AFM Election 2020: Nomination Forms

Nomination Form Regional Comittees (For the NOB Elections)

Nomination Form for Assemblies (For the NOB Elections)

Each Assembly Governing Body is entitled to receive and complete one nomination form. This is the same with each Regional Committee. Completed forms must be sent to the Office of the President, through hand delivery, registered mail or through e-mail. The e-mail address to be used, in this regard is elections2020@afm-ags.org.

The deadline date for the submission of these forms is Tuesday 31 March 2020 not later than 16h00. Your cooperation is highly appreciated in this regard.

AFM Leadership Legacy Program: Call for Applications!

APPLY TODAY!

We have been talking about the development of the next generation of leaders for many years, by God’s Grace, this intention was put into action in 2023. The AFM Legacy Leadership development program aims to develop a generation of God-fearing, Christ-like, Holy Spirit-filled leaders who will live, lead and leave a legacy for the church, the Kingdom of God and society at large.

All AFM members between the ages of 25-35 may apply. The course is free of charge to successful applicants. A self-explanatory brochure for The AFM Legacy Leadership Program is available here:

20240701 AFM LLP Brochure

Please share the brochure with all the assemblies and Pastors in your constituency, as well as to potential candidates in your assembly and encourage them to apply. The due date for applications as indicated in the brochure, is Tuesday 30 July 2024.

Newsflash: Winter Care in our Communities

AFM of SA Calendar 2024:
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2024/

The World Needs a Missional Church –
Pastoral Letter of the 2nd Quarter 2024:

English: https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-newsletter-2nd-quarter-2024/

isiZulu: https://afm-ags.org/incwadi-yokwalusa-ikota-yesi-2-2024/

Afrikaans: https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-2de-kwartaal-2024/

AFM Newsflash_English_isiZulu_12JUL24

Dear Colleague,

1. WINTER CARE IN OUR COMMUNITIES
1. UKUNAKEKELWA KWEMIPHAKATHI YETHU EBUSIKA

Philippians 2:4 encourages us to not only look to our own interests but also to the interests of others. This is especially true during the cold winter months. A few practical actions can make a big difference in our communities and show that we care.

As Pastors and leaders, we can initiate some of the following: Organize some members to regularly check in on elderly members, neighbours and those with health issues to ensure they have enough food, medicine, and heat. Ask members to consider offering rides to people without transport who must go to the shop or a doctor in cold conditions. Organize a drive to donate warm clothing and blankets to people in your community and to local shelters to help those in need. Organize an outreach with soup and non-perishable food items in your community. Stay connected with church and community members through social media or community groups to share updates on weather conditions and available resources.

These small acts of service reflect Christian values, embody the spirit of Christ, and can make winter a bit warmer for everyone in your community. Wherever you find people, you will find the AFM, caring and sharing.

KwabaseFiliphi 2:4 sikhuthazwa ukuthi singanaki okwethu kuphela kodwa sinake nokwabanye. Loku kubalulekile, ikakhulukazi, ngezinyanga zasebusika ezibandayo. Izinto ezimbalwa eziphathekayo zingenza umehluko omkhulu emiphakathini yethu futhi zibonise ukuthi siyayikhathalela.

Njengabefundisi nabaholi, singaqala okunye kwalezinto ezilandelayo: Hlela amalungu athile ukuthi ahlole njalo amalungu asekhulile ngeminyaka, omakhelwane nalabo abanezinkinga zempilo ukuqinisekisa ukuthi banokudla okwanele, imithi naloko okungenza bahlale befudumele. Cela amalungu ukuthi acabange ngokugibelisa abantu abangenazo izimoto lapho kumele baye ezitolo noma kodokotela ezimweni ezibandayo.

Hlela umgodla wokunikela ngezingubo ezifudumele nezingubo zokulala kubantu abasemphakathini wakho nasezindaweni ezihlala abantu abaswele. Yenza umkhankaso wokufinyelela abantu abahlwempu ngesobho nezinto zokudla, ezingaboli, emphakathini wakho. Hlala uxhumene namalungu ebandla kanye nomphakathi ngokusebenzisa izinkundla zokuxhumana noma uxhumane nalabo abasebenzela umphakathi ukwabelana ngezinguquko zesimo zezulu kanye nalapho abantu bangathola khona.

Lezi zenzo ezincane zokusiza zibonisa izisekelo zethu zokuziphatha zobuKristu, zihlanganisa umoya kaKristu, futhi zingenza ubusika buthi ukufudumala kancane kuwo wonke umuntu emphakathini wakho. Nomaphi lapho uthola khona abantu, uzoyithola i-AFM, inakekela futhi yabelana nabasweleyo.

2. APPLICATIONS FOR THE LEGACY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM 2024-2025 ARE NOW OPEN!
2. IZICELO ZOHLELO LWE-LEGACY LEADERSHIP 2024-2025 MANJE ZIVULEKILE!

We have been talking about the development of the next generation of leaders for many years, by God’s Grace, this intention was put into action in 2023. The AFM Legacy Leadership development program aims to develop a generation of God-fearing, Christ-like, Holy Spirit-filled leaders who will live, lead and leave a legacy for the church, the Kingdom of God and society at large.

All AFM members between the ages of 25-35 may apply. The course is free of charge to successful applicants. A self-explanatory brochure for The AFM Legacy Leadership Program is available at the following link: https://afm-ags.org/category/media/.

Please share the brochure with all the assemblies and Pastors in your constituency, as well as to potential candidates in your assembly and encourage them to apply. The due date for applications as indicated in the brochure, is Tuesday 30 July 2024.

Sekuyiminyaka eminingi sikhuluma ngokuthuthukiswa kwesizukulwane esilandelayo sabaholi. NgoMusa kaNkulunkulu, le nhloso yafakwa ekusebenzeni ngo-2023. Uhlelo lokuthuthukisa ubuholi be-AFM Legacy luhlose ukuthuthukisa isizukulwane sabaholi abesaba uNkulunkulu, abanezimpawu zoKristu, abangabaholi abagcwaliswe ngoMoya oNgcwele abazophila, bahole futhi bashiye umzekelo ozoba yifa lebandla, uMbuso kaNkulunkulu nomphakathi wonkana.

Onke amalungu e-AFM aphakathi kweminyaka engama 25-35 angafaka izicelo. Izifundo zimahhala kulabo abaphumelele ezicelweni zabo. Incwajana echaza kabanzi nge-The AFM Legacy Leadership Program iyatholakala kulesi sixhumanisi esilandelayo:

20240701 AFM LLP Brochure

Sicela wabelane ngale ncwajana kuwo wonke amabandla nabefundisi esifundeni sakho, futhi ukhuthaze bonke labo abangathanda ukungenela lezizfundo ebandleni lakho. Ubakhuthaze ukuthi bafake izicelo. Usuku okulindelele ukuthi lezizicelo zibe sezifikile ngalo nguLwesibili mhla zinga 30 kuNtulikazi 2024 njengoba kuphawuliwe kulencwajana.

