Pastoral Letter 3rd Quarter 2022

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AFM Pastoral Letter 3rd Quarter 2022

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
CALLED TO THE MISSIONAL FRONTLINE IN A TURBULENT WORLD
EVANGELISM & DISCIPLESHIP FOR GENERATIONS Y & Z
WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES ASSEMBLY: REFLECTIONS
CONCLUSION

INTRODUCTION

Dear AFM Family,

We were blessed to be part of two interesting events over the last few weeks. Many of us attended the AFM International (AFMI) Triennial Council and Conference in Gaborone Botswana, and the National Office Bearers also attended the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Karlsruhe, Germany.

During the AFMI Council meeting Past. George Mahlobo and myself were re-elected as the AFMI President and Secretary General respectively. The following AFM of SA leaders were also elected to AFMI structures: Mama J. Mahlobo as Chairperson of the AFMI Sisters’ Fellowship, Past. T. Savhasa as the AFMI Youth Director, Past. A.K. Khoza as the AFMI Children’s Ministry Director, Br. T. Kanyani as the AFMI Children’s Ministry Treasurer, Past. S. Makaudi as the Chairperson of the AFMI Men’s Ministry and Dr D. Andrew as a member of the AFMI Theological Education Association Committee.

Pastor Thandanani Savhasa, our National Youth Director and I were amongst the individuals who made presentations at the Council. Our presentations are shared here as the first two articles of this Pastoral Newsletter.

CALLED TO THE MISSIONAL FRONTLINE IN A TURBULENT WORLD

Dr H.J. Weideman (President of the AFM of SA)

The AFM International (AFMI), consisting of 28 member countries, had its 9th Triennial Council Meeting and Conference in Gaborone, Botswana from 22-28 August 2022. The theme of the conference was: CALLED TO THE MISSIONAL FRONTLINE IN A TURBULENT WORLD. I had the privilege to be the first speaker and to set some context for the theme.

When we look at the effects of the prolonged Ukraine war, the economic and political uncertainties, the ecological chaos with extreme temperatures, droughts and floods across the world, as well as the occurrence of gender-based violence, and psychological- and gender confusion – we must agree that indeed we are living in a turbulent world.

“…we are called into this world with the same calling Jesus had.”

 

Yet, we are called into this world with the same calling Jesus had. In Joh. 20:21 (NIV) Jesus said: “…As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” As Pentecostal believers, we have a passion for Jesus. We must however ask ourselves if we also have the Passion OF Jesus? The passion with which He was sent into the world. Do we love the way He loves? Do we care the way He cares? Can we forgive the way He forgives?The Church of Jesus Christ is not on a holiday trip but is called to be on a mission. We are not on a business trip, an ego trip, or a personal enrichment trip. We are sent on a mission. Part of this mission is to represent and present Jesus Christ to believers and to the world. In this regard, we need to ask ourselves how this Jesus that we are presenting and preaching about, looks like?

The French Artist Henri Rousseau once said: “God created man in his own image. And man, being a gentleman, returned the favour.Is the Jesus that we portray our own man-made version of how we would like Him to be or the Jesus of the Bible? We need to study the Scriptures and be confronted (again) with the uncomfortable truths about what Jesus really stands for. What were His views about relationships with friends and “enemies” as well as with people of other cultures and social classes?  How did Jesus talk about and view wealth and power? Did He talk more of letting go of things, life and self, or more about accumulating?

As the church, we are called to the frontline. That is the part of the army that is closest to the enemy.  We are not called to hide away somewhere in our churches, chapels, or auditoriums. We are not called to just talk, preach and pray – but to do! C.T. Studd, a British Cricketer and Missionary in the 1920s said: “Some want to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard from hell.” We must remember that “…our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” Ephesians 6:12 (NIV). In this turbulent world, we are called to reach out and touch the lives of the people in our spheres of influence. We are called to share the Gospel of Jesus.

In this turbulent world, we are called to reach out and touch the lives of the people in our spheres of influence. We are called to share the Gospel of Jesus.”

 

I like 1 Peter 3:15-16 (NIV) where Simon Peter wrote: “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience…” When asked why he did not embrace Christianity, Mahatma Gandhi replied with this widely known remark: “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. You Christians are so unlike your Christ.” We are called to the missional frontline in a turbulent world, to make a real difference. Not to be disrespectful, harsh and arrogant, but to be like Jesus.

EVANGELISM & DISCIPLESHIP FOR GENERATIONS Y & Z
Past. Thandanani Savhasa (Presiding Pastor of the AFM Naledi Assembly, Soweto) 

Generation Y is the Millennials born between 1981 and 1996 (ages 26 to 41 in 2022) described as “optimists” who embrace variety and inclusiveness with a desire to be discovered. Generation Z, the Zoomers, also known as the social generation, are those born between 1997 and 2012 (ages 10 to 25 in 2022). They are “realists” who are success-orientated and live in a world of more imagery than words – with an average screen time of 7.5 hours+ per day on either their mobile devices or television screens.

These two generations can be considered jointly as a generation of “followers”, with social media becoming a tool of great influence in the times we live in.

The Empty Tomb was Trending
In the famous text about Jesus and two travellers who were walking to Emmaus, Luke 24:13-35 tells us that while these two travellers could not recognise Jesus, they heard about the empty tomb. As Jesus asked them what they were talking about, they responded and said: “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” It is in this response that we can say that the resurrection of Jesus was “trending” (something that is currently popular or widely discussed).

Evangelism: Packaging the Message
Reaching out to Generations Y and Z means ensuring that the clear message of the resurrection and its significance in human history is not lost. Even the youngest in Generation Z (10 years old), must grasp and continue to be in awe of the greatest love story of all time. Evangelism is the presentation of the “Truth” who is Jesus, in a world of darkness and despair. In the times we are living in the term “truth” receives its definition by phrases such as “owning your truth” and “no one can take away your truth”. So the “truth” is now undefined.

“Evangelism is the presentation of the “Truth” who is Jesus, in a world of darkness and despair.”

We learn from Paul in Acts 17: 16-34 that he had to take time to observe and listen to those in Athens in order for him to minister to them from their beliefs. Some of the post-Covid-19 challenges are that many young people are experiencing discouragement, mental health diagnoses and pressures of financial strain and stagnation. The church needs to align the message of Hope into these trending themes and respond by releasing the following opposite words and how they are obtained in Christ, for instance: peace, rest and sound mind.

Discipleship Approach
If the principles of discipleship are that the church is to teach, baptise and raise “followers” of Jesus, it may not be an easy task for a generation that is already following different movements, ideologies, lifestyles and personalities. Judges 21:25 reveals that the ending of the book of Judges reads – that in absence of a king; every man did what was right in his own eyes. In other words, there was no clear responsibility taken by any of the 12 tribes after the death of Joshua in ensuring that the teachings of the ways of the Lord would be passed down from one generation to the other.

“Jesus takes a group that He trains for the sake of many.”

Jesus Model of Discipleship
The focus of the Jesus-model of discipleship is a focus on móre than one. Jesus takes a group that He trains for the sake of many. On the contrary, it is no longer one leader who is raised for one position, it is now a pool of leaders for a Kingdom-purpose. It is important to highlight that the disciples had an opportunity to be taught and to observe:

      • They saw Him speak in crowds and to individuals of all kinds of backgrounds, ages and gender. It will be imperative for Generations Y & Z to see the church reaching all kinds of people.
      • They saw Him challenged and interrogated. The way that the church handles challenges plays a role in teaching Generations Y & Z to uphold the Gospel.
      • They saw Him as compassionate – feeding the hungry and caring for the vulnerable.
      • They saw Him in the storm. The way the realities of life are presented to these Generations will be fundamental in assisting them to apply the Gospel in their everyday lives.
      • They saw Him serving them too. Jesus took time to teach some lessons through service, which is also important for the Generation Y’s and Z’s to know that they are valuable in the sight of the church and that they are entrusted to show value to others through service.
Discipleship as a Goal
It is important for discipleship in a church to be tracked (or monitored) and scheduled (given an allocated time):
      • A Spiritual Growth focus.
      • A Discipleship Team – a designated group of people should be tasked with discipleship.
      • Family Discipleship – when a Generation Y or Z or any one member of a family is saved, there needs to be training and tools for them to learn to minister to their whole family.
      • Discipleship-Centred Departments – each department in the church needs to present and be trained in discipleship.

Feedback & Insights
Jesus gave the disciples feedback and asked for their insights, “who do they say I am”. This teaches us the importance of understanding that these two Generations have different vantage points (the point from where someone views or sees something). Engagements are important in how they are discipled. In the same way, church leaders should ask their Generation Y’s and Z’s about the views of their peers about the church, about Jesus and about Christianity.

WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES ASSEMBLY: REFLECTIONS
Dr Henri Weideman (President of the AFM of SA); Past. Barend Petersen (Deputy President of the AFM of SA); Past. Selby Khumalo (General Secretary of the AFM of SA); Past. Rudi Coertzen (General Treasurer of the AFM of SA)

Dr Henri Weideman:
The first few days of the 11th World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly from 30 August to 8 September 2022 in Karlsruhe, Germany was a very interesting experience. The diversity of the 352 member churches – who together represent more than half a billion Christians around the world, is evident in the way some people dress and in the different ways they sing and pray. We experienced some of this during the evening prayer sessions where different Christian traditions were given the chance to lead us in song and prayer.

Some of the issues that were discussed include the Church’s response to the worldwide refugee crises, climate change, the war in the Ukraine and the challenges in Syria and the Middle East. The opening session where the AFM was also welcomed as one of the new members was historical in many ways. For the first time, the Pentecostals also had our own Confessional Meeting. The AFM was asked to shortly share our journey of involvement with the WCC – from the involvement of Past. David du Plessis from 1951, Dr Frank Chikane from 1980 and up to now where we are full members of the WCC. It was good to meet and pray together with other Pentecostal churches and -leaders from as far as Norway, Sweden, the USA, Argentina, Australia and even Russia. We had the privilege to participate in different Ecumenical Discussions and Home Groups, where we shared our testimony and views as AFM Pentecostals and as South Africans on the matters at hand.

Past. Barend Petersen:
We experienced the hospitality from the warm reception by the Welcoming Team as we disembarked from the aircraft to the welcoming refreshments by the Chaplains, taken directly to the train and warmly received at the Karlsruhe train station and thereafter transported to our hotel.

We were sincerely welcomed as a new member of the WCC at the first sitting on Tuesday morning. The organisation of the various activities were excellent and the content of the various sessions was well planned. The diversity of the attendees is reflective of the power of the Gospel in the world. The theme “Christ’s Love moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity” reflects the hope that the Conference has for a broken and divided world of 2022.

“The diversity of the attendees is reflective of the power of the Gospel in the world.”

Past. Selby Khumalo:
The AFM of SA, as a full member of the SACC (South African Council of Churches) since 2003, has been accepted as a full member of the WCC on 14 February 2022. We are honoured that in the year of our acceptance, the AFM leadership attended the WCC Assembly and Conference in Germany. This level of exposure and engagement offers the AFM a significant opportunity for strategic meetings, collaborations and partnerships for advancing a Pentecostal prophetic voice, initiatives and projects – adding to the representation of the Pentecostal Confessional Stream of the Christian Church in the WCC community. The AFM represents the changing landscape and growing diversity of Christianity within the WCC practically. The AFM, as a united Church has more capacity and institutional foundations to raise Pentecostalism on these strategic forums.

Past. Rudi Coertzen:
It is a real privilege to have represented our great church at this meeting of the WCC. As we have been accepted only in February 2022 – it took a lot of arrangements. The people are as diverse as can be expected at such an international meeting and the discussions passionately heated at times. This is an event that reflects the people of the world and all their diverse viewpoints.

A few outstanding moments were the Opening Plenary Session where the Federal President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke and welcomed the delegates. The first evening prayer session was memorable as different prayer traditions were displayed and songs from very traditional to nearly Pentecost were sung and celebrated. Discussions in the different groups gave me an opportunity to express our own viewpoints on certain matters.

CONCLUSION

The AFM of SA is currently the biggest Pentecostal Church and the first member of the World Pentecostal Fellowship, to be full members of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The DNA of Pentecostals since our establishment on the day of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, is to be ecumenical in reaching out and sharing the Gospel with all nations. In describing his ecumenical involvement, Past. David du Plessis referred to himself as an “ecumaniac.”

During this sitting of the WCC I had the honour to be elected as the first-ever Pentecostal member of the Central Committee of the WCC. I see this as an opportunity to represent the Pentecostal beliefs and values in this global ecumenical forum.

Friendly Regards
Henri Weideman

Pastorale Brief: 3de Kwartaal 2022

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AGS Pastorale Brief 3de Kwartaal 2022

INHOUD

GROETE
GEROEP NA DIE VOORSTE LINIE IN ‘N ONSTUIMIGE WÊRELD: ‘N MISSIONALE PERSPEKTIEF
EVANGELISERING EN DISSIPELSKAP VIR GENERASIES Y & Z
WÊRELDRAAD VAN KERKE VERGADERING: OORDENKINGS
SLOT
INLEIDING

Beste AGS Familie,

Ons was geseënd om deel te kon wees van twee interessante geleenthede die afgelope paar weke. Baie van ons het die AGS Internasionaal (AGSI) se 3 jaarlikse Raad en Konferensie in Gaborone, Botswana bygewoon en die Nasionale Ampsdraers het ook die 11de Vergadering van die Wêreldraad van Kerke (WRK) in Karlsruhe, Duitsland bygewoon.

Tydens die AGSI Raadsvergadering is Past. George Mahlobo en ek herkies as onderskeidelik die AGSI President en Sekretaris-generaal. Die volgende AGS van SA leiers is ook tot AGSI strukture verkies: Mama J. Mahlobo as Voorsitter van die AGSI Vrouebediening, Past. T. Savhasa as die AGSI Jeug Direkteur, Past. A.K. Khoza as die AGSI Kinderbediening Direkteur, Br. T. Kanyani as die AGSI Kinderbediening Tesourier, Past. S. Makaudi as die Voorsitter van die AGSI Mansbediening en Dr D. Andrew as lid van die AGSI Teologiese Onderwys Verenigingskomitee.

Past. Thandanani Savhasa, ons Nasionale Jeugdirekteur en ek was van die individue wat voorleggings by die Raad gedoen het. Ons aanbiedings word hier gedeel in die Pastorale Brief as die eerste twee artikels.

GEROEP NA DIE VOORSTE LINIE IN ‘N ONSTUIMIGE WÊRELD: ‘N MISSIONALE PERSPEKTIEF

Dr H.J. Weideman (President van die AGS van SA)

Die AGS Internasionaal (AFM International) wat tans uit 28 lidlande bestaan, het van 22-28 Augustus 2022 ‘n 9de Driejaarlikse Raadsvergadering en Konferensie in Gaborone, Botswana gehou. Die tema van die konferensie was: “Called To The Missional Frontline In A Turbulent World.” Ek het die voorreg gehad om die eerste spreker te wees en konteks vir die tema te verleen.

As ons kyk na die gevolge van die langdurige oorlog in Oekraïne, die ekonomiese en politieke onsekerhede, die ekologiese chaos met uiterste temperature, droogtes en vloede regoor die wêreld, sowel as die voorkoms van geslagsgebaseerde geweld, en sielkundige- en geslagsverwarring – dan moet ons saamstem dat ons inderdaad in ‘n onstuimige wêreld leef.

Tog word ons in hierdie wêreld ingeroep met dieselfde roeping wat Jesus gehad het.”

Tog word ons in hierdie wêreld ingeroep met dieselfde roeping wat Jesus gehad het. In Joh. 20:21 (NLV) het Jesus gesê: “…Net soos die Vader My gestuur het, stuur Ek julle ook.” As Pinkster gelowiges het ons ‘n passie vir Jesus. Ons moet onsself egter afvra of ons ook die Passie VAN Jesus het? Die passie waarmee Hy na die wêreld gestuur is. Het ons op dieselfde manier lief as wat Hy het? Gee ons om soos wat Hy omgee? Kan ons vergewe soos wat Hy vergewe?

Die Kerk van Jesus Christus is nie op ‘n vakansiereis nie, maar geroep tot ‘n missie. Ons is nie op ‘n sakereis, ‘n ego-reis of ‘n persoonlike verrykingsreis nie. Ons is op ‘n sending gestuur. Deel van hierdie sending is om Jesus Christus aan gelowiges en die wêreld voor te hou.

In hierdie verband moet ons onsself afvra hoe hierdie Jesus wat ons aan ander voorhou en oor preek lyk? Die Franse kunstenaar Henri Rousseau het eenkeer gesê: “God created man in his own image. And man, being a gentleman, returned the favour.” Is die Jesus wat ons uitbeeld ons eie mensgemaakte weergawe van hoe ons wil hê Hy moet wees, of die Jesus van die Bybel?  Ons moet die Skrif bestudeer en (weer) gekonfronteer word met die ongemaklike waarhede waarvoor Jesus werklik staan. Wat was Sy sienings oor verhoudings, met vriende en “vyande”, sowel as met mense van ander kulture en sosiale klasse? Hoe het Jesus oor rykdom en mag gepraat en dit beskou? Het Hy meer gepraat oor die laat gaan van dinge, die lewe en die self, of meer oor bymekaarmaak?

As kerk word ons na die voorste linie toe geroep. Dit is die deel van die weermag wat die naaste aan die vyand is. Ons word nie geroep om iewers in ons kerke, kapelle of ouditoriums weg te kruip nie.  Ons word nie geroep om net te praat, te preek en te bid nie – maar om te doen! C.T. Studd, ‘n Britse krieketspeler en sendeling in die 1920’s het gesê: “Some want to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard from hell.” Ons moet onthou dat “…ons stryd is nie teen vlees en bloed nie, maar teen die heersers, teen die owerhede, teen die magte van hierdie donker wêreld en teen die geestelike magte van die bose in die hemelse ryke.”  Efesiërs 6:12 (NIV) In hierdie onstuimige wêreld word ons geroep om uit te reik en die lewens van die mense in ons invloedsfere aan te raak. Ons is geroep om die Evangelie van Jesus te deel.

Ons is geroep om die Evangelie van Jesus te deel.”

Ek hou van 1 Petrus 3:15-16 (NIV) waar Simon Petrus geskryf het: “Maar in julle harte eer Christus as Here. Wees altyd bereid om ‘n antwoord te gee aan almal wat jou vra om die rede te gee vir die hoop wat jy het. Maar doen dit met sagmoedigheid en respek en hou ‘n skoon gewete…” Toe hy gevra is waarom hy nie die Christendom omhels het nie, het Mahatma Gandhi met hierdie algemeen bekende opmerking geantwoord: “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. You Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Ons word geroep na die missionale frontlinie in ‘n onstuimige wêreld om ‘n werklike verskil te maak. Nie om oneerbiedig, hardvogtig en arrogant te wees nie, maar om soos Jesus te wees.

EVANGELISERING EN DISSIPELSKAP VIR GENERASIES Y & Z

Past. Thandanani Savhasa (Presiderende Pastoor van die AFM Naledi Assembly, Soweto)

Generasie Y is die Millennials wat gebore is tussen 1981 en 1996 (ouderdomme 26-41 in 2022) en word beskryf as “optimiste” wat verskeidenheid en inklusiwiteit omhels met ‘n begeerte om ontdek te word. Generasie Z, die Zoomers, ook bekend as die sosiale generasie, is diegene wat tussen 1997 en 2012 gebore is (ouderdomme 10-25 in 2022). Hulle is die “realiste” wat sukses-georiënteerd is en leef in ‘n wêreld van meer beeldspraak as woorde – met ‘n gemiddelde skermtyd van 7,5 uur+ op hul mobiele toestelle óf televisieskerms. Hierdie twee generasies kan gesamentlik beskou word as ‘n generasie van “volgelinge” met sosiale media wat ‘n instrument van groot invloed geword het in die tye waarin ons leef.

