Newsflash: Thursday, 9 April 2020

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9 APRIL ENG 2020

AFM Colleague,

Let us be the beacon of hope for South Africa. Whatever happens, we remain people of Hope. We have Hope and we have Faith in Jesus Christ our Lord. May the grace of God, the love of Jesus and the communion of the Holy Spirit, rest, rule and abide with you – now and forevermore. This too shall pass.

1. URGENT COMMUNICATION TO OUR PASTORS: THE CHURCHES’ INTERVENTION ON THE IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS 

The South African Council of Churches (SACC) reached out to National Church Leaders with a proposed SACC Coronavirus Pastoral Plan. This plan seeks to address the adverse impact of the Coronavirus on some of our local communities. The four critical pillars of this plan are: (i) Relief, (ii) Awareness, (iii) Care and (iv) Support (including Advocacy).

The plan is to create Local Ecumenical Networks (LEAN) which will comprise of a minimum of ten (10) pastors from different denominations or ministries within local communities. These LEAN networks must create Whatsapp groups that include all households in their locality for purposes of communication. If these Whatsapp groups wish to be linked to the SACC Whatsapp, they will be free to do so.

Currently there are two (2) issues that require urgent attention.

These are the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Food Security.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

At this point in time there is a lack of PPE, especially for health workers. These are the frontline “foot soldiers” in the fight against Coronavirus spread. Their protection against infection must not be compromised. We have requested Government to do everything in its power to ensure the supply of PPE.

Food Security

Food security needs urgent attention. It is estimated that over 200 000 households in South Africa will need food by next week (from Monday, 13 April 2020). This number may increase to 300 000 families if the lockdown is not lifted by Thursday, 16 April 2020. The SACC held meetings with Government regarding this matter. Government is prepared to intervene through the Solidarity Fund that it has created.

Three (3) things are required from churches. The first one is the capacity to identify households that are in need of food. The second is the willingness on the part  of churches to do the distribution to the families in need. The third is to ensure collaboration with community-based organizations.

I have requested NLF members to get a response from their constituencies on their willingness to participate in the creation of LEAN for purposes of alleviating food security challenges. They will be in touch with you in due course. In your response indicate if you already have a structure with systems in place to do this. It would be appreciated if you can also indicate availability of church facilities for the purposes of scanning and isolation of infected people in the church’s neighborhood. If need be, we may also require that church facilities be used for food storage.

The leadership of the SACC has been requested to engage Government on the possibility of using vouchers instead of food parcels. Such vouchers must be acceptable to all outlets including tuck shops and spaza shops.

Additional information can be obtained from the SACC Pastoral Plan which is available here:

On the Coronavirus Pastoral Plan of SACC

2. GOOD FRIDAY MESSAGE

I pre-recorded a message for 2020 Good Friday. This message can be accessed through the AFM Facebook page and will be available on Friday morning.

Apart from the bi-weekly Pastoral Newsflash, it is important to stay connected with the church. In this regard I encourage you to Like our AFM Facebook page and AFM Website during this time to receive information that is shared on weekly basis as need arises:

Facebook: @AFMOFSA 

Website: www.afm-ags.org

Here is more information on how to stay connected to Pastoral Communication:

3. AFM NATIONAL OFFICE

The AFM National Office is closed during this lockdown period. 

For normal enquiries the following staff can be contacted through email:

Sureta (Finances): [email protected]

Mpho Sethole (Data): [email protected]

Mpho Seleka (Pastors’ Calls & Assemblies): [email protected]

Jolande (Marriage Officers’ Applications/Appointments/Resolution 181):
[email protected]

For any emergency you are advised to call the following numbers:

  • Mr. Desmond Alie (Office Manager): 079 864 3009
  • Mr. France Madiba: 072 704 2347
  • Dr. Henri Weideman (General Secretary): 083 282 8432
  • Past. George Mahlobo (President): 083 229 8852

Financial stability & communication during the lockdown period. 

Our directive is that local Pastors and their local Treasurers/Financial Administrators should find ways and make it possible for members to give tithing & offerings through electronic financial transactions (EFT). We encourage our pastors and our structures to explore innovative possibilities for continuous communication with our members, including but not limited to: Whatsapp, Facebook and other social media platforms, streaming of sermons and e-mail. We need to gather Spiritually and even electronically, though we cannot be together physically. Governing Body meetings can also be held through platforms such as skype, zoom, Whatsapp, Video Calls etc. We need to regularly communicate with one another to encourage and to share our Hope and Faith with each other (Hebrews 10:24-25).

AFM events beyond April 2020. 

I would like to remind all AFM Pastors, Leaders and Members that all assembly gatherings, Children’s ministry classes and 2020 AFM Good Friday Conferences have been cancelled. The outstanding NOB Regional Visits, Regional Leaders-, Regional Treasurers-, Regional Secretaries/Administrators- and Administration of Justice Workshops, as well as MIL workshops are suspended, pending further updates.

If the spread of Covid-19 is not contained by the end of April 2020, all National Departments’ Conferences will have to be rescheduled or cancelled. The Church’s  National Office Bearers will give a directive regarding church events beyond April 2020.