3. INVITATION TO THE 2024 GBM & ABLAZE CONFERENCE

We hereby invite all Assembly delegates, NLF Members and representatives of the Church’s Departments and Standing Committees to attend the 2024 General Business Meeting (GBM) and Conference. Kindly take note of the following information:

AFM General Business Meeting (GBM) & ABLAZE National Conference 2024

Dates: 8-12 September 2024
Venue: Word and Life Church -Corner of Trichardts Rd &, Kingfisher Ave, Sunward Park, Boksburg (Gauteng)

Registration Fee: 
R400.00 p/p for all who register before/on 15 August 2024. A Late Registration fee of R450.00 p/p will apply after 15 August 2024.

Registration Process:
Allows for two options: online and offline/usual-established registrations. The online registration option will be effective from Monday, 1 July 2024: http://afmregistrations.co.za/ –

OR

use the QR Code. For offline registrations, kindly use the provided registration form (only when online registration is not possible) available as Annexure C.

For quick and easy reference, click on the link below for access to:
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

The GBM & Conference Invitation_Circular
Annexure A: Minutes of the GBM 2022
Annexure B: Provisional Agenda
Annexure C: Offline Registration Form
Annexure C1: Registration Process
Annexure D: GBM Accommodation

The theme “ABLAZE” signifies a powerful ignition of passion, innovation, and transformation. It embodies a state of being fervently active, energetically engaged, and deeply inspired. Just as a blaze lights up the surroundings, this conference aims to know Him more deeply and make Him known to the world around us. We are looking forward to gathering as an AFM Family of God!

Friendly Regards
Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Wintersorg In Ons Gemeenskappe

AGS van SA Kalender 2024:
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2024/

Die wêreld het ‘n Missionale Kerk nodig –
Pastorale Brief 2de Kwartaal 2024:

Engels: https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-newsletter-2nd-quarter-2024/

isiZulu: https://afm-ags.org/incwadi-yokwalusa-ikota-yesi-2-2024/

Afrikaans: https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-2de-kwartaal-2024/

AGS Nuusflits_Afrikaans_12JUL24

1. WINTERSORG IN ONS GEMEENSKAPPE

Filippense 2:4 moedig ons aan om nie net na ons eie belange om te sien nie, maar ook na die belange van ander.  Dit is veral waar gedurende die koue Wintermaande. ‘n Paar praktiese aksies kan ‘n groot verskil in ons gemeenskappe maak en wys dat ons omgee.

As Pastore en leiers kan ons van die volgende aksies inisieer: Organiseer ‘n paar lidmate om gereeld by bejaarde lidmate, bure en diegene met gesondheidskwessies in te loer om te verseker dat hulle genoeg kos, medisyne en hitte het. Vra lidmate om dit te oorweeg om aan mense sonder vervoer wat in koue toestande winkel of dokter toe moet gaan, vervoer te verskaf. Organiseer ‘n aksie om warm klere en komberse aan mense in jou gemeenskap en aan plaaslike skuilings te skenk om behoeftiges te help. Organiseer ‘n uitreik met sop en nie-bederfbare voedselitems in jou gemeenskap.

Bly in verbinding met kerk- en gemeenskapslede deur sosiale media of gemeenskapsgroepe om opdaterings oor weerstoestande en beskikbare hulpbronne te deel. Hierdie klein dade van diens weerspieël Christelike waardes, beliggaam die gees van Christus en kan die winter ‘n bietjie warmer maak vir almal in jou gemeenskap. Waar jy ook al mense kry, sal jy die AGS vind, wat omgee en deel.

2. AANSOEKE VIR DIE LEGACY LEADERSHIP-PROGRAM 2024-2025 IS NOU OOP!

Ons praat al jare lank oor die ontwikkeling van die volgende geslag leiers, deur God se genade is hierdie voorneme vanaf 2023 in werking gestel. Die AGS Legacy Leadership Program het ten doel om ‘n generasie van Godvresende, Christus gesentreerde, Heilige Geesvervulde leiers te ontwikkel wat ‘n impak vir die kerk, die Koninkryk van God en die breë samelewing sal leef, lei en nalaat. Alle AGS lidmate tussen die ouderdomme van 25-35 kan aansoek doen. Die kursus is gratis vir suksesvolle aansoekers.

‘n Selfverduidelikende brosjure vir die AGS Legacy Leadership Program is beskikbaar by die volgende skakel:

20240701 AFM LLP Brochure

Deel asseblief die brosjure met al die gemeentes en pastore in jou omgewing, asook met potensiële kandidate in jou gemeente en moedig hulle aan om aansoek te doen. Die sperdatum vir aansoeke soos aangedui in die brosjure, is Dinsdag 30 Julie 2024.

3. UITNODIGING NA DIE 2024 GBM & KONFERENSIE

Hiermee nooi ons graag alle Gemeente verteenwoordigers, NLF-lede, verteenwoordigers van die Kerk se departemente en Staande Komitees uit om die 2024 AGS Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM) en Konferensie by te woon. Neem asseblief kennis van die volgende inligting:

AGS Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM) & ABLAZE Nasionale Konferensie 2024

Datums: 8-12 September 2024
Plek: Woord en Lewe Kerk -Hoek van Trichardts Rd en Kingfisher Ave, Sunward Park, Boksburg (Gauteng)

Registrasiefooi: 
R400.00 p/p vir afgevaardigdes wat voor/op 15 Augustus 2024 registreer. ‘n Laat registrasiefooi van R450.00 p/p sal na 15 Augustus 2024 geld.

Registrasieproses:
Die proses laat twee opsies toe: aanlyn en gewone registrasies. Die aanlyn registrasie-opsie sal vanaf Maandag, 1 Julie 2024 beskikbaar wees by: http://afmregistrations.co.za/

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die QR-kode (ook beskikbaar vanaf Maandag, 1 Julie 2024) kan gebruik word. Vir gewone registrasies, gebruik asseblief die registrasievorm wat beskikbaar is as Bylaag C in hierdie Nuusflits. Let wel dat ‘n gewone registrasie slegs gedoen moet word indien ‘n aanlyn registrasie nie moontlik is nie.

Vir vinnige en maklike verwysing, klik op die skakel hieronder vir toegang tot:
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Uitnodiging na die GBM en Konferensie Omsendbrief

Bylaag A: Notule van die GBM 2022
Bylaag B: Voorlopige Agenda
Bylaag C: Gewone Registrasie Vorm
Bylaag C1: Registrasie Proses
Bylaag D: GBM Akkommodasie

Die tema “ABLAZE” dui op ‘n kragtige ontvlamming van passie, innovasie en transformasie. Dit simboliseer ‘n vurige begeerte en energieke betrokkenheid wat diep inspireer. Net soos ‘n vlam die omgewing verlig, het hierdie konferensie ten doel om Hom dieper te ken en aan die wêreld om ons bekend te maak. Ons sien uit daarna om as ‘n AGS Familie van God bymekaar te kom!

