We should never forget that we are send on a mission to fulfil a particular task – that of making Jesus known to all nations. We are messengers. We are missionaries. God is the one who sends us. To Hím alone belongs the glory and the honour! We should never think that we have arrived or that we should be served. That people should pull out chairs and open doors for us. We should rather say like John in John 3:30 (NLT) “He (Jesus) must become greater and greater and I must become less and less.”

Even if we think of ourselves as great and strong leaders, we are reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 20:25-28 (NLT): “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be (or should be) different. Whoever wants to be a leader amongst you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came, not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

“The example of Jesus compels us as His followers to serve others…”

The example of Jesus compels us as His followers to serve others: To greet the people that no one sees, to endeavour to understand and acknowledge the viewpoint and experiences of people living in other circumstances and cultures than our own. How do we do that? By caring, by reaching out, by seeing and acknowledging the humanity of another person, by smiling and greeting, by touching, by showing respect, by talking to others. By telling and listening to the life stories of people. By doing life together. For as much as you do these things to the smallest of people, even to children, you have done it to Me, Jesus said.

ROOTED IN CHRIST: CARING FOR & PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES
Past. Barend Petersen (General Secretary  & Chairperson of the Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA) [email protected]

Loving and serving others is not just a calling, it is an instruction from God and it is meant for everyone. The heart of God is reflected in the Words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 25:34-36: Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.“

“Loving and serving others is not just a calling, it is an instruction from God and it is meant for everyone.”

Some of the most significant socio-economic challenges in South Africa are poverty, high unemployment and low income, crime, family breakdown and poor standards of education. This is our missional context in which we must demonstrate our caring spirit and commit to actions that will make a difference in the lives of people. The Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA, is the ministry through which the AFM has and will continue to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people, especially children, women and older persons. Through the CHURCH, a caring community can bring change in the lives of many people that are suffering. Such Community Involvement or Developmental Action can “heal” the hurt, “meet” the need and bring sustainable living to many.

Community Involvement is one of the drivers of the One AFM Game Plan. Every AFM Assembly can and must be involved with developmental actions that will bring change to the people; fulfilling the original missional calling of our church. The AFM Welfare Department has the tools and programmes to support your Assembly with understanding, planning and implementing social development actions and projects. We assist Pastors and Assemblies to identify the most important social problems in their communities and equip them to be part of the solution.

“Community Involvement is one of the drivers of the One AFM Game Plan.”

uManelisi is the programme that empowers Assemblies to respond to these challenges. We work with and through Assemblies to deliver the following services:

Community-Based Services – supporting vulnerable children, families, women, older persons and persons with disabilities.
Socio-Health Services – raising awareness through education and training, supporting persons suffering from chronic illnesses like AIDS and TB as well as those addicted to drugs and other substances.
Socio-Educational Services – support Assemblies that are running Early Childhood Development programmes, literacy programmes, schools as well as raising awareness in public schools.
Socio-Economic Projects – aimed at supporting government’s priorities addressing poverty, unemployment and inequality through projects that focuses on food security, social relief, job creation, skills development, women empowerment and youth development.


The church is ideally positioned to bring change in the lives of people across South Africa. Every AFM Assembly can and must become involved with developmental actions that will bring change to the people in your community. For clear guidance on how to practically implement Community Involvement, as a driver of the One AFM Game Plan, contact our acting CEO Ashley Theron:
Landline: Call Lizelle de Bruyn or Rebeca Kola on 012 753 7940/1
E-mail: [email protected]

CONCLUSION

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness”
Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV).

Pastorale Brief: 3de Kwartaal 2019

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Liewe Broers en Susters,

Groete in die lieflike en kosbare Naam van ons Here en Verlosser Jesus Christus. Hierdie week val die kollig op die 2019 AGS Nasionale Konferensie. Die konferensie het op 15-18 September by die Lighthouse Ministries in Parow (Kaapstad) plaasgevind. Die konferensie tema was gebaseer op Kolossense 2:6-7 “Gewortel in CHRISTUS”. In hierdie Pastorale Brief besin ons oor enkele kernboodskappe wat tydens die konferensie gedeel is.  Ek vertrou dat dit jou sal seën en bemoedig!

GEWORTEL IN CHRISTUS: GEVESTIG IN ONS GELOOF 
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President van die AGS van SA) – [email protected]

Die antieke stad Kolosse was in die omgewing van die antieke stad Laodisea en nie ver van Efese nie. Paul het ten tyde van die skryf van hierdie brief nog nie Kolosse besoek nie. Dit het waarskynlik begin vanweë sy bediening in Efese, wat byna oor twee jaar strek. Terwyl Paulus in huisarres en verhoorafwagtend in Rome was, het Epafras hom besoek. Epafras het Paulus ingelig oor die geestelike toestand van die Christene in Kolosse wat eens sterk in hul geloof was, maar nou kwesbaar geword het vir valse leringe (2:4, 8, 16, 18, 21-23). Hy het hierdie brief (Kolossense) geskryf om hierdie valse leringe te weerlê. Sommige van die kenmerke van die kettery (of “heresy”) in Kolosse het te make gehad met die oppergesag van Christus, genoegsaamheid van ons verlossing in Christus en aanvullende dinge tot verlossing.

Oppergesag van Christus

Daar was ‘n valse lering wat ontken dat God se volheid in Christus woon. Dit het probeer om die goddelike aspek van Jesus Christus te verlaag. Dit was ‘n mengsel van Christendom, Griekse filosofie en Zoroastrianisme. Dit het onder andere geleer dat die geskape wêreld boos is en dat alle materie korrup is. Dit het gelei tot die gevolgtrekking dat Jesus se liggaam korrup was. Paulus reageer op hierdie lering in Kolossense 1: 15-17: “Die Seun is die sigbare uitbeelding van die onsigbare God. Hy is die Eerste van die hele skepping, omdat God alles deur Hom geskep het. Ja, alles in die hemel en op die aarde – die dinge wat gesien kan word en die dinge wat nie gesien kan word nie, of dit nou konings of heersers, regeerders of magshebbers is – álle dinge is deur Hom en vir Hom geskep. Hý was daar vóór alles, en in Hom word alles saamgebind.” (NLV) en in Kolossense 2:9: “Die volheid van God is mos liggaamlik in Christus teen­woor­dig.” (NLV)

Genoegsaamheid van ons Verlossing in Christus

Volgens die Kolossiese kettery (of “heresy”) word die verlossing bewerkstellig deur geheime kennis (gnose) waardeur individue hulself, hul oorsprong en bestemming leer ken. Paulus se reaksie is in Kolossense 2:10 waar hy sê: “…En omdat julle één is met Christus deel julle in sy volheid – Hy wat die hoof is van elke heerskappy en gesag.” (NLV)

Aanvullings tot ons Redding

Die valse leraars wou die verlossing deur Jesus vervang met verskillende asketiese onthoudinge, Joodse rituele, aanbidding van engele, drome en visioene (sien Kolossense 2: 8-12 & 16-18). Die boodskap van Paulus aan hulle en aan ons is: “Terwyl julle Christus Jesus, die Here, ontvang het, wandel in Hom, gewortel en opgebou in Hom en gevestig in die geloof soos julle geleer is, in oorvloed met danksegging.”

“Dit is wanneer ons geestelik volwasse word dat ons in staat sal wees om vals leringe en moeilike tye teë te staan…”

Die metafoor van wortels en die bou van strukture as verwysings na die Kolossiese heiliges, moet ons herinner aan die belangrikheid daarvan om in Christus geanker te wees. Die ontvangs van Christus en die doop moet gevolg word deur te groei tot die volle beeld van ons Here en Verlosser Jesus Christus. Dit is wanneer ons geestelik volwasse word dat ons in staat sal wees om vals leringe en moeilike tye teë te staan ​​- op dieselfde manier staan ons tans voor verskillende uitdagings. Sommige hiervan is materialisme, sekulêre humanisme en formalisme.

Materialisme

Materiële dinge, soos geld, is belangrik as ‘n instrument om ‘n doel te bereik. Daar is ‘n neiging onder ons om materiële besittings en liggaamlike gemak belangriker te ag as ons geestelike waardes. Ek is nie daarteen om materiële dinge te koop met die oog op nut nie. My probleem is as dit gebed, nederigheid, om ander mense te dien en God te vereer (met die besittings wat God jou gegee het) vervang. Die lewe is belangriker as materiële rykdom. Die Here Jesus waarsku ons in Lukas 12:15 en sê: “Pas op! Moenie gierig wees nie. Ware lewe word nie gemeet aan hoeveel ons besit nie.” (NLV) Ons lewe moet Christus weerspieël. Ons moet altyd in gedagte hou dat ware bevryding kom uit geregtigheid en nie uit die rykdom wat ons het nie (Spreuke 11:4).

“Ons lewe moet Christus weerspieël.”

Sekulêre Humanisme

Hierdie frase word sedert die dertigerjare deur Anglikaanse priesters gebruik. Dit is ‘n progressiewe lewensfilosofie wat ons vermoë en verantwoordelikheid aanmoedig om etiese lewens van persoonlike vervulling te lei – wat streef na die groter welvaart van die mensdom, sonder God of ander bonatuurlike oortuigings. Met ander woorde, dit is ‘n omvattende nie-godsdienstige, lewenshouding. Tot op datum weet ek van vier manifeste wat in hierdie verband geproduseer is. Hulle is Humanist Manifesto i (1933), Manifesto ii (1973), Manifesto iii (2003) en Manifesto iv (2017). In hul Manifesto ii het hul gesê dat: “… geloof in ‘n gebedsverhorende God wat aanneem dat God leef en omgee vir persone, gebede hoor, verstaan ​​en in staat is om iets daaraan te doen, ‘n onbewese en verouderde geloof is. Die standpunt van die sekulêre humanisme rakende godsdiens kan opgesom word as volg: “Geen God sal ons red nie; ons moet onsself red.”

Formalisme

Ons is ‘n kerk met ‘n missie om die Groot Opdrag uit te voer (Matteus 20: 18-20). Ons moet altyd ons ‘wortels’ onthou. Ons is ‘n Bybel-gebaseerde kerk, ons bediening is Christus-gesentreerd en Heilige Gees gedrewe. Ons lidmate moet Jesus as Verlosser en Here ontvang. Hulle moet in water en in die krag van die Heilige Gees gedoop word. Hulle moet die Bybelse waardes van integriteit, aanspreeklikheid, konstruktiewe verhoudings en uitnemendheid handhaaf. Bo alles moet ons altyd onthou dat ons sendelinge is wat die Goeie Nuus van Jesus Christus dra. Ons moet waak teen formalisme.

“Ons is ‘n Bybel-gebaseerde kerk, ons bediening is Christus-gesentreerd en Heilige Gees gedrewe.”

Formalisme is wanneer die werking van die Heilige Gees vervang word met menslike programme wat niks met die uitbreiding van die Koninkryk van God te doen het nie. Ons is formeel wanneer ons die bou van swembaddens in die kerke begin beklemtoon ten koste van die doopfonte. Paul het ‘n waarskuwing gegee in 2 Timoteus 3: 1-5 toe hy sê: “Jy moet ook dít weet, Timoteus, dat daar gedurende die laaste dae moeilike tye sal kom. Want mense sal net hulleself en hulle geld liefhê. Hulle sal grootpraterig en arrogant wees, met God spot, ongehoorsaam aan hulle ouers en ondankbaar wees. Hulle sal niks as heilig beskou nie. Hulle sal liefdeloos en onvergewensgesind wees; hulle sal ander mense belaster en geen selfbeheersing hê nie; hulle sal wreed wees en geen belangstelling hê in wat goed is nie. Hulle sal hulle vriende verraai, roekeloos wees, hooghartig, en hulle sal plesier liewer hê as vir God. Hulle sal optree asof hulle godsdienstig is, maar dit ontken wat aan die Christelike godsdiens sy krag gee. Jy moet wegbly van sulke mense af. ”(NLV)

“…gevestig in ons geloof…”

Dit is my gebed dat ons nie net Christus sal ontvang nie, maar dat ons saam met Hom sal wandel, gewortel en opgebou in Hom, gevestig in ons geloof en oorvloedig met danksegging. Ons moet ons wortels verdiep deur gebed en leiding van diegene wat gewortelde Christelike lewens lei. Ons moet opgebou word in Christus deur die Woord (Bybel) en verhoudinge met ons broers en susters.

GEWORTEL IN CHRISTUS: DIENSBAAR AAN ANDER
Dr. H.J. Weideman – (Algemene Sekretaris) – [email protected]

Ek het 2 jaar gelede ‘n appelkoosboom in my tuin geplant en was verheug om Augustus vanjaar bloeisels daarop te sien. Begin September het ek verskillende klein appelkose sien vorm – nou is ek seker dat dit inderdaad ‘n appelkoosboom is! Ek het die vrugte herken. Het jy al ooit tussen vrugtebome gewandel en was jy onseker of dit ‘n perske- of ‘n appelkoosboom, ‘n appel- of ‘n peerboom, ‘n lemoen- of ‘n suurlemoenboom was? Matteus 7:20 vertel dat ons ‘n boom aan sy vrugte sal herken. Het jy geweet dat die vrug van ‘n boom jou baie vertel van die wortels van die boom? Veral as dit ‘n vrugteboom is.

