PASTORAL LETTER 2ND QUARTER

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AFM Colleague, 

We are going through a pandemic crisis which has and continues to disrupt our social, economic and our church life in an unprecedented way. Covid-19 is characterized as a novel crisis because it is indeed a ‘game changer’ which poses a global threat to all sectors of society.

LEADERSHIP QUALITIES IN A CRISIS
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA) – [email protected]

Crises are, generally, grouped into two categories, namely the routine and the novel crisis. In routine crises organizations have the ability to put in place plans on how to deal with these, because the risks are known. On the other hand, novel crises are characterized by high level of risks and uncertainties. Plans and processes that may work in a routine crisis are, in most cases, found to be inadequate and sometimes counterproductive.

“…leaders need to grasp and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic while keeping up hope in their members.”

During times of crises people look up to their leaders for guidance.  As we are going through the current Covid-19 pandemic, church members are looking up to their leaders at local, regional, and national levels. For this reason, leaders need to grasp and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic while keeping up hope in their members. They must also ensure that the decisions taken are prudent.

In this article I would like to highlight some of the leadership qualities we need when we go through crisis moments, such as the current one.

Leadership Agility

The coronavirus pandemic requires leaders that can move with speed without losing their values. They need the ability to process information quickly and promptly decide on the appropriate course of action. This is what the leadership of the AFM did after the declaration of the State of National Disaster and the subsequent National Lockdown. We issued communication on 17 March 2020 to all AFM structures on what they needed to do. Most of the contents of this communication became irrelevant when the national lockdown was announced on 23 March 2020. On 24 March 2020 we updated our 17 March 2020 Covid-19 communication.

“How we behave, in front of those we lead, is important.”

Leadership Calmness

In times of crises like coronavirus we need to stay calm, rational, and focused. Many people lose their cool and begin to panic in a time of crisis. This is understandable. However, it is expected that leaders should adopt a posture of calmness. In this way we will be able to reflect and apply our minds towards positive action. How we behave, in front of those we lead, is important. We should count ourselves fortunate in that we are not lacking information about Covid-19. When a decision has been taken on a particular action it must be communicated with clarity.

Leadership Adaptability

By June last year none of us were talking about social distancing, regular washing of hands, sanitizers, and face masks as we do today. One of the lessons learned from the coronavirus is that leaders must be able to embrace necessary behavioral change to avoid a worst-case scenario. Some of the decisions that we took related to adapting or halting some of our liturgical practices such as laying on of hands on the sick and during the dedication of children, the Lord’s Communion, and water baptism. Any behavior that would enhance the risk of infection had to be changed or stopped. Behavioral change is not easy because it requires a mindset change. In isiXhosa we say: “Isiqhelo soyisa ingqondo” which can roughly be translated as “the habit conquers the mind”. Bold decisions must be taken when it comes to changing human behavior.

During Level 5 of the lockdown many pastors resorted to social network platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype and Zoom. These platforms became useful tools for communication and ministry. I have never been to so many virtual meetings and conferences before as I have been during the national lockdown period.

Leadership Empathy

Covid-19 has become a threat to our survival. Some of the questions in the minds of many people are: “Will I be infected? Will I lose my job? What is going to happen to my family?” On the other hand, there are many who have already lost their jobs and many who have lost their loved ones due to the pandemic. Walking alongside people (who are impacted negatively by the virus) with empathy, may make a positive difference in their lives.

OPPORTUNITIES IN A TIME OF CRISIS

Past. B. Petersen (General Treasurer of the AFM of SA) – [email protected] 

The Bible teaches us that it does not help much if we are weak in time of crisis. In fact, Solomon says that to act with weakness in a crisis is a sign of having very little strength indeed. A crisis is identifiable by some or all of the following components – threat, surprise, urgency and uncertainty. The pandemic brought on us by the novel coronavirus and the disease called Covid-19 can indeed be described as a crisis of catastrophic proportions containing all the above components. It not only challenged the way of life as we knew it, but also our ability to see opportunities in a time of crisis.

Life as we knew it 

At the outset it must be said that the church is a place where we find comfort in the presence of the Lord and the believers, the place where our weary souls are restored, our hopes renewed and where we are reminded of 1 Peter 1:7 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ”.

We believers are encouraged in the book of Hebrews not to neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but are supposed to encourage one another to meet regularly in the house of the Lord, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near! Going to Church on Sundays and even in the week, have been viewed by believers as their Christian duty. The fellowship and gathering of the saints are no small matter to God’s children and many of us have become used to and comfortable with the way the church functions. In doing so we limited God to fit into our existing paradigms.

Locked down and locked out

When the South African nation went into total lockdown at midnight on 26 March 2020, no one could remain in any zone of life as we knew it. Everyone was unceremoniously evicted from what we were used to and almost overnight the entire world became a strange place. There came an abrupt end to all the things we took for granted. Going to the gym, the hairdresser, and the mall. Popping out for a takeaway meal or going to sit down at your favourite restaurant. Visiting friends and family, attending parties and funerals, even going to church, no more life as we knew it.

The impact on the church

The impact on the local church was felt in a number of ways. As already mentioned, there was the loss of communal worship and fellowship. There was the challenge of adapting to new and strange ways of “doing church”. Not everybody warmed up to receiving sermons via WhatsApp and the other social networks. Besides, not everybody could afford the cost of airtime and data. No more opportunity to take the Lord’s tithe to His own storehouse on Sundays. And how many would take the trouble to tithe in “strange new ways?”. The result – the income of the church was also impacted negatively.

A biblical lesson 

There is a story in the book of Jeremiah 29:4-7 about those who were carried into Babylonian exile. The exiles in Babylon were also overcome by all the elements of a crisis. They also hoped and prayed that the crisis would be over soon. That they will return home quickly. But God advised them differently. Take the longer view, they were told – “Work towards the peace and prosperity of the city where you are”. God gave them instructions to plant their own gardens and live from the produce thereof. To look to the future. The efforts of the present always have an impact on the future. Doing nothing is not an option. But what can be done? How can we built today to secure a sustainable future?

“The efforts of the present always have an impact on the future.”

Community involvement and socio-economic opportunities  

Pastors and congregations could consider broadening their impact on their surrounding communities by starting socio-economic programs that could create income generating and/or job creation opportunities. Such programs could include Child and Youth Care Centers and Foster Homes, drop-in centers for children, care and support of older persons in institutions and communities, care and support of persons with disabilities, gender-based violence/domestic violence support services and shelters, early childhood development centers, literacy programs, substance abuse institutions and community based programs, poverty alleviation and job creation.

To assist AFM Assemblies the AFM Welfare has extensive experience and tools to provide technical support with the initiating, developing, and providing of programs and projects (especially where funding is required from the Department of Social Development and other sources). The assistance would include guidance on the policy and legal framework, understanding the requirements and the registration process related to both as an NPO (Non-Profit Organization) and as a designated service. Consideration should also be given to partnering with existing NPO’s.

“I pray that God will provide creative insight and wisdom on how to apply what He has placed in our hands, to meet the demands we face today and in the future. “

Conclusion

When Moses stood in front of the Red Sea and the armies of Egypt was behind him, the Lord asked him “What do you have in your hand”. I pray that God will provide creative insight and wisdom on how to apply what He has placed in our hands, to meet the demands we face today and in the future.

THE CHURCH OF THE FUTURE
Dr. H.J. Weideman (General Secretary of the AFM of SA) – [email protected]  

As church buildings and in-person meetings start to re-open, it becomes increasingly apparent that we are entering a new reality and that there are many things in our everyday lives that are changing, and most probably would never be the same again. This includes the way we think about and have church in the future. Observing the realities in our church country wide, reading what others around the world are saying and after thinking and praying about this, I have a few remarks.

“It is necessary to press the reset button on many aspects of being and having church.”

It is necessary to press the reset button on many aspects of being and having church. Many assemblies were not able to meet at all during this time. For some, having the church building closed caused the assembly to practically stop functioning. Members did not receive any Spiritual input, and some had no contact with their Pastor or spiritual leaders at all. For many of these assemblies their only source of income was through the offerings that their members physically brought to the meetings and because of the lockdown that stopped.

Although in-person services were closed, some were able to meet online, making use of sermons and songs recorded in the homes of pastors and singers. Some assemblies also used platforms such as Zoom, Facebook and WhatsApp to be in touch with and communicate to their members.

Most Pastors and many members are eager to restart their normal way of having church, but there are a few things we need to think about and a few questions we need to answer for ourselves considering the future:

What are the important elements of in-person meetings?

During the first few weeks of the lockdown, assemblies facilitating online church services experienced an increase in attendance. Some reached more people in comparison to the number of people usually attending their in-person services. After about eight weeks many of these churches reported a plateau or even a decline in online attendance.

This corresponds with surveys in the USA where almost half of all churchgoers, after two months of lockdown, did not attend any online church.  Digital presence for the church is here to stay, but many people want to go back to an in-person experience in a place of worship and we need to ask ourselves why?  What do people get out of an in-person service that they cannot get online? We need to identify those elements and make sure that we strengthen them. In my opinion some of those elements are corporate singing, worshiping and praying together, as well as spending time in fellowship before or after services.

How can people be reached and ministered to, outside of in-person meetings? 

Crossing the digital divide:
Many assemblies will have to cross the bridge to digital technology, social media and online presence, to effectively reach their members and to sustainably grow their congregations in the future. The church will prevail, but not every assembly will prevail. I do not fully agree with the notion that churches will become digital organisations with physical expressions. However, I am convinced that pastors and assemblies should take cognisance of and utilise the massive opportunity that digital presence presents to the church – to reach people everywhere. Social media and online platforms create the opportunity to show up in the lives of people every day, not just on Sundays. This opportunity will continue to grow and should become a way of entering the church and not a last refuge for people leaving the church, as it was in the recent past.

Social media and online platforms create the opportunity to show up in the lives of people every day, not just on Sundays.”

The future church that really cares about people, especially young people, will care about a digital presence. It is important to know that you do not have to be a big church or have a big budget to have an impact online. You only need to be willing to embrace technology and experiment with the available options.

On demand availability: For those assemblies who already developed a digital presence before or during the lockdown, an important opportunity will be to continue and enhance this service. Many churches presented their Sunday service and mid-week meetings as live events, assuming that people who want to access it, will do so exactly when it happens.

The most successful digital platforms around are providing their product “on demand” and churches can learn from this. Consider making every in-person Sunday service available in a way that can be accessed by members and “visitors” when it suits them.  Furthermore, many pastors and assemblies have years of sermons, sermon series and teachings on MP4 or YouTube videos and should consider making those available on demand.

Home based spiritual formation: It is exciting to see that some assemblies are beginning to focus on everyday ministry, and not just on Sunday ministry. Building on the “on demand” availability of sermons, teachings and Bible studies, other services such as new member orientation, spiritual growth- and marriage enrichment courses can be made fully or partially available online.

This can enable individuals to access the material in their own time at home, and only attend the final session/s in-person at the church facility. It will also go a long way in assisting people to assume responsibility for their own spiritual growth, personal discipleship and evangelism.

What are the key elements and principles of being church?

Over the last few decades churches have become institutions with entrenched cultures and fixed ways of doing things. Many assemblies have developed an array of departments, ministries and fields of interest. Some have diversified to such an extent, that it is sometimes difficult to readily point out what their core business actually is.

The pandemic has brought us the opportunity, maybe even the necessity to go back to zero-based thinking: Imagining ourselves and our assemblies back at the point before any particular decisions on ministries, departments, assembly culture and -operations were made and to now, in the light of the current circumstances and information available to us, make them again freely.

Being church is about more than what happens within the four walls of church buildings. Homes, neighborhoods and communities are part of our ministry field.”

Being church is about more than what happens within the four walls of church buildings. Homes, neighborhoods and communities are part of our ministry field. One important observation in this regard is to ensure that whilst methods and models will have to change, the mission of an assembly never does.

On what should assemblies really be spending money?

Literally overnight the way meetings are conducted became virtual. Indications are that this will become part of the “new normal” and that many staff meetings and even Governing Body meetings of structures on assembly, regional and national level can be done in this way in the future. This can lead to substantial budgetary savings, while assemblies should consider repurposing some of their budget on equipping themselves better for digital engagement and -ministry.

Another implication of this is that staff members who have the means, can work virtually. It is a trend that will probably continue in many companies and that assemblies and church staff members can also benefit from.  The key issues will be productivity and their availability to give full attention to and focus on their job, even when working from home.

Considering wat is really key to being church and what can be considered “nice to haves” is probably one of the important exercises that assemblies will have to do, especially in light of the income of most assemblies being under pressure.

Sources: “Disruptive church trends every church leader should watch.”  – Carey Nieuwhof & “How COVID-19 Is Shaping the Future of the Church.” – Carey Nieuwhof & “Moving Forward: Future Church Trends.” -Anthony Hilder & “Five early findings from churches that are regathering.” -Thom Rainer.

CONCLUSION

As we are passing through different stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to be aware that the re-opening of church buildings and in-person meetings will most probably not have people flocking to the church, at least not yet. Surveys around the world shows that people have different opinions about when they would feel “safe’’ to gather again. It seems that around 30% of respondents will only return when they can be mask-free at church and 15% said they would only return when there is evidence of low cases, businesses are open, restrictions are lifted, and a vaccine is available. Around 8% said that the opening of restaurants for sit-down customers will be a guideline for them.

As church leaders we should not allow these indications to be emotional let-downs and we should not treat people who are cautious to attend, as though they are not people of faith. One thing is sure: We are entering a new reality and many people, even some leaders, are struggling more deeply than we realise, with the absence of what most people perceived as “normal”.

We need to talk about these things to our family, friends and colleagues.  We need to pray and think about it and prepare ourselves for a longer period of disruption than we thought.

Past. M.G. Mahlobo

PASTORALE BRIEF 2DE KWARTAAL

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Geagte Kollega, 

Ons gaan deur ‘n pandemiese krisis wat aanhou om ons lewens op ‘n ongekende manier te ontwrig op ‘n sosiale, ekonomiese en op kerklike vlak. Covid-19 word gekenmerk as ‘n nuwe krisis wat inderdaad alles verander en wat ‘n wêreldwye bedreiging vir alle sektore van die samelewing inhou.

LEIERSKAP KWALITEITE IN ‘N KRISIS
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President van die AGS van SA) – [email protected]

Oor die algemeen word krisisse in twee kategorieë ingedeel, naamlik ‘n “roetine” en ‘n “nuwe” krisis. In die geval van ‘n “roetine” krisis het organisasies die vermoë om planne in plek te stel vir die hantering daarvan omdat die risiko bekend is. Aan die ander kant word ‘n “nuwe” krisis gekenmerk deur ‘n hoë vlak van risiko en onsekerheid.  Planne en prosesse wat effektief is in ‘n “roetine” krisis is in meeste gevalle onvoldoende en kan selfs teenproduktief wees in ‘n “nuwe” krisis.

In krisistye kyk mense op na hul leiers vir leiding om die impak van die krisis wat hul in die gesig staar, te verminder. Soos ons deur die huidige Covid-19 pandemie gaan, kyk gemeentelede op na hul leiers op plaaslike, streeks en nasionale vlak. Vir hierdie rede moet leiers die impak van die koronavirus pandemie begryp en aanspreek en terselfde tyd hul lidmate vol hoop hou. Hulle moet ook verseker dat die besluite wat geneem word verstandig is.

“Vir hierdie rede moet leiers die impak van die koronavirus pandemie begryp en aanspreek en terselfde tyd hul lidmate vol hoop hou.”

In hierdie artikel wil ek enkele van die leierseienskappe wat ons benodig wanneer ons deur krisistye gaan, soos die huidige een, benadruk.

Leierskap Behendigheid (“Agility”)

Koronavirus benodig leiers wat vinnig kan beweeg, sonder om hul waardes te verloor. Ons het onder andere die vermoë nodig om inligting vinnig te verwerk en onmiddellik te besluit oor die toepaslike plan van aksie. Dit is wat die leierskap van die AGS gedoen het na afloop van die afkondiging van ‘n ramptoestand en die daaropvolgende nasionale inperking. Ons het op 17 Maart 2020 kommunikasie uitgereik aan alle AGS-strukture oor wat hulle moes doen. Meeste van die inhoud van hierdie kommunikasie het onbelangrik geraak na die afkondiging van ‘n ramptoestand op 23 Maart 2020. Op 24 Maart 2020 het ons die kommunikasie van 17 Maart 2020 opgedateer.

“Hoe ons optree voor die wat ons lei is belangrik.”

Leierskap Kalmte

In krisisse soos die koronavirus moet ons kalm, rasioneel en gefokus bly. Baie mense verloor hul kalmte en begin paniekerig raak in ‘n krisistyd. Dit is te verstane. Daar word egter verwag dat leiers ‘n houding van kalmte moet aanneem. Op hierdie manier kan ons reflekteer en ons gedagtes toepas op positiewe aksies. Hoe ons optree voor die wat ons lei is belangrik. Ons moet ons self gelukkig ag omdat daar nie ‘n tekort aan inligting oor Covid-19 is nie. Wanneer ‘n besluit oor ‘n bepaalde aksie geneem word moet dit duidelik gekommunikeer word.

Leierskap Aanpasbaarheid

Teen Junie verlede jaar het niemand van ons gepraat oor sosiale afstand, gereelde was van hande, saniteerders en gesigmaskers soos ons vandag doen nie. Een van die lesse wat ons kan leer uit die koronavirus is dat leiers die nodige gedragsverandering moet aangryp om ‘n slegte situasie te vermy. Sommige van die besluite wat ons geneem het hou verband met die aanpassing of staking van sommige van ons liturgiese praktyke soos die opleg van hande op siekes en tydens die toewyding van kinders, die gebruik van nagmaal en die waterdoop. Enige gedrag wat die risiko van infeksie sou verhoog moes verander of gestaak word. Gedragsverandering is nie maklik nie, want dit verg ‘n verandering in ons denke. In isiXhosa sê ons: “Isiqhelo soyisa ingqondo” wat rofweg vertaal kan word as “die gewoonte verower die gees”. Standvastige besluite moet geneem word as dit kom by die verandering van menslike gedrag.

Tydens Vlak 5 inperkings het baie pastore sosiale netwerkplatforms soos WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype en Zoom gebruik vir kommunikasie en bediening. Ek was nog nooit deel van soveel virtuele vergaderings en konferensies soos tydens die nasionale inperking nie.

Leierskap Empatie 

Covid-19 het ‘n bedreiging vir ons oorlewing geword. Sommige van die vrae wat dwaal in baie mense se gedagtes is:  Sal ek die infeksie kry? Sal ek my werk verloor? Wat gaan met my gesin gebeur?  Aan die ander kant is daar baie mense wat alreeds hul werk verloor het en baie wat geliefdes moes afstaan aan die pandemie. Om met empatie langs die mense te loop wat negatief deur die virus beïnvloed is kan ‘n positiewe verskil in hul lewens maak.

GELEENTHEDE IN ‘N KRISIS

Past. B. Petersen (Algemene Tesourier van die AGS van SA) – [email protected] 

Die Bybel leer ons dat dit nie veel help as ons swak is in ‘n krisistyd nie. Trouens, Salomo het gesê dat om op te tree met swakheid in ‘n krisis ‘n teken is van baie min krag. ‘n Krisis kan deur sommige of al die volgende komponente geïdentifiseer word – bedreiging, verrassing, dringendheid en onsekerheid. Die pandemie wat op ons gebring is deur die nuwe koronavirus en die siekte genaamd Covid-19 kan inderdaad beskryf word as ‘n krisis van katastrofiese proporsies wat al die bogenoemde komponente bevat. Dit het nie net die manier waarop ons die lewe ken uitgedaag nie, maar ook ons vermoë om geleenthede in ‘n krisistyd te sien.

Die lewe soos ons dit geken het

Aanvanklik moet gesê word dat die kerk ‘n plek is waar ons vertroosting vind in die teenwoordigheid van die Here en gelowiges.  Die plek waar ons vermoeide siele herstel word, ons hoop hernu word en waar ons herinner word aan 1 Petrus 1:7 “…sodat die egtheid van julle geloof getoets kan word. Julle geloof is baie meer kosbaar as goud, goud wat vergaan. Selfs die suiwerheid van goud word met vuur getoets, en die egtheid van julle geloof moet ook getoets word, sodat dit lof en heerlikheid en eerwaardig mag wees by die wederkoms van Jesus Christus.”

In Hebreërs word die gelowiges aangemoedig om hul byeenkomste nie te verwaarloos nie, maar is veronderstel om mekaar aan te moedig om gereeld in die huis van die Here te vergader, veral met die dag van sy wederkoms wat nader kom! Dus om Sondae, en selfs in die week kerk toe te gaan, is deur gelowiges gesien as hul Christelike plig. Die gemeenskap en die byeenkoms van die heiliges is nie ‘n geringe saak vir God se kinders nie en baie van ons het gewoond geraak en gemaklik geraak met die werking van die kerk. Sodoende het ons God beperk tot ons bestaande paradigmas.