For a detailed communication of the impact of the national lockdown on AFM church activities, again refer to the following statement issued on 25 March 2020:

https://afm-ags.org/afm-statement-coronavirus-implications-of-national-lockdown/

And to download the 2020 AFM National Calendar, kindly visit the following link:

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

4. PASTORAL LETTER: 1ST QUARTER

I want to encourage you to make sure that you have also received and read the Pastoral Letter of the first quarter. The articles contained in this issue will be of great value to you and your ministry. Two of the articles are written in a practical style to assist you and your assembly with tools and steps regarding:

  • The Role of the Pastor in a Missional Church Context
  • Implementing the One AFM Game Plan Driver: Community Involvement

Available online from:

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-1st-quarter-2020/

Blessings!

MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Donderdag, 9 April 2020

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9 APRIL AFR 2020

AGS Kollega,

Laat ons die baken van Hoop vir Suid-Afrika wees. Wat ook al gebeur, ons bly mense van Hoop. Ons het Hoop en ons glo in Jesus Christus, ons Here. Mag die genade van God, die liefde van Jesus en die verbondenheid van die Heilige Gees in jou rus, regeer en by jou bly – nou en vir altyd. Die Koronavirus-krisis, sal ook verbygaan.

1. DRINGENDE KOMMUNIKASIE AAN ONS PASTORE: DIE ROL VAN DIE KERK IN VERBAND MET DIE IMPAK VAN DIE KORONAVIRUS

Die Suid-Afrikaanse Raad van Kerke (SARK) het uitgereik na Nasionale Kerkleiers met ‘n voorgestelde Koronavirus Pastorale Plan. Hierdie plan poog om die negatiewe impak van die Koronavirus op sommige van ons plaaslike gemeenskappe aan te spreek. Die plan het vier belangrike fokusse: (i) Verligting, (ii) Bewusmaking, (iii) Versorging en (iv) Ondersteuning (insluitend Voorspraak “Advocacy”).

Die plan is om plaaslike ekumeniese netwerke (“Local Ecumenical Networks” – LEAN) te skep wat bestaan ​​uit ‘n minimum van tien (10) pastore van verskillende denominasies of bedieninge in plaaslike gemeenskappe. Hierdie LEAN-netwerke moet Whatsapp-groepe skep wat alle huishoudings binne hul omgewing insluit vir kommunikasiedoeleindes. As hierdie WhatsApp-groepe aan die SARK se WhatsApp gekoppel wil wees, kan dit gedoen word.

Daar is tans twee (2) kwessies wat dringend aandag benodig.

Dit is die verskaffing van “Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)” en Voedselsekuriteit.

“Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)”

Huidiglik is daar ‘n tekort aan PPE, veral vir gesondheidswerkers. Hulle is die “voetsoldate” op die voorpunt van die stryd teen die Koronavirus. Hulle beskerming teen die infeksie moet nie in gedrang wees nie. Ons het die regering versoek om alles in sy vermoë te doen om die verskaffing van PPE te verseker.

Voedselsekuriteit

Voedselsekuriteit het dringend aandag nodig. Volgens beramings sal meer as 200 000 huishoudings in Suid-Afrika voedsel benodig teen volgende week (vanaf Maandag, 13 April 2020). Hierdie getal kan toeneem tot 300 000 gesinne as die nasionale inperking op Donderdag, 16 April 2020 nie opgehef word nie. Die SARK het vergaderings met die regering gehou rondom hierdie kwessie. Die regering is bereid om in te gryp deur die Solidariteit Fonds wat hy geskep het.

Drie (3) dinge word van kerke vereis. Die eerste een is die vermoë om huishoudings te identifiseer wat voedsel benodig. Die tweede is die bereidwilligheid van kerke om die verspreiding aan die families in nood te doen. Die derde is om samewerking met gemeenskapsgebaseerde organisasies te verseker.

Intussen het ek NLF lede versoek om ‘n antwoord by hul betrokke streke en rolspelers te kry oor hul bereidwilligheid om deel te neem aan die skepping van LEAN, met die oog op die uitdagings en verligting ten opsigte van voedselsekuriteit. Jy sal binnekort van hierdie versoek hoor vanaf jou streeksleiers. Dui asseblief in jou antwoord aan indien jou gemeente alreeds ‘n struktuur met stelsels het wat dit kan doen. Ons sal dit hoog op prys stel indien jy ook kan aandui indien die kerkfasiliteit beskikbaar gestel kan word vir skandering en isolasie van besmette individue in die plaaslike gemeenskap. Indien nodig mag daar ook vereis word dat die kerk se fasiliteite gebruik word om voedsel voorrade te stoor.

Die leierskap van die SARK is versoek om die regering te toets oor die moontlikheid om geskenkbewyse (“vouchers”) in plaas van kospakkies te gebruik. Hierdie geskenkbewyse moet vir alle afsetpunte, insluitend snoepwinkels en spazawinkels aanvaarbaar wees.

Verdere inligting rondom die SARK se Pastorale Plan is hier beskikbaar:

On the Coronavirus Pastoral Plan of SACC9444

2. GOEIE VRYDAG BOODSKAP

Ek het vooraf ‘n boodskap opgeneem vir Goeie Vrydag 2020. Hierdie boodskap sal Vrydag oggend beskikbaar wees op die AGS Facebook-blad. Afgesien van die twee-weeklikse Pastorale Nuusflitse, is dit belangrik om gereelde kontak met die nasionale kantoor te behou. Ek moedig jou aan om gedurende hierdie uitdagende tyd bewus te wees van gereelde kommunikasie wat gedeel word, ook deur ons Facebook-blad en webtuiste:

Facebook: @AFMOFSA

Webwerf: www.afm-ags.org

Om meer te weet oor hoe om in verbinding te bly met ons:

3. AGS NASIONALE KANTOOR

Die AGS Nasionale Kantoor is gesluit gedurende die inperkingsperiode. 