Die areas in Suid-Afrika wat vrugte produseer, het groot boorde vol vrugtebome wat op ‘n bepaalde wortelstok (of onderstok) geënt is. Om ‘n boom in te ent, behels dat ‘n jong loot of takkie van ‘n bepaalde kultivar of tipe vrug, fisies op die wortelstok van ‘n ander, maar soortgelyke spesie ingeplant word, sodat die twee dele saam kan groei tot een plant. Die proses van samevoeging van die twee verskillende variteite, moet verseker dat daar maksimum kontak tussen die laag net onder die bas (die kambium) van die twee dele – die wortelstok en die klein takkie, genoem die “bo-stok” is, sodat hulle suksesvol kan saamgroei.

Die wortelstok, of onderstok maak ‘n groot verskil in die lewe van ‘n vrugteboom: Dit bepaal die kwaliteit en krag van die nuut gevormde boom se wortelstelsel. Die onderstok word spesifiek gekies omdat dit sterk wortels het. Wortels wat die boom instaatstel om voedingstowwe op ‘n meer effektiewe manier te absorbeer.  Dit stel die boom instaat om droogtes beter te kan hanteer, asook om weerstand te kan bied teen wortelverotting en verskeie peste soos grondvirusse, snywurms en bakteriële infeksies. Dit maak ook ‘n groot bydrae om die boom te anker, sodat dit kan vas bly staan in tye van storms. Die wortelstok wat ‘n wortelstelsel aan die boom voorsien, het ook ‘n groot invloed op die hoeveelheid bloeisels wat die boom voortbring. Dit bepaal die kwaliteit en kwantiteit, sowel as die grootte, vorm en selfs die smaak van die vrugte wat die boom produseer.  Wetenskaplike studies wys dat die wortels van die meeste bome ‘n area beslaan wat twee tot vier keer so groot is as die deursnee van die boom se kroon. Dit beteken dat vir die meeste bome, as die wortelverspreiding klein is, die boom selfs nog kleiner sal wees. (Daar is natuurlik uitsonderings).

Om gewortel te wees in Jesus Christus, beteken dat ons anders sal groei. Ons sal geanker wees teen die storms en peste van die lewe. Ons sal vrugte dra van ‘n bepaalde vorm, grootte en smaak as ons vas en diep in Jesus gewortel is. As ons wortels in Jesus Christus egter klein en vlak is, sal die bome wat ons lewens verteenwoordig waarskynlik ook swak en klein wees. In Johannes 15 praat Jesus oor die belangrikheid daarvan dat die takke van ‘n boom gesnoei word, sodat dit beter vrug kan dra. Hy beklemtoon egter ook die belangrikheid van die wortels van ‘n boom, en sê dat ‘n tak geen vrugte kan produseer as dit nie verbonde is aan die hoofstam nie. Die hoofstam is op sy beurt verbind aan die wortelstelsel, wat die voeding en water voorsien wat benodig word om vrugte te produseer.

Psalm 1, sowel as Jeremia, Jesus en Paulus vergelyk ons met bome: Jeremia 17:7-8 (NLV) sê: “Gelukkig is die mense wat op die Here vertrou en hulle verwagting in Hom stel. Hulle is soos bome wat langs ‘n rivier staan. Hulle wortels reik diep tot by die water. Hitte bedreig hulle nie en hulle blare bly groen.  Lang maande van droogte pla hulle ook nie. Hulle hou nie op om vrugte te dra nie.”

“Ons word dieper gewortel in Christus deur ons toenemende liefde vir God die Vader. Deur Hom lief te hê soos wat Jesus Sy Vader liefhet.”

Jesus sê in Johannes 15:4b (NLV): “’n Loot kan nie uit sy eie vrugte dra as dit nie aan die druiwestok verbind bly nie, en so julle ook nie as julle nie aan My verbonde bly nie.” Hy is die wynstok, die hoofstam. Hy moet ons wortelstok wees. Ons moet al meer en meer in Hom gewortel raak. Ons word dieper gewortel in Christus deur ons toenemende liefde vir God die Vader. Deur Hom lief te hê soos wat Jesus Sy Vader liefhet. Hoe meer ons groei in liefde vir die Vader, hoe dieper sal ons gewortel wees in Jesus, want Hy en Sy Vader is Een. Ons word dieper gewortel in Christus as ons Hom deel met almal om ons. Dit is soos die wortelstelsel van ‘n boom wat op ‘n missie is om wyer en dieper te versprei. En, soos wat ons hierbo gelees het: Hoe verder en groter die wortelstelsel van ‘n boom versprei, hoe groter word die deursnee van daardie boom se kroon. Hoe meer ons gewortel is in Jesus, hoe meer vrug sal ons dra. Die vrug van die Heilige Gees, wat ook die vrug is van die karakter en aard van Jesus.

Ons leer meer oor een van hierdie vrugte in Johannes 13 waar Jesus Sy dissipels se voete was. In verse 12-17(NLV) lees ons die volgende: “Nadat Jesus hulle voete klaar gewas het, het Hy sy bo-klere aangetrek en weer aangelê by die ete. Hy sê toe vir hulle: Verstaan julle wat Ek vir julle gedoen het? Julle noem my Leermeester en Here, en tereg so, want Ek is dit. As Ek dan, wat julle Here en Leermeester is, julle voete gewas het, moet julle ook mekaar se voete was. Ek het vir julle ‘n voorbeeld gestel, en soos Ek vir julle gedoen het, moet julle ook doen. Hoe waar is dit tog nie: ‘n Slaaf is nie belangriker as sy eienaar nie en ‘n gestuurde ook nie belangriker as die een wat hom gestuur het nie. As julle hierdie dinge insien en julle eie maak, sal julle geseënd wees as julle dit ook doen.“

“Hy leer sy volgelinge die beginsel om ander te dien.” 

Die beginsel wat Jesus sy dissipels en ons as sy volgelinge leer, is nie soseer om voete te was nie. Hy sê nie jy moet elke Sondag, selfs in die 21ste eeu, die skoene van jou medegelowiges in die kerk uittrek en hul voete was nie. Hy leer sy volgelinge die beginsel om ander te dien. Om in Christus gewortel te wees is om ander te dien net soos Hy gedien het: Hy, ons Heer en Leermeester, het Sy kleed afgehaal, ‘n handdoek om Sy middel toegedraai, water in ‘n wasbak gegooi en gedoen wat gewoonlik destyds deur ‘n dienskneg gedoen is: Hy het die voete van sy dissipels gewas. Hy stel ‘n voorbeeld van ‘n leier wat nie op ‘n groot leuenstoel met ‘n hoë rugleuning sit nie, maar wat neerkniel en Sy volgelinge dien.

Ons is boodskappers van die Goeie nuus van God se genade en vergifnis. Ons is nie belangriker as die Een wat die boodskap stuur nie. Ons is nie groter as ons Meester nie. Ons mag nooit vergeet dat ons op ‘n missie gestuur is om ‘n spesifieke taak te verrig nie – om Jesus aan alle nasies bekend te maak. Ons is boodskappers. Ons is sendelinge. God is die een wat ons stuur. Aan Hom alleen behoort die glorie en die eer! Ons moet nooit dink dat ons allerbelangrik is en bedien moet word nie – dat mense stoele vir ons moet uittrek en deure vir ons moet oopmaak nie. Ons moet eerder sê soos Johannes in Johannes 3:30 (NLV): “Hy (Jesus) moet in belangrikheid toeneem en ek moet afneem.”

Al dink ons ​​aan onsself as groot en sterk leiers, word ons aan die woorde van Jesus in Matteus 20: 25-28 (NLV) herinner: “Jesus roep hulle toe bymekaar en sê: “Julle weet in hierdie wêreld tiranniseer die maghebbers die nasies, en die magtiges domineer hulle. Maar onder julle moet dit heeltemal anders wees. Wie onder julle ’n leier wil wees, behoort julle dienskneg te wees. En wie die eerste onder julle wil wees, moet julle slaaf wees. Net so het Ek, die Seun van die Mens, nie gekom om gedien te word nie, maar om diens te lewer en boonop my lewe te gee as ’n losprys vir baie mense. “

“Die voorbeeld van Jesus dwing ons as Sy volgelinge om ander te dien…”

Die voorbeeld van Jesus dwing ons as Sy volgelinge om ander te dien: Om die mense te groet wat niemand raaksien nie, om daarna te streef om die standpunt en belewenis van mense wat in ander kulture en omstandighede as jyself leef, te verstaan en te erken. Hoe doen ons dit? Deur om te gee, deur uit te reik, deur ander mense raak te sien en hulle menswaardigheid te erken, deur te glimlag, te groet, en aan te raak, deur respek te betoon, deur met ander te gesels, deur jou eie storie te vertel en te luister na die lewensstorie van die mense om jou. Deur die lewe saam te leef. Vir soveel as wat julle hierdie dinge aan die geringste van mense, selfs aan kinders doen, het julle dit aan My gedoen, het Jesus gesê.

GEWORTEL IN CHRISTUS: DIE SORG & BESKERMING VAN ONS GEMEENSKAPPE
Past. Barend Petersen (Algemene Sekretaris &Voorsitter van die Uitvoerende Welsyn Raad van die AGS van SA) [email protected]

Om ander lief te hê en te dien is nie net ‘n roeping nie, dit is ‘n opdrag van God en is bedoel vir almal. Die hart van God word weerspieël in die Woorde van Jesus Christus in Matteus 25: 34-36: Dan sal die Koning vir dié aan sy regterkant sê: ‘Kom, julle wat deur my Vader geseën is! Die koninkryk is van die skepping van die wêreld af vir julle voorberei. Neem dit as erfenis in besit, want Ek was honger, en julle het My iets gegee om te eet; Ek was dors, en julle het My iets gegee om te drink; Ek was ‘n vreemdeling, en julle het My gehuisves;  Ek was sonder klere, en julle het vir My klere gegee; siek, en julle het My verpleeg; in die tronk, en julle het My besoek.”

“Om ander lief te hê en te dien is nie net ‘n roeping nie, dit is ‘n opdrag van God en is bedoel vir almal.”

Van die belangrikste sosio-ekonomiese uitdagings in Suid-Afrika is armoede, hoë werkloosheid en lae inkomste, misdaad, gesins verbrokkeling en swak onderwysstandaarde. Dit is ons missionale konteks waarin ons ons omgee-gees moet demonstreer en ons moet verbind tot aksies wat ‘n verskil in die lewens van mense sal maak. Die Uitvoerende Welsynsraad van die AGS van SA, is die bediening waardeur die AGS reeds het en sal voortgaan om ‘n verskil te maak in die lewens van kwesbare mense, veral kinders, vroue en ouer persone. Deur die KERK kan ‘n omgee-gemeenskap verandering bring in die lewens van baie mense wat swaarkry. Sodanige gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid of ontwikkelingsaksies kan die seer “genees”, die behoefte bevredig en vir baie mense ‘n volhoubare bestaan meebring. 

Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid is een van die drywers van die “One AFM Game Plan”. Elke AGS Gemeente kan en moet betrokke raak by ontwikkelingsaksies wat verandering vir hul gemeenskappe sal bring; en sodoende die oorspronklike missionêre roeping van ons kerk vervul. Die AGS Welsynsdepartement het die praktiese programme om gemeentes te ondersteun met begrip, beplanning en implementering van maatskaplike ontwikkelingsaksies en -projekte. Ons help pastore en gemeentes om die belangrikste sosiale probleme in hul gemeenskappe te identifiseer en rus hulle toe om deel te wees van die oplossing.

“Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid is een van die drywers van die “One AFM Game Plan”.”

uManelisi is die program wat gemeentes bemagtig om op hierdie uitdagings te reageer. Ons werk met en deur gemeentes om die volgende dienste te lewer:

Gemeenskapsgebaseerde dienste – ondersteuning van kwesbare kinders, gesinne, vroue, ouer persone en persone met gestremdhede.
Sosio-gesondheidsdienste – bewusmaking deur onderwys en opleiding, ondersteuning van persone wat aan chroniese siektes soos VIGS en TB ly, sowel as diegene wat aan dwelms en ander middels verslaaf is.
Sosio-opvoedkundige dienste – ondersteun gemeentes wat programme vir “Early Childhood Development” aanbied, geletterdheidsprogramme, skole asook bewusmaking in openbare skole.
Sosio-ekonomiese projekte – met die oog op die ondersteuning van die regering se prioriteite rakende armoede, werkloosheid en ongelykheid deur projekte wat fokus op voedselsekerheid, maatskaplike verligting, werkskepping, vaardigheidsontwikkeling, vrouebemagtiging en jeugontwikkeling.