Ingeperk en uitgesluit

Toe die Suid-Afrikaanse nasie om middernag op 26 Maart 2020 in totale inperking gegaan het, kon niemand in enige lewenssone bly soos ons dit ken nie. Almal is onbewustelik vervreemd van dit waaraan hul gewoond was en byna oornag het die hele wêreld ‘n vreemde plek geword. Daar was ‘n skielike einde aan al die dinge wat ons as vanselfsprekend aanvaar het. ‘n Besoek aan die gimnasium, die haarkapper en ‘n winkelsentrum. Bestelling van ‘n wegneemete of gaan sit by jou gunsteling restaurant. ‘n Besoek aan vriende en familie, bywoon van partytjies en begrafnisse, selfs kerk toe gaan – geen meer lewe soos ons dit geken het nie.

Die impak op die kerk

Die impak op plaaslike kerke is op verskillende maniere gevoel. Soos reeds genoem was daar die verlies aan gemeenskaplike aanbidding en samesyn. Die uitdaging was daar om aan te pas deur nuwe en vreemde maniere te gebruik om kerkdienste te hou. Nie almal was opgewonde daaroor om preke via WhatsApp en die ander sosiale netwerke te ontvang nie. Buitendien kan almal ook nie lugtyd en data bekostig nie. Daar is ook nie die geleendheid op Sondae om tiendes te bring na die stoorkamers van die Here nie. En hoeveel mense sal die moeite doen om tiendes op vreemde en nuwe maniere te gee? Die resultaat – die inkomste van die kerk is ook negatief beïnvloed.

“Die pogings van die hede het altyd ‘n impak op die toekoms.”

‘n Bybelse les

Daar is ‘n verhaal in Jeremia 29:4-7 oor diegene wat in Babilloniese ballingskap weggevoer is. Die mense wat in ballingskap in Babillon was is ook deur al die elemente van ‘n krisis oorkom. Hulle het ook gehoop en gebid dat die krisis binnekort verby sou wees. Dat hulle vinnig sal kan terugkeer huis toe. Maar God het hulle anders geadviseer. Neem die langer siening, is aan hulle gesê: “Bevorder die belange van die stad waarheen Ek julle in ballingskap weggevoer het, bid tot My vir daardie stad, want sy belange is ook julle belange”. God het aan hulle opdrag gegee om hul eie tuine te plant en van die opbrengs daarvan te leef. Om na die toekoms te kyk. Die pogings van die hede het altyd ‘n impak op die toekoms. Om niks te doen nie is nie ‘n opsie nie. Maar wat kan gedoen word? Hoe kan ons vandag bou om ‘n volhoubare toekoms te verseker?

Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid en sosio-ekonomiese geleenthede

Pastore en gemeentes kan dit oorweeg om hul impak op hul omliggende gemeenskappe te verbreed deur sosio-ekonomiese programme in plek te stel wat inkomstepotensiaal en/of werkskeppingsgeleenthede kan voortbring. Sulke programme kan die volgende insluit:

  • Kinder- en jeugsorgsentrums en pleeghuise.
  • Inloop sentrums vir kinders.
  • Versorging en ondersteuning van bejaardes by instellings en gemeenskappe.
  • Versorging en ondersteuning van persone met gestremdhede, geslagsgebaseerde geweld, huishoudelike geweld, ondersteuningsdienste en skuilings.
  • Ontwikkelingsentrums vir vroeë kinderontwikkeling.
  • Geletterdheidsprogramme.
  • Dwelm rehabilitasiesentrums en gemeenskapsgebaseerde programme.
  • Verligting van armoede en werkskepping.

Om AGS Gemeentes te help, het die AFM Welfare uitgebreide ervaring en materiaal om tegniese ondersteuning te bied met die instelling, ontwikkeling en verskaffing van programme en projekte (veral waar befondsing benodig word deur die Departement van Maatskaplike Ontwikkeling en ander bronne). Die hulp sluit leiding in oor die beleid en wetlike raamwerk, begrip van die vereistes en die registrasie proses wat verband hou met ‘n NPO (nie-winsgewende organisasie), sowel as ‘n aangewese diens. Daar moet ook gekyk word na die samewerking met bestaande NPO’s.

Ek bid dat God kreatiewe insig en wysheid sal gee..”

Toe Moses voor die Rooi See gaan staan en die leërs van Egipte agter hom was, vra die Here vir hom: “Wat het jy daar in jou hand?” Ek bid dat God kreatiewe insig en wysheid sal gee oor hoe om dit wat Hy in ons hande geplaas het toe te pas om te voldoen aan die vereistes wat ons vandag en in die toekoms in die gesig staar.

DIE KERK VAN DIE TOEKOMS
Dr. H.J. Weideman (Algemene Sekretaris van die AGS van SA) – [email protected]  

Soos wat kerkgeboue en in-persoon byeenkomste begin oopmaak, word dit al hoe duideliker dat ons ‘n nuwe realiteit betree en dat baie aspekte van ons alledaagse lewe verander en waarskynlik nooit weer dieselfde sal wees nie. Dit sluit in die manier hoe ons oor kerk dink en in die toekoms sal kerk hou. Nadat ek die realiteite in ons gemeentes landswyd dopgehou het, opgelees het oor wat ander in die wêreld daaroor sê en daaroor gedink en gebid het, het ek enkele opmerkings om te maak.

Dit is nodig dat ons t.o.v. verskeie aspekte van kerkwees en kerkhou die “reset” knoppie sal druk.”

Dit is nodig dat ons t.o.v. verskeie aspekte van kerkwees en kerkhou die “reset” knoppie sal druk. Baie gemeentes kon glad nie gedurende die inperkingstyd kerk hou nie. Vir party het die feit dat kerkgeboue gesluit was, beteken dat die gemeente vir alle praktiese redes opgehou het om te funksioneer. Lidmate het geen geestelike insette ontvang nie en baie het geen kontak met hulle pastoor of geestelike leiers gehad nie. Sommige van hierdie gemeentes se enigste bron van inkomste was deur middel van die offerhandes wat lidmate fisies na byeenkomste bring en a.g.v. die inperking het dit gestop.

Alhoewel in-persoon byeenkomste gesluit is, kon sommige gemeentes aanlyn dienste hou en gebruik maak van preke en liedjies wat in die huise van pastore en sangers opgeneem is. Party gemeentes het ook platforms soos Zoom, Facebook en WhatsApp gebruik om kontak te maak en te kommunikeer met hul lidmate.

Meeste pastore en baie lidmate is gretig om hulle normale manier van kerkhou te hervat. Daar is egter ‘n paar aspekte waaroor ons moet dink en vrae t.o.v. die toekoms wat ons moet beantwoord.

Wat is die belangrikste elemente van in-persoon byeenkomste? 

Gedurende die eerste paar weke van inperking het baie gemeentes wat aanlyn kerkdienste aangebied het, ‘n toename in bywoning ervaar. Sommige het meer mense bereik as wat hulle gewoonlik met hulle in-persoon dienste doen. Na omtrent agt weke het baie van hierdie gemeentes ‘n plato of selfs ‘n afname in bywoning beleef.

Digitale teenwoordigheid vir die kerk is hier om te bly, maar baie mense verlang na ‘n in-persoon belewenis in ‘n plek van aanbidding en ons moet vra, hoekom?”

Dit stem ooreen met opnames in die VSA waar byna helfte van kerkgangers na sowat twee maande van inperking  geen aanlyn byeenkomste meer bygewoon het nie. Digitale teenwoordigheid vir die kerk is hier om te bly, maar baie mense verlang na ‘n in-persoon belewenis in ‘n plek van aanbidding en ons moet vra, hoekom? Wat kry mense uit ‘n in-persoon byeenkoms wat hulle nie aanlyn kry nie?  Ons moet daardie elemente identifiseer en seker maak dat ons hulle versterk. Na my mening is sommige hiervan die gesamentlike sang, aanbidding en korporatiewe gebed, sowel as sosiale “kuiertyd” voor en na dienste.

Hoe kan mense bereik en bedien word buite in-persoon byeenkomste? 

Oorbrug die digitale skeidslyn:

Baie gemeentes sal die brug moet oorsteek na digitale tegnologie, sosiale media en aanlyn teenwoordigheid om effektief uit te reik na hulle lidmate en om volhoubaar te groei in die toekoms. Die Kerk sal voortbestaan, maar ongelukkig sal alle gemeentes nie voortbestaan nie. Ek stem nie heeltemal saam met die mening dat kerke in die toekoms digitale organisasies sal wees met fisiese uitdrukkings nie. Ek is egter oortuig dat pastore en gemeentes kennis moet neem van die geweldige geleentheid wat digitale teenwoordigheid aan die kerk bied om mense oral te bereik. Sosiale media en aanlyn platforms skep die geleentheid om daagliks teenwoordig te wees in die lewens van mense en nie net op Sondae nie. Hierdie geleentheid sal aanhou groei en behoort ‘n manier te word waarop mense in die kerk kan inkom. Dit moet nie net ‘n laaste uitweg wees vir mense wat die kerk verlaat het, soos wat dit in die onlangse verlede was nie.

Sosiale media en aanlyn platforms skep die geleentheid om daagliks teenwoordig te wees in die lewens van mense en nie net op Sondae nie.”

Die kerk wat regtig omgee vir mense, veral vir jongmense, sal in die toekoms ook hulle digitale teenwoordigheid belangrik ag. Ons moet ook kennis neem dat jy nie ‘n groot gemeente of ‘n groot begroting nodig het om ‘n aanlyn impak te maak nie.  Al wat nodig is, is ‘n bereidheid om tegnologie te omarm en te eksperimenteer met beskikbare opsies.

Beskikbaarheid op-aanvraag: Gemeentes wat reeds voor of tydens die inperking ‘n digitale teenwoordigheid ontwikkel het moet die geleentheid aangryp om dit verder uit te brei. Baie gemeentes bied hulle Sondagdienste of mid-week byeenkomste as “lewendige” (“live”) geleenthede aan en veronderstel dat mense wat toegang daartoe wil hê, dit op ‘n bepaalde tyd sal doen.

Die mees suksesvolle digitale platforms bied hulle produk op-aanvraag (“on demand”) aan en kerke kan daaruit leer. Oorweeg dit om elke in-persoon byeenkoms aanlyn beskikbaar te maak, soos en wanneer dit lidmate en besoekers pas. Baie pastore en gemeentes het jare se preke, preekreekse en leringe beskikbaar op MP4 of YouTube videos en moet dit oorweeg om dit ook op aanvraag beskikbaar te stel.

Tuisgebaseerde geestelike formasie: Dit is goed om te sien dat sommige gemeentes begin fokus op ‘n elke-dag-van-die-week benadering tot bediening en nie net op Sondae nie. Die konsep van “op-aanvraag” beskikbaarheid van preke, toerustingsgeleenthede en Bybelstudies kan uitgebrei word om ander elemente soos nuwe-lidmaat oriëntering, geestelikegroei- en huweliksverrykings kursusse ten volle of gedeeltelik, aanlyn beskikbaar te stel.

Dit kan individue in staat stel om die materiaal op hulle eie tyd tuis deur te werk en slegs die laaste sessie/s in persoon dan by te woon. Op hierdie manier kan mense ondersteun word om verantwoordelikheid vir hulle eie geestelike groei, persoonlike dissipelskap en evangelisasie te neem.

Wat is die kern elemente en beginsels van kerkwees?

Oor die laaste paar dekades het kerke instellings geword met diep gewortelde kulture en gevestigde maniere van doen. Baie gemeentes het verskeie departemente, bedieninge en belangstellingsvelde ontwikkel. Sommige is so gediversifiseerd dat dit soms moeilik is om sonder meer te bepaal wat hulle kernfokus is. Die pandemie bied ons die geleentheid en dalk die noodsaaklikheid om terug te gaan na sogenaamde zero-gebaseerde denke: Om onsself en ons gemeentes terug te plaas by die punt net voor bepaalde besluite t.o.v. departemente, bedieninge, gemeentekultuur en daaglikse bedrywighede geneem is en om nou in die lig van huidige omstandighede en beskikbare inligting, daardie besluite (weer) vrylik te neem.

Kerkwees gaan oor meer as net wat tussen die vier mure van kerkgeboue gebeur. Huise, woonbuurte en gemeenskappe is deel van ons bedieningsveld. ‘n Belangrike opmerking ten opsigte hiervan is om te verseker dat alhoewel metodes en modelle moet verander, gemeentes se missie dieselfde bly.

Huise, woonbuurte en gemeenskappe is deel van ons bedieningsveld.”

Op wat behoort gemeentes geld te spandeer?

Virtuele vergaderings het letterlik oornag die nuwe manier van vergadering hou geword. Alles dui daarop dat dit deel van die “nuwe normaal” gaan wees en dat baie personeelvergaderings en selfs die van strukture op gemeente-, streek- en nasionale vlak in die toekoms so gehou sal kan word. Dit kan lei tot redelike begrotings besparings, terwyl gemeentes dit behoort te oorweeg om ‘n deel van hulle begroting toe te wys aan die opgradering van hulle digitale vermoë en -bediening.

‘n Verdere implikasie hiervan is dat personeellede wat die toerusting het, virtueel kan werk. Dit is ‘n tendens wat waarskynlik sal toeneem in baie maatskappye en gemeentes behoort ook daarby baat te vind. Die kern kwessie sal produktiwiteit wees en ook hulle beskikbaarheid om die nodige aandag en fokus aan hulle werk te gee, al werk hulle van die huis af.

Een van die belangrikste aksies wat gemeentes moet neem, is om te bepaal wat regtig noodsaaklik is vir hulle funksionering as gemeente en wat net “lekker is om te hê”, veral in die lig daarvan dat die inkomste van baie gemeentes onder druk is.

Sources: “Disruptive church trends every church leader should watch.”  – Carey Nieuwhof & “How COVID-19 Is Shaping the Future of the Church.” – Carey Nieuwhof & “Moving Forward: Future Church Trends.” -Anthony Hilder & “Five early findings from churches that are regathering.” -Thom Rainer.

SLOT

Terwyl ons deur die verskillende fases van die Covid-19 pandemie gaan, moet ons bewus wees daarvan dat die her-opening van kerkgeboue nie noodwendig ‘n toestroming van mense beteken nie, in elk geval nie nou al nie. Wêreldwye opnames wys dat mense uiteenlopende opinies het t.o.v. wanneer hulle “veilig” sal voel om weer bymekaar te kom.

Dit blyk dat sowat 30% van respondente eers sal terugkeer kerk toe wanneer hulle nie maskers hoef te dra nie en 15% sê hulle sal eers kerk toe kom wanneer gevalle laag is, besighede oopmaak, beperkinge opgehef word en ‘n teenmiddel beskikbaar is. Rondom 8% sê dat die oopmaak van restaurante vir aansit-kliënte vir hulle ‘n riglyn sal wees. As kerkleiers moet ons nie hierdie tendense as emosionele laagtepunte beleef nie en moet ons ook daarteen waak om mense wat versigtig is t.o.v. bywoning, te behandel asof hulle minder geloof het.

Een ding is seker: Ons betreë ‘n nuwe realiteit en baie mense, selfs leiers sukkel, op ’n dieper vlak as wat ons besef, met die afwesigheid van dit wat die meeste van ons tot onlangs as “normaal” beleef het.  Dit is belangrik dat ons hieroor sal praat met ons familie, vriende en kollegas. Ons moet hieroor bid en dink en onsself voorberei op ‘n langer tydperk van ontwrigting as wat ons gedink het.

Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Pastoral Letter: 1st Quarter 2020

AFM Colleague,

Greetings in Jesus’ Name. I am thankful for the opportunity to communicate with you through this first Pastoral letter in 2020. I am grateful to all who read my previous Pastoral Letter and gave me feedback. The contents of this first 2020 Pastoral Letter include the important motivations for the new nomination process that will culminate in the elections of the new AFM of SA National Office Bearers in September this year. I have also included the role of our pastors in the missional church context. You will also read about how our congregations can implement one of the Game Plan Drivers, namely, Community Involvement.

THE AFM OF SA 2020 ELECTIONS
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA) – [email protected]

I would like to highlight a few things regarding the election of the new National Office Bearers (NOB) in September this year. The 2018 General Business Meeting (GBM) took important decisions regarding the election of the National Office Bearers of the AFM of SA. These are: (i) eligibility requirements, (ii) the nomination pool, (iii) elections, and (iv) transitional mechanisms. Allow me to say more about each point.

Eligibility Requirements 

All prospective nominees for NOB positions must be ordained pastors who have served at least five (5) years in a local assembly/assemblies as presiding pastors. In the past, no pastor was eligible for election as NOB unless he/she had served as an ordained fulltime worker in a registered local assembly of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa for at least three (3) years. Furthermore, it is now a constitutional requirement that candidates for the position of President must have also served at least one (1) full term as a National Leadership Forum (NLF) member.

“All prospective nominees for NOB positions must be ordained pastors who have served at least five (5) years in a local assembly/assemblies as presiding pastors.”

The motivation on the above was to bring some higher level of experience and to ensure that future Presidents of the church have been exposed to the operations of the national structures of the church.

Nomination Pool by local AFM Congregations and Regional Committees

The 2018 GBM resolved that a list of possible candidates for the positions of the President, Deputy-President, General Secretary and General Treasurer be made available prior to the delegates of the 2020, and subsequent elective GBMs. This list is referred to as a “nomination pool.” The nomination pool will enable the GBM electoral college to know the names of the people who are available for election prior to elections. This information would also lessen the number of spoiled nomination and voting ballots, during the election process. This new development is an attempt to ensure wider participation of the church’s structures in the election of the leadership of the church.

A policy regarding the creation of the nomination pool, and the actual election at the GBM, was approved by the National Leadership Forum (NLF) and has been sent to the Congregations- and Regional Committees. Congregations- and Regional Committees have been provided with Nomination forms which must be completed and returned to my office by 16h00, 31 March 2020. Subsequent processes of scrutinizing nominees will be done by the Scrutiny Committee to be appointed by the NLF. All nominees will be afforded the opportunity to indicate their nominations’ acceptance. The information of nominees who have accepted nomination will be sent to all AFM Congregations and other GBM statutory bodies.

“Congregations- and Regional Committees have been provided with Nomination forms which must be completed and returned to my office by 16h00, 31 March 2020.”

Elections

At the GBM the same process will be followed as in previous elections. The first round will be the nominations. These nominations are used to determine the names of those who must go into the first, second and subsequent rounds of voting, as the case may be. It might happen that certain candidates are elected at the nomination phase, based on the percentage of votes they receive from the electoral college.

Transitional Mechanism

Another important 2018 GBM decision relates to the transitional mechanism. In the past, the NOB’s were expected to assume their responsibilities, immediately after their election. This expectation created practical challenges for the newly elected NOB’s. Some of these challenges were contractual obligations to their congregations. In some instances, those elected had to relocate, in order to be within close proximity of the National Office. In order to act responsibly and properly, to mitigate these practical challenges, newly elected NOB’s require time. After the election of new NOB’s, there will be a three (3) month transitional period.

The 2018 GBM amended the church’s constitution in such a way that it provides a transitional period during which outgoing NOB’s are expected to present exit reports and offer orientation to the incoming NOB’s. This would ensure a smooth transition.

“I request all pastors, congregations and other church structures to pray for the 2020 elections.”

I request all pastors, congregations and other church structures to pray for the 2020 elections.

THE ROLE OF THE PASTOR IN A MISSIONAL CHURCH CONTEXT
Dr. H.J. Weideman (General Secretary of the AFM of SA) – [email protected]  

During the 2019 NOB regional visits, a wellness survey was done. This included a measurement of the different perceptions of a pastor’s role. We asked our pastors how they themselves, their members, and the Governing Body see their role as pastor. We discovered the following:

** An Extract from the Final Report:

In Summary The Number One Choice Of The Three Groups Were:

This means that many pastors focus mainly on the so-called shepherding model.

According to this model, the pastor provides all the spiritual input and teaching, as well as the pastoral caring for the flock (Shepherding). Church members are then generally the objects of ministry and not the source. The main expectation from members in this assembly model, is to attend and participate.

Many assemblies who are following this model find themselves in a maintenance mode, where the focus is on keeping the assembly, its activities and the members (the flock) “going.” This is seen as the pastor’s main responsibility. In many instances there is a strong investment in the status quo and a lot of energy available for the maintenance of what has been.

There is usually a great resistance in maintenance mode congregations to the hard questions that the missional challenge raises.”

There is usually a great resistance in maintenance mode congregations to the hard questions that the missional challenge raises. Questions like: What is our calling and purpose? What does God expect of us as an assembly? What difference do we really make in the community? What is the “work of ministry” that believers are supposed to fulfill? (Eph.4:11-12)

In this context it is not uncommon to find individual believers who receive a call from God and travel to a far-away foreign country to preach the gospel in what is called “the mission field”, while very few experience the calling to be missionaries in their everyday life in their own communities. This is the traditional concept of missions.

A new paradigm of Missions and of being Church is emerging.

A model of being church in which every member sees him-/herself as a missionary. A model in which the church becomes a missional movement and believers become true followers of Jesus, and not just church members. Team players, and not just spectators.

“It is a paradigm in which every believer understands that when Jesus said: “As the father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21) – He was speaking to ALL His followers and not just to Pastors.”

It is a paradigm in which every believer understands that when Jesus said: “As the father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21) – He was speaking to ALL His followers and not just to Pastors. That each member is called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matt.5:13-16) each and every day, everywhere.

