Newsflash: Friday, 14 January 2022

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NEWSFLASH: Friday, 14 January 2022

 

RESOURCES

1. AFM of SA: National Calendar 2022
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/

2. Prayer & Fasting – January 2022 (New!)
https://youtu.be/RAfncm_j30w

3. NOB Inauguration Photo Album: Highlights
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1586119138392238&type=3

1. A MONTH OF PRAYER & FASTING

January is our month for Prayer and Fasting. I want to encourage you to set time apart as an individual and as an assembly or small group to really focus on prayer and fasting. Through prayer, we can share our hearts with God and through fasting, we can regain spiritual focus and hear God’s voice. As believers, we are changed by praying and fasting – focussing less on the world around us and more on God in us and with us.

Join me as we look at various scriptures about prayer and fasting in Matthew, Jeremiah, 2 Samuel and 2 Chronicles. Let us be quiet, pray and study God’s Word. Let us allow God’s power to work in us. May every one of us experience spiritual renewal and refreshment as we enter a month of Prayer and Fasting.

2. 2022 ACADEMIC YEAR: ENCOURAGEMENT AND HOPE

Although many learners and students would probably rather continue to enjoy their vacation, the new academic year is starting and comes with new challenges and exciting opportunities. The last few years have been challenging due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the lack of resources for many, as well as the absence of access to and availability of enough job opportunities. However, it is important that we encourage our children and students to do their best in making use of the opportunities available.

There are two Bible verses that I think parents and grandparents can share with their children and grandchildren at the beginning of (and throughout) the 2022 academic year:

Joshua 1:9 (New Living Translation): “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Ensure the learners and students in your household with this promise in God’s Word that He will be wíth them – wherever they go and whatever they have to face this year. Many learners, especially those going to school for the first time and those moving from primary to secondary school, as well as students enrolling in tertiary institutions, are anxious and feel insecure in the new environment that they must confront and navigate. This also applies to those for whom the previous academic year did not result in attaining the grades that were expected.

Parents should not ridicule or downplay this but rather encourage them to be strong and courageous. A positive and brave attitude is very powerful in facing the challenges of the new year.  It is even more potent if it is based on the foundation of knowing and believing that God will never forsake you but will be with you all the way.

Secondly, 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 (New Living Translation) gives some guidance as to the best attitude and approach a learner and student can have to the new academic year: “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

I can confirm from experience, the transformative and supportive power of a thankful, praying, and joyful attitude – instilled and continuously nurtured in the life of learners and students by the example and mentorship of parents and grandparents. We can teach our children and young people to be authentically joyful, despite circumstances – to find something to be thankful for in all situations and to learn to pray about everything and to trust God for the outcome, whilst they are doing the best that they can from their side.

Encourage the learners and students in your household to shine in this academic year like the stars that they are and ensure them of your support and prayers. My prayer is that all our children and young people will experience God’s enabling Presence and Guidance in 2022.

 

3.    BACK TO SCHOOL MESSAGE: AFM OF SA NCM DIRECTOR

Yesterday we shared a special message from Past. Sam Tshabalala, the Director of the National Children’s Ministry (NCM) on The AFM of SA social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram & the MyAFM APP).

To download this message in PDF format, kindly click on the link below:

Back to School Message from NCM

4. MIL (Ministry Integrated Learning): NOTICE

The MIL workshops for 2022 commence shortly. The relevant dates and locations are as follow: Bellville (17-19 January), Pretoria (24-26 January) and Amanzimtoti (31 January – 2 February).

We are looking forward to welcoming the new group of MIL participants, one of the largest we’ve had in the last few years! Mentors of the MIL participants are encouraged to accompany their charges! First–time mentors are our guests, meaning they do not have to pay the workshop Registration Fee and they receive 10 PCD credits as well.

In the light of the relaxation of Covid-restrictions, all Pastors are again welcome to attend these workshops throughout the year for PCD purposes – although Covid-protocols will still be observed.

For any enquiries, feel free to contact the MIL Coordinator:
Dr Christo van den Berg
[email protected]
082 086 6269

Kind Regards
Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 14 Januarie 2022

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Nuusflits: Vrydag, 14 Januarie 2022

 

HULPBRONNE

1. AGS van SA: Nasionale Kalender 2022
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/

2. Vas & Gebed – Januarie 2022 (Nuut!)
https://youtu.be/RAfncm_j30w

3. NOB Inhuldiging Foto Album: Hoogtepunte
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1586119138392238&type=3

AGS Kollega,

1. ‘N MAAND VAN VAS EN GEBED

Januarie is ons maand in die AGS vir vas en gebed. Ek wil jou aanmoedig om tyd af te sonder om werklik hierop te fokus – as individu en ook as ‘n Gemeente of kleingroep. Deur gebed kan ons ons harte met God deel en deur te vas, kan ons ons geestelike fokus herwin en God se stem hoor. As gelowiges word ons verander deur hierdie proses – ons fokus minder op die wêreld om ons en meer op God in ons en saam met ons.

Kyk saam met my na verskeie skrifte oor gebed en vas in Matteus, Jeremia, 2 Samuel en 2 Kronieke. Laat ons stil wees, bid en God se Woord bestudeer. Laat toe dat God se krag in jou werk. Mag elkeen van ons geestelike vernuwing en verkwikking ervaar soos ons onsself afsonder in hierdie maand van vas en gebed.

2. 2022 AKADEMIESE JAAR: BEMOEDIGING EN HOOP

Alhoewel baie leerders en studente waarskynlik eerder sal wil voortgaan om hul vakansie te geniet, begin die nuwe akademiese jaar alreeds en bring dit nuwe uitdagings en opwindende geleenthede. Die laaste paar jaar was uitdagend weens die Covid-19-pandemie, die gebrek aan hulpbronne vir baie – asook  die afwesigheid van toegang tot en beskikbaarheid van genoeg werksgeleenthede. Dit is egter belangrik dat ons ons kinders en studente sal aanmoedig om hul bes te gee en om gebruik te maak van die beskikbare geleenthede.

Daar is twee Bybelverse wat ek dink ouers en grootouers aan die begin van (en regdeur) die 2022 akademiese jaar met hul kinders en kleinkinders kan deel:

Josua 1:9 (Nuwe Lewende Vertaling): “Wees sterk en dapper. Moenie bang of huiwerig wees nie. Die Here jou God is saam met jou oral waar jy gaan.”

Bemoedig die leerders en studente in jou huishouding met hierdie belofte in God se Woord, dat Hy by hulle sal wees – waar hulle ook al gaan en wat hulle ook al vanjaar moet  trotseer. Baie leerders, veral dié wat vir die eerste keer skool toe gaan en dié wat van laerskool na hoërskool skuif, asook studente wat by ‘n tersiêre inrigting inskryf, is angstig en voel onseker in die nuwe omgewing wat hulle moet konfronteer en navigeer. Dit geld ook vir diegene vir wie die vorige akademiese jaar nie die uitslae besorg het wat verwag was nie.

