AFM Newsflash: Friday, 18 November 2022

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AFM Newsflash Friday 18 NOV_2022

NOVEMBER

RESOURCES

Pastoral Letter: 4th Quarter 2022 – New!
To be released on Friday, 2 December 2022

AFM of SA National Calendar 2023 – Including the Latest Updates!
https://afm-ags.org/afm-of-sa-national-calendar-2023/

NOB Empowerment Visits 2023: Dates & Venues – You are Invited!
https://afm-ags.org/nob-empowerment-visits-2023-dates-venues/

Dear Colleague,

1. A WORD OF THANKS & APPRECIATION

2022 was an interesting and busy year in many ways. For most of us, it marked the return to “normality” after a time of restrictions and loss. Many of our assemblies, members and leaders are still on an uphill journey to recover and regain what was lost in membership, ministry and in income. For some of us, it was difficult to remain positive and hopeful amidst the challenges brought about by the pandemic and its consequences.

Please receive my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your faithfulness and hard work throughout 2022. I am aware of the perseverance and personal cost some of our Pastors and Assembly Leaders had to endure in leading their assemblies through the most difficult of times. God promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb.13:5). I trust that you will experience His guidance, presence and peace in your life as we are celebrating the birth of Jesus. May He also guide you as we approach yearend preparing ourselves for the opportunities and challenges that 2023 will bring.

Thank you very much.

2. AFM OF SA NATIONAL OFFICE: NOTIFICATION

After a full and busy year, the National Office will be closing on Friday, 9 December 2022 and open again on Monday, 9 January 2023. In case of an emergency, you can contact the General Secretary, Pastor Selby Khumalo at 063 095 0404.

3. AFM WELFARE WEEKEND
(25 to 27 November 2022)

Making a Difference in the Lives of People

The AFM Welfare Weekend is a standing item on the AFM of SA’s Calendar and is always celebrated during the last weekend of November. This year it will be celebrated in local AFM Assemblies from Friday, 25 November to Sunday, 27 November. The church’s involvement in our local communities is of great importance and flows from our vision statement:

“We see a church accessible to all people, celebrating our unity and God-given diversity, empowering our members for caring and transforming our communities to the glory of God.”

Our greatest motivation to be a blessing to our communities is the love of God. God sent His Son not for the church as such, but for the world and He uses His church to be His instrument to touch the world – our communities. Our impact on our communities can be measured by the well-known saying: “Will your community miss you if your assembly closes down?”

The church has a vital role to play in making a difference in the lives of people. The church comes to the aid of people through caring, empowering and sharing. Although the church reaches out to the community continuously, the AFM Welfare Weekend presents an opportunity to exclusively focus on this important driver of our missional strategy namely Community Involvement.

The AFM Welfare Weekend presents local assemblies with the opportunity to:

  • Preach a Sunday sermon that speaks on the biblical mandate of making a difference in the lives of people (Isaiah 58:6-8; Math. 10:8; Math. 25:35; Luke 4:18; Luke 14:13+14; James 1:27).
  • Collect a Sunday offering for AFM Welfare – the church’s Welfare Department.
  • Facilitate a workshop/training session with members exploring new opportunities for the Assembly to get involved and make a difference in the local community.
  • Organise an outreach initiative that all your members can participate in (e.g. asking members to bring non-perishable food for people in need or stationery for the new school year and in so doing, bless the surrounding community).
The extent to which we impact our communities will determine our missional success. We are looking forward to the AFM Welfare Weekend being celebrated in our local AFM Assemblies!

Success Stories

Do you have a success story to share? Send us the details of your Community Involvement project/action and the impact that was achieved:
ashleyt@afmwelfare.org.za (Acting CEO) OR
chantalle@afm-ags.org (AFM Communication)

Blessings!
Ashley Theron
(Acting CEO of AFM Welfare)

4. NOB EMPOWERMENT VISITS 2023

Keep The Fire Burning

As we are focusing on finishing 2022 well, we are also looking forward to, praying for and planning for 2023 – full of expectations! We are looking forward to visiting and spending some time in ministry and impartation with Regional Pastors, Assembly Leaders and Members during the Regional Empowerment Visits. The Theme for 2023 is: KEEP THE FIRE BURNING.

The National Office Bearers (NOB) felt led to focus on the Spiritual Foundation of Missionality and to spend time on who we are and how we live as Holy Spirit-filled people and church. We will focus on (i) Our Calling as Believers and Pastors; (ii) Daily time with the Word and in Prayer; (iii) The Character, Values and Norms of Holy Spirit filled People; and (iv) our Family life and Future planning.

Below we share the dates and venues for the NOB Empowerment Visits of 2023:

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

5. AFM OF SA CALENDAR 2023

Remember to schedule January 2023 as a month of prayer. We will give more information in the last Pastoral Letter of 2022 on the planned WEEK OF PRAYER AND FASTING that will be from Monday, 16 to Friday, 20 January 2023.

To download the 2023 AFM of SA Calendar, kindly visit the AFM of SA website:
https://afm-ags.org/afm-of-sa-national-calendar-2023/

Warm Regards!
Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 18 November 2022

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AGS Nuusflits Vrydag 18 NOV_2022

NOVEMBER

HULPBRONNE

Pastorale Brief: 4de Kwartaal 2022 – Nuut!
Publikasie Datum: Vrydag, 2 Desember 2022

AGS van SA Nasionale Kalender 2023 – Opgedateer met die Nuutste Veranderinge!
https://afm-ags.org/afm-of-sa-national-calendar-2023/

NOB-Bemagtigingsbesoeke 2023: Datums & Plekke – Jy word hartlik uitgenooi!
https://afm-ags.org/nob-empowerment-visits-2023-dates-venues/

AGS Kollega,

1. ‘N WOORD VAN DANK EN WAARDERING

2022 was in baie opsigte ‘n interessante en besige jaar. Vir die meeste van ons was dit ‘n terugkeer na “normaliteit” na ‘n tyd van inperkings en verlies. Baie van ons gemeentes, lidmate en leiers is steeds op ‘n opdraande reis om te herstel van die verliese aan lidmaatskap, die bediening en inkomste. Vir sommige van ons was dit moeilik om positief en hoopvol te bly te midde van die uitdagings wat die pandemie en die gevolge daarvan meegebring het.