The realization of this missional model of being church, implies that the pastor cannot just be a bystander, but must fulfil an active role in especially the following aspects:

1. The Pastor’s role as (internal) Evangelist and Change Agent

God’s Holy Spirit wants to convert our congregations from an inward focused preoccupation, to a missional vocation. The focus should not only be upon the needs of church members, but upon the calling of all believers to be “Christ’s letter to the world” (2 Cor 3:2-3). It is not a “return” to something that once was and is now lost: It is a matter of “conversion” not just “reformation” or “renewal.” In achieving this conversion, the pastor must be an evangelist preaching and advocating the conversion to a Missional focus and way of life.

2. The Pastor’s role to Interpret Scripture Missionally

“Missional hermeneutics” is a way of interpreting Scripture that starts from the realization that the New Testament religious communities (assemblies) were all founded in order to continue the apostolic witness that brought them into being. Pastors need to probe the text in terms of its missional purpose, to understand what it is saying to us today in terms of our task and lifestyle as people on God’s Mission. This will contextualize the Gospel message for assembly members and will revolutionize the pastor’s preaching and teaching ministry.

3. The Pastor’s role as Equipper

Believers must be equipped to become witnesses (Eph.4:11-12). Every New Testament congregation understood itself to be under the mandate of our Lord at His ascension: “You shall be my witnesses.”

4. The Pastor’s role as Team Leader & Coach

God’s mission is not carried out by soloists but by teams. The ordained leadership of a congregation must make it a priority to seek those people whom God has provided and gifted, to share in the missional formation of the community, make them part of the ministry team and provide inspiring leadership and coaching to them. The ministry that “equips the saints for the work of ministry” is always apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic, deaconic & instructive. In this context the pastor is not only a shepherd to members, but a coach empowering thém to be shepherds, carers and witnesses to the whole community.

5. The Pastor’s role as Missional Strategist

An important part of the role of a pastor in a missional church context, is to be constantly looking for points of connection in the life and story of church members that will open up the converting power of the Gospel. The pastor must find creative ways of drawing Scripture into the center of people’s lives, as God’s instrument for missional formation. He/she must also discern how God is calling and sending the congregation in practical ways to “be Christ’s witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

6. The Pastor’s Personal Example

Becoming a missional church, implies that the leaders of a congregation will take the notion of being sent, of being on a mission – to a personal level.  More and more congregants are not only interested in what the Pastor has studied, but in studying the pastor. They want to see how we live the life that we are professing.

“We cannot preach to and teach others to live as missionaries in their every-day lives without setting a similar example.”

We cannot preach to and teach others to live as missionaries in their every-day lives without setting a similar example (1Cor.9:27).  Maybe this is the biggest challenge of assembly leadership today: To not only talk, but to walk our talk….

IMPLEMENTING THE ONE AFM GAME PLAN DRIVER: COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Ashley Theron (Acting CEO of the Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA)  
[email protected] 

AFM Assemblies are part of the communities they serve and are one of the main community structures to address the prevalent challenges like poverty, crime, family breakdown, AIDS, substance abuse and addiction, violence against women, children and older persons.  In fact, many of their members are victims of these challenges. AFM members should therefore rise up and take up their God-given calling to get involved and address these challenges faced by their members and others in their immediate communities.

Though some assemblies are already involved and making a difference in the lives of vulnerable families and individuals, many of them are not sure where to begin and how to implement this driver. It is here where the Welfare Department (AFM Welfare) can play a role to equip assemblies. AFM Welfare has the tools, programmes and information to support AFM Assemblies to implement their social development actions. AFM Welfare can assist to give meaning to the One AFM Game Plan Driver: Community Involvement. The AFM Welfare does this through it uManelisi Community Development Programme.

“AFM Welfare has the tools, programmes and information to support AFM Assemblies to implement their social development actions.”

Community Involvement leads to Community Development

The answer lies in assemblies starting small by getting involved in existing community processes and to do what their own resources and skills allow them to do.  Community involvement means:

  • Reaching out to people in need, starting with their needy members.
  • Doing good to others without making them dependent on hand-outs.
  • Uplifting of people by empowering them to help themselves.
  • Helping others meet their needs.
  • Serving on school and NPO (Non-Profit Organization) structures.

Community Development – Where to start

We would like to share a few steps that will assist assemblies to start their own community project:

1. Defining the Community Needs

Find out what is needed in your community by firstly talking to the leadership and members of your assembly, and then with other community leaders and structures.

2. Action a Team of Volunteers

Form a task team of like-minded people and agree which challenge/s needs to be addressed first, what resources and abilities you would need to undertake the project. Work towards having both a coordinating- and advisory team.

3. Community Profile

Undertake a desktop research of all the community structures and what they are already doing, number of churches and what projects they are running, number and roles of NPOs, number of schools, government departments, review existing information and statistics.  Find out what is already being done in the community, with the aim of narrowing down the challenges.

4. Choose a Project

If you have a group of people you’re going to work with, allow them to help you rank the ideas. Vote on, or decide which activity to focus on. Make sure it is reasonable, within your means, and that you can actually make an impact.

5. Roles and Responsibilities

Agree on who will be responsible for what in your team.

6. Consult, Consult, Consult.

Identify your internal and external stakeholders and make sure that you consult with them and give them feedback. Understand what legal and other requirements you must meet. Learn from the experiences of others and seek advice.

7. Develop a Plan

To start, write down exactly what you are hoping to accomplish. This will include a big-picture goal as well as the specific smaller tasks that you will need to do in order to get to that main goal.

8. Prepare a Budget

Now that you know your goals, you need to know what resources you have and exactly how much money you will need to implement the project.

9. Development a Fundraising Campaign

Make a list of the top groups and sources for you to contact to mobilize the necessary cash or in-kind donations. Be sure to add as many possible sources as you can think of to help you in meeting your funding goals.

10. Make a Timeline

You should already have a rough idea of how long your project will take, but now you need to narrow it down to the specifics. Mark specific goals on your timeline. Make a note of specific things that are critical to success. Include the time slots to review progress.

11. Publicity & Community Support

Start by seeking the advice from a Communication/Marketing/Public Relations expert with the development of a marketing strategy. Make a list of contacts at different radio, television, and newspapers/magazines in your community.

12. Implement & Evaluate

Create your list of measurable “process” and “impact” indicators related to your goals as well as how and when they will be measured.

For further support, training and coaching on Community Involvement contact me:

Ashley Theron (Acting CEO of AFM Welfare)

[email protected]

012 753 7940/1 (Ask for Lizelle de Bruyn or Rebecca Kola)

CONCLUSION

I hope this communication will add value to your ministry, and provide clarity on the issues being addressed. Your ministry is greatly appreciated. I will value your feedback on matters raised in the Pastoral Letter.

Blessings!

Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Pastorale Brief: 1ste Kwartaal 2020

AGS Kollega,

Groete in Jesus se Naam. Ek is dankbaar vir die geleentheid om met jou te kan kommunikeer deur middel van hierdie eerste Pastorale Brief in 2020. Ek is dankbaar vir almal wat my vorige Pastorale Brief gelees het en vir my terugvoer gegee het. Die inhoud van hierdie eerste Pastorale Brief van 2020 bevat die belangrike motiverings vir die nuwe nominasieproses wat sal uitloop op die verkiesing van die nuwe Nasionale Ampsdraers van die AGS van SA, in September vanjaar. Ek het ook die rol van ons pastore in die missionale kerk-konteks ingesluit. Jy sal ook verder lees hoe ons gemeentes prakties gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid kan implementeer.

DIE AGS VAN SA 2020 VERKIESING
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President van die AGS van SA) – [email protected]

Ek wil graag ‘n paar dinge uitlig in verband met die komende verkiesing van die nuwe Nasionale Ampsdraers gedurende September hierdie jaar. Die 2018 Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM) het belangrike besluite geneem rakende die verkiesing van die Nasionale Ampsdraers van die AGS van SA. Dit is: (i) geskiktheidsvereistes, (ii) die nominasiepoel, (iii) die verkiesing en (iv) die oorgee proses. Laat my toe om meer te sê oor elkeen.

Geskiktheidsvereistes

Alle voornemende genomineerdes vir Nasionale Ampsdraers posisies moet geordende pastore wees wat ten minste al vyf (5) jaar in ‘n plaaslike gemeente/s as presiderende pastoor gedien het. In die verlede is geen pastoor vir verkiesing as Nasionale Ampsdraer in aanmerking geneem, mits hy/sy nie ten minste vir drie (3) jaar gedien het as ‘n geordende voltydse werker in ‘n geregistreerde plaaslike gemeente van die Apostoliese Geloofsending van Suid-Afrika nie. Verder is dit nou ‘n grondwetlike vereiste dat kandidate vir die posisie van President ook ten minste een (1) volle termyn as lid van die Nasionale Leierskapforum (NLF) moes dien.

“Alle voornemende genomineerdes vir Nasionale Ampsdraers posisies moet geordende pastore wees wat ten minste al vyf (5) jaar in ‘n plaaslike gemeente/s as presiderende pastoor gedien het.”

Die motivering rondom hierdie besluit was om ‘n hoër vlak van ervaring te bewerkstellig, en om te verseker dat toekomstige Presidente van die kerk wel blootgestel was aan die werksaamhede van die nasionale strukture van die kerk.

Nominasiepoel deur plaaslike AGS Gemeentes en Streekskomitees

Die 2018 Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM) het besluit dat ‘n lys van moontlike kandidate vir die posisies van die President, Adjunk-President, Algemene Sekretaris en Algemene Tesourier vooraf beskikbaar gestel sal word aan die afgevaardigdes van die 2020, en daaropvolgende elektiewe GBM’s. Ons verwys na hierdie lys as die “nominasiepoel”. ‘n Nominasiepoel sal die GBM kieskollege in staat stel om die name van die mense wat beskikbaar is vir verkiesing, voor die verkiesings te leer ken.  Hierdie inligting sal ook die aantal bedorwe nominasie en stembriewe, tydens die verkiesingsproses verminder. Hierdie nuwe ontwikkeling is ‘n poging om wyer deelname van die kerk se strukture te verseker in die verkiesing van die leierskap van die kerk.

“Gemeentes- en Streekskomitees is voorsien van nominasievorms wat voltooi moet word en na my kantoor teruggestuur moet word voor 16h00, 31 Maart 2020.”

‘n Beleid rakende die skepping van die nominasiepoel en die fisiese verkiesing by die GBM, is deur die Nasionale Leierskapforum (NLF) goedgekeur en is na die Gemeentes- en Streekskomitees gestuur. Gemeentes- en Streekskomitees is voorsien van nominasievorms wat voltooi moet word en na my kantoor teruggestuur moet word voor 16h00, 31 Maart 2020. Die geskiktheid van genomineerdes, sal deur die Toelatingskomitee wat deur die NLF aangestel sal word, ondersoek word. Alle genomineerdes sal geleentheid gegun word om hul aanvaarding van hul nominasie aan te dui. Die inligting van genomineerdes wat hul nominasie aanvaar het, sal aan alle AGS Gemeentes en ander GBM statutêre liggame gestuur word.

Verkiesing

By die GBM sal dieselfde verkiesingsproses gevolg word, wat in die verlede gebruik was. Die eerste rondte sal nominasies wees. Hierdie nominasies word gebruik om die name van diegene te bepaal waarvoor gestem kan word in die eerste, tweede en daaropvolgende stemme, soos dit nodig is. Dit kan ook gebeur dat sekere kandidate tydens die nominasiefase verkies kan word, op grond van die persentasie stemme wat hulle ontvang het van die kieskollege.

Oorgangsmeganisme

Nog ‘n belangrike 2018 GBM besluit het te doen met die oorgangsmeganisme. In die verlede is daar van die Nasionale Ampsdraers verwag om hul verantwoordelikhede onmiddellik na hul verkiesing op te neem. Hierdie verwagting het praktiese uitdagings vir die nuutverkose Nasionale Ampsdraers geskep. Sommige van hierdie uitdagings was kontraktuele verpligtinge teenoor hul gemeentes. In sommige gevalle moes van dié wat verkies is, verhuis om naby die Nasionale Kantoor te wees. Om hierdie praktiese uitdagings verantwoordelik en behoorlik aan te spreek, benodig nuutverkose Nasionale Ampsdaers tyd. Na die verkiesing van die nuwe Ampsdraers sal daar ‘n drie (3) maande oorgangstydperk wees.

Die 2018 GBM het die kerk se konstitusie op so ‘n wyse aangepas dat daar ‘n oorgangstydperk is, waartydens die uittredende Nasionale Ampsdraers hul uitgangsverslae sal verskaf, en oriëntering aan die inkomende Ampsdraers bied. Dit sal ‘n effektiewe oorgang verseker.

“Ek versoek alle pastore, gemeentes en ander kerkstrukture om te bid vir die 2020 verkiesings.”

DIE ROL VAN DIE PASTOOR IN ‘N MISSIONALE KERK KONTEKS
Dr. H.J. Weideman (Algemene Sekretaris van die AGS van SA) – [email protected]

Gedurende die 2019 NOB streeksbesoeke, was ‘n pastorale welstandsvraelys (Pastoral Wellness) deur pastore voltooi. Dit het die verskillende perspektiewe rondom die rol van ‘n pastoor ingesluit. Ons het ons pastore gevra hoe hulle self, hulle lidmate en hulle beheerliggame, die rol van die pastoor sien. Ons het die volgende ontdek:

** ‘n Uittreksel uit die finale verslag: 


Opsommend is die nommer een keuse van die drie groepe:

Dit beteken dat baie pastore se hooffokus die sogenaamde herder-kudde model is.

Volgens hierdie bedieningsmodel, is die pastoor die voorsiener van alle Geestelike inspraak en lering, sowel as die pastorale versorging van die gemeente (Herderskap). Gemeentelede is meestal die ontvangers van bediening en nie ‘n bron/gewers daarvan nie. Die hoof verwagting wat aan lidmate gestel word, is om teenwoordig te wees en aan aktiwiteite deel te neem. Baie gemeentes wat hierdie herder-kudde model navolg, bevind hulleself in ‘n toestand van instandhouding, waar die fokus is om die gemeente, die gereelde aktiwiteite en die lidmate “aan die gang” te hou. Dit word dan ook gesien as die pastoor se hoof verantwoordelikheid. In baie gevalle is daar sterk investering in die status quo en word baie energie spandeer om dít wat in die verlede is, instand te hou.

“Waar ‘n gemeente in ‘n instandhoudings raamwerk funksioneer, is daar dikwels weerstand teen die beantwoording van die moeilike vrae wat die Missionale-perspektief aan ons stel.”

Waar ‘n gemeente in ‘n instandhoudings raamwerk funksioneer, is daar dikwels weerstand teen die beantwoording van die moeilike vrae wat die Missionale-perspektief aan ons stel. Vrae soos: “Wat is ons roeping en bestaansdoel as gemeente? Wat verwag die Here van ons as gemeente? Watter verskil maak ons werklik in ons gemeenskap? Wat is die “dienswerk” wat gelowiges veronderstel is om te verig? (Efe. 4:11-12)

In hierdie konteks is daar dikwels individuele gelowiges wat ‘n roeping van die Here ervaar om na die “sendingveld” in ‘n land vêr weg te reis, en daar sendingwerk te doen, terwyl baie min gelowiges ’n roeping ervaar om sendelinge te wees in hulle alledaagse lewe in hul eie gemeenskappe. Dít is die tradisionele konsep van sending.

‘n Nuwe paradigma van Sending en Kerkwees is besig om te ontwikkel.   

‘n Model van kerkwees waarin elke lidmaat hom/haarself sien as ‘n sendeling. ‘n Model waarvolgens die kerk ‘n Missionalebeweging word en gelowiges ware navolgers van Jesus is, en nie net lidmate nie. Deelnemers en nie net toeskouers nie.

“Dit is ‘n paradigma waarin elke gelowige verstaan dat toe Jesus gesê het: “Soos die Vader My gestuur het, stuur Ek julle ook.” (Joh. 20:21) – Het Hy met AL Sy navolgers gepraat en nie net met pastore nie.”

Dit is ‘n paradigma waarin elke gelowige verstaan dat toe Jesus gesê het: “Soos die Vader My gestuur het, stuur Ek julle ook.” (Joh. 20:21) – Het Hy met AL Sy navolgers gepraat en nie net met pastore nie. Dat elke lidmaat geroep is om die sout van die aarde en die lig vir die wêreld te wees (Matt.5:13-16) elke dag en oral.

Die realisering van hierdie missionale model van kerkwees, veronderstel dat die pastoor van elke gemeente ‘n aktiewe rol sal speel:

1. Die Pastoor se rol as (interne) Evangelis en Agent van Verandering

Die Heilige Gees wil gemeentes van ‘n inwaartse, selfgerigte fokus na ‘n missionale roeping bekeer. Die fokus behoort nie net te wees op die behoeftes van gemeentelede nie, maar op die roeping van alle gelowiges om “’n brief van Christus” aan die wêreld te wees (2 Kor 3:2-3). Dit gaan nie oor ‘n “terugkeer” na iets wat bestaan het of verlore geraak het nie: Dit is ‘n saak van “bekering”, nie net  “reformasie” of “hernuwing” nie. Om dit moontlik te maak, moet die pastoor van ‘n gemeente ‘n evangelis wees wat bekering tot ‘n missionale fokus preek en promoveer.

2. Die Pastoor se rol om die Skrif Missionaal te interpreteer

“Missionale hermeneutiek” is ‘n manier van Skrifinterpretasie wat begin by die besef dat die Nuwe Testamentiese gemeenskappe (gemeentes) almal gestig was met die doel om die apostoliese getuienis wat tot hulle totstandkoming gelei het, voort te sit. Pastore moet elke teks ondersoek met die oog daarop om die missionale doel daarvan te vind, en te verstaan wat dit vir ons vandag wil sê ten opsigte van ons taak en lewenstyl – as mense wat op God se Missie gestuur is. Dit sal die Evangelie boodskap kontekstualiseer vir gemeentelede en die prediking en lering van pastore dinamies beïnvloed.

3. Die Pastoor se rol as Toeruster

Alle gelowiges moet toegerus word om getuies te wees (Efe. 4:11-12). Die Nuwe Testamentiese gemeentes was van mening dat hulle onder die mandaat van die Here tydens Sy hemelvaart funksioneer: “Julle sal My getuies wees.”

4. Die Pastoor se rol as Spanleier en Afrigter (coach):     

God se missie word nie net deur individue uitgevoer nie, maar deur spanne. Die geordende leierskap van ‘n gemeente moet dit ‘n prioriteit maak om mense te identifiseer wat ‘n rol kan speel in die uitvoering van die missionele opdrag in die gemeenskap, hulle deel maak van die bedieningspan en inspirerende leierskap en afrigting aan hulle voorsien. Die bediening wat die “gelowiges toerus vir hulle dienswerk” is altyd apostolies, profeties, evangelisties, diakonies en lerend van aard. In hierdie konteks is die pastoor nie net ‘n herder vir gemeentelede nie, maar ook ‘n afrigter (coach) wat hulle bemagtig om sélf-herders, versorgers en getuies in en vir die gemeenskap te wees.

5. Die Pastoor se rol as Missionale Strateeg:                                                                                          
‘n Belangrike deel van ‘n pastoor se rol in ‘n missionale kerk-konteks is om voortdurend op die uitkyk te wees vir raakpunte in die lewens en stories van gemeentelede, wat die transformerende krag van die Evangelie vir almal toeganklik sal maak. Die pastoor moet kreatiewe maniere vind om Skrifwaarhede as God se instrument vir missionale vorming in die kern van mense se lewens in te trek. Hy/sy moet ook onderskei hoe God die Gemeente roep en stuur om op ‘n praktiese manier Jesus se getuies te wees in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, en tot aan die uiterstes van die aarde.
6. Die Pastoor se persoonlike voorbeeld:          

Om ‘n missionale kerk te word, veronderstel dat die leiers van ‘n gemeente die idee van gestuurdheid, die idee van om op ‘n missie te wees – baie persoonlik sal opneem. Gemeentelede stel toenemend nie net belang in wat die pastoor bestudeer nie, maar ook om hom/haar te bestudeer. Hulle wil síén hoe ons dit leef – dit wat ons verkondig.

“Ons kan nie preek en ander leer om soos sendelinge te leef in hulle daaglikse lewens, sonder om self ‘n soortgelyke voorbeeld te stel nie.”

Ons kan nie preek en ander leer om soos sendelinge te leef in hulle daaglikse lewens, sonder om self ‘n soortgelyke voorbeeld te stel nie. (1Kor.9:27). Dit is dalk die grootste uitdaging vir gemeenteleierskap van vandag: Om nie net te praat nie, maar om dit wat ons sê prakties uit te leef…

IMPLEMENTERING VAN DIE ONE AFM GAME PLAN DRYWER: GEMEENSKAPSBETROKKENHEID
Ashley Theron (Waarnemende CEO van die AFM Welfare) – [email protected]lfare.org.za  

AGS Gemeentes is deel van die gemeenskappe wat hulle dien en is een van die belangrikste gemeenskapsstrukture om die heersende uitdagings van armoede, misdaad, gesinsverbrokkeling, VIGS, dwelmmisbruik en verslawing, geweld teen vroue, kinders en ouer persone die hoof te bied. In werklikheid is baie van hulle lidmate self slagoffers van hierdie uitdagings. AGS lidmate moet dus opstaan en hulle God-gegewe roeping opneem om betrokke te raak by hierdie uitdagings wat hulle self en hulle onmiddelike gemeenskappe in die gesig staar.