Almal was Bewus van Die Leë Graf
In die bekende teks oor Jesus en twee reisigers wat na Emmaus gestap het, vertel Lukas 24:13-35 dat terwyl hierdie twee reisigers nie Jesus kon herken nie, hulle wel van die leë graf gehoor het. Toe Jesus hulle vra waaroor hulle praat, het hulle geantwoord en gesê: “Is jy die enigste een wat Jerusalem besoek en nie weet wat daar in hierdie dae gebeur het nie?” Dit is in hierdie reaksie dat ons kan sê dat die opstanding van Jesus “bekend” was (wat tans populêr is of wyd bespreek word).

Evangelisasie: Verpakking van die Boodskap
Om uit te reik na Generasies Y en Z beteken om te verseker dat die duidelike boodskap van die opstanding en die betekenis daarvan in die menslike geskiedenis nie verlore gaan nie. Selfs die jongste in Generasie Z (10 jaar oud), moet die grootste liefdesverhaal van alle tye begryp en voortgaan om in verwondering te staan. Evangelisasie is die aanbieding van die “waarheid” wat Jesus is, in ‘n wêreld van duisternis en wanhoop. In die tye waarin ons leef, het die term “waarheid” sy eie definisies ontvang deur frases soos “owning your truth” en “no one can take away your truth”. So die woord “waarheid” is nou ongedefinieer.

Evangelisasie is die aanbieding van die “waarheid” wat Jesus is, in ‘n wêreld van duisternis en wanhoop.”

Ons leer by Paulus in Handelinge 17:16-34 dat hy tyd moes neem om diegene in Athene waar te neem en na hulle te luister, sodat hy hulle vanuit hulle oortuigings kon bedien. Sommige van die gevolge van Covid-19 is dat baie jongmense moedeloos voel en in sekere gevalle ‘n geestesgesondheid diagnose in die gesig staar. Finansiële druk is aan die orde van die dag en jongmense voel hulle stagneer. Die kerk moet die boodskap van Hoop in ooreenstemming bring met hierdie tans “gewilde” temas en reageer met teenoorgestelde woorde en hoe dit in Christus verkry word, byvoorbeeld: vrede, rus en gesonde verstand.

Dissipelskap Benadering
As die beginsel van dissipelskap is dat die kerk die opdrag gekry het om mense te leer, te doop en “volgelinge” van Jesus te maak, is dit nie ‘n maklike taak vir ‘n generasie wat reeds verskillende bewegings, ideologieë, leefstyle en persoonlikhede volg nie. Rigters 21:25 openbaar dat aan die einde van die boek van Rigters, dit in die afwesigheid van ‘n koning is, wat elkeen laat doen wat reg was in sy eie oë. Daar was geen duidelike verantwoordelikheid wat enige van die 12 stamme ná die dood van Josua geneem het om te verseker dat God se Woord van een geslag na die volgende oorgedra sou word nie.

Jesus neem ‘n groep wat Hy oplei ter wille van baie.”

Die Jesus-Model van Dissipelskap
Die Jesus-model van dissipelskap se fokus is op meer as een persoon. Jesus neem ‘n groep wat Hy oplei ter wille van baie. Inteendeel, dit is nie meer een leier wat in ‘n posisie geplaas word nie, dit is nou ‘n poel van leiers vir ‘n Koninkryksdoel. Dit is belangrik om te beklemtoon dat die dissipels ‘n geleentheid gehad het om geleer te word en waar te neem:

      • Hulle het gesien hoe Hy die skares toespreek en interaksie het met individue van alle agtergronde, ongeag ouderdom en geslag. Dit sal noodsaaklik wees vir Generasies Y & Z om te sien hoe die kerk alle soorte mense bereik.
      • Hulle het gesien hoe Hy uitgelok en ondervra is. Die manier waarop die kerk uitdagings hanteer, speel ‘n rol om Generasie Y & Z te leer om die Evangelie te handhaaf.
      • Hulle het Hom as medelydend beskou – die wat honger is was gevoed en die wat weerloos was is versorg.
      • Hulle het Hom in die storm gesien. Die manier waarop die realiteite van die lewe aan hierdie generasies aangebied word sal fundamenteel wees om hulle te help om die Evangelie in hul alledaagse lewens toe te pas.
      • Hulle het ook gesien hoe Hy hulle dien. Jesus het tyd gemaak om aan hulle ‘n paar lesse te leer deur Sy diensbaarheid. Dit is ook belangrik vir Generasie Y en Z om te weet dat hulle waardevol is in die oë van die kerk en dat hulle toevertrou is om ander waardevol te laat voel deur hul diensbaarheid.
Dissipelskap as ‘n Doelwit
Dit is belangrik dat dissipelskap in ‘n Kerk gemonitor en geskeduleer word (binne ‘n gegewe tyd):
      • Met ‘n Geestelike Groei-fokus.
      • Met ‘n Dissipelskapspan. ‘n Aangewese groep mense se taak moet dissipelskap wees.
      • Gesinsdissipelskap – wanneer ‘n Generasie Y of Z, of enige lid van ‘n gesin gered word moet daar opleiding en hulpbronne wees sodat hulle kan leer om hul hele gesin te bedien.
      • Dissipelskap-gesentreerde Departemente – elke departement in die Kerk moet opgelei word in dissipelskap en dit aanbied.

Terugvoer en Insigte
Jesus het die dissipels terugvoer gegee en gevra vir hulle insigte, “wie sê hulle is Ek”. Dit leer ons hoe belangrik dit is om te verstaan dat hierdie twee generasies verskillende oogpunte het (die manier waarop iemand iets sien of waarneem). Die tipe interaksie is belangrik in hoe hulle gedissipel word. Op dieselfde manier moet Kerkleiers hulle Generasie Y en Z vra oor hoe hul vriende in hul eie portuurgroepe die Kerk, Jesus en Christenskap sien en verstaan.

WÊRELDRAAD VAN KERKE VERGADERING: OORDENKINGS
Dr Henri Weideman (President van die AGS van SA); Past. Barend Petersen (Adjunkpresident van die AGS van SA); Past. Selby Khumalo (Hoofsekretaris van die AGS van SA); Past. Rudi Coertzen (Hooftesourier van die AGS van SA)

Dr Henri Weideman:
Die eerste paar dae van die 11de Wêreldraad van Kerke (WRK) se vergadering van 30 Augustus tot 8 September 2022 in Karlsruhe, Duitsland was ‘n baie interessante ervaring. Die diversiteit van die 352 lidkerke wat saam meer as ‘n halfmiljard Christene regoor die wêreld verteenwoordig, is duidelik sigbaar in die manier waarop sommige mense aantrek en op die verskillende maniere waarop hulle sing en bid. Ons het iets hiervan ervaar tydens die aandgebedsessies waar verskillende Christelike tradisies die kans gegun is om ons in sang en gebed te lei.

Van die kwessies wat bespreek is, sluit in die Kerk se reaksie op die wêreldwye vlugtelingkrisisse, klimaatsverandering, die oorlog in die Oekraïne en die uitdagings in Sirië en die Midde-Ooste. Die openingsessie waar die AGS ook as een van die nuwe lede verwelkom is, was in baie opsigte histories. Vir die eerste keer het die Pinkstermense ook ons ​​eie Belydenisbyeenkoms gehad. Die AGS is gevra om kortliks ons reis van betrokkenheid by die WRK te deel vanaf die betrokkenheid van Past. David du Plessis vanaf 1951, Dr Frank Chikane vanaf 1980 en tot nou waar ons volle lede van die WRK is. Dit was goed om met ander Pinksterkerke en -leiers van so ver as Noorweë, Swede, die VSA, Argentinië, Australië en selfs Rusland, te ontmoet en saam te bid.

Ons het die voorreg gehad om aan verskillende ekumeniese gesprekke en besprekingsgroepe deel te neem, waar ons ons getuienis en sienings as AGS Pinkstermense en as Suid-Afrikaners oor relevante sake gedeel het.

Past. Barend Petersen:
Ons het gasvryheid ervaar deur die hartlike ontvangs van die verwelkomingspan toe ons van die vliegtuig afklim, tot die verwelkomende verversings deur die Kapelane, waarna ons na die trein geneem is en hartlik by die Karlsruhe-treinstasie ontvang is en daarna na ons hotel vervoer is.

Die diversiteit van die deelnemers weerspieël die krag van die Evangelie in die wêreld.”

Ons is Dinsdagoggend by die eerste sitting hartlik verwelkom as ‘n nuwe lid van die WRK. Die organisasie van die verskillende aktiwiteite was uitstekend en die inhoud van die verskillende sessies is goed beplan. Die diversiteit van die deelnemers weerspieël die krag van die Evangelie in die wêreld. Die tema “Christus se liefde beweeg die wêreld na versoening en eenheid” weerspieël die hoop wat die Konferensie het vir ‘n gebroke en verdeelde wêreld in 2022.

Past. Selby Khumalo:
Die AGS van SA, as ‘n volle lid van die SARK (Suid-Afrikaanse Raad van Kerke) sedert 2003, is op 14 Februarie 2022 as ‘n volle lid van die WRK aanvaar. Ons is geëerd dat in die jaar van ons aansluiting die AGS-leierskap die WRK Vergadering en Konferensie in Duitsland kon bywoon. Hierdie vlak van blootstelling en betrokkenheid bied die AGS ‘n beduidende geleentheid vir strategiese vergaderings, samewerking en vennootskappe om ‘n Pinkster-profetiese stem, inisiatiewe en projekte te bevorder. Asook om by te dra tot die verteenwoordiging van die Pinkster Belydenisstroom van die Christelike Kerk in die WRK gemeenskap.

Die AGS verteenwoordig prakties die veranderende landskap en groeiende diversiteit van Christenskap binne die WRK. Die AGS, as ‘n verenigde Kerk, het meer kapasiteit en institusionele fondamente om Pinksterskap op hierdie strategiese forums te verhoog.

Past. Rudi Coertzen:
Dit is ‘n ware voorreg om ons trotse kerk by hierdie vergadering van die WRK te kon verteenwoordig. Aangesien ons eers in Februarie 2022 aangesluit het – het dit baie reëlings geverg. Die mense is so uiteenlopend as wat by so ‘n internasionale vergadering verwag kan word en die gesprekke was met tye vurig en passievol. Dit is ‘n gebeurtenis wat die mense van die wêreld en al hul uiteenlopende standpunte weerspieël.

‘n Paar uitstaande oomblikke was die openingsseremonie waar die Federale President van Duitsland, Frank-Walter Steinmeier gepraat het en die afgevaardigdes verwelkom het. Die eerste aandgebedsessie was onvergeetlik aangesien verskillende gebedstradisies ten toon gestel is en liedere van baie tradisioneel tot byna Pinkster gesing en gevier is. Gesprekke in die verskillende groepe het my die geleentheid gebied om ons eie standpunte oor sekere sake uit te druk.

SLOT

Die AGS van SA is tans die grootste Pinksterkerk en die eerste lid van die World Pentecostal Fellowship wat volle lede van die Wêreldraad van Kerke (WRK) is. Die DNA van Pinkstermense sedert ons stigting op die dag van die uitstorting van die Heilige Gees, is om ekumenies te wees in die uitreik na en die deel van die Evangelie met alle nasies. In die beskrywing van sy ekumeniese betrokkenheid, het pastoor David du Plessis na homself verwys as ‘n “ecumaniac.”

Tydens hierdie sitting van die WRK het ek die eer gehad om verkies te word as die eerste Pinksterlid van die Sentrale Komitee van die Wêreldraad van Kerke. Ek sien dit as ‘n geleentheid om die Pinkster-oortuigings en -waardes op hierdie globale ekumeniese forum te verteenwoordig.

Seëninge!
Henri Weideman

Pastoral Letter: 2nd Quarter 2022

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

– INTRODUCTION
– MILESTONES IN OUR CONTINUOUS JOURNEY TO UNITY
– SPECIAL MESSAGES FROM THE 1996 OFFICE BEARERS
– CONCLUSION

Dear AFM Family,

On the 5th of April 2022, we celebrated our church’s 26th Unity Anniversary at the AFM National Office in Centurion (Gauteng). Together with my fellow National Office Bearers, we had the privilege of sharing lunch with the Office Bearers of 1996. In our conversations, we were reminded of what happened on this day 26 years ago. Many of us were present as the AFM Church gathered at the SuperSport Park stadium in Centurion when Dr Isak Burger and Past. Frank Chikane took to the stage. Prompted by the Holy Spirit, a historic moment of reconciliation was witnessed between these two leaders. That day was the start of the AFM’s unity journey.

We have decided to dedicate this Pastoral Letter to our unity journey. Our unity is precious and part of the witnessing of our church. We trust that it will inspire and bless you!

MILESTONES IN OUR CONTINUOUS JOURNEY TO UNITY

Dr H.J. Weideman (President of the AFM of SA)

Introduction

At its inception in 1908, the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa (AFM of SA) was a multicultural and non-racial church. The decades between 1948 and the 1980s were marked by a racially defined church, as the AFM succumbed to the influence of the Government’s policy of Apartheid and the prevailing culture of the time. The changing political landscape in the country affected the church to a point in 1944 where the White church was viewed as the “mother church” while the Black, Coloured and Indian churches were regarded as “daughter churches”.

Discussions on the church’s unification started around 1975. In August 1985 the AFM produced a Declaration of Intent to unite the church and remove racial connotations from its structure. This document was endorsed by the entire church in 1986.

After a lengthy unity process, the Black, Coloured and Indian churches united into the Composite Division, which united with the White, Single Division. On 3 April 1996 the AFM of SA achieved structural unity when the joint Workers Council (GBM) overwhelmingly adopted a new non-racial and non-sexist constitution and elected National Office Bearers for the united church. This constitution dropped all racial and gender references and presented the AFM as one united church.

Although the church celebrates the structural unity achieved in 1996 as a milestone in our continuous journey of unity, the challenge to deepen and strengthen this unity remains ongoing. This has led to the need to intentionally build cohesion across cultural, ethnic, language and socio-economic backgrounds in the diverse society that South Africa and the AFM reflect.

Unity Restored

In a moving Unity Ceremony on Good Friday, 5 April 1996 at the Centurion Park Stadium (attended by ± 15 000 people) the newly elected President of the unified church, Dr Isak Burger, asked for forgiveness from the former Black, Coloured and Indian – on behalf of the previous White church. The then newly elected Deputy President of the AFM, Past. Frank Chikane, accepted Dr Isak Burger’s pleas on behalf of the former Black churches. This made the AFM of SA the first church denomination to unify since the advent of South Africa’s democracy.


In a video made for the 20th Unity Celebrations in 2016, Past. Frank Chikane talked about the time when the three “daughter” churches decided to unite as the Composite Division. He said: “We had challenges about constitutions, technicalities and all those types of things. At one stage we stopped the process and asked: Does God want us to unite? And we said: Yes, the Holy Spirit wants us to be united. We left the constitution, declared ourselves united and said the constitution will follow, and indeed it did.”

Unified Structure

Since 1996 the AFM of SA functions with the following fully integrated organisational structure:

  • A bi-annual General Business Meeting (GBM) to which each registered Assembly can send two representatives.
  • Four National Office Bearers (NOB): The President, Deputy President, General Secretary and General Treasurer – are elected every 4 years by the GBM.
  • The National Leadership Forum (NLF) meets three times per year and consists of the leaders of the 43 Regions of the church, as well as the National Department leaders.
  • Six National Departments with their Directors and Governing Bodies: Education and Training; Welfare; National Men’s Fellowship, National Sisters Fellowship, National Youth, and the National Children’s Ministry.
  • Regional Leadership Forums (RLF) and -Committees (RLC) for the 43 Geographical and Non-Geographical Regions/Networks.
  • Local Assemblies (currently 1,721) with their Governing Bodies, departments and ministries, function within the structure of the respective Regions and Networks.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission

On 19 November 1999, Dr Isak Burger and Past Frank Chikane along with Pastors George Mahlobo, Peter de Witt, Ronnie Naidoo and Ansley Jacobs, met with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in East London and made a presentation on behalf of the AFM Church.

As part of the AFM’s presentation at the TRC, Dr Isak Burger said: “The 1997 Workers’ Council (the first GBM after unity) reacted in humiliation to the call of the Almighty to become an instrument of healing and reconciliation and decided to unconditionally accept responsibility for the fact that the church was not the voice of God of reconciliation in this country for so long as the community was separated by racism.”

He also said: “We have admitted the errors of our ways; we have apologised collectively and individually to each other. We have apologised to those beyond the reach of the AFM which we might have caused harm to. We now are faced by the enormous task of getting to grips with questions such as reconciliation, healing, bridge building, poverty, joblessness, and creating a mentality of challenging government and keeping an eye on those ruling over us, in a bid to prevent the mistakes and sins of yesteryear being repeated.”

Vision Statement

Although many local Assemblies have their own vision statements and focus areas, they all relate in some way to the united AFM’s national vision:

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

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

Reconciliation Process

We understand repentance, forgiveness, healing as well as restoration and restitution to be an integral part of the Biblical basis for reconciliation. Repentance and forgiveness have been expressed and experienced to a great extent. While the vertical dimension of reconciliation (between God and humanity) is high on our ministry focus as a church, the horizontal dimension of reconciliation (person to person) is still unfolding.

At the different structural levels of the church reconciliation and unity are experienced as follows:

National Level
Unity and growing reconciliation are experienced. AFM leaders are building relationships as colleagues and friends. The National Leadership Forum had a few empowerment sessions intended to make participants sensitive to, and appreciative of our cultural diversity. Painful experiences emanating from the past can be exchanged more candidly, without members taking offence or becoming bitter. Acceptance of one another’s views on issues are growing.

Regional Level
Regions and Networks experience the deepening of unity and reconciliation at different speeds – the most being representative of the diversity of the AFM. It is however mainly Pastors, their spouses and Assembly Governing Body members that regularly meet on a cross-cultural basis for regional meetings, break-aways and empowerment sessions.

Local Assembly Level
Although there is a noticeable increase in multi-cultural Sunday services and -Assemblies, many members do not experience unity and reconciliation in practical terms at the Assembly Level. Most Assemblies remain in the paradigms of culture, language and geographic areas.

Advisory Committee on Cohesion

Past. George Mahlobo, AFM General Secretary since unification and President from 2016 to 2021 headed an inclusive advisory committee on cohesion during his tenure. The purpose of this committee and the ongoing focus on cohesion is: To explore more ways of celebrating our God-given diversity; To understand our communities and measure social cohesion; To engage our communities and build partnerships between key stakeholders; To prevent and respond to incidents of racism or conflict between groups; To strategically plan for the needs of our communities now and into the future; To monitor, evaluate and share outcomes.

The Way Forward

The list below includes, but is not limited to some of the proposals made by the Committee on cohesion:

  • Define the challenges of cohesion and engage in a frank discussion about it.
  • Consult AFM Members, especially the younger generation about their views and expectations regarding cohesion.
  • Create more opportunities for leaders to share their life stories, interact and discuss issues openly. This should include sessions where people are allowed to express their felt pain and be guided on how to deal with it.
  • Promote integrated fellowships and conferences. Conferences are useful if they are organised in such a way that they display diversity in terms of speakers, musicians, worship, music and other related matters. At most conferences, communication and preaching are in English with interpreters. Singing is also mostly in English and the dominant languages of the particular area.  Where possible, lyrics of songs are displayed on a screen, with vernacular subtitles.
  • Empower church leadership on all levels to participate in the planning and implementation of activities that promote diversity and cohesion. This should include relationship-building activities and opportunities for Pastors and members to interact and visit one another as individuals or as a group.
  • Share and encourage good practice and success stories of integration and social cohesion.
  • Use the church’s social media platforms to communicate messages that build social cohesion.