Ontvang asseblief my innige dank en waardering vir u getrouheid en harde werk regdeur 2022. Ek is bewus van die deursettingsvermoë wat sommige van ons Pastore en Gemeenteleiers aan die dag moes lê en die persoonlike koste wat hulle moes verduur om hulle gemeentes deur die moeilikste  tye te lei. God het belowe dat Hy ons nooit sal verlaat of in die steek sal laat nie (Heb.13:5). Ek vertrou dat jy Sy leiding, teenwoordigheid en vrede in jou lewe sal ervaar terwyl ons die geboorte van Jesus vier. Mag Hy jou ook lei soos wat ons jaareinde bereik en terselfdertyd ook onsself voorberei op die geleenthede en uitdagings wat 2023 sal meebring.

Baie dankie.

2. AGS VAN SA NASIONALE KANTOOR: KENNISGEWING

Na ‘n vol en besige jaar sluit die Nasionale Kantoor op Vrydag, 9 Desember 2022 en open weer op Maandag, 9 Januarie 2023. In geval van nood, kan die Algemene Sekretaris, Past. Selby Khumalo gekontak word by 063 095 0404.

3. AGS WELSYNSNAWEEK
(25 tot 27 November 2022)

Maak ‘n Verskil in die Lewens van Mense

Die AGS Welsynsnaweek is ‘n staande item op die AGS van SA se Kalender en word altyd gedurende die laaste naweek van November gevier. Vanjaar word dit van Vrydag, 25 November tot Sondag, 27 November in plaaslike AGS Gemeentes gevier. Die kerk se betrokkenheid by ons plaaslike gemeenskappe is van groot belang en vloei voort uit ons visiestelling:

“We see a church accessible to all people, celebrating our unity and God-given diversity, empowering our members for caring and transforming our communities to the glory of God.”

Ons grootste motivering om ‘n seën vir ons gemeenskappe te wees, is die liefde van God. God het sy Seun nie vir die kerk as sodanig gestuur nie, maar vir die wêreld. God gebruik die kerk as Sy instrument om die wêreld aan te raak – ons gemeenskappe. Die verskil wat ons maak in ons gemeenskappe kan gemeet word aan die bekende gesegde: “Sal jou gemeenskap jou mis as jou Gemeente môre sluit?”

Die kerk het ‘n belangrike rol om ‘n verskil in mense se lewens te maak. Die kerk kom mense te hulp deur om te gee, te bemagtig en te deel. Alhoewel Gemeentes deurlopend na die gemeenskap uitreik, bied die AGS Welsynsnaweek ‘n geleentheid om eksklusief te fokus op hierdie belangrike drywer van ons missionale strategie, naamlik Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid.

Die AGS Welsynsnaweek bied plaaslike Gemeentes die geleentheid om verskeie aksies te oorweeg, byvoorbeeld:

  • ‘n Sondagpreek wat handel oor die Bybelse mandaat van gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid en om ‘n verskil in die lewens van mense te maak (Jesaja 58:6-8; Mat. 10:8; Mat. 25:35; Luk. 4:18; Luk. 14:13+ 14; Jakobus 1:27).
  • Die opneem van ‘n Sondag offerande vir AGS Welsyn – die kerk se Welsynsdepartement.
  • Die fasilitering van ‘n werkswinkel/opleidingsessie met lidmate wat nuwe geleenthede ondersoek om betrokke te raak en ‘n verskil in die plaaslike gemeenskap te maak.
  • Die organisering van ‘n uitreik-inisiatief waaraan al jou lidmate kan deelneem (bv. vra lidmate om nie-bederfbare kos vir mense in nood of skryfbehoeftes vir die nuwe skooljaar te skenk en sodoende die omliggende gemeenskap seën).

Die mate van impak wat ons uitoefen op ons plaaslike gemeenskappe, sal ons missionale sukses bepaal. Ons sien uit daarna dat die AGS Welsynsnaweek in ons plaaslike AGS Gemeentes gevier word!

Sukses stories

Het jy ‘n suksesverhaal om te deel? Stuur vir ons die besonderhede van jou gemeenskapsbetrokkenheidprojek of -aksie en die impak wat bereik is na:

ashleyt@afmwelfare.org.za (Waarnemende Hoof) OF
chantalle@afm-ags.org (AGS Kommunikasie)

Groete!
Ashley Theron
(Waarnemende Hoof van AGS Welsyn)

4. NOB-BEMAGTIGINGSBESOEKE 2023

Hou Die Vuur Aan Die Brand

Terwyl ons daarop fokus om 2022 goed af te sluit sien ons ook uit na bid, en beplan ons vir 2023 vol verwagting. Ons sien uit daarna om tydens die Streeksbemagtigingsbesoeke ‘n bietjie tyd in bediening saam met die Pastore, Gemeenteleiers en Lidmate deur te bring. Die tema vir 2023 is: KEEP THE FIRE BURNING (HOU DIE VUUR AAN DIE BRAND).

Die Nasionale Ampsdraers het gelei gevoel om te fokus op die Geestelike basis van Missionaliteit en om tyd te spandeer op wie ons is, en hoe ons leef as Heilige Gees vervulde mense en kerk. Ons sal fokus op (i) Ons Roeping as Gelowiges en Pastore; (ii) Daaglikse Tyd met die Woord en in Gebed; (iii) Die karakter, Waardes en Norme van Heilige Gees Vervulde Mense; en (iv) Ons Gesinslewe  en Toekomsbeplanning.