Alhoewel sommige van die Gemeentes alreeds betrokke is ‘n verskil maak in die lewens van kwesbare gesinne en individue, is baie van hulle nie seker waar om te begin en hoe om hierdie drywer te implementeer nie. Dit is hier waar die AFM Welfare ‘n rol kan speel om Gemeentes toe te rus. AFM Welfare het die praktiese kennis, programme en inligting om AGS Gemeentes te ondersteun om hul maatskaplike ontwikkelingsaksies te implementeer. AFM Welfare kan gemeentes help om betekenis te verleen aan die Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid drywer. Die AFM Welfare doen dit deur sy uManelisi-gemeenskapsontwikkeling program.

“AFM Welfare het die praktiese kennis, programme en inligting om AGS Gemeentes te ondersteun om hul maatskaplike ontwikkelingsaksies te implementeer.”

Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid lei tot Gemeenskapsontwikkeling

Die antwoord lê in gemeentes wat klein begin deur betrokke te raak by bestaande gemeenskapsprosesse, en om te doen wat hul eie hulpbronne en vaardighede hulle toelaat.  Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid beteken:

  • Om uit te reik na mense in nood en om te begin met die gemeente se eie behoeftige lidmate.
  • Om goed aan ander te doen sonder om hulle afhanklik te maak van “hand-outs”.
  • Die opheffing van mense deur hulle te bemagtig om hulself te help.
  • Om ander te help om in hul behoeftes te voorsien.
  • Dien op skole- en NPO (Nie-winsgewende organisasie)-strukture.

Gemeenskapsontwikkeling – Waar om te begin

Ons wil graag ‘n paar stappe deel wat gemeentes sal help om hul eie gemeenskapsprojek te begin.

1. Identifiseer Die Gemeenskapsbehoeftes

Ontdek wat nodig is in jou gemeenskap deur eerstens met die leierskap en lidmate van jou Gemeente te praat, en dan met ander gemeenskapsleiers en -strukture.

2. Stel ‘n Span van vrywilligers aan

Vorm ‘n taakspan van eendersdenkende mense en besluit watter uitdaging/s eerste aangepak moet word, watter hulpbronne en vermoëns benodig sal word. Werk daarna toe om beide  ‘n koördinerende span en ook ‘n adviserende span te hê.

3. Gemeenskapsprofiel

Doen navorsing van al die gemeenskapstrukture en wat hulle reeds doen, aantal kerke en watter projekte hulle bedryf, aantal en rolle van NPOs, aantal skole, staatsdepartemente, hersien bestaande inligting en statistieke. Vind uit wat reeds in die gemeenskap gedoen word, met die doel om die uitdagings te verklein.

4. Kies ‘n Projek

As jy ‘n groep mense het waarmee jy gaan werk, laat hulle toe om jou te help om die idees te beoordeel. Besluit watter aktiwiteit jy wil doen. Sorg dat dit binne jou vermoë redelik is en dat jy ‘n impak kan maak.

5. Rolle en verantwoordelikhede 

Stem saam oor wie verantwoordelik sal wees vir wat in jou span.

6. Konsulteer, Konsulteer, Konsulteer

Identifiseer jou interne en eksterne rolspelers en maak seker dat jy met hulle konsulteer en terugvoer gee. Verstaan ​​aan watter wetlike en ander vereistes jy moet voldoen. Leer uit die ervaring van ander en soek raad.

7. Ontwikkel ‘n plan 

Begin deur te skryf wat presies jy wil bereik. Dit sluit ‘n “big-picture” doel in, sowel as die spesifieke kleiner take wat jy moet doen om die hoofdoel te bereik.

8. Stel ‘n begroting op

Nou dat jy weet wat jou doelwitte is, moet jy weet watter hulpbronne reeds tot jou beskikking is en hoeveel geld jy sal nodig hê om die projek te implementeer.

9. Ontwikkel ‘n Fondsinsamelingsveldtog 

Maak ‘n lys van die top groepe en bronne wie jy kan kontak om die nodige fondse (in kontant of donasies) te bekom. Maak seker dat jy soveel moontlik bronne insluit om jou te help om jou befondsingsdoelwitte te bereik.

10. Maak ‘n tydlyn

Jy moet reeds ‘n rowwe idee hê van hoe lank jou projek gaan neem, maar nou is die tyd om te fokus op die besonderhede. Merk spesifieke doelwitte op jou tydlyn. Maak ‘n aantekening van spesifieke dinge wat van kritiese belang is vir sukses. Allokkeer tyd om jou vordering te meet.

11. Publisiteit & Gemeenskapsondersteuning

Begin deur advies te soek by ‘n Kommunikasie- of Bemarkingskenner wat kan help met die ontwikkeling van ‘n bemarkingstrategie. Maak ‘n lys van die kontakte by verskillende radio, televisie en koerante/tydskrifte in jou gemeenskap.

12. Implementeer & Evalueer

Skep ‘n lys met meetbare “proses” en “impak” indikators wat verband hou met jou doelwitte, asook hoe en wanneer dit gemeet sal word.

Vir verdere opleiding en ondersteuning wat verband hou met Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid, kontak:

Ashley Theron (Waarnemende CEO van die AFM Welfare)

[email protected]

012 753 7940/1 (Vra vir Lizelle de Bruyn of Rebecca Kola)

SLOT

Ek hoop dat hierdie kommunikasie waarde in jou bediening sal toevoeg en duidelikheid sal gee oor die kwessies wat aangespreek word. Jou bediening word opreg waardeer. Ek sal jou terugvoer oor die sake in hierdie Pastorale Brief hoog op prys stel.

Seën!
Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Pastoral Letter: 4th Quarter

Download the PDF version here:

AFM Newsltr 4th Qrt 2019 ENG 2

Dear AFM Colleagues,

The year 2019 is slowly but surely drawing to a close. It is a privilege and blessing for me to address you in this last Pastoral Letter for the year. We take a look at the strategic direction and the way forward for 2020, we consider the most important results of the pastoral wellness survey, we take note of the AFM Welfare’s intent to serve and enable AFM Assemblies to practically implement Community Involvement and lastly we celebrate Rev. Frank Chikane’s contribution to leadership in the AFM.

 

AFM’S STRATEGIC DIRECTION – ONE AFM GAME PLAN
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA) – [email protected]

The strategy or plan is to align all church structures with the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 18-20). Ultimately, we would like to see our members becoming disciples discipling others and our church buildings becoming Missional equipping centres. Our pastors and members are critical in transitioning the AFM from being a traditional church into becoming a missional movement.

“…we would like to see our members becoming disciples discipling others and our church buildings becoming Missional equipping centres.”
Importance of having Goals
A lot of energy and resources have been spent in developing and conceptualizing our understanding of our missional calling. We have reached an implementation phase. Without goals we risk: (i) staying at a level of information, (ii) providing training in our regions that are not relevant or bringing us any closer to being more missional and (iii) we stay unaccountable for our progress. There is a reputational risk if we don’t actively pursue our mission or calling – which we claim to be our calling. Trust in the church to do what they say they are doing, is vital.

We requested the National Leadership Forum (NLF) to propose implementation goals for each of the five Game Plan drivers. The feedback received from the NLF helped us in mapping future focus and direction. The following focus goals have been identified:

Discipleship: We need practical models to guide local assemblies on discipleship. Such a model must enable believers to grow through the different stages of spiritual development. It must also help them understand that they are missionaries with the responsibility to share the gospel. We would like to see every member measuring up to a Christ-like lifestyle. For 2020 the goal is that our assemblies and departments must come up with a good and effective model for discipleship training.

Empowerment: The most prevalent goal, hereof, is to teach, equip and train members to embrace their Great Commission calling. In most cases teaching, equipping and training focus too much on the “what” do to with insufficient emphasis on the practical question of “how to” do it. Regional, Network and Departmental Committees would like to know which training programs are currently being used by local assemblies and departments.

Governance: At an assembly level the main goal is to see excellence in administration and full compliance with the church’ constitution. Among leaders the goal is to see more accountability and stronger communication of the vision. This should result in less uncontrollable debts and more trustworthiness. We would like to see our members becoming good stewards on all resources that God has entrusted in their personal care (finances, marriage & children).

Community Involvement: We need 2-3 models that are effective in dealing with needs of communities. Poverty & unemployment are major concerns. We would like to see AFM Assemblies becoming agents of change in their communities. We would like to see our members becoming the salt of the earth and the light of the world (as described in Matthew 5: 13-14) by getting involved in their communities’ structures to make transformation possible. The AFM Welfare’s intent is to serve, enable and equip AFM Assemblies with practical knowledge, tools and programmes to implement social development actions that will have a positive impact on the lives of people in local communities. (Also refer to the AFM Welfare’s article in this letter.)

Ecumenical Involvement: It is necessary that we build relationships with other Christian institutions to demonstrate our unity. Our ecumenical involvement goal is to see our pastors initiating or getting involved in Pastors’ Forums in their communities. We would like to see our assemblies initiating or becoming involved in ecumenical activities such as prayers for rain or making a public demonstration of Christian churches in confronting social ills. At a national level the AFM of SA is part of ecumenical bodies such as the South African Council of Churches (with Provincial sub-structures) and the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa.

The Importance of Accountability
Accountability is becoming increasingly important today. When an AFM member or any member of the public sees the AFM of SA logo, they should agree that it stands for something – a church that  is passionate about winning souls for Jesus, a church where the members are active Kingdom workers, a church that is passionate about local communities and always visible in their local communities. We cannot afford to carry the name and logo of the AFM when we are not one hundred percent devoted and committed to this missional calling.

PASTORAL WELLNESS SURVEY: RESULTS
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA)

Wellness is not only related to physical health, but it includes spiritual wellness, social wellness, mental wellness and emotional wellness. Traditionally “wellness” has been used to mean the opposite of illness and the absence of disease and disability. More recently it is widely used to describe living the best possible life that one can regardless of his/her medical condition.

“Wellness is not only related to physical health, but it includes spiritual wellness, social wellness, mental wellness and emotional wellness.”

Pastors’ wellness is also a Biblical mandate. In the first part of Acts 20:28 church leaders are instructed “to keep watch over themselves”. During this year’s NOB Empowerment Visits, we conducted a survey on AFM pastors’ wellness. The most important results are:

  • In terms of the wellness of assemblies, results indicate that they are focusing more on “having” church than “being” church outside the walls of the church building. Currently there are areas that do not receive the same attention as others, including: (i) collaborating with other AFM churches, (ii) collaborating with other non-AFM churches, (iii) helping the local community with its specific problems, (iv) members as soul winners and full-time Kingdom workers and (v) training and equipping courses for members. All these areas are not receiving the attention it should in AFM Assemblies.
  • When it comes to the functioning between the Pastor and his/her Governing Body, there is no clear understanding of roles.
  • Pastors show hesitation in their understanding of how the ministry impacts their children, as well as the ways in which an assembly can support these children.

The full report can be downloaded from the AFM website: http://afm-ags.org/category/media/. All of the above take-outs will be addressed during the 2020 NOB Regional Visits – either through a live presentation or a pre-recorded video. We encourage our Pastors to join us at these meetings:

For more information about the 2020 NOB Empowerments and to download the programme kindly visit the following link: http://afm-ags.org/category/events/.

AFM WELFARE: WITH AND THROUGH ASSEMBLIES FOR IMPROVED COMMUNITY IMPACT
Ashley Theron (Acting CEO of the Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA) 
[email protected]

Moving towards Full Integration
The Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA (also known as EWC or AFM Welfare) is the Welfare Department of the church – The Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa. For most of the past 81 years, the AFM Welfare focused mainly on the provision of institutional care of vulnerable Children and Older Persons. More recently Community Development was added as an additional focus area where the AFM Welfare works with and through assemblies to implement social development actions to the benefit of local communities.

In the beginning years, the church was involved with the Welfare. At some point in history the AFM Welfare systematically started to “drift” away from being an integral part the church – to such an extent that some AFM Assemblies today are not even aware of welfare projects in their geographic area. Somewhat isolated from the church and experiencing financial challenges, the AFM Welfare was left in a vulnerable position. Fortunately, the NLF (National Leadership Forum) intervened and through the visionary leadership of the present Executive Welfare Board a new strategic plan was presented to ensure the future sustainability of the Welfare: Moving towards full integration of the Welfare with the AFM of SA.

Currently AFM Assemblies are challenged with the practical implementation of the One AFM Game Plan of which Community Involvement is one of the drivers. There is a great synergy to be realised through the full integration of the AFM Welfare and the church. While AFM Assemblies are focused on implementing Community Involvement – the AFM Welfare can serve, enable and equip AFM Assemblies with the practical tools and programmes to implement social development actions in their local communities. The AFM Welfare then works with and through AFM Assemblies to reach communities, assisting Assemblies to become service points and later service centres in the community.

“There is a great synergy to be realised through the full integration of the AFM Welfare and the church.”

Social Development Questionnaire
The AFM Welfare has recently started circulating a Questionnaire to ascertain what type of social development services or projects are currently being rendered or planned by the various Assemblies. We therefore encourage every AFM Assembly to complete the questionnaire and send it back to us. The questionnaire can be downloaded from the following link: http://afm-ags.org/leading-the-afm/one-afm-game-plan/ We are also planning a follow-up questionnaire to measure the impact of the church in addressing social challenges.

Main Categories of Community Services
The AFM Welfare sees social development in its broadest sense and can serve, enable and equip AFM Assemblies to implement Community Involvement through the following strategies.

Strategy 1: Child Protection and Family Strengthening 
Family Support 

Examples of Services/Projects: Parenting Skills Training, Victim Empowerment Centres, Parents Support Groups and Marriage Enrichment Programmes.
Services or Support to Vulnerable Children
Examples of Services/Projects: Raising awareness of the importance of child protection and child safety, Shelters children living on the streets, Child & Youth Care Centres, Foster Homes and Drop-in Centres.

Strategy 2: Care and protection of Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities 
Care and Protection Services to Older Persons
Examples of Services/Projects: Home-based Care, Old Age Homes or Service Centres.
Care and Protection Services to Persons with Disabilities
Examples of Services/Projects:  Home-based Care, Residential Care Facilities or Day-care Centres.

Strategy 3: Socio-Health Services 
Services to Persons Affected or Infected with AIDS
Examples of Services/Projects: Prevention/raising awareness or supporting patients through long-term care programmes.
Services or any Projects related to Substance/Drug Abuse
Examples of Services/Projects: Support Groups, School Outreach Programmes and Rehab or Outpatient Services (Day-Treatment Programme).

Strategy 4:  Socio-Education services 
Examples of Services/Projects: Schools, Early Childhood Development (ECD), Literacy Projects, After-school Centres.

Strategy 5: Socio-Economic Services 
Poverty Alleviation Services
Examples of Services/Projects: Soup Kitchens, Social Relief, Food Parcels, Clothing Distribution, Small Scale Farming.
Services Related to Job Creation or Employability Preparation
Examples of Services/Projects:  Upskilling, assisting with CVs or preparing for job interviews.
Empowerment Programmes to address Inequality
Examples of Services/Projects: Women Empowerment, Youth Development.

The AFM Welfare is looking forward to connecting with Pastors, Governing Body Members and other leaders in the church during the 2020 NOB Empowerment Visits. I want to encourage you to join us for the Welfare session that is scheduled for the Saturday afternoon 14:00-16:00. During this session we will elaborate more on different strategies through which Community Involvement can be implemented and how the AFM Welfare can serve, enable and equip Assemblies in this regard.

REV FRANK CHIKANE: THE RARE BREED IN AFRICAN LEADERSHIP
With acknowledgement to the AFM International Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/AFMIntl/

In a time in Africa where many leaders want to continue to hold on to power long after their strength is gone, we want to honour our former AFM International President who decided to step down when he still had the strength to go on. Pastor Frank Chikane announced during the August 2019 AFM International Conference held in Nairobi (Kenya) that he was not going to stand again for election after being at the helm of AFMI for 23 years.

In his Presidential report he stated that he wanted to retire in 2016 but the AFM International prevailed on him to give them another three years. “I do not want to cause people to think that no one else can lead the church besides me. I also don’t want a scenario where the church crumbles because of my overstaying on the leadership position,” he said. Past. Chikane has led AFM International as a servant leader who sacrificed a lot of himself and his family for the sake of the church.

He had a powerful vision for AFM. It was under his leadership that AFM grew worldwide. Today we have the AFM’s presence in more than 35 countries of the world and in all continents. It was him who pushed that the church must be visible online in the different platforms and for the establishment of the AFM International Business Forum which is intended to link AFM businesses across the globe. It is worth noting that he has not only retired as President of the AFM International, but he has also retired as Presiding Pastor of the AFM of SA Naledi Assembly (Soweto) in South Africa.

We also know that he had worked for the South African Government as the Director General in the Office of the Presidency for many years and that he took retirement after he felt that he had played his part. This is a good example to follow for all leaders whose time to retire has come.

May God Bless Rev. Chikane, his spouse Mme Chikane and their Children.

CONCLUSION

We are almost at the end of 2019. Some of the memorable events in 2019 include the SA National elections and the Springbok Rugby Team becoming the World Champions for the third time since the dawn of the democracy in SA. We will also remind ourselves about the resurgence of the Gender-based violence, xenophobic attacks, electricity load shedding and the increase of the unemployment rate in the country. As we reflect on these moments and many other challenges let us not give up hope. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:13). Allow me to wish you a peaceful and blessed Christmas. May 2020 renew your vigour and passion to continue to serve our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ with sincerity.

“May 2020 renew your vigour and passion to continue to serve our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ with sincerity.”

Blessings! Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Pastorale Brief: 4de Kwartaal

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AFM Newsltr 4th Qrt 2019 AFR

Liewe AGS Kollega,

2019 is stadig maar seker om tot ‘n einde te kom. Dit is ‘n voorreg en seën vir my om met jou te gesels in hierdie laaste Pastorale Brief vir die jaar. Ons kyk na die strategiese rigting en die pad vorentoe vir 2020, ons beskou die belangrikste resultate van die Pastorale Welstand vraelys, ons neem kennis van die AGS Welsyn se voorneme om AGS gemeentes te bemagtig en in staat te stel om gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid prakties te implementeer. Laastens vier ons Past. Frank Chikane se bydrae tot leierskap in die AGS.

AGS SE STRATEGIESE RIGTING – “ONE AFM GAME PLAN”
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President van die AGS van SA) – [email protected]

Die strategie of plan is om alle kerkstrukture met die Groot Opdrag te belyn (Matteus 28:18-20). Uiteindelik wil ons graag sien dat ons lidmate dissipels word wat ander mense na Christus toe lei en ons kerkgeboue Missionale-gerigte sentrums. Ons pastore en lidmate is krities in die proses om die AGS te transformeer vanaf tradisionele kerkwees na ‘n missionale beweging.

 “…wil ons graag sien dat ons lidmate dissipels word wat ander mense na Christus toe lei en ons kerkgeboue Missionale-gerigte sentrums.”
Belangrikheid van Doelwitte
Baie energie en hulpbronne is gespandeer om ons begrip van ons missionale roeping te ontwikkel en te konseptualiseer. Ons het ‘n implementeringsfase bereik. Sonder doelwitte loop ons die risiko: (i) om te bly op ‘n vlak van inligting, (ii) om opleiding in ons streke aan te bied wat nie relevant is nie of ons nie nader bring om meer missionaal te wees nie en (iii) om onverantwoordbaar (accountable) te bly vir ons vordering. Indien ons nie aktief ons missie of roeping nastreef nie loop ons ‘n risiko vir skade aan ons reputasie. Vertroue in die kerk om te doen wat hulle sê hulle doen, is noodsaaklik.

Ons het die Nasionale Leierskapsforum (NLF) versoek om implementeringsdoelwitte vir elk van die vyf “Game Plan” drywers vas te stel. Die terugvoer wat ons ontvang het help ons om fokus areas and doelwitte vir die toekoms te identifiseer:

Dissipelskap: Ons het praktiese modelle nodig om plaaslike gemeentes in dissipelskap op te lei. So ‘n model moet gelowiges in staat stel om te groei deur die verskillende stadiums van geestelike ontwikkeling. Dit moet hulle ook help verstaan dat hulle sendelinge is met die verantwoordelikheid om die evangelie te deel met ander. Ons wil graag sien dat elke lidmaat na ‘n Christus-lewenstyl beweeg. Vir 2020 is die doel dat ons gemeentes en departemente moet kom met ‘n goeie en doeltreffende model vir dissipelskap opleiding.

Bemagtiging:  Die mees algemene doel hiervan is om lidmate te onderrig, toe te rus en op te lei om hul Groot Opdrag of roeping te omhels. In die meeste gevalle fokus onderrig, toerusting en opleiding te veel op die “wat” gedoen moet word met onvoldoende klem op die praktiese vraag van “hoe om” dit te doen. Streeks-, netwerk- en departementele komitees wil graag weet watter opleidingsprogramme tans deur plaaslike gemeentes en departemente gebruik word.