SPECIAL MESSAGES FROM THE 1996 OFFICE BEARERS

Dr Isak Burger; Past. Frank Chikane; Past. George Mahlobo & Past. Peter de Witt

“Since the start of the AFM in 1908, the unification of our church in 1996 may be considered the most important event in our history. One can hardly imagine what would have happened to the oldest and leading Pentecostal church in South Africa had this not happened. We would have been unfaithful to the Scriptural principle that race should not be a dividing and separating factor in the church of the Lord. We would also most likely have been relegated to the periphery in an integrated, democratic society. Our unification certainly gave us some moral high ground. God was gracious to us during a favourable time in our young democracy. It was a time of remarkable national goodwill and reconciliation – indeed a “kairos” time for an event of this nature to realise. If we had missed that window of opportunity, I believe unification would have become increasingly challenging. We can truly thank God for His grace, favour and wisdom to do the right thing.”
– Dr Isak Burger (Former President of the AFM of SA)

“I thank God that we have walked this journey thus far. I must say that many people missed the fact that the unity of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa was extraordinary. The AFM has moved further than any other church in terms of its unity. Not many people understand how challenging this experience was. We walked a long journey with an Apartheid church that was a child of its time. We had to listen to the Holy Spirit speaking to us and we had to work together to ensure that the AFM gets united. 1996 was a culmination of this miracle. I am pleased that 26 years later, I can say that I am proud of the AFM for listening what God wanted to do. We are now united and can preach the Gospel together without worrying about that history.”
– Past. Frank Chikane (Former Deputy President of the AFM of SA & Former President of AFM International)

“The acceptance of the Declaration of Intent document was a milestone achievement. In this document the AFM declared that racial discrimination cannot be used as a principle in God’s kingdom and in the church. The acceptance of the church’s constitution in 1996 which does not define church members in terms of race was a second historical moment for the church’s unity.  These were the two important decisions that set the church on the path of unity. We must all work together to deepen this unity through meaningful engagement. We must all commit to embracing one another as sisters and brothers irrespective of our various cultures, race, class and gender. In Psalm 133 we are reminded about the beauty and pleasantness of the unity of the saints.”
– Past. George Mahlobo (Former General Secretary of the AFM of SA; Former President of the AFM of SA & Current President of AFM International)

“The unity of the church in 1996 was a culmination of a God-given desire to fulfil His purposes of being one in Him, a unison that extends beyond the boundaries of race, colour and culture; heralding the prayer of Jesus in John 17: 11 “… that they may be one, even as We are.” This unity has had an ongoing profound positive impact on my life as well as those with whom I have contact in my daily dealings within the church. It has broadened my horizons in communicating and reaching out to the community whilst fulfilling the call of the gospel of Jesus Christ, “… Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15). It is a wonderful experience to know and gain a richer understanding of one another within a church that has so much God-given diversity and talent. May the fulness of God’s rich and wonderful blessings be bestowed upon every person within the church in our onward journey of knowing Him who was and is and shall be into eternity!”
– Past. Peter de Witt (Former General Treasurer of the AFM of SA)

CONCLUSION

We cannot say that we have completed the journey to unity yet. It has been and still is a challenge for several reasons. We also still have vestiges of prejudice, superiority and typecasting between cultures.

We acknowledge all the members and leaders who have paid a hefty price and played a persistent role in bringing us to where we are. As the AFM of SA, we are humbly thankful for our journey to unity thus far, and we hope that our experience can in some way assist others.

Blessings
Henri Weideman

 

 

Pastorale Brief: 2de Kwartaal 2022

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INHOUD
– GROETE
– MYLPALE IN ONS DEURLOPENDE REIS NA EENHEID
– SPESIALE BOODSKAPPE VAN DIE 1996 AMPSDRAERS
– SLOT

Geagte AGS Familie,

Op 5 April 2022 het ons die kerk se 26ste Eenheids Herdenking by die AGS Nasionale Kantoor in Centurion (Gauteng) gevier. Saam met my mede Nasionale Ampsdraers het ons die voorreg gehad om middagete saam met die Ampsdraers van 1996 te geniet. In ons gesprekke is ons herinner aan wat op hierdie dag, 26 jaar gelede gebeur het. Baie van ons was teenwoordig terwyl die AGS Kerk by SuperSport Park Stadion in Centurion bymekaargekom het, toe Dr Isak Burger en Pastoor Frank Chikane die verhoog betree het. Deur die leiding van die Heilige Gees, is ‘n historiese oomblik van versoening tussen hierdie twee leiers waargeneem. Daardie dag was die begin van die AGS se reis na eenheid.

Ons het besluit om hierdie Pastorale Brief aan ons eenheidsreis op te dra. Ons eenheid is kosbaar en deel van die getuienis van ons kerk. Ons vertrou dat dit jou sal inspireer en seën!

MYLPALE IN ONS DEURLOPENDE REIS NA EENHEID

Dr H.J. Weideman (President van die AGS van SA)

Inleiding

Met sy ontstaan ​​in 1908 was die Apostoliese Geloofsending van Suid-Afrika (AGS van SA) ‘n multikulturele en nie-rassige kerk. Die dekades tussen 1948 en die 1980’s is gekenmerk deur ‘n rasgedefinieerde kerk, aangesien die AGS geswig het onder die invloed van die Regering se beleid van Apartheid en die kulturele klimaat van die tyd. Die veranderende politieke landskap in die land het die kerk geaffekteer tot op die punt in 1944 waar die Blanke kerk as die “moederkerk” beskou is, terwyl die Swart-, Kleurling- en Indiër kerke as “dogterkerke” beskou is.


Gesprekke oor die kerk se eenwording het rondom 1975 begin. In Augustus 1985 het die AGS ‘n Verklaring van Voorneme opgestel om die kerk te verenig en rassekonnotasies uit sy struktuur te verwyder. Hierdie dokument is in 1986 deur die hele kerk aanvaar.

Na ‘n lang eenheidsproses het die Swart-, Kleurling- en Indiër kerke verenig in die Saamgestelde Afdeling, wat met die Blanke, Enkel Afdeling verenig het. Op 3 April 1996 het die AGS van SA strukturele eenheid bereik toe die gesamentlike Werkersraad (GBM) oorweldigend ‘n nuwe nie-rassige en nie-seksistiese grondwet aanvaar en Nasionale Ampsdraers vir die verenigde kerk verkies het. Hierdie grondwet het alle rasse- en geslagsverwysings laat vaar en die AGS as een verenigde kerk beskou.

Alhoewel die kerk die strukturele eenheid wat in 1996 bereik is vier as ‘n mylpaal in ons reis na eenheid, bly die uitdaging om hierdie eenheid voortdurend te verdiep en te versterk. Dit het gelei tot die behoefte om doelbewus samehorigheid oor kulturele, etniese, taal- en sosio-ekonomiese agtergronde te bou in die diverse samelewing wat Suid-Afrika en die AGS weerspieël.

Eenheid Herstel

In ‘n roerende Eenheid Seremonie op Goeie Vrydag, 5 April 1996 by Centurion SuperSport Park Stadion (bygewoon deur ± 15 000 mense) het die nuutverkose President van die verenigde kerk, Dr Isak Burger, die voormalige Swart-, Kleurling- en Indiër kerke om vergifnis gevra – namens die vorige Blanke kerk. Die destydse nuutverkose Adjunkpresident van die AGS, Pastoor Frank Chikane, het Dr Isak Burger se pleidooie namens die voormalige Swart kerke aanvaar. Dit het die AGS van SA die eerste kerk denominasie gemaak wat verenig is sedert die instelling van Suid-Afrika se demokrasie.


In ‘n video wat gemaak is vir die 20ste Eenheidsherdenking in 2016, het Pastoor Frank Chikane  gepraat oor die tyd toe die drie “dogter” kerke besluit het om te verenig as die Saamgestelde Afdeling. Hy het gesê: “We had challenges about constitutions, technicalities and all those types of things. At one stage we stopped the process and asked: Does God want us to unite? And we said: Yes, the Holy Spirit wants us to be united. We left the constitution, declared ourselves united and said the constitution will follow, and indeed it did.”

Verenigde Struktuur

Sedert 1996 funksioneer die AGS van SA met die volgende ten volle geïntegreerde organisasiestruktuur:

  • ‘n Tweejaarlikse Algemene Besigheidsvergadering (GBM) waarna elke geregistreerde Gemeente twee verteenwoordigers kan stuur.
  • Vier Nasionale Ampsdraers (NOB): Die President, Adjunkpresident, Algemene Sekretaris en Algemene Tesourier – word elke 4 jaar deur die GBM verkies.
  • Die Nasionale Leierskapsforum (NLF) vergader drie keer per jaar en bestaan ​​uit die leiers van die 43 Streke van die kerk, sowel as die Nasionale Departemente se leiers.
  • Ses Nasionale Departemente met hul Direkteure en Beheerliggame: Education & Training; AGS Welsyn; National Men’s FellowshipNational Sisters FellowshipNational Youth, en die National Children’s Ministry.
  • Streeksleierskapsforums (RLF) en -komitees (RLC) vir die 43 geografiese en nie-geografiese streke/netwerke.
  • Plaaslike Gemeentes (tans 1,721) met hul Beheerliggame, departemente en bedienings, funksioneer binne die struktuur van die onderskeie streke en netwerke.
 

Die Waarheids- en Versoeningskommissie

Op 19 November 1999 het Dr Isak Burger en Pastoor Frank Chikane saam met Pastore George Mahlobo, Peter de Witt, Ronnie Naidoo en Ansley Jacobs met die Waarheids- en Versoeningskommissie (WVK) in Oos-Londen vergader en ‘n voorlegging namens die AGS Kerk gedoen.

As deel van die AGS se aanbieding by die WVK het Dr Isak Burger gesê:

“The 1997 Workers’ Council (the first GBM after unity) reacted in humiliation to the call of the Almighty to become an instrument of healing and reconciliation and decided to unconditionally accept responsibility for the fact that the church was not the voice of God of reconciliation in this country for so long as the community was separated by racism.”  

Hy het ook gesê: “We have admitted the errors of our ways; we have apologised collectively and individually to each other. We have apologised to those beyond the reach of the AFM which we might have caused harm to. We now are faced by the enormous task of getting to grips with questions such as reconciliation, healing, bridge building, poverty, joblessness, and creating a mentality of challenging government and keeping an eye on those ruling over us, in a bid to prevent the mistakes and sins of yesteryear being repeated.”

Ons Nasionale Visie
Alhoewel baie plaaslike gemeentes hul eie visiestellings en fokusareas het, hou hulle almal op een of ander manier verband met die verenigde AGS se nasionale visie:

“Ons sien ‘n kerk wat toeganklik is vir alle mense, wat ons eenheid en God-gegewe diversiteit vier, wat ons lidmate bemagtig om om te gee en gemeenskappe te verander tot eer van God.”
Om hierdie visie te verwesenlik het die AGS van SA ‘n Missionale Strategie in 2013 aangeneem, beter bekend as die One AFM Game Plan. Hierdie strategie fokus op Dissipelskap, Bemagtiging, Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid, Ekumeniese Betrokkenheid en Goeie Bestuur as dryfkragte om ‘n Missionale beweging te word.

Versoeningsproses

Ons verstaan dat ​​berou, vergifnis, genesing sowel as herstel en restitusie ‘n integrale deel van die Bybelse basis is vir versoening. Berou en vergifnis is tot ‘n groot mate uitgespreek en ervaar. Terwyl die vertikale dimensie van versoening (tussen God en mensdom) hoog op ons bedieningsfokus as kerk is, is die horisontale dimensie van versoening (persoon tot persoon) steeds besig om te ontvou. Op die verskillende strukturele vlakke van die kerk word versoening en eenheid soos volg ervaar:

Nasionale Vlak
Eenheid en groeiende versoening word ervaar. AGS-leiers bou verhoudings as kollegas en vriende. Die Nasionale Leierskapsforum het ‘n paar bemagtigingsessies gehad wat bedoel was om leiers sensitief te maak, en waardering vir ons kulturele diversiteit te kweek. Pynlike ervarings wat uit die verlede voortspruit kan meer openhartig uitgeruil word, sonder dat leiers aanstoot neem of verbitterd word. Aanvaarding van mekaar se sienings oor sake neem toe.

Streeksvlak
Streke en Netwerke ervaar die verdieping van eenheid en versoening teen verskillende tempo’s – en is die mees verteenwoordigende vlak van die diversiteit binne die AGS. Dit is egter hoofsaaklik Pastore, hul gades en die Beheerliggame van Gemeentes wat gereeld op ‘n kruiskulturele basis vergader by streeksbyeenkomste, wegbreke en bemagtigingsessies.

Plaaslike Gemeentevlak
Alhoewel daar ‘n merkbare toename in multikulturele Sondagdienste en -Byeenkomste is, ervaar baie lidmate nie eenheid en versoening in praktiese terme op Gemeentevlak nie. Die meeste Gemeentes funksioneer nog in die paradigmas van kultuur, taal en geografiese gebiede.

Advieskomitee oor Kohesie

Pastoor George Mahlobo, Hoofsekretaris van die AGS sedert eenwording, en President van 2016 tot 2021, het tydens sy ampstermyn aan die hoof van ‘n inklusiewe advieskomitee oor kohesie (samehorigheid) gestaan. Die doel van hierdie komitee en die voortdurende fokus op kohesie is: Om meer maniere te ondersoek om ons God-gegewe diversiteit te vier; Om ons gemeenskappe te verstaan ​​en sosiale samehorigheid te meet; Om ons gemeenskappe te betrek en vennootskappe tussen sleutel rolspelers te bou; Om voorvalle van rassisme of konflik tussen groepe te voorkom en daarop te reageer; Om strategies te beplan vir die behoeftes van ons gemeenskappe nou en in die toekoms; Om uitkomste te monitor, te evalueer en te deel.

Die Pad Vorentoe
Die lys hieronder sluit in, maar is nie beperk nie tot sommige van die voorstelle wat deur die Advieskomitee oor Kohesie gemaak is:

  • Definieer die uitdagings van samehorigheid en voer openhartige gesprekke daaroor.
  • Raadpleeg AGS lidmate, veral die jonger generasie oor hul sienings en verwagtinge rakende kohesie.
  • Skep meer geleenthede vir leiers om hul lewensverhale te deel, interaksie te hê en kwessies openlik te bespreek. Dit moet sessies insluit waar mense toegelaat word om hul gevoelens van pyn uit te druk en begelei te word oor hoe om dit te hanteer.
  • Bevorder geïntegreerde byeenkomste en konferensies. Konferensies is nuttig as dit so georganiseer is dat dit diversiteit toon in terme van sprekers, musikante, aanbidding, musiek en ander verwante areas. By die meeste konferensies is kommunikasie en prediking in Engels met tolke. Sang is ook meestal in Engels en in die dominante tale van die betrokke gebied. Waar moontlik word lirieke van liedjies op ‘n skerm vertoon, met onderskrifte in ‘n relevante taal.
  • Bemagtig kerkleierskap op alle vlakke om deel te neem aan die beplanning en implementering van aktiwiteite wat diversiteit en kohesie bevorder. Dit moet verhoudingsbou-aktiwiteite en geleenthede vir Pastore en lidmate insluit om interaksie te hê en mekaar as individue of as ‘n groep te besoek.
  • Moedig sosiale kohesie aan asook die deel van sukses-stories van integrasie.
  • Gebruik die kerk se sosiale media platforms om boodskappe te kommunikeer wat sosiale kohesie bou.

SPESIALE BOODSKAPPE VAN DIE 1996 AMPSDRAERS

Dr Isak Burger; Pastore Frank Chikane; George Mahlobo & Peter de Witt

“Sedert die ontstaan van die AGS in 1908 kan die eenwording van ons kerk in 1996 as die belangrikste gebeurtenis in ons geskiedenis beskou word. Mens kan jou skaars indink wat die resultaat sou wees vir die oudste Pinksterkerk in Suid-Afrika, as dit nie gebeur het nie. Ons sou ontrou gewees het aan die Skriftuurlike beginsel dat ras nie ‘n verdelings- en skeidsfaktor in die kerk van die Here moet wees nie. Ons sou ook heel waarskynlik op die kantlyn gesit het in ‘n geïntegreerde, demokratiese samelewing. Ons eenwording het ons beslis tot ‘n mate die morele hoë grond gegee. God was ons genadig gedurende ‘n gunstige tyd in ons jong demokrasie. Dit was ‘n tyd van merkwaardige nasionale welwillendheid en versoening – inderdaad ‘n kairos-tyd vir ‘n gebeurtenis van hierdie aard om te realiseer. As ons daardie geleentheid gemis het, glo ek eenwording sou al hoe meer uitdagend geword het. Ons kan God waarlik dank vir Sy genade, guns en wysheid om die regte ding te doen.”
– Dr Isak Burger (Voormalige President van die AGS van SA)

“Ek dank God dat ons hierdie reis tot dusver gestap het. Ek moet sê dat baie mense nie besef hoe buitengewoon die eenheid van die Apostoliese Geloofsending van Suid-Afrika is nie. Die AGS het verder gevorder as enige ander kerk wat sy eenheid betref. Nie baie mense verstaan ​​hoe uitdagend hierdie ervaring was nie. Ons het ‘n lang reis aangepak met ‘n kerk wat onder die druk van ‘n Apartheids Regering geswig het. Ons moes luister na die Heilige Gees wat met ons praat en ons moes saamwerk om te verseker dat die AGS verenig word. 1996 was die hoogtepunt van hierdie wonderwerk. Ek is bly dat ek 26 jaar later kan sê dat ek trots is op die AGS wat geluister het na wat God wou doen. Ons is nou verenig en kan saam die Evangelie verkondig sonder om ons oor daardie geskiedenis te bekommer. ”
– Past. Frank Chikane (Voormalige Adjunkpresident van die AGS van SA & Voormalige President van AGS Internasionaal)

“Die aanvaarding van die Verklaring van Voorneme-dokument was ‘n mylpaalprestasie. In hierdie dokument het die AGS verklaar dat rassediskriminasie nie as ‘n beginsel in God se koninkryk en in die kerk gebruik kan word nie. Die aanvaarding van die kerk se grondwet in 1996 wat nie kerklidmate in terme van ras definieer nie, was ‘n tweede historiese oomblik vir die kerk se eenheid. Dit was die twee belangrike besluite wat die kerk op die pad van eenheid geplaas het. Ons moet almal saamwerk om hierdie eenheid deur betekenisvolle betrokkenheid te verdiep. Ons moet ons almal daartoe verbind om mekaar as susters en broers te omhels, ongeag ons verskillende kulture, ras, klas en geslag. In Psalm 133 word ons herinner aan die mooiheid en aangenaamheid van eenheid onder die heiliges.”
– Pastoor George Mahlobo (Voormalige Algemene Sekretaris van die AGS van SA; Voormalige President van die AGS van SA & Huidige President van die AGS Internasionaal)

“Die eenheid van die kerk in 1996 was ‘n hoogtepunt van ‘n Godgegewe begeerte om Sy doelwitte te vervul om een ​​in Hom te wees, ‘n eenheid wat verder strek as die grense van ras, kleur en kultuur; wat die gebed van Jesus in Johannes 17:11 aankondig “… sodat hulle net soos Ons een kan wees.” Hierdie eenheid het ‘n deurlopende diepgaande positiewe impak gehad op my lewe sowel as diegene met wie ek kontak het in my daaglikse handelinge binne die kerk. Dit het my horisonne verbreed in kommunikasie en uitreik na die gemeenskap, terwyl die roeping van die evangelie van Jesus Christus vervul word, “… Gaan die hele wêreld in en verkondig die Goeie Nuus aan almal, oral.” (Markus 16:15). Dit is ‘n wonderlike ervaring om mekaar te ken en ‘n ryker begrip van mekaar te kry binne ‘n kerk wat soveel God-gegewe diversiteit en talent het. Mag die volheid van God se ryk en wonderlike seëninge aan elke persoon in die kerk geskenk word in ons voortgaande reis om Hom te ken wat was en is en sal wees tot in die ewigheid!”
– Pastoor Peter de Witt (Voormalige Algemene Tesourier van die AGS van SA)

SLOT

Ons kan nie sê dat ons die reis na eenheid voltooi het nie. Dit was en is steeds ‘n uitdaging om verskeie redes. Ons het ook nog oorblyfsels van vooroordeel, meerderwaardigheid, minderwaardigheid en kategorisering van ander kulture in ons geledere.

Ons gee erkenning aan al die lidmate en leiers wat ‘n stewige prys betaal het en ‘n volgehoue rol gespeel het om ons te bring waar ons is. As die AGS van SA is ons nederig dankbaar vir ons reis na eenheid tot dusver, en ons vertrou dat ons ondervinding op een of ander manier vir ander tot hulp kan wees.