Vriendelike Groete,
Henri Weideman

General Business Meeting & Conference

We hereby invite all Assembly delegates, NLF Members and representatives of the Church’s Departments and Standing Committees to attend the 2024 General Business Meeting (GBM) and Conference. Kindly take note of the following information:

AFM General Business Meeting (GBM) & ABLAZE National Conference 2024

Dates: 8-12 September 2024
Venue: Word and Life Church -Corner of Trichardts Rd &, Kingfisher Ave, Sunward Park, Boksburg (Gauteng)

Registration Fee: 
R400.00 p/p for all who register before/on 15 August 2024. A Late Registration fee of R450.00 p/p will apply after 15 August 2024.

Registration Process:
Allows for two options: online and offline/usual-established registrations. The online registration option will be effective from Monday, 1 July 2024: http://afmregistrations.co.za/ –

OR use the QR Code. For offline registrations, kindly use the provided registration form (only when online registration is not possible) available as Annexure C.

GBM 2024 – GBM and Conference Invitation Circular

GBM 2024 – Annexure A – Minutes GBM 2022 FINAL

GBM 2024 – Annexure B – Provisional Agenda

GBM 2024 – Annexure C – Offline Registration Form

GBM 2024 – Annexure C1 Registration Process

GBM 2024 – Annexure D – GBM Accomodation

The theme “ABLAZE” signifies a powerful ignition of passion, innovation, and transformation. It embodies a state of being fervently active, energetically engaged, and deeply inspired. Just as a blaze lights up the surroundings, this conference aims to know Him more deeply and make Him known to the world around us. We are looking forward to gathering as an AFM Family of God!

Newsflash: Invitation to the GBM & Conference

AFM of SA Calendar 2024:
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2024/

The World Needs a Missional Church –
Pastoral Letter of the 2nd Quarter 2024:

English: https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-newsletter-2nd-quarter-2024/

isiZulu: https://afm-ags.org/incwadi-yokwalusa-ikota-yesi-2-2024/

Afrikaans: https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-2de-kwartaal-2024/

AFM Newsflash_Friday 28 June_2024

Dear Colleague,

1. INVITATION TO THE 2024 GBM & ABLAZE CONFERENCE

We hereby invite all Assembly delegates, NLF Members and representatives of the Church’s Departments and Standing Committees to attend the 2024 General Business Meeting (GBM) and Conference. Kindly take note of the following information:

AFM General Business Meeting (GBM) & ABLAZE National Conference 2024

Dates: 8-12 September 2024
Venue: Word and Life Church -Corner of Trichardts Rd &, Kingfisher Ave, Sunward Park, Boksburg (Gauteng)

Registration Fee: 
R400.00 p/p for all who register before/on 15 August 2024. A Late Registration fee of R450.00 p/p will apply after 15 August 2024.

Registration Process:
Allows for two options: online and offline/usual-established registrations. The online registration option will be effective from Monday, 1 July 2024: http://afmregistrations.co.za/

OR

use the QR Code. For offline registrations, kindly use the provided registration form (only when online registration is not possible) available as Annexure C.

For quick and easy reference, click on the link below for access to:
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

The GBM & Conference Invitation_Circular
Annexure A: Minutes of the GBM 2022
Annexure B: Provisional Agenda
Annexure C: Offline Registration Form
Annexure C1: Registration Process
Annexure D: GBM Accommodation

The theme “ABLAZE” signifies a powerful ignition of passion, innovation, and transformation. It embodies a state of being fervently active, energetically engaged, and deeply inspired. Just as a blaze lights up the surroundings, this conference aims to know Him more deeply and make Him known to the world around us. We are looking forward to gathering as an AFM Family of God!

2. LAST CALL FOR WOMEN ON THE RUN!

This is the last call for AFM Sisters to register for the upcoming National Sisters Fellowship (NSF) Conference at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban:

National Sisters’ Fellowship Conference (12,13 & 14 July 2024):
https://afm-ags.org/nsf-conference-12-13-14-july-2024/

Friendly Regards
Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Uitnodiging na die 2024 GBM en Konferensie

AGS van SA Kalender 2024:
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2024/

Die wêreld het ‘n Missionale Kerk nodig –
Pastorale Brief 2de Kwartaal 2024:

Engels: https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-newsletter-2nd-quarter-2024/

isiZulu: https://afm-ags.org/incwadi-yokwalusa-ikota-yesi-2-2024/

Afrikaans: https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-2de-kwartaal-2024/

AGS Nuusflits_Vrydag 28 Junie_2024

 

Liewe AGS Kollega,

1. UITNODIGING NA DIE 2024 GBM & KONFERENSIE

Hiermee nooi ons graag alle Gemeente verteenwoordigers, NLF-lede, verteenwoordigers van die Kerk se departemente en Staande Komitees uit om die 2024 AGS Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM) en Konferensie by te woon. Neem asseblief kennis van die volgende inligting:

AGS Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM) & ABLAZE Nasionale Konferensie 2024

Datums: 8-12 September 2024
Plek: Woord en Lewe Kerk – Hoek van Trichardts Rd en Kingfisher Ave, Sunward Park, Boksburg (Gauteng)

Registrasiefooi:
R400.00 p/p vir afgevaardigdes wat voor/op 15 Augustus 2024 registreer.’n Laat registrasiefooi van R450.00 p/p sal na 15 Augustus 2024 geld.

Registrasieproses:
Die proses laat twee opsies toe: aanlyn en gewone registrasies. Die aanlyn registrasie-opsie sal vanaf Maandag, 1 Julie 2024 beskikbaar wees by: http://afmregistrations.co.za/ –

OF

die QR-kode kan ook gebruik word. Vir gewone registrasies, gebruik asseblief die registrasievorm wat beskikbaar is as Bylaag C in hierdie Nuusflits. Let wel dat ‘n gewone registrasie slegs gedoen moet word indien ‘n aanlyn registrasie nie moontlik is nie.

Vir vinnige en maklike verwysing, klik op die skakel hieronder vir toegang tot:
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Uitnodiging na die GBM en Konferensie Omsendbrief
Bylaag A: Notule van die GBM 2022
Bylaag B: Voorlopige Agenda
Bylaag C: Gewone Registrasie Vorm
Bylaag C1: Registrasie Proses
Bylaag D: GBM Akkommodasie

Die tema “ABLAZE” dui op ‘n kragtige ontvlamming van passie, innovasie en transformasie. Dit simboliseer ‘n vurige begeerte en energieke betrokkenheid wat diep inspireer. Net soos ‘n vlam die omgewing verlig, het hierdie konferensie ten doel om Hom dieper te ken en aan die wêreld om ons bekend te maak. Ons sien uit daarna om as ‘n AGS Familie van God bymekaar te kom!