Ons deel graag solank die datums en plekke van ontmoeting vir 2023:

Ons vertrou om jou daar te sien!

5. AGS VAN SA NASIONALE KALENDER 2023

Onthou om Januarie 2023 as ‘n maand van gebed te skeduleer. Ons sal meer inligting gee in die laaste Pastorale Brief van 2022 oor die beplande WEEK VAN GEBED EN VAS, wat beplan  word van Maandag, 16 tot Vrydag, 20 Januarie 2023.

Die AGS van SA Nasionale Kalender vir 2023 is nou beskikbaar vanaf die AGS webblad – gebruik gerus die onderstaande skakel om die kalender af te laai:
https://afm-ags.org/afm-of-sa-national-calendar-2023/

Vriendelike Groete!
Henri Weideman

Newsflash: Friday, 4 November 2022

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AFM Newsflash: Friday, 4 November 2022

NOVEMBER

RESOURCES

Pastoral Letter: 3rd Quarter 2022
https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-3rd-quarter-2022/

AFM of SA National Calendar 2023
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

NOB Empowerment Visits 2023: Dates & Venues
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Dear Colleague,

1. NOB EMPOWERMENT VISITS 2023

KEEP THE FIRE BURNING

As we are focusing on finishing 2022 well, we are also looking forward to, praying for and planning for 2023 – full of expectations! We are looking forward to visiting and spending some time in ministry and impartation with Regional Pastors, Assembly Leaders and Members during the Regional Empowerment Visits. The Theme for 2023 is: KEEP THE FIRE BURNING.

The National Office Bearers (NOB) felt led to focus on the Spiritual Foundation of Missionality and to spend time on who we are and how we live as Holy Spirit-filled people and church. We will focus on (i) Our Calling as Believers and Pastors; (ii) Daily time with the Word and in Prayer; (iii) The Character, Values and Norms of Holy Spirit filled People; and (iv) our Family life and Future planning.

Below we share the dates and venues for the NOB Empowerment Visits of 2023:

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

2. AFM OF SA CALENDAR 2023

Remember to schedule January 2023 as a month of prayer. We will give more information in the last Pastoral Letter of 2022 on the planned WEEK OF PRAYER AND FASTING that will be from Monday, 16 to Friday, 20 January 2023.

To download the 2023 AFM of SA Calendar, kindly visit the AFM of SA website:
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Warm Regards!
Henri Weidman

 

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 4 November 2022

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AGS Nuusflits: Vrydag, 4 November 2022

NOVEMBER

HULPBRONNE

Pastorale Brief: 3de Kwartaal 2022
https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-3de-kwartaal-2022/

AGS van SA Nasionale Kalender 2023
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

NOB-Bemagtigingsbesoeke 2023: Datums & Plekke
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

1. NOB-BEMAGTIGINGSBESOEKE 2023

HOU DIE VUUR AAN DIE BRAND

Terwyl ons daarop fokus om 2022 goed af te sluit, sien ons ook uit na bid en beplan ons vir 2023 vol verwagting. Ons sien uit daarna om tydens die Streeksbemagtigingsbesoeke ‘n bietjie tyd in bediening saam met die Pastore, Gemeenteleiers en Lidmate deur te bring. Die tema vir 2023 is: KEEP THE FIRE BURNING (HOU DIE VUUR AAN DIE BRAND).

Die Nasionale Ampsdraers het gelei gevoel om te fokus op die Geestelike basis van Missionaliteit en om tyd te spandeer op wie ons is, en hoe ons leef as Heilige Gees vervulde mense en kerk. Ons sal fokus op (i) Ons Roeping as Gelowiges en Pastore; (ii) Daaglikse Tyd met die Woord en in Gebed; (iii) Die karakter, Waardes en Norme van Heilige Gees Vervulde Mense; en (iv) Ons Gesinslewe  en Toekomsbeplanning.

Ons deel graag solank die datums en plekke van ontmoeting vir 2023:


Ons vertrou om jou daar te sien!

2. AGS VAN SA NASIONALE KALENDER 2023

Onthou om Januarie 2023 as ‘n maand van gebed te skeduleer. Ons sal meer inligting gee in die laaste Pastorale Brief van 2022 oor die beplande WEEK VAN GEBED EN VAS, wat beplan  word van Maandag, 16 tot Vrydag, 20 Januarie 2023.

Die AGS van SA Nasionale Kalender vir 2023 is nou beskikbaar vanaf die AGS webblad – gebruik gerus die onderstaande skakel om die kalender af te laai:
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Vriendelike Groete!
Henri Weideman

Newsflash: Friday, 21 October 2022

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 Newsflash: Friday, 21 October 2022

OCTOBER

RESOURCES

Pastoral Letter: 3rd Quarter 2022
https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-3rd-quarter-2022/

AFM of SA National Calendar 2023
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

October Month: Pastor’s Appreciation Month (Circular)
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Dear Colleague,

1. DO NOT BE FEARFUL

Pray Without Ceasing
There are several circumstances and scenarios taking place in the world – and especially in South Africa – that cause many of us to be deeply concerned and even worried to the point of being anxious. Paul encourages us with the following words: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7(NIV).

Prayer is not just about providing God with a “shopping list” of things we need or desire. It is not about using a spiritual spare wheel when we are in trouble. It’s about establishing a relationship with God built on our faith and trust in Him. Based on this relationship we can present our requests, concerns and needs to Him. Knowing that He cares for and listens to us.

The Bible is filled with individuals and groups of people who prayed for a variety of things that we still pray about today: Illness, danger, drought, finances, fear and worry. We can pray about anything and everything. Paul instructs us to pray instead of worrying about these things. Some people will say it is practically impossible not to worry, given their current felt experiences.

Instead of living with anxiety and fear, instead of experiencing pessimism and feelings of helplessness, our prayers will bring us into the atmosphere of God’s peace. His peace is not relative to the level of fear or worry that we experience. It exceeds our understanding in every possible way, in every situation. The implication of this is that people who pray, experience an “abnormal” level of peace, even in the most difficult and challenging circumstances. Prayer draws us closer to God’s presence and shields our hearts and minds from hopelessness and anxiety.