Ouers moenie hierdie ervaring ignoreer of ‘n bespotting daarvan maak nie, maar hulle eerder aanmoedig om sterk en vol selfvertroue te wees. ‘n Positiewe en dapper houding is baie kragtig om die uitdagings van die nuwe jaar in die gesig te staar. Dit is selfs nog sterker as dit gebaseer is op die wete en geloof dat God jou nooit sal verlaat nie, maar al die pad saam met jou is.

Tweedens, 1 Tessalonisense 5: 16-18  (Nuwe Lewende Vertaling) gee leiding oor die beste gesindheid en benadering wat ‘n leerder en student ten opsigte van die nuwe akademiese jaar kan hê: “Wees altyd vol blydskap. Moenie ophou bid nie. Wees in alle omstandighede dankbaar, want dit is wat God van julle verwag omdat julle met Jesus Christus verenig is”

Ek kan uit ervaring die transformerende en ondersteunende krag van ‘n dankbare, biddende en vreugdevolle houding in die lewe van leerders en studente bevestig. Veral waar dit ingeskerp en voortdurend gekweek word deur die voorbeeld en mentorskap van ouers en grootouers. Ons kan ons kinders en jongmense leer om eg vreugdevol te wees – ten spyte van omstandighede – om iets te vind om oor dankbaar te wees in alle situasies en om te leer om oor alles te bid en God te vertrou vir die uitkoms, terwyl hulle van hulle kant af die beste moontlik doen.

Moedig die leerders en studente in jou huishouding aan om in hierdie akademiese jaar te skyn soos die sterre wat hulle is. Verseker hulle van jou ondersteuning en gebede. My gebed is dat al ons kinders en jongmense God se bemagtigende Teenwoordigheid en Leiding in 2022 sal ervaar.

3. TERUG SKOOL TOE: ‘N SPESIALE BOODSKAP

Ons het gister ‘n spesiale boodskap vanaf Past. Sam Tshabalala, die Direkteur van die Nasionale Kinderbediening (NCM) gedeel op die AGS se sosiale media-platforms (Facebook, Instagram en die MyAFM-APP).

Om hierdie boodskap in PDF-formaat af te laai, klik gerus op die skakel hieronder:
Back to School Message from NCM

4. MIL (Ministry Integrated Learning): KENNISGEWING

Die 2022 MIL-werkswinkels begin binnekort. Die betrokke datums en waar dit aangebied word is as volg: Bellville (17-19 Januarie), Pretoria (24-26 Januarie) en Amanzimtoti (31 Januarie – 2 Februarie).

Ons sien uit daarna om die nuwe groep MIL-deelnemers te verwelkom, een van die grootste groepe wat ons die afgelope paar jaar het! Mentors word aangemoedig om ook die werkswinkels saam met die MIL-deelnemers by te woon. Eerste keer mentors is ons gaste wat beteken dat hulle nie die werkswinkel Registrasiefooi hoef te betaal nie en hulle ontvang ook 10 PCD-krediete.

Met Covid-beperkings wat verslap is, is alle Pastore weer welkom om hierdie werkswinkels deur die loop van die jaar by te woon vir PCD doeleindes – alhoewel Covid-protokolle steeds nagekom sal word.

Vir enige navrae, kontak gerus die MIL-koördineerder:
Dr Christo van den Berg
[email protected]
082 086 6269

Vriendelike Groete
Henri Weideman

Newsflash: Friday, 10 December 2021

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AFM Newsflash Friday, 10 December 2021

 

RESOURCES

1. AFM of SA: National Calendar 2022

https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/ 

2. Pastoral Letter: 4th Quarter (New!)

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-4th-quarter-2021/

3. NOB Inauguration Photo Album: Highlights (New!)

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1586119138392238&type=3

Dear Colleague,

1. AFM OF SA NATIONAL OFFICE: OPENING AND CLOSING TIME

Please take note that the National Office will close on Friday, 10 December 2021 and open again, on Tuesday, 4 January 2022. The National Office staff had a busy year, especially in preparation and execution of the GBM (General Business Meeting) and I wish them all a good and safe period of rest with their families and loved ones over the holiday time.

If there is something that you urgently need to communicate with the National Office, you can contact the Office Manager:

Desmond Alie on 079 864 3009

Take note of the e-mail addresses of the newly elected National Office Bearers:

Dr Henri Weideman:     [email protected]

Past. Barend Petersen: [email protected]

Past. Selby Khumalo:     [email protected]

Past. Rudi Coertzen:      [email protected]

2. AFM SOCIAL MEDIA: UPCOMING VIDEO MESSAGES

I recorded a few video messages that will be shared on the AFM of SA’s social media platforms as follow during the Holiday Season: A Christmas Message on 25 December 2021, A New Year’s Message on 1 January 2022 and a message regarding our January month of Prayer and Fasting on 4 January 2022.

3. AFM WELFARE WEEKEND: REQUEST FOR FEEDBACK

The AFM Welfare Weekend took place during the last weekend in November and we would like to invite our Assemblies to tell us more about what their members achieved during this weekend. Please send us a short report and photos of your AFM Welfare Weekend activities:

[email protected] OR [email protected]

We are looking forward to sharing how the AFM reached out to older persons in their communities to make a difference. Thank you in advance for your participation in this request.

4. GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE 

South Africa has just completed another 16 days dedicated to the fight against gender-based violence. It sometimes seems to me that too many people only pay lip service to this endeavour and that in the main, abuse and violence against women and children continues to be an unabated blight on our communities. As believers, all of us together, as a church, must (and can) make a difference to this situation. As Pastors and fathers, we must teach on this and make the Biblical position clear: A Husband should love and respect his wife (and other women) and treat her in a way that honours God.

Ephesians 5:25 (NIV): “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” To his instruction to love, Ephesians 5:33 adds “…each one must love his wife, as he loves himsélf.” 1 Peter 3:7 in the Worldwide English Translation, read as follows: “Husbands, also live with your wife the way you know is right. Respect her because she is a woman. She is not as strong as a man. Also respect her because God has given her, as well as you, the blessing of life. In this way, you will not stop God from doing what you ask him to do.”

When it comes to how parents should relate to their children the Bible teaches us that we must show compassion to our children, comfort them and bring them up in the discipline and instruction of God. The way we live must enable them to follow our example, just as we imitate God, our Father:

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.” Psalm 103:13 (ESV)

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you…” Isaiah 66:13(NIV)

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, by the way you treat them. Rather bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 (NLT)

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children.” Ephesians 5:1 (NIV)

May all of us be activists against Gender-Based Violence, by practically living a Godly example in our own homes and families, but also by speaking up on this in our circle of friends, in our communities, and at our places of work. We should not be silent or look away when we are aware of ongoing instances of abuse and violence against women and children, but act.  Do not protect abusers, report them! Protect children from exposure to violence and harmful content on the internet and social media, including pornography and sexual solicitation. We should be sensitive to victims of abuse and violence and assist and support them in every way possible.