Seëninge
Henri Weideman

Pastoral Letter: 1st Quarter 2022

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

– INTRODUCTION
– STRATEGIC MISSIONAL INTENT
– MISSIONAL GOVERNANCE
– FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
– CONCLUSION

Dear AFM Family,

It is a privilege to write this first Pastoral Newsletter in my capacity as the president of the AFM of South Africa. Thank you for your goodwill and continuous prayers for the newly elected National Office Bearers (NOB). We will work hard to make a positive contribution towards realising the redemptive purpose of the AFM church as part of the Kingdom of God. In this edition attention is given to the strategic missional intent of the NOB for the next three years, as presented to and approved by the March 2022 NLF. The letter also includes articles on governance and missionality, as well as financial stewardship.

The following must be noted regarding the updated Covid -19 regulations as published in the 23 March 2022 Government Gazette, and forwarded to all NLF members:

  • The AFM will not force our assemblies or members to be vaccinated and provide proof thereof, in order to get to 50% occupancy of building capacity. In this regard we maintain the principle of freedom of choice, as previously communicated by us in meetings with the SA Government.
  • The practical implication of this is that gatherings are “limited to 1000 persons or less for indoor venues and 2000 persons or less for outdoor venues and if the venue is too small to hold the prescribed number of persons observing a distance of at least one meter from each other, then not more than 50 percent of the capacity of the venue may be used, subject to strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures.”
  • “Attendance of a funeral and cremation is limited to 200 persons or less and if the venue is too small to hold the prescribed number of persons observing a distance of at least one meter from each other, then not more than 50 percent of the capacity of the venue may be used, subject to strict adherence to all health protocols.”

This includes the maintaining of a one metre distance between people, the wearing of masks indoors and the regular sanitizing of hands.

STRATEGIC MISSIONAL INTENT

Dr H.J. Weideman (President of the AFM of SA)

The National Office Bearers (NOB) spent three days in January and February 2022 to deliberate, reflect and pray about the Strategic Missional Intent for the next three years. We reflected on the context we find ourselves in as a church, regarding the world, our country and the church in general. Amongst these matters, the following form an integral part of our current reality:

The State of the Nation

  • The devastation caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic. To this we can add the war in Ukraine, the political tension between the West and Russia, as well as the accompanying devastation and uncertainty.
  • The deep poverty, unemployment, inequality, and low economic growth in our country.
  • Unreliable electricity supply.
  • Inefficient ports and railways – inclusive of the passenger rail network.
  • The effects of State capture and corruption.
  • The slow move from analogue to digital broadcasting and telecommunications, as well as broadband infrastructure.
  • Inadequate investment in water resource maintenance and improvement of water security.
  • The effects of climate change.
  • The state of our armed forces.
  • Rampant crime.

The State President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address, mentioned that we need a “…new consensus which embraces our shared responsibility to one another and acknowledges that we are all in this together.” He also said that “…to be effective, this social compact needs to include every South African and every part of society.” We must ask whether we regard ourselves to really be part of the South African society and if so, what we as the AFM church in our respective constituencies are doing to add to the solutions.

The State of the Church

During our strategic session, the NOB assessed the state, as well as the context in which the church(es) in South Africa, finds itself. We noted that in general, the church:
– Vacated the moral and prophetic space and voice it had.
– Compromised its ability to speak truth to power.
– Has too many leaders who experience moral failure.
– Grapples with the effects of Post-Modern times and the Pandemic.
– Is not adequately utilising the opportunities the current time frame of uncertainty and a search for purpose and hope, offers.

The challenge for us as the AFM of SA is to step into the gap and provide spiritual leadership on National, Regional and Local level.

Strategic Missional Intent 

The NOB deliberated on critical focus areas in taking the church forward successfully over the next few years. The following Strategic Missional Intent, inclusive of focus areas, goals and action steps, as well as the NOB member for whom it will be an area of responsibility, were presented to and approved by the March 2022 National Leadership Forum NLF. (For the purposes of this article, the timelines as presented to the NLF were not included.)

Administration of Justice (Pastor B. Petersen)
The focus will be on clarifying the risks and develop a concept document in reviewing the structure, policy, functionality and training of the AFM’s administration of justice.

Church Planting and Growth (Pastor B. Petersen)
The planting and registration of 300 churches over the next three years is envisioned. To achieve this the concept “church” will be (re)defined, role players engaged, a concept document developed, and timelines established. A draft church planting strategy will be presented to the NLF, followed by implementation and monitoring.

Communication (Pastor M.S. Khumalo)
This focus area is about the development of a comprehensive internal and external communication plan. A concept document will be developed, followed by engagement of role players and the presentation of a draft strategy.

Compliance of Assemblies, Regions & Departments (Pastor R.J. Coertzen)
All areas of compliance will be defined and assessed, inclusive of statutory compliance and PBO and NPO status, after which an action plan will be developed.

Deepening and visible expression of Unity (Dr H.J. Weideman)
The understanding, expectations, fears, success stories and possibilities of unity will be defined and assessed by engaging role players. This will be followed by the development of a strategy on moving unity to the next level.

Departmental re-envisioning and alignment (Pastor B. Petersen)
A concept document will be developed, role players engaged, and a draft strategy aimed at strengthening the effectivity of our departments, presented to the NLF.

Ecumenical Engagement, Positioning and Prophetic Voice (Dr H.J. Weideman & Pastor B. Petersen)
In this regard the strategic intent of our ecumenical engagement, positioning and prophetic voice will be defined, and an action plan developed.

Education and Training (Dr H.J. Weideman)
A fully functional AFM training institution is envisioned. Actions will include engagement with role players and defining the strategic intent of education and training in the AFM. A concept document, inclusive of a draft action plan and financial model will be presented to the Education and Training Department and the NLF.

Leadership Development Program implemented (Dr H.J. Weideman)                                          The identification and intentional development of +/- 80 potential leaders is envisioned. To achieve this, role players will be engaged, a concept document developed, and a draft leadership development program presented to the NLF.

Minimum wage fully implemented (Pastor R.J. Coertzen)
NLF decisions, factual realities and possibilities in this regard will be established and monitored, after   which a proposal will be developed.

Welfare Department Review and Sustainability (Dr H.J. Weideman)
The intent and sustainability of the Welfare will be assessed, and role players engaged, to develop and present a draft strategic plan, inclusive of a business plan and operational structure to the NLF.

Youth Retention and Campus Ministry Strategy (Pastor B. Petersen)
A draft document will be developed, role players engaged and a draft strategy on this very important focus area, presented to the NLF.

Archives and Heritage (Pastor R.J. Coertzen)
A concept document on the enhancement and inclusivity of the archives and the preservation of our heritage will be developed. Role players will be engaged and a draft strategy presented to the NLF.

Chaplaincy (Pastor R.J. Coertzen)
The strategic intent, functioning and possibilities of the Chaplaincy Committee will be assessed. Role players will be engaged, and a concept document presented to the NLF.

Litigation (Pastor R.J. Coertzen)
The status of current civil cases will be assessed, and the necessary action taken. Role players will be engaged and a strategy on the way forward developed.

Pastoral Wellness (Pastor S Khumalo)
Existing documents regarding Pastoral wellness will be assessed and role players engaged, with the view of presenting of a draft strategy on the way forward to the NLF.

“We need the prayers, support and involvement of all AFM members, inclusive of individuals skilled in the areas mentioned above.”

The President, Deputy President and General Treasurer will each have five focus areas, over and above their normal responsibilities. The General Secretary who has a lot of administrative responsibilities, will have two additional ones at this stage. This is a tall order and although the NOB members will take responsibility as indicated, we cannot do it alone. We need the prayers, support and involvement of all AFM members, inclusive of individuals skilled in the areas mentioned above.

MISSIONAL GOVERNANCE

Dr H.J. Weideman (President of the AFM of SA)

How is Governance linked to Missionality?

In Matthew 5:16 (ESV) Jesus says: “…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” 1 Pet 2:12 (NLT) echoes this notion, when Peter says: “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbours. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honourable behaviour, and they will give honour to God when he judges the world.”

According to these two Scriptures, there is a definite link between our behaviour as followers of Jesus and our testimony in the world. When people, even unbelievers, see how we conduct ourselves, they will recognise it as good and honourable and acknowledge God in the process. The “good works” and “honourable behaviour” that Jesus and Peter talk about, includes but is definitely not limited to our lifestyle and vocabulary. The way we conduct our business and work, whether as an employer or employee, speaks loud about who we are and what we believe.

In 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 (NKJV) Paul says: “Let a man (others) so consider us, -as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”

When people see how we conduct ourselves, how we speak, how we govern ourselves and the things we are given responsibility for, they should think about us as good stewards. That in itself, is being missional in practice: Our stewardship of the property, people, finances, skills and area/s of responsibility entrusted to us, is a witness to our beliefs and existence as followers of Jesus. Whether that testimony is a good or a bad witness, depends on how good our governance is.

In the business world, the effectiveness of a governance system is often measured by the achievement of the organisation’s mission or purpose. This is also true for us as the church: The core of our mission and purpose is to make people disciples of Jesus (Matt.28:19). This does not only happen from the pulpit, or in one-on-one conversations, but also in how we govern ourselves in leisure and in business.

“How we govern ourselves and our assemblies either glorifies God and draw people to Him or causes them to turn away.”

Church governance on Local, Regional and National level, must be informed by a missional understanding of being church. How we govern ourselves and our assemblies either glorifies God and draw people to Him or causes them to turn away. May we be found to be faithful stewards of everything that has been entrusted to our care.

FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

Past. R.J. Coertzen (General Treasurer of the AFM of SA)

Financial stewardship is part of the Governance focus in our AFM missional strategy. Let me start with a question: What is the culture in your congregation? What do you promote and do with purpose? What do you tolerate? What do you kill when it appears in your assembly? What lives in your heart for your assembly?

If you and I can live a generous life, and teach our people to live a generous life, you will see remarkable things happening.”

I think an especially important area where we need to take stewardship of is in the area of generosity. Many of you would react by asking: What are you talking about? I can barely get by with what I have and now you want me to be generous? Yes, that is what I am suggesting because that is what the Word of GOD tells us to do – and if you follow HIS guidance, you will reap the fruits of HIS word. If you and I can live a generous life, and teach our people to live a generous life, you will see remarkable things happening.

Just to help you, GOD’s blessing stands on two legs: Generosity and stewardship. The one cannot go without the other. You can be ‘n generous person, but if you are not a good steward, you will run out of money very soon. If you are a good steward but are tight – meaning you do not give away, GOD cannot bless you either, because you are not generous. If you can be both, a good steward and live generously, GOD will bless you, especially your financial world. Because that is GOD’s principles.

What are the Steps?

Live it.
If you want your people to be good stewards, you and me will have to live it. If you want your people to live generously, they will have to see it in your life. I can only teach the congregation what I do myself and live it for them.

Preach it.
The second thing that we need to do is preach on it. Many pastors will now say: Yes, my brother, I preach regularly on it, but my question today is: What is your motive? Why do you preach on it? Is it just to get more money for the church? And this is the reason many pastors are ineffective when preaching on it. GOD is interested in our hearts not the external things. Matt 6:21 “…where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” The best way to kill selfishness in your congregants’ hearts is to teach them that we are only stewards, not owners.

“…by modelling it I mean that you have to share truths with your congregation by using personal stories of what GOD has done in your life.”

Model it.
To create a culture of stewardship in your assembly you must model it. It must come from the top down. It must start with the Pastor, the staff, and the Governing Body before it will be embraced by the ordinary members. To model stewardship is different from living it. You have to live it to model it, but by modelling it I mean that you have to share truths with you congregation by using personal stories of what GOD has done in your life.

I pray that GOD will bless you in your walk, especially in the area of finances. I pray that you will be a generous and good steward.

CONCLUSION

May God empower us as followers of Jesus to keep our focus on the ultimate task and purpose of the church: To make all people disciples of Jesus. It is my prayer that whilst we are fulfilling our calling with integrity and excellence, we will keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the initiator and perfector of our faith.

Blessings
Henri Weideman

Pastorale Brief: 1ste Kwartaal 2022

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INHOUD:
– GROETE
– STRATEGIESE MISSIONALE VOORNEME
– MISSIONALITEIT & GOEIE BESTUUR
– FINANSIËLE RENTMEESTERSKAP
– SLOT

Liewe AGS Familie,

Dit is ‘n voorreg om hierdie eerste Pastorale Nuusbrief in my hoedanigheid as President van die AGS van Suid-Afrika te skryf. Dankie vir jou welwillendheid en deurlopende gebede vir die nuutverkose Nasionale Ampsdraers (NOB). Ons sal hard werk om ‘n positiewe bydrae te maak tot die verwesenliking van die bestaansdoel van die AGS kerk as deel van die Koninkryk van God. In hierdie uitgawe word aandag gegee aan die strategiese missionale doelstellings van die NOB vir die volgende drie jaar, soos voorgehou aan en goedgekeur deur die Maart 2022 NLF. Die brief bevat ook artikels oor bestuur en missionaliteit, sowel as finansiële rentmeesterskap.

Neem asseblief kennis van die volgende t.o.v. die bygewerkte Covid-19-regulasies soos gepubliseer in die Staatskoerant van 23 Maart 2022, en aan alle NLF-lede gestuur:

  • Die AGS sal nie ons gemeentes of lidmate dwing om ingeënt te word en bewys daarvan te lewer om by 50% besetting van geboukapasiteit uit te kom nie. In hierdie verband handhaaf ons die beginsel van vryheid van keuse, soos voorheen deur ons in vergaderings met die SA Regering gekommunikeer is.
  • Die praktiese implikasie hiervan is dat byeenkomste “beperk is tot 1000 persone of minder vir binnenshuise lokale en 2000 persone of minder vir buitelokale en as die lokaal te klein is om die voorgeskrewe aantal persone wat ‘n afstand van minstens een meter van mekaar waarneem, te hou, mag nie meer as 50 persent van die kapasiteit van die lokaal gebruik word nie,  onderworpe aan streng nakoming van alle gesondheidsprotokolle en sosiale distansiëringsmaatreëls.
  • Bywoning van ‘n begrafnis en verassing is beperk tot 200 persone of minder en indien die lokaal te klein is om die voorgeskrewe aantal persone wat ‘n afstand van minstens een meter van mekaar nakom, te hou, mag nie meer as 50 persent van die kapasiteit van die lokaal gebruik word nie, onderhewig aan streng nakoming van alle gesondheidsprotokolle.”

Dit sluit in die handhawing van ‘n afstand van een meter tussen mense, die dra van maskers binne en die gereelde ontsmetting van hande.

STRATEGIESE MISSIONALE VOORNEME

Dr H.J. Weideman (President van die AGS van SA)

Die Nasionale Ampsdraers (NOB) het drie dae in Januarie en Februarie 2022 opsy gesit om doelbewus te besin en te bid oor ons Strategiese Missionale Voorneme vir die volgende drie jaar. Ons het ook besin oor die konteks waarin ons onsself as ‘n kerk bevind, veral ten opsigte van die wêreld, ons eie land en die kerk in die algemeen. In hierdie verband vorm die volgende ‘n integrale deel van ons huidige werklikheid:

Die Konteks Van Suid Afrika

  • Die verwoesting wat deur die Covid-19-pandemie veroorsaak is. Hierby kan ons die oorlog in die Oekraïne, die politieke spanning tussen die Weste en Rusland, sowel as die gepaardgaande verwoesting en onsekerheid byvoeg.
  • Die diep armoede, werkloosheid, ongelykheid en lae ekonomiese groei in ons land.
  • Onbetroubare elektrisiteitsvoorsiening.
  • Ondoeltreffende hawens en spoorweë, insluitend die passasierstrein netwerk.
  • Die gevolge van staatskaping en korrupsie.
  • Die stadige skuif van analoog na digitale telekommunikasie en breëband infrastruktuur.
  • Onvoldoende belegging in waterhulpbron onderhoud en die verbetering van watersekuriteit.
  • Die gevolge van klimaatsverandering.
  • Die vermoë van ons gewapende magte.
  • Wydverspreide misdaad.

Die staatspresident, Mnr Cyril Ramaphosa, het in sy staatsrede genoem dat ons ‘n “…nuwe konsensus benodig wat gedeelde verantwoordelikheid teenoor mekaar omhels en waarin ons erken dat ons almal saam hier in is.” Hy het ook gesê dat: “Om effektief te wees in hierdie sosiale ooreenkomste, moet ons elke Suid-Afrikaner en elke deel van die samelewing insluit.” Ons moet vra of ons werklik onsself beskou as deel van die Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing, en indien wel, wat ons as die AGS-kerk in ons onderskeie dorpe en stede doen om by te dra tot die oplossings.

Die Toestand van die Kerk

Tydens ons strategiese sessie het die NOB die huidige situasie en konteks waarin die kerk(e) in Suid-Afrika haarself bevind, oordink. Ons het opgemerk dat die kerk in die algemeen:

  • Afwesig is in die morele en profetiese ruimte en stem wat dit gehad het.
  • In baie opsigte gekompromitteer is t.o.v. die vermoë om die waarheid voor te hou aan die regering van die dag.
  • Daar te veel leiers is wat morele mislukking ervaar.
  • Worstel met die gevolge van postmoderne tye en die pandemie.
  • Nie voldoende gebruik maak van die geleenthede wat die huidige seisoen van onsekerheid en ‘n soeke na doel en hoop, bied nie.

Die uitdaging vir ons as die AGS van SA is om in die gaping in te tree en geestelike leierskap op nasionale, streeks- en plaaslike vlak te voorsien.

Strategiese Missionale Voorneme

Die NOB het beraadslaag en gebid oor kritieke fokus areas om die kerk suksesvol vorentoe te neem oor die volgende paar jaar. Die volgende Strategiese Missionale Voorneme, insluitende fokus areas, doelwitte en aksiestappe, sowel as die NOB-lid vir wie dit ‘n are van verantwoordelikheid sal wees, is voorgehou aan en goedgekeur deur die Maart 2022 Nasionale Leierskapsforum (NLF). (Vir die doeleindes van hierdie artikel is die tydlyne soos aan die NLF voorgelê, nie ingesluit nie.)

Regspleging (Pastoor B. Petersen)
Die fokus sal wees op die verkleining van risiko’s en die ontwikkeling van ‘n konsep dokument in die hersiening van die struktuur, beleid, funksionaliteit en opleiding t.o.v. die AGS se interne regspleging (Administration of Justice).

Kerkplanting en -groei (Pastoor B. Petersen)
Die planting en registrasie van 300 gemeentes oor die volgende drie jaar word in die vooruitsig gestel. Om dit te bereik,  sal die konsep “kerk” ge(her)definiëer word, rolspelers betrek word, ‘n konsepdokument ontwikkel en tydlyne vasgestel word. ‘n Konsep-kerkplantingstrategie sal aan die NLF voorgelê word, gevolg deur implementering en monitering.

Kommunikasie (Pastoor M.S. Khumalo)
Hierdie fokusarea gaan oor die ontwikkeling van ‘n omvattende interne en eksterne kommunikasieplan.  ‘n Konsepdokument sal ontwikkel word, gevolg deur interaksie met rolspelers en die voorlegging van ‘n konsepstrategie.

Voldoening aan relevante regulasies deur Gemeentes, Streke en Departemente
(Pastoor R.J. Coertzen)
Alle areas van voldoening sal gedefinieer en geassesseer word, insluitend statutêre nakoming en PBO – en NPO-status, waarna ‘n aksieplan ontwikkel sal word.

Verdieping en sigbare uitdrukking van Eenheid (Dr H.J. Weideman)
Die begrip, verwagtinge, vrese, suksesstories en moontlikhede van eenheid sal gedefinieer en geassesseer word deur interaksie met rolspelers. Dit sal gevolg word deur die ontwikkeling van ‘n strategie om eenheid na die volgende vlak te neem.

Departementele hervisionering en belyning (Pastoor B. Petersen)
‘n Konsepdokument sal ontwikkel word, rolspelers betrek word en ‘n konsepstrategie wat daarop gemik is om die effektiwiteit van ons departemente te versterk, aan die NLF voorgelê word.