This does not mean that people who pray, and who subsequently experience God’s peace in all circumstances, should not do anything about the situation. People of prayer are not called to be passive and inactive: We must still do what is needed and what we can, whilst trusting God to do the rest. “The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.” Daniel 11:32b (ESV). The best way to replace anxiety about the realities of our life and country is to pray without ceasing.  If you do that, the promise is that the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

The 26th Pentecostal World Conference Gathers to Pray for Peace and Revival

(Seoul, October 14, 2022) – The third and final day of the 26th Pentecostal World Conference (PWC) began on the beautiful rolling hills and lush grounds of the Korean peninsula, known as the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Over 25,000 worshippers came to Peace Park, which is located at the demarcation line between North Korea and South Korea. The vast crowd gathered to pray for peace in the peninsula, reconciliation between the Korean nations, and revival in the next generation.  The opening observance celebrated the 47 nations represented in the Pentecostal World Fellowship (PWF) with a parade of flags, the religious demographics of each country, and their unique needs for prayer.


2. PASTORS APPRECIATION MONTH: OCTOBER

As a church, we have established a tradition over the last couple of years to especially focus on appreciating our Pastors, their spouses and children during the month of October. In this regard a Circular was sent to Regions, Networks and Departments and can be downloaded from the link below:
https://afm-ags.org/pastors-appreciation-october-2022/

3. AFM OF SA CALENDAR 2023

To download the 2023 AFM of SA Calendar, kindly visit the AFM of SA website:
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Warm Regards!
Henri Weidman

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 21 Oktober 2022

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 AGS Nuusflits: Vrydag, 21 Oktober 2022

OKTOBER

HULPBRONNE

Pastorale Brief: 3de Kwartaal 2022
https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-3de-kwartaal-2022/

AGS van SA Nasionale Kalender 2023
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Oktober: Pastore Waarderingsmaand
https://afm-ags.org/pastors-appreciation-october-2022/

1. MOENIE VREESAGTIG WEES NIE

Bid Sonder Ophou
Daar is verskeie omstandighede en scenario’s wat in die wêreld en veral tans in Suid-Afrika plaasvind, wat veroorsaak dat baie van ons diep bekommerd en vreesagtig is, selfs tot die punt van angstigheid.  Paulus bemoedig ons met die volgende woorde: “Moet oor niks bekommerd wees nie, maar bid oor alles. Vra alles wat julle nodig het van God, terwyl julle Hom ook dank vir alles wat Hy doen. En God se vrede, wat meer is as wat ’n mens dink, sal oor julle harte en gedagtes die wag hou omdat julle aan Christus Jesus verbonde is.” Filippense 4:6-7 (NLV).

Gebed gaan nie net daaroor dat ons God voorsien van ‘n “inkopielys” van dinge wat ons nodig het of begeer nie. Dit gaan nie oor die gebruik van ‘n geestelike spaarwiel wanneer ons in die moeilikheid is nie. Dit gaan oor die vestiging van ‘n verhouding met God wat gebou is op ons geloof en vertroue in Hom. Op grond van hierdie verhouding kan ons ons versoeke, bekommernisse en behoeftes aan Hom voorlê, met die wete dat Hy na ons luister en omgee.

Die Bybel is vol individue en groepe mense wat gebid het vir ‘n verskeidenheid dinge waaroor ons vandag nog bid: Siekte, gevaar, droogte, finansies, vrees en bekommernisse. Ons kan oor enige iets bid. Paulus leer ons om te bid in plaas daarvan om ons oor hierdie dinge te bekommer. Sommige mense sal sê dit is feitlik onmoontlik om nie bekommerd te wees nie, gegewe hul huidige ervarings.

In plaas daarvan om met angs en vrees te leef, in plaas daarvan om pessimisme en gevoelens van hulpeloosheid te ervaar, sal ons gebede ons in die atmosfeer van God se vrede bring. Sy vrede is nie relatief tot die vlak van vrees of bekommernis wat ons ervaar nie. Dit oortref ons begrip op elke moontlike manier, in elke situasie. Die implikasie hiervan is dat mense wat bid, ‘n “abnormale” vlak van vrede ervaar, selfs in die moeilikste en uitdagendste omstandighede. Gebed trek ons nader aan God se teenwoordigheid en beskerm ons harte en gedagtes teen hopeloosheid en angs.

Dit beteken nie dat mense wat bid en wat dan in alle omstandighede God se vrede ervaar, niks aan die situasie moet doen nie. Mense van gebed word nie geroep om passief en onaktief te wees nie: Ons moet steeds doen wat nodig is en wat ons kan, terwyl ons God vertrou om die res te doen. “The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.” Daniel 11:32b (ESV). Die beste manier om angs oor die realiteite van ons lewe en land te vervang, is om sonder ophou te bid.  As ons dit doen, is die belofte dat die vrede van God, wat alle verstand te bowe gaan, ons harte en gedagtes in Christus Jesus sal bewaak.

Die 26ste Pinksterwêreldkonferensie Kom Byeen Om Te Bid Vir Vrede En Herlewing
(Seoel, 14 Oktober 2022) – Die derde en laaste dag van die 26ste Pinksterwêreldkonferensie het begin op die golwende heuwels en welige gronde van die Koreaanse skiereiland, bekend as die Gedemilitariseerde Sone (DMZ). Meer as 25 000 aanbidders het na Vredespark gekom, wat by die afbakening tussen Noord-Korea en Suid-Korea geleë is. Die groot skare het bymekaargekom om te bid vir vrede in die skiereiland, versoening tussen die Koreaanse nasies en herlewing in die volgende generasie. Die openingsviering het die 47 nasies wat in die Pentecostal World Fellowship verteenwoordig word gevier met ‘n parade van vlae, die godsdienstige demografie van elke land en hul unieke behoeftes aan gebed.