Violence against women and children is something that we need to talk and teach about, but it must be more than words: We need to be and make a difference practically as well.

5. THANKS, APPRECIATION & BLESSINGS

Hereby a special word of thanks and appreciation to all our Pastors and Assembly Leaders, as well as their spouses and families – for being faithful to the One who called you during this challenging year of 2021.  In many ways, mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but also because of other factors, this was a challenging year for many of our Pastors and their families. I thank you and salute you for continuing to do your best. May you have a refreshing time with family and friends during the Festive Season and school holidays.

Please take care, take preventative measures and come back safely if you do travel.

I pray that 2022 will be a year full of new opportunities, health and blessings for all of you!

Kind regards and love
Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 10 Desember 2021

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AGS Nuusflits Vrydag, 10 Desember 2021

 

HULPBRONNE:

1. AGS van SA: Nasionale Kalender 2022

https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/ 

2. Pastorale Brief: 4de Kwartaal (Nuut!)

https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-4de-kwartaal-2021/

3. NOB Inhuldiging Foto Album: Hoogtepunte

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1586119138392238&type=3

 

AGS Kollega,

1. AGS VAN SA NASIONALE KANTOOR: KENNISGEWING

Neem asseblief kennis dat die Nasionale Kantoor op Vrydag, 10 Desember 2021 sal sluit en weer sal open op Dinsdag, 4 Januarie 2022. Die Nasionale Kantoorpersoneel het ‘n besonderse besige jaar gehad, veral met die voorbereiding en aanbieding van die onlangse GBM (Algemene Besigheidsvergadering). Ek wens al ons personeel ‘n goeie en veilige rustyd saam met hulle gesinne en geliefdes toe.

Indien daar iets is wat jy dringend met die Nasionale Kantoor moet kommunikeer, kan jy die Kantoorbestuurder kontak:

Desmond Alie by 079 864 3009

Ter kennisname gee ons graag die e-pos adresse van die nuutverkose Nasionale Ampsdraers:

Dr Henri Weideman: [email protected]

Past. Barend Petersen: [email protected]

Past. Selby Khumalo: [email protected]

Past. Rudi Coertzen: [email protected]

2. AGS SOSIALE MEDIA: OPKOMENDE VIDEO BOODSKAPPE

Ek het ‘n paar video boodskappe opgeneem wat op die AGS van SA se sosiale media platforms gedeel sal word gedurende die vakansietyd. Maak asseblief ‘n nota hiervan: ‘n Kersboodskap op 25 Desember 2021, ‘n Nuwejaarsboodskap op 1 Januarie 2022 en ‘n boodskap oor ons Januarie-maand van Gebed en Vas op 4 Januarie 2022.

3. AGS WELSYNSNAWEEK: ‘N VERSOEK VIR TERUGVOER

Die AGS Welsynsnaweek het gedurende die laaste naweek in November plaasgevind en ons nooi graag ons Gemeentes uit om ons meer te vertel oor watter aksies uitgevoer was deur die lidmate. Stuur vir ons ‘n kort verslag en foto’s na:

[email protected] OF [email protected]

Ons sien uit om terugvoer te ontvang en te hoor hoe AGS Gemeentes uitgereik het na ouer persone in hul gemeenskappe. Ons sal graag hierdie aksies wil deel op die AGS se sosiale media platforms. By voorbaat dankie vir jou deelname aan hierdie versoek.

4. GESLAGSGEBASEERDE GEWELD

Suid-Afrika het so pas nog ‘n 16-dae tydperk wat toegewy is aan die stryd teen geslagsgebaseerde geweld, voltooi. Dit voel soms vir my asof te veel mense net lippediens aan hierdie pogings gee, dat dit in die algemeen net by woorde bly, en dat die mishandeling en geweld teen vroue en kinders gevolglik ‘n voortslepende skandvlek in ons gemeenskappe bly.

Ons as gelowiges, saam as kerk, moet (en kan) ‘n verskil  aan hierdie situasie maak. As Pastore en pa’s moet ons ander hieroor leer en die Bybelse standpunt duidelik maak: ‘n Man moet sy vrou liefhê en respekteer en haar behandel op ‘n manier wat God eer. Efesiërs 5:25 (AFR’83) sê: “Mans, julle moet julle vrouens liefhê, soos Christus die kerk liefgehad het en sy lewe daarvoor afgelê het.”  By sy opdrag tot liefde voeg Paulus in Efesiërs 5:33 die volgende by “… elkeen moet sy vrou so lief hê soos hy homsélf liefhet.” 1 Petrus 3:7 (NLV) sê: “En julle, mans, behandel julle vroue met respek. Leef saam met jou vrou in die besef dat, al is sy fisiek swakker as jy, sy saam met jou deel in die lewe wat God as geskenk gee. As jy haar só behandel, sal jou gebede nie geblokkeer word nie.”

Wanneer dit kom by hoe ouers hulle kinders moet hanteer, leer die Bybel dat ons ons oor ons kinders moet ontferm, hulle moet vertroos en hulle met die dissipline en leiding wat van God af kom, moet grootmaak. Die manier waarop ons lewe, moet hulle in staat stel om ons voorbeeld te volg, net soos ons God, ons Vader, navolg:

“Soos ‘n vader hom ontferm oor sy kinders, so ontferm die Here Hom oor hulle wat Hom dien.” Psalm 103:13 (NLV)

“Soos ‘n moeder haar kind troos, so troos Ek julle” Jesaja 66:13 (NLV)

“Pa’s, moenie julle kinders so behandel dat hulle verbitterd word nie, maar voed hulle op met dissipline en teregwysing wat die Here se goedkeuring wegdra.” Efesiërs 6:4 (NLV)

“Wees navolgers van God soos geliefde kinders.” Efesiërs 5:1 (AFR’53)

Mag ons almal aktiviste wees teen die misbruik en geweld wat baie vroue en kinders beleef. Ons kan dit doen deur ‘n Goddelike voorbeeld in ons eie huise en gesinne uit te leef, maar ook deur hieroor te praat in ons vriendekringe, in ons  gemeenskappe en by ons werkplekke. Ons moet nie net stilbly of wegkyk wanneer ons bewus is van voortdurende gevalle van mishandeling en geweld teen vroue en kinders nie, maar optree. Moenie misbruikers beskerm nie, rapporteer hulle! Beskerm kinders teen blootstelling aan geweld en skadelike inhoud op die internet en sosiale media, insluitend pornografie.