Die kerk is ideaal geplaas om verandering in die lewens van mense regoor Suid-Afrika teweeg te bring. Elke AGS Gemeente kan en moet betrokke raak by ontwikkelingsaksies wat verandering bring vir die mense in hulle gemeenskap. Kontak ons ​​waarnemende uitvoerende hoof, Ashley Theron, vir duidelike leiding oor hoe om gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid prakties te implementeer as drywer van die “One AFM Game Plan”.
Landlyn: Lizelle de Bruyn of Rebeca Kola – 012 753 7940/1
E-pos: [email protected]

SLOT

“Terwyl julle Christus Jesus, die Here, ontvang het, wandel in Hom, gewortel en opgebou in Hom en gevestig in die geloof soos julle geleer is, in oorvloed met danksegging.”
KOLOSSENSE 2:6-7

Pastoral Letter: 2nd Quarter

AFM Newsltr 2ND Qrt 2019 ENG WEB

Dear Colleague,

We are gearing up for our annual AFM National Conference – this year hosted in the beautiful city of Cape Town. The conference theme is: “Rooted in Christ” and the main text is Colossians 2:6-7:

Spiritual Fullness in Christ
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

The theme is aimed at the empowerment of our members and pastors on how to deepen our relationship with Christ, in such a way that we remain strong in the face of many challenges that come our way. In Psalm 1:3, the Psalmist likens a blessed person to a fruitful tree planted by the stream of water. It is expected that children of God should be firmly anchored in Christ, that they should continually feed from God’s word, share Christ with others and keep their faith intact.

Apart from the inspirational evening services, there will also be PCD (Pastoral Continuous Development) sessions that will focus on those issues that are necessary for spiritual growth. Pastors as well as members are welcome to attend. It will cover “Prayer” presented by Suzette Hattingh, “Succession” by Dr. Anthony Jacobs and “Church Planting” by Danie Vermeulen. It will also include a session focused on the needs of Pastor’s wives.

To register online please visit the AFM website by using the following links:
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=365
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

I trust that this Pastoral Letter will bless you! We take a deeper look at our Pentecostal roots and what it truly means to be an Apostolic Church. We consider the issue of leading from the inside-out and present you with a reflection on one of Pastor Sam Adeyemi’s teachings. Lastly, we share a discussion on the AFM’s proposed Foreign Missions Policy.

PENTECOSTAL ROOTS: AS AT THE BEGINNING
Dr. I.S. Burger – Former President of the AFM – [email protected]

Beginnings are important, especially as far as the church is concerned. The Bible often refers to beginnings. On Israel’s journey to the Promised Land, they were cautioned never to forget their beginnings, how God brought them out of Egypt. When Peter had to explain to the leaders in Jerusalem why he baptized the household of Cornelius, he justified it by referring them to the beginning: “And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, as on us at the beginning.” (Acts 11:15). In other words, if God reckoned them worthy and gave them the Holy Spirit in the same way as to us in the beginning, who am I to discriminate. On the other hand, when the Pharisees tried to justify divorce and even quoted Moses in this regard, Jesus went beyond Moses to “the beginning”. He said: “From the beginning it was not so.” (Mt. 19:8.)

A visionary church will never loose hold of its origin. Roots are important. “

I am more and more aware of the healthy and wholesome tension between “where we come from” and “where we are going.” People often want to know from a leader (and rightly so): What is your vision, where do you see us in future? It is important to cast a vision, but it is equally important to remind those you are leading where they come from. A visionary church will never loose hold of its origin. Roots are important. It may be disastrous to continue building and then to forget about the foundations and the plan. Like in the Bible, how it was “at the beginning”, will indicate when one deviates from the God-given plan.

The Apostolic Faith Mission must never forget its origins. As part of the Pentecostal movement, Pentecostals constantly need to be reminded that Pentecost is a restoration of the church in Apostolic times (→ 100 AD). That is the New Testament Church, the Church at the beginning. Where almost the whole Pentecostal movement was called the “Apostolic Faith Mission” at the beginning of the 20th century. Our denomination is about the only one which retained the original name. And this name links us unequivocally to the church in Biblical times. Are we worthy of that name?

A true “Apostolic church” like the church “at the beginning”, is a church where the characteristic doctrines, religious experiences and basic practices will resemble the patterns of the early church and “the faith which was one delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 1:3) What are some of the most important characteristics?

(With acknowledgement to David A. Womack, “The Wellsprings of the Pentecostal Movement”):

1 – You will find it in the way they view the Scriptures. They will believe that the Old Testament prepares the way for the coming of the Messiah and they will interpret the Old Testament in the light of the teachings of the Apostles. They will believe in the New Testament as the only valid source of Christian doctrine, religious experience and principles of practice. They will interpret the Scriptures in a literal sense wherever the context is not obviously figurative or poetic, for the Bible is essentially a practical book – the divinely inspired Word of God to men.

2 – A true “Apostolic church” will believe every doctrine taught by the apostles and will reject any religious teaching not included in the New Testament. There can be no major doctrine today that was not also major for the Christians of the first century.

3 – A true “Apostolic church” will teach and actively seek to preserve amongst its members and adherents the religious experiences of the first-century church. First, salvation as a definite experience in which a person is convicted of sin, repents of that sin to God, accepts Jesus Christ as the Son of God, be cleansed through the atoning blood of Jesus and begins a life of holiness before God. Secondly, daily prayer and meditation on the Word of God will be at the order of the day. Believers will be baptized in water and will regularly participate in the Lord’s Supper. All believers will actively seek to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit with its distinctive sign and spiritual experience of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance.

All believers will actively seek to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit with its distinctive sign and spiritual experience of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance.”

4 – An “Apostolic church” will be characterized by the continuing manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit.

5 – Such a church will be intensely missional in concept and in action.

6 – The priesthood of all believers will be a daily reality as each one realizes that he/she has a ministry within the body of Christ.

7 – An “Apostolic church” transcends racial, cultural and language differences. This characteristic was obvious on the Day of Pentecost, in Azusa Street as well as with the start of the AFM in Doornfontein in 1908. Thank God, in April 1996 this characteristic again became evident with our unification!

8 – The Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ was a burning reality in the Early Church. It was the same with the start of the modern-day Pentecostal Movement. It was the theme of many songs and sermons. It was an urge to holy living. I doubt whether this is still the case. We need to be reminded that Pentecostal people are people to whom the Second Coming is an every-day reality.

The Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ was a burning reality in the Early Church.”

We, as Pentecostal pastors and members, need to constantly evaluate and test ourselves, our ministries, our church services and our local churches. The only way in which we can assure ourselves of our own apostolicity, is to measure and compare ourselves with the Christianity of the first century.

Does our theology match that of the New Testament, or have other ideas been added that cannot be found in the apostolic teaching? Do the doctrines of our church stand out obviously in the New Testament, or must they hang on slender little phrases removed from their context in Scripture? Do our religious experiences correspond to those of the early Christians, or is there only mental assent to the spiritual happenings of the first century? Have we, as Pentecostals in our claimed return to apostolic theology, reproduced the dedicated, evangelistic spirit of the early church? Has it produced a missions outreach with any possibility of carrying out the Great Commission of Christ?

God help us to be worthy of the name “Apostolic Faith Mission!”

LEADING FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Dr. H.J. Weideman – General Secretary – [email protected]

One of the 2019 NOB Empowerment sessions included a video presentation by Pastor Sam Adeyemi, the pastor of Daystar Christian Centre in Lagos Nigeria. He titled his talk: “Leading from the inside out” and focused on the importance of what we are and think in our inner being and how that influences the way we lead and grow.

In leadership you don’t attract “who you WANT”, he said, “you attract who you ARE”. That makes the sense of identity for leaders and for those whom they lead very important. How do you see yourself? What do you believe about yourself? Do you believe the words of the teacher or authority figure who once told you that you cannot do something or that you are not good enough, to be true? Do you see yourself as somehow inferior and not able to succeed? Negative voices and experiences, even from childhood causes many leaders to have a diminished belief in their ability and possibilities.

The problem is, if you believe you are not capable, have no abilities or you are negative about life, you will most probably attract people with the same inclination. Adeyemi says that the greatest gift that you can give someone is a new belief about him- or herself.  About who they are, what they have and what they can do or become.

God makes champions out of ordinary people.”

This is what God does and this is what leaders should do: God makes champions out of ordinary people. He takes every day, normal people, with all their issues and hang ups and transforms them into people who do extraordinary things. The Bible is full of examples of this. Just look at the lives of the disciples that Jesus chose. They were ordinary men. Jesus saw not just what and who they were (fishermen), but who they could become and what He could do by His Holy Spirit in and through them. Those ordinary men became the leaders and apostles of the first church and were instrumental in the spread and growth of Christianity across the world and even today!

This is what we as leaders should also do. We should not look at the people we work with and wish that we had other “better” and more capable members or colleagues. We should start by seeing the possibilities in them. Great leaders see leaders in their followers and begin to describe the kind of leaders they see. By doing this they have an enabling effect on people around them.

As leaders we should also model the transformation we are talking and preaching about.”

As leaders we should also model the transformation we are talking and preaching about. We can talk a lot about how people should live and what they should do and not do: But do we live it ourselves? Are we modelling our own teaching? Do we in fact walk our talk? In this context Adeyemi pointed to the example of Jesus and also to His example in leadership when it comes to how we want people to react to and treat us as leaders. He talked about a culture in his own country where leaders are respected and honoured to such an extent that people will make way for them to walk and would even be pushed aside so that they can enter a venue without restraint. Then he said: “This should not be so, if anyone should be pushed out of the way, push me. Do not push people on my behalf.” Our leadership should be a servant leadership. Our attitude should not be to reign over, or command people, but rather to serve them through our leadership abilities.

Our leadership should be a servant leadership.”

Adeyemi ended his talk by reminding us that we should be reinventing ourselves over and over again. That we should continuously grow and develop. In character, personality and ability, we should not be the same person that we were a year ago. We should “die” at one level to evolve to another. On a daily basis we as leaders create the organisational and general operational culture in our organisations and churches. How we see ourselves. How we speak and carry ourselves. Our attitude, lifestyle and behaviour. All these things that comes from the inside of a person, determines how we lead and how we influence those around us.

All these things that comes from the inside of a person, determines how we lead and how we influence those around us.”

[This article was not an attempt to summarise the session by Sam Adeyemi, but rather a reflection on what he said. – Henri Weideman]

PROPOSED POLICY ON FOREIGN MISSIONS
Past. M.G. Mahlobo – President of the AFM of SA – [email protected]

In its March 2019 meeting, the National Leadership Forum (NLF) accepted the AFM of SA’s draft policy on Foreign Missions – which was drafted and presented by the AFM President. This policy will now be circularized to all church structures in terms of Clause 12.2 of the church’s constitution for final approval by the NLF.

The link to the policy is included here for ease of reference:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Historical Background
This was for the first time, since its unity in 1996, that the AFM accepted a policy on Foreign Missions. Prior to 1996 the former church leadership had a department which catered for missions in South Africa and beyond. This department was closed down (mainly as a result of the decentralization of our church structures). Subsequent to this closure various foreign missions’ projects run by local AFM assemblies and individual pastors emerged. In 2006 the NLF realized that there was no national, coordinating and representative missionary body in our church. After serious consideration of this lack, the NLF established a Missions Advisory Committee (MAC) which was led by the church’s President at that time (Dr. Isak Burger). One of the key areas on which MAC focused was the development of a missions’ strategic policy.

In 2011 MAC presented a more comprehensive and all-inclusive missions’ strategy. The main objective of this strategy was to transform the AFM into an Apostolic movement or into a Missional movement. MAC’s vision was named Vision 2020 and Qalakabusha (New beginning). It envisioned AFM as the whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world, saturating our communities with the presence and principles of the Kingdom of God. This gave birth to the AFM’s slogan: “Wherever you find people you will find the AFM.

Vision 2020 (Qalakabusha) eventually became part of the AFM’s vision and the strategic implementation plan known as the “One AFM Game Plan.” The church is currently at the implementation phase of the One AFM Game Plan. Foreign perspective is the missing part in the One AFM Game Plan. The focus is primarily internal. This necessitated the development of a policy on Foreign Missions for the AFM.

This policy includes the following five critical elements:

  1. Coordination of the work currently done by the AFM of SA missions’ agencies and local assemblies across the world;
  2. Establishment of AFM churches in countries where it does not exist, especially in countries where there is no presence of any Evangelical or Pentecostal churches;
  3. Involvement or the role of our local assemblies and our members in the diaspora;
  4. Strengthening of church structures (policies), and
  5. The development of church leadership.

Coordination of the work currently done
All missions’ activities beyond our country need to be well coordinated. The office of the General Secretary will be responsible for this coordination.

Missions’ activities where AFM does not exist
The policy urges the establishment of AFM churches where it has no presence at all. Due compliance with laws of the relevant countries should be adhered to. We must always bear in mind that the scope of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, goes beyond South Africa and covers the entire global community. The National Leadership Forum (NLF) must identify countries that are the least reached in terms of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One indicator in this regard should be where there is no presence of Evangelical or Pentecostal churches.

We must always bear in mind that the scope of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, goes beyond South Africa and covers the entire global community.”

Missions’ activities in countries where AFM already exist
The policy makes a plea that all agencies and individuals of the AFM of SA who are doing foreign missions in countries where the AFM church exists, need to take their existence into cognizance with a view of taking hands with them. This will avoid unnecessary duplication of AFM churches or competition of AFM churches in foreign countries.

The role of our local assemblies and members
There are many South African AFM members in the diaspora. Some have kept their membership with the AFM local assemblies here in South Africa. Local assemblies should make our members aware of their missional calling wherever they are deployed. They should be encouraged to live up to it.

Development of structures and church leadership
In many countries where the AFM has been established issues of governance have been neglected. Our missions’ agencies and local assemblies involved in foreign missions are requested to prioritize the issue of the development of church structures and leadership (governance).