2. LAASTE KANS OM TE REGISTREER!

Dit is die laaste oproep vir AGS Susters om te registreer vir die komende National Sisters’ Fellowship (NSF)-konferensie by die Moses Mabhida-stadion in Durban:

National Sisters’ Fellowship Konferensie (12,13 & 14 Julie 2024):
https://afm-ags.org/nsf-conference-12-13-14-july-2024/

Vriendelike Groete,
Henri Weideman

Pastoral Newsletter 2nd Quarter 2024

AFM Pastoral Letter 2nd Quarter 2024

AFM Family,

On Saturday 25 May 2024, the AFM of SA celebrated a 116th Birthday anniversary since the church’s inception in 1908. The birthday celebrations included the traditional AFM Logo Day where all assemblies and members proudly shared and showcased the AFM Logo. The National Office Bearers (NOB) released special content on “Missional Actions and Values” as part of the celebrations – speaking directly to the heart and spirit of the AFM Member and explaining what the AFM stands for. We believe that the AFM was placed in South Africa for a reason, let us fulfil our redemptive and prophetic purpose with enthusiasm and diligence.

Jesus did not confine his ministry to religious spaces. He met people where they were – at work, in their homes, in the streets – everywhere. Being missional means following His example and reaching out to everyone, regardless of background or status. In our increasingly secular world, we need to rethink how we engage with our communities – being missional means embodying Christ’s love and presence in every part of our lives, becoming like Him in the impact we have in our own circle of friends, neighbourhoods, and workplaces.

Being Missional must never just be about concepts, plans, or words. It must become real in everyday Missional Action. The NOB will share these missional actions in short easily understandable video clips. I trust that all our members, Pastors, and Assembly Governing Bodies will be inspired to not only talk and plan around this but to dó accordingly. May every member of the AFM be inspired to know Jesus more and to make Him known!

“May every member of the AFM be inspired to know Jesus more and to make Him known!”

This Scripture implies that even though we might not be able to tell everyone about everything God has done for us, we should still share as much as we can. Whether it is something big like a miraculous healing or something small like providing for a particular need when we did not know how we would make it through. God has done so much for us, and it is worth talking about. When we do, it not only encourages others but also reminds us of just how faithful God has been. It is the strongest form of testimony about the reality of God’s presence in our lives. People may differ in religious beliefs and writings, but they cannot really argue against your personal experience. To share what God has done for you is to make Him known to the people around you. Let us spread the word and give glory to our amazing God who continues to do so much for us!

“God has done so much for us, and it is worth talking about.”

Jesus said, “…Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NLT). But it is not just about spreading the word; it is about guiding people to truly líve by it. If we are not doing that, we are not really following through on what Jesus asked. Discipleship is not just about learning; it’s about empowerment. That’s why new believers need a spiritual boost and be baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). When you let the Holy Spirit lead, you naturally start to act more like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18). You will also grow in producing the fruits of the Spirit like – love, joy, peace, and the others we read about in Galatians 5:22.

But here’s the thing: We are falling short. Despite all the Christians around, our society is still rife with problems. Maybe it is because we’ve got many “in name only” Christians, but not enough true disciples. The church cannot save anyone; only God can. But it is our job to guide people towards Him, helping them grow into mature followers of Jesus (Ephesians 4:12). That means preaching, teaching, leading by example, and building real relationships. It is a big task, but that is what we are called for.

“Be actively involved in the Sunday services, ministries, and other activities of your church.”

The main goal is to grow as a true follower of Jesus who can carry out God’s mission. It is not true that only pastors are “called” and everyone else is just attending. Like every member of the AFM, you are called by God to be a full-time part of the body of Christ, sharing the message of Jesus through your life and work.

In the same way, we must keep an eye on how the resources of the church are being managed. It is part of our testimony as followers of Jesus and not about controlling people or stopping them from taking initiative. When we are sincere with God and honest with others, we will not shy away from accountability and transparency. Being open about our actions and decisions demonstrates integrity. Ultimately, it is about caring for God’s people and His interests.

Living with Godly integrity and character is not always easy, especially in a world filled with temptations and distractions. But by staying true to our beliefs, as a church and as individual members, being accountable, and acting with honesty and transparency, we can honour God and contribute to the well-being of His church.

“Being open about our actions and decisions demonstrates integrity.”

We encourage our pastors and members not to be exclusive, but to have a Kingdom-minded attitude. That means putting the growth of the Kingdom of God first and building relationships with other live-giving churches. It is not about people switching churches; it is about seeing God’s Kingdom grow everywhere. No single church can change a whole town or city by itself. With our mission in mind, we remember Jesus’s words in Luke 9:50: “If they’re not against us, they’re for us.” It is a basic principle of mission that churches should not be working against each other. We cannot truly be a mission-focused church if we ignore the wider body of Christ. Many outreach efforts would be more effective if churches worked together. We could celebrate events like Ascension Day and Christmas together, as well as join forces for community outreach.

Our mission to reach out to our communities is a big part of our missional action, and it is not just about preaching. It’s also about being relevant to the real-life issues people face. How much we can assist our communities, shows how successful we are in our mission. Think about it: If your church are closed, would your neighbourhood even notice?

We are in communities where people are struggling because of all sorts of challenges. A lot of folks in South Africa are facing tough economic times. Whatever the reasons for this, we cannot just sit back and blame the government or other organisations. Although we do not want to create a culture of dependence, we must step up and lend a hand. That might mean helping people learn new skills or find jobs, so they can take care of themselves.

Some of our local churches are doing amazing things in this area, with some inspiring success stories to tell. It is all about making a real difference in people’s lives right where we are.

INTEGRITY
Integrity is about being real and honest. It is about doing what is right at all times. As members and spiritual leaders, we need to lead by example. We cannot just talk about integrity; we must live it ourselves. Our actions should match our words. God can work wonders through a person who lives a holy life, but not through someone fake. In our worship services and our daily lives as followers of Jesus, we should be sincere. While we might stumble in various ways as believers, it is very difficult to regain integrity once it is lost.

RELATIONSHIPS
Strong, genuine connections are vital, especially considering our history of division and lingering racial tensions. It is crucial to strengthen the unity God has given us. This is a responsibility of each one of us as individual members of the AFM. Our relationships with family, co-workers, and church members are incredibly important. Building a healthy church relies on strong personal relationships. We need to demonstrate and teach this to our community.

ACCOUNTABILITY
We often expect accountability from others, but it must start with us as members and leaders. As believers, we are answerable to God, but the Bible tells us that we are also accountable to each other. In a world that values individualism, accountability in the church is non-negotiable. None of us can have authority if we are not also willing to be under authority.

EXCELLLENCE
We believe that everything we do should be done as if we are doing it for the Lord. Our personal lives and our ministry as believers must reflect this belief. We are responsible for excellence in all we do. It is a value that should not be based on the availability of resources. It is about a mindset that aims for excellence in all we do with what we have.