2. OKTOBER: PASTORE WAARDERINGSMAAND

As kerk het ons oor die laaste paar jaar ‘n tradisie gevestig om veral te fokus op die waardering van ons Pastore, hul gades en kinders gedurende Oktober maand. In hierdie verband is ‘n Omsendbrief aan Streke, Netwerke en Departemente gestuur en kan afgelaai word vanaf die onderstaande skakel:
https://afm-ags.org/pastors-appreciation-october-2022/

3. AGS VAN SA NASIONALE KALENDER 2023

Die AGS van SA Nasionale Kalender vir 2023 is nou beskikbaar vanaf die AGS webblad – gebruik gerus die onderstaande skakel om die kalender af te laai:
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Vriendelike Groete!
Henri Weideman

Newsflash: Friday, 7 October 2022

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 AFM Newsflash: Friday, 7 October 2022

OCTOBER

RESOURCES

Pastoral Letter: 3rd Quarter 2022 (New!)
https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-3rd-quarter-2022/

AFM of SA National Calendar 2023
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

October Month: Pastor’s Appreciation Month (Circular)
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Dear Colleague,

1. LEADING IN TURBULENT TIMES

We are living in times of unprecedented and worldwide volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. The so-called VUCA world. We see an accelerating rate of change in technology, the values and norms of people and even in the climate. Life in general is becoming less and less predictable and many people are experiencing increasing levels of anxiety because of this.

It seems that nothing in life is simple anymore. Everything is multifaceted and becoming more and more complex. Coupled with this is the strong potential for misinterpretation of people’s words, actions and intentions. Difficult times call for leadership. When everything is easily manageable and going smoothly one can appoint managers to oversee it, but turbulent times need clear and strong leadership. That is what we are called for in the current time frame.

Turbulent Times are not Something New
It is not the first time that God’s people are experiencing difficult times. Nearly everything in the Bible reflects a context of uncertainty: Creation, the journey to the Promised land; the birth and life of Jesus; the establishment and growth of the Church; the prophecies about the end-times.

It is interesting to note that times of great uncertainty are times of enormous opportunity and have always been the times of God’s greatest activity. God intervenes and does miracles during turbulent and uncertain times. The ups and downs of history also create great opportunities for spiritual leaders to step into the gap. Now is the time for us as Pastors and leaders “…to be rooted in a permanent, intimate relationship with the incarnate Word, Jesus, …. to find there the source for our words, advice, and guidance (to others).” Henri Nouwen, “In the name of Jesus.” 1989, pg. 45.

We need to be honest and authentic and admit that we do not have all the answers to the difficulties that our communities and people are experiencing. We need to model how we rely on God’s Word and the Holy Spirit for daily guidance and Wisdom. We need to be strong in our resolve to stay true to our calling and purpose as believers and as spiritual leaders.

We might be uncertain about the future, but we should never be unclear about what we are called to do. We must give an account of the Hope that lives within us and provide clarity on the purpose of life for the church and every individual believer. God has called us to make people disciples of Jesus (Matthew 28:19) – If what we do, does not lead our people to that, what are we busy with?

2. INTEGRITY AS A LIFESTYLE

The motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar said: “Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep your there.”  One of the foundational character traits that set leaders apart from others is integrity. It becomes a part of who the leader is. It is in place and on display 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

A Personal Decision
Adopting a lifestyle of integrity starts with a deep and personal decision. You don’t live honestly and authentically by chance or accident, you do so by intention. In the book of Daniel, it is evident that Daniel intentionally decided to live with integrity and holiness.

When integrity becomes a critical substance of your DNA, it is etched into your daily life and instils in you the resolve to stand by your word and your beliefs under all circumstances. A person with integrity stands for what is right, even in the face of tremendous hardship, temptation or pressure to succumb to corruption. To restore integrity in our communities and society at large, we first and most importantly, need to place a higher value on integrity in our own lives.

Some of us grew up with or were exposed to poor examples of integrity and are subsequently prone to compromise our values. We however always have a choice to change and do the right thing. This is an individual decision we must all make continuously.

We cannot leave our integrity at the office when we go home after work. Likewise, we should not leave our integrity at home and come to work and play computer games, text with our friends, take long lunches, never really get any work done, and collect a paycheck. Someone is always watching and listening. As leaders, we should operate from the assumption that everything we do or say in private, will become public knowledge.

Stand Up for What is Right
Many times, we feel that little “nudge” in our stomach when we become aware of someone doing something they shouldn’t. Often, this “nudge” is overshadowed by our fear of speaking up or of a potential backlash. This is a vital part of having integrity, although it is usually the most difficult part to put into practice. Make a daily rededication to a lifestyle of integrity and experience the fruit of God’s blessing and the favour of people in your life.

3. PASTORS APPRECIATION MONTH: OCTOBER

As a church, we have established a tradition over the last couple of years to especially focus on appreciating our Pastors, their spouses and children during the month of October. In this regard a Circular was sent to Regions, Networks and Departments and can be downloaded from the link below:
https://afm-ags.org/pastors-appreciation-october-2022/

4. AFM OF SA CALENDAR 2023

To download the 2023 AFM of SA Calendar, kindly visit the AF of SA website:
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Warm Regards!
Henri Weidman

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 7 Oktober 2022

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AGS Nuusflits: Vrydag, 7 Oktober 2022

OKTOBER

HULPBRONNE

Pastorale Brief: 3de Kwartaal 2022 (Nuut!)
https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-3de-kwartaal-2022/

AGS van SA Nasionale Kalender 2023
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Oktober: Pastore Waarderingsmaand
https://afm-ags.org/pastors-appreciation-october-2022/

AGS Kollega,

1. LEIERSKAP IN ONSTUIMIGE TYE

Ons leef in tye van ongekende en wêreldwye wisselvalligheid, onsekerheid, kompleksiteit en dubbelsinnigheid. Die sogenaamde “VUCA” wêreld. Ons sien ‘n versnellende tempo van verandering, in tegnologie, die waardes en norme van mense en selfs veranderinge in die klimaat. Die lewe in die algemeen word al hoe minder voorspelbaar en baie mense ervaar toenemende vlakke van angs as gevolg hiervan.