NLF’s role
The NLF must mobilize and coordinate missional activities to reach out to countries that have not been reached with the Gospel of Jesus.

CONCLUSION

We are approaching our National Conference with an expecting heart! I really hope to see many of our Pastors, members and leaders there. May we always stay “Rooted in Christ” – loving God, sharing Christ, serving others and growing together.

God bless!
Past. M.G. Mahlobo
(President of the AFM of SA)

Pastorale Brief: 2de Kwartaal

Laai die PDF weergawe hier af:

AFM Newsltr 2ND Qrt 2019 AFR WEB

Liewe Kollega,

Ons is tans besig om voor te berei vir ons jaarlikse AGS Nasionale Konferensie wat aangebied gaan word in Kaapstad. Die Konferensie se tema is: “Rooted in Christ” en die kernvers is Kolossense 2:6-7:

Geestelike volheid in Christus
6Aangesien julle dan Christus Jesus as Here aangeneem het, moet julle in verbondenheid met Hom lewe, 7in Hom gewortel en op Hom gebou, vas in die geloof soos julle geleer is, en met dankbaarheid vervul.

Die tema is gemik op die bemagtiging van ons lidmate en pastore, spesifiek oor hoe om ons verhouding met Christus so te verdiep dat ons sterk bly wanneer uitdagings op ons pad kom. In Psalm 1:3 vergelyk die Psalmdigter ‘n geseënde mens met ‘n vrugbare boom wat langs ‘n stroom water geplant word. Daar word verwag dat kinders van God stewig in Christus geanker moet wees, dat hulle voortdurend op God se Woord moet voed, Christus met ander moet deel en hul geloof ongeskonde moet hou.

Afgesien van die inspirerende aanddienste, sal daar ook PCD (“Pastoral Continuous Development”) sessies wees wat fokus op die kwessies wat nodig is vir geestelike groei. Pastore sowel as lidmate is welkom om dit by te woon. Die volgende onderwerpe sal aangebied word: “Gebed” deur Suzette Hattingh, “Opvolging” deur Dr. Anthony Jacobs en “Kerkplanting” deur Danie Vermeulen. Daar sal ook ‘n sessie wees wat gefokus is op die behoeftes van die pastoorsvrou.

Om aanlyn te registreer besoek die AGS se webtuiste deur die volgende skakels te gebruik:
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=365
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Ek vertrou dat hierdie Pastorale Brief jou sal seën! Ons kyk dieper na ons Pinksterwortels en wat dit werklik beteken om ‘n “Apostoliese” Kerk te wees. Ons beskou die kwessie van leierskap en “hoe om te lei vanuit die binnekant” – deur te reflekteer op een van Pastoor Sam Adeyemi se aanbiedinge. Laastens deel ons ‘n bespreking oor die AGS se voorgestelde “Foreign Missions Policy” (Beleid t.o.v. Buitelandse Sendingprojekte)

APOSTOLIESE WORTELS:  SOOS IN DIE BEGIN
Dr. I.S. Burger – Vorige President van die AGS van SA  [email protected]

Die begin is belangrik, veral sover dit die kerk betref. Die Bybel verwys dikwels na die begin. Op Israel se reis na die Beloofde Land is hulle gewaarsku om nooit hul begin te vergeet nie, hoe God hulle uit Egipte uitgelei het. Toe Petrus aan die leiers in Jerusalem moes verduidelik waarom hy die huishouding van Cornelius gedoop het, het hy dit geregverdig deur hulle na die begin te verwys: “Skaars het ek begin praat, of die Heilige Gees kom op hulle net soos op ons in die begin.” (Handelinge 11:15). Met ander woorde, as God hulle waardig geag het, en vir hulle die Heilige Gees gegee het op dieselfde manier as vir ons in die begin, wie is ek om te diskrimineer? Aan die anderkant toe die Fariseërs die egskeiding probeer regverdig het en Moses selfs in hierdie verband aangehaal het, het Jesus verder gegaan as Moses na “die begin””. Hy het gesê: “Maar dit was nie van die begin af so nie.” (Matt. 19: 8.)

“‘n Visioenêre kerk sal nooit sy oorsprong verloor nie. Wortels is belangrik.”

Ek is meer en meer bewus van die gesonde en heilsame spanning tussen “waar ons vandaan kom” en “waarheen ons gaan.” Mense wil dikwels (en met goeie reg) van ‘n leier weet: Wat is jou visie, waar sien jy ons in die toekoms? Dit is belangrik om ‘n toekomsvisie te hê, maar dit is ewe belangrik om diegene wat jy lei te herinner aan waar hulle vandaan kom. ‘n Visioenêre kerk sal nooit sy oorsprong verloor nie. Wortels is belangrik. Dit kan rampspoedig wees om voort te gaan om te bou en dan te vergeet van die fondament en die plan.  Soos in die Bybel, hoe dit “aan die begin” was, sal aandui wanneer ‘n mens afwyk van die God-gegewe plan.

Die Apostoliese Geloofsending moet nooit sy oorsprong vergeet nie. As deel van die Pinksterbeweging moet ons gedurig herinner word dat Pinkster ‘n herstel van die kerk in die Apostoliese tye is (→ 100 n.C.). Dit is die Nuwe Testamentiese Kerk, die Kerk in die begin, waar byna die hele Pinksterbeweging in die begin van die 20ste eeu die “Apostoliese Geloofsending” genoem was. Ons denominasie is omtrent die enigste wat die oorspronklike naam behou het. En hierdie naam verbind ons onomwonde aan die kerk in Bybeltye. Is ons die naam waardig?

‘n Ware “Apostoliese kerk” soos die kerk “aan die begin”, is ‘n kerk waar die kenmerkende leerstellings, godsdienstige ervarings en basiese gebruike sal ooreenstem met die patrone van die vroeë kerk en “die geloof wat eenmaal aan die heiliges gegee is” (Judas 1:3). Wat is sommige van die belangrikste eienskappe?

(Met erkenning aan David A. Womack, “The Wellsprings of the Pentecostal Movement”):

1 – Jy sal dit vind in die manier waarop daar na die Skrif gekyk word. Hulle sal glo dat die Ou Testament die weg voorberei vir die koms van die Messias en hulle sal die Ou Testament interpreteer in die lig van die leerstellings van die Apostels. Hulle sal in die Nuwe Testament glo as die enigste geldige bron van Christelike leer, godsdienstige ervaring en praktykbeginsels. Hulle sal die Skrif in ‘n letterlike sin interpreteer waar die konteks nie natuurlik figuurlik of poëties is nie, want die Bybel is in wese ‘n praktiese boek – die Goddelike geïnspireerde Woord van God vir die mens.

2 – ‘n “Apostoliese kerk” sal elke leerstelling deur die apostels glo en sal enige godsdienstige leerstelling wat nie in die Nuwe Testament ingesluit is nie, verwerp. Daar kan vandag nie ‘n belangrike leerstelling wees wat nie ook vir die Christene van die eerste eeu belangrik was nie.

3 – ‘n “Apostoliese kerk” sal sy lidmate onderrig en aktief poog om die godsdienstige ervarings van die eerste-eeuse kerk te bewaar. Eerstens, verlossing as ‘n spesifieke ervaring waarin ‘n mens oortuig word van sonde, die sonde aan God bely, aanvaar dat Jesus Christus die Seun van God is, gereinig word deur die versoenende bloed van Jesus en ‘n heilige lewe begin leef voor God. Tweedens sal daaglikse gebed en meditasie op die Woord van God aan die orde van die dag wees. Gelowiges sal gedoop word in water en sal gereeld aan die nagmaal deelneem. Alle gelowiges sal aktief poog om die doop met die Heilige Gees te ontvang met sy kenmerkende teken en geestelike ervaring deur in ander tale te praat soos die Gees hulle uitspraak gee.

Alle gelowiges sal aktief poog om die doop met die Heilige Gees te ontvang met sy kenmerkende teken en geestelike ervaring deur in ander tale te praat soos die Gees hulle uitspraak gee.”

4 – ‘n “Apostoliese kerk” sal gekenmerk word deur die voortgesette manifestasie van die gawes van die Gees.

5 – So ‘n kerk sal intens missionaal wees – in konsep en aksie.

6 – Die priesterskap van alle gelowiges sal ‘n daaglikse werklikheid wees, aangesien elkeen sal besef dat hy/sy ‘n bediening in die liggaam van Christus het.

7 – ‘n “Apostoliese kerk” oorskrei rasse-, kulturele en taalverskille. Hierdie kenmerk was duidelik sigbaar op Pinksterdag, in Azusa Straat sowel as met die begin van die AGS in Doornfontein in 1908. Dankie Here, in April 1996 het hierdie kenmerk weer duidelik geword met ons eenwording!

8 – Die Wederkoms van ons Here Jesus Christus was ‘n brandende realiteit in die vroeë kerk. Dit was dieselfde met die begin van die moderne Pinkster-beweging. Dit was die tema van baie liedjies en preke. Daar was ‘n drang na ‘n heilige lewe. Ek twyfel of dit nog steeds die geval is. Ons moet onthou dat Pinkster-mense, mense is vir wie die Wederkoms ‘n daaglikse werklikheid is.

Die Wederkoms van ons Here Jesus Christus was ‘n brandende realiteit in die vroeë kerk.”

Ons, as Pinkster-pastore en lidmate, moet onsself, ons bedieninge, ons kerkdienste en ons plaaslike kerke voortdurend evalueer en toets. Die enigste manier waarop ons onsself van ons eie Pinkster karakter kan verseker, is om ons te meet en te vergelyk met die Christene van die eerste eeu.

Stem ons teologie ooreen met die Nuwe Testament, of is daar ander idees bygevoeg wat nie in die apostoliese lering gevind kan word nie? Staan die leerstellings van ons kerk duidelik uit in die Nuwe Testament, of moet hulle aan klein frases wat uit konteks uit die Skrif verwyder word, hang? Stem ons godsdienstige ervarings ooreen met dié van die vroeë Christene, of is daar net geestelike toestemming vir die geestelike gebeure van die eerste eeu? Het ons, as Pinksterlinge in ons beweerde terugkeer na die apostoliese teologie, die toegewyde, evangelistiese gees van die vroeë kerk gereproduseer? Het dit ‘n sendinguitreik opgelewer met enige moontlikheid om die Groot Opdrag van Christus uit te voer?

God help ons om die naam “Apostoliese Geloofsending” waardig te wees!

OM VAN BINNE NA BUITE TE LEI
Dr. Henri Weideman – Algemene Sekretaris van die AGS van SA – [email protected]

Een van die Nasionale Ampsdraers se 2019 bemagtigings sessies het ‘n video aanbieding deur Pastoor Sam Adeyemi, die senior pastoor van Daystar Christian Centre in Lagos Nigeria, ingesluit. Die titel van sy aanbieding was: “Leading from the inside out” en het basies gefokus op die belangrikheid van wat ons in ons innerlike wese is en dink en oor hoe dit die manier waarop ons groei en ander lei, beïnvloed.

In leierskap trek jy nie die mense na jou toe aan wat jy graag WIL aantrek nie, sê Adeyemi, maar die mense wat soos jy IS. Dit beteken dat die identiteit van leiers, sowel as die van die mense wat hulle volg, baie belangrik is. Hoe sien jy jouself? Wat glo jy ten opsigte van jouself? Glo jy die woorde wat die onderwyser of gesagsfiguur lank terug aan jou gesê het, dat jy nie in staat is om iets te doen nie, of dat jy nie goed genoeg is nie? Glo jy dat dit waar is? Sien jy jouself as minderwaardig en nie in staat om suksesvol te wees nie? Negatiewe stemme en ervarings, selfs gedurende ons vroeë kinderjare,  veroorsaak dat baie leiers ‘n beperkende beeld het ten opsigte van hulle eie vermoëns en moontlikhede.

Die probleem is dat as jy negatief is oor die lewe, en oortuig is dat jy nie in staat is om sukses te behaal of oor die nodige vermoëns besit nie, jy heel waarskynlik mense met dieselfde tipe ingesteldheid na jou toe sal aantrek. Volgens Adeyemi is die grootste geskenk wat jy aan iemand kan gee, ‘n nuwe begrip ten opsigte van hom- of haarself.  ‘n Nuwe beeld oor wie hulle is, wat hulle het en wat hulle kan wees.

God maak kampioene van gewone mense.”

Dit is wat God doen en dit is ook wat leiers moet doen: God maak kampioene van gewone mense. Hy vat gewone alledaagse mense, met al hulle kwessies en eiesoortighede en omvorm hulle in mense wat buitengewone dinge doen. Die Bybel is vol voorbeelde hiervan. Kyk maar net na die lewens van die disippels wat Jesus gekies het. Hulle was gewone mense. Jesus het nie net gesien wat hulle was nie (vissermanne), maar wie hulle kon word en wat Hy deur die Heilige Gees in en deur hulle kon doen.  Daardie gewone vissermanne het die leiers en apostels van die eerste kerk geword en het ‘n kernrol gespeel in die verspreiding en groei van Christenskap regoor die wêreld en selfs tot vandag toe.