Vir algemene navrae kan die volgende personeel per e-pos gekontak word:

Sureta (Finansies): [email protected]

Mpho Sethole (Data): [email protected]

Mpho Seleka (Beroepe & Gemeentesake ): [email protected]

Jolande (Huweliksbevestigers/Aanstellings/Resolusie 181): [email protected]

In die geval van ‘n noodgeval, skakel die volgende nommers:

  • Mnr. Desmond Alie (Kantoor Bestuurder): 079 864 3009
  • Mnr. France Madiba: 072 704 2347
  • Dr. Henri Weideman (Algemene Sekretaris): 083 282 8432
  • Past. George Mahlobo (President): 083 229 8852

Finansiële stabiliteit en kommunikasie gedurende die inperking. 

Ons opdrag is dat alle Pastore en hul plaaslike Tesouriers/Finansiële Administrateurs, maniere moet vind om dit vir lidmate moontlik te maak om hul tiendes deur middel van elektroniese finansiële transaksies (EFT) te kan gee. Ons moedig ons Pastore en ons strukture aan om innoverende moontlikhede vir deurlopende kommunikasie met ons lidmate te ondersoek, insluitend maar nie beperk tot: Whatsapp, Facebook en ander sosiale media platforms, aanlyn-uitsending van preke en e-pos. In hierdie tye wat ons nie fisies saam kan wees nie, moet ons geestelik en elektronies bymekaar uitkom. Beheerliggame se vergaderings kan ook gehou word op platforms soos Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, video-oproepe ens. Ons moet gereeld met mekaar kommunikeer om ons Hoop en Geloof te deel en so mekaar aan te moedig (Hebreërs 10: 24-25).

AGS Byeenkomste

Ek wil alle Pastore, Leiers en lidmate herinner dat alle byeenkomste, kinderbediening en die 2020 AGS Goeie Vrydag konferensies gekanselleer is. Die volgende byeenkomste word opgeskort hangende verdere kommunikasie:

  • NOB Regional Visits
  • Regional Leaders/Secretaries/Administrators Regional Workshop
  • Administration of Justice Workshop
  • MIL Workshops

As die verspreiding van Koronavirus nie teen einde April 2020 bekamp is nie, sal alle nasionale departemente se konferensies herskeduleer of gekanselleer moet word. Die Nasionale Ampsdraers sal verdere instruksies gee ten opsigte van alle byeenkomste wat na die maand van April 2020 geskeduleer is.

Verwys gerus weer na die AGS se volledige verklaring rondom die impak van die Koronavirus en die nasionale inperking op alle kerk aktiwiteite. Die verklaring was uitgereik op 25 Maart 2020 en is beskikbaar vanaf die AGS webblad:

https://afm-ags.org/afm-statement-coronavirus-implications-of-national-lockdown/

Besoek asseblief die volgende skakel om die AGS Nasionale Kalender af te laai:

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

4. PASTORALE BRIEF: 1ste KWARTAAL

Laastens wil ek jou graag aanmoedig om seker te maak dat jy die 1ste Kwartaal se Pastorale Brief onder oë gehad het. Ek glo dat die artikels in hierdie uitgawe tot groot seën van jou bediening sal wees. Twee van die artikels is vanuit ‘n praktiese perspektief geskryf met die doel om jou toe te rus met nodige kennis en stappe rakende:

  • Die rol van die Pastoor in ‘n missionale-kerk konteks.
  • Implementering van die One AFM Game Plan: Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid

Beskikbaar aanlyn by :

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-1st-quarter-2020/

Groete en Seën!
MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 20 March 2020

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20 MARCH ENG 2020

AFM Colleagues,

We share two important updates for your attention in this week’s Newsflash:

1. CORONA VIRUS: IMPACT ON AFM CHURCH ACTIVITIES

http://afm-ags.org/the-corona-virus-a-time-for-faith-leadership-and-wisdom/

http://afm-ags.org/afm-statement-corona-developments-impact-on-church-atvities/

2. NOMINATION FORMS FOR NATIONAL OFFICE BEARERS

http://afm-ags.org/afm-election-2020-nomination-forms/

3. IMPORTANT UPDATE ON THEOLOGICAL TRAINING 

ATS vs NLF Case

Subsequent, to the church’s unity the church embarked on integration of the various AFM Theological Institutions with a view of having one AFM College. This process was halted during 2008. The halting of this process was due to a Court order obtained by the Auckland Park Theological College (“ATS”) on 15 August 2008, interdicting and restraining the National Leadership Forum (“NLF”) and directors appointed by the NLF, from purporting to transact any business whatsoever on behalf, and in the name of AFM Theological College NPC (“AFMTC”) – and presenting themselves to third parties as being members and directors of AFMTC. The matter was heard during 2010 and the Court dismissed the application with costs on 8 August 2011, and the interim order made during 2008 was set aside. ATS filed several appeals which were dismissed and their final application with the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, for leave to appeal against the judgment of 19 December 2013, was dismissed on 26 March 2014. The effect of the judgments was that the directors appointed by the NLF during 2008 were confirmed as the lawfully appointed directors.