Ons moet sensitief en ondersteunend wees teenoor slagoffers van mishandeling en geweld en hulle op elke moontlike manier bystaan en  ondersteun. Geweld teen vroue en kinders is iets waaroor ons moet praat en lering oor moet gee, maar dit moet meer as net woorde wees: Ons moet ook prakties ‘n verskil maak.

5. DANK, WAARDERING & SEËN

Hiermee ‘n spesiale woord van dank en waardering aan al ons Pastore en Gemeente Leiers, sowel as hul eggenote en families. Dankie vir jou getrouheid aan die Een wat jou geroep – veral gedurende 2021. Op baie maniere, hoofsaaklik as gevolg van die Covid- 19 pandemie, maar ook as gevolg van ander faktore, was hierdie ‘n uitdagende jaar vir baie van ons Pastore en hul gesinne. Ek dank jou dat jy aanhou om jou bes te doen. Mag jy tydens hierdie feestyd en skoolvakansie ‘n verfrissende tyd saam met familie en vriende vier.

Wees asseblief versigtig, kom voorkomende maatreëls na en indien jy reis, kom veilig terug.

Ek bid dat 2022 ‘n jaar vol nuwe geleenthede, gesondheid en seëninge vir julle almal sal wees!

Vriendelike groete en liefde
Henri Weideman

Newsflash: Friday, 3 December 2021

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AFM Newsflash Friday, 3 December 2021

 

RESOURCES

1. AFM of SA: National Calendar 2022

https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/ 

2. Pastoral Letter: 4th Quarter (New!)

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-4th-quarter-2021/

3. NOB Empowerment Visits 2021: PowerPoint Presentations (Last Opportunity!)

https://afm-ags.org/nob-empowerment-visits-2021-power-point-presentations/

4. NOB Empowerment Visits 2021: Training Videos (Last Opportunity!)

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMguBPJZpLHYtSymo7ubUs2oXGS28rDn3

5. NOB Inauguration Photo Album: Highlights (New!)

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1586119138392238&type=3

Dear Colleague,

INAUGURATION OF THE NEW NATIONAL OFFICE BEARERS (NOB)

The election of the new NOB of the AFM of SA took place on 16 and 17 November 2021 during a hybrid in-person and digital General Business meeting held in 19 different venues simultaneously. The Inauguration Ceremony (with Covid-19 distancing & hygiene regulations) was held on Tuesday, 30 November at 19:00 at the Doxa Deo Midstream campus.

The event was live-streamed and can be viewed on The Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa Facebook page – Click here for the video.  Pastor Thandanani Savhasa, the presiding Pastor of the AFM Naledi Assembly, fulfilled the task of program director with flair and distinction.

The first Office Bearers elected after unity in 1996, Dr Isak Burger (President), Dr Frank Chikane (Deputy President), Pastor George Mahlobo (General Secretary) and Pastor Peter de Witt (General Treasurer), were asked to pray for the newly elected Office Bearers. Unfortunately, Dr Chikane had to withdraw from the event due to him being exposed to individuals with Covid-19.  Dr Japie La Poorta prayed in his place, and a recording sent by Dr Chikane was played.  Pastor George Mahlobo, President of the AFM International and outgoing President of the AFM of SA offered words of encouragement and conducted the induction of the new NOB.

Jamela Vuma, award-winning recording artist and worship leader of the AFM Impact Christian Centre in Midrand, ministered with Zulu and English songs. Nkhensani Mthembi, the 11-year-old daughter of Pastor Gerald and Sister Thandi Mthembi offered congratulations. Pastor Nimrod Kekana composed and presented a special poem for the inauguration and brother Andy Petersen rendered a trumpet number. After the four new Office Bearers, each shared a response message, Dr Ina Smit, the chairperson of the Gauteng Central Region closed the event in prayer.

In this Newsflash, we share a few photos of the event.


A Word of Thanks 

Pastor George Mahlobo and Dr Japie La Poorta, the outgoing President and Deputy President of the AFM of SA, deserve a special word of thanks for their years of dedication and service to the AFM. Their serving attitude, warm hearts, and continuous sacrifice, as well as their corporate memory, will always be remembered and remains a rich source of inspiration and guidance.

Focus on our Vision

At the inauguration, I shared the dream that I believe God is shaping in my heart. This picture flows from our vision statement as the AFM of SA: “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.”

In this regard: I see a church: Not a social club. Not a political organization; a Pentecostal Church, that functions as an expression of the Body of Christ in South Africa and gives moral and ethical direction and guidance. I see a church that is relevant to the time we are living in and holding on to Biblical principles and beliefs.

We must equip and train pastors with the necessary Theology, Leadership and Entrepreneurial abilities to be effective in the changing and challenging times that we are in.

I see a church accessible to all people: The post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh painted the church at Auvers in 1890. He portrayed it as a place of doom and gloom – with dark windows – reflecting the dark sky around it and not radiating any light from within. From the angle he painted it, there are also no doors visible. It creates a picture of an inaccessible and unwelcoming dark place.

The AFM should always be accessible to ALL people. Members of all ages, as well as visitors, should be greeted at the door and feel welcome. We must put practical church planting and -growth plans in place to ensure that wherever you find people, you will find the AFM.

Not only must every local assembly be accessible to all people, but our leadership structures must also be accessible to new and upcoming leaders – both male and female. In this regard, I foresee an intentional leadership development and recognition program.

The wellness and continuous development of all our pastors are also areas where accessibility is very important.

I see a church celebrating our unity and God-given diversity: Our diversity should never be used as a tool for division. It must be celebrated as an asset in our ongoing development and growth. Our diversity is expressed in a bouquet of cultures, languages, traditions, learning experiences, stories, ways of expression and liturgies. None of which are “better” than others, just different. We can appreciate and learn so much from each other, as we participate in the multifaceted existence that the AFM has to offer.

I will spend a portion of my time and work to strengthen and deepen the unity for which many of our leaders, pastors and members sacrificed so much. The achievement of structural unity in 1996 was a remarkable milestone on this journey that still needs to continue, as we treasure and strengthen our cohesion.

I see a church empowering our members for caring and changing communities, to the glory of God. We live in a world and society where many people are suffering, are destitute, lonely and abused. As the church, we have a mandate to care for people in need. Our members must be empowered to care in ways that really make a difference to the welfare of all people in our communities.

As Pentecostal people, we cannot be indifferent towards the socio-economic and environmental ills in our society. We cannot be so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly good. On National, Regional and Local levels we must be agents of change and our members must be empowered to be involved in sustainable ways.

I am very aware that the function of AFM of SA President is assigned to me for a season. I will give my best in this time. I thank you for your goodwill and humbly ask for your continued prayer.

Blessings!

Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 3 Desember 2021

Laai die Nuusflits af in PDF-formaat (om maklik per e-pos te stuur of uit te druk):

AGS Nuusflits, Vrydag 3 Desember 2021

 

HULPBRONNE

1. AGS van SA: Nasionale Kalender 2022

https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/ 

2. Pastorale Brief: 4de Kwartaal (Nuut!)

https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-4de-kwartaal-2021/

3. NOB Bemagtigingsbesoeke 2021: PowerPoint Aanbiedings (Laaste Kans!)

https://afm-ags.org/nob-empowerment-visits-2021-power-point-presentations/ 

4. NOB Bemagtigingsbesoeke 2021: Video Opnames (Laaste Kans!)  

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMguBPJZpLHYtSymo7ubUs2oXGS28rDn3 

5. NOB Inhuldiging Foto Album: Hoogtepunte

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1586119138392238&type=3

AGS Kollega,

INHULDIGING VAN DIE NUWE NASIONALE AMPSDRAERS

Die verkiesing van die nuwe Ampsdraers van die AGS van SA het plaasgevind op 16 en 17 November 2021 tydens ‘n  hibriede in-persoon en digitale Algemene Besigheids Vergadering, gelyktydig gehou in 19 verskillende lokale. Die inhuldigingseremonie (met Covid-19-distansiëring & higiëneregulasies in plek) is op Dinsdag, 30 November 19:00 by die Doxa Deo Midstream-kampus gehou.

Die geleentheid is regstreeks gestroom en kan op Die AGS van SA se Facebook-blad besigtig word: Kliek hier vir die video. Pastoor Thandanani Savhasa, Presiderende Pastoor van die AGS Naledi Gemeente, het die taak van seremoniemeester met flair en onderskeiding vervul.

Die eerste Ampsdraers wat ná eenheid in 1996 verkies is, Dr Isak Burger (President), Dr Frank Chikane (Adjunkpresident), Pastoor George Mahlobo (Hoofsekretaris) en Pastoor Peter de Witt (Hooftesourier), is gevra om vir die nuutverkose Ampsdraers te bid. Ongelukkig moes Dr Chikane hom aan die geleentheid onttrek omdat hy aan individue met Covid-19 blootgestel is. Dr Japie La Poorta het in sy plek gebid, en ‘n opname wat Dr Chikane gestuur het, is gespeel. Pastoor George Mahlobo, President van die AGS Internasionaal en uitgaande President van Die AGS van SA, het woorde van bemoediging gebring en die induksie van die nuwe Ampsdraers waargeneem.

Jamela Vuma, bekroonde opnamekunstenaar en aanbiddingsleier van die AFM Impact Christian Centre in  Midrand, het ons met Zoeloe- en Engelse aanbiddings liedjies bedien. Nkhensani  Mthembi, die 11-jarige dogter van Pastoor Gerald en suster Thandi  Mthembi,  het die Ampsdraers gelukgewens. Pastoor Nimrod Kekana het ‘n spesiale gedig vir die inhuldiging geskryf en voorgelees en broer Andy Petersen het ‘n trompet nommer gelewer. Nadat die vier nuwe Ampsdraers elk ‘n kort boodskap gedeel het, het Dr Ina Smit, voorsitter van die Gauteng-Sentraal-streek, die geleentheid met gebed afgesluit.

In hierdie Nuusflits deel ons ‘n paar fotos van die geleentheid.


‘n Woord van Dank 

Pastoor George Mahlobo en Dr Japie La Poorta, die uittredende President en Adjunkpresident van Die AGS van SA, verdien ‘n spesiale woord van dank vir hul jare van toewyding en diens aan die AGS. Hulle diensbare ingesteldheid, opregte harte en voortdurende opoffering, sowel as hulle korporatiewe geheue sal altyd onthou word en bly ‘n ryk bron van inspirasie en leiding.

Fokus op ons Visie

By die inhuldiging het ek die droom gedeel wat ek glo God in my hart vorm. Hierdie prentjie vloei uit die visiestelling van die AGS van SA:  “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.”

In hierdie verband: Sien ek ‘n kerk: Nie ‘n sosiale klub nie. Nie ‘n politieke organisasie nie. ‘n Pinksterkerk, wat funksioneer as ‘n uitdrukking van die Liggaam van Christus in Suid Afrika en wat morele  en etiese leiding gee. Ek sien ‘n kerk wat relevant is vir die tyd waarin ons leef  en terselfdertyd vashou aan Bybelse waardes en beginsels.

Dit is noodsaaklik dat ons Pastore toerus en oplei met die nodige Teologie, Leierskap en  Entrepreneuriese vermoëns, om effektief te wees in die veranderende en uitdagende tye waarin ons leef.

Ek sien ‘n kerk toeganklik vir álle mense: Die post-Impressionistiese kunstenaar Vincent van Gogh het die kerk in Auvers in 1890 geskilder. Hy het  dit uitgebeeld as ‘n plek van verdoemenis  en  somberheid – met donker vensters – wat die donker lug rondom die gebou weerspieël en geen lig van binne uitstraal nie.  Uit die hoek wat hy dit geverf het, is daar ook geen deure sigbaar nie.  Dit skep ‘n prentjie van ‘n ontoeganklike en onwelkome donker plek.

Die AGS moet altyd toeganklik wees vir ALLE mense. Lidmate van alle ouderdomme, sowel as besoekers moet by die deur gegroet word en welkom voel. Ons moet praktiese kerkplantings- en groeiplanne in plek stel om te verseker dat waar jy ook al mense vind, jy die AGS sal vind.

Nie net moet elke plaaslike gemeente toeganklik wees vir alle mense nie, maar ons leierskapstrukture moet ook toeganklik wees vir nuwe en  opkomende leiers – beide manlik  en  vroulik. In hierdie verband voorsien ek ‘n doelgerigte leierskapsontwikkelings- en erkenningsprogram.

Die welstand en deurlopende ontwikkeling van al ons pastore is ook areas waar toeganklikheid  baie  belangrik is.

Ek sien ‘n kerk wat ons eenheid en God-gegewe diversiteit vier: Ons diversiteit moet nooit gebruik word as ‘n instrument vir verdeeldheid nie. Dit moet gevier word as ‘n bate in ons voortgesette ontwikkeling en groei. Ons diversiteit vind gestalte in ‘n ruiker van kulture, tale, tradisies, leerervarings, stories, maniere van uitdrukking en liturgieë.  Nie een van hulle is “beter” as ander nie, net anders. Ons kan soveel van mekaar waardeer en  leer indien ons aktief deelneem aan die diversiteit wat die AGS bied.

Ek sal ‘n gedeelte van my tyd en werk spandeer om die eenheid waarvoor baie van ons leiers, pastore en lidmate soveel opgeoffer het, te versterk  en  te verdiep. Die bereiking van strukturele eenheid in 1996 was ‘n merkwaardige mylpaal op hierdie reis wat nog moet voortduur, soos wat ons ons samehorigheid waardeer en versterk.