Dit is wat ons as leiers behoort te doen: Ons moenie na die mense saam met wie ons werk kyk en wens dat ons ander, “beter” en meer vaardige lidmate en kollegas gehad het nie. Ons moet begin om die moontlikhede in hulle raak te sien.  Goeie leiers sien leiers in hulle volgelinge en begin om dit wat hulle sien te beskryf. Deur dit te doen het hulle ‘n bemagtigende effek op die mense om hulle.

…die feit dat leiers die transformasie waaroor hulle praat en preek moet modeleer. “

Dit is deel van wat dit beteken om ‘n visie te hê: Adeyemi sê: “Visie is om mense, plekke en dinge te sien, nie net soos wat hulle is nie, maar soos wat hulle kan wees.” Leiers moet moontlikheidsdenkers word en nie net die uitdagings in elke situasie raaksien nie, maar ook die geleenthede. ‘n Ander belangrike aspek van Adeyemi se praatjie was die feit dat leiers die transformasie waaroor hulle praat en preek moet modeleer. Ons praat baie oor hoe mense behoort te leef en wat hulle behoort te doen, maar doen ons dit self? Modeleer ons ons eie idees? Doen ons werklik dit wat ons sê? In hierdie verband wys Adeyemi na die voorbeeld van Jesus en ook na Sy leierskap – veral as dit kom by hoe ons will hê mense op ons moet reageer en hoe hulle ons as leiers moet hanteer. Hy het gepraat oor ‘n kultuur in sy eie land waarvolgens leiers tot so ‘n mate vereer en gerespekteer word dat mense sal padgee voor hulle en selfs uit die pad gestoot sal word, sodat hulle kan verbygaan. Hierop sê hy: “Dit behoort nie so te wees nie.  As enige iemand uit die pad gestoot moet word, stoot my uit die pad uit, maar moenie ander mense terwile van my wegstoot nie.” Ons leierskap moet gekenmerk wees deur diensbaarheid. (Servant Leadership) Ons ingesteldheid moenie wees om oor mense te regeer en hulle te hiet en gebied nie, maar eerder om hulle te dien deur ons leierskapsvaardighede.

Ons leierskap moet gekenmerk wees deur diensbaarheid. “

Adeyemi eindig sy aanbieding deur ons daarop te wys dat ons onsself voortdurend moet herontwerp. Ons behoort op ‘n voortgesette basis te groei en te ontwikkel. Ten opsigte van karakter, persoonlikheid en vermoëns behoort ons nie dieselfde persoon te wees wat ons ‘n jaar gelede was nie. Ons moet “sterf” op een vlak van ons bestaan, sodat ons kan groei na ‘n volgende vlak. As leiers is ons op ‘n daaglikse basis besig om die organisatoriese- en operasionele kultuur van ons organisasies en gemeentes te skep. Hoe ons onself sien. Hoe ons praat en onsself dra. Ons ingesteldheid, leefstyl en gedrag. Al hierdie dinge wat uit ons innerlike mens kom, bepaal hoe ons  lei en hoe ons die mense om ons beïnvloed en vorm.

Al hierdie dinge wat uit ons innerlike mens kom, bepaal hoe ons  lei en hoe ons die mense om ons beïnvloed en vorm.”

[Die doel van hierdie artikel was nie om dit wat Sam Adeyemi gesê het op te som nie, maar eerder om daarop te reflekteer. -Henri Weideman]

VOORGESTELDE BELEID OOR BUITELANDSE SENDINGPROJEKTE (“Foreign Missions Policy”)
Past. M.G. Mahlobo – President van die AGS van SA – [email protected]

Tydens die Nasionale Leierskapsforum (NLF) vergadering in Maart 2019, is ‘n konsepbeleid oor Buitelandse Sendingprojekte aanvaar – opgestel en aangebied deur die President van die AGS van SA. Hierdie beleid sal nou aan alle kerkstrukture gesirkuleer word ingevolge klousule 12.2 van die kerk se grondwet vir finale goedkeuring deur die NLF.

Die skakel na die beleid is hier ingesluit ter verwysing:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Historiese Agtergrond
Dit was vir die eerste keer sedert sy eenheid in 1996 dat die AGS ‘n beleid oor Buitelandse Sendingprojekte aanvaar het. Voor 1996 het die voormalige kerkleiers ‘n departement gehad wat vir sendings in Suid-Afrika en vir buite die land se grense voorsiening gemaak het. Hierdie departement is gesluit (hoofsaaklik as gevolg van die desentralisasie van ons kerkstrukture). Na afloop van hierdie sluiting het ‘n hele aantal buitelandse sendingprojekte wat deur plaaslike AGS-gemeentes en individuele pastore bestuur word, ontstaan. In 2006 het die NLF besef dat daar geen nasionale, koördinerende en verteenwoordigende sendingliggaam in ons kerk was nie. Na ernstige oorweging van hierdie gebrek het die NLF ‘n “Missions Advisory Committee” (MAC) ingestel wat deur die President van die kerk op daardie tydstip, Dr Isak Burger gelei is. Een van die sleutelareas waarop MAC gefokus was, was die ontwikkeling van ‘n strategiese missionale beleid.

In 2011 het MAC ‘n meer omvattende en insluitende sendingstrategie aangebied. Die hoofdoel van hierdie strategie was om die AGS te omskep in ‘n Apostoliese beweging of in ‘n Missionale beweging. MAC se visie is genoem Visie 2020 en Qalakabusha (Nuwe begin). Dit het beoog om die AGS ‘n kerk te maak wat die hele Evangelie na die hele wêreld neem en ons gemeenskappe versadig met die teenwoordigheid en beginsels van die Koninkryk van God. Dit het aanleiding gegee tot die AGS se slagspreuk: “Waar jy ookal mense vind, sal jy die AGS vind.”

Visie 2020 (Qalakabusha) het met tyd deel geword van die AGS se visie en die strategiese implementerings plan beter bekend as die “One AFM Game Plan.” Die kerk is tans in die implementeringsfase van die “One AFM Game Plan”. Buitelandse perspektief is tans ‘n ontbrekende deel in die “One AFM Game Plan”. Die fokus is hoofsaaklik intern. Dit het die ontwikkeling van ‘n beleid op Buitelandse Sendingprojekte nodig gemaak.

Hierdie beleid sluit die volgende vyf kritiese elemente in:

  1. Koördinering van die werk wat tans deur die AGS van SA se sending-agentskappe en plaaslike gemeenstes regoor die wêreld gedoen word;
  2. Vestiging van AGS-kerke in lande waar dit nie bestaan ​​nie, veral in lande waar geen Evangeliese of Pinkster kerke teenwoordig is nie;
  3. Betrokkenheid en die rol van ons plaaslike gemeentes en ons AGS lidmate in die diaspora;
  4. Versterking van kerkstrukture (beleide), en
  5. Die ontwikkeling van kerkleierskap.

Koördinering van die werk wat tans gedoen word
Alle sending of missionale aktiwiteite buite ons land moet goed gekoördineer word. Die kantoor van die Algemene Sekretaris sal verantwoordelik wees vir hierdie koördinering.

Missionale aktiwiteite waar die AGS nie bestaan nie
Die beleid moedig die oprigting van AGS-kerke, waar dit glad nie teenwoordig is nie, aan. Die wette van die betrokke lande moet nagekom word. Ons moet altyd in gedagte hou dat die omvang van die Groot Opdrag in Mattheus 28: 18-20 verder gaan as Suid-Afrika en die hele wêreldgemeenskap dek. Die Nasionale Leierskapsforum (NLF) moet lande identifiseer wat die minste bereik word in terme van die Evangelie van Jesus Christus. Een aanwyser in hierdie verband moet wees waar daar geen teenwoordigheid van Evangeliese of Pinksterkerke is nie.

Ons moet altyd in gedagte hou dat die omvang van die Groot Opdrag in Mattheus 28: 18-20 verder gaan as Suid-Afrika en die hele wêreldgemeenskap dek.”

Missionale aktiwiteite in lande waar die AGS reeds bestaan
Die beleid lewer ‘n pleidooi dat alle agentskappe en individue van die AGS van SA wat betrokke is in buitelandse sendingprojekte in lande waar die AGS-kerk bestaan, die bestaande AGS rolspelers in ag sal neem met die oog daarop om hande saam te vat. Dit sal onnodige duplisering van AGS-kerke of kompetisie tussen  AGS-kerke  in die buiteland vermy.

Die rol van ons plaaslike gemeentes en lidmate
Daar is baie AGS-lidmate in die diaspora. Sommige het hul lidmaatskap behou by hul plaaslike AGS-gemeentes hier in Suid-Afrika.  Plaaslike gemeentes moet ons lidmate bewus maak van hul missionale roeping waar hulle ookal ontplooi word. Hulle moet aangemoedig word om hierdie roeping uit te leef.

Ontwikkeling van strukture en kerkleierskap
In baie lande waar die AGS gevestig is, is kwessies van goeie bestuur ( “Good Governance”) nagelaat. Ons sending-agentskappe en plaaslike gemeentes betrokke by buitelandse projekte word gevra om die kwessie van die ontwikkeling van kerkstrukture en leierskap (bestuur) te prioritiseer.

NLF se rol
Die NLF moet sendingaktiwiteite mobiliseer en koördineer om uit te reik na lande wat nie bereik is met die Evangelie van Jesus nie.

SLOT

Ons beplan voort aan ons Nasionale Konferensie met ‘n hart vol verwagting! Ek hoop regtig om baie van ons Pastore, lidmate en leiers daar te sien. Mag ons altyd stewig gewortel wees in Christus – God lief hê, Christus met ander deel, mekaar dien en saam groei!

Seën!
Past. M. G. Mahlobo
(President van die AGS van SA)

Pastoral Letter: 1st Quarter

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 Pastoral Letter: 1st Quarter

Dear Colleague,

The AFM’s heart is pulsing with leadership issues. We are reflecting on the type of leadership qualities that will be required for the future AFM. We are envisioning leaders that are called, servant leaders with unshakeable integrity. Leaders that live the AFM’s values, draw daily inspiration from God and are supported by a praying spouse. Be blessed by this specific issue of the Pastoral Letter as we take a closer look at the AFM leader of the future.

LEADERS FOR THE FUTURE AFM

Dr. J.J. La Poorta – Deputy President of the AFM of SA
[email protected]

Future leaders should embrace and cherish specific principles in their life and ministry. These are: Firstly, that they must have a calling into ministry that will be the guiding principle by which they conduct their lives. Secondly, exemplify a model of servant-leadership. Thirdly, be active proponents of the unity of the church that will enhance cohesion within the AFM of SA on all levels of their ministerial involvement. Lastly, one of the four values that the AFM embraces namely integrity, should permeate all views of leadership that will be explained in this article.

A Calling into Ministry by God 
Future leaders of the AFM must be aware and informed about the fact that only God calls people into the ministry (1 Corinthians 12:11; Romans 11:29). They must also understand that the calling and ministry from God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). The issue of whether a person is called or not, is a decision that solely rests with God’s prerogative choice. Present day and future leaders in the ministry must be sure that they are called, because if God calls a person, He will HONOUR His Calling. If a person was never called by God and it is just a desire or a career, that person cannot expect God to be responsible for his or her ministry endeavour and provision – where God leads, He is bound to provide according to His riches in glory.

“…where God leads, He is bound to provide according to His riches in glory.”

Display Servant Leadership
In the life and ministry of Jesus, John, Peter and Paul we have excellent examples of servant leadership. As leaders they did not insist to be served by their followers, instead they were prepared to serve. (Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 13:1-17.; 1 Corinthians 4:1-13). A servant leader does not lord over people but he or she serves people diligently and in many cases without expecting any reward. The example of Jesus and the apostles that were mentioned, serve to underline this statement. Paul even mentioned in Corinthians 4 that they have not burdened the assembly but have taken care of their material need by working with their hands. Paul was a tentmaker by trade and from there comes the well-known phrase “tent makers ministry”. It does not mean that all ministers should now learn the trade of making tents, but that they use whatever skills, talents and abilities they have acquired to take care of their material needs while they minister to the flock. As stewards of the ministries of God they are to be faithful to their calling. Faithful in their endeavours to serve the people to whom they are ministering.

As leaders they did not insist to be served by their followers, instead they were prepared to serve.”

Be Known as Passionate Unifiers
Leaders for the future AFM must be passionate unifiers that promote, protect and exemplify the unity of the Church of Jesus Christ through a Kingdom vision, that will enhance cohesion within and outside the AFM. They must promote unity by employing practical actions that will foster cohesion – protecting unity especially in situations in the AFM where cohesion is disregarded and threatened – by being an example through words and deeds. They must be on the forefront of creating and developing friendships across language, racial and cultural divides. They must be deliberate in their outreaches to people of other races, cultures and socio-economic status, in their attempts to reach unity in the broader church in general and within the AFM in particular.

It will be an exercise that will demand sacrifices that the future leaders must be willing to make. In all their endeavours they will try to fulfil the dream of a united AFM of SA. They will always remember the price that was paid by those who struggled to achieve this unity, when they are engaged in the issues of unity. The unity that has been achieved thus far is not the end of unity at all, because there are various avenues where division continue to exist as a result of the historical past. Unity is not an event but a process within the AFM that has not yet been achieved. It is an ideal, a dream – that must be pursued and finally achieved.