Dit lyk asof niks in die lewe meer eenvoudig is nie.  Alles is veelkantig en word al hoe meer kompleks. Daarmee saam is daar sterk potensiaal vir verkeerde interpretasie van mense se woorde, optrede en bedoelings. Moeilike tye vra leierskap. Wanneer alles maklik hanteerbaar is en vlot verloop, kan ‘n mens bestuurders aanstel om toesig daaroor te hou, maar onstuimige tye het duidelike en sterk leierskap nodig. Dit is waarvoor ons geroep word in die huidige tydsraamwerk.

Onstuimige Tye Is Nie Iets Nuuts Nie
Dit is nie die eerste keer dat God se mense moeilike tye beleef nie. Byna alles in die Bybel weerspieël ‘n konteks van onsekerheid: Die skepping, die reis na die beloofde land;  die geboorte en lewe van Jesus;  die vestiging en groei van die Kerk;  die voorspellings oor die eindtyd.

Dit is interessant om daarop te let dat tye van groot onsekerheid, tye van enorme geleenthede is en nog altyd die tye van God se grootste aktiwiteit was. God gryp in en doen wonderwerke in onstuimige en onseker tye. Die wel en wee van die geskiedenis skep ook groot geleenthede vir geestelike leiers om in die gaping in te stap. Dit is nou die tyd vir ons as pastore en leiers “…om gewortel te wees in ‘n permanente, intieme verhouding met die vleesgeworde Woord, Jesus….om daar die bron vir ons woorde, raad en leiding (aan ander) te vind.” Henri Nouwen, “In the name of Jesus.” 1989, pg. 45.

Ons moet eerlik en outentiek wees en erken dat ons nie al die antwoorde het vir die probleme wat ons gemeenskappe en mense ervaar nie. Ons moet modelleer hoe ons op God se Woord en die Heilige Gees vertrou vir daaglikse leiding en wysheid. Ons moet sterk wees in ons voorneme om getrou te bly aan ons roeping en doel as gelowiges en as geestelike leiers.

Ons is dalk onseker oor die toekoms, maar ons moet nooit onduidelik wees oor wat ons geroep is om te doen nie. Vir die kerk en elke individuele gelowige moet ons rekenskap gee van die Hoop wat in ons woon en duidelikheid oor die doel van die lewe. God het ons geroep om mense dissipels van Jesus te maak. (Matt28:19) – As dit ons nie ons mense lei om dit te doen nie, waarmee is ons besig?

2. INTEGRITEIT IS ‘N LEWENSWYSE

Die motiveringspreker en skrywer Zig Ziglar het gesê: “Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep your there.” Een van die grondliggende karaktertrekke wat besondere leiers van ander onderskei, is integriteit. Dit word deel van wie die leier is. Dit is in plek en 24 uur per dag en sewe dae per week vir almal sigbaar.

‘n Persoonlike Besluit
Die aanvaarding van ‘n lewenstyl van integriteit begin met ‘n diep en persoonlike besluit. Jy leef nie per ongeluk eerlik en opreg nie, jy doen dit met opset. In die boek Daniël is dit duidelik dat Daniël doelbewus besluit het om in integriteit en heiligheid te leef.

Wanneer integriteit ‘n kritiese substansie van jou DNS word, word dit in jou daaglikse lewe ingeëts en vestig dit by jou die vasberadenheid om onder alle omstandighede by jou woord en jou oortuigings te staan. ‘n Persoon met integriteit staan vir wat reg is, selfs te midde van geweldige swaarkry, versoeking of druk om voor korrupsie te swig. Om integriteit in ons gemeenskappe en die breë samelewing te herstel, moet ons ‘n hoër waarde op integriteit in ons eie lewens plaas.

Sommige van ons het groot geword met, of is blootgestel aan, swak voorbeelde van integriteit en is dan geneig om ons waardes maklik te versaak. Ons  het egter altyd ‘n keuse om te verander en die regte ding te doen. Dit is ‘n individuele besluit wat ons almal voortdurend moet neem.

Ons kan nie ons integriteit by die kantoor los wanneer ons ná werk huis toe gaan nie. Net so moet ons nie ons integriteit by die huis los en werk toe kom en rekenaarspeletjies speel, met ons vriende op sosiale media gesels, lang middagetes neem, nooit regtig werk gedoen kry nie en dan ‘n salaristjek verwag nie. Iemand kyk en luister altyd. As leiers moet ons werk vanuit die veronderstelling dat alles wat ons in privaatheid doen of sê, openbare kennis sal word.

Staan Op Vir Wat Reg Is
Baie keer voel ons daardie klein “nudge” in ons binneste wanneer ons bewus word van iemand wat iets doen wat hulle nie moet nie. Dikwels word hierdie gewaarwording oorskadu deur ons vrees om te praat of vir ‘n moontlike teenreaksie. Dit is ‘n belangrike deel van integriteit, alhoewel dit gewoonlik die moeilikste deel is om in die praktyk toe te pas. Maak ‘n daaglikse hertoewyding aan ‘n lewenstyl van integriteit en ervaar die vrug van God se seën en die guns van mense in jou lewe.