Ek sien ‘n kerk wat ons lidmate bemagtig om gemeenskappe te versorg en  te verander, tot eer van die Here. Ons leef in ‘n wêreld en samelewing waar baie mense ly, behoeftig is, eensaam is en  mishandel word. As kerk het ons ‘n mandaat om na mense in nood om te sien. Ons lidmate moet bemagtig word om vir ander om te gee op maniere wat werklik ‘n verskil maak aan die welstand van alle mense in ons gemeenskappe.

As Pinkstermense kan ons nie onverskillig teenoor die sosio-ekonomiese  en  omgewingskwale in ons samelewing wees nie. Ons moenie so op die hemel fokus dat ons van geen aardse nut is nie. Op Nasionale-, Streeks- en Plaaslike vlakke moet ons agente van verandering wees, en ons lidmate moet bemagtig word om op volhoubare maniere daarby betrokke te wees.

Ek is baie bewus daarvan dat die funksie van Die AGS van SA President vir ‘n seisoen aan my toegewys is.  Ek sal my beste gee in hierdie tyd.  Ek dank jou vir jou welwillendheid en vra nederig vir jou voortgesette gebed.

Seën!

Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 19 November 2021

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AGS Nuusflits: Vrydag, 19 November 2021

 

HULPBRONNE

1. AGS van SA: Nasionale Kalender 2022

https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/ 

2. Pastorale Brief: 4de Kwartaal (Nuut!)

https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-4de-kwartaal-2021/

3. NOB Bemagtigingsbesoeke 2021: PowerPoint Aanbiedings 

https://afm-ags.org/nob-empowerment-visits-2021-power-point-presentations/ 

4. NOB Bemagtigingsbesoeke 2021: Video Opnames  

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMguBPJZpLHYtSymo7ubUs2oXGS28rDn3 

AGS Kollega,

1. ALGEMENE BESIGHEIDSVERGADERING 2021

Ons gee aan God die eer vir ‘n suksesvolle GBM vergadering! Ek wil ook alle afgevaardigdes bedank wat hierdie geskiedkundige virtuele GBM bygewoon het. Kom ek deel ‘n paar belangrike hoogtepunte:

Kworum Bereik

Laat my toe om die Konferensiekomitee, die Streeksleiers en Streeksadministrateurs/Sekretarisse te bedank wat die registrasie van afgevaardigdes (wat Gemeentes, Nasionale Departemente en Staande Komitees in sluit) gefasiliteer het. Vir die eerste keer in 20 jaar het ons ‘n kworum bereik teen die sperdatum – wat 1 November 2021 was.

Die kworum is gehandhaaf al het van die afgevaardigdes vertrek voordat die sessies afgehandel was.

Tegnologiese Stelsel

Ek moet ons IT-span loof vir ‘n tegnologiese stelsel wat afgevaardigdes toegelaat het om foutloos te registreer en toegang te verkry tot GBM lokale. Daar was geen lang rye of onnodige vertragings nie. Afgevaardigdes kon maklik toegang kry tot GBM-lokale en het hulle konferensie items (lanyards, naamkaartjies & GBM bundel) ontvang deur bewys te lewer van ‘n “Quick Response” QR-kode. Die agenda en verkiesings het glad verloop weens die sinkronisasie van die verskillende lokale met die hooflokaal by Woord en Lewe (Boksburg). Afgevaardigdes kon van alle lokale hoorbaar deelneem.

Komplimente aan ons IT-span onder leiding van Desmond Alie (Algemene Bestuurder) en Rudolf du Toit (IT Konsultant).

Nominasiepoel

Die insluiting van die nominasiepoel voor die GBM-verkiesing, soos goedgekeur deur die 2018 GBM was doeltreffend gewees. Al die Nasionale Ampsdraers, behalwe die Algemene Sekretaris, is uit die nominasiepoel verkies. Benoemings van die vloer af was ‘n gepaste manier om te verseker dat ‘n dooie punt nie bereik word nie. Ons moes nominasies van die vloer af toelaat omdat die genomineerde vir die Algemene Sekretaris toe as President verkies is.

Verkiesingsproses

Afgevaardigdes wat hierdie virtuele GBM bygewoon het sal met my saamstem dat die verkiesingsproses met integriteit aangepak is – te danke aan die onberispelike manier waarop die Hoofverkiesingsbeampte (Past Frank Chikane) en die Ondersoekkomitee (of te wel die Scrutiny Committee) saam met die spanne van die Hooftelbeamptes in die 19 onderskeie GBM-lokale saamgewerk het.

Die AGS se kernwaardes van integriteit, aanspreeklikheid en uitnemendheid is gedemonstreer.

Risiko Bestuur

Ek wil almal bedank wat die negentien (19) GBM-lokale verskaf het. Lokale moes voorbereid wees op die moontlike impak van beurtkrag en weersomstandighede. Daar was ‘n geringe ontwrigting by een van die lokale as gevolg van krag. Dit was egter vinnig opgelos.

Die Nuwe NOB Leiers

Ek wil graag ons nuutverkose Nasionale Ampsdraers (NOB) gelukwens: Dr H.J. Weideman (President), Past B. Petersen (Adjunkpresident), Past M.S. Khumalo (Algemene Sekretaris) en Past R.J. Coertzen (Algemene Tesourier).

Ek bid dat God hulle insig, wysheid en salwing sal gee om hierdie kerk vorentoe te neem.

Die nuutverkose Nasionale Ampsdraers word op Dinsdag, 30 November 2021 in Centurion, Gauteng, ingehuldig. Meer inligting sal mettertyd deurgestuur word.

2. PERSVERKLARING: AGS GBM 2021

Neem asseblief kennis dat ‘n Persverklaring aan die media gestuur is oor die uitslag van die AGS Nasionale Ampsdraersverkiesing wat afgelaai kan word vanaf die skakel hieronder:

https://afm-ags.org/press-release-19-11-2021/

3. AGS WELSYNSNAWEEK 

Verwag God dan nog steeds dat ek na ander in nood moet uitreik as dit in my eie huishouding moeilik gaan? Ons glo dat ons deur God se genade moet voortgaan om vrygewig te gee en uit te reik na ander in nood, selfs in moeilike tye.

Dit is die voorgestelde tema vir die AGS Welsynsnaweek vir 2021 (26-28 November 2021), soos gevier deur die lidmate en die plaaslike Gemeentes van die AGS van SA. Hierdie jaar word daar veral gefokus op hoe die kerk ‘n verskil kan maak in die lewens van ouer persone in hul gemeenskap. Ons is opgewonde om te sien wat AGS lidmate en Gemeentes beplan!