NLF vs ATS Case

The NLF instituted legal proceeding against ATS during 2012 for an order in terms of which it is declared that the ATS seceded the AFMTC from the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa and that such ownership in all property, movable and immovable, which vested in the AFMTC, should fall back to the NLF. The application was heard in the North Gauteng High Court on 17 April 2018 and judgment was delivered on 18 April 2019. It was declared that ATS seceded from the AFM of SA and that the ownership in all property, moveable and immovable which vested in the AFMTC fell back to the AFM of SA, and ATS were ordered to immediately transfer all rights of ownership to the AFM of SA and was evicted form 55 Richmond Street. The judgement of the Court has not yet been implemented because motivations for the judgement are still pending and there is a possibility of ATS appealing the judgement.

AFM Agreements with Global School of Theology and University of North West

While these disputes were being acted on, the AFM concluded an agreement with the Global School of Theology, to train our pastors. The 2012 General Business Meeting (GBM) decided to terminate our agreement with the Global School of Theology. Subsequently, an agreement for the training of our pastors was entered into with the University of North West.

Research Chair 

The AFM concluded an agreement with the University of North West to establish a Research Chair in Ecumenism: Pentecostalism and neo-Pentecostalism during 2016 and Professor Marius Nel was appointed as the Chief Researcher.

During this time Prof Nel published the following:

Popular Publications: 3 Academic Articles.

Academic Publications: 8 Academic Articles.

Articles in Peer-Review Journals: 34 Academic Articles.

Prof Nel successfully guided 4 Master’s degrees and 2 Doctoral degree candidates as Promotor.

On the grounds of his performance he received the award of the Best Researcher in the whole NWU for three (3) years in succession.

Application for Registration as Private Higher Institution

The AFM Theological College NPC submitted both an Application for Registration as a Private Higher Education Institution to the Department of Higher Education and Training, and an application for accreditation of a Bachelor of Theology Degree at the AFM Theological College at Soshanguve Gauteng, with the Higher Education Qualifications Council during 2018. The Higher Education Qualifications Council set out six (6) conditions referring to matters that must be addressed prior to the commencement of the recruitment of students or the offering of the programme. Representatives of the CHE (Council on Higher Education) visited the Soshanguve Campus on 6 January 2020 in fulfilment of the last condition. It is anticipated that the applications should be finalised during 2020. Several processes will commence upon conclusion of the registration of the AFMTC by the Department of Higher Education and Training, including recruitment of staff etc.

We encourage our students who currently studies at North West University to successfully complete their studies. Further announcements will be made at the right time.

The Board of the AFM Theological College thank the Lord for the progress to realise the vision to provide pastoral training at our own AFM Theological College.

Blessings!
MG Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 20 Maart 2020

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20 MAART AFR 2020

Geagte Kollega,

Ons deel graag drie belangrike verwikkelinge waarvan ons pastore asseblief moet kennis neem:

1. CORONA VIRUS: PRAKTIESE IMPLIKASIES VIR AGS AKTIWITEITE 

http://afm-ags.org/the-corona-virus-a-time-for-faith-leadership-and-wisdom/

http://afm-ags.org/afm-statement-corona-developments-impact-on-church-atvities/

2. NOMINASIEVORMS VIR NASIONALE AMPSDRAERS

http://afm-ags.org/afm-election-2020-nomination-forms/

3. AGS TEOLOGIESE OPLEIDING

ATS vs NLF saak

Na die vereniging, het die kerk begin met die integrasie van die verskillende AGS-teologiese instellings, met die oog op die oprigting van een AGS-kollege. Hierdie proses is gedurende 2008 gestaak. Die staking van die proses is te danke aan ‘n hofbevel wat die Auckland Park Teologiese Kollege ‘ATS’ op 15 Augustus 2008 bekom het. ‘n Tussentydse bevel het gelui dat ‘n interdik en beperking geplaas word op die Nasionale Leierskaps Forum ‘NLF’, asook die direkteure wat deur die NLF aangestel is, dat hulle geen saketransaksies namens, of in die naam van die AGS Teologiese Kollege (NPC) ‘AGSTK’ mag onderneem nie. Hulle mag ook nie hulself as lede of direkteure van die AGSTK aan derde partye voorstel nie. Die saak is gedurende 2010 aangehoor en die Hof het die aansoek op 8 Augustus 2011 met koste van die hand gewys en die tussentydse bevel wat gedurende 2008 gemaak is, terug getrek. ATS het verskeie appèlle ingedien wat van die hand gewys is. Hul finale aansoek by die Appèlhof van Suid-Afrika in Bloemfontein om verlof tot appèl teen die uitspraak van 19 Desember 2013, is op 26 Maart 2014 van die hand gewys. Die gevolg van die uitsprake was dat die direkteure wat gedurende 2008 deur die NLF aangestel is, as wettig verklaar is.

