AFM Calendar 2024

// Updated AFM Calendar 2024

AFM Assemblies, Pastors, Assembly Leaders, Governing Body Members and Departmental Leaders – do you have the 2024 updated AFM of SA Calendar?

Download the latest version of the AFM of SA Calendar 2024:
AFM Calendar 2024_Updated_22 Feb 2024

For any enquiries regarding the Calendar, kindly contact:
elana@afm-ags.org

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AFM Welfare Vacancy: Facility Manager

// Vacancy: Centre Manager

AFM Welfare has a vacancy available for a Facility Manager at Villieria Retirement and Care Village in Villieria, Pretoria.

Kindly download the requirements for this position and instructions on how to apply:
AFM WELFARE_Advertisement_13 July_Facility Manager_Villieria

We are looking forward to receiving your application!
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THE AFM OF SA’s 115th Birthday (Press Release)

25 May 2023

For Immediate Release

THE AFM OF SA’s 115th Birthday

What started as spiritual gatherings in a small hall in Doornfontein, Johannesburg on 25 May 1908, led to the establishment of a missional movement, the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa (The AFM, Die AGS).

Today, 115 years later the AFM has 1,733 registered assemblies and 2,532 ordained Pastors in South Africa. Growing from the southern tip of Africa, the church is also present in 29 countries across the world.

Although the AFM started out as a united, multicultural and non-racial church, the decades between 1948 and the 1980s were marked by a racially defined church, as the AFM succumbed to the political system and the prevailing culture of the time.

After a long and difficult journey, the AFM held a unity ceremony on Good Friday on the 5th of April 1996 at Centurion Park Stadium. The then newly elected President of the reunited church, Isak Burger, on behalf of the previous “white” church, asked for forgiveness from the former “coloured, Indian and African” churches. The newly elected Deputy President of the AFM, Frank Chikane, accepted Isak Burger’s plea on behalf of the former “black” churches. Since 1996 the AFM of SA functions as a fully integrated organization and continues to strengthen and deepen our treasured unity.

The AFM is a “Pentecostal” church, which means that it is a church who believes that the Spirit of God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, is given to believers to live dynamic and overcoming lives. As Pentecostals, we believe that faith must not be something abstract, academic or ritualistic, but authentically experiential in the life of every follower of Jesus.

Although many local assemblies have their own vision statements and focus areas, they all relate to the united AFM’s national vision: “We see a church accessible to all people, celebrating our unity and God-given diversity, empowering our members for caring and changing communities to the glory of God.

To fulfil this vision the AFM of SA adopted a Missional strategy, also known as the One AFM Game Plan in 2013. This strategy focuses on Discipleship, Empowerment, Community Involvement, Ecumenical Involvement and Good Governance as drivers towards becoming a Missional movement.

At this, our 115th birthday, we honour and thank God, our Heavenly Father for His guidance and provision and we pray that we will continue to grow in fulfilling our mission, to be one and to make disciples of Jesus from all nations. It is part of the AFM’s DNA to share our faith in Jesus with friends, colleagues and family. During our 115th birthday, we are encouraging our members to do that anew.

As we celebrate our birthday, we cannot help but be concerned about the state of our beloved country South Africa. It seems that our government is so consumed with internal issues that it is not currently governing the country effectively. The result is a continuing deterioration on many levels. We are continuing to pray for our government, whilst we urge our leaders to respond decisively and with integrity for the good of all South Africans, to the issues facing our country.

A jornada continua!
(The journey continues)

Dr H.J. Weideman
President of the AFM of SA
henri@afm-ags.org

Share Christ with Another Person – Pocket Guide

 

The Church’s 115th Birthday Anniversary: 25 May

This year we are celebrating the 115th birthday of the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) of South Africa.   We will again celebrate it as an AFM Logo Day. However, this time we are adding a challenge to all our members to share their faith in Jesus Christ with at least one other person.

The Bridge Illustration” is a practical tool that AFM Members can use to help them to share their faith with another person. The National Office Bearers have 5 video clips that equip AFM Members with a simple drawing and scriptures that they can memorise. You have access to all the video clips on our YouTube channel:

We also thought having a Pocket Guide of “The Bridge Illustration” would add value – a quick and short reference. The Pocket Guide can be downloaded in a PDF format or as PNGs (to share over WhatsApp easily):

AFM Pocket Guide_19_May_2023

AFM Legacy Leadership Program

// AFM Members: Invitation to Apply!