3. OKTOBER: PASTORE WAARDERINGSMAAND

As kerk het ons oor die laaste paar jaar ‘n tradisie gevestig om veral te fokus op die waardering van ons Pastore, hul gades en kinders gedurende Oktober maand. In hierdie verband is ‘n Omsendbrief aan Streke, Netwerke en Departemente gestuur en kan afgelaai word vanaf die onderstaande skakel:
https://afm-ags.org/pastors-appreciation-october-2022/

4. AGS VAN SA NASIONALE KALENDER 2023

Die AGS van SA Nasionale Kalender vir 2023 is nou beskikbaar vanaf die AGS webblad – gebruik gerus die onderstaande skakel om die kalender af te laai:
https://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Vriendelike Groete!
Henri Weideman

Newsflash: Friday, 9 September 2022

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Newsflash: Friday, 9 September 2022

SEPTEMBER

RESOURCES

Pastoral Letter: 2nd Quarter 2022
https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-2nd-quarter-2022/

2022 GBM & Conference: Invitation & Annexures
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

2022 GBM & Conference: Online Registration (Preferred!)
[Username: Afm; Password: Ags12345%]
https://www.afm-gbm.co.za

Dear Colleague,

1. 2022 GBM & CONFERENCE: PCD WORKSHOPS

We are excited to announce the speakers and topics for this year’s PCD (Pastoral Continuous Development) workshops. Attending both PCD workshops can earn Pastors 5 PCD points. Both PCD workshops will be presented free of charge at 11h30–13h00 and repeated at 14h30-16h00 so that Pastors and delegates can attend both.

PCD Workshop 1:
Past. George Mahlobo – Leadership Lessons I have Learned.

Past. George Mahlobo served as General Secretary of the AFM of SA for 28 years and President of the same for five years. He is the current AFM International President. In his PCD session, he will be highlighting some of the leadership principles from his own experience, such as the importance of ubuntu and building good relationships.

PCD Workshop 2:
Dr Johan Serfontein – The much-needed Language of Lament in our Spirituality and Liturgy.
Covid showed us many things. Among them was the fact that the church, in general, and us as believers do not have a liturgy that can help people to mourn the many things lost during this pandemic. As Pentecostals, we emphasise praise and worship and liturgy that celebrates victories. The Bible has a language that can help us to process the things lost; THE LANGUAGE OF LAMENT. Lament takes us to God, opens up a conversation with Him, invites us into prayer and eventually turns mourning into dancing.

2. 2022 GBM & CONFERENCE: AN INVITATION TO REGISTER

Registrations Close: Monday, 12 September 2022 @ 12h00
 No on-site Registrations will be allowed at the GBM

The 2022 GBM and Conference are scheduled to take place from 18-21 September 2022 at AFM Word and Life in Boksburg, Gauteng. After 31 July 2022, Late Registration is R400.00 per person. The registration process allows for two options: online- and offline registrations. Delegates attending the 2022 GBM are encouraged to opt for early registration to avoid inconveniences associated with late registration. The theme of the GBM and Conference is “Trusting God” according to Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV): “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Download general GBM & Conference information from the link below:
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

a. An invitation to the 2022 GBM & Conference (Circular)

b. The Provisional Agenda for the GBM (Annexure A)

c. The Minutes of the 2021 GBM (Annexure C)

d. Accommodation Options (Annexure D)

e. The Conference & PCD Programme (Annexure E)

ONLINE REGISTRATION – Preferred Method

The Online Registration and payment systems are operational. Follow the link below to start the Online Registrations process and ensure that all information supplied is correct:

Kindly note:

    • After the Self-Registration Process is completed, an e-mail with a QR code is sent to the e-mail address that you provided during the Registration Process.
    • Please check your Junk/Spam folder.
    • Inform us if you do not receive this confirmation e-mail.
    • We also added a Registration Verification option for you to ensure that your registration is successful. Follow the “Check Registration” option and insert your ID number to verify. All registrations should be verified by 9 September.

OFFLINE REGISTRATIONS – Also Accepted 

Assemblies are encouraged to pre-order Stationery items in advance so that it can be brought to the 2022 GBM and Conference in September. In this way, the National Office can ensure that enough stock is available. Kindly complete the attached form (https://afm-ags.org/leading-the-afm/order-resources/) and send it back to: frans@afm-ags.org.

3. NATIONAL CHILDREN’S MINISTRY (NCM) GBM: AN INVITATION TO REGISTER

Kindly take note of the National Children’s Ministry GBM invitation:

WOORD EN LEWE, BOKSBURG

4. AFM WELFARE AGM: AN INVITATION TO REGISTER

Notice is hereby given of changes to the time and venue of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the National Welfare Council to be held on Monday, 19 September 2022. The meeting will still be taking place virtually and in person. If you have already registered and the time and venue still suit you, you do not need to register again.

Due to a challenge with the availability of venues and time constraints, the meeting will now be starting at 11h00 and it will be taking place at:

AGS Nuwe Lewe Van Dykpark

(3.9 km from Woord & Lewe, Boksburg)

47 Mimosa Street

Van Dykpark, Boksburg

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/4ck8byfuwMHoea729?g_st=iw

Tel: 011 915 8835

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused and your understanding is appreciated.

Click on the link below to download the Notice and Registration Form:
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Warm Regards!
Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 9 September 2022

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Nuusflits: Vrydag, 9 September 2022

SEPTEMBER

HULPBRONNE

Pastorale Brief: 2de Kwartaal 2022
https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-2de-kwartaal-2022/

2022 GBM & Konferensie: Uitnodiging & Bylaes
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

2022 GBM & Konferensie: Aanlyn Registrasie – Voorkeurmetode!
Gebruikersnaam: Afm | Wagwoord: Ags12345%
https://www.afm-gbm.co.za

AGS Kollega,

1. 2022 GBM & KONFERENSIE: PCD WERKSWINKELS

Ons is opgewonde om die sprekers en onderwerpe vir vanjaar se PCD (Pastoral Continuous Development) werkswinkels aan te kondig. Bywoning van beide PCD-werkswinkels is gelykstaande aan 5 PCD-punte. Beide PCD-werkswinkels sal gratis aangebied word vanaf 11h30-13h00 en weer herhaal word vanaf 14h30-16h00 sodat Pastore en afgevaardigdes beide werkswinkels kan bywoon.