This Pastoral Letter was a synopsis of the AFM’s “Missional Actions and Values”. You are welcome to refer to and download the complete resources from the links below. We encourage our assemblies and members to use these resources in Bible Study groups, Cell Groups, Gatherings, Services and any other platforms.

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Friendly Regards!
Henri Weideman

Incwadi yokwaLusa Ikota yesi-2 2024

AFM Incwadi yokwaLusa Ikota yesi-2_2024

Mndeni we-AFM,

NgoMgqibelo zingama-25 kuNhlaba 2024, i-AFM yaseNingizimu Afrika igubhe iminyaka eyi-116 kusukela yasungulwa ngo-1908. Lemigubho yokuzalwa yayihlanganisa usuku lokuqhakambisa i-logo ye-AFM. Ngalolusuku amalunga eBandla lethu abekhangisa ngokuziqhenya i-logo ye-AFM lapho abekade ehlanganyele khona. Abaphathi beHhovisi lika-Zwelonke (NOB) bakhipha imilayezo ekhethekile mayelana “Nothumo lweBandla kanye nemigomo yokuziphatha” okwakuyingxenye yemigubho – futhi bekubeka ngembaba lokho okumele kube sezinhliziyweni nasemimoyeni wamalunga e-AFM bechaza futhi ukuthi i-AFM imeleni. Sikholelwa ukuthi ukubakhona kwe-AFM eNingizimu Afrika kunesizathu, ngakhoke masifeze injongo yethu yokuhlenga kanye neyokuletha isipholofitho sikaNkulunkulu ngomdlandla nangenkuthalo.

Kumayelana nokwazi uJesu ngokwengeziwe nokumbonakalisa kukho konke esikwenzayo njengamalunga asendulo eBandla. Nakuba engazange asebenzise igama elithi ngabathunyiweyo (missional), babephila njengabathunyiweyo. Uthumo lwethu luvela ngqo kuJesu. Wasithuma ukuba sihambise umlayezo wakhe wentethelelo yezono nomusa ezindaweni zonke.

UJesu akazange enze inkonzo yakhe ezindaweni zenkolo kuphela. Wayehlangana nabantu ezindaweni ababekuzo – emisebenzini, emakhaya abo, ezindleleni, nakuzozonke izindawo. Ukuba ngothunyiweyo kusho ukulandela isibonelo sakhe nokufinyelela kubo bonke abantu, kungakhathaliseki imvelaphi yabo noma isimo sabo. Emhlabeni obonakala uqhilela inkolo ngaphandle njengento engabalulekile, kuyadingeka ukuthi sicabange kabusha ukuthi sizibandakanya kanjani nemiphakathi yethu. Ukuba ngothunyiweyo kusho ukuba ngumzekelo wothando nobukhona bukaKristu kuzo zonke izingxenye zokuphila kwethu, sibe njengaye ngefuthe esinalo kubangane bethu, kulabo esakhelene nabo nasezikhungwini zemisebenzi yethu.

Ukuba ngothunyiweyo akumele kube yinto nje yokubheka izinto ngokomqondo, izinhlelo, noma amazwi. Uma sikhuluma “Ngokwenza uThumo lwethu” nsuku zonke kumele kube yinto esobala futhi ephathekayo. Abaphathi beHhovisi lika-Zwelonke (NOB) bazokwabelana ngezindlela zokuphetha uthumo lwethu.

“Kwangathi ilunga elinye nelinye le-AFM lingaba nogqozi lokuthi lazi uJesu ngokwedlulele futhi lazise nabanye ngaloJesu!”

Loku bazokwenza ngeziqeshana ezimfushane, ezizwisiseka kalula zamavidiyo. Ngiyethemba ukuthi lokhu kuzoletha ugqozi kuwo onke amalungu ethu, abefundisi, kanye ne-gigungu eziphethe amabandla ethu, lokuthi bangakhulumi nje, noma benze izinhlelo ngalokhu kodwa benze loko okufanele. Kwangathi ilunga elinye nelinye le-AFM lingaba nogqozi lokuthi lazi uJesu ngokwedlulele futhi lazise nabanye ngaloJesu!

Lo mBhalo usho ukuthi nakuba singekwazi ukutshela wonke umuntu ngakho konke uNkulunkulu asenzele kona, kufanele senze ngokusemandleni ethu ukuthi sikhulume ngako. Kungakhathaliseki ukuthi yinto enkulu njengesimanga sokuphiliswa noma into encane njengokuhlinzekwa ngesidingo esithile ebesingazi ukuthi sizosithola kanjani. UNkulunkulu usenzele okuningi kakhulu, futhi kufanelekile sikhulume ngako. Lapho senza kanjalo, akugcini nje ngokukhuthaza abanye kodwa futhi kusikhumbuza ngokwethembeka kukaNkulunkulu. Kuyindlela enamandla yobufakazi ngobukhona bukaNkulunkulu ezimpilweni zethu. Abantu bangahluka ngokwezenkolo nangemibhalo yezenkolo, kodwa abakwazi ukuphikisana nento, wena siqu sakho, odlule kuyo. Ukukhuluma ngalokho uNkulunkulu akwenzele kona kwenza ukuthi labo ohlala nabo, nabo bamazi uNkulunkulu. Masihambise izwi futhi sinikeze udumo kuNkulunkulu wethu omangalisayo oqhubeka ngokusenzela okuningi!

“UNkulunkulu usenzele okuningi kakhulu, futhi kufanelekile ukukhuluma ngako.”

UJesu wathi, “… Hambani nenze izizwe zonke abafundi, nibabhabhadise egameni likaYise neleNdodana nelikaMoya oNgcwele. Nibafundise ukugcina konke enginiyale ngakho.” (Ngokuka-Mathewu 28:19-20 ZUL20). Kodwa akukhona nje ukusabalalisa izwi; kodwa kuphathelene nokusiza abantu ukuba baphile ngalo. Uma singakwenzi lokho, kosho ukuthi kasilandeli lokho uJesu asicela khona. Ukuba ngumfundi akukona nje ukufunda; kumayelana nokunikezwa amandla. Yingakho amakholwa amasha edinga umfutho ongokomoya futhi abhabhadiswe ngoMoya oNgcwele (Izenzo 1:8). Uma uvumela uMoya oNgcwele ukuthi akuhole, ukuthi wenze njengoJesu kuba yinto ezenzakalelayo (2 Kwabase-Korinte 3:18).

Uzokhula futhi ekukhiqizeni izithelo zikaMoya njengalezi – uthando, injabulo, ukuthula, nezinye izithelo esifunda ngazo Kwabase-Galathiya 5:22.