NLF vs ATS saak

Die NLF het gedurende 2012 regstappe teen ATS ingestel vir ‘n bevel wat verklaar dat die ATS die AGSTK afgesonder het van die Apostoliese Geloofsending van Suid-Afrika, en dat sodanige eienaarskap in alle eiendom en bates, roerend en nie-roerende, wat by die AGSTK berus , sou terugval op die NLF. Die aansoek is op 17 April 2018 in die Noord-Gautengse Hooggeregshof aangehoor en uitspraak is op 18 April 2019 gelewer. Daar is verklaar dat ATS die AGSTK afgesonder het van die AGS van SA en dat die besit van alle eiendom en bates, roerende en nie-roerende wat by die AGSTK berus, terug val op die AGS van SA, en ATS is beveel om onmiddellik alle eiernaarskap aan die AGS van SA te oorhandig en is uit Richmondstraat 55 gesit. Die uitspraak van die hof is nog nie uitgevoer nie, want motiverings vir die uitspraak is nog hangende en die moontlikheid bestaan dat ATS die uitspraak kan appelleer.

AGS Ooreenkomste met Global School of Theology en die Universiteit van Noordwes

Terwyl hierdie geskille uitgewerk word, het die AGS ‘n ooreenkoms met die Global School of Theology gesluit om ons pastore op te lei. By die Algemene Sakevergadering in 2012, is besluit om ons ooreenkoms met die Global School of Theology te beëindig. Daarna is ‘n ooreenkoms met die Universiteit van Noordwes aangegaan vir die opleiding van ons pastore.

Navorsingsvoorsitter

Die AGS het ‘n ooreenkoms met die Universiteit van Noordwes gesluit om ‘n Navorsingsvoorsitter in ekumene, Pinksterbeweging en neo-Pinksterbeweging te stig gedurende 2016, en professor Marius Nel as die hoofnavorser aangewys.

In hierdie tyd het Prof Nel die volgende gepubliseer:

Populêre Publikasies: 3 Akademiese Artikels.

Akademiese Publikasies: 8 Akademiese Artikels.

Artikels in ‘Peer-Review’ Joernale: 34 Akademiese Artikels.

Prof Nel het vier meestersgrade en 2 doktorsgrade as promotor, suksesvol gelei. Op grond van sy prestasie ontvang hy die toekenning vir Beste Navorser in die hele NWU, agtervolgens vir drie (3) jaar.

Aansoek om Registrasie as ‘n Private Hoër Instansie

Die AGS Teologiese Kollege (NPC) het ‘n Aansoek om Registrasie as ‘n Private Instansie vir Hoër Onderwys by die Departement van Hoër Onderwys en Opleiding ingedien. Gedurende 2018 is daar ook ‘n aansoek om akkreditasie van ‘n Baccalaureusgraad in Teologie aan die AGS Teologiese Kollege in Soshanguve, Gauteng, met die Hoër Onderwys Raad vir Kwalifikasies ingedien. Die Raad vir Kwalifikasies vir Hoër Onderwys het ses voorwaardes uiteengesit wat verwys na aangeleenthede wat aangespreek moet word, voor die aanvang van die werwing van studente, of die aanbieding van die programme. Verteenwoordigers van die Raad op Hoër Onderwys het op 6 Januarie 2020 die Soshanguve-kampus besoek om aan die laaste voorwaarde te voldoen. Na verwagting sal die aansoeke gedurende 2020 afgehandel wees. Verskeie prosesse sal begin na afloop van die registrasie van die AGSTK deur die Departement van Hoër Onderwys en Opleiding, insluitend die werwing van personeel ens.

Ons moedig ons studente aan, wat tans aan die Noordwes-Universiteit studeer, om hul studies suksesvol te voltooi. Verdere aankondigings sal op die regte tyd gemaak word.

Die bestuur van die AGS Teologiese Kollege dank die Here vir die vordering om die visie te verwesenlik –  om pastorale opleiding by ons eie AGS Teologiese Kollege te bied.

Seën!
Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 28 February 2020

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28 FEBRUARY ENG 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Urgent Notes:

AFM Head Office – We apologise for any inconvenience experienced due to Telkom’s national outage that is affecting our phone lines.

Nomination Forms – All Pastors must please ensure that the Nomination Forms for the 2020 national elections are send to the correct e-mail address. The address is:

[email protected].

2020 NOB Empowerment Visits – Join the NOB for the remaining Regional Empowerment Visits. All information can be downloaded from:
http://afm-ags.org/special-invitation-2020-nob-empowerment-visits/.

1. PROPOSED BOOKLET OF THE APOSTOLIC FAITH MISSION’S DOCTRINES

The National Leadership Forum (NLF) has identified the need to produce a booklet on the Apostolic Faith Mission’s (AFM) doctrine. We are part of the classical Pentecostal Churches. In many respects our tenets of faith bear resemblance. Although we are part of this broader Pentecostal tradition, it is essential that our members and pastors should know the pillars of our doctrine. Church’s doctrine underlies and explains the practice of the Christian faith.
Our Confession of Faith serves as a guide in this regard:
http://afm-ags.org/about-us/confessions-of-faith/.

The leadership held a theological discussion with a number of our pastors and our theological lecturers. Participants reached a consensus that the AFM’s Confession of Faith be used as the basis for the production of our doctrinal booklet. It is envisaged that the booklet will include doctrines of God, Christ, The Holy Spirit, the Bible, Humanity, Salvation, the Church, Sacraments and of the Last things. It is my hope that this will be a useful document for orientation and the strengthening of the faith of our members.