Goeie Bestuur: Op ‘n gemeente vlak is die hoofdoel om uitnemendheid in administrasie en volle nakoming van die kerk se Grondwet te sien. Onder leierskap is die doel om meer aanspreeklikheid en sterker kommunikasie van die visie te sien. Dit behoort minder onbeheerbare skuld en meer betroubaarheid mee te bring. Ons wil graag sien dat ons lidmate goeie rentmeesters word van alle hulpbronne wat God toevertrou het in hulle persoonlike sorg (finansies, huwelik en kinders).

Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid: Ons benodig 2-3-modelle wat effektief is om plaaslike gemeenskappe se behoeftes aan te spreek. Armoede & werkloosheid is groot bekommernisse. Ons wil graag sien dat AGS Gemeentes verteenwoordigers van verandering in hulle gemeenskappe word.  Ons wil graag sien dat ons lidmate die sout van die aarde en die lig van die wêreld word (soos beskryf in Mattheus 5:13-14) deur betrokke te raak by hul gemeenskappe se strukture om transformasie moontlik te maak.

Die AGS Welsyn se doel is om AGS Gemeentes te bemagtig en toe te rus met praktiese kennis en programme om sosiale ontwikkelingsaksies te implementeer. Die doel is om ‘n positiewe impak op die lewens van mense in plaaslike gemeenskappe te hê. (Verwys ook na die AFM Welfare se artikel in hierdie brief.)

Ekumeniese Betrokkenheid: Dit is nodig dat ons verhoudings met ander Christeninstellings bou om ons eenheid te demonstreer. Ons doelwit is om te sien dat ons eie pastore forums begin of betrokke raak by bestaande forums in hul gemeenskappe. Ons wil graag sien dat ons gemeentes ekumeniese aktiwiteite initieer of betrokke raak by bestaande initiatiewe, byvoorbeeld gebede vir reën of ‘n openbare demonstrasie van Christelike kerke om sosiale euwels te konfronteer. Op nasionale vlak is die AGS van SA deel van ekumeniese liggame soos die Suid-Afrikaanse Raad van Kerke (met Provinsiale sub-strukture) en die Evangeliese Alliansie van Suid-Afrika.

Die Belangrikheid van Toerekenbaarheid (Accountability)
Toerekenbaarheid word vandag toenemend belangrik. Wanneer ‘n AGS lidmaat of enige lid van die publiek die AGS van SA se “logo” sien, moet hulle saamstem dat dit vir iets staan – ‘n kerk wat passievol is oor die wen van siele vir Jesus, ‘n kerk waar die lidmate aktiewe Koninkrykswerkers is, ‘n kerk wat passievol is oor sy plaaslike gemeenskap en altyd sigbaar is in hul plaaslike gemeenskappe. Ons kan nie bekostig om die naam en “logo” van die AGS te dra wanneer ons nie een honderd persent gewy en verbind is tot hierdie missionale roeping nie.

PASTORALE WELSTAND OPNAME: RESULTATE
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA) – [email protected]
Tradisioneel is “welstand” gebruik om die teenoorgestelde van siekte en die afwesigheid van siekte en gestremdheid te beteken.  Meer onlangs word dit algemeen gebruik om die beste moontlike lewe wat ‘n mens kan leef, ongeag sy/haar mediese toestand, te beskryf. Welstand is nie net verwant aan fisiese gesondheid nie, maar dit sluit geestelike welstand, sosiale welstand, verstandelike welstand en emosionele welstand in.

“Welstand is nie net verwant aan fisiese gesondheid nie, maar dit sluit geestelike welstand, sosiale welstand, verstandelike welstand en emosionele welstand in.”

Pastore se welstand is ook ‘n Bybelse mandaat. In die eerste deel van Handelinge 20:28 word kerkleiers opdrag gegee “om te waak oor hulself“. Tydens vanjaar se NOB Bemagtigingbesoeke het ons ‘n opname oor AGS pastore se welstand gedoen. Die belangrikste resultate is as volg:

  • In terme van die welstand van gemeentes, dui resultate daarop dat hulle meer intern gefokus is. Dieselfde aandag word nie gegee aan ‘n eksterne fokus nie, m.a.w. om die kerk “te wees” buite die mure van die kerkgebou. Tans is daar gebiede wat nie dieselfde aandag as ander ontvang nie, insluitend: (i) samewerking met ander AGS kerke, (ii) samewerking met ander nie-AGS kerke, (iii) hulp aan die plaaslike gemeenskap in terme van spesifieke probleme, (iv) lidmate as siele wenners en voltydse Koningkrykwerkers en (v) opleiding en toerustings geleenthede/kursusse vir lidmate. Al hierdie gebiede ontvang nie die aandag wat dit in ons gemeentes moet ontvang nie.
  • Wanneer dit kom by die funksionering tussen die Pastoor en sy/haar kerkraad (of Governing Body), is daar geen duidelike begrip van rolle nie.
  • Pastore wys huiwering in hul begrip van hoe die bediening hul kinders beïnvloed, asook die maniere waarop ‘n gemeente hierdie kinders kan ondersteun.

Die volledige verslag kan van die AGS webtuiste afgelaai word: http://afm-ags.org/category/media/. Al die bogenoemde onderwerpe sal aangespreek word tydens die 2020 NOB Bemagtigingsbesoeke – hetsy deur ‘n aanbieding of ‘n voorafopgeneemde video. Ons moedig ons pastore aan om by ons aan te sluit tydens hierdie byeenkomste:

Vir meer inligting oor die 2020 NOB Bemagtigingsbesoeke en om die program af te laai, besoek asseblief die volgende skakel: http://afm-ags.org/category/events/.

AGS WELSYN: MET EN DEUR GEMEENTES VIR ‘N HOëR IMPAK OP GEMEENSKAPPE
Ashley Theron 
(Waarnemende Hoof van die Uitvoerende Welsynsraad van die AGS van SA)
[email protected]

Beweeg na Volle Integrasie
Die Uitvoerende Welsynsraad van die AGS van SA (ook bekend as EWC of AGS Welsyn) is die Welsynsdepartement van die kerk – die Apostoliese Geloofsending van Suid-Afrika. Die AGS Welsyn het vir die meeste van die afgelope 81 jaar hoofsaaklik gefokus op die voorsiening van institusionele versorging van kwesbare kinders en ouer persone. Meer onlangs is gemeenskapsontwikkeling as ‘n fokusgebied bygevoeg – waar daar gewerk word met en deur gemeentes om maatskaplike ontwikkelingsaksies tot voordeel van plaaslike gemeenskappe te implementeer.

In die beginjare was die kerk betrokke. Op ‘n stadium in die geskiedenis het die AGS Welsyn stelselmatig begin om weg te beweeg en om nie meer ‘n integrale deel van die kerk te wees nie – tot so ‘n mate dat sommige AGS Gemeentes vandag nie eens bewus is van welsynsprojekte in hul geografiese gebied nie. Ietwat geïsoleerd van die kerk en met finansiële uitdagings is die AGS Welsyn in ‘n kwesbare posisie gelaat. Gelukkig het die NLF (Nasionale Leierskapsforum) ingegryp, en deur die visionêre leierskap van die huidige Uitvoerende Welsynsraad, is ‘n nuwe strategiese plan voorgelê om toekomstige volhoubaarheid te verseker: Die beweging na volle integrasie van die AGS Welsyn met die AGS van SA.

Tans word AGS gemeentes uitgedaag met die praktiese implementering van die “One AFM Game Plan” waarvan gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid een van die drywers is. Daar is ‘n groot sinergie wat gerealiseer kan word deur die volle integrasie van die AGS Welsyn en die kerk. Terwyl AGS gemeentes gefokus is op die implementering van gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid – kan die AGS Welsyn gemeentes toerus en bemagtig met praktiese kennis en programme. Spesifiek om sosiale ontwikkelingsaksies binne hul plaaslike gemeenskappe te implementeer. Die AGS Welsyn werk dan saam met en deur gemeentes om gemeenskappe te bereik, gemeentes by te staan en om dienspunte, en latere dienssentrums, in die gemeenskap te word.

“Daar is ‘n groot sinergie wat gerealiseer kan word deur die volle integrasie van die AGS Welsyn en die kerk.”

Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid Vraelys
Die AGS Welsyn het onlangs ‘n vraelys begin sirkuleer om te bepaal watter tipe maatskaplike ontwikkelingsdienste of projekte tans deur die onderskeie gemeentes gelewer of beplan word. Ons moedig dus elke gemeente aan om die vraelys te voltooi en dit terug te stuur aan ons. Die vraelys kan by die volgende skakel afgelaai word: http://afm-ags.org/leading-the-afm/one-afm-game-plan/. Ons beplan ook ‘n opvolgvraelys om die impak van die kerk te meet om sosiale uitdagings aan te spreek.

Hoofkategorieë van Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid
Die AGS Welsyn sien sosiale ontwikkeling in die breedste sin en kan gemeentes bemagtig en toerus om gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid deur die volgende strategieë te implementeer:

Strategie 1: Kinderbeskerming en Gesinsversterking 
Familie-ondersteuning
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Ouerskapvaardighede Opleiding, Slagoffer Bemagtiging Sentrums, Ondersteunings Groepe vir Ouers en Huwelik Verrykingsprogramme.
Dienste of ondersteuning aan kwesbare kinders
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Bewustheid van die belangrikheid van kinderbeskerming en kinderveiligheid, skuilings vir kinders wat op die strate woon, kinder- en jeug versorgingsentrums, Pleeghuise en “Drop in” sentrums.

Strategie 2: Versorging en Beskerming van Ouer Persone en Persone met Gestremdhede 
Sorg en beskermingsdienste aan Ouer Persone
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Tuisgebaseerde sorg, Ouetehuise of Dienssentrums.
Sorg en beskermingsdienste aan Persone met Gestremdhede
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Tuisgebaseerde sorg, Residensiële Sorggeriewe of Dagsorgsentrums.

Strategie 3: Socio-Gesondheidsdienste 
Dienste aan persone wat geraak word of besmet is met Vigs
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Voorkoming/verhoging van bewustheid of ondersteuning van pasiënte deur langtermyn-versorgingsprogramme.
Dienste of projekte wat met middel-/dwelmmisbruik verband hou
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Ondersteuningsgroepe, Skool Uitreikingsprogramme en Rehabilitasie of Buite-pasiëntdienste (Dagbehandelingsprogram).

Strategie 4: Sosio-Onderwys Dienste 
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Skole, Early Childhood Development (ECD), Geletterdheidsprojekte, na-skool sentrums.

Strategie 5: Sosio-Ekonomiese Dienste 
Armoedeverligting-dienste
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Sopkombuise, Sosiale Verligting, Kospakkies, Klereverspreiding, Kleinskaalse boerdery.
Dienste wat verband hou met werkskepping of indiensneming voorbereiding
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Slyping van vaardighede, hulp met “Curriculum Vitae” of voorbereiding vir werksonderhoude.
Bemagtigingsprogramme om ongelykheid aan te spreek
Voorbeelde van dienste/projekte: Vrouebemagtiging, Jeugontwikkeling.

Ons sien uit daarna om met pastore, kerkrade en ander leiers in die kerk te gesels tydens die 2020 NOB Bemagtigingbesoeke. Ek wil jou aanmoedig om by ons aan te sluit vir die Welsynssessie wat geskeduleer is vir die Saterdag middag 14:00-16:00. Tydens hierdie sessie sal ons meer op verskillende strategieë uitbrei waardeur gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid geïmplementeer kan word en hoe die AGS Welsyn in hierdie verband gemeentes kan bystaan.

PAST. FRANK CHIKANE: SELDSAME LEIERSKAP IN AFRIKA
Met erkenning aan die AGS Internasionale Facebook bladsy:    
https://www.facebook.com/AFMIntl/

“In a time in Africa where many leaders want to continue to hold on to power long after their strength is gone, we want to honour our former AFM International President who decided to step down when he still had the strength to go on. Pastor Frank Chikane announced during the August 2019 AFM International Conference held in Nairobi (Kenya) that he was not going to stand again for election after being at the helm of AFMI for 23 years.

In his Presidential report he stated that he wanted to retire in 2016 but the AFM International prevailed on him to give them another three years. “I do not want to cause people to think that no one else can lead the church besides me. I also don’t want a scenario where the church crumbles because of my overstaying on the leadership position,” he said. Past. Chikane has led AFM International as a servant leader who sacrificed a lot of himself and his family for the sake of the church.

He had a powerful vision for AFM. It was under his leadership that AFM grew worldwide. Today we have the AFM’s presence in more than 35 countries of the world and in all continents. It was him who pushed that the church must be visible online in the different platforms and for the establishment of the AFM International Business Forum which is intended to link AFM businesses across the globe. It is worth noting that he has not only retired as President of the AFM International, but he has also retired as Presiding Pastor of the AFM of SA Naledi Assembly (Soweto) in South Africa.

We also know that he had worked for the South African Government as the Director General in the Office of the Presidency for many years and that he took retirement after he felt that he had played his part. This is a good example to follow for all leaders whose time to retire has come.

May God Bless Rev. Chikane, his spouse Mme Chikane and their Children.” 

SLOT

Ons is byna aan die einde van 2019. Van die onvergeetlike gebeure in 2019 sluit in: die SA Nasionale verkiesings en die Springbok-rugbyspan wat die Wêreldkampioene word vir die derde keer sedert die begin van die demokrasie in SA. Ons sal onsself ook herinner aan die herlewing van die geslagsgebaseerde geweld, xenofobiese aanvalle, beurtkrag en die verhoging van die werkloosheidskoers in die land.  As ons besin oor hierdie oomblikke en baie ander uitdagings, laat ons nie ophou hoop nie. Mag die God van hoop julle vul met alle blydskap en vrede soos julle op Hom vertrou, sodat julle met hoop kan oorloop deur die krag van die Heilige Gees (Romeine 5:13). Laat my toe om jou ‘n vreedsame en Geseënde Kersfees toe te wens. Mag 2020 jou ywer en passie vernuwe om voort te gaan om met opregtheid ons Verlosser en Here te dien, Jesus Christus.

“Mag 2020 jou ywer en passie vernuwe om voort te gaan om met opregtheid ons Verlosser en Here te dien, Jesus Christus.”

Seën! Past. M.G. Mahlobo

Pastoral Letter: 3rd Quarter 2019

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings in the lovely and precious Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This week marked the 2019 AFM National Conference. The conference took place on 15 – 18 September at the Lighthouse Ministries in Parow (Cape Town). The conference theme was  “Rooted in Christ” –  based on Colossians 2:6-7. In this Pastoral Letter we reflect on some of the core messages that was shared during the conference. I trust that it will bless you and encourage you!

ROOTED IN CHRIST: ESTABLISHED IN OUR FAITH 
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA) – [email protected]

The ancient town of Colossae was in proximity of the ancient town of Laodicea and not far from Ephesus. Paul had not visited Colossae at the time of the writing of this letter. It must have started because of his ministry in Ephesus which spanned for almost two years. While Paul was in house arrest in Rome and awaiting trial, Epaphras visited him. Epaphras informed Paul about the spiritual condition among the Colossian Christians, who were strong in their faith at one time, but had now become vulnerable to false teachings (2:4, 8, 16, 18, 21–23). He wrote this letter (Colossians) to refute these heresies. Some of the features of the heresy in Colossae had to do with the supremacy of Christ, sufficiency of our redemption in Christ and supplementary things to salvation.

Supremacy Of Christ

There was a false teaching which denied that God’s fullness dwells in Christ. It sought to lower the divinity aspect of Jesus Christ. It was a blend of Christianity, Greek Philosophy and Zoroastrianism elements. Among its teachings it taught that the created world is evil, and all matter is corrupt. It then concluded that Jesus’ body was corrupt. Paul is responding to this teaching in Colossians 1:15-17: “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (NIV) and in Colossians 2:9 “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (NIV).

Sufficiency Of Our Redemption In Christ

The Colossian heresy taught that salvation is achieved through secret knowledge (gnosis) by which individuals come to know themselves, their origin and destiny. Paul’s response is in Colossians 2:10 where he states: “…and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority” (NIV).

Supplements To Our Salvation

The false teachers wanted to substitute salvation through Jesus with various ascetic abstinences, Jewish rituals, worship of angels, dreams and visions (See Colossians 2:8-12 & 16-18). Paul’s message to them and to us is: “As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith as you have been taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

“It is when we are matured that we would be able to stand against false teachings and hard times…”

The metaphor of roots and building structures as references to the Colossian saints should remind us about the importance of being anchored in Christ. Receiving Christ and baptisms should be followed by growing into the full image of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is when we are matured that we would be able to stand against false teachings and hard times – in the same way we are currently facing various challenges. Some of these are materialism, secular humanism and formalism.

Materialism

Material things, like money are important as a means to an end. There is a tendency among us which rate material possessions and physical comfort to be more important than our spiritual values. I am not against buying material things for purpose of utility. My problem is when it replaces prayer, humility, serving other people and honouring God with the possessions God has granted you. Life is more important than material wealth. The Lord Jesus warns us in Luke 12:15 and says: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions” (NIV). Our life must reflect Christ. We must always bear in mind that real deliverance comes from righteousness and not from the riches we have (Proverbs 11:4).

“Our life must reflect Christ.”

Secular Humanism

This phrase has been used since the 1930s by Anglican priests. It is a progressive philosophy of life that affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfilment aspiring to the greater good of humanity, without God or other supernatural beliefs. In other words, it is a comprehensive, non-religious life stance. Up to date I know of four Manifestos that have been produced in this regard. They are Humanist Manifesto i (1933), Manifesto ii (1973), Manifesto iii (2003) and Manifesto iv (2017). In their Manifesto ii they stated that: “…faith in the prayer-hearing God assumed to live and care for persons, to hear and understand prayers, and to be able to do something about them, is unproved and outmoded faith.” The Secular Humanism stance regarding religion can be summed up as: “No God will save us; we must save ourselves.”

“We are a Bible-based Church, our ministry is Christ-centred and Holy Spirit driven.”

Formalism

We are a church on a mission to fulfil the Great Commission (Matthew 20:18-20). We must always remember our ‘roots’. We are a Bible-based Church, our ministry is Christ-centred and Holy Spirit driven. Our members must receive Jesus as Saviour and Lord. They must be baptized in water and in the power of the Holy Spirit. They must uphold the Biblical values of integrity, accountability, constructive relationships and excellence. Above all we must always remember that we are missionaries bearing the Good News of Jesus Christ. We must guard against formalism. Formalism is when the working of the Holy Spirit is replaced with human programs that have nothing to do with the extension of the Kingdom of God. We are formal when we begin to emphasize the building of swimming pools in the churches at the expense of baptismal fonts. Paul gave a warning in 2 Timothy 3:2-5 when he said: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them” (NIV).

“We need to deepen our roots.”

It is my prayer that we will not only receive Christ, but that we would walk with Him, rooted and built up in Him, established in our faith and abounding with thanksgiving. We need to deepen our roots through prayer and guidance from those who are leading exemplary Christian lives. We need to be built up in Christ through the Word (Bible) and fellowship with our Brothers and Sisters.

ROOTED IN CHRIST: SERVING OTHERS
Dr. H.J. Weideman – General Secretary – [email protected]

I have planted an apricot tree in my garden two years ago and was delighted to see blossoms on it during August this year. In the beginning of September I saw several small apricots forming – now I am sure that it is indeed an apricot tree! I recognized the fruit. Have you ever walked amongst fruit trees and you were unsure if it was a Peach or an Apricot tree, an Apple or a Pear tree, an Orange or a Lemon tree? Matthew 7:20 tells us that we will know a tree by its fruit. When you see the fruit and identify it, you will know what type of tree it is. Did you know that the fruit of a tree tells you a lot about the roots of that tree? Especially if it is a fruit tree.

The fruit producing areas in South Africa has many big orchards full of fruit trees that have all been grafted onto specific rootstock (understock). Grafting involves physically joining part of a twig or shoot of a certain cultivar or type of fruit, onto the roots of a different but closely related species, so that the two parts grow together as one plant. The process of joining the two varieties must ensure maximum contact between the layer just below the bark (the cambium) of each of the two pieces -the rootstock and the little twig, called the scion grafted onto it, so that they grow together successfully.

The rootstock makes a big difference in the life of a fruit tree: It determines the quality and strength of the root system of the newly formed tree. The understock or rootstock is usually chosen because it has strong roots, causing the tree to absorb nutrients and water better. It enables the tree to resist drought, root rot and different soil pests (like soil viruses, cutworms and bacterial infections). It also goes a long way to anchor the tree so that it will be able to stand firm during a storm. The rootstock, providing the root system of the tree has an influence on the number of blossoms the tree will produce. It determines the quantity and quality, as well as the size, shape and even the taste of the fruit. Studies have shown that most tree roots occupy an area two to four times the diameter of the crown of the tree. Which means that in most trees if the root spread is small, the tree will be even smaller…. (there are exceptions of course).

To be rooted in Christ means that we would be growing differently. We would be anchored against the storms and pests of life. We will bear fruit of a particular shape, size and taste if we are rooted firmly and deeply in Jesus. If our roots in Christ are small and shallow, the trees that our lives represent most probably will be feeble and small as well. In John 15 Jesus talks about the importance of pruning the branches a tree, so that it will produce more fruit. However, He also emphasizes the importance of the roots and says that a branch cannot produce fruit if it is not connected to the vine (the main trunk), which in turn is connected to the roots, to bring the food and water that the branches need to produce fruit.

Psalm 1, as well as Jeremiah, Jesus and Paul compared us to trees. Jeremiah 17:7 (NLT) says: “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit.”