 AFM Leadership Development Program
(2023-2024)

In various National Leadership Forum (NLF) meetings from March 2022 to March 2023, the NLF discussed and made resolutions about the implementation of an AFM Leadership Development Program.

The 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. AFM members who fulfil the criteria and are between the ages of 25 and 35 years old are invited to apply for the 2023-2024 cycle.

For a self-explanatory brochure – including a FAQ section – of The AFM Leadership Development Programme, kindly download below:

AFM Leadership Development Program Brochure 2023_May_26

AFM Leadership Development Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Applications close on Friday, 2 June 2023.

Applications and all enquiries can be addressed via e-mail. Kindly refer to the brochure for contact information.

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#LetUsLunch! – Promoting a Life of Unity

#LetUsLunch! – Promoting a Life of Unity
By Pastor Selby Khumalo

“feasts of charity”, AKJV; “love-feasts”, RSV, NEB – (Jude 1:12)
“…they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart” – (Acts 2:46) ASV
“…They ate their food with a joyful and humble attitude” – (HCSB)

INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
This year on 5 April 2023, we would like to mark our Church Unity’s 27th-anniversary milestone, with a unique and exciting initiative. We are launching a Campaign named: #LetUsLunch – with the aim of it becoming an annual church-wide initiative. The Campaign encourages our AFM Assemblies to identify one Sunday (anytime during the year) where members can participate in the #LetUsLunch initiative.

The idea is to see the members of an Assembly bringing their favourite food to church or any preferred place and enjoying and sharing lunch with another family or individuals they do not know personally or that well.

The #LetUsLunch initiative reflects the Church’s desire to actively promote a life of unity and durable fellowship.

LOVE FEAST OR AGAPE FEAST
A love feast or agape feast was a fellowship meal eaten by Christians in the early Church. There is biblical evidence for the practice of these communal meals, during which Christians gathered not just for the sake of sustenance and socialising, but for the sake of fellowship (Acts 2:46–47; 1 Corinthians 11:17–34).

The term love feast appears in the Bible in the book of Jude; (Jude 1:12).
Acts 2:46 says that there was “gladness and simplicity of heart”; they enjoyed their food all the more by enjoying it together. The sight of a friend’s face, and the sound of their voice while they eat, are as good gifts of God as food.

COMMUNAL OR SOCIAL EATING/MEAL
“Laughter is brightest in the place where food is.”
Irish Proverb

Socialising with food involved has more pros than cons, including:

    • Instilling a sense of comfort,
    • Helping to get out of a comfort zone and trying new things,
    • Encouraging a sense of belonging because of common food interests,
    • Allowing engagement while eating,
    • Providing a bonding experience, and
    • Improving emotional wellbeing

Researchers from the University of Oxford recently found a correlation between how often people eat with others and their life satisfaction. Their results suggest that the more often one eats with others, the more likely they are to feel satisfied and happy with their lives. Socialising is important for one’s physical and mental well-being, and social eating plays an important role in bonding with others.

Professor Robin Dunbar of the University of Oxford’s Experimental Psychology Department, said: ‘This study suggests that social eating has an important role in the facilitation of social bonding.’

Food brings people from different cultures together, too. It’s a fantastic vehicle for learning about people with diverse backgrounds; eating with others can create memories that last a lifetime.

LET US LUNCH BENEFITS
The Let Us Lunch initiative will enhance the formation and fostering of that brotherly spirit of Christian love and unity. It should energise and exemplify the spiritual unity as a glue that holds us together, the community created by the Holy Spirit.

We are expected to consolidate significant initiatives to promote the deepening of unity, belonging, inclusiveness, integration, cohesiveness and fellowship. Churches exist amid other social structures—like ethnic groups, nations, local neighbourhoods, or global migratory movements.

Strategic management of societal and cultural diversity and cross-cultural communication initiatives are critical in providing satisfactory harmony and understanding in the Church context.

We are called to exemplify practically and intentionally the #LetUsLunch initiative. Our way forward is to provide and promote more opportunities for profound unity initiatives and togetherness of purpose.