Kodwa nansi enye into: Siyantula. Noma amaKristu ekhona kwindawo zonke, imiphakathi yethu ikhungethwe izinkinga. Mhlawumbe kungenxa yokuthi sinamaKristu amaningi, angamaKristu “ngegama kuphela”, kodwa hhayi abafundi beqiniso. Isonto alikwazi ukusindisa umuntu; uNkulunkulu kuphela ongakwazi. Kodwa kungumsebenzi wethu ukuletha abantu Kuye, ukubasiza ukuba bakhule babe ngabalandeli bakaJesu abavuthiwe (Kwabse-Efesu 4:12). Lokho kusho ukushumayela, ukufundisa, ukuhola ngesibonelo nokwakha ubuhlobo bangempela. Kungumsebenzi omkhulu, kodwa yilokho esithunywe khona.

Umgomo okuyiwonawona ukukhula njengomlandeli kaJesu weqiniso okwazi ukuqhuba uthumo lukaNkulunkulu. Akulona iqiniso ukuthi abefundisi kuphela “ababiziwe” nokuthi abanye bangabethameli bezinkonzo nje. Njengawo wonke amalungu e-AFM, nawe ubiziwe nguNkulunkulu ukuba ube yingxenye ngokuphelele emzimbeni kaKristu, wabelana ngomyalezo kaJesu ngendlela ophila ngayo nangomsebenzi wakho.

“Zimbandakanye ngenkuthalo ezinkonzweni zangesonto lakho, ezinkonzweni ezinye nasemicimbini ehlelwa yisonto.”

“Ukuphumela obala ngezenzo nezinqumo zethu kubonisa ubuqotho.”

Ukuphumela obala ngezenzo nezinqumo zethu kubonisa ubuqotho. Ekugcineni, kumayelana nokunakekela abantu bakaNkulunkulu nezifiso zakhe. Ukuphila ngobuqotho bukaNkulunkulu ngasosonke isikhathi, akuyona into elula, ikakhulukazi emhlabeni ogcwele izilingo nezinto eziphazamisayo. Kodwa ngokuhlala sibambelele kulezozinto esikholelwa kuzo njengebandla nanjengamalunga ebandla, futhi sinokuziphendulela, senza izinto ngokwethembeka, nangendlela eyenza ukuthi izenzo sethu zibesobala, singamhlonipha uNkulunkulu futhi sibeneqhaza kwezenhlalakahle ebandleni Lakhe.

Sikhuthaza abefundisi namalungu ethu ukuthi bangabi ngabazikhethayo kwamanye amakholwa, kodwa sibe nomqondo wokwakha uMbuso kaNkulunkulu. Lokho kusho ukuqhakambisa ukukhula koMbuso kaNkulunkulu nokwakha ubudlelwano namanye amabandla aletha impilo ohlangothini lukaMoya. Lokhu akusho ukuthi abantu bashintshe amasonto; kodwa kumayelana nokulangazelela ukubona uMbuso kaNkulunkulu ukhula kuzozonke izindawo. Alikho isonto elilodwa elingaguqula idolobha noma idolobhakazi ngokwalo. Uma sicabangisisa ngothumo lwethu, sikhumbula amazwi kaJesu Evangelini NgokukaLuka 9:50: “Ongamelene nani ungakini.” Kungumgomo osiyisisekelo sothumo lwethu ukuthi amasonto akufanele asebenze ngokudicilelana phansi. Asikwazi ngempela ukuba isonto eligxilile emsebenzini walo uma singawunaki umzimba kaKristu ngobubanzi bawo. Imizamo eminingi yokufinyelela abantu bonke ingasebenza kakhulu uma amasonto esebenza ngokubambisana. Singakwazi ukugubha imicimbi efana noSuku lo-Nyuko, noKhisimusi ndawonye, kanye nokusebenzisana ukuze sifinyelele imiphakathi yethu nezidingo zayo.

Umsebenzi wethu wokufinyelela emiphakathini yethu uyingxenye enkulu ekufezeni uthumo, futhi akukhona ukushumayela nje kuphela. Kumayelana nokuzwisisa izimo zangempela abantu ababhekene nazo. Igalelo lethu ekusizeni imiphakathi yethu, yilona eliyinkomba yokuthi siphumelela kangakanani ukufeza lokho esikuthunyiwe. Uke uzibuze yini ukuthi abakhelene nesonto lakho bangaqaphela na, uma iminyango yesonto lakho isivalwe okomphela?  Sisemiphakathini ehluphekayo futhi ekhungethwe izinselelo eziningi.  Abantu abaningi eNingizimu Afrika babhekene nezikhathi ezinzima kwezomnotho. Kungakhathaliseki ukuthi yini imbangela yalesisimo, asikwazi ukuhlala sisonge izandla, sisole uhulumeni noma ezinye izinhlangano. Nakuba singafuni ukubhebhethekisa umkhuba wobunxibi kwabanye abantu, kumele sibhukule kube nalapho sifaka isandla khona. Lokho kungaba ukusiza abantu bafunde amakhono amasha noma bathole imisebenzi, ukuze bakwazi ukuzinakekela.

Amanye amabandla ethu enza izinto ezimangalisayo kulomkhakha, okuhambisana nezindaba zempumelelo ezikhuthazayo. Konke kumayelana nokwenza umehluko wangempela ezimpilweni zabantu kanye nalapho sikhona.

UBUQOTHO
Ubuqotho bumayelana nobuwena ngokwempela nokwethembeka. Njengamalungu kanye nabaholi bakaMoya kumele sihole ngokuthi sibe ngumzekelo. Asikwazi ukukhuluma nje ngobuqotho; kumele sibuphile. Izenzo zethu kufanele zihambisane namazwi ethu. UNkulunkulu angasebenza izimangaliso ngomuntu ophila impilo engcwele, kodwa hhayi ngomuntu ophila inkohliso. Ezinkonzweni zethu zangamaSonto nasekuphileni kwethu kwansuku zonke njengabalandeli bakaJesu, kufanele sibe ngabantu abaqotho. Nakuba sikhubeke ngezindlela ezihlukahlukene njengamakholwa, kunzima kakhulu ukubuyisela ubuqotho uma buke busilahlekele.

UBUDLELWANO
Ukuxhumana okunamandla, kwangempela kubalulekile, ikakhulukazi uma ucabangela ngomlando wethu wokwahlukana nokushuba kwesimo sobuhlanga okuhlala njalo kubonakala. Kubalulekile ukuqinisa ubunye uNkulunkulu asinike bona. Lona ngumthwalo wethu sonke njengamalungu e-AFM. Ubudlelwane bethu emindenini yethu, kulabo esisebenza nabo, namalungu ebandla bubaluleke kakhulu. Ukwakha ibandla elinempilo kuncike ebudlelwaneni obuqinile phakathi kwethu omunye komunye. Kudingeka sikhombise futhi sifundise umphakathi wethu ngalobubudlelwano.

UKUZIPHENDULELA
Sivamise ukulindela ukuziphendulela kwabanye, kodwa kumele kuqale ngathi njengamalungu nabaholi. Njengamakholwa, siziphendulela kuNkulunkulu. Kodwa iBhayibheli liyasitshela ukuthi siziphendulela omunye komunye. Ezweni eliqhakambisa umuntu oziphilela ngayedwana, ukuziphendulela esontweni yinto eingephiksani ngayo. Akekho kithi ongaba negunya phezu kwabanye uma yena engazimisele ukuba ngaphansi kwegunya lomunye.