From time to time we also consider doctrinal, ethical and liturgical matters. The Doctrine, Ethics and Liturgy Committee (DEL Committee) is a standing Committee of the NLF tasked with the responsibility to consider these issues. They have made several recommendations to the NLF. On the other hand, the NLF has approved these recommendations as church pronouncements. I often come across pastors and members who want to know about the church’s official position on matters such as cremation, surrogacy, homosexuality and many others.

Pronouncements on these matters are available on our church’s website. I urge you to visit our web site and download the church’s pronouncements:
http://afm-ags.org/about-us/pronouncements/

 

2. AFM STATIONERY: UPDATED PRICES 

Kindly take note that the following prices for AFM Stationery will be in effect from 1 March 2020. To place orders for stationery, please contact Ms. Inocentia Ravhura at the AFM Head Office:
[email protected]

Blessings!
Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 28 Februarie

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28 FEBRUARY AFR 2020

Geagte Kollegas,

Dringende Notas:

AGS Hoofkantoor – Ons vra onverskoning vir enige ongerief wat veroorsaak word en wat ons telefoonlyne beïnvloed as gevolg van Telkom se nasionale onderbreking.

Nominasievorms – Alle pastore moet seker maak dat die nominasievorms vir die nasionale verkiesing in 2020 na die regte e-pos adres gestuur word. Die adres is:

[email protected]

2020 NOB Bemagtigingsbesoeke – Sluit gerus by ons aan vir die oorblywende streeksbemagtigingsbesoeke. Alle inligting kan afgelaai word vanaf:

http://afm-ags.org/special-invitation-2020-nob-empowerment-visits/

1. ‘N VOORGESTELDE BOEKIE VAN WAT DIE AGS GLO 

Die Nasionale Leierskaps Forum (NLF) het die behoefte geïdentifiseer om ‘n boekie oor die AGS se leerstellings te produseer. Ons is deel van die klassieke Pinkster kerke en in baie opsigte lyk ons ​​beginsels van geloof dieselfde. Alhoewel ons deel is van hierdie breër Pinkster-tradisie, is dit noodsaaklik dat ons lidmate en pastore die fondasie van ons leerstellings ken. Die kerk se leerstellings verduidelik die praktyk van die Christelike geloof. Ons Geloofsbelydenis dien as riglyn in hierdie verband:

http://afm-ags.org/about-us/confessions-of-faith/.

Die leierskap het ‘n teologiese gesprek gevoer met ‘n aantal van ons pastore en teologie dosente. Deelnemers het ‘n konsensus bereik dat die AGS se Geloofsbelydenis gebruik moet word as die basis vir die vervaardiging van so ‘n boekie. Die boekie gaan voorsiening maak vir leerstellings rakende God, Jesus Christus, die Heilige Gees, die Bybel, die mens, Saligheid, die kerk, sakramente en die eindtye. Dit is my hoop dat dit ‘n nuttige dokument sal wees vir oriëntering en die versterking van geloof as dit kom by ons lidmate.

Van tyd tot tyd ondersoek ons ook leerstellings, etiese en liturgiese aangeleenthede. Die DEL-komitee is ‘n permanente komitee van die NLF wat die verantwoordelikheid het om hierdie kwessies te oorweeg. Hulle het verskeie aanbevelings aan die NLF gemaak, waarop die NLF hierdie aanbevelings as kerklike uitsprake goedgekeur het. Ek het gereeld te doen met pastore en lidmate wat wil weet oor die kerk se amptelike standpunt oor sake soos verassing, surrogaatskap, homoseksualiteit en vele ander.

Uitsprake oor hierdie aangeleenthede is beskikbaar op ons kerk se webwerf. Ek wil jou aanmoedig om ons webwerf te besoek en die uitsprake af te laai:

http://afm-ags.org/about-us/pronouncements/

 

2. AGS-SKRYFBEHOEFTES: OPGEDATEERDE PRYSE

Neem asseblief kennis dat die volgende pryse vir AGS skryfbehoeftes in werking tree vanaf 1 Maart 2020. Kontak Inocentia Ravhura by die AGS Hoofkantoor vir bestellings:
[email protected]
012 644 0490

Seëninge!
Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 14 February 2020

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14 FEBRUARY ENG 2020

Dear AFM Colleagues,

1.      PASTORS’ CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT (PCD) CREDITS

I would like to thank and appreciate all pastors who have already submitted their PCD compliance certificates through their Regional PCD Coordinators. Those who have done so and have not yet received their credential cards are requested to contact their Regional PCD Coordinators.

All pastors below 65 years were expected to submit their PCD compliance certificate before 31 December 2019 through their Regional Secretaries to the office of the PCD National Coordinator’s Office. The expectation is that each pastor should accumulate 50 PCD credits per annum. This implies that pastors who have been ordained by 2016 should have 200 PCD credits. Pastors who are non-compliant are requested to contact their Regional PCD Coordinators with a view to being compliant. Failure to comply by 31 January 2021 may have a negative impact on their pastoral status.

For more information please visit the AFM PCD website:
http://www.pcdafm.co.za/

2.      NOMINATION POOL: FORMS

The Office of the General Secretary has sent nomination forms for the creation of the nominations’ pool. Each Assembly Governing Body is entitled to receive and complete one nomination form. This is the same with each Regional Committee. Completed forms must be sent to the Office of the President, through hand delivery, registered mail or through e-mail. The e-mail address to be used, in this regard is [email protected].