“We become rooted in Christ by loving God our father with everything in us, just like Jesus did.”

Jesus said in John 15:4b (NLT): “You cannot remain fruitful unless you remain in Me.” He is the Vine and He must be our rootstock. We should become more and more rooted in Him. We become rooted in Christ by loving God our father with everything in us, just like Jesus did. The more we grow in loving God, the more we will be rooted in Christ, because Jesus and His Father are One. We become more rooted in Christ as we share Him with everyone around us. It is like the root system of a tree that is on a constant mission to spread out and reach further and deeper. The further the roots spread, the bigger the diameter of the tree’s crown become. The more we are rooted in Him, the more fruit we will bear. The fruit of the Spirit which is also the fruit of the likeness and character of Jesus.

We learn more about one of these fruits in John 13 where Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. In verse 12-17 (NLT) we read: “After washing their feet, He put on his robe again and sat down and asked: Do you understand what I was doing?  You call me Teacher and Lord and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since, I your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.”

The principle that Jesus teaches His disciples and us as His followers is not so much about washing feet. He is not saying go every Sunday, even in the 21st century, take off the shoes of your fellow believers in church and wash their feet. He is teaching His followers the principle of serving others. To be rooted in Christ is to serve others just like He served: He, our Lord and Teacher took off His robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, pour water into a basin and did what was normally done by a servant at the time: He washed the feet of His disciples. He sets the example of a leader not sitting on a big armchair with a high back, but kneeling down to serve those who followed Him.

“He is teaching His followers the principle of serving others.”

We are messengers of the Good news of God’s Grace and Forgiveness. We are not more important that the One who sends the message. We are not greater than our Master. We should never forget that we are send on a mission to fulfil a particular task – that of making Jesus known to all nations. We are messengers. We are missionaries. God is the one who sends us. To Hím alone belongs the glory and the honour! We should never think that we have arrived or that we should be served. That people should pull out chairs and open doors for us. We should rather say like John in John 3:30 (NLT) “He (Jesus) must become greater and greater and I must become less and less.”

Even if we think of ourselves as great and strong leaders, we are reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 20:25-28 (NLT): “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be (or should be) different. Whoever wants to be a leader amongst you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came, not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

“The example of Jesus compels us as His followers to serve others…”

The example of Jesus compels us as His followers to serve others: To greet the people that no one sees, to endeavour to understand and acknowledge the viewpoint and experiences of people living in other circumstances and cultures than our own. How do we do that? By caring, by reaching out, by seeing and acknowledging the humanity of another person, by smiling and greeting, by touching, by showing respect, by talking to others. By telling and listening to the life stories of people. By doing life together. For as much as you do these things to the smallest of people, even to children, you have done it to Me, Jesus said.

ROOTED IN CHRIST: CARING FOR & PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES
Past. Barend Petersen (General Secretary  & Chairperson of the Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA) [email protected]

Loving and serving others is not just a calling, it is an instruction from God and it is meant for everyone. The heart of God is reflected in the Words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 25:34-36: Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.“

“Loving and serving others is not just a calling, it is an instruction from God and it is meant for everyone.”

Some of the most significant socio-economic challenges in South Africa are poverty, high unemployment and low income, crime, family breakdown and poor standards of education. This is our missional context in which we must demonstrate our caring spirit and commit to actions that will make a difference in the lives of people. The Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA, is the ministry through which the AFM has and will continue to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people, especially children, women and older persons. Through the CHURCH, a caring community can bring change in the lives of many people that are suffering. Such Community Involvement or Developmental Action can “heal” the hurt, “meet” the need and bring sustainable living to many.

Community Involvement is one of the drivers of the One AFM Game Plan. Every AFM Assembly can and must be involved with developmental actions that will bring change to the people; fulfilling the original missional calling of our church. The AFM Welfare Department has the tools and programmes to support your Assembly with understanding, planning and implementing social development actions and projects. We assist Pastors and Assemblies to identify the most important social problems in their communities and equip them to be part of the solution.

“Community Involvement is one of the drivers of the One AFM Game Plan.”

uManelisi is the programme that empowers Assemblies to respond to these challenges. We work with and through Assemblies to deliver the following services:

Community-Based Services – supporting vulnerable children, families, women, older persons and persons with disabilities.
Socio-Health Services – raising awareness through education and training, supporting persons suffering from chronic illnesses like AIDS and TB as well as those addicted to drugs and other substances.
Socio-Educational Services – support Assemblies that are running Early Childhood Development programmes, literacy programmes, schools as well as raising awareness in public schools.
Socio-Economic Projects – aimed at supporting government’s priorities addressing poverty, unemployment and inequality through projects that focuses on food security, social relief, job creation, skills development, women empowerment and youth development.


The church is ideally positioned to bring change in the lives of people across South Africa. Every AFM Assembly can and must become involved with developmental actions that will bring change to the people in your community. For clear guidance on how to practically implement Community Involvement, as a driver of the One AFM Game Plan, contact our acting CEO Ashley Theron:
Landline: Call Lizelle de Bruyn or Rebeca Kola on 012 753 7940/1
E-mail: [email protected]

CONCLUSION

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness”
Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV).

Pastorale Brief: 3de Kwartaal 2019

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Liewe Broers en Susters,

Groete in die lieflike en kosbare Naam van ons Here en Verlosser Jesus Christus. Hierdie week val die kollig op die 2019 AGS Nasionale Konferensie. Die konferensie het op 15-18 September by die Lighthouse Ministries in Parow (Kaapstad) plaasgevind. Die konferensie tema was gebaseer op Kolossense 2:6-7 “Gewortel in CHRISTUS”. In hierdie Pastorale Brief besin ons oor enkele kernboodskappe wat tydens die konferensie gedeel is.  Ek vertrou dat dit jou sal seën en bemoedig!

GEWORTEL IN CHRISTUS: GEVESTIG IN ONS GELOOF 
Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President van die AGS van SA) – [email protected]

Die antieke stad Kolosse was in die omgewing van die antieke stad Laodisea en nie ver van Efese nie. Paul het ten tyde van die skryf van hierdie brief nog nie Kolosse besoek nie. Dit het waarskynlik begin vanweë sy bediening in Efese, wat byna oor twee jaar strek. Terwyl Paulus in huisarres en verhoorafwagtend in Rome was, het Epafras hom besoek. Epafras het Paulus ingelig oor die geestelike toestand van die Christene in Kolosse wat eens sterk in hul geloof was, maar nou kwesbaar geword het vir valse leringe (2:4, 8, 16, 18, 21-23). Hy het hierdie brief (Kolossense) geskryf om hierdie valse leringe te weerlê. Sommige van die kenmerke van die kettery (of “heresy”) in Kolosse het te make gehad met die oppergesag van Christus, genoegsaamheid van ons verlossing in Christus en aanvullende dinge tot verlossing.

Oppergesag van Christus

Daar was ‘n valse lering wat ontken dat God se volheid in Christus woon. Dit het probeer om die goddelike aspek van Jesus Christus te verlaag. Dit was ‘n mengsel van Christendom, Griekse filosofie en Zoroastrianisme. Dit het onder andere geleer dat die geskape wêreld boos is en dat alle materie korrup is. Dit het gelei tot die gevolgtrekking dat Jesus se liggaam korrup was. Paulus reageer op hierdie lering in Kolossense 1: 15-17: “Die Seun is die sigbare uitbeelding van die onsigbare God. Hy is die Eerste van die hele skepping, omdat God alles deur Hom geskep het. Ja, alles in die hemel en op die aarde – die dinge wat gesien kan word en die dinge wat nie gesien kan word nie, of dit nou konings of heersers, regeerders of magshebbers is – álle dinge is deur Hom en vir Hom geskep. Hý was daar vóór alles, en in Hom word alles saamgebind.” (NLV) en in Kolossense 2:9: “Die volheid van God is mos liggaamlik in Christus teen­woor­dig.” (NLV)

Genoegsaamheid van ons Verlossing in Christus

Volgens die Kolossiese kettery (of “heresy”) word die verlossing bewerkstellig deur geheime kennis (gnose) waardeur individue hulself, hul oorsprong en bestemming leer ken. Paulus se reaksie is in Kolossense 2:10 waar hy sê: “…En omdat julle één is met Christus deel julle in sy volheid – Hy wat die hoof is van elke heerskappy en gesag.” (NLV)

Aanvullings tot ons Redding

Die valse leraars wou die verlossing deur Jesus vervang met verskillende asketiese onthoudinge, Joodse rituele, aanbidding van engele, drome en visioene (sien Kolossense 2: 8-12 & 16-18). Die boodskap van Paulus aan hulle en aan ons is: “Terwyl julle Christus Jesus, die Here, ontvang het, wandel in Hom, gewortel en opgebou in Hom en gevestig in die geloof soos julle geleer is, in oorvloed met danksegging.”

“Dit is wanneer ons geestelik volwasse word dat ons in staat sal wees om vals leringe en moeilike tye teë te staan…”

Die metafoor van wortels en die bou van strukture as verwysings na die Kolossiese heiliges, moet ons herinner aan die belangrikheid daarvan om in Christus geanker te wees. Die ontvangs van Christus en die doop moet gevolg word deur te groei tot die volle beeld van ons Here en Verlosser Jesus Christus. Dit is wanneer ons geestelik volwasse word dat ons in staat sal wees om vals leringe en moeilike tye teë te staan ​​- op dieselfde manier staan ons tans voor verskillende uitdagings. Sommige hiervan is materialisme, sekulêre humanisme en formalisme.

Materialisme

Materiële dinge, soos geld, is belangrik as ‘n instrument om ‘n doel te bereik. Daar is ‘n neiging onder ons om materiële besittings en liggaamlike gemak belangriker te ag as ons geestelike waardes. Ek is nie daarteen om materiële dinge te koop met die oog op nut nie. My probleem is as dit gebed, nederigheid, om ander mense te dien en God te vereer (met die besittings wat God jou gegee het) vervang. Die lewe is belangriker as materiële rykdom. Die Here Jesus waarsku ons in Lukas 12:15 en sê: “Pas op! Moenie gierig wees nie. Ware lewe word nie gemeet aan hoeveel ons besit nie.” (NLV) Ons lewe moet Christus weerspieël. Ons moet altyd in gedagte hou dat ware bevryding kom uit geregtigheid en nie uit die rykdom wat ons het nie (Spreuke 11:4).

“Ons lewe moet Christus weerspieël.”

Sekulêre Humanisme

Hierdie frase word sedert die dertigerjare deur Anglikaanse priesters gebruik. Dit is ‘n progressiewe lewensfilosofie wat ons vermoë en verantwoordelikheid aanmoedig om etiese lewens van persoonlike vervulling te lei – wat streef na die groter welvaart van die mensdom, sonder God of ander bonatuurlike oortuigings. Met ander woorde, dit is ‘n omvattende nie-godsdienstige, lewenshouding. Tot op datum weet ek van vier manifeste wat in hierdie verband geproduseer is. Hulle is Humanist Manifesto i (1933), Manifesto ii (1973), Manifesto iii (2003) en Manifesto iv (2017). In hul Manifesto ii het hul gesê dat: “… geloof in ‘n gebedsverhorende God wat aanneem dat God leef en omgee vir persone, gebede hoor, verstaan ​​en in staat is om iets daaraan te doen, ‘n onbewese en verouderde geloof is. Die standpunt van die sekulêre humanisme rakende godsdiens kan opgesom word as volg: “Geen God sal ons red nie; ons moet onsself red.”

Formalisme

Ons is ‘n kerk met ‘n missie om die Groot Opdrag uit te voer (Matteus 20: 18-20). Ons moet altyd ons ‘wortels’ onthou. Ons is ‘n Bybel-gebaseerde kerk, ons bediening is Christus-gesentreerd en Heilige Gees gedrewe. Ons lidmate moet Jesus as Verlosser en Here ontvang. Hulle moet in water en in die krag van die Heilige Gees gedoop word. Hulle moet die Bybelse waardes van integriteit, aanspreeklikheid, konstruktiewe verhoudings en uitnemendheid handhaaf. Bo alles moet ons altyd onthou dat ons sendelinge is wat die Goeie Nuus van Jesus Christus dra. Ons moet waak teen formalisme.

“Ons is ‘n Bybel-gebaseerde kerk, ons bediening is Christus-gesentreerd en Heilige Gees gedrewe.”

Formalisme is wanneer die werking van die Heilige Gees vervang word met menslike programme wat niks met die uitbreiding van die Koninkryk van God te doen het nie. Ons is formeel wanneer ons die bou van swembaddens in die kerke begin beklemtoon ten koste van die doopfonte. Paul het ‘n waarskuwing gegee in 2 Timoteus 3: 1-5 toe hy sê: “Jy moet ook dít weet, Timoteus, dat daar gedurende die laaste dae moeilike tye sal kom. Want mense sal net hulleself en hulle geld liefhê. Hulle sal grootpraterig en arrogant wees, met God spot, ongehoorsaam aan hulle ouers en ondankbaar wees. Hulle sal niks as heilig beskou nie. Hulle sal liefdeloos en onvergewensgesind wees; hulle sal ander mense belaster en geen selfbeheersing hê nie; hulle sal wreed wees en geen belangstelling hê in wat goed is nie. Hulle sal hulle vriende verraai, roekeloos wees, hooghartig, en hulle sal plesier liewer hê as vir God. Hulle sal optree asof hulle godsdienstig is, maar dit ontken wat aan die Christelike godsdiens sy krag gee. Jy moet wegbly van sulke mense af. ”(NLV)

“…gevestig in ons geloof…”

Dit is my gebed dat ons nie net Christus sal ontvang nie, maar dat ons saam met Hom sal wandel, gewortel en opgebou in Hom, gevestig in ons geloof en oorvloedig met danksegging. Ons moet ons wortels verdiep deur gebed en leiding van diegene wat gewortelde Christelike lewens lei. Ons moet opgebou word in Christus deur die Woord (Bybel) en verhoudinge met ons broers en susters.

GEWORTEL IN CHRISTUS: DIENSBAAR AAN ANDER
Dr. H.J. Weideman – (Algemene Sekretaris) – [email protected]

Ek het 2 jaar gelede ‘n appelkoosboom in my tuin geplant en was verheug om Augustus vanjaar bloeisels daarop te sien. Begin September het ek verskillende klein appelkose sien vorm – nou is ek seker dat dit inderdaad ‘n appelkoosboom is! Ek het die vrugte herken. Het jy al ooit tussen vrugtebome gewandel en was jy onseker of dit ‘n perske- of ‘n appelkoosboom, ‘n appel- of ‘n peerboom, ‘n lemoen- of ‘n suurlemoenboom was? Matteus 7:20 vertel dat ons ‘n boom aan sy vrugte sal herken. Het jy geweet dat die vrug van ‘n boom jou baie vertel van die wortels van die boom? Veral as dit ‘n vrugteboom is.

Die areas in Suid-Afrika wat vrugte produseer, het groot boorde vol vrugtebome wat op ‘n bepaalde wortelstok (of onderstok) geënt is. Om ‘n boom in te ent, behels dat ‘n jong loot of takkie van ‘n bepaalde kultivar of tipe vrug, fisies op die wortelstok van ‘n ander, maar soortgelyke spesie ingeplant word, sodat die twee dele saam kan groei tot een plant. Die proses van samevoeging van die twee verskillende variteite, moet verseker dat daar maksimum kontak tussen die laag net onder die bas (die kambium) van die twee dele – die wortelstok en die klein takkie, genoem die “bo-stok” is, sodat hulle suksesvol kan saamgroei.

Die wortelstok, of onderstok maak ‘n groot verskil in die lewe van ‘n vrugteboom: Dit bepaal die kwaliteit en krag van die nuut gevormde boom se wortelstelsel. Die onderstok word spesifiek gekies omdat dit sterk wortels het. Wortels wat die boom instaatstel om voedingstowwe op ‘n meer effektiewe manier te absorbeer.  Dit stel die boom instaat om droogtes beter te kan hanteer, asook om weerstand te kan bied teen wortelverotting en verskeie peste soos grondvirusse, snywurms en bakteriële infeksies. Dit maak ook ‘n groot bydrae om die boom te anker, sodat dit kan vas bly staan in tye van storms. Die wortelstok wat ‘n wortelstelsel aan die boom voorsien, het ook ‘n groot invloed op die hoeveelheid bloeisels wat die boom voortbring. Dit bepaal die kwaliteit en kwantiteit, sowel as die grootte, vorm en selfs die smaak van die vrugte wat die boom produseer.  Wetenskaplike studies wys dat die wortels van die meeste bome ‘n area beslaan wat twee tot vier keer so groot is as die deursnee van die boom se kroon. Dit beteken dat vir die meeste bome, as die wortelverspreiding klein is, die boom selfs nog kleiner sal wees. (Daar is natuurlik uitsonderings).

Om gewortel te wees in Jesus Christus, beteken dat ons anders sal groei. Ons sal geanker wees teen die storms en peste van die lewe. Ons sal vrugte dra van ‘n bepaalde vorm, grootte en smaak as ons vas en diep in Jesus gewortel is. As ons wortels in Jesus Christus egter klein en vlak is, sal die bome wat ons lewens verteenwoordig waarskynlik ook swak en klein wees. In Johannes 15 praat Jesus oor die belangrikheid daarvan dat die takke van ‘n boom gesnoei word, sodat dit beter vrug kan dra. Hy beklemtoon egter ook die belangrikheid van die wortels van ‘n boom, en sê dat ‘n tak geen vrugte kan produseer as dit nie verbonde is aan die hoofstam nie. Die hoofstam is op sy beurt verbind aan die wortelstelsel, wat die voeding en water voorsien wat benodig word om vrugte te produseer.

Psalm 1, sowel as Jeremia, Jesus en Paulus vergelyk ons met bome: Jeremia 17:7-8 (NLV) sê: “Gelukkig is die mense wat op die Here vertrou en hulle verwagting in Hom stel. Hulle is soos bome wat langs ‘n rivier staan. Hulle wortels reik diep tot by die water. Hitte bedreig hulle nie en hulle blare bly groen.  Lang maande van droogte pla hulle ook nie. Hulle hou nie op om vrugte te dra nie.”

“Ons word dieper gewortel in Christus deur ons toenemende liefde vir God die Vader. Deur Hom lief te hê soos wat Jesus Sy Vader liefhet.”

Jesus sê in Johannes 15:4b (NLV): “’n Loot kan nie uit sy eie vrugte dra as dit nie aan die druiwestok verbind bly nie, en so julle ook nie as julle nie aan My verbonde bly nie.” Hy is die wynstok, die hoofstam. Hy moet ons wortelstok wees. Ons moet al meer en meer in Hom gewortel raak. Ons word dieper gewortel in Christus deur ons toenemende liefde vir God die Vader. Deur Hom lief te hê soos wat Jesus Sy Vader liefhet. Hoe meer ons groei in liefde vir die Vader, hoe dieper sal ons gewortel wees in Jesus, want Hy en Sy Vader is Een. Ons word dieper gewortel in Christus as ons Hom deel met almal om ons. Dit is soos die wortelstelsel van ‘n boom wat op ‘n missie is om wyer en dieper te versprei. En, soos wat ons hierbo gelees het: Hoe verder en groter die wortelstelsel van ‘n boom versprei, hoe groter word die deursnee van daardie boom se kroon. Hoe meer ons gewortel is in Jesus, hoe meer vrug sal ons dra. Die vrug van die Heilige Gees, wat ook die vrug is van die karakter en aard van Jesus.

Ons leer meer oor een van hierdie vrugte in Johannes 13 waar Jesus Sy dissipels se voete was. In verse 12-17(NLV) lees ons die volgende: “Nadat Jesus hulle voete klaar gewas het, het Hy sy bo-klere aangetrek en weer aangelê by die ete. Hy sê toe vir hulle: Verstaan julle wat Ek vir julle gedoen het? Julle noem my Leermeester en Here, en tereg so, want Ek is dit. As Ek dan, wat julle Here en Leermeester is, julle voete gewas het, moet julle ook mekaar se voete was. Ek het vir julle ‘n voorbeeld gestel, en soos Ek vir julle gedoen het, moet julle ook doen. Hoe waar is dit tog nie: ‘n Slaaf is nie belangriker as sy eienaar nie en ‘n gestuurde ook nie belangriker as die een wat hom gestuur het nie. As julle hierdie dinge insien en julle eie maak, sal julle geseënd wees as julle dit ook doen.“

“Hy leer sy volgelinge die beginsel om ander te dien.” 

Die beginsel wat Jesus sy dissipels en ons as sy volgelinge leer, is nie soseer om voete te was nie. Hy sê nie jy moet elke Sondag, selfs in die 21ste eeu, die skoene van jou medegelowiges in die kerk uittrek en hul voete was nie. Hy leer sy volgelinge die beginsel om ander te dien. Om in Christus gewortel te wees is om ander te dien net soos Hy gedien het: Hy, ons Heer en Leermeester, het Sy kleed afgehaal, ‘n handdoek om Sy middel toegedraai, water in ‘n wasbak gegooi en gedoen wat gewoonlik destyds deur ‘n dienskneg gedoen is: Hy het die voete van sy dissipels gewas. Hy stel ‘n voorbeeld van ‘n leier wat nie op ‘n groot leuenstoel met ‘n hoë rugleuning sit nie, maar wat neerkniel en Sy volgelinge dien.