UBUHLE BEQOPHELO ELIPHEZULU (UBUNYONINCO)
Sikholwa ukuthi konke esikwenzayo kufanele kwenziwe sengathi sikwenzela iNkosi. Ukuphila kwethu siqu nenkonzo yethu njengamakholwa kumele kubonise le nkolelo. Simele sibonise ubuhle beqophelo eliphezulu (ubunyoninco) kukho konke esikwenzayo. Kuyisisekelo sokuziphatha okungafanele sincike ekutholakaleni kwezinsiza. Kumayelana nesimo somqondo ohlose ubuhle beqophelo eliphezulu kukho konke esikwenzayo ngalokho esinakho.

Lencwadi yami ebhekiswe kubuholi iqukethe amazwibela omlayezo “Wokwenza uThumo kanye zeziSekelo zokuZiphatha kwebandla le-AFM” (Missional Actions and Values). Wamukelekile ukulandela lencwadi yami yaphambilini nokuthi uthole konke ekuqukethe ngokuthi usebenzise umbhalo wokuxhumana (video clip) olapha ngezansi. Sikhuthaza ukuthi amabandla namalungu ethu ukuthi asebenzise lezi zinsiza uma enezifundo ze-Bhayibheli emaBandleni, kuma-Cell Groups, nasemibuthanweni eniba nayo, ezinhlanganweni kanye nakuma-platforms okuxhumana.

Video Clips: WATCH HERE
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Ngezilokotho zobungane!
Henri Weideman

Pastorale Brief 2de Kwartaal 2024

AGS Pastorale Brief 2de Kwartaal_2024

AGS Familie,

Op Saterdag 25 Mei 2024 het die AGS van SA ons 116de Verjaarsdagherdenking sedert die kerk se ontstaan in 1908 gevier. Die verjaarsdagvieringe het die tradisionele AGS Logo Dag ingesluit waartydens talle gemeentes en lede met trots die AGS Logo gedeel en ten toon gestel het. Die Nasionale Ampsdraers (NOB) het spesiale inhoud oor “Missionale Aksies en Waardes” vrygestel as deel van die vieringe. Die doel was om direk met AGS Lidmate te praat en te verduidelik waarvoor die AGS staan. Ons glo dat die AGS vir ‘n rede in Suid-Afrika geplaas is, laat ons ons profetiese- en saligheidsdoel met entoesiasme en ywer vervul.

Jesus het nie sy bediening tot godsdienstige ruimtes beperk nie. Hy het mense ontmoet waar hulle was – by die werk, in hul huise, in die strate – oral. Om missionaal te wees beteken om Sy voorbeeld te volg en uit te reik na almal, ongeag agtergrond of status. In ons toenemend sekulêre wêreld moet ons herbesin oor hoe ons met ons gemeenskappe omgaan. Om missionaal te wees sluit in dat ons Christus se liefde en teenwoordigheid in elke deel van ons lewens beliggaam en strewe om soos Hy te word in die impak wat ons in ons eie vriendekringe, woonbuurte en werkplekke het.

“Mag elke lidmaat van die AGS geïnspireer word om Jesus beter te leer ken en Hom meer bekend te maak!”

Om Missionaal te wees mag nooit net oor konsepte, planne of woorde gaan nie. Dit moet ‘n werklikheid word in alledaagse Missionale Aksie. Die NOB het hierdie missionale aksies in kort maklik verstaanbare videogrepe gedeel. Ek vertrou dat al ons lidmate, Pastore en Gemeentebeheerliggame geïnspireer sal word om nie net hieroor te praat en te beplan nie, maar om daarvolgens te doen. Mag elke lidmaat van die AGS geïnspireer word om Jesus beter te leer ken en Hom meer bekend te maak!

Hierdie Skrif impliseer dat alhoewel ons dalk nie vir almal kan vertel van alles wat God vir ons gedoen het nie, ons steeds soveel moet deel as wat ons kan. Of dit nou iets groots is soos ‘n wonderbaarlike genesing of iets kleins soos om in ‘n spesifieke behoefte te voorsien wanneer ons nie geweet het hoe ons dit sou maak nie. God het soveel vir ons gedoen, en dit is die moeite werd om daaroor te praat. Wanneer ons dit doen, bemoedig dit nie net ander nie, maar herinner dit ons ook aan hoe getrou God is. Dit is die sterkste vorm van getuienis oor die werklikheid van God se teenwoordigheid in ons lewens. Mense kan verskil oor godsdienstige oortuigings en geskrifte, maar hulle kan nie regtig argumenteer teen jou en my persoonlike ervaring nie. Om te deel wat God vir jou gedoen het, is om Hom bekend te maak aan die mense rondom jou. Laat ons die woord versprei en eer gee aan ons wonderlike God wat aanhou om soveel vir ons te doen!

“God het soveel vir ons gedoen, en dit is die moeite werd om daaroor te praat.”

Jesus het gesê, “… Gaan dan, maak al die nasies my dissipels, en doop hulle in die Naam van die Vader en die Seun en die Heilige Gees. Leer hulle om alles te gehoorsaam wat Ek aan julle opgedra het.” (Matteus 28:19-20 NLV). Maar dit gaan nie net oor die verspreiding van die Woord nie; dit gaan daaroor om mense te inspireer om werklik daarvolgens te lewe. As ons dit nie doen nie, voer ons nie regtig uit wat Jesus gevra het nie. Dissipelskap gaan nie net oor die oordrag van inligting nie; dit gaan oor bemagtiging tot ‘n lewenswyse. Dit is waarom nuwe gelowiges ‘n geestelike hupstoot nodig het en in die Heilige Gees gedoop moet word (Hand. 1:8). Wanneer ‘n mens toelaat dat die Heilige Gees jou lei, begin jy natuurlik meer soos Jesus optree (2 Kor 3:18). Jy sal ook groei in die voortbring van die vrugte van die Gees soos – liefde, vreugde, vrede en die ander waarvan ons in Galasiërs 5:22 lees.

Maar hier is die ding: Ons skiet tekort. Ten spyte van al die Christene in die omgewing, is ons samelewing steeds vol probleme. Miskien is dit omdat sommige van ons slegs “in naam” Christene het, maar nie ware dissipels is nie. Die kerk kan niemand red nie; net God kan. Maar dit is ons taak om mense na Hom toe te lei en hulle te help om volwasse volgelinge van Jesus te word (Efesiërs 4:12). Dit beteken prediking, onderrig, leiding deur voorbeeld en die bou van werklike verhoudings. Dit is ‘n groot taak, maar dit is waarvoor ons geroep word.