Leadership Integrity 
Future leaders of the AFM must be drenched in integrity. According to the dictionary definition integrity revolves around honesty, truthfulness, dedication and commitment to a noble cause. Being called into ministry is noble, because it is the highest calling in life. During our tenure in ministry we can edify, impact and destroy people’s lives if we go about it without integrity. We are called by God and are ultimately accountable to Him. During our time on earth we function in organisational structures that demand various levels of accountability. Integrity is a way of life in which a leader must be prepared to meet the necessary challenges with reference to behaviour. In whatever the leader does or attempt to do, he or she must be willing to operate within an inclusive paradigm that leads to nobody being excluded. Integrity is applicable to not only the leaders but encompasses everybody within the focus of the missionary church.

“Future leaders of the AFM must be drenched in integrity. “

The type of future leadership that is described here for the AFM is indeed achievable, provided that the leaders spearheading the process are prepared to make the necessary changes! May we see more and more leaders in the AFM with these qualities.

DRAWING DAILY INSPIRATION FROM GOD: A TREE SHALL BE KNOWN BY ITS FRUIT

Marcel Hattingh Ph.D. – Doxa Deo
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Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the word of the Lord, and on His word he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season. Whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”  Ps 1:1-3

As a minster of the Gospel, I have the privilege of getting out of bed every morning and spend most of my day in the marketplace – consulting, training and coaching leaders of all industries.  Unfortunately, more often I am confronted with a kind of soil (condition of the heart) that does not seem likely to produce any harvest. For these leaders I believe God has a special grace installed and we keep on laboring and loving them with a fierce and Godly love. However, it is on those occasions that I do cross paths with a confessing child of God that I am more often completely caught off guard. Frequently the thought goes through my mind, “…but I know this person, and I know where they worship on a Sunday.”  However, considering their conduct in the marketplace sometimes leaves me wondering as to whether I truly do know them?

What do I mean by saying this? In Luke 6:43-44, Jesus made an interesting observation when considering the authenticity of a person: “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit.It is interesting how we call a tree after its fruit, not its leaves, trunk, or roots. An apple tree bears apples, an orange tree bears oranges and a fig tree figs. The frequent contrast between what leaders confess to be on a Sunday, compared to the fruit they bear on a Monday at work, is often quite troublesome.

I believe there are few places in the Bible that so clearly present the kind of fruit that we are called to bear – Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia. I don’t know about you, but as for me, there are some major challenges locked up in this passage. It seems that some of these elements come quite natural, some I have to continuously and intentionally work on, but then there are those who are just stubbornly hard to grow, even to the extent that I have considered if they do belong to my personal tree! Yet the Scripture is clear that in Christ we are all called to bear all of these fruit.

“…in Christ we are all called to bear all of these fruit.”

So personally speaking; as a leader, the love, joy and faithfulness comes quite easy. I do have to work at the peace, patience, goodness, but it is the kindness, gentleness and self-control that seems to be an ongoing problem. Do you perhaps share a similar view? Or perhaps a different combination of fruit?  How often do we for instance think of leaders in terms of being gentle? Or continuously showing kindness towards others? Are these the fruit we see in our celebrity leadership figures out in the world? Or did we perhaps begin to admire other fruit in their lives – their visionary capacity, their strategic intent, their cultural acumen, their emotional agility, their resource pool, etc.?

For years I have now been confronted with this reality; trying to figure out how to best cultivate all of these fruit in my life, when I discovered a remarkable emphasis in the Amplified version of the passage: “But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” Galatians 5:22-23. Truth be told, a tree does not produce fruit by trying; it produces fruit by being! Personally I am convinced that I cannot produce all of these fruit by trying, rather I need to discover the unchanging, intimate presence of the Holy Spirit within my life in order to bear much fruit.

“…I cannot produce all of these fruit by trying, rather I need to discover the unchanging, intimate presence of the Holy Spirit within my life in order to bear much fruit.” 

A tree never bears fruit for its own consumption, but for the nourishment of others. It is the fruit that contains the seed that ensure a continuation of the fruit tree. Without the seed there cannot be any other trees. If we want to increase our ministry capacity of the Gospel, we first need to bear much fruit for the nourishment of others; and second, if we want to ensure that our ministry continues to be strong and healthy, our sons and daughters will have to discover the seed inside the fruit we bear.

There are nine elements to the Fruit of the Spirit. I want to invite you to consider a 1 month (31 day) journey studying the scriptures pertaining to each element. Can you imagine what might happen through our lives and ministries if all of us draw daily inspiration from God and produce a bumper harvest of fruit in this season?

LIVING CORE VALUES: A PRACTICAL GUIDE

Dr H.J. Weideman – General Secretary of the AFM
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What are your core values?  If you can’t name them, it is probably a good idea to set some time aside and think about it. It is relatively easy to write a thick book with a long list of good values, but what would be the three to five core ones you choose to define your life? Values are more important than we sometimes think: They form the basis from which we make certain decisions. They determine our focus, as well as what we do and don’t do. Our core values also determine how and on what we spend our money and how we use our time.

Values are more important than we sometimes think: They form the basis from which we make certain decisions.”

The AFM of SA has four core values that we all should take note of and that we should incorporate in our life and culture as a church:

AFM Value #1: Integrity

Having integrity means doing the right thing in a reliable way in all circumstances, even if no one is watching you. Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.

To act with truthfulness and consistency of character. To hold oneself to consistent standards of conduct and to always act with honor and truthfulness. The word integrity evolved from the Latin adjective “integer”, meaning whole or complete.

One may judge that others “have integrity” to the extent that they act true to themselves, and according to the values, beliefs and principles that they claim to hold.  It’s a personality trait that is admired, since it means a person has a moral compass that doesn’t waver, is principled, trustworthy and dependable. How to grow integrity:

  • Keep your promises even if it takes extra effort.
  • Inform the cashier that he/she gave you too much change back and go back to a store and pay for something you forgot to pay for.
  • Do not gossip or talk badly about someone.
  • Remain true to your spouse or partner.
  • Return money that you noticed someone dropped without expecting a reward.
  • Never take materials/supplies from the workplace without asking.
  • Do not let someone else take the blame for something you did.
  • If someone gives you confidential information, never tell anyone what you know.
  • Work when you are supposed to and save socializing, snacking, searching the Internet and personal phone calls for break time.
  • Show respect to coworkers with appropriate conversation and empathy.
  • If you find yourself in a conflict of interest, get out of it as soon as possible.
  • Be responsible. Do what you say you will do.
AFM Value #2: Excellence
Excellence means striving to achieve the very best you can with what you have. It is the quality of excelling and striving to truly be and do well in everything that you attempt. Excellence should be a moving target: The quality of our craft and serving today should not be the same as the quality of our serving yesterday. It should be increasing and moving forward. How to build excellence:

“…striving to achieve the very best you can with what you have.” 
  • Have a hunger for excellence.
  • Benchmark against the best.
  • Believe that you can do it.
  • Build concrete strategies and plans.
  • Learn from the best role models.
  • Do not limit yourself.
  • Go all out; Work hard.
  • Focus your efforts.
  • Be adaptable.
  • Never give up.
AFM Value #3: Relationships
Personal relationships refer to close connections between people, formed by emotional bonds and interactions. These bonds often grow from and are strengthened by mutual experiences, as well as shared purpose and vision. They vary in differing levels of intimacy and sharing, implying the discovery and establishment of common ground. Interpersonal relationships have many characteristics, such as caring for others, being compassionate, accepting others, honesty, flexibility and having patience. How to strengthen relationships:
  • Purposefully reach out and meet new people. Also, cross-culturally.
  • Engage in verbal communication.
  • Respect diversity.
  • Endeavor to understand.
  • Focus on genuine interest, not superficiality.
  • Treat others with kindness.
  • Share your mutual stories.
  • Learn to listen. Listening is the first step in building a strong rapport with others.
  • Build trust.
  • Display caring non-verbal communication.
  • Resolve conflicts in healthy ways
AFM Value #4: Accountability
Accountability is answerability, blameworthiness, liability, and the expectation of account-giving. It is the acknowledgment and assumption of responsibility for actions, decisions, policies and governance. It is about the obligation of an individual or organisation to account for its activities, accept responsibility for them, and to disclose results in a transparent manner. It also includes the responsibility for money or other entrusted property. If you take responsibility for your own actions, you show accountability. An individual has accountability for acts and behaviours. Sometimes, being accountable means admitting you made a mistake. Accountability cannot exist without proper accounting practices; in other words, an absence of accounting means an absence of accountability. How to deepen accountability:
  • Develop an attitude of transparency and accountability (Set an example)
  • Build good interpersonal relationships and trust.
  • Determine what is really important and how it will be reported.
  • Establish the frequency of accountable feedback.
  • Do it!

“If you take responsibility for your own actions, you show accountability. An individual has accountability for acts and behaviours.” 

Everything we do as, and on behalf of, the AFM of SA should be done in the context of integrity, God honouring Excellence, healthy interpersonal relationships and accountability to one another.

MY PRAYING SPOUSE: JACOBETH
Past. M.G. Mahlobo – President of the AFM of SA
mmahlobo@afm-ags.org

At a recent leadership engagement, I received the following question: “What sustained you and kept you going until today?” One of the three things in my response was the prayer support from my wife. I would like to share a few personal instances in my ministry journey where the prayers of my wife led to breakthroughs. This year (2019) we celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. When I look back at our life together, one of the things that stands out is my wife’s complete reliance on the power of prayer. Like all pastors I have had a fair share of challenges in the ministry. Of course, I have also experienced many blessings as well.

In times of personal needs
Our first congregation was in Machadodorp, one of the small towns in Mpumalanga. I was the first ordained pastor of this congregation. It was a small congregation of approximately 25 members. Due to few members who were tithing, the monthly income was very little. I had just got married and had no assets except our clothes. The congregation loved us, and we were also happy to shepherd them. The allowance I received would not carry us beyond the 15th day of the month. At the time I was also busy with my university studies. This was a serious challenge for me. I realised how my wife would go down on her knees and thank the Lord, in advance, for the supplies that He would provide. The Lord did not increase our financial allowance, but at any given moment there was enough food, clothes and tuition fees given by the members of the congregation and other people. None of them had been approached to assist. Through her consistent prayers God provided us with our daily bread in times of personal need.

In times of ministry needs
Towards the end of 1994 I was appointed as Principal of the AFM of SA Theological Institute (AFMSATI) in Soshanguve. The buildings were not in good condition and needed renovation. Other challenges that caused me sleepless nights included finding College staff, including lecturers and finances to cover the College’s budget. My wife immediately prioritised these needs in her prayer program. Then something that nearly caused me a heart attack happened. The section of Soshanguve where the College is situated was hit by a huge hailstorm. It left considerable damages to properties in Soshanguve, including our College. Window panes were smashed, the ceilings in the classrooms caved in because of the water, the carpets in the offices were damaged beyond repair and the documents in the shelves were drenched in water and became illegible. I can still remember my wife praying for God’s intervention and singing the song: “I know the Lord will make a way for me!”. After assessing the extent of the damage, Past. Van Schalkwyk who had offered to assist me with the College administration, went through the water-drenched documents and found the insurance policy documents for the College which were sealed in a plastic cover. I asked him to obtain three quotations and submit them together with the claim to the insurance company. The insurance company chose the quotation that was more expensive than the other two. Within three weeks all the damages were fixed, and new ceiling panels and carpets were fitted. The amount paid by the insurance company was just over a R100,000.00. Once again, I experienced the power of prayer although the answer was dramatic!

I experienced the power of prayer although the answer was dramatic!” 

In times of need for a divine miracle
In one of the local assemblies that I pastored, the husband of a women whose wedding I had conducted a year earlier, passed on. After the funeral service the widow requested to visit us immediately after the funeral. We agreed and indeed she visited us within a week of her husband’s passing. She told us that before her husband passed away, he made a confession to her that he had been unfaithful and, consequently he contracted the killer HIV virus. What was heart rending was that he became infected with the virus before tying the knot with her. She was very emotional. As a good pastor I was already thinking about how to prepare her psychologically for imminent death. My wife embraced her and told her that nothing is impossible with God. My wife asked that we should pray for God’s miraculous intervention in this women’s life. After prayer we consulted one of the medical doctors that we knew. The doctor offered her accommodation while undergoing the HIV test. A few days later she received a clean bill of health. You should have seen the joy from this lady and all of us! I asked the doctor to explain this miracle in medical terms. The doctor said that her immune system was so powerful that the virus had no chance of compromising it. The doctor said it is one of the rare cases. I have seen many other miracles happening as a result of my wife’s prayers.

I have seen many other miracles happening as a result of my wife’s prayers.”

I will be forever grateful to God who partnered me with such a pillar of ministry support. To God be the Glory, Power and Honour for ever and ever!

CONCLUSION

This Pastoral Letter is special with its unique focus on the AFM leader of the future. When I considered everything that is written here, I cannot help but to feel inspired and excited about the future of our church. May God help us to become Godly leaders and cultivate the leadership qualities that will contribute to the God-given missional calling and purpose of our church!