The deadline date for the submission of these forms is Tuesday 31 March 2020 not later than 16h00. Registered AFM Assemblies who have not yet received these forms are requested to contact the General Secretary’s Office (during Office hours). Your cooperation is highly appreciated in this regard.

A formal Circular was also sent with the above-mentioned information:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

3.      BIBLE SOCIETY CELEBRATIONS

The Bible Society of South Africa is celebrating 200 years this year (1820-2020). I would like to invite our Assemblies to participate in these celebrations by making donations to the Bible Society. These donations can be sent through Regional Treasurers/Administrators to the Office of the General Treasurer.

The National Office Bearers are making a plea to all our congregations to regard Sunday 13 September 2020 as Bible Sunday. Offerings for the Bible Society can be collected and promotions of the work of the Bible Society should be done. Our General Treasurer will make a proposal concerning a donation from the NLF (National Leadership Forum) to the Bible Society.

The Bible Society’s primary focus is the translation of the Bible into various languages, printing and distribution of the Bibles at affordable prices. I am including herein a document titled “The Bible Hope for All” that can be used to promote the work of the Bible Society at the congregational level:
THE BIBLE HOPE FOR ALL

You are also welcome to connect with the Bible Society through:
https://www.facebook.com/biblesocietysouthafrica/
http://www.biblesociety.co.za

Blessings!
Past. M.G. Mahlobo

AGS Nuusflits: Vrydag, 14 Februarie 2020

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14 FEBRUARY AFR 2020

AGS Kollegas,

1. DEURLOPENDE ONTWIKKELING VAN PASTORE: (PCD) KREDIETE

Ek bedank en waardeer alle pastore wat reeds hul PCD-nakomingsertifikate (“compliance certificates”) deur hul plaaslike PCD-koördineerders ingedien het. Die pastore wat dit wel reeds gedoen het, en nog nie hul Pastoralestatus hernuwingskaarte (“credential cards”) ontvang het nie, word versoek om hul plaaslike PCD-koördineerder te kontak.

Alle pastore onder die ouderdom van 65 moes hulle PCD-nakomingsertifikate indien voor 31 Desember 2019 deur hul Streekssekretaris se kantoor – waarna dit gestuur word na die PCD Nasionale  Koördineerder se kantoor. Die verwagting is dat elke pastoor 50 PCD-krediete per jaar moet opbou. Dit beteken dus dat pastore wat in 2016 aangestel is, reeds 200 PCD-krediete moet hê. Pastore wat nie hieraan voldoen nie, word versoek om hul plaaslike PCD-koördineerders te kontak om te verseker dat hulle wel spoedig daaraan voldoen. Indien pastore nie aan hierdie vereistes voldoen teen die 31ste Januarie 2021 nie, kan dit hulle pastorale status negatief beïnvloed.

Vir verdere inligting oor die PCD proses, besoek gerus:
http://www.pcdafm.co.za/

2. BENOEMINGSPOEL: NOMINASIEVORMS

Vanuit die kantoor van die Algemene Sekretaris is nominasievorms beskikbaar gestel vir die skepping van ‘n benoemingspoel (“nomination pool”). Elke Beheerliggaam van elke AGS Gemeente is  geregtig om een ​​nominasievorm te ontvang en te voltooi. Dit werk dieselfde met elke streekskomitee. Voltooide vorms moet terug besorg word aan die Nasionale Kantoor van die President deur: aflewering, geregistreerde pos of per e-pos. Die e-pos adres wat hiervoor gebruik moet word, is  [email protected].

Die sperdatum vir die indiening van hierdie nominasievorms is Dinsdag 31 Maart 2020, nie later as 16h00 nie. Geregistreerde AGS Gemeentes wat nog nie hierdie vorms ontvang het nie, word versoek om die kantoor van die Algemene Sekretaris (gedurende kantoor ure) te kontak.  Samewerking in hierdie verband sal opreg waardeer word.

Verwys ook gerus na die Omsendbrief (of “Circular”) wat uitgestuur was in hierdie verband:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

3. BYBELGENOOTSKAP VIERINGE

Die Bybelgenootskap van Suid-Afrika vier vanjaar sy 200ste (1820-2020) bestaansjaar! Ek wil ons Gemeentes uitnooi om deel te wees van hierdie vieringe deur donasies  aan die Bybelgenootskap te maak. Hierdie donasies kan gestuur word deur die Streekstesouriers / Administrateurs na die kantoor van die Algemene Tesourier. Die Nasionale Ampsdraers doen ‘n versoek op al die Gemeentes om Sondag 13 September 2020 as ‘n Bybel Sondag te beskou. ‘n Kollekte vir die Bybelgenootskap kan opgeneem word en meer inligting oor die werk wat hulle doen kan gedeel word. Ons Algemene Tesourier sal ‘n voorstel maak rakende ‘n donasie vanaf die NLF (Nasionale Leierskaps Forum) aan die Bybelgenootskap.