Ons is boodskappers van die Goeie nuus van God se genade en vergifnis. Ons is nie belangriker as die Een wat die boodskap stuur nie. Ons is nie groter as ons Meester nie. Ons mag nooit vergeet dat ons op ‘n missie gestuur is om ‘n spesifieke taak te verrig nie – om Jesus aan alle nasies bekend te maak. Ons is boodskappers. Ons is sendelinge. God is die een wat ons stuur. Aan Hom alleen behoort die glorie en die eer! Ons moet nooit dink dat ons allerbelangrik is en bedien moet word nie – dat mense stoele vir ons moet uittrek en deure vir ons moet oopmaak nie. Ons moet eerder sê soos Johannes in Johannes 3:30 (NLV): “Hy (Jesus) moet in belangrikheid toeneem en ek moet afneem.”

Al dink ons ​​aan onsself as groot en sterk leiers, word ons aan die woorde van Jesus in Matteus 20: 25-28 (NLV) herinner: “Jesus roep hulle toe bymekaar en sê: “Julle weet in hierdie wêreld tiranniseer die maghebbers die nasies, en die magtiges domineer hulle. Maar onder julle moet dit heeltemal anders wees. Wie onder julle ’n leier wil wees, behoort julle dienskneg te wees. En wie die eerste onder julle wil wees, moet julle slaaf wees. Net so het Ek, die Seun van die Mens, nie gekom om gedien te word nie, maar om diens te lewer en boonop my lewe te gee as ’n losprys vir baie mense. “

“Die voorbeeld van Jesus dwing ons as Sy volgelinge om ander te dien…”

Die voorbeeld van Jesus dwing ons as Sy volgelinge om ander te dien: Om die mense te groet wat niemand raaksien nie, om daarna te streef om die standpunt en belewenis van mense wat in ander kulture en omstandighede as jyself leef, te verstaan en te erken. Hoe doen ons dit? Deur om te gee, deur uit te reik, deur ander mense raak te sien en hulle menswaardigheid te erken, deur te glimlag, te groet, en aan te raak, deur respek te betoon, deur met ander te gesels, deur jou eie storie te vertel en te luister na die lewensstorie van die mense om jou. Deur die lewe saam te leef. Vir soveel as wat julle hierdie dinge aan die geringste van mense, selfs aan kinders doen, het julle dit aan My gedoen, het Jesus gesê.

GEWORTEL IN CHRISTUS: DIE SORG & BESKERMING VAN ONS GEMEENSKAPPE
Past. Barend Petersen (Algemene Sekretaris &Voorsitter van die Uitvoerende Welsyn Raad van die AGS van SA) [email protected]

Om ander lief te hê en te dien is nie net ‘n roeping nie, dit is ‘n opdrag van God en is bedoel vir almal. Die hart van God word weerspieël in die Woorde van Jesus Christus in Matteus 25: 34-36: Dan sal die Koning vir dié aan sy regterkant sê: ‘Kom, julle wat deur my Vader geseën is! Die koninkryk is van die skepping van die wêreld af vir julle voorberei. Neem dit as erfenis in besit, want Ek was honger, en julle het My iets gegee om te eet; Ek was dors, en julle het My iets gegee om te drink; Ek was ‘n vreemdeling, en julle het My gehuisves;  Ek was sonder klere, en julle het vir My klere gegee; siek, en julle het My verpleeg; in die tronk, en julle het My besoek.”

“Om ander lief te hê en te dien is nie net ‘n roeping nie, dit is ‘n opdrag van God en is bedoel vir almal.”

Van die belangrikste sosio-ekonomiese uitdagings in Suid-Afrika is armoede, hoë werkloosheid en lae inkomste, misdaad, gesins verbrokkeling en swak onderwysstandaarde. Dit is ons missionale konteks waarin ons ons omgee-gees moet demonstreer en ons moet verbind tot aksies wat ‘n verskil in die lewens van mense sal maak. Die Uitvoerende Welsynsraad van die AGS van SA, is die bediening waardeur die AGS reeds het en sal voortgaan om ‘n verskil te maak in die lewens van kwesbare mense, veral kinders, vroue en ouer persone. Deur die KERK kan ‘n omgee-gemeenskap verandering bring in die lewens van baie mense wat swaarkry. Sodanige gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid of ontwikkelingsaksies kan die seer “genees”, die behoefte bevredig en vir baie mense ‘n volhoubare bestaan meebring. 

Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid is een van die drywers van die “One AFM Game Plan”. Elke AGS Gemeente kan en moet betrokke raak by ontwikkelingsaksies wat verandering vir hul gemeenskappe sal bring; en sodoende die oorspronklike missionêre roeping van ons kerk vervul. Die AGS Welsynsdepartement het die praktiese programme om gemeentes te ondersteun met begrip, beplanning en implementering van maatskaplike ontwikkelingsaksies en -projekte. Ons help pastore en gemeentes om die belangrikste sosiale probleme in hul gemeenskappe te identifiseer en rus hulle toe om deel te wees van die oplossing.

“Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid is een van die drywers van die “One AFM Game Plan”.”

uManelisi is die program wat gemeentes bemagtig om op hierdie uitdagings te reageer. Ons werk met en deur gemeentes om die volgende dienste te lewer:

Gemeenskapsgebaseerde dienste – ondersteuning van kwesbare kinders, gesinne, vroue, ouer persone en persone met gestremdhede.
Sosio-gesondheidsdienste – bewusmaking deur onderwys en opleiding, ondersteuning van persone wat aan chroniese siektes soos VIGS en TB ly, sowel as diegene wat aan dwelms en ander middels verslaaf is.
Sosio-opvoedkundige dienste – ondersteun gemeentes wat programme vir “Early Childhood Development” aanbied, geletterdheidsprogramme, skole asook bewusmaking in openbare skole.
Sosio-ekonomiese projekte – met die oog op die ondersteuning van die regering se prioriteite rakende armoede, werkloosheid en ongelykheid deur projekte wat fokus op voedselsekerheid, maatskaplike verligting, werkskepping, vaardigheidsontwikkeling, vrouebemagtiging en jeugontwikkeling.

Die kerk is ideaal geplaas om verandering in die lewens van mense regoor Suid-Afrika teweeg te bring. Elke AGS Gemeente kan en moet betrokke raak by ontwikkelingsaksies wat verandering bring vir die mense in hulle gemeenskap. Kontak ons ​​waarnemende uitvoerende hoof, Ashley Theron, vir duidelike leiding oor hoe om gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid prakties te implementeer as drywer van die “One AFM Game Plan”.
Landlyn: Lizelle de Bruyn of Rebeca Kola – 012 753 7940/1
E-pos: [email protected]

SLOT

“Terwyl julle Christus Jesus, die Here, ontvang het, wandel in Hom, gewortel en opgebou in Hom en gevestig in die geloof soos julle geleer is, in oorvloed met danksegging.”
KOLOSSENSE 2:6-7

Pastoral Letter: 2nd Quarter

AFM Newsltr 2ND Qrt 2019 ENG WEB

Dear Colleague,

We are gearing up for our annual AFM National Conference – this year hosted in the beautiful city of Cape Town. The conference theme is: “Rooted in Christ” and the main text is Colossians 2:6-7:

Spiritual Fullness in Christ
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

The theme is aimed at the empowerment of our members and pastors on how to deepen our relationship with Christ, in such a way that we remain strong in the face of many challenges that come our way. In Psalm 1:3, the Psalmist likens a blessed person to a fruitful tree planted by the stream of water. It is expected that children of God should be firmly anchored in Christ, that they should continually feed from God’s word, share Christ with others and keep their faith intact.

Apart from the inspirational evening services, there will also be PCD (Pastoral Continuous Development) sessions that will focus on those issues that are necessary for spiritual growth. Pastors as well as members are welcome to attend. It will cover “Prayer” presented by Suzette Hattingh, “Succession” by Dr. Anthony Jacobs and “Church Planting” by Danie Vermeulen. It will also include a session focused on the needs of Pastor’s wives.

To register online please visit the AFM website by using the following links:
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=365
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

I trust that this Pastoral Letter will bless you! We take a deeper look at our Pentecostal roots and what it truly means to be an Apostolic Church. We consider the issue of leading from the inside-out and present you with a reflection on one of Pastor Sam Adeyemi’s teachings. Lastly, we share a discussion on the AFM’s proposed Foreign Missions Policy.

PENTECOSTAL ROOTS: AS AT THE BEGINNING
Dr. I.S. Burger – Former President of the AFM – [email protected]

Beginnings are important, especially as far as the church is concerned. The Bible often refers to beginnings. On Israel’s journey to the Promised Land, they were cautioned never to forget their beginnings, how God brought them out of Egypt. When Peter had to explain to the leaders in Jerusalem why he baptized the household of Cornelius, he justified it by referring them to the beginning: “And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, as on us at the beginning.” (Acts 11:15). In other words, if God reckoned them worthy and gave them the Holy Spirit in the same way as to us in the beginning, who am I to discriminate. On the other hand, when the Pharisees tried to justify divorce and even quoted Moses in this regard, Jesus went beyond Moses to “the beginning”. He said: “From the beginning it was not so.” (Mt. 19:8.)

A visionary church will never loose hold of its origin. Roots are important. “

I am more and more aware of the healthy and wholesome tension between “where we come from” and “where we are going.” People often want to know from a leader (and rightly so): What is your vision, where do you see us in future? It is important to cast a vision, but it is equally important to remind those you are leading where they come from. A visionary church will never loose hold of its origin. Roots are important. It may be disastrous to continue building and then to forget about the foundations and the plan. Like in the Bible, how it was “at the beginning”, will indicate when one deviates from the God-given plan.

The Apostolic Faith Mission must never forget its origins. As part of the Pentecostal movement, Pentecostals constantly need to be reminded that Pentecost is a restoration of the church in Apostolic times (→ 100 AD). That is the New Testament Church, the Church at the beginning. Where almost the whole Pentecostal movement was called the “Apostolic Faith Mission” at the beginning of the 20th century. Our denomination is about the only one which retained the original name. And this name links us unequivocally to the church in Biblical times. Are we worthy of that name?

A true “Apostolic church” like the church “at the beginning”, is a church where the characteristic doctrines, religious experiences and basic practices will resemble the patterns of the early church and “the faith which was one delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 1:3) What are some of the most important characteristics?

(With acknowledgement to David A. Womack, “The Wellsprings of the Pentecostal Movement”):

1 – You will find it in the way they view the Scriptures. They will believe that the Old Testament prepares the way for the coming of the Messiah and they will interpret the Old Testament in the light of the teachings of the Apostles. They will believe in the New Testament as the only valid source of Christian doctrine, religious experience and principles of practice. They will interpret the Scriptures in a literal sense wherever the context is not obviously figurative or poetic, for the Bible is essentially a practical book – the divinely inspired Word of God to men.

2 – A true “Apostolic church” will believe every doctrine taught by the apostles and will reject any religious teaching not included in the New Testament. There can be no major doctrine today that was not also major for the Christians of the first century.

3 – A true “Apostolic church” will teach and actively seek to preserve amongst its members and adherents the religious experiences of the first-century church. First, salvation as a definite experience in which a person is convicted of sin, repents of that sin to God, accepts Jesus Christ as the Son of God, be cleansed through the atoning blood of Jesus and begins a life of holiness before God. Secondly, daily prayer and meditation on the Word of God will be at the order of the day. Believers will be baptized in water and will regularly participate in the Lord’s Supper. All believers will actively seek to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit with its distinctive sign and spiritual experience of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance.

All believers will actively seek to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit with its distinctive sign and spiritual experience of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance.”

4 – An “Apostolic church” will be characterized by the continuing manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit.

5 – Such a church will be intensely missional in concept and in action.

6 – The priesthood of all believers will be a daily reality as each one realizes that he/she has a ministry within the body of Christ.

7 – An “Apostolic church” transcends racial, cultural and language differences. This characteristic was obvious on the Day of Pentecost, in Azusa Street as well as with the start of the AFM in Doornfontein in 1908. Thank God, in April 1996 this characteristic again became evident with our unification!

8 – The Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ was a burning reality in the Early Church. It was the same with the start of the modern-day Pentecostal Movement. It was the theme of many songs and sermons. It was an urge to holy living. I doubt whether this is still the case. We need to be reminded that Pentecostal people are people to whom the Second Coming is an every-day reality.

The Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ was a burning reality in the Early Church.”

We, as Pentecostal pastors and members, need to constantly evaluate and test ourselves, our ministries, our church services and our local churches. The only way in which we can assure ourselves of our own apostolicity, is to measure and compare ourselves with the Christianity of the first century.

Does our theology match that of the New Testament, or have other ideas been added that cannot be found in the apostolic teaching? Do the doctrines of our church stand out obviously in the New Testament, or must they hang on slender little phrases removed from their context in Scripture? Do our religious experiences correspond to those of the early Christians, or is there only mental assent to the spiritual happenings of the first century? Have we, as Pentecostals in our claimed return to apostolic theology, reproduced the dedicated, evangelistic spirit of the early church? Has it produced a missions outreach with any possibility of carrying out the Great Commission of Christ?

God help us to be worthy of the name “Apostolic Faith Mission!”

LEADING FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Dr. H.J. Weideman – General Secretary – [email protected]

One of the 2019 NOB Empowerment sessions included a video presentation by Pastor Sam Adeyemi, the pastor of Daystar Christian Centre in Lagos Nigeria. He titled his talk: “Leading from the inside out” and focused on the importance of what we are and think in our inner being and how that influences the way we lead and grow.

In leadership you don’t attract “who you WANT”, he said, “you attract who you ARE”. That makes the sense of identity for leaders and for those whom they lead very important. How do you see yourself? What do you believe about yourself? Do you believe the words of the teacher or authority figure who once told you that you cannot do something or that you are not good enough, to be true? Do you see yourself as somehow inferior and not able to succeed? Negative voices and experiences, even from childhood causes many leaders to have a diminished belief in their ability and possibilities.

The problem is, if you believe you are not capable, have no abilities or you are negative about life, you will most probably attract people with the same inclination. Adeyemi says that the greatest gift that you can give someone is a new belief about him- or herself.  About who they are, what they have and what they can do or become.

God makes champions out of ordinary people.”

This is what God does and this is what leaders should do: God makes champions out of ordinary people. He takes every day, normal people, with all their issues and hang ups and transforms them into people who do extraordinary things. The Bible is full of examples of this. Just look at the lives of the disciples that Jesus chose. They were ordinary men. Jesus saw not just what and who they were (fishermen), but who they could become and what He could do by His Holy Spirit in and through them. Those ordinary men became the leaders and apostles of the first church and were instrumental in the spread and growth of Christianity across the world and even today!

This is what we as leaders should also do. We should not look at the people we work with and wish that we had other “better” and more capable members or colleagues. We should start by seeing the possibilities in them. Great leaders see leaders in their followers and begin to describe the kind of leaders they see. By doing this they have an enabling effect on people around them.

As leaders we should also model the transformation we are talking and preaching about.”

As leaders we should also model the transformation we are talking and preaching about. We can talk a lot about how people should live and what they should do and not do: But do we live it ourselves? Are we modelling our own teaching? Do we in fact walk our talk? In this context Adeyemi pointed to the example of Jesus and also to His example in leadership when it comes to how we want people to react to and treat us as leaders. He talked about a culture in his own country where leaders are respected and honoured to such an extent that people will make way for them to walk and would even be pushed aside so that they can enter a venue without restraint. Then he said: “This should not be so, if anyone should be pushed out of the way, push me. Do not push people on my behalf.” Our leadership should be a servant leadership. Our attitude should not be to reign over, or command people, but rather to serve them through our leadership abilities.

Our leadership should be a servant leadership.”

Adeyemi ended his talk by reminding us that we should be reinventing ourselves over and over again. That we should continuously grow and develop. In character, personality and ability, we should not be the same person that we were a year ago. We should “die” at one level to evolve to another. On a daily basis we as leaders create the organisational and general operational culture in our organisations and churches. How we see ourselves. How we speak and carry ourselves. Our attitude, lifestyle and behaviour. All these things that comes from the inside of a person, determines how we lead and how we influence those around us.

All these things that comes from the inside of a person, determines how we lead and how we influence those around us.”

[This article was not an attempt to summarise the session by Sam Adeyemi, but rather a reflection on what he said. – Henri Weideman]

PROPOSED POLICY ON FOREIGN MISSIONS
Past. M.G. Mahlobo – President of the AFM of SA – [email protected]

In its March 2019 meeting, the National Leadership Forum (NLF) accepted the AFM of SA’s draft policy on Foreign Missions – which was drafted and presented by the AFM President. This policy will now be circularized to all church structures in terms of Clause 12.2 of the church’s constitution for final approval by the NLF.

The link to the policy is included here for ease of reference:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Historical Background
This was for the first time, since its unity in 1996, that the AFM accepted a policy on Foreign Missions. Prior to 1996 the former church leadership had a department which catered for missions in South Africa and beyond. This department was closed down (mainly as a result of the decentralization of our church structures). Subsequent to this closure various foreign missions’ projects run by local AFM assemblies and individual pastors emerged. In 2006 the NLF realized that there was no national, coordinating and representative missionary body in our church. After serious consideration of this lack, the NLF established a Missions Advisory Committee (MAC) which was led by the church’s President at that time (Dr. Isak Burger). One of the key areas on which MAC focused was the development of a missions’ strategic policy.

In 2011 MAC presented a more comprehensive and all-inclusive missions’ strategy. The main objective of this strategy was to transform the AFM into an Apostolic movement or into a Missional movement. MAC’s vision was named Vision 2020 and Qalakabusha (New beginning). It envisioned AFM as the whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole world, saturating our communities with the presence and principles of the Kingdom of God. This gave birth to the AFM’s slogan: “Wherever you find people you will find the AFM.

Vision 2020 (Qalakabusha) eventually became part of the AFM’s vision and the strategic implementation plan known as the “One AFM Game Plan.” The church is currently at the implementation phase of the One AFM Game Plan. Foreign perspective is the missing part in the One AFM Game Plan. The focus is primarily internal. This necessitated the development of a policy on Foreign Missions for the AFM.

This policy includes the following five critical elements:

  1. Coordination of the work currently done by the AFM of SA missions’ agencies and local assemblies across the world;
  2. Establishment of AFM churches in countries where it does not exist, especially in countries where there is no presence of any Evangelical or Pentecostal churches;
  3. Involvement or the role of our local assemblies and our members in the diaspora;
  4. Strengthening of church structures (policies), and
  5. The development of church leadership.

Coordination of the work currently done
All missions’ activities beyond our country need to be well coordinated. The office of the General Secretary will be responsible for this coordination.

Missions’ activities where AFM does not exist
The policy urges the establishment of AFM churches where it has no presence at all. Due compliance with laws of the relevant countries should be adhered to. We must always bear in mind that the scope of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, goes beyond South Africa and covers the entire global community. The National Leadership Forum (NLF) must identify countries that are the least reached in terms of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One indicator in this regard should be where there is no presence of Evangelical or Pentecostal churches.

We must always bear in mind that the scope of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, goes beyond South Africa and covers the entire global community.”

Missions’ activities in countries where AFM already exist
The policy makes a plea that all agencies and individuals of the AFM of SA who are doing foreign missions in countries where the AFM church exists, need to take their existence into cognizance with a view of taking hands with them. This will avoid unnecessary duplication of AFM churches or competition of AFM churches in foreign countries.

The role of our local assemblies and members
There are many South African AFM members in the diaspora. Some have kept their membership with the AFM local assemblies here in South Africa. Local assemblies should make our members aware of their missional calling wherever they are deployed. They should be encouraged to live up to it.

Development of structures and church leadership
In many countries where the AFM has been established issues of governance have been neglected. Our missions’ agencies and local assemblies involved in foreign missions are requested to prioritize the issue of the development of church structures and leadership (governance).

NLF’s role
The NLF must mobilize and coordinate missional activities to reach out to countries that have not been reached with the Gospel of Jesus.

CONCLUSION

We are approaching our National Conference with an expecting heart! I really hope to see many of our Pastors, members and leaders there. May we always stay “Rooted in Christ” – loving God, sharing Christ, serving others and growing together.

God bless!
Past. M.G. Mahlobo
(President of the AFM of SA)

Pastorale Brief: 2de Kwartaal

Laai die PDF weergawe hier af:

AFM Newsltr 2ND Qrt 2019 AFR WEB

Liewe Kollega,

Ons is tans besig om voor te berei vir ons jaarlikse AGS Nasionale Konferensie wat aangebied gaan word in Kaapstad. Die Konferensie se tema is: “Rooted in Christ” en die kernvers is Kolossense 2:6-7:

Geestelike volheid in Christus
6Aangesien julle dan Christus Jesus as Here aangeneem het, moet julle in verbondenheid met Hom lewe, 7in Hom gewortel en op Hom gebou, vas in die geloof soos julle geleer is, en met dankbaarheid vervul.

Die tema is gemik op die bemagtiging van ons lidmate en pastore, spesifiek oor hoe om ons verhouding met Christus so te verdiep dat ons sterk bly wanneer uitdagings op ons pad kom. In Psalm 1:3 vergelyk die Psalmdigter ‘n geseënde mens met ‘n vrugbare boom wat langs ‘n stroom water geplant word. Daar word verwag dat kinders van God stewig in Christus geanker moet wees, dat hulle voortdurend op God se Woord moet voed, Christus met ander moet deel en hul geloof ongeskonde moet hou.