Blessings
Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Pastorale Brief: 1ste Kwartaal

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 Pastorale Brief: 1ste Kwartaal 2019

Liewe Kollega,

Die AGS se hart loop oor met leierskap kwessies.  Ons reflekteer op die tipe leierskap kwaliteite wat benodig word vir die AGS in die toekoms.  Ons visie is leiers wat geroepe is en dienende leiers met standvastige integriteit.  Leiers wat die AGS se waardes leef, daaglikse inspirasie ontvang van God en ondersteun word deur ‘n biddende gade.  Wees geseën deur hierdie spesifieke uitgawe van die Pastorale Brief waarin ons die AGS leier van die toekoms van nader bekyk.

AGS LEIERS VIR DIE TOEKOMS

Dr. J.J. La Poorta – Adjunk President van die AGS van SA
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Toekomstige leiers moet spesifieke beginsels in hulle lewe en bediening omarm en koester.  Eerstens moet hulle geroepe word tot die bediening wat dan die leidende beginsel sal wees waarvolgens hulle hulle lewens lei.  Tweedens moet hulle ‘n voorbeeld wees van ‘n dienskneg- leier (“servant leader”).  Derdens moet hulle aktiewe voorstanders wees van die eenheid van die kerk, wat sodoende op alle vlakke van hulle ministeriële betrokkenheid binne die AGS eenheid en samehorigheid versterk en meebring.  Laastens moet integriteit (een van die vier waardes wat die AGS hoog ag) alle sieninge oor leierskap wat in hierdie artikel verduidelik word, infiltreer.

Deur God Geroep tot die Bediening
Toekomstige leiers van die AGS moet bewus en ingelig wees oor die feit dat slegs God mense tot die bediening kan beroep (1 Korintiërs 12:11;  Romeine 11:29).  Hulle moet ook verstaan dat die roeping en bediening vanaf God onherroeplik is (Romeine 11:29).  Die kwessie of ‘n persoon geroepe is of nie is ‘n besluit wat uitsluitlik rus by God.  Huidige en toekomstige leiers in die bediening moet seker maak dat hulle geroepe is omdat God SY roeping van ‘n persoon sal EER.  As ‘n persoon nooit geroepe deur God was tot die bediening nie en dit slegs ‘n begeerte of ‘n loopbaan is, kan die persoon nie God verantwoordelik hou vir sy/haar bedieningspogings of voorsiening nie – waar God lei is Hy verbind om te voorsien volgens Sy rykdom in glorie.

“…waar God lei is Hy verbind om te voorsien volgens Sy rykdom in glorie.”

Dienskneg-Leierskap of “Servant Leadership”
Die lewens van Jesus, Johannes, Petrus en Paulus is vir ons uitstekende voorbeelde van dienskneg-leierskap.  As leiers het hulle nie daarop aangedring om gedien te word deur hulle volgelinge nie, maar in plaas daarvan het hulle gedien  (Mattheus 20:28;  Markus 10:45;  Johannes 13:1-17;  1 Korintiërs 4:1-13).  ‘n Dienskneg-leier heers nie oor mense nie, maar hy of sy dien mense ywerig en in die meeste gevalle sonder om enige beloning te verwag.  Die voorbeeld wat Jesus en sy dissipels gestel het onderstreep hierdie stelling.  Paulus het selfs in Korintiërs 4 genoem dat hulle nie die gemeente belas het nie, maar self omgesien het na hulle materiële behoeftes deur met hulle eie hande te werk.  Paulus was ‘n tentmaker en daarvandaan kom die welbekende frase “tentmaker-bediening”.  Dit beteken nie dat alle pastore nou die ambag van tentmakery moet leer nie, maar dat hulle die vaardighede, talente en vermoëns waaroor hulle beskik moet gebruik om te sorg vir hulle materiële behoeftes terwyl hulle die kudde bedien.  As rentmeesters van die bedieninge van God moet hulle getrou wees aan hulle roeping.  Dus getrou wees in hul pogings om die mense te dien wat hulle met die Evangelie bedien.

“As leiers het hulle nie daarop aangedring om gedien te word deur hulle volgelinge nie, maar in plaas daarvan het hulle gedien…”

Wees Bekend as Passievolle Eenheidskeppers
Toekomstige leiers van die AGS moet passievolle eenheidskeppers wees wat die eenheid van die Kerk van Jesus Christus bevorder, beskerm en ‘n voorbeeld is deur middel van ‘n Koninkryk visie wat samehorigheid sal versterk binne en buite die AGS.  Hulle moet eenheid bevorder deur praktiese aksies te neem wat eenheid sal beskerm (veral in situasies waar die AGS se eenheid geignoreer of bedreig word) deur ‘n voorbeeld te wees met hul eie woorde en aksies.  Hulle moet op die voorpunt wees van die skepping en ontwikkeling van vriendskappe wat taal-, ras- en kultuurgrense oorsteek.   Hulle moet doelbewus wees in hulle uitreike na mense van ander rasse, kulture en sosio-ekonomiese statusse in hulle pogings om eenheid te skep in die wyer kerk in die algemeen en binne die AGS in besonder.

Opofferings sal gemaak moet word en toekomstige leiers sal bereid moet wees om sodanige opofferings te maak.  In al hul pogings sal hulle probeer om die droom van ‘n verenigde AGS van SA te vervul.  Hulle sal altyd die prys wat betaal is deur diegene wat gewroeg het om eenheid te bereik onthou wanneer hulle besig is met die kwessies van eenheid.  Die eenheid wat tot dusver bereik is is geensins die vervulling van “unity” nie, want daar is verskeie areas waar verdeeldheid steeds voortbestaan as gevolg van die historiese verlede.  Eenheid is nie ‘n gebeurtenis nie, maar ‘n proses binne die AGS wat nog nie ten volle bereik is nie.  Dit is ‘n ideaal, ‘n droom wat nagejaag moet word en uiteindelik bereik moet word.

Leierskap Integriteit
Toekomstige leiers moet deurdrenk wees met integriteit.  Volgens die woordeboek definiese draai integriteit om eerlikheid, waarheid, toewyding en verbintenis aan ‘n edele saak.  Om tot die bediening geroepe te wees is edel, want dit is die hoogste roeping in die lewe.  Gedurende ons ampstermyn kan ons mense se lewens opbou, impakteer of vernietig as ons dit aanpak sonder integriteit.  Ons is geroepe deur God en is uiteindelik aanspreeklik teenoor Hom.  Gedurende ons tyd op aarde funksioneer ons in organisatoriese strukture wat verskillende vlakke van aanpsreeklikheid vereis.  Integriteit is ‘n lewenswyse waar die leiers bereid moet wees om die nodige uitdagings met betrekking tot gedrag te hanteer.  In alles wat die leier doen of poog om te doen, moet hy of sy bereid wees om binne ‘n inklusiewe paradigma te werk – wat lei tot ‘n situasie waar niemand uitgesluit word nie.  Integriteit is van toepassing op nie net die leiers nie, maar ook op almal binne die fokus van ‘n sendingkerk (“missional church”).

Toekomstige leiers moet deurdrenk wees met integriteit.”

Die tipe toekomstige leierskap vir die AGS wat hier beskryf word is inderdaad haalbaar indien die leiers op die voorpunt van die proses bereid is om die nodige veranderinge te maak!  Mag ons meer en meer leiers in die AGS sien wat hierdie kwaliteite ten toon stel.

DAAGLIKSE INSPIRASIE VANAF GOD:  ‘N BOOM WORD GEKEN AAN SY VRUGTE

Marcel Hattingh Ph.D. – Doxa Deo
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Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the word of the Lord, and on His word he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season. Whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”  Ps 1:1-3

As ‘n pastoor van die Evangelie het ek die voorreg om elke oggend op te staan en die meeste van my dag in die markplein te spandeer –  dit sluit raadpleging, opleiding en afrigting van leiers in verskeie industrieë in. Ongelukkig word ek dikwels gekonfronteer met ‘n soort “grond” (of toestand van die hart) wat nie ‘n oes kan oplewer nie. Vir hierdie leiers glo ek dat God spesiale genade voorsien en ons hou aan om hulle te lief te hê met ‘n vurige en Goddelike liefde. Daar is egter geleenthede waar ek paadjies kruis met ‘n belydende kind van God waar ek heeltemal onkant gevang word. Die volgende gaan deur my gedagtes: “…maar ek ken hierdie persoon en ek weet waar hulle op ‘n Sondag aanbid.” Maar as hulle gedrag in die werksplek beskou word laat dit my soms wonder of ek hulle werklik ken?

Wat bedoel ek deur dit te sê?  In Lukas 6:43-44 maak Jesus ‘n interessante waarneming oor wanneer die egtheid (“authenticity”) van ‘n persoon oorweeg word:  “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit.” Dit is interessant hoe ons ‘n boom erken aan sy vrugte, nie sy blare, stam of wortels nie. ‘n Appelboom dra appels, ‘n lemoenboom lemoene en ‘n vyeboom vye. Die gereelde kontras tussen wie leiers bely hulle is op ‘n Sondag,  in vergeleke met die vrugte wat hulle op ‘n Maandag by die werk dra – is dikwels moeilik om byeen te bring.

Ek glo daar is min plekke in die Bybel wat so duidelik die soort vrugte wat ons geroep word om te dra teenwoordig as Paulus se brief aan die kerk in Galasië. Ek weet nie van jou nie, maar vir my is daar in hierdie gedeelte ‘n paar groot uitdagings opgesluit. Dit lyk asof sommige van hierdie elemente redelik natuurlik voorkom, sommige moet ek voortdurend en opsetlik aan werk, maar dan is daar die  wat net hardnekkig is om te groei – selfs tot die mate dat ek oorweeg het of hulle aan my persoonlike boom behoort! Tog is die Skrif duidelik dat ons almal in Christus geroep is om al hierdie vrugte te dra.

“…in Christus geroep is om al hierdie vrugte te dra.”

Persoonlik as ‘n leier kom die liefde, vreugde en getrouheid redelik maklik. Ek moet aan vrede, geduld en goedheid werk, maar dit is die vriendelikheid, sagmoedigheid en selfbeheersing wat blykbaar ‘n voortdurende probleem is. Het jy dalk ‘n soortgelyke siening? Of dalk ‘n ander kombinasie van vrugte? Hoe dikwels dink ons ​​byvoorbeeld aan leiers in terme van sagmoedigheid? Of aanhoudende bewys van vriendelikheid teenoor ander? Is hierdie die vrugte wat ons in ons bekende leierskap figure in die wêreld sien? Of het ons dalk ander vrugte in hul lewens begin bewonder – hul visioenêre kapasiteit, hul strategiese bedoeling, hul kulturele verstand, hul emosionele behendigheid, hul hulpbronpoel, ens?

Vir jare word ek nou met hierdie realiteit gekonfronteer; om te probeer uitvind hoe om al hierdie vrugte in my lewe die beste te verbou, toe ek ‘n merkwaardige klem in die Amplified weergawe ontdek het: “But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” Galatians 5:22-23.   Die waarheid is ‘n boom produseer nie vrugte deur te probeer nie; dit produseer vrugte deur te wees! Persoonlik is ek daarvan oortuig dat ek nie al hierdie vrugte kan produseer deur te probeer nie, maar ek moet die onveranderlike, intieme teenwoordigheid van die Heilige Gees in my lewe ontdek om baie vrug te dra.  ‘n Boom dra nooit vrugte vir eie gebruik nie, maar vir die voeding van ander. Dit is die vrug wat die saad bevat wat die voortbestaan ​​van die vrugteboom verseker. Sonder die saad kan daar geen ander bome wees nie. As ons ons bedieningskapasiteit van die Evangelie wil verhoog, moet ons eers vrug dra vir die voeding van ander. Tweedens, as ons wil verseker dat ons bediening sterk en gesond bly, sal ons seuns en dogters die saad in die vrugte wat ons dra, moet ontdek.

“…dat ek nie al hierdie vrugte kan produseer deur te probeer nie, maar ek moet die onveranderlike, intieme teenwoordigheid van die Heilige Gees in my lewe ontdek om baie vrug te dra.”

Daar is nege elemente van die Vrug van die Gees. Ek wil jou uitnooi om ‘n 1 maand (31 dae) reis te oorweeg om die Skrifte rakende elke element te bestudeer. Kan jy jou voorstel wat deur ons lewens en bedieninge kan gebeur as ons almal daagliks inspirasie van God ontvang en in hierdie seisoen ‘n rekord oes van vrugte produseer?

LEWENDE KERNWAARDES: ‘n PRAKTIESE GIDS

Dr H.J. Weideman – Algemene Sekretaris van die AGS van SA
[email protected]

Wat is jou kernwaardes?  As jy dit nie sonder meer kan opnoem nie, is dit dalk ‘n goeie idee om ‘n bietjie hieroor na te dink.  Dit is relatief maklik om ‘n dik boek met ‘n lang lys van goeie waardes neer te skryf, maar wat is die drie tot vyf kernwaardes wat jy sou kies om jou lewe te defnieer?  Waardes speel ‘n belangriker rol in ons lewens as wat ons soms dink: Hulle vorm die basis waarvolgens ons bepaalde besluite neem. Hulle bepaal ons fokus, so wel as dit wat ons doen en nie doen nie.  Ons kernwaardes bepaal ook hoe en waarop ons ons geld spandeer en waarvoor ons tyd gebruik word.