Ekumeniese Betrokkenheid, Posisionering en Profetiese Stem
(Dr H.J. Weideman & Pastoor B. Petersen)
In hierdie verband sal die strategiese bedoeling van ons ekumeniese betrokkenheid, posisionering en profetiese stem gedefinieer word, en ‘n aksieplan sal daargestel word.

Onderwys en Opleiding (Dr H.J. Weideman)
‘n Ten volle funksionele AGS opleidingsinstelling word in die vooruitsig gestel. Aksies sal interaksie met rolspelers insluit en die strategiese bedoeling van opleiding in die AGS definieer. ‘n Konsepdokument, insluitend ‘n voorgestelde aksieplan en finansiële model sal voorgelê word aan die AGS se Opleidingsdepartement en die NLF.

Leierskap Ontwikkelingsprogram Geïmplementeer (Dr H.J. Weideman)
Die identifisering en intensionele ontwikkeling van +/- 80 potensiële leiers word in die vooruitsig gestel. Om dit te bereik,  sal met rolspelers gesprek gevoer word,  ‘n konsepdokument ontwikkel word, en ‘n konsep leierskap ontwikkelingsprogram aan die NLF voorgelê word.

Minimum Loon Implementering (Pastoor R.J. Coertzen)
NLF-besluite, feitlike realiteite en moontlikhede in hierdie verband sal bevestig en gemoniteer word, waarna ‘n voorstel ontwikkel sal word.

Welsynsdepartement Hersiening en Volhoubaarheid (Dr H.J. Weideman)
Die bedoeling en volhoubaarheid van die Welsyn sal ondersoek word, en rolspelers betrek word om ‘n konsep-strategieseplan te ontwikkel en aan die NLF voor te lê. Dit sal ‘n sakeplan en voorgestelde operasionele struktuur insluit.

Jeugretensie- en Kampusbedieningstrategie (Pastoor B. Petersen)
‘n Konsepdokument sal ontwikkel word, rolspelers betrek word en ‘n konsep- strategie t.o.v. hierdie baie belangrike fokusarea, aan die NLF voorgelê word.

Argiewe en Erfenis (Pastoor R.J. Coertzen)
‘n Konsepdokument oor die verbetering en inklusiwiteit van die argiewe en die bewaring van ons erfenis sal ontwikkel word. Rolspelers sal betrek word en ‘n konsep-strategie aan die NLF voorgehou word.

Kapelane (Pastoor R.J. Coertzen)
Die strategiese voorneme, funksionering en moontlikhede van die Kapelaanskapskomitee sal geassesseer word.  Na interaksie met rolspelers, sal ‘n konsepdokument aan die NLF voorgelê word.

Litigasie (Pastoor R.J. Coertzen)
Die status van huidige siviele sake sal nagegaan word, en die nodige stappe geneem word. Rolspelers sal betrek word om te help om ‘n strategie oor die pad vorentoe te ontwikkel.

Pastorale Welstand (Pastoor M.S. Khumalo)
Bestaande dokumente oor Pastorale welstand sal geassesseer word en rolspelers betrek word, met die oog op die voorlegging van ‘n konsep-strategie aan die NLF oor die pad vorentoe.

“Ons het die gebede, ondersteuning en betrokkenheid van alle AGS-lede nodig, insluitend individue wat vaardig is in die bogenoemde areas.”

Die President, Vise-president en Hooftesourier sal elk vyf fokusareas hê, bo en behalwe hul normale verantwoordelikhede.  Die Hoofsekretaris wat baie administratiewe verantwoordelikhede het, sal in hierdie stadium twee bykomende fokusareas hê. Alhoewel die NOB-lede verantwoordelikheid sal neem soos aangedui, kan ons dit nie alleen doen nie. Ons het die gebede, ondersteuning en betrokkenheid van alle AGS-lede nodig, insluitend individue wat vaardig is in die bogenoemde areas.

 

MISSIONALITEIT & GOEIE BESTUUR

Dr H.J. Weideman (President van die AGS van SA)

Die Verband tussen Goeie Bestuur en Missionaliteit

In Matteus 5:16 (Afr83) sê Jesus: “Laat julle lig so voor die mense skyn, dat hulle julle goeie werke kan sien en julle Vader wat in die hemel is, verheerlik.” 1 Pet. 2:12 (NLV) beaam hierdie idee, wanneer Petrus sê: “Handhaaf ’n voorbeeldige leefstyl onder die nie-Christene, selfs al kla hulle julle aan van wangedrag. Hulle sal dan julle goeie gedrag sien en God die eer daarvoor gee wanneer Hy kom rekenskap vra.”
Volgens hierdie twee Skrifgedeeltes is daar ‘n definitiewe verband tussen ons gedrag as volgelinge van Jesus en ons getuienis in die wêreld. Wanneer mense, selfs ongelowiges sien hoe ons onsself gedra, sal hulle dit as goed en eerbaar herken en God in die proses eer. Die “goeie werke” en “goeie gedrag” waarvan Jesus en Petrus in bogenoemde Skrifgedeeltes praat, sluit ons lewenstyl en woordeskat in, maar is beslis nie daartoe beperk nie. Die manier waarop ons ons besighede bedryf en ons werk doen, hetsy as werkgewers of werknemers, praat hard oor wie ons is en wat ons glo.

In 1 Korintiërs 4:1-2 (Afr83) sê Paulus: “So moet julle ons dan sien: Ons is dienaars van Christus en bestuurders (stewards) aan wie die geheimenisse van God toevertrou is. Van ‘n bestuurder word veral vereis dat hy (/sy) betroubaar moet wees.” Wanneer mense sien hoe ons onsself gedra, hoe ons praat, hoe ons onsself en die sake waarvoor ons verantwoordelikheid gegee is bestuur, moet hulle aan ons dink as goeie rentmeesters. Dit op sigself is praktiese missionalitiet: Ons rentmeesterskap van die eiendom, mense, finansies, vaardighede en area/s van verantwoordelikheid wat aan ons toevertrou is, is ‘n getuienis van ons oortuigings en identiteit as volgelinge van Jesus. Of daardie getuienis positief of negatief is, hang af van hoe goed ons rentmeesterskap is.

“Hoe ons onsself en ons gemeentes bestuur, verheerlik God en trek mense na Hom toe, of laat hulle telleurgesteld wegdraai.”

In die sakewêreld word die doeltreffendheid van ‘n bestuurstelsel dikwels gemeet aan die bereiking van die organisasie se missie en doelstellings. Dit geld ook vir ons as die kerk: Die kern van ons missie en bestaansdoel is om mense dissipels van Jesus te maak (Matt.28:19). Dit gebeur nie net van die kansel af of in een-tot-een gesprekke nie, maar ook deur middel van hoe ons onsself in ontspanning en in besigheid handhaaf en bestuur. Kerkbestuur op plaaslike, streeks- en nasionale vlak moet begelei word deur ‘n missionale begrip van kerkwees. Hoe ons onsself en ons gemeentes bestuur, verheerlik God en trek mense na Hom toe, of laat hulle telleurgesteld wegdraai. Mag ons geag word as getroue rentmeesters, van alles wat aan ons sorg toevertrou is.

FINANSIËLE RENTMEESTERSKAP

Past. R.J. Coertzen (Hooftesourier van die AGS van SA)

Finansiële rentmeesterskap is deel van die Goeie Bestuur-drywer in ons AGS missionale strategie. Kom ek begin met ‘n paar vrae: Wat is die kultuur in jou gemeente? Wat bevorder jy en doen jy doelgerig? Wat verdra jy? Wat stop jy onmiddellik as dit in jou gemeente verskyn? Wat leef in jou hart vir jou gemeente?

Ek dink ‘n baie belangrike gebied waar ons rentmeesterskap moet toepas is op die gebied van vrygewigheid. Jy mag dalk reageer deur te vra: Waarvan praat jy? Ek kan skaars klaarkom met wat ek het en nou wil jy hê ek moet vrygewig wees? Ja, dit is wat ek voorstel want dit is wat die Woord van GOD vir ons sê om te doen – en as jy SY leiding volg, sal jy die vrugte van SY woord pluk. As ek en jy ‘n vrygewige lewe kan lei, en ons mense kan leer om ‘n vrygewige lewe te lei, sal jy groot dinge sien gebeur.

As ek en jy ‘n vrygewige lewe kan lei, en ons mense kan leer om ‘n vrygewige lewe te lei, sal jy groot dinge sien gebeur.”

GOD se seën staan ​​op twee bene: vrygewigheid en rentmeesterskap. Die een kan nie sonder die ander nie. Jy kan ‘n vrygewige persoon wees, maar as jy nie ‘n goeie rentmeester is nie gaan jou hulpbronne uitgeput word. As jy ‘n goeie rentmeester is, maar nie vrygewig nie – bedoelende jy gee nie weg nie, kan GOD jou ook nie seën nie. As jy albei kan wees, ‘n goeie rentmeester en vrygewig kan lewe, sal GOD jou seën in veral jou finansiële wêreld. Want dit is GOD se beginsels.

Wat is die Stappe?

Leef dit.
As jy wil hê jou mense moet goeie rentmeesters wees, sal ek en jy dit moet uitleef. As jy wil hê jou mense moet vrygewig lewe sal hulle dit in jou lewe moet sien. Ek kan die gemeente net leer wat ek self doen en dìt vir hulle uitleef.

Preek dit.
Die tweede ding wat ons moet doen is om daaroor te preek. Baie pastore sal nou sê: “Ja my broer, ek preek gereeld daaroor” – maar my vraag vandag is: Wat is jou motief? Hoekom preek jy daaroor? Is dit net om meer geld vir die kerk te kry? En dit is die rede waarom baie pastore ondoeltreffend is wanneer hulle daaroor preek. GOD stel belang in ons harte, nie die uiterlike dinge nie. Matt 6:21 (AFR83) “Waar jou skat is, daar sal jou hart ook wees.” Die beste manier om selfsug in jou gemeente se harte dood te maak, is om hulle te leer dat ons net rentmeesters is, nie eienaars nie.

“…bedoel ek dat jy waarhede met jou gemeente moet deel deur persoonlike stories te gebruik van wat GOD in jou lewe gedoen het.”

Modelleer dit.
Om ‘n kultuur van rentmeesterskap in jou gemeente te skep moet jy dit modelleer. Dit moet by die Pastoor, die personeel en die Beheerliggaam begin voordat dit deur die gewone lidmate omhels sal word. Om rentmeesterskap te modelleer is anders as om dit uit te leef. Jy moet dit uitleef om dit te modelleer, maar deur dit te modelleer bedoel ek dat jy waarhede met jou gemeente moet deel deur persoonlike stories te gebruik van wat GOD in jou lewe gedoen het.

Ek bid dat GOD jou sal seën op jou pad – veral op die gebied van finansies. Ek bid dat jy ‘n vrygewige en goeie rentmeester sal wees.

SLOT

Mag God ons as volgelinge van Jesus bemagtig om ons fokus op die hooftaak en -doel van die kerk te hou: Om alle mense dissipels van Jesus te maak. Dit is my gebed dat terwyl ons ons roeping met integriteit en uitnemendheid vervul, ons ons oë gevestig sal hou op Jesus, die begin en voleindiging van ons geloof.

Seëninge
Henri Weideman

Pastoral Letter: 4th Quarter 2021

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ENG AFM Pastoral Letter 4th Quarter 2021

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

– INTRODUCTION
– CONTINUE LABOURING IN GOD’S KINGDOM
– TRUST IN GOD ALWAYS
– APPRECIATE WHAT WE HAVE
– CALLED FOR A TIME SUCH AS THIS
– CONCLUSION

 

AFM Colleagues,

I am greatly honoured to pen this article down as part of the 4th Quarter 2021 Pastoral Letter. This is my last Pastoral Letter in my capacity as President of the AFM of SA. For this last edition, I requested my fellow National Office Bearers to join me as we reflect on a last special message and word of encouragement to the AFM church as a whole.

It was a privilege to serve alongside these leaders: Dr J.J. La Poorta (Deputy President), Dr H.J. Weideman (General Secretary) and Past. B. Petersen (General Treasurer). May God bless them and continue to bless our beloved AFM church.

CONTINUE LABOURING IN GOD’S KINGDOM

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

 

 

 

 

 

I was twenty-five years old when I was ordained as a Pastor of the AFM of SA. Although I had an assurance of God’s calling, I did not have a complete picture of what the Lord wanted me to do. Since my ordination,  as I reflect on my forty-two years in the ministry, I am thankful to God for all that He did for me as part of the AFM fellowship. I am also grateful to all my ministry colleagues and members of this church. When I was young, you provided me with spiritually matured people who mentored and guided me. When the ministry became tough, you gave me motivation and when I was hurting I received comfort. When I celebrated achievements, you celebrated together with me.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been with us for almost 2 years. Many colleagues succumbed to the pandemic. Many of our people lost their livelihoods. Adjustments to the new norm are not easy. We had to embrace new ways of doing ministry and meetings. This is possible through multiple technologies such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Zoom. Loadshedding, bandwidth outages and access to data made connectivity difficult for many of us. We had to find innovative ways regarding the church’s liturgical practices such as the dedication of children, laying on of hands on the sick and serving the Lord’s Communion. Water baptism has been halted in many of our churches. If the pandemic persists the leadership of the church will have to give guidance in this regard.

Allow me to thank our Pastors, Assembly Leaders and members of our church for holding the fort during these difficult times. I pray for God’s protection on you and your families. May the good Lord continue to guide and empower you for the present times and the future. May the Lord add to your congregations those who accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord and are baptised in the power of the Holy Spirit. May the flame of Pentecost continue to burn in your services.

We are coming to terms with the fact that the current pandemic is not a “sprint” but a “marathon”. God expects us to fulfil our calling. The fulfilment of the Great Commission cannot be stopped by the Covid-19 pandemic. Early church persecution and all previous pandemics could not stop the church’s witness. The One who called us is the source of our empowerment and sustenance as we continue to labour in His ministry. In 2 Thessalonians 3:3, we read these encouraging words: “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one” (NLT). As you continue to labour in God’s field do so with integrity, sound relationships, accountability and excellence. Mobilise our members to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16). Embed in their spirits the sense of being sent by God to all creation as transformational agents.

“The fulfilment of the Great Commission cannot be stopped by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

While I will no longer be able to serve you as your leader, I want to assure you that I leave with pleasant memories. It has been a pleasure working together with you, as co-workers in this church. Allow me to also thank all the staff members of the AFM National Office for your dedication to your work.

TRUST IN GOD ALWAYS

Dr J.J. La Poorta (Deputy President of the AFM of SA)

 

 

 

 

 

Now that I have virtually come to the end of my active ministry journey within the AFM of SA, it is with thanks and appreciation that I am looking back without regrets. Along the road, I have met many people who positively impacted my life. I encountered many challenges from which I have learned valuable personal lessons and some I could share with others so that they do not make the same painstaking mistakes I made. Through it all, I have seen the Hand of the Lord – the One who called me – manifested in ways beyond my wildest imagination.

I also want to express my heartfelt thanks to my life partner in ministry, Susan, our children and grandchildren for the joy and happiness that they brought into my life and ministry. Some colleagues have been with me in ministry during many struggles, memorable moments and experiences – I want to thank them for their assistance. I do not want to venture into listing names in the fear that I might leave someone out by mistake and that this could cause unnecessary strain on future relationships. When they read this document, they will recognise themselves. I would like to share some final thoughts with you:

Stay Focused & On Course

In ministry, it is significant to stay focused and on course towards your calling. Romans 11:29 declares that: “…since God’s gracious gifts and calling are irrevocable”. When a person is called and have been empowered with certain charismatic gifts, one must always remember (i) the purpose and the calling and (ii) that the charismatic gifts are to build up the Body. It is not to be used as tools or instruments of manipulation or to brag about one’s own ability. It comes from God and will always remain the property of God through His Spirit. Its purpose is to build the church and enhance the mission of God in the world.

The calling and the charismatic gifts bring with it an anointing that opens up doors and breaks down every yoke of resistance. Remember, you are called by God and must stay focused on Him and His interest. Never use the calling, charismatic gifts and anointing for any God-dishonoring purpose.

Trust In God Always

Trust in God with all your strength and lean not on your own understanding, strength and abilities. You have been called to do God’s work with His power and in the strength of the Holy Spirit. Wherever you go, whatever you do always remember to trust in God. He is our protector, provider and sustainer in ministry. Many people will come across your path who think they can take that special place of God and make you dependent on them. Be careful about those seemingly, kind and generous people who support you in ministry with ulterior motives. They will give to you and your ministry to remind you that they are important resourceful persons in your life.

“Trust in God with all your strength and lean not on your own understanding, strength and abilities.”

Be Faithful Till The End

You have been called by God into ministry, who is faithful and just to supply all your needs according to his riches in glory. Your faithfulness and allegiance must under all circumstances be to God and God alone. To the members of the church in Smyrna the Spirit said to be faithful until death. To be faithful is a costly exercise that in many cases may demand the ultimate price. When you uttered the words of Isaiah 6: 8: “Here am I, send me” you declared yourself willing to pay the price for the calling in ministry.

Stay well and be of good courage, God is able to do exceedingly above all your hopes, dreams and expectations.

APPRECIATE WHAT WE HAVE

Dr H.J. Weideman (General Secretary of the AFM of SA)

 

 

 

 

 

Looking back over the last 5 years and also looking forward to the future, many things come to mind. In the limited space of this article, I will mention 5 of those closest to my heart:

Our Rich History & Pentecostal DNA

In the National Office, I am often reminded of and appreciate our history and the leaders that played a role in our growth over the years. I realised again the importance of staying true to who we are as a Pentecostal church.  The AFM is certainly not a perfect church, such does not exist, but it is our church and we have been planted in South Africa for a definite and God honouring purpose. As people of the Holy Spirit, living and working on the frontline of a secularising world, we must do everything in our power to strengthen our DNA and give expression to our values of Integrity, Excellence, Relationships and Accountability in our everyday lives.

We are blessed with several seasoned and experienced leaders who remains a rich reservoir of corporate memory and learning capabilities on which developing leaders can and must draw. I firmly believe that no leader “expires” – they only enter another season of ministry.

Unity and Diversity

Our vision statement says: “We see a church accessible to all people, celebrating our unity and God-given diversity, empowering our members for caring and changing communities to the glory of God.” We need to appreciate that our journey towards unity comes a long way. Many leaders, Pastors and members played a crucial role and sacrificed a lot to bring us where we are. The achievement of structural unity in 1996 was a remarkable milestone on this journey that still needs to continue, as we treasure and strengthen our cohesion.

We should celebrate our diversity as an asset in our ongoing development and growth process. This diversity is expressed in a bouquet of cultures, languages, traditions, learning experiences, stories, ways of expression and liturgies. None of which are “better” than the other, just different. We can appreciate and learn so much from each other, as we participate in the multi-faceted existence that the AFM has to offer.

Our Local Assemblies & Members

The church exists on a local level before it exists on a regional and national level. The National Office and Regional Structures of the church exist because local assemblies are planted, developed and grown. Our leaders, Pastors and members are all assets of equal importance and should be treated as such.

When done right, the local assembly is an extremely powerful transformational influence in its community. Every member has a role to play and must be empowered to live their lives as people on a mission. The mission Jesus sent us on when He said: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you…” (John 20:21). The AFM started out as and should continue to be a missional movement in which every member is an active part of the team and not a spectator.

The AFM started out as and should continue to be a missional movement in which every member is an active part of the team and not a spectator. “

Developing & Emerging Leaders

I am very excited by the number of developing leaders and emerging young leaders that the AFM has. They must be empowered to grow as leaders who embody the DNA, values and ethos of the AFM. They need to be mentored, embraced and given the space to become all God intended them to be in our church, communities and country. If we can do that effectively our future legacy will be secure.

Future Opportunities 

As I said in the beginning, the AFM was planted in South Africa for a reason. Part of that is to be salt and light, to be a changing influence, not only in our cities but in every community where we find ourselves – be that urban, rural, workplace or social spaces. To be moral influencers. People who live with integrity, doing what we do with excellence and accountability and within the context of loving and caring relationships. That is firstly on a personal and local level.