PCD Werkswinkel 1:
Past. George Mahlobo – Leierskaplesse wat Ek Geleer het.

Past. George Mahlobo het vir 28 jaar as Hoofsekretaris van die AGS van SA gedien en vir vyf jaar as President. Hy is die huidige AGS Internasionale President. In sy PCD-sessie deel en beklemtoon hy sommige van die leierskapbeginsels uit sy eie ervaring – soos die belangrikheid van ubuntu en die bou van goeie verhoudings.

PCD Werkswinkel 2: Dr Johan Serfontein – Die broodnodige Klaagtaal in ons Spiritualiteit en Liturgie.
Die Covid-tyd het ons baie dinge gewys. Een van hierdie dinge is die feit dat die kerk in die algemeen en ons as gelowiges, nie ‘n liturgie het wat mense kan help om te rou oor die dinge wat hulle tydens die pandemie verloor het nie. As Pinkster gelowiges beklemtoon ons lofprysing en aanbidding en ‘n liturgie wat oorwinnings vier. Die Bybel het ‘n taal wat ons kan help om die dinge wat verlore is, te verwerk; ‘n KLAAGTAAL. Dit bring ons nader aan God en open ‘n gesprek met Hom. Dit nooi ons in gebed en verander uiteindelik ons rou in dans.

2. 2022 GBM & KONFERENSIE: UITNODIGING OM TE REGISTREER

Registrasies Sluit: Maandag, 12 September @ 12h00
Geen Registrasies sal toegelaat word by die GBM nie.

Die 2022 GBM en Konferensie is geskeduleer vanaf 18-21 September 2022 en sal plaasvind by die AGS Woord en Lewe in Boksburg, Gauteng. Na 31 Julie 2022, beloop die laat registrasie fooi R400.00 per persoon. Die registrasieproses maak voorsiening vir twee opsies: aanlyn- en gewone registrasies. Afgevaardigdes wat die 2022 GBM bywoon, word aangemoedig om so vroeg as moontlik te registreer om sodoende enige ongerief te vermy wat gepaard gaan met laat registrasies. Die tema van die Konferensie is “Trusting God” en is gebaseer op Spreuke 3:5-6 (NLV): “Vertrou op die HERE met alles wat jy het. Moenie staatmaak op jou eie insigte nie. Vra na die wil van God in alles wat jy doen. Hy sal die regte pad vir jou wys.”
Verwys na die onderstaande skakel om die volgende algemene inligting af te laai:

https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

a. ‘n Uitnodiging na die 2022 GBM & Konferensie

b. Voorlopige agenda vir die GBM (Bylaag A)

d. Notule van die 2021 GBM (Bylaag C)

e. Akkommodasie-opsies (Bylaag D)

f. Konferensie- en PCD-program (Bylaag E)

AANLYN REGISTRASIE – Voorkeurmetode

Die aanlyn registrasie- en betalingstelsels is in werking. Volg gerus die skakel hieronder om die aanlyn registrasieproses te begin – maak asseblief seker dat alle inligting wat verskaf word korrek is:

www.afm-gbm.co.za
Gebruikersnaam: Afm
Wagwoord: Ags12345%

Neem asseblief kennis:

  • Nadat die self-registrasieproses voltooi is, word ‘n e-pos met ‘n QR-kode gestuur na die e-posadres wat jy tydens die registrasieproses verskaf het.
  • Maak asseblief seker dat hierdie e-pos nie per ongeluk in jou “spam/junk folder” beland het nie.
  • Stel ons in kennis as jy nie hierdie bevestigings e-pos ontvang nie.
  • Ons het ook ‘n registrasie verifikasie opsie vir jou bygevoeg om te verseker dat jou registrasie suksesvol is. Volg die opsie “Check Registration” en sleutel jou ID-nommer in om te verifieer. Alle registrasies moet teen 9 September geverifieer wees.

GEWONE REGISTRASIE – Word nog steeds aanvaar

Laai die registrasievorm hieronder af en stuur terug na afmgbm2022@afm-ags.org: https://afm-ags.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/2022-GBM-Annexure-B.pdf

Gemeentes word aangemoedig om skryfbehoeftes vooraf te bestel sodat dit saam na die 2022 GBM en Konferensie in September geneem kan word. Sodoende kan die Nasionale Kantoor verseker dat genoeg voorraad beskikbaar is. Voltooi asseblief die aangehegte vorm (https://afm-ags.org/leading-the-afm/order-resources/) en stuur terug na: frans@afm-ags.org.

3. NASIONALE KINDERBEDIENING GBM: UITNODIGING OM TE REGISTREER

Neem asseblief kennis van die onderstaande uitnodiging:

WOORD EN LEWE, BOKSBURG

4. AGS WELSYN AGM: UITNODIGING OM TE REGISTREER

Hiermee word kennis gegee van veranderinge aan die tyd en plek van die Algemene Jaarvergadering (AJV) van die Nasionale Welsynsraad wat op Maandag, 19 September 2022 gehou sal word. Die vergadering sal steeds virtueel en in-persoon plaasvind. As jy reeds geregistreer het en die tyd en plek pas jou nog, hoef jy nie weer te registreer nie.

Weens ‘n uitdaging met die beskikbaarheid van lokale en tydbeperkings sal die vergadering nou om 11h00 begin en dit sal plaasvind by:

AGS Nuwe Lewe Van Dykpark

(3.9 km vanaf Woord & Lewe, Boksburg)

Mimosastraat 47

Van Dykpark, Boksburg

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/4ck8byfuwMHoea729?g_st=iw

Tel: 011 915 8835

Ons vra om verskoning vir enige moontlike ongerief en waardeer jou begrip en ondersteuning.

 

Gebruik die onderstaande skakel om die nodige dokumentasie af te laai:
https://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Vriendelike Groete!
Henri Weideman