Vandag deel ons al die hulpbronne wat jy sal benodig vir jou AGS Welsynsnaweek:

A. PRAKTIESE RIGLYNE

Vir praktiese riglyne oor hoe om die beste van jou AGS Welsynsnaweek te maak, onthou om die Pastorale Brief van die 3de Kwartaal te raadpleeg:

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-3rd-quarter-2021/

B. VRYDAG BEMAGTIGING

Laai inligting af wat jou sal bemagtig om opleiding aan jou Gemeente te bied oor die kweek van gesinswaardes geskryf deur Ashley Theron (Waarnemende Uitvoerende Hoof van AGS Welsyn):

Resources: AFM Welfare Weekend (26-28 Nov)

C. SATERDAG OPLEIDINGSVIDEO’S

‘n Tweedelige opleidingsvideo wat pastore en lidmate bemagtig oor hoe om ouer persone in hul plaaslike gemeenskappe te versorg en te beskerm – aangebied deur Ashley Theron (Waarnemende Uitvoerende Hoof van AGS Welsyn):

Video 1:

Video 2:

PowerPoint Aanbiedings vir Video 1 & 2:

https://afm-ags.org/resources-afm-welfare-weekend-26-28-nov/

D. SONDAG PREEKPUNTE

Om Pastore te lei in hul voorbereiding vir die Sondagpreek – geskryf deur Past Jean Symons (Ondervoorsitter van AGS Welsyn):

Resources: AFM Welfare Weekend (26-28 Nov)

Ons vertrou dat jy hierdie hulpbronne nuttig sal vind. Vir enige verdere navrae rakende AGS Welsynsnaweek kontak: Ashley Theron – [email protected].

 

Seën!
MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 19 November 2021

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AFM Newsflash: Friday, 19 November 2021

 

RESOURCES

1. AFM of SA: National Calendar 2022

https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/ 

2. Pastoral Letter: 4th Quarter (New!)

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-4th-quarter-2021/

3. NOB Empowerment Visits 2021: PowerPoint Presentations 

https://afm-ags.org/nob-empowerment-visits-2021-power-point-presentations/

4. NOB Empowerment Visits 2021: Training Videos 

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMguBPJZpLHYtSymo7ubUs2oXGS28rDn3

AFM Colleagues,

1. GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING 2021

To God be the glory for a successful GBM meeting! I would also like to thank all delegates who attended this historic virtual GBM. Let me share some important highlights:

Quorum Reached

Allow me to thank the Conference Committee, the Regional Leaders and Regional Administrators/Secretaries who facilitated the registration of delegates from our Assemblies, National Departments and Standing Committees. For the first time in 20 years, we reached a quorum by the deadline date which was 1 November 2021.

The quorum was maintained even though some of the delegates left before the sessions were concluded.

A Technolgical System

I must applaud our IT team for providing a system that allowed delegates to register and access the GBM venues without any glitches. There were no long queues and delays. Delegates were able to access the venues and receive GBM lanyards, name tags and an agenda book through the use of a Quick Response (QR) code on confirmation letters and name tags. The agenda and elections went smooth because of the synchronisation of the various venues with the main venue at Woord en Lewe (Boksburg). Delegates could participate audibly from all venues.

Congratulations to our IT Team led by Desmond Alie (General Manager) and Rudolf du Toit (IT Consultant).

Nomination Pool

The inclusion of the nomination pool prior to the GBM elections, as approved by the 2018 GBM, proved to be effective. All National Office Bearers except for the General Secretary were elected from the pool. Nominations from the floor were proven to be an appropriate deadlock breaking mechanism. We had to resort to nominations from the floor when the only nominee for the General Secretary was elected as President.

Election Process

Those who attended this GBM would agree with me that the integrity of the election process was not compromised. This was due to the immaculate way the Chief Electoral Officer (Past Frank Chikane), the Scrutiny Committee together with the teams of the Chief Counting Officers in the nineteen (19) venues, conducted the elections.

Our core values of integrity, accountability and excellence were demonstrated.

Managing Risks

I want to thank all those who provided the nineteen (19) venues for the convening of the 2021 GBM. Venues had backup systems that mitigated negative effects related to weather and load shedding. There was a minor disruption at one venue due to a blackout. It was, however, quickly resolved.

Congratulations to the Newly Elected Leaders

I would like to congratulate our newly elected National Office Bearers (NOB), namely Dr H.J. Weideman (President), Past B. Petersen (Deputy President), Past M.S. Khumalo (General Secretary) and Past R.J. Coertzen (General Treasurer).

I pray that God will give them insight, wisdom and anointing to take this church forward.

The newly-elected National Office Bearers will be inaugurated on Tuesday, 30 November 2021 in Centurion, Gauteng. More information will be sent through in due course.

2. PRESS RELEASE: AFM GBM 2021 

Kindly note that a Press Release was sent to the media regarding the outcome of the AFM National Office Bearers elections that can be downloaded from the link below:

https://afm-ags.org/press-release-19-11-2021/

3. AFM WELFARE WEEKEND

When things are tough and difficult in my own household, does God still expect me to reach out to others in need? We believe that through God’s grace we should continue to generously give and reach out to others in need – even in challenging times.

This is the proposed theme for the 2021 AFM Welfare Weekend (26-28 November 2021) as celebrated by the Members and Assemblies in The AFM of SA. This year there is a special focus on how the church can make a difference in the lives of older persons in their community. We are excited to see what AFM Members and Assemblies are planning!

Today we share all the resources that you will need for your AFM Welfare Weekend:

A. PRACTICAL GUIDELINES

For practical guidelines on how to make the most of your AFM Welfare Weekend, remember to consult the Pastoral Letter of the 3rd Quarter:

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-3rd-quarter-2021/

B. FRIDAY EMPOWERMENT 

Download information that will empower you to present training on your Assembly on cultivating family values, written by Ashley Theron (Acting CEO of AFM Welfare):

https://afm-ags.org/resources-afm-welfare-weekend-26-28-nov/

C. SATURDAY TRAINING VIDEOS

A two-part training video empowering Pastors and members on how to “Care & Protect Older Persons” in their local communities – presented by Ashley Theron (Acting CEO of AFM Welfare):

Video 1:

Video 2:

PowerPoint Presentations for Video 1 & 2:

Resources: AFM Welfare Weekend (26-28 Nov)

D. SUNDAY SERMON POINTS

To guide Pastors in their preparation for the Sunday Sermon written by Past Jean Symons (Vice Chairperson of AFM Welfare):

Resources: AFM Welfare Weekend (26-28 Nov)

We trust that you will find these resources helpful. For any further enquiries regarding AFM Welfare Weekend contact: Ashley Theron [email protected].