On a national and organisational level, the AFM should be more visible and fulfil its role as an agent and voice of righteousness, moral influence and promotors of the Good News of Jesus’ Love, Grace and forgiveness. The AFM is not the only expression of the body of Christ on earth, but we are certainly a significant part of it. We should believe in our purpose and calling and fulfil our role with determination and passion.

CALLED FOR A TIME SUCH AS THIS
Past. B. Petersen (General Treasurer of the AFM of SA)

 

 

 

 

 

“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment. From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to do” Chronicles 12:32 (KJV).

The world is slowly emerging from the catastrophic Covid-19 pandemic which was the greatest threat to global health in more than a century. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating as many lives were lost and livelihoods were destroyed. We are slowly lifting our heads and our hearts after a season of pain and uncertainty in a rapidly changing world with a shift from what we were used to, to a place of uncertainty. These challenging days is causing the church to reflect on her influence in and on society.

“The Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa believes that the Spirit of God is given to believers to live dynamic and overcoming lives…”

The Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa believes that the Spirit of God is given to believers to live dynamic and overcoming lives and that believers can demonstrate the character, love and power of their Lord, Jesus Christ, in their daily lives. I’m reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 5: 13-16, “…you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world”. In times before modern refrigeration, salt was used to prevent bacteria from poisoning food – salt could literally make the difference between life and death when fresh food was not available. Salt also added flavour to food,  and as such the church should live a life worthy of being emulated by the world. Light gives direction and guidance in a time of darkness. When we shine our light before others by living righteously we are making visible the character of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

God has called and continues to call men and women, as He called Moses, in response to the cries of His people and His creation because God cares for His creation. In Exodus 3: 7- 10 we read: “The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.  And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.  So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

We must understand and appreciate the demands of the times in which we minister. Chronos time refers to minutes and seconds whilst Kairos time refers to the appointed time or a due season. Undoubtedly we are in a Karios period that will determine the trajectory of the world for years to come. The church is called at this moment to rise and meet the weightier demands of our time. Like Moses, we are called with a divine purpose to make a lasting impact in this generation.

“Like Moses, we are called with a divine purpose to make a lasting impact in this generation.”

This time calls for visible Spiritual Authority underpinned by our daily walk with God as Paul commands us in Colossians 2: 6-7: “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,  rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving”. Our understanding of the context in which we minister will enable us to move beyond the pulpit and give direction, like the sons of Issachar, by the grace of God, to lead our communities on how to respond to the situations people find themselves in.

The Gospel brings home a message that is destiny changing – a change from what we are to what we ought to be. The Gospel brings hope as the Psalmist says in Psalm 126: “…when the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. … Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”

We have personal experience of the destiny changing impact of the Gospel. Through the ages and all over the world, we have powerful evidence of what can happen when leaders, consumed by a vision from God, relentlessly pursue, and then turn that vision into destiny changing realities. We have witnessed the impact God has made in communities where adults, teenagers and children are wholeheartedly discovering who they are in God and what life is all about.

CONCLUSION

May God help us to passionately spread the full gospel beyond the walls of the church.”

May God help us to passionately spread the full gospel beyond the walls of the church. We should accelerate the development of competent and skilled leaders with spiritual authority who truly understand the times and who boldly act in anticipation of the demands of tomorrow. I pray that the Lord will continue to use the AFM of SA in an even bigger way to share the life-changing message.

May the Apostolic Faith Mission continue to enjoy infinite blessings!

Blessings!

M.G. Mahlobo

Pastorale Brief: 4de Kwartaal 2021

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AFR Pastorale Brief 4de Kwartaal 2021

INHOUD

– GROETE
– VOORTGESETTE ARBEID IN GOD SE KONINKRYK
– VERTROU ALTYD OP GOD
– WAARDEER WAT ONS HET
– GEROEP VIR ‘N TYD SOOS HIERDIE
– SLOT

 

AGS Kollegas,

Ek is baie geëerd om hierdie artikel te kan skryf as deel van die 4de Kwartaal 2021 se Pastorale Brief. Hierdie is ook dan my laaste Pastorale Brief in my hoedanigheid as President van die AGS van SA. Vir hierdie laaste uitgawe het ek my mede-Nasionale Ampsdraers versoek om saam met my ‘n spesiale boodskap en woord van bemoediging aan die AGS kerk as geheel te rig.

Dit was ‘n voorreg om saam met hierdie leiers die kerk te kon dien: Dr J.J. La Poorta (Adjunkpresident), Dr H.J. Weideman (Hoofsekretaris) en Past. B. Petersen (Algemene Tesourier). Mag God hulle seën en aanhou om ons geliefde AGS kerk te seën.

VOORTGESETTE ARBEID IN GOD SE KONINKRYK

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

 

 

 

 

 

Ek was vyf-en-twintig jaar oud toe ek as Pastoor van die AGS van SA georden is. Alhoewel ek gerus was oor God se roeping op my lewe, het ek nie ‘n volledige prentjie gehad van wat die Here wou hê ek moes doen nie. Sedert my ordening en terwyl ek nadink oor my twee-en-veertig jaar in die bediening is ek dankbaar teenoor God vir alles wat Hy vir my gedoen het binne die AGS-gemeenskap.  Ek is ook dankbaar teenoor al my kollegas in die bediening asook die lidmate van hierdie kerk. Toe ek jonk was, was daar geestelike volwasse individue wat my gementor en gelei het. Toe die bediening moeilik geword het, het ek motivering ontvang en toe ek seergekry het, het ek vertroosting gekry. Toe ek prestasies gevier het, is daar saam met my fees gevier.

Die Covid-19-pandemie is al byna 2 jaar met ons. Baie kollegas het aan die pandemie beswyk. Baie van ons mense het hul vermoë om ‘n bestaan te voer, verloor. Die aanpassing by die nuwe norm is nie maklik nie. Ons moes vinnig gewoond raak aan nuwe maniere van bediening en vergaderings hou. Dit is moontlik deur verskeie tegnologieë soos WhatsApp, Facebook en Zoom. Beurtkrag, bandwydte-onderbrekings en toegang tot data het egter konneksie vir baie van ons moeilik gemaak. Die kerk se liturgiese praktyke soos die toewyding van kinders, handoplegging van siekes en die bediening van die nagmaal is ook geraak deur die nuwe norm en ons moes ook hieroor nadink. Die waterdoop is in baie van ons kerke gestaak. As die pandemie voortduur sal die leierskap van die kerk leiding in hierdie verband moet gee.

Laat my toe om ons Pastore, Gemeente Leiers en lidmate van ons kerk te bedank – dankie dat julle die fort gehou het gedurende hierdie moeilike tye. Ek bid vir God se beskerming oor jou en jou gesin. Mag die goeie Here aanhou om jou te lei en te bemagtig vir die huidige tye en die toekoms. Mag die Here julle Gemeentes laat groei deur diegene by te voeg wat Jesus as hulle Verlosser en Here aanneem en in die krag van die Heilige Gees gedoop is. Mag die Pinkstervlam in julle dienste bly brand!

Vroeë kerkvervolging en alle vorige pandemies kon nie die kerk se getuienis keer nie.”

Ons het vrede gemaak met die feit dat die huidige pandemie nie ‘n “naelloop” is nie, maar ‘n “maraton”. God verwag nog steeds van ons om ons roeping te vervul. Die vervulling van die Groot Opdrag kan nie deur die Covid-19-pandemie gestop word nie. Vroeë kerkvervolging en alle vorige pandemies kon nie die kerk se getuienis keer nie. Die Een wat ons geroep het is die Bron van ons bemagtiging en voorsiening terwyl ons aanhou werk in Sy bediening. In 2 Tessalonisense 3:3 lees ons hierdie bemoedigende woorde: “Maar die Here is getrou! Hy sal julle sterk maak en van die Bose bewaar” (NLV). Terwyl jy aanhou om in God se Koninkryk te arbei, doen dit met integriteit, gesonde verhoudings, aanspreeklikheid en uitnemendheid. Mobiliseer ons lidmate om die sout van die aarde en die lig van die wêreld te wees (Matteus 5:13-16). Mag elke AGS lidmaat opnuut besef dat hy/sy gestuur is deur God om ‘n agent van verandering te wees op hierdie aarde.

Terwyl ek julle nie meer as leier sal kan dien nie, wil ek jou verseker dat ek met aangename herinneringe wegstap. Dit was ‘n plesier om saam met julle as medewerkers in hierdie kerk te werk. Laat my ook toe om al die personeellede van die AGS Nasionale Kantoor te bedank vir julle toewyding aan julle werk.

VERTROU ALTYD OP GOD

Dr J.J. La Poorta (Adjunkpresident van die AGS van SA)

 

 

 

 

 

Nou dat ek feitlik aan die einde van my aktiewe bedieningsreis binne die AGS van SA gekom het, is dit met dank en waardering dat ek terugkyk sonder spyt. Padlangs het ek baie mense ontmoet wat my lewe positief beïnvloed het. Ek het baie uitdagings teëgekom waaruit ek waardevolle persoonlike lesse geleer het en sommige lesse kon ek met ander deel sodat hulle nie dieselfde foute maak as wat ek gemaak het nie. Deur dit alles het ek die Hand van die Here – die Een wat my geroep het – sien manifesteer op onbeskryflike groot maniere.

Ek wil ook my hartlike dank uitspreek aan my lewensmaat in die bediening, Susan, ons kinders en kleinkinders vir die vreugde en geluk wat hulle in my lewe en bediening gebring het. Sommige kollegas was saam met my in die bediening tydens uiterse uitdagende tye, onvergeetlike oomblikke en spesiale ervaringe – ek wil hulle bedank vir hul bystand. Ek wil dit nie eers waag om name te lys nie omdat ek bang is dat ek iemand per ongeluk uitlos en dat dit onnodige stremming op toekomstige verhoudings kan veroorsaak. Wanneer hulle hierdie brief lees, sal hulle hulself herken. Ek wil graag ‘n paar laaste gedagtes met jou deel:

Bly Gefokus en op Koers

In die bediening is dit belangrik om gefokus en op koers te bly in jou roeping. Romeine 11: 29 verklaar: “…en sy gawes en roeping staan onherroeplik vas” (NLV). Wanneer ‘n persoon geroep is en bemagtig is met sekere charismatiese gawes, moet ‘n mens altyd onthou (i) die doel en die roeping en (ii) dat charismatiese gawes ten doel het om die Liggaam op te bou. Charismatiese gawes moet nie as gereedskap of instrumente van manipulasie gebruik word nie. Dit mag ook nie gebruik word om met individuele vermoëns te spog nie. Dit kom van God af en sal altyd deur sy Gees die eiendom van God bly. Die doel daarvan is om die kerk te bou en die getuienis van God in die wêreld te versterk.

Die roeping en die charismatiese gawes bring ‘n salwing mee wat deure oopmaak en elke juk van weerstand afbreek. Onthou, jy is deur God geroep en moet op Hom en Sy agenda gefokus bly. Moet nooit die roeping, charismatiese gawes en salwing vir enige doel gebruik wat nie eer gee aan die Here nie.

Vertrou Altyd op God

Vertrou op God met al jou krag en steun nie op jou eie insig, krag en vermoëns nie. Jy is geroep om God se werk met Sy krag en in die krag van die Heilige Gees te doen. Waar jy ook al gaan, wat jy ook al doen, onthou altyd om op God te vertrou. Hy is ons beskermer, voorsiener en onderhouer in die bediening. Baie mense sal oor jou pad kom wat dink hulle kan daardie spesiale plek van God inneem en jou van hulle afhanklik maak. Wees versigtig vir daardie oënskynlik vriendelike en vrygewige mense wat jou in die bediening ondersteun met ‘n verskuilde agenda. Hulle sal vir jou en jou bediening gee net om jou te herinner dat hulle belangrike en vindingryke persone in jou lewe is.

“Vertrou op God met al jou krag en steun nie op jou eie insig, krag en vermoëns nie.”

Wees Getrou Tot Die Einde

Jy is deur God geroep tot die bediening, wat getrou en regverdig is om in al jou behoeftes te voorsien volgens Sy rykdom in heerlikheid. Jou getrouheid moet onder alle omstandighede aan God en God alleen wees. Aan die lidmate van die kerk in Smirna het die Gees gesê dat hulle getrou moet wees tot die dood toe. Om getrou te wees is ‘n duur oefening wat in baie gevalle die uiteindelike prys kan eis – die dood. Toe jy die woorde van Jesaja 6: 8 (NLV) uitgespreek het: “Here, ek sal gaan! Stuur my!” het jy jouself bereid verklaar om die prys vir die roeping in die bediening te betaal.

Mag dit met jou goed gaan. Hou goeie moed. God is in staat om vêr bo al jou verwagtinge, hoop en drome te voorsien.

WAARDEER WAT ONS HET

Dr H.J. Weideman (Algemene Sekretaris van die AGS van SA)

 

 

 

 

 

As ek terugkyk oor die afgelope 5 jaar en ook vorentoe na die toekoms, kom baie dinge by my op. In die beperkte ruimte van hierdie artikel sal ek 5 aspekte wat die naaste aan my hart is, noem:

Ons Ryk Geskiedenis & Pinkster DNA

In die Nasionale Kantoor word ek dikwels herinner aan ons ryk geskiedenis – ek waardeer dit en die leiers wat oor die jare ‘n rol gespeel het in ons ontwikkeling. Ek het weer besef hoe belangrik dit is om getrou te bly aan wie ons as Pinksterkerk is. Die AGS is beslis nie ‘n volmaakte kerk nie, so iets bestaan nie, maar dit is ons kerk en ons is in Suid-Afrika geplant vir ‘n definitiewe God-verheerlikende doel.

As gelowiges, gevul met die Heilige Gees, wat leef en werk op die voorste linie van ‘n sekulariserende wêreld, moet ons alles in ons vermoë doen om ons DNA te versterk en uitdrukking te gee aan ons waardes in ons alledaagse lewens – integriteit, uitnemendheid, verhoudings en aanspreekbaarheid. Ons is geseën met verskeie gesoute en ervare leiers wat gesien moet word as ‘n ryk reservoir van korporatiewe geheue en leerervaringe waaruit ontwikkelende leiers kan en moet voordeel trek. Ek glo vas dat geen leier ‘n “vervaldatum” het nie – leiers betree net ‘n nuwe of ander seisoen van bediening.

Eenheid & Diversiteit

Ons visie verklaring sê dat ons: “’n Kerk sien wat toeganklik is vir alle mense, wat ons eenheid en God- gegewe diversiteit vier, en wat fokus om lidmate te bemagtig om hul plaaslike gemeenskappe te versorg en te verander tot eer van God.” 

Ons reis na eenheid kom al ‘n lang pad. Baie leiers, Pastore en lidmate het ‘n belangrike rol gespeel en baie opgeoffer om ons te bring waar ons is. Die bereiking van strukturele eenheid in 1996 was ‘n merkwaardige mylpaal op hierdie reis wat nog voortduur, soos wat ons ons samehorigheid waardeer en versterk. Ons moet ons diversiteit as ‘n bate in ons voortgesette ontwikkeling en groeiproses vier.  Hierdie diversiteit word uitgedruk in ‘n ruiker van kulture, tale, tradisies, leerervarings, stories, maniere van uitdrukking en liturgieë. Nie een van hulle is “beter” as die ander nie, net anders. Ons kan soveel van mekaar waardeer en leer, terwyl ons deelneem aan die kleurvolle uitdrukking van kerkwees wat die AGS bied.

Ons Plaaslike Gemeentes en Lidmate

Die kerk bestaan op ‘n plaaslike vlak, voordat dit op ‘n streeks- en nasionale vlak bestaan. Die Nasionale Kantoor- en Streekstrukture van die kerk bestaan omdat plaaslike Gemeentes geplant word, ontwikkel en groei. Ons leiers, Pastore en lidmate is almal bates van gelyke belang en moet as sodanig behandel word.

Die missie waarop Jesus ons gestuur het toe Hy gesê het: “Soos die Vader My gestuur het, stuur Ek julle…” (Johannes 20:21). Dit is hoe die AGS begin het en dit is hoe die AGS  moet voortgaan – as ‘n missionale beweging waarin elke lidmaat ‘n aktiewe spanlid is en nie net ‘n toeskouer nie.mense op ‘n missie te leefWanneer dit reg gedoen word, is die plaaslike Gemeente ‘n uiterse kragtige transformerende invloed  in die gemeenskap. Elke lidmaat het ‘n rol om te speel en moet bemagtig word om hul lewens as

Dit is hoe die AGS begin het en dit is hoe die AGS  moet voortgaan – as ‘n missionale beweging waarin elke lidmaat ‘n aktiewe spanlid is en nie net ‘n toeskouer nie.”

Ontwikkelende & Opkomende Leiers

Ek is baie opgewonde oor die aantal ontwikkelende leiers en opkomende jong leiers wat die AGS het. Hulle moet bemagtig word om te groei as leiers wat die DNA, waardes en etos van die AGS leef en uitdra. Hulle moet gementor en omhels word. Hulle moet die ruimte gegee word om alles te word wat die Here bedoel het vir hulle om te wees – in ons kerk, gemeenskappe en land. As ons dit effektief kan doen sal ons toekomstige nalatenskap veilig wees.

Toekomstige Geleenthede

Soos ek aan die begin gesê het, die AGS is met ‘n rede in Suid-Afrika geplant. Deel daarvan is om sout en lig te wees, om ‘n veranderende invloed te wees daar waar ons onself bevind – hetsy stedelik, landelik, in ons werksplek of in ons sosiale ruimtes. Om morele beïnvloeders te wees. Mense wat met integriteit leef, wat aksies uitvoer wat spreek van uitnemendheid en aanspreekbaarheid en om dit alles te doen binne die konteks van liefdevolle omgee verhoudings.

Op nasionale en organisatoriese vlak moet die AGS meer sigbaar wees en haar rol vervul as ‘n agent en stem van geregtigheid, morele invloed en promotors van die Goeie Nuus van Jesus se Liefde, Genade en Vergifnis. Die AGS is nie die enigste uitdrukking van die liggaam van Christus op aarde nie, maar ons is beslis ‘n beduidende deel daarvan. Ons moet in ons doel en roeping glo en ons rol met vasberadenheid en passie vervul.

GEROEP VIR ‘N TYD SOOS HIERDIE
Past. B. Petersen (Algemene Tesourier van die AGS van SA)

 

 

 

 

 

“Van die stam van Issaskar was daar 200 leiers met hulle families. Hierdie manne het die tye verstaan en geweet wat vir Israel die beste pad is.” 1 Kronieke 12:32 (NLV).

Die wêreld is stadig maar seker besig om voort te beweeg na die katastrofiese Covid-19-pandemie wat die grootste bedreiging vir globale gesondheid in meer as ‘n eeu was. Die impak van die Covid-19-pandemie was verwoestend aangesien baie lewens verloor is en mense se vermoëns om ‘n bestaan te voer, vernietig is. Ons lig stadig ons koppe en harte na ‘n seisoen van pyn en onsekerheid in ‘n vinnige veranderende wêreld met ‘n verskuiwing van “waaraan ons gewoond was” na ‘n plek van “onsekerheid”. Hierdie uitdagende tye laat die kerk nadink oor haar invloed in en op die samelewing.

Die Apostoliese Geloofsending van Suid-Afrika glo dat die Gees van God aan gelowiges gegee word om dinamiese en oorwinnende lewens te lei…”

Die Apostoliese Geloofsending van Suid-Afrika glo dat die Gees van God aan gelowiges gegee word om dinamiese en oorwinnende lewens te lei en dat gelowiges die karakter, liefde en krag van hul Here Jesus Christus, in hul daaglikse lewens kan demonstreer. Ek word herinner aan die woorde van Jesus in Matteus 5: 13:16, “… julle is die sout van die aarde en die lig van die wêreld”. Voor moderne verkoeling is sout gebruik om te keer dat bakterieë voedsel vergiftig – sout kon letterlik die verskil tussen lewe en dood maak wanneer vars kos nie beskikbaar was nie. Sout gee ook geur aan kos. Sodanig behoort die kerk ‘n lewe te lei wat waardig is om deur die wêreld nagevolg te word. Lig gee rigting en leiding in ‘n tyd van duisternis. Wanneer ons ons lig voor ander skyn deur regverdig te lewe, maak ons ​​die karakter van ons Here en Verlosser Jesus Christus sigbaar.