Die Bybelgenootskap se primêre fokus is die vertaling van die Bybel in verskillende tale, drukwerk en verspreiding van die Bybel teen bekostigbare pryse. Hierby sluit ek ‘n dokument in met die titel “The Bible Hope for All” wat gebruik kan word om die werk van die Bybelgenootskap op Gemeentelike vlak te bevorder:
THE BIBLE HOPE FOR ALL

Besoek ook gerus die Bybelgenootskap se aanlyn platforms:
https://www.facebook.com/biblesocietysouthafrica/
http://www.biblesociety.co.za

Seën!
Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 31 January

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31 JANUARY ENG 2020

The National Office Bearers are looking forward to connect with the church leadership in the upcoming NOB Empowerment Visits! I encourage you to attend this strategic gathering in your province. More information is given below in this Newsflash.
1. SPECIAL INVITATION: NOB VISITS 2020

We hereby invite all AFM Pastors, Governing Body Members, Leaders and National Youth to the 2020 NOB Empowerment Visits. The intention of the Empowerment Visits is to inform, equip, train and engage in dialogue on matters of strategic importance to the church. I want to strongly encourage you to attend the empowerment session in your province.

The theme for the visits is:

Actions with Impact
Leading in a missional church

We are looking forward to engaging with the church on the following topics:

  1. The Impact of the Ministry on Pastor’s Children.
  2. The Nomination Process and Dates for the 2020 National Office Bearers Elections.
    A document is already available on this matter. Kindly download from:
    http://afm-ags.org/category/media/
  3. Women in Leadership.
  4. The Role and Function of the Pastor within a Missional Church.
  5. Being Church in the Public Domain.
  6. Community Involvement: Practical Implementation (Presented by the AFM Welfare)

The programme for the Friday and Saturday can be downloaded from the link below:
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

The National Office Bearers will be visiting all Provinces on the following dates:

2. UP4SA – National Prayer Initiative

I am thankful to all of you who have already commenced with prayer & fasting.

It’s not necessary to mention that South Africa is experiencing difficulties on many terrains. The main responsibility of Christians is to pray earnestly and faithfully to God. On the 1st of March 2020 a nationwide prayer initiative is taking place. My request is that pastors and community leaders prayerfully consider volunteering and co-ordinating a prayer point in their local community. Every community leader that volunteers receives a resources and will be empowered to coordinate the prayer point.

Please read the information and be part of what I believe, is a God-inspired initiative:
up4sa AFM of SA 2020

You can also connect directly with Up4SA via their online platforms:
Website: www.up4sa.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Up4SA/

3. CIRCULAR: JANUARY 2020

Kindly take note of a Circular that was sent to all AFM Assemblies earlier this week – either by e-mail or postage. For your reference, we include it here in the Newsflash again:

  • Nomination forms for the pool of the 2020 NOB elections (Annexure A & B). Please take note that there is a separate form for Assemblies and Regional Committees.
  • A request from Dr. Isak Burger regarding a book of miracles (Annexure C).
  • The appointment of a new Bible Society Representative.
  • A reminder to honour the dates of activities and events on the official AFM Calendar.

To download the Circular and all Annexures kindly follow the link below to the AFM Website:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Blessings!
Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 31 January

Download the PDF version here:

31 JANUARY ENG 2020

The National Office Bearers are looking forward to connect with the church leadership in the upcoming NOB Empowerment Visits! I encourage you to attend this strategic gathering in your province. More information is given below in this Newsflash.
1. SPECIAL INVITATION: NOB VISITS 2020

We hereby invite all AFM Pastors, Governing Body Members, Leaders and National Youth to the 2020 NOB Empowerment Visits. The intention of the Empowerment Visits is to inform, equip, train and engage in dialogue on matters of strategic importance to the church. I want to strongly encourage you to attend the empowerment session in your province.

The theme for the visits is:

Actions with Impact
Leading in a missional church

We are looking forward to engaging with the church on the following topics:

  1. The Impact of the Ministry on Pastor’s Children.
  2. The Nomination Process and Dates for the 2020 National Office Bearers Elections.
    A document is already available on this matter. Kindly download from:
    http://afm-ags.org/category/media/
  3. Women in Leadership.
  4. The Role and Function of the Pastor within a Missional Church.
  5. Being Church in the Public Domain.
  6. Community Involvement: Practical Implementation (Presented by the AFM Welfare)

The programme for the Friday and Saturday can be downloaded from the link below:
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

The National Office Bearers will be visiting all Provinces on the following dates:

2. UP4SA – National Prayer Initiative

I am thankful to all of you who have already commenced with prayer & fasting.

It’s not necessary to mention that South Africa is experiencing difficulties on many terrains. The main responsibility of Christians is to pray earnestly and faithfully to God. On the 1st of March 2020 a nationwide prayer initiative is taking place. My request is that pastors and community leaders prayerfully consider volunteering and co-ordinating a prayer point in their local community. Every community leader that volunteers receives a resources and will be empowered to coordinate the prayer point.

Please read the information and be part of what I believe, is a God-inspired initiative:
up4sa AFM of SA 2020

You can also connect directly with Up4SA via their online platforms:
Website: www.up4sa.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Up4SA/

3. CIRCULAR: JANUARY 2020

Kindly take note of a Circular that was sent to all AFM Assemblies earlier this week – either by e-mail or postage. For your reference, we include it here in the Newsflash again:

  • Nomination forms for the pool of the 2020 NOB elections (Annexure A & B). Please take note that there is a separate form for Assemblies and Regional Committees.
  • A request from Dr. Isak Burger regarding a book of miracles (Annexure C).
  • The appointment of a new Bible Society Representative.
  • A reminder to honour the dates of activities and events on the official AFM Calendar.

To download the Circular and all Annexures kindly follow the link below to the AFM Website:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Blessings!
Past. M.G. Mahlobo