Afgesien van die inspirerende aanddienste, sal daar ook PCD (“Pastoral Continuous Development”) sessies wees wat fokus op die kwessies wat nodig is vir geestelike groei. Pastore sowel as lidmate is welkom om dit by te woon. Die volgende onderwerpe sal aangebied word: “Gebed” deur Suzette Hattingh, “Opvolging” deur Dr. Anthony Jacobs en “Kerkplanting” deur Danie Vermeulen. Daar sal ook ‘n sessie wees wat gefokus is op die behoeftes van die pastoorsvrou.

Om aanlyn te registreer besoek die AGS se webtuiste deur die volgende skakels te gebruik:
https://afm.easychurch.co.za/?page_id=365
http://afm-ags.org/category/events/

Ek vertrou dat hierdie Pastorale Brief jou sal seën! Ons kyk dieper na ons Pinksterwortels en wat dit werklik beteken om ‘n “Apostoliese” Kerk te wees. Ons beskou die kwessie van leierskap en “hoe om te lei vanuit die binnekant” – deur te reflekteer op een van Pastoor Sam Adeyemi se aanbiedinge. Laastens deel ons ‘n bespreking oor die AGS se voorgestelde “Foreign Missions Policy” (Beleid t.o.v. Buitelandse Sendingprojekte)

APOSTOLIESE WORTELS:  SOOS IN DIE BEGIN
Dr. I.S. Burger – Vorige President van die AGS van SA  [email protected]

Die begin is belangrik, veral sover dit die kerk betref. Die Bybel verwys dikwels na die begin. Op Israel se reis na die Beloofde Land is hulle gewaarsku om nooit hul begin te vergeet nie, hoe God hulle uit Egipte uitgelei het. Toe Petrus aan die leiers in Jerusalem moes verduidelik waarom hy die huishouding van Cornelius gedoop het, het hy dit geregverdig deur hulle na die begin te verwys: “Skaars het ek begin praat, of die Heilige Gees kom op hulle net soos op ons in die begin.” (Handelinge 11:15). Met ander woorde, as God hulle waardig geag het, en vir hulle die Heilige Gees gegee het op dieselfde manier as vir ons in die begin, wie is ek om te diskrimineer? Aan die anderkant toe die Fariseërs die egskeiding probeer regverdig het en Moses selfs in hierdie verband aangehaal het, het Jesus verder gegaan as Moses na “die begin””. Hy het gesê: “Maar dit was nie van die begin af so nie.” (Matt. 19: 8.)

“‘n Visioenêre kerk sal nooit sy oorsprong verloor nie. Wortels is belangrik.”

Ek is meer en meer bewus van die gesonde en heilsame spanning tussen “waar ons vandaan kom” en “waarheen ons gaan.” Mense wil dikwels (en met goeie reg) van ‘n leier weet: Wat is jou visie, waar sien jy ons in die toekoms? Dit is belangrik om ‘n toekomsvisie te hê, maar dit is ewe belangrik om diegene wat jy lei te herinner aan waar hulle vandaan kom. ‘n Visioenêre kerk sal nooit sy oorsprong verloor nie. Wortels is belangrik. Dit kan rampspoedig wees om voort te gaan om te bou en dan te vergeet van die fondament en die plan.  Soos in die Bybel, hoe dit “aan die begin” was, sal aandui wanneer ‘n mens afwyk van die God-gegewe plan.

Die Apostoliese Geloofsending moet nooit sy oorsprong vergeet nie. As deel van die Pinksterbeweging moet ons gedurig herinner word dat Pinkster ‘n herstel van die kerk in die Apostoliese tye is (→ 100 n.C.). Dit is die Nuwe Testamentiese Kerk, die Kerk in die begin, waar byna die hele Pinksterbeweging in die begin van die 20ste eeu die “Apostoliese Geloofsending” genoem was. Ons denominasie is omtrent die enigste wat die oorspronklike naam behou het. En hierdie naam verbind ons onomwonde aan die kerk in Bybeltye. Is ons die naam waardig?

‘n Ware “Apostoliese kerk” soos die kerk “aan die begin”, is ‘n kerk waar die kenmerkende leerstellings, godsdienstige ervarings en basiese gebruike sal ooreenstem met die patrone van die vroeë kerk en “die geloof wat eenmaal aan die heiliges gegee is” (Judas 1:3). Wat is sommige van die belangrikste eienskappe?

(Met erkenning aan David A. Womack, “The Wellsprings of the Pentecostal Movement”):

1 – Jy sal dit vind in die manier waarop daar na die Skrif gekyk word. Hulle sal glo dat die Ou Testament die weg voorberei vir die koms van die Messias en hulle sal die Ou Testament interpreteer in die lig van die leerstellings van die Apostels. Hulle sal in die Nuwe Testament glo as die enigste geldige bron van Christelike leer, godsdienstige ervaring en praktykbeginsels. Hulle sal die Skrif in ‘n letterlike sin interpreteer waar die konteks nie natuurlik figuurlik of poëties is nie, want die Bybel is in wese ‘n praktiese boek – die Goddelike geïnspireerde Woord van God vir die mens.

2 – ‘n “Apostoliese kerk” sal elke leerstelling deur die apostels glo en sal enige godsdienstige leerstelling wat nie in die Nuwe Testament ingesluit is nie, verwerp. Daar kan vandag nie ‘n belangrike leerstelling wees wat nie ook vir die Christene van die eerste eeu belangrik was nie.

3 – ‘n “Apostoliese kerk” sal sy lidmate onderrig en aktief poog om die godsdienstige ervarings van die eerste-eeuse kerk te bewaar. Eerstens, verlossing as ‘n spesifieke ervaring waarin ‘n mens oortuig word van sonde, die sonde aan God bely, aanvaar dat Jesus Christus die Seun van God is, gereinig word deur die versoenende bloed van Jesus en ‘n heilige lewe begin leef voor God. Tweedens sal daaglikse gebed en meditasie op die Woord van God aan die orde van die dag wees. Gelowiges sal gedoop word in water en sal gereeld aan die nagmaal deelneem. Alle gelowiges sal aktief poog om die doop met die Heilige Gees te ontvang met sy kenmerkende teken en geestelike ervaring deur in ander tale te praat soos die Gees hulle uitspraak gee.

Alle gelowiges sal aktief poog om die doop met die Heilige Gees te ontvang met sy kenmerkende teken en geestelike ervaring deur in ander tale te praat soos die Gees hulle uitspraak gee.”

4 – ‘n “Apostoliese kerk” sal gekenmerk word deur die voortgesette manifestasie van die gawes van die Gees.

5 – So ‘n kerk sal intens missionaal wees – in konsep en aksie.

6 – Die priesterskap van alle gelowiges sal ‘n daaglikse werklikheid wees, aangesien elkeen sal besef dat hy/sy ‘n bediening in die liggaam van Christus het.

7 – ‘n “Apostoliese kerk” oorskrei rasse-, kulturele en taalverskille. Hierdie kenmerk was duidelik sigbaar op Pinksterdag, in Azusa Straat sowel as met die begin van die AGS in Doornfontein in 1908. Dankie Here, in April 1996 het hierdie kenmerk weer duidelik geword met ons eenwording!

8 – Die Wederkoms van ons Here Jesus Christus was ‘n brandende realiteit in die vroeë kerk. Dit was dieselfde met die begin van die moderne Pinkster-beweging. Dit was die tema van baie liedjies en preke. Daar was ‘n drang na ‘n heilige lewe. Ek twyfel of dit nog steeds die geval is. Ons moet onthou dat Pinkster-mense, mense is vir wie die Wederkoms ‘n daaglikse werklikheid is.

Die Wederkoms van ons Here Jesus Christus was ‘n brandende realiteit in die vroeë kerk.”

Ons, as Pinkster-pastore en lidmate, moet onsself, ons bedieninge, ons kerkdienste en ons plaaslike kerke voortdurend evalueer en toets. Die enigste manier waarop ons onsself van ons eie Pinkster karakter kan verseker, is om ons te meet en te vergelyk met die Christene van die eerste eeu.

Stem ons teologie ooreen met die Nuwe Testament, of is daar ander idees bygevoeg wat nie in die apostoliese lering gevind kan word nie? Staan die leerstellings van ons kerk duidelik uit in die Nuwe Testament, of moet hulle aan klein frases wat uit konteks uit die Skrif verwyder word, hang? Stem ons godsdienstige ervarings ooreen met dié van die vroeë Christene, of is daar net geestelike toestemming vir die geestelike gebeure van die eerste eeu? Het ons, as Pinksterlinge in ons beweerde terugkeer na die apostoliese teologie, die toegewyde, evangelistiese gees van die vroeë kerk gereproduseer? Het dit ‘n sendinguitreik opgelewer met enige moontlikheid om die Groot Opdrag van Christus uit te voer?

God help ons om die naam “Apostoliese Geloofsending” waardig te wees!

OM VAN BINNE NA BUITE TE LEI
Dr. Henri Weideman – Algemene Sekretaris van die AGS van SA – [email protected]

Een van die Nasionale Ampsdraers se 2019 bemagtigings sessies het ‘n video aanbieding deur Pastoor Sam Adeyemi, die senior pastoor van Daystar Christian Centre in Lagos Nigeria, ingesluit. Die titel van sy aanbieding was: “Leading from the inside out” en het basies gefokus op die belangrikheid van wat ons in ons innerlike wese is en dink en oor hoe dit die manier waarop ons groei en ander lei, beïnvloed.

In leierskap trek jy nie die mense na jou toe aan wat jy graag WIL aantrek nie, sê Adeyemi, maar die mense wat soos jy IS. Dit beteken dat die identiteit van leiers, sowel as die van die mense wat hulle volg, baie belangrik is. Hoe sien jy jouself? Wat glo jy ten opsigte van jouself? Glo jy die woorde wat die onderwyser of gesagsfiguur lank terug aan jou gesê het, dat jy nie in staat is om iets te doen nie, of dat jy nie goed genoeg is nie? Glo jy dat dit waar is? Sien jy jouself as minderwaardig en nie in staat om suksesvol te wees nie? Negatiewe stemme en ervarings, selfs gedurende ons vroeë kinderjare,  veroorsaak dat baie leiers ‘n beperkende beeld het ten opsigte van hulle eie vermoëns en moontlikhede.

Die probleem is dat as jy negatief is oor die lewe, en oortuig is dat jy nie in staat is om sukses te behaal of oor die nodige vermoëns besit nie, jy heel waarskynlik mense met dieselfde tipe ingesteldheid na jou toe sal aantrek. Volgens Adeyemi is die grootste geskenk wat jy aan iemand kan gee, ‘n nuwe begrip ten opsigte van hom- of haarself.  ‘n Nuwe beeld oor wie hulle is, wat hulle het en wat hulle kan wees.

God maak kampioene van gewone mense.”

Dit is wat God doen en dit is ook wat leiers moet doen: God maak kampioene van gewone mense. Hy vat gewone alledaagse mense, met al hulle kwessies en eiesoortighede en omvorm hulle in mense wat buitengewone dinge doen. Die Bybel is vol voorbeelde hiervan. Kyk maar net na die lewens van die disippels wat Jesus gekies het. Hulle was gewone mense. Jesus het nie net gesien wat hulle was nie (vissermanne), maar wie hulle kon word en wat Hy deur die Heilige Gees in en deur hulle kon doen.  Daardie gewone vissermanne het die leiers en apostels van die eerste kerk geword en het ‘n kernrol gespeel in die verspreiding en groei van Christenskap regoor die wêreld en selfs tot vandag toe.

Dit is wat ons as leiers behoort te doen: Ons moenie na die mense saam met wie ons werk kyk en wens dat ons ander, “beter” en meer vaardige lidmate en kollegas gehad het nie. Ons moet begin om die moontlikhede in hulle raak te sien.  Goeie leiers sien leiers in hulle volgelinge en begin om dit wat hulle sien te beskryf. Deur dit te doen het hulle ‘n bemagtigende effek op die mense om hulle.

…die feit dat leiers die transformasie waaroor hulle praat en preek moet modeleer. “

Dit is deel van wat dit beteken om ‘n visie te hê: Adeyemi sê: “Visie is om mense, plekke en dinge te sien, nie net soos wat hulle is nie, maar soos wat hulle kan wees.” Leiers moet moontlikheidsdenkers word en nie net die uitdagings in elke situasie raaksien nie, maar ook die geleenthede. ‘n Ander belangrike aspek van Adeyemi se praatjie was die feit dat leiers die transformasie waaroor hulle praat en preek moet modeleer. Ons praat baie oor hoe mense behoort te leef en wat hulle behoort te doen, maar doen ons dit self? Modeleer ons ons eie idees? Doen ons werklik dit wat ons sê? In hierdie verband wys Adeyemi na die voorbeeld van Jesus en ook na Sy leierskap – veral as dit kom by hoe ons will hê mense op ons moet reageer en hoe hulle ons as leiers moet hanteer. Hy het gepraat oor ‘n kultuur in sy eie land waarvolgens leiers tot so ‘n mate vereer en gerespekteer word dat mense sal padgee voor hulle en selfs uit die pad gestoot sal word, sodat hulle kan verbygaan. Hierop sê hy: “Dit behoort nie so te wees nie.  As enige iemand uit die pad gestoot moet word, stoot my uit die pad uit, maar moenie ander mense terwile van my wegstoot nie.” Ons leierskap moet gekenmerk wees deur diensbaarheid. (Servant Leadership) Ons ingesteldheid moenie wees om oor mense te regeer en hulle te hiet en gebied nie, maar eerder om hulle te dien deur ons leierskapsvaardighede.

Ons leierskap moet gekenmerk wees deur diensbaarheid. “

Adeyemi eindig sy aanbieding deur ons daarop te wys dat ons onsself voortdurend moet herontwerp. Ons behoort op ‘n voortgesette basis te groei en te ontwikkel. Ten opsigte van karakter, persoonlikheid en vermoëns behoort ons nie dieselfde persoon te wees wat ons ‘n jaar gelede was nie. Ons moet “sterf” op een vlak van ons bestaan, sodat ons kan groei na ‘n volgende vlak. As leiers is ons op ‘n daaglikse basis besig om die organisatoriese- en operasionele kultuur van ons organisasies en gemeentes te skep. Hoe ons onself sien. Hoe ons praat en onsself dra. Ons ingesteldheid, leefstyl en gedrag. Al hierdie dinge wat uit ons innerlike mens kom, bepaal hoe ons  lei en hoe ons die mense om ons beïnvloed en vorm.

Al hierdie dinge wat uit ons innerlike mens kom, bepaal hoe ons  lei en hoe ons die mense om ons beïnvloed en vorm.”

[Die doel van hierdie artikel was nie om dit wat Sam Adeyemi gesê het op te som nie, maar eerder om daarop te reflekteer. -Henri Weideman]

VOORGESTELDE BELEID OOR BUITELANDSE SENDINGPROJEKTE (“Foreign Missions Policy”)
Past. M.G. Mahlobo – President van die AGS van SA – [email protected]

Tydens die Nasionale Leierskapsforum (NLF) vergadering in Maart 2019, is ‘n konsepbeleid oor Buitelandse Sendingprojekte aanvaar – opgestel en aangebied deur die President van die AGS van SA. Hierdie beleid sal nou aan alle kerkstrukture gesirkuleer word ingevolge klousule 12.2 van die kerk se grondwet vir finale goedkeuring deur die NLF.

Die skakel na die beleid is hier ingesluit ter verwysing:
http://afm-ags.org/category/media/

Historiese Agtergrond
Dit was vir die eerste keer sedert sy eenheid in 1996 dat die AGS ‘n beleid oor Buitelandse Sendingprojekte aanvaar het. Voor 1996 het die voormalige kerkleiers ‘n departement gehad wat vir sendings in Suid-Afrika en vir buite die land se grense voorsiening gemaak het. Hierdie departement is gesluit (hoofsaaklik as gevolg van die desentralisasie van ons kerkstrukture). Na afloop van hierdie sluiting het ‘n hele aantal buitelandse sendingprojekte wat deur plaaslike AGS-gemeentes en individuele pastore bestuur word, ontstaan. In 2006 het die NLF besef dat daar geen nasionale, koördinerende en verteenwoordigende sendingliggaam in ons kerk was nie. Na ernstige oorweging van hierdie gebrek het die NLF ‘n “Missions Advisory Committee” (MAC) ingestel wat deur die President van die kerk op daardie tydstip, Dr Isak Burger gelei is. Een van die sleutelareas waarop MAC gefokus was, was die ontwikkeling van ‘n strategiese missionale beleid.

In 2011 het MAC ‘n meer omvattende en insluitende sendingstrategie aangebied. Die hoofdoel van hierdie strategie was om die AGS te omskep in ‘n Apostoliese beweging of in ‘n Missionale beweging. MAC se visie is genoem Visie 2020 en Qalakabusha (Nuwe begin). Dit het beoog om die AGS ‘n kerk te maak wat die hele Evangelie na die hele wêreld neem en ons gemeenskappe versadig met die teenwoordigheid en beginsels van die Koninkryk van God. Dit het aanleiding gegee tot die AGS se slagspreuk: “Waar jy ookal mense vind, sal jy die AGS vind.”

Visie 2020 (Qalakabusha) het met tyd deel geword van die AGS se visie en die strategiese implementerings plan beter bekend as die “One AFM Game Plan.” Die kerk is tans in die implementeringsfase van die “One AFM Game Plan”. Buitelandse perspektief is tans ‘n ontbrekende deel in die “One AFM Game Plan”. Die fokus is hoofsaaklik intern. Dit het die ontwikkeling van ‘n beleid op Buitelandse Sendingprojekte nodig gemaak.

Hierdie beleid sluit die volgende vyf kritiese elemente in:

  1. Koördinering van die werk wat tans deur die AGS van SA se sending-agentskappe en plaaslike gemeenstes regoor die wêreld gedoen word;
  2. Vestiging van AGS-kerke in lande waar dit nie bestaan ​​nie, veral in lande waar geen Evangeliese of Pinkster kerke teenwoordig is nie;
  3. Betrokkenheid en die rol van ons plaaslike gemeentes en ons AGS lidmate in die diaspora;
  4. Versterking van kerkstrukture (beleide), en
  5. Die ontwikkeling van kerkleierskap.

Koördinering van die werk wat tans gedoen word
Alle sending of missionale aktiwiteite buite ons land moet goed gekoördineer word. Die kantoor van die Algemene Sekretaris sal verantwoordelik wees vir hierdie koördinering.

Missionale aktiwiteite waar die AGS nie bestaan nie
Die beleid moedig die oprigting van AGS-kerke, waar dit glad nie teenwoordig is nie, aan. Die wette van die betrokke lande moet nagekom word. Ons moet altyd in gedagte hou dat die omvang van die Groot Opdrag in Mattheus 28: 18-20 verder gaan as Suid-Afrika en die hele wêreldgemeenskap dek. Die Nasionale Leierskapsforum (NLF) moet lande identifiseer wat die minste bereik word in terme van die Evangelie van Jesus Christus. Een aanwyser in hierdie verband moet wees waar daar geen teenwoordigheid van Evangeliese of Pinksterkerke is nie.

Ons moet altyd in gedagte hou dat die omvang van die Groot Opdrag in Mattheus 28: 18-20 verder gaan as Suid-Afrika en die hele wêreldgemeenskap dek.”

Missionale aktiwiteite in lande waar die AGS reeds bestaan
Die beleid lewer ‘n pleidooi dat alle agentskappe en individue van die AGS van SA wat betrokke is in buitelandse sendingprojekte in lande waar die AGS-kerk bestaan, die bestaande AGS rolspelers in ag sal neem met die oog daarop om hande saam te vat. Dit sal onnodige duplisering van AGS-kerke of kompetisie tussen  AGS-kerke  in die buiteland vermy.

Die rol van ons plaaslike gemeentes en lidmate
Daar is baie AGS-lidmate in die diaspora. Sommige het hul lidmaatskap behou by hul plaaslike AGS-gemeentes hier in Suid-Afrika.  Plaaslike gemeentes moet ons lidmate bewus maak van hul missionale roeping waar hulle ookal ontplooi word. Hulle moet aangemoedig word om hierdie roeping uit te leef.

Ontwikkeling van strukture en kerkleierskap
In baie lande waar die AGS gevestig is, is kwessies van goeie bestuur ( “Good Governance”) nagelaat. Ons sending-agentskappe en plaaslike gemeentes betrokke by buitelandse projekte word gevra om die kwessie van die ontwikkeling van kerkstrukture en leierskap (bestuur) te prioritiseer.

NLF se rol
Die NLF moet sendingaktiwiteite mobiliseer en koördineer om uit te reik na lande wat nie bereik is met die Evangelie van Jesus nie.

SLOT

Ons beplan voort aan ons Nasionale Konferensie met ‘n hart vol verwagting! Ek hoop regtig om baie van ons Pastore, lidmate en leiers daar te sien. Mag ons altyd stewig gewortel wees in Christus – God lief hê, Christus met ander deel, mekaar dien en saam groei!

Seën!
Past. M. G. Mahlobo
(President van die AGS van SA)