Soos in die verlede, roep God mans en vroue, soos Hy Moses geroep het, in reaksie op die geroep van Sy volk en Sy skepping – omdat God vir Sy skepping omgee. In Eksodus 3: 7-10 (AFR83) lees ons: “Daarna sê die Here: “Ek het die ellende van my volk in Egipte duidelik gesien en hulle noodkrete oor die slawedrywers gehoor. Ek het hulle lyding ter harte geneem. Daarom het Ek afgekom om hulle uit die mag van Egipte te bevry en om hulle daarvandaan te laat trek na ‘n goeie en uitgestrekte land, ‘n land wat oorloop van melk en heuning. Dit is die land van die Kanaäniete, Hetiete, Amoriete, Feresiete, Hewiete en Jebusiete. Die noodkrete van die Israeliete het My bereik, en Ek het ook aanskou hoe Egipte hulle verdruk. Daarom stuur Ek jou na die farao toe sodat jy my volk, die Israeliete, uit Egipte kan bevry.””

Ons moet die eise van die tye waarin ons bedien verstaan ​​en waardeer. Chronos-tyd verwys na minute en sekondes, terwyl Kairos-tyd na die vasgestelde tyd of ‘n seisoen verwys. Ons is ongetwyfeld in ‘n Karios-tydperk wat die wêreld se trajek vir die komende jare sal bepaal. Die kerk word op hierdie oomblik geroep om op te staan ​​en te voldoen aan die swaarder eise van ons tyd. Soos Moses, is ons geroep met ‘n Goddelike doel om ‘n blywende impak in hierdie geslag te maak.

Soos Moses, is ons geroep met ‘n Goddelike doel om ‘n blywende impak in hierdie geslag te maak.”

Hierdie tyd vra vir sigbare Geestelike Gesag wat onderlê word deur ons daaglikse wandel met God soos Paulus ons beveel in Kolossense 2: 6-7 (AFR83): “Aangesien julle dan Christus Jesus as Here aangeneem het, moet julle in verbondenheid met Hom lewe in Hom gewortel en op Hom gebou, vas in die geloof soos julle geleer is, en met dankbaarheid vervul.” Ons begrip van die konteks waarin ons bedien sal ons in staat stel om verby die kansel te beweeg en rigting te gee, soos die seuns van Issaskar, deur die genade van God, om ons gemeenskappe te lei oor hoe om te reageer op die situasies waarin mense hulself bevind.

Die Evangelie bring ‘n lewensveranderde boodskap tuis – ‘n verandering van wat ons is na wat ons behoort te wees. Die Evangelie bring hoop soos die Psalmdigter in Psalm 126 (NLV) sê: “Toe die Here die bannelinge teruggebring het na Sion toe, was dit vir ons soos ’n droom… Die ander nasies het gesê: “Die Here het groot dinge vir hierdie mense gedoen.” Die Here het groot dinge vir ons gedoen en ons is vol vreugde!”

Ons het persoonlike ervaring van die lewensveranderende impak van die Evangelie. Deur die eeue en oor die hele wêreld heen het ons kragtige bewyse van wat kan gebeur wanneer leiers hul verdiep in ‘n visie van God, meedoënloos daardie visie najaag en dan sien hoe daardie visie verander in ‘n lewensveranderende realiteit en impak. Ons het die impak gesien wat God maak in gemeenskappe waar volwassenes, tieners en kinders heelhartig ontdek wie hulle in God is en waaroor die lewe gaan.

SLOT

“Mag God ons help om met passie die volle Evangelie buite die mure van die kerk te versprei.”

Mag God ons help om met passie die volle Evangelie buite die mure van die kerk te versprei. Ons moet die ontwikkeling van bekwame en vaardige leiers met geestelike gesag versnel wat die tye werklik verstaan ​​en wat met vrymoedigheid optree in afwagting van die eise van môre. Ek bid dat die Here sal aanhou om die AGS van SA op ‘n nog groter manier te gebruik om die lewensveranderende boodskap te deel.

Mag die Apostoliese Geloofsending voortgaan om oneindige seëninge te geniet!

Groete!

M.G. Mahlobo

Pastoral Letter: 3rd Quarter 2021

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AFM Pastoral Letter: 3rd Quarter 2021

TABLE OF CONTENTS

– INTRODUCTION
– DIVINE HEALING & THE INCEPTION OF THE AFM
– BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON SICKNESS & HEALING
– AFM WELFARE WEEKEND: 26-28 NOVEMBER 2021
– CONCLUSION

AFM Colleagues,

Due to the restrictions on gatherings, the National Office Bearers could not visit all the regions during this year’s NOB Empowerment Visits. We hoped that restrictions would have been relaxed earlier, allowing us to visit those regions that are still outstanding. Unfortunately, this could not happen and for this reason, I am including links to all the NOB Empowerment presentations and videos in this letter.

The theme for this year is “Step up to the Future.” The presentations include: (i) Our Missional Church Strategy (One AFM Game Plan), (ii) Church Discipline, (iii) Good Governance (iv) Technology and the Church and (v) Major Risks Facing the AFM. Kindly use the links below to enjoy access to the mentioned content:

Download Presentations:

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

Watch Videos:

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

I trust that these presentations will bless and empower you! In this edition of the Pastoral Letter, I include a special focus on the subject of healing as well as the upcoming AFM Welfare Weekend.

 

DIVINE HEALING & THE INCEPTION OF THE AFM

Dr Isak Burger (Former President of the AFM of SA) – burgerisak@gmail.com

Divine healing was one of the distinctive characteristics of the early AFM. Just to get an idea of the many healings, these figures give some indication: During the year 1911, there were 2,023 cases of confirmed, supernatural healings in the AFM. The official church magazine (The Comforter and Messenger of Hope) published right from its inception, in every edition, several testimonies by people who were healed. In some editions, lists of people healed were mentioned. This is perhaps the most outstanding feature when paging through those early Comforters.

The early leaders – Thomas Hezmalhalch, John G. Lake and P.L. le Roux – have set the example. It is important to take special note of the healing ministry of John G. Lake. His philosophy about healing was simply that the praying for a sick person must continue until he/she was healed. Near the end of his life, he wrote to P. L. le Roux where he ascribed the high percentage of healings to this sustained praying: “The astounding percentage of those who were healed was, I believe, due to the system we adopted. We insisted that the individual should present himself for prayer and laying on of hands every day until we were satisfied that they were fully healed.”

His philosophy about healing was simply that the praying for a sick person must continue until he/she was healed.”

Lake was opposed to the modus operandi of some evangelists who only prayed once for the sick person, took no further responsibility for him/her and then told the public that the person was healed. This sort of practice, he said, is harmful:

“We well knew that the great majority of those ministered to once were not fully healed. Some of them were half healed; some of them were quarter healed; some of them received a very slight touch of healing; some were touched of God sufficiently to take away their pain and give them freedom and action temporarily. In many of these cases evangelists had these people testify before great audiences that they were fully healed, only to discover in a few days or weeks that they were not really healed, and many in disappointment went home to die.

Because of the commercialized state of evangelistic work, evangelists felt that they could not afford to take time to pray for the same individual more than once; and in a short time they began to teach that accursed teaching that has devastated the ministry of healing that it was only proper to pray for the sick once, that they should not be ministered unto the second time. This was Dollar Christianity. Wherever it was practised and by whom, it is still Dollar Christianity. If we pray for a sinner repeatedly until he is saved and he knows it, and for the baptism of the Holy Ghost, why not for healing?”

“If we pray for a sinner repeatedly until he is saved and he knows it, and for the baptism of the Holy Ghost, why not for healing?”

Divine healing has always attracted people and this was probably the decisive factor that persuaded people to set aside their objections and prejudices and through which the Lord drew the people to Himself. More people in those early days came to the AFM through the healing ministry than in any other way. It is remarkable how many of the first generation members of the AFM were influenced to join the church after seeing or personally experiencing a healing miracle.

Relating the history of a well-known pastor in the early days of the AFM, a Mrs Z. Rennie wrote: “The late Pastor Charles Heatley came into the church a hopeless cripple, on crutches, and went home saved, and literally leaping for joy, healed by the power of God. He often testified that when he got home, his wife had a big fright when she heard a man running up the stairs – she had been listening for the sound of crutches – but to her joy, it was her husband, healed.”

One could rightly ask today: “What happened to this distinctive characteristic of the early AFM? After all, it is one of the foundational pillars of our church.” More information on this subject is available in the book “The Fire Falls in Africa” and can be obtained from the AFM Head-Office:

Send an e-mail to: france@afm-ags.org 

R100 per book (excluding the courier fee)

BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON SICKNESS & HEALING

Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA) – mmahlobo@afm-ags.org 

In this article, I would like to look at why we get sick. I would also like to touch on whether God can be the source of our sickness. I would then conclude with what the Bible says about healing, how can I get well and help others get well too. The issue of sickness is broad and complex. In dealing with this question, I want to propose three factors. These are human-, spiritual-, and environmental factors.

Human Factors

In certain instances, we become sick because of human factors. These include:

  • Neglect of our bodies. When we neglect our bodies, we expose ourselves to all kinds of ailments.
  • Harmful substances. We run a risk of being ill when we indulge in harmful substances, such as drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and tobacco.
  • Non-compliance with hygiene and safety measures against diseases exposes us to all kinds of infections.

Spiritual Factors

  • God factor. In the Old Testament God inflicted boils on Egyptians (Exodus 9: 8-12). God used ailments to punish Israel when they were disobedient. In 2 Samuel 24:15-17, God sent pestilence that killed 70,000 children of Israel because of the sin of King David. The Psalmist, in Psalm 119:67,71 makes a connection between afflictions and disobedience to God’s statutes (Ref. Exodus 15:26).
  • Demons. In the New Testament, we read about people who were sick because of demonic powers (Mark 5:1-20).

Environmental Pollution Factors

  • Sometimes sickness is caused by conditions of squalor. In Deuteronomy 23:12-14 we see the importance of hygiene and sanitation.
  • In January 2020 the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cited the absence of water, toilets, soap, and water management in health care facilities among the most urgent global challenges of this decade (WHO and UNICEF. Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP 2017). 

Is sickness something given to me by God? The response is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. I have already alluded to God using sickness as punishment or corrective measure in one of the previous paragraphs. This is specifically in relation to the Old Testament and not necessarily in the New Testament. One of the consequences of sin in Genesis 3 is death. Sickness is part of the death process. Sin has rendered our bodies vulnerable (1 Corinthians 5:1-2; 15:42-44). Each one of us has a body that is in the process of perishing. In the New Testament, God is healing the multitudes instead of cursing them.

“In John 10:10 Jesus declares that He came to give life in all its fullness.”

How can I get well? There are many views and opinions about healing. Christians need to go to the Bible for direction and guidance:

  • Have faith in God. In three Bible passages, Jesus healed people and told them “Your faith has made you well” Mark 5:34, Luke 17:19 & Mark 10:52.
  • Confession. In James 5:16 we are instructed to confess our sins to each other as a preparation for our healing. This, however, does not mean that every sick person is ill because of a secret sin that he/she has committed. This was a mistake that Job’s friends made regarding Job’s sickness.
  • Accept sufficiency of God’s Grace. In 2 Corinthians 12:8-9, Paul relates his prayer to God for healing from his physical ailments. He prayed three times and in all instances, the response from God was: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul accepted God’s grace above his ailment.
  • Consult accredited physicians. Christians should not shy away from undergoing medical processes to establish their condition of wellness. The Bible refers to medical treatment used, such as bandages (Isaiah 1:6), balm (Jeremiah 8:22), leaves (Ezekiel 47:12) and oil and wine (Luke 10:34). References of Doctors are made in the Bible. These include Matthew 9:12; Luke 4:23 and Colossians 4:14.

How can I help others to get well? We can help others get well when we pray for their healing (Mark 16:16-18 & James 5:14-15). We must encourage them not to lose hope. Healing comes from God. Our God, as Jehovah Rapha, can heal us from all diseases (Psalm 103:3). God may not heal us. God said ‘no’ to Moses when he prayed for Miriam (Numbers 12:13-15), and Paul (2 Corinthians 12:8-9). Church leaders have an important part to play. In James 5:14-16 elders or leaders of the church should be informed when members are sick. They are expected to visit and pray for the sick.

AFM WELFARE WEEKEND: 26-28 NOVEMBER 2021

Ashley Theron – Acting CEO of AFM Welfare – ashleyt@afmwelfare.org.za 

In the past 18 months, people all over the world were affected by a situation that we have never experienced before. The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the loss of lives of family members, colleagues, friends and even Pastors. This is compounded by the loss of jobs and business shutdowns impacting negatively on the income of families – remaining a great concern. The lost time for the education sector might never be recovered. Churches have been greatly impacted by the lockdown regulations limiting the number of people that may attend gatherings. It seems that so much has been lost and that no person, organisation or church is left untouched by this crisis.

When things are tough and difficult in my own household, does God still expect me to reach out to others in need?”

When things are tough and difficult in my own household, does God still expect me to reach out to others in need? When I am suffering, do I still have a responsibility to serve as the hands and feet of Christ? The image of the three crosses on Calvary immediately comes to mind and specifically Luke 23:32-43. It is one of the most precious moments in the Bible. While Jesus Himself were experiencing agony and excruciating pain on the cross, He still showed compassion to listen to the plea of the thief crucified next to Him. Jesus repressed His own pain in that moment to tend to the needs of another.

The implication for believers is clear. Jesus has set this touching example for us to follow. It is an example that stands in stark contrast with the ways of the world where people in difficult situations might feel that self-preservation is a higher priority than giving, sharing and reaching out to others.   Even when things are difficult and tough in our own households, I believe that through God’s grace we should continue to generously give and reach out to others in need. This is also the proposed theme for the 2021 AFM Welfare Weekend (26-28 November 2021).

The AFM Welfare Weekend is an opportunity for the church to intentionally reflect on one of the drivers of the One AFM Game Plan – Community Involvement. By making it a focused weekend, it does not mean that we should not be involved in our communities throughout the year. It only means that we are taking time to re-evaluate the church’s role in making a difference in the lives of vulnerable persons. It is also a chance for the AFM to have a specific weekend, once a year where all Assemblies are invited to unite as one around the same focus, message and activities. (Download more information about the Community Involvement driver from: https://afm-ags.org/community-involvement/.)

One of the most vulnerable groups in our local communities is older persons. Older persons are somebody’s parents, our parents, our grandparents, they are in our churches – they took care of us when we were growing up, it is our turn to care for them in a dignified manner and to protect them. The care and protection of older persons will be our focus for this year’s AFM Welfare Weekend.

The care and protection of older persons will be our focus for this year’s AFM Welfare Weekend.”

The rest of this article will focus on a guideline with practical ideas and suggestions to assist AFM Assembles to make the most of the AFM Welfare Weekend. Each AFM Assembly should decide how their AFM Welfare Weekend will be structured.

Guidelines for a successful AFM Welfare Weekend

Effective Preparation 

  • To make a success of AFM Welfare Weekend involve, prepare and mobilise the Governing Body, all Departments and all assembly members.
  • Prepare spiritually by intentionally reflecting with your leadership and assembly members on one of the drivers of the One AFM Game Plan – Community Involvement.
  • If you don’t have a Welfare Committee, you will need to identify, elect/appoint and prepare a team that will be responsible to organise and manage the programme for Welfare Weekend.

Get to know the Community Surrounding the Church 

  • To help care for, serve and protect vulnerable persons (including Older Persons) in your community, you need to know who they are and where they live. Take a good look at your town, suburb or community and create a Profile that includes:
  • A database of information on all vulnerable persons, including older persons in your Assembly, and others living in communities surrounding your church including their names, phone numbers, physical address and next of kin.
  • A list of organisations or structures involved in service provision and protection of older persons. This includes Government Departments, SAPS, NPOs and other organisations, health facilities and institutions that are offering services to older persons. (Get to know these organisations and individuals so that your Assembly can conduct a needs analysis and become aware of opportunities for involvement.)
  • For purposes of the 2021 AFM Welfare Weekend the information and services for Older Persons should be prioritised.

Deciding on your AFM Welfare Weekend Programme

You can choose between a two or a three-day programme. The example below is for a three-day programme:

  • Friday Evening. Invite families (include grandparents if they are part of the same household) to a short practical “Focus on the Family” session. Should you be interested, I will gladly share two of my tool kits on (i) How to Develop Family Values and (ii) How to combine Family Meetings with Evening Devotions. You or one of the leaders can facilitate a discussion and break into groups of families to apply the teaching.
  • Saturday morning. Consider a Community Outreach action.

Example 1: Breakfast and entertainment session for Older Persons

Identify and invite all active Older Persons (60 and above – if there are too many 65 and older) to enjoy breakfast and thereafter participate in a concert with them as the performers. Close the session with a short talk on e.g., self-care or a sermon.

Example 2: Reaching out to and spoiling Older Persons

Identify vulnerable or frail older persons in your assembly and community and arrange a team of youth members and/or children’s ministry staff to clean their houses, do chores and run errands, do their hair and nails, do a health check etc.

  • Saturday afternoon. Consider an Empowerment Session where you inform and train your church members and members of your community. I will make a training video available soon to educate the mentioned members on reaching out, caring for and protecting older persons in the community, including a special focus on the different types of elder abuse.
  • Sunday morning – A Welfare Service. 

Sunday Sermon:

Community Involvement is key to the fulfilment of the AFM’s missional calling. Empower your members to better understand this driver and calling. Give the consistent message that (1) when things are tough and difficult in my own household, God still expects me to reach out to others and (2) the abuse of older persons is wrong and contrary to Christian teachings. We will also make sermon points for your consideration available soon.

Sunday Donations-in-kind:

Consider a specific activity where your members are mobilised a few weeks before the AFM Welfare Weekend to bring donations that could include gifts, clothes, linen, towels, toiletries and/or non-perishable food for identified older persons. The parcels of food and toiletries should be prepared before the time and handed out during the morning service to active older persons. Where older persons are no longer able to attend the services, it should be taken to them.

Sunday Offering:

Consider taking up a special offering for the AFM Welfare Department. The special offering can be deposited in the AFM Welfare’s account:

Bank Name: ABSA

Account Name: The Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA

Branch Code: 632005

Account Number: 01 05529 076 4

Type: Check

Reference: The name of your AFM Assembly

To further assist you in preparing for AFM Welfare Weekend, you might also find the following resources useful:

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-2nd-quarter-2021/ 

https://afm-ags.org/protecting-older-persons-against-abuse-an-involved-church-community/ 

CONCLUSION

I understand that Covid-19 does have a great influence on the way church actions and projects are planned. There is no doubt that it has become more difficult to reach out and work with the community due to Covid-19 restrictions. I want to encourage you to stand strong and to consider innovative ways to continue carrying out the Great Commission – even when times are difficult and tough. Even when it is painful and hurting. I am praying for each AFM Pastor, and I know that through the grace of God we will be strengthened and receive wisdom.

Blessings!

M.G. Mahlobo

Pastorale Brief: 3de Kwartaal 2021

Laai die PDF-weergawe hier af (om maklik per e-pos te stuur of uit te druk):

Pastorale Brief: 3de Kwartaal 2021

INHOUD:
– GROETE
– GODDELIKE GENESING EN DIE ONTSTAAN VAN DIE AGS
– BYBELSE PERSPEKTIEF OP SIEKTE EN GENESING
– AGS WELSYNSNAWEEK: 26-28 NOVEMBER 2021
– SLOT

AGS Kollega,

Weens die beperkings op byeenkomste kon die Nasionale Ampsdraers nie gedurende hierdie jaar se NOB-bemagtigingsbesoeke al die streke besoek nie. Ons het gehoop dat die beperkings vroeër verslap sou word sodat ons die streke wat nog uitstaande is kan besoek. Ongelukkig kon dit nie plaasvind nie en daarom verskaf ek vandag die aanlyn skakels waar hierdie aanbiedings en video-materiaal afgelaai kan word.