“Waardes speel ‘n belangriker rol in ons lewens as wat ons soms dink: Hulle vorm die basis waarvolgens ons bepaalde besluite neem.”

AGS Waarde #1:  Integriteit
Om integriteit te hê, beteken om in alle omstandighede die regte dinge op ‘n betroubare manier te doen, selfs al sien niemand jou nie. Integriteit sluit ook die kwaliteite van eerlikheid en sterk morele beginsels in.

Om met integriteit op te tree beteken dat jy optree in opregtheid en in konsekwentheid van karakter. Dit beteken dat jy jouself hou by goeie standaarde en altyd met eerlikheid en eerbaarheid optree.

Die woord integreit kom van die Latynse woord “integer”, wat heel of voltooid beteken. ‘n Mens sou kon sê dat iemand met integriteit optree, na die mate wat hy/sy in woord en daad getrou aan hulleself bly en optree volgens die waardes en beginsels wat hulle sê vir hulle belangrik is. Integriteit is ‘n eienskap wat mense bewonder, omdat dit beteken dat die persoon wat dit leef, ‘n standvastige morele kompas het, beginselvas, betroubaar en vertouenswaardig is.

Hoe om integreit te kweek:

  • Hou jou beloftes, al vat dit ook ekstra moeite.
  • Sê vir ‘n kassier indien hy/sy jou te veel kleingeld gegee het en gaan terug na ‘n winkel as jy vergeet het om vir iets te betaal.
  • Moenie skinder of sleg praat van ander mense nie.
  • Bly in alle omstandighede getrou aan jou huweliksmaat.
  • Gee geld wat iemand laat val het terug, sonder om vergoeding te verwag.
  • Moet nooit sonder toestemming voorrade of eiendom van jou werkplek vat nie.
  • Moenie toelaat dat iemand anders die skuld dra vir iets wat jy gedoen het nie.
  • Wanneer iemand konfidensiële inligting met jou deel, moenie dit aan ander oorvertel nie.
  • Werk wanner jy veronderstel is om te werk en hou sosialisering, versnapperinge, soektogte op die internet en persoonlike telefoonoproepe vir tee- of etenstyd.
  • Wys respek teenoor jou kollegas d.m.v. toepaslike gesprekke en empatie.
  • Indien jy jouself in ‘n konflik van belange bevind, probeer so gou as moontlik daar uitkom.
  • Wees verantwoordelik: Doen wat jy gesê het jy sal doen.

AGS Waarde #2: Uitnemendheid
Uitnemendheid is die strewe om die beste moontlik te doen met wat jy het. Dit is die kwaliteit van uitmuntendheid en die strewe om werklik goed te doen in alles wat jy aanpak.

“…die strewe om werklik goed te doen in alles wat jy aanpak.” 

Uitnemendheid behoort ‘n bewegende teiken te wees: Die kwaliteit van wat ons vandag doen en hoe ons dien, behoort nie dieselfde te wees as wat dit gister was nie. Ons behoort voortdurend daarop te verbeter.

Hoe om uitnemendheid te  bou:

  • Ontwikkel ‘n honger daarvoor. Kweek die wil om uit te munt.
  • Gebruik die beste voorbeelde as maatstaf.
  • Glo dat jy dit kan doen.
  • Bou konkrete strategiëe en planne.
  • Leer van die beste rolmodelle waarvan jy weet.
  • Moenie jouself beperk nie.
  • Werk hard en fokus jou pogings daarop om suksesvol te wees.
  • Wees aanpasbaar.
  • Moenie opgee nie.

AGS Waarde #3: Verhoudings
Persoonlike verhoudings verwys na die nabye kontak tussen mense wat gevorm word deur emosionele bande en interaksie. Hierdie bande vorm en ontwikkel meestal vanuit gedeelde ervarings, sowel as gedeelte visie en doelwitte. Persoonlike verhoudings ontwikkel as gevolg van die ontdekking en uitbreiding van mededeelsaamheid en omgee.

Interpersoonlike verhoudings bestaan uit verskillende elemente, soos aanvaarding, eerlikheid, aanpasbaarheid en om geduld met ander mense te hê.

Hoe om interpersoonlike verhoudings te versterk:

  • Reik doelgerig uit en ontmoet nuwe mense. Ook kruiskultureel.
  • Maak tyd vir verbale kommunikasie. (Gesels)
  • Respekteer diversiteit.
  • Streef daarna om ander mense en hulle gebruike te verstaan.
  • Fokus daarop om werklik belang te stel.
  • Hanteer ander mense met begrip en welwillendheid.
  • Deel die storie van julle lewens met mekaar.
  • Leer om regtig te luister. Dit is een van die kern elemente van gesonde verhoudings.
  • Bou vertroue.
  • Fokus daarop om ook in nie-verbale kommunikasie (liggaamstaal) omgee oor te dra.
  • Los konflik op ‘n konstruktiewe manier op.

AGS Waarde #4: Verantwoordbaarheid
Verantwoordbaarheid gaan daaroor dat ‘n mens bereid is om antwoorde te gee oor jou doen en late.  Dat jy blaam dra en bereid is om verslag te gee t.o.v. jou besluite en optrede. Dit is die aanvaarding dat dit deel van die normale verloop van sake is om “pa” te staan vir die besluite, optrede, beleid en bestuur wat deel is van jou verantwoordelikheidsveld.

Verantwoordbaarheid gaan ook oor die verpligting van ‘n individu en organisasie om op ‘n deursigtige manier verslag te gee oor die beplanning van aktiwiteite, sowel as die uitkoms daarvan. Dit sluit verantwoordelikheid t.o.v. die bestuur van finansies en eiendom wat aan die individu of organisasie toevertrou is in.  Wanneer ‘n mens verantwoordelikheid vir jou eie optrede neem, bewys jy daarmee jou verantwoordbaarheid. Somtyds, beteken verantwoordbaarheid ook dat ‘n mens moet erken dat jy ‘n fout gemaak het.  Verantwoordbaarheid bestaan nie sonder verslaggewing nie. Dit beteken dat sonder terugvoer, daar nie verantwoordbaarheid is nie.

Wanneer ‘n mens verantwoordelikheid vir jou eie optrede neem, bewys jy daarmee jou verantwoordbaarheid.”

Hoe om verantwoordbaarheid te verdiep:

  • Ontwikkel ‘n ingesteldheid van deursigtigheid en bereidheid om terugvoer te gee. (Stel ‘n voorbeeld)
  • Bou gesonde interpersoonlike verhoudinge en vertroue.
  • Bepaal wat regtig belangrik is en hoe terugvoer/verslag daaroor gegee sal word.
  • Bepaal die frekwensie van terugvoer.
  • Doen dit!

Alles wat ons doen as en namens die AGS van SA, behoort gedoen te word in die konteks van integriteit, God verheerlikende uitnemendheid, gesonde interpersoonlike verhoudings en verantwoordbaarheid  aan mekaar.

MY BIDDENDE VROU: JACOBETH
Past. M.G. Mahlobo – President van die AGS van SA
mmahlobo@afm-ags.org

By ‘n onlangse leierskap funksie het ek die volgende vraag gekry: “Wat het jou in stand gehou en laat aangaan tot vandag toe?”  Een van die drie dinge in my antwoord was die gebedsondersteuning van my vrou.  Ek wil graag ‘n paar persoonlike gevalle deel in my bedieningsreis waar die gebede van my vrou tot deurbrake gelei het. Hierdie jaar (2019) vier ons ons 41ste troudag. As ek terugkyk na ons lewe saam is een van die dinge wat uitstaan my vrou se volle vertroue in die krag van gebed. Soos alle pastore het ek ‘n regverdige deel van die uitdagings in die bediening ondervind. Natuurlik het ek ook baie seëninge ervaar.

In Tye van Persoonlike Nood
Ons eerste gemeente was in Machadodorp, een van die klein dorpies in Mpumalanga. Ek was die eerste geordende pastoor van hierdie gemeente. Dit was ‘n klein gemeente van ongeveer 25 lede. Weens min lede wat tiendes gegee het was die maandelikse inkomste maar baie min. Ek was pas getroud en het geen bates behalwe ons klêre gehad nie. Die gemeente het ons liefgehad en ons was ook bly om vir hulle ‘n herder te kon wees. Die toelae wat ek ontvang het sou ons nie langer as die 15de dag van die maand dra nie. Terselfdertyd was ek ook besig met my universiteitstudies. Dit was vir my ‘n ernstige uitdaging. My vrou sou op haar knieë gaan en die Here bedank vir die voorrade wat Hy nog sou voorsien voordat Hy dit voorsien het. Die Here het nie net ons finansiële toelae verhoog nie, maar op enige oomblik was daar genoeg kos, klere en klasgelde wat deur die gemeentelede en ander mense gegee is. Nie een van hulle is genader om te help nie. Deur haar vaste gebede het God ons met ons daaglikse brood voorsien in ‘n tyd van persoonlike nood.

In Tye van Bedieningsnood
Teen die einde van 1994 is ek aangestel as hoof van die AGS van die SA Teologiese Instituut (AFMSATI) in Soshanguve. Die geboue was nie in ‘n goeie toestand nie en het opknapping benodig. Ander uitdagings wat my slapelose nagte veroorsaak het was om kollegepersoneel te vind, insluitende dosente en finansies om die Kollege se begroting te dek. My vrou het dadelik hierdie behoeftes in haar gebed geprioritiseer. Toe gebeur daar iets wat my amper ‘n hartaanval gegee het. Die deel van Soshanguve waar die Kollege geleë is, is deur ‘n groot haelstorm getref. Dit het aansienlike skade aan eiendomme in Soshanguve, insluitende ons Kollege, aangerig. Vensters was verpletter, die plafonne in die klaskamers het meegegee as gevolg van die water, die matte in die kantore is onherstelbaar beskadig en die dokumente in die rakke was deurdrenk met water en onleesbaar. Ek kan nog onthou dat my vrou vir God se ingryping gebid het en die lied gesing het: “I know the Lord will make a way for me!”.  Na die vasstelling van die omvang van die skade het Past. Van Schalkwyk, wat aangebied het om my met die Kollege-administrasie te help, deur die waterdeurdrenke dokumente gegaan en die versekeringspolisdokumente vir die Kollege gevind wat in ‘n plastieksakkie verseël was. Ek het hom gevra om drie kwotasies te kry en die kwotasies tesame met die eis vir die skade in te dien. Die versekeringsmaatskappy het die kwotasie gekies wat duurder was as die ander twee. Binne drie weke is al die skade herstel en nuwe plafonne en matte geinstalleer. Die bedrag wat deur die versekeringsmaatskappy uitbetaal is, was net meer as R100,00.00. Weereens het ek die krag van gebed ervaar alhoewel die antwoord dramaties was!

“Weereens het ek die krag van gebed ervaar alhoewel die antwoord dramaties was!”

In Tye van Nood vir ‘n Goddelike Wonderwerk
In een van die plaaslike gemeentes wat ek as pastoor gelei het, het ‘n man wie se troue ek ‘n jaar vroeër bevestig het, gesterf. Na die begrafnisdiens het die weduwee gevra om ons onmiddellik te besoek. Ons het ingestem en inderdaad het sy ons binne ‘n week van haar man se afsterwe besoek. Sy het ons vertel dat voordat haar man oorlede is het hy haar in kennis gestel dat hy ontrou was en die dodelike MIV-vigs-virus opgedoen het. Wat hartverskeurend was was dat hy met die virus besmet was voordat hy met haar getrou het. Sy was baie emosioneel. As ‘n goeie pastoor het ek al gedink hoe om haar sielkundig voor te berei vir haar onvermybare dood. My vrou het haar omhels en vir haar gesê dat niks by God onmoontlik is nie. My vrou het gevra dat ons moet bid vir God se wonderbaarlike ingryping in hierdie vrou se lewe. Na gebed het ons een van die mediese dokters geraadpleeg wat ons geken het. Die dokter het haar verblyf aangebied terwyl sy MIV-vigs toetse ondergaan het. ‘n Paar dae later het sy ‘n skoon gesondheidsrekening ontvang. Jy moes die vreugde van hierdie dame en almal van ons gesien het! Ek het die dokter gevra om hierdie wonderwerk in mediese terme te verduidelik. Die dokter het gesê dat haar immuunstelsel so kragtig was dat die virus geen kans gehad het om dit te onderdruk nie. Die dokter het gesê dit is ‘n seldsame geval. Ek het baie ander wonderwerke gesien as gevolg van my vrou se gebede.

“Ek het baie ander wonderwerke gesien as gevolg van my vrou se gebede.”

Ek sal vir ewig dankbaar wees teenoor God wat vir my ‘n pilaar van bedieningsondersteuning gegee het – my vrou en vennoot.  Aan God is die heerlikheid, krag en eer vir ewig en altyd!

SLOT

Hierdie Pastorale Brief is spesiaal met sy unieke fokus op die AGS-leierskap van die toekoms. Wanneer ek alles oorweeg wat hier geskryf is kan ek nie help nie, maar ek voel geïnspireer en opgewonde oor die toekoms van ons kerk. Mag God ons help om Goddelike leiers te word en leierskap kwaliteite te kweek wat sal bydra tot die God-gegewe missionêre roeping en doel van ons kerk!

Seënwense!
Past. M.G. Mahlobo

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