Om dissipels te maak, sluit in om hulle toe te rus. As ‘n volgeling van Jesus Christus en ‘n lidmaat van die AGS, moet jy weet dat jy ‘n rol het om te speel in God se plan. Almal van ons het Godgegewe vermoëns en Gawes om te deel, hetsy by die werk, met familie of op enige ander plek. Ons moet ons geloof prakties in die alledaagse lewe uitlééf. Om dit te kan doen, moet ons toegerus wees. Daarom moet lidmate opleidingsgeleenthede by hul plaaslike gemeente bywoon. Wees aktief betrokke by die Sondagdienste, bedieninge en ander aktiwiteite.

Die hoofdoel is om te groei as ‘n ware volgeling van Jesus, wat God se missie kan uitvoer. Dit is nie waar dat net pastore “geroep” word en almal anders net aktiwitiete bywoon nie. Soos elke lidmaat van die AGS, is jy deur God geroep om voltyds deel van die liggaam van Christus te wees en om die boodskap van Jesus deur jou lewe en werk te deel.

Op dieselfde manier moet ons ‘n ogie hou oor hoe die hulpbronne van die kerk bestuur word. Dit is deel van ons getuienis as volgelinge van Jesus en gaan nie daaroor om mense te probeer beheer of te keer om inisiatief te neem nie. Wanneer ons opreg met God en eerlik met ander is, sal ons nie wegskram van aanspreeklikheid en deursigtigheid nie. Om openlik te wees oor ons optrede en besluite toon integriteit. Uiteindelik gaan dit oor die versorging van God se kinders en Sy belange.

“Om openlik te wees oor ons optrede en besluite toon integriteit.”

Om met Goddelike integriteit en karakter te leef, is nie altyd maklik nie, veral nie in ‘n wêreld vol versoekings en afleidings nie. Deur getrou te bly aan ons oortuigings, en as kerk en individuele lidmate verantwoordbaar te wees, en met eerlikheid en deursigtigheid op te tree, kan ons God eer en bydra tot die welsyn van Sy kerk.

Ons moedig ons pastore en lidmate aan om nie eksklusief te wees nie, maar om ‘n Koninkryksgesinde gesindheid te hê. Dit beteken om die groei van die Koninkryk van God eerste te stel en verhoudings met ander lewegewende kerke te bou. Dit gaan nie daaroor dat mense van kerke verwissel nie; dit gaan daaroor om God se Koninkryk oral te sien groei. Geen enkele kerk kan ‘n hele dorp of stad verander nie. Met ons sending in gedagte, onthou ons Jesus se woorde in Lukas 9:50: “Enigiemand wat nie teen julle is nie, is vir julle.”

Dit is ‘n basiese beginsel van sending dat kerke nie teen mekaar moet werk nie. Ons kan nie werklik ‘n missionale kerk wees as ons die breër liggaam van Christus ignoreer of misken nie. Baie uitreikpogings sal meer effektief wees as kerke saamwerk. Ons kan geleenthede soos Hemelvaartdag en Kersfees saam vier, asook kragte saamsnoer vir gemeenskapsuitreik.

Ons missie om uit te reik na ons gemeenskappe is ‘n groot deel van ons missionale optrede, en dit gaan nie net oor woorde nie. Dit gaan ook daaroor om relevant te wees vir die werklike probleme waarmee mense te kampe het. Hoeveel ons ons gemeenskappe kan bystaan, wys hoe suksesvol ons in ons missie is. Dink daaraan: As jou kerk sou sluit, sal jou buurt dit agterkom?

Ons is in gemeenskappe waar mense sukkel as gevolg van allerhande uitdagings. Baie mense in Suid-Afrika beleef moeilike ekonomiese tye. Wat ook al die redes hiervoor is, ons kan nie net terugsit en die regering of ander organisasies blameer nie. Alhoewel ons nie ‘n kultuur van afhanklikheid wil skep nie, moet ons opstaan en hand bysit. Dit kan beteken dat ons mense bystaan om nuwe vaardighede aan te leer of werk te kry, sodat hulle vir hulself kan sorg.

Sommige van ons gemeentes doen wonderlike dinge op hierdie gebied, met ‘n paar inspirerende suksesverhale om te vertel. Dit gaan daaroor om ‘n daadwerklike verskil in mense se lewens te maak net waar ons is.

INTEGRITEIT
Integriteit gaan daaroor om eg en eerlik te wees. Om te alle tye te doen wat reg is. As lidmate en geestelike leiers moet ons deur voorbeeld lei. Ons kan nie net oor integriteit praat nie; ons moet dit self uitleef. Ons dade moet ooreenstem met ons woorde. God kan wonders doen deur iemand wat ‘n heilige lewe lei, maar nie deur iemand wat vals is nie. In ons eredienste en in ons daaglikse lewe as volgelinge van Jesus moet ons opreg wees. Hoewel ons as gelowiges op verskeie maniere kan struikel, is dit baie moeilik om weer integriteit te herwin wanneer dit verlore is.

VERHOUDINGS
Sterk en egte verbintenisse is noodsaaklik, veral in die lig van ons geskiedenis van verdeeldheid en voortslepende rassespanning. Dit is van kardinale belang om die eenheid wat God aan ons gegee het, te versterk. Dit is ‘n verantwoordelikheid van elkeen van ons as individuele lede van die AGS. Ons verhoudings met familie, medewerkers en lidmate is ongelooflik belangrik. Die bou van ‘n gesonde kerk berus op sterk persoonlike verhoudings. Ons moet dit vir ons gemeenskap leer en demonstreer.

AANSPREEKBAARHEID
Ons verwag dikwels aanspreekbaarheid van ander, maar dit moet by ons as lidmate en leiers begin. As gelowiges is ons verantwoordbaar teenoor God, maar die Bybel leer dat ons ook teenoor mekaar verantwoordbaar is. In ‘n wêreld wat individualisme najaag, is aanspreekbaarheid in die kerk ononderhandelbaar. Nie een van ons kan gesag hê as ons nie ook bereid is om onder gesag te staan nie.

UITNEMENDHEID
Ons glo dat alles wat ons doen gedoen moet word asof ons dit vir die Here doen. Ons persoonlike lewens en ons bediening as gelowiges moet hierdie oortuiging weerspieël. Ons is verantwoordelik vir uitnemendheid in alles wat ons doen. Dit is ‘n waarde wat nie gebaseer moet wees op die beskikbaarheid van hulpbronne nie. Dit gaan oor ‘n ingesteldheid wat uitnemendheid nastreef in alles wat ons doen met dit wat ons het.

Hierdie Pastorale Brief is ‘n samevatting van die AGS se “Missionale Aksies en Waardes.” Jy is welkom om na van die onderstaande skakels te verwys en die volledige bronne af te laai. Ons moedig ons gemeentes en lidmate aan om hierdie hulpbronne in Bybelstudiegroepe, selgroepe, byeenkomste, dienste en enige ander platforms te gebruik.

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Vriendelike Groete,
Henri Weideman