Blessings!
MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 5 November 2022

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AFM Newsflash Friday, 5 NOV 2021

 

RESOURCES

1. AFM of SA: National Calendar 2022

https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/ 

2. Circular: GBM 2020 & Supporting Annexures 

https://afm-ags.org/gbm-circular-supporting-documents/ 

3. Pastoral Letter: 3rd Quarter 

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-3rd-quarter-2021/

4. NOB Empowerment Visits 2021: PowerPoint Presentations 

https://afm-ags.org/nob-empowerment-visits-2021-power-point-presentations/

5. NOB Empowerment Visits 2021: Training Videos 

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMguBPJZpLHYtSymo7ubUs2oXGS28rDn3

Dear Colleague,

1. GBM ELECTIONS: SOCIAL MEDIA POSTINGS

In the past few weeks, I have noticed a new trend on social media platforms relating to the upcoming GBM (General Business Meeting) elections. On these platforms, names and photos of Pastors are flighted alongside the positions they should be elected for. I am not sure whether people whose names and photos are displayed on these platforms have given their permission in this regard. I am sure that it makes these individuals feel uncomfortable.

Local AFM Assemblies and Regional Committees were afforded the opportunity to nominate individuals for inclusion in the nomination pool. The names of the nominees who made it into the nomination pool were sent to the relevant structures of the church by the General Secretary (Dr H.J. Weideman). Nominations from the floor will be allowed at the GBM. We must allow the GBM delegates to nominate and elect the new National Office Bearers (NOB) of the church. I would like to call upon those who are posting names of possible new NOB members to desist from this practice. This unsolicited campaigning does not reflect well on the image of the AFM of SA.

Request for PRAYER

Let me take this opportunity to request our Pastors and members to pray for the success of the upcoming elections on 16-17 November 2021. Let us also pray that God would guide the electorate to elect leaders of integrity and leaders who will be able to take the church to another level of its witness in South Africa.

2. PCD (Pastors’ Continuous Development): UPDATE

We have received some queries regarding PCD points for the upcoming GBM on the 16th and 17th of November 2021. As the GBM is only a meeting and an election this year, excluding training in the form of PCD Workshops, no PCD points will be awarded.

To stay up to date with the PCD process, follow:

https://www.facebook.com/PCD4AFM

https://www.pcdafm.co.za/

3. AFM WELFARE WEEKEND

When things are tough and difficult in my own household, does God still expect me to reach out to others in need? We believe that through God’s grace we should continue to generously give and reach out to others in need – even in challenging times.

This is the proposed theme for the 2021 AFM Welfare Weekend (26-28 November 2021) as celebrated by the Members and Assemblies in The AFM of SA. This year there is a special focus on how the church can make a difference in the lives of older persons in their community. We are excited to see what AFM Members and Assemblies are planning.

For practical guidelines on how to make the most of your AFM Welfare Weekend, remember to consult the Pastoral Letter of the 3rd Quarter:

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-3rd-quarter-2021/

Blessings!
MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 5 November 2021

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AGS Nuusflits Vrydag, 5 NOV 2021

 

HULPBRONNE:

1. AGS van SA: Nasionale Kalender 2022

https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/ 

2. Omsendbrief: 2020 GBM & Ondersteunende Bylaes

https://afm-ags.org/gbm-circular-supporting-documents/ 

3. Pastorale Brief: 3de Kwartaal

https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-3de-kwartaal-2021/ 

4. NOB Bemagtigingsbesoeke 2021: PowerPoint Aanbiedings 

https://afm-ags.org/nob-empowerment-visits-2021-power-point-presentations/ 

5. NOB Bemagtigingsbesoeke 2021: Video Opnames  

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMguBPJZpLHYtSymo7ubUs2oXGS28rDn3 

AGS Kollega,

1. GBM VERKIESINGS: SOSIALE MEDIA

Die afgelope paar weke het ek ‘n nuwe tendens op sosiale media-platforms opgemerk wat verband hou met die komende GBM (Algemene Besigheidsvergadering) verkiesings. Op hierdie platforms word name en foto’s van Pastore deurgegee saam met die posisies waarvoor hulle verkies moet word. Ek is nie seker of die mense wie se name en foto’s op hierdie platforms vertoon word, hul toestemming in hierdie verband gegee het nie. Ek is seker dat dit hierdie individue ongemaklik laat voel.

Plaaslike AGS Gemeentes en Streekskomitees was die geleentheid gebied om individue te nomineer vir insluiting in die nominasiepoel. Die genomineerdes wat die nominasiepoel gehaal het, was deur die Algemene Sekretaris (Dr H.J. Weideman) aan die betrokke strukture van die kerk gestuur. Nominasies van die vloer af sal by die GBM toegelaat word. Ons moet die GBM-afgevaardigdes toelaat om die nuwe Nasionale Ampsdraers (NOB) van die kerk te nomineer en te verkies. Ek wil ‘n beroep doen op diegene wat name van moontlike nuwe NOB-lede plaas op sosiale media, om van hierdie praktyk af te sien. Hierdie ongevraagde veldtog reflekteer nie goed op die beeld van die AGS van SA nie.

GEBEDSVERSOEK 

Laat ek hierdie geleentheid gebruik om ons Pastore en lidmate te versoek om te bid vir die sukses van die komende GBM verkiesings op 16-17 November 2021. Bid dat God die kiesers sal lei om leiers van integriteit te kies. Leiers wat in staat sal wees om die AGS kerk tot ‘n hoër vlak van getuienis in Suid-Afrika te lei.

2. PCD (Pastors’Continuous Development): KENNISGEWING

Ons het ‘n paar navrae ontvang oor PCD-punte vir die komende GBM wat op 16 en 17 November 2021 gaan plaasvind. Aangesien die GBM hierdie jaar slegs ‘n vergadering en ‘n verkiesing is, sonder opleiding in die vorm van PCD Werkswinkels, word geen PCD-punte toegeken nie.

Om op die hoogte te bly van die PCD-proses, volg:

https://www.facebook.com/PCD4AFM

https://www.pcdafm.co.za/

3. AGS WELSYNSNAWEEK 

Verwag God dan nog steeds dat ek na ander in nood moet uitreik as dit in my eie huishouding moeilik gaan? Ons glo dat ons deur God se genade moet voortgaan om vrygewig te gee en uit te reik na ander in nood, selfs in moeilike tye.

Dit is die voorgestelde tema vir die AGS Welsynsnaweek vir 2021 (26-28 November 2021), soos gevier deur die lidmate en die plaaslike Gemeentes van die AGS van SA. Hierdie jaar word daar veral gefokus op hoe die kerk ‘n verskil kan maak in die lewens van ouer persone in hul gemeenskap. Ons is opgewonde om te sien wat AGS lidmate en Gemeentes beplan!

Verwys gerus na die Pastorale Brief van die 3rde kwartaal vir praktiese riglyne oor hoe om jou AGS Welsynsnaweek optimaal te benut:

https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-3de-kwartaal-2021/

Seën!

MG Mahlobo