Die tema vir hierdie jaar is “Step up to the Future”. Die aanbiedings sluit in: (i) Ons Missionale Kerkstrategie (One AFM Game Plan), (ii) Dissipline in die Kerk, (iii) Goeie Bestuur, (iv) Tegnologie en die Kerk en (v) Belangrike Risiko’s wat die AGS in die gesig staar. Gebruik asseblief die onderstaande skakels om toegang tot hierdie inhoud te geniet:

Aanbiedings:

https://afm-ags.org/category/media/ 

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlistlist=PLMguBPJZpLHYtSymo7ubUs2oXGS28rDn3

Ek vertrou dat hierdie aanbiedings jou sal seën en bemagtig! In hierdie uitgawe van die Pastorale Brief sluit ek ‘n spesiale fokus in op die onderwerpe van genesing sowel as die komende AGS Welsynsnaweek.

 

GODDELIKE GENESING EN DIE ONTSTAAN VAN DIE AGS

Dr Isak Burger (Vorige President van die AGS van SA) – burgerisak@gmail.com 

Goddelike genesing was een van die kenmerkende eienskappe van die vroeë AGS. Net om ‘n idee te kry van die vele genesings gee die volgende syfers ‘n aanduiding: Gedurende die jaar 1911 was daar 2,023 gevalle van bevestigde, bonatuurlike genesings in die AGS. Die amptelike kerktydskrif (“The Comforter and Messenger of Hope”) het van die begin af, in elke uitgawe, ‘n aantal getuienisse ingesluit van mense wat genees is. In sommige uitgawes was daar selfs ‘n lys van mense wat genees is. Dit is miskien die mees uitstaande kenmerk as jy deur die vroeë “Comforter” blaai.

“Sy filosofie oor genesing was eenvoudig dat gebed vir ‘n siek persoon moet aanhou totdat hy/sy genees is.”

Die vroeë leiers – Thomas Hezmalhalch, John G. Lake en P.L. le Roux – het die voorbeeld gestel. Dit is belangrik om veral kennis te neem van die genesingsbediening van John G. Lake. Sy filosofie oor genesing was eenvoudig dat gebed vir ‘n siek persoon moet aanhou totdat hy/sy genees is. Teen die einde van sy lewe rig hy ‘n skrywe hy aan P. L. le Roux. Hy skryf die hoë persentasie genesings toe aan hierdie volgehoue ​​gebed: “Die ongelooflike hoë persentasie van mense wat genees is, is volgens my ‘n gevolg van die sisteem wat ons aangeneem het. Ons het daarop aangedring dat die individu hom elke dag beskikbaar moet stel vir gebed en handeoplegging totdat ons tevrede is dat hulle ten volle genees is. ”

Lake was gekant teen die modus operandi van sommige evangeliste wat net een keer vir ‘n siek persoon gebid het, geen verdere verantwoordelikheid vir hom/haar geneem het nie en toe aan die publiek gesê het dat die persoon genees is. Hierdie manier van dinge doen, het hy gesê, is skadelik:

“Ons het goed geweet dat die oorgrote meerderheid van diegene wat voorheen bedien is, nie volkome genees is nie. Sommige van hulle was half genees; sommige van hulle ‘n kwart; sommige van hulle het ‘n effense tikkie genesing gekry; sommige is genoegsaam deur God aangeraak om hulle pyn weg te neem en hulle tydelike vryheid van beweging te gee. In baie van hierdie gevalle het evangeliste hierdie mense voor groot gehore laat getuig dat hulle volkome genees is, net om binne ‘n paar dae of weke te ontdek dat hulle nie regtig genees is nie, en dat baie teleurgesteld huis toe gegaan het om te sterf.

Vanweë die gekommersialiseerde toestand van evangelisasiewerk, het evangeliste gevoel dat hulle dit nie kon bekostig om meer as een keer vir dieselfde individu te bid nie; en in ‘n kort tydjie het hulle daardie vervloekte lering wat die genesingsbediening verwoes het, begin leer dat dit net gepas was om vir die siekes eenmaal te bid, dat hulle nie vir die tweede keer bedien moes word nie. Dit was “dollar Christianity”. Waar ookal dit beoefen is en deur wie, dit is steeds “dollar Christianity”. As ons herhaaldelik vir ‘n sondaar bid totdat hy gered is en hy dit weet, en vir die doop van die Heilige Gees, waarom nie vir genesing nie?”

“As ons herhaaldelik vir ‘n sondaar bid totdat hy gered is en hy dit weet, en vir die doop van die Heilige Gees, waarom nie vir genesing nie?

Goddelike genesing het altyd mense aangetrek en dit was waarskynlik die deurslaggewende faktor wat mense oorreed het om hul besware en vooroordele opsy te sit en waardeur die Here die mense na Homself getrek het. In die vroeë dae het meer mense na die AGS gekom deur genesingsbedienings as op enige ander manier.

Dit is opmerklik hoeveel van die eerste generasie lidmate van die AGS beïnvloed is om by die kerk aan te sluit nadat hulle ‘n genesingswonder gesien of persoonlik beleef het. Mevrou Z. Rennie het van die geskiedenis van ‘n bekende predikant in die vroeë dae van die AGS geskryf: “Wyle pastoor Charles Heatley het as ‘n hopelose kreupel die kerk binnegekom en het gered huis toe gegaan en letterlik gespring van vreugde, genees deur die krag van God. Hy het gereeld getuig dat sy vrou, toe hy by die huis kom, baie bang was toe sy ‘n man by die trap hoor op hardloop – sy het geluister vir die klank van sy krukke – maar tot haar vreugde was dit haar man wat genees was.”

‘n Mens sou met reg vandag kon vra: “Wat het gebeur met hierdie kenmerkende eienskap van die vroeë AGS? Dit is immers een van die fondamente van ons kerk.” Meer inligting hieroor is beskikbaar in die boek “The Fire falls in Africa”. Dit kan verkry word vanaf die AGS se hoofkantoor:

Stuur ‘n e-pos aan: france@afm-ags.org 

Koste beloop R100 per boek (koerierfooi uitgesluit)

 

BYBELSE PERSPEKTIEF OP SIEKTE EN GENESING

Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President van die AGS van SA) – mmahlobo@afm-ags.org 

In hierdie artikel wil ek graag kyk waarom ons siek word. Ek wil ook aanraak of God die bron van ons siekte kan wees. Ek wil dan afsluit met wat die Bybel sê oor genesing, hoe kan ek gesond word en ander help om ook gesond te word. Die kwessie van siekte is breed en kompleks. In die hantering van hierdie vraag wil ek drie faktore oorweeg. Dit is menslike-, geestelike- en omgewingsfaktore.

Menslike faktore

In sommige gevalle word ons siek as gevolg van menslike faktore. Dit sluit in:

  • Verwaarlosing van ons liggame. Wanneer ons ons liggame verwaarloos, stel ons onsself bloot aan allerhande kwale.
  • Skadelike stowwe. Ons loop ook ‘n risiko om siek te word wanneer ons toegee aan skadelike stowwe soos dwelmmisbruik, alkoholmisbruik en tabak.
  • Nalatigheid om higiëne- en veiligheidsmaatreëls teen siektes te volg, stel ons bloot aan allerhande infeksies.

Geestelike faktore 

  • God faktor. In die Ou Testament het God swere op Egiptenare laat verskyn (Eksodus 9:8-12). God het kwale gebruik om Israel te straf toe hulle ongehoorsaam was. In 2 Samuel 24:15-17 het God ‘n plaag gestuur wat 70,000 kinders van Israel doodgemaak het weens die sonde van koning Dawid. Die skrywer van Psalm 119:67,71 maak ‘n konneksie tussen verdrukkinge en ongehoorsaamheid aan God (Eksodus 15:26).
  • Demone. In die Nuwe Testament lees ons van mense wat siek was as gevolg van demoniese magte (Markus 5:1-20).

Omgewingsbesoedeling faktore

  • Soms word siekte veroorsaak deur haglike toestande. In Deuteronomium 23:12-14 sien ons die belangrikheid van higiëne en sanitasie.
  • In Januarie 2020 het die Wêreldgesondheidsorganisasie (WGO) se Direkteur-Generaal, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, die afwesigheid van water, toilette, seep en waterbestuur in gesondheidsorgfasiliteite onder die dringendste wêreldwye uitdagings van hierdie dekade aangehaal (WGO en UNICEF: Gesamentlike Moniteringsprogram – JMP 2017).

Is siekte iets wat God aan my gegee het? Die antwoord is ‘ja’ en ‘nee’. Ek het reeds verwys dat God siekte as ‘n straf of regstellende maatreël in een van die vorige paragrawe gebruik. Dit hou spesifiek betrekking tot die Ou Testament en nie noodwendig die Nuwe Testament nie. Een van die gevolge van sonde in Genesis 3 is die dood. Siekte is deel van die doodsproses. Sonde het ons liggame kwesbaar gemaak (1 Korintiërs 5:1-2; 15:42-44). Elkeen van ons het ‘n liggaam wat in die proses is om te vergaan. In die Nuwe Testament genees God die menigtes in plaas daarvan om hulle te vervloek. In Johannes 10:10 verklaar Jesus dat Hy gekom het om lewe te gee in oorvloed.

In Johannes 10:10 verklaar Jesus dat Hy gekom het om lewe te gee in oorvloed.”

Hoe kan ek gesond word? Daar is baie sienings en menings oor genesing. Dit is belangrik vir Christene om na die Bybel te gaan vir leiding:

  • Geloof in God. In drie Skrifgedeeltes het Jesus mense genees en vir hulle gesê: “Julle geloof het julle gesond gemaak” (Markus 5:34, Lukas 17:19).
  • Bekentenis. In Jakobus 5:16 word ons beveel om ons sondes aan mekaar te bely as ‘n voorbereiding vir ons genesing. Dit beteken egter nie dat elke siek persoon siek is as gevolg van geheime sonde wat hy/sy gepleeg het nie. Dit was ‘n fout wat Job se vriende aangaande Job se siekte gemaak het.
  • Aanvaar genoegsaamheid van God se genade. In 2 Korintiërs 12:8-9 vertel Paulus van sy gebed tot God vir genesing van sy fisiese kwale. Hy het drie keer gebid en in alle gevalle was die reaksie van God: “My genade is vir jou genoeg, want my krag is volmaak in swakheid.” Paulus het God se genade bo sy kwaal aanvaar.
  • Raadpleeg geakkrediteerde dokters. Christene moet nie wegskram daarvan om mediese prosesse te ondergaan om hul welstand te bepaal nie. Die Bybel verwys na mediese behandeling wat gebruik word, soos verbande (Jesaja 1:6), balsem (Jeremia 8:22), blare (Esegiël 47:12) en olie en wyn (Lukas 10:34). Verwysings van dokters word in die Bybel gemaak. Dit sluit in Matteus 9:12; Lukas 4:23 en Kolossense 4:14.

Hoe kan ek ander help om gesond te word? Ons kan ander help om gesond te word deur te bid vir hulle genesing (Markus 16:16-18 en Jakobus 5:14-15). Ons moet hulle aanmoedig om nie hoop te verloor nie. Genesing kom van God. Ons God, as Jehovah Rapha, kan ons van alle siektes genees (Psalm 103:3). God mag ons dalk nie genees nie. God het vir Moses nee gesê toe hy vir Mirjam gebid het (Númeri 12:13-15) en Paulus (2 Korintiërs 12:8-9). Kerkleiers het ‘n belangrike rol om te speel. In Jakobus 5:14-16 moet ouderlinge of leiers van die kerk ingelig word wanneer lidmate siek is. Daar word van hulle verwag om die siekes te besoek.

 

AGS WELSYNSNAWEEK: 26-28 NOVEMBER 2021

Ashley Theron – Waarnemende Uitvoerende Hoof van die AGS Welsyn- ashleyt@afmwelfare.org.za

In die afgelope 18 maande was elke persoon geraak deur ‘n situasie wat ons nog nooit ervaar het nie. Die verwoestende impak van Covid-19 word onthul deur die verlies aan kosbare lewens van familie, kollegas, vriende en selfs Pastore. Werkloosheid, besighede wat hul deure sluit en ‘n verlies aan inkomste vir gesinne bly ‘n groot bron van kommer. Die verlore tyd vir opvoeding sal moontlik nooit ingehaal word nie. Kerke is veral erg geraak deur die inperkingsregulasies wat die aantal mense wat byeenkomste mag bywoon beïnvloed. Dit lyk asof soveel verlore gegaan het en dat geen persoon, organisasie of kerk deur hierdie krisis onaangeraak gelaat is nie.

As dit in my eie huishouding druk en moeilik gaan, verwag God dan nog steeds dat ek na ander in nood moet uitreik?”

As dit in my eie huishouding druk en moeilik gaan, verwag God dan nog steeds dat ek na ander in nood moet uitreik? Het ek dan nog steeds die verantwoordelikheid om as die hande en voete van Christus te dien as ek self ly? Die beeld van die drie kruise op Golgota kom onmiddellik in gedagte en spesifiek Lukas 23:32-43. Dit is een van die kosbaarste oomblikke in die Bybel. Terwyl Jesus self ontsettende pyn en lyding aan die kruis ondervind het, het Hy steeds medelye getoon om te luister na die pleidooi van die dief wat langs Hom gekruisig is. Jesus onderdruk sy eie pyn op daardie oomblik om in die behoeftes van ‘n ander te voorsien.

Die implikasie vir gelowiges is duidelik. Jesus het hierdie aangrypende voorbeeld vir ons gestel om te volg. Dit is ‘n voorbeeld wat in skrille kontras staan ​​met die maniere van die wêreld waar mense in moeilike situasies eerder voel dat selfbehoud ‘n hoër prioriteit is as om te gee, te deel en uit te reik na ander. Selfs as dit swaar en moeilik gaan in ons eie huishoudings, glo ek dat ons deur God se genade moet voortgaan om mildelik te saai en uit te reik na ander in nood. Dit is ons ​​tema vir die AGS Welsynsnaweek 2021 (26-28 November).

Die AGS Welsynsnaweek is ‘n geleentheid vir die kerk om doelbewus na te dink oor een van die spesifieke drywers van die “One AFM Game Plan” – Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid. Deur dit ‘n gefokusde naweek te maak beteken nie dat ons nalaat om regdeur die jaar by ons gemeenskappe betrokke te wees nie. Dit beteken slegs dat ons ‘n naweek neem om alleenlik te fokus op die kerk se betrokkenheid by plaaslike gemeenskappe. Dit is ook ‘n geleentheid vir die AGS om ‘n naweek te hê waar alle Gemeentes saam as ‘n eenheid op dieselfde boodskap en aktiwiteit fokus. (Besoek gerus https://afm-ags.org/community-involvement/ vir meer inligting oor die Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid drywer.)

Een van die kwesbaarste groepe in ons plaaslike gemeenskappe is ouer persone. Ouer persone is iemand se ouers, ons ouers, ons grootouers, hulle is in ons kerke – hulle het vir ons gesorg toe ons groot geword het en nou is dit ons beurt om hulle op ‘n waardige manier te versorg en te beskerm. Die sorg en beskerming van ouer persone sal ons fokus vir hierdie jaar se AGS Welsynsnaweek wees.

Die res van hierdie artikel fokus op praktiese idees en voorstelle vir AGS Gemeentes om die meeste van die AGS Welsynsnaweek te maak. Elke AGS Gemeente moet besluit hoe hul AGS Welsynsnaweek gestruktureer sal word.

Riglyne vir ‘n suksesvolle AFM Welsynsnaweek

Doeltreffende voorbereiding

  • Om ‘n sukses te maak van die AGS Welsynsnaweek is dit belangrik om van die begin af jou lede van die Beheerliggaam, bedieninge en lidmate effektief te betrek, voor te berei en te mobiliseer.
  • Berei geestelik voor deur doelbewus saam met jou leierskap en lidmate na te dink oor een van die drywers van die One AFM Game PlanGemeenskapsbetrokkenheid.
  • As jy nie ‘n Welsynskomitee het nie moet jy ‘n span identifiseer of kies/aanstel en voorberei wat verantwoordelikheid neem vir die organisering en bestuur van die Welsynsnaweek program.

Ken jou Gemeenskap

  • Om kwesbare persone (insluitend ouer persone) in jou gemeenskap te help versorg, te dien en te beskerm moet jy weet wie hulle is en waar hulle woon. Bestudeer jou stad, voorstad of gemeenskap en skep ‘n Profiel wat die volgende insluit:
  • ‘n Databasis met inligting oor alle kwesbare persone, insluitend die ouer persone in jou Gemeente en ander ouer persone wat in gemeenskappe rondom jou kerk woon. Inligting soos name, telefoonnommers, fisiese adresse en naasbestaandes is belangrik.
  • ‘n Lys van organisasies of strukture wat betrokke is by dienslewering en beskerming van ouer persone. Dit sluit in regeringsdepartemente, die SAPS, nie-winsgewende organisasies en gesondheidsfasiliteite en instellings wat dienste aan ouer persone bied. (Leer hierdie organisasies en individue ken sodat jou Gemeente ‘n behoefte-ontleding kan uitvoer en bewus kan word van geleenthede vir betrokkenheid.)
  • Vir die doeleindes van die 2021 AGS Welsynsnaweek moet inligting en dienste vir ouer persone geprioritiseer word.

Besluit oor jou AGS Welsynsnaweek Program

Jy kan kies tussen ‘n program van twee of drie dae. Die onderstaande voorbeeld is vir ‘n program wat oor 3 dae aangebied word:

  • Vrydagaand. Nooi gesinne (sluit ouer mense in as hulle deel uitmaak van dieselfde huishouding) na ‘n kort praktiese sessie genaamd “Fokus op die Gesin”. As jy belangstel, deel ek graag twee van my hulpbronne, naamlik (i) Hoe om Gesinswaardes te Ontwikkel en (ii) Hoe om Gesinsbyeenkomste met Bybelstudie te kombineer. Jy of een van die leiers kan hierdie aanbieding fasiliteer en selfs gesinne in kleiner groepe toelaat om die beginsels toe te pas.
  • Saterdagoggend. Oorweeg ‘n uitreikprojek.

Voorbeeld 1: Ontbyt en vermaak vir ouer persone

Identifiseer en nooi alle aktiewe ouer persone (60 jaar en ouer – as daar te veel is 65 en ouer) om ontbyt te geniet en daarna saam met hulle as kunstenaars deel te neem aan ‘n konsert. Sluit die sessie af met ‘n kort toespraak oor bv. selfversorging of ‘n preek.

Voorbeeld 2: Reik uit na en bederf ouer persone

Identifiseer kwesbare ouer persone in jou gemeente en gemeenskap en reël ‘n span jeuglede en/of kinderbedieningspersoneel om hul huise skoon te maak, verskeie take te doen, hul hare en naels te doen, ‘n gesondheidsondersoek te doen, ens.

  • Saterdagmiddag. Oorweeg ‘n bemagtigingsessie waar jy jou lidmate en lede van jou gemeenskap inlig en oplei. Ek sal binnekort ‘n opleidingsvideo beskikbaar stel waar ek meer inligting deel oor die uitreik na, versorging en beskerming van ouer persone in die gemeenskap – insluitend ‘n spesiale fokus op die verskillende soorte mishandeling van bejaardes.

 

  • Sondagoggend – ‘n Welsynsdiens.

Sondag Preek:

Gemeenskapsbetrokkenheid is die sleutel tot die vervulling van die AGS se missionale roeping. Bemagtig jou lidmate om hierdie drywer en roeping beter te verstaan. Gee die konsekwente boodskap dat (i) wanneer dinge in my eie huis moeilik is, God steeds van my verwag om na ander uit te reik en (ii) die misbruik van ouer persone verkeerd is en in stryd is met Christelike leerstellings. Ek sal ook binnekort preekpunte vir jou oorweging beskikbaar stel.

Sondag Donasies:

Oorweeg ‘n spesifieke aktiwiteit waar jy jou lidmate ‘n paar weke voor die AGS Welsynsnaweek mobiliseer om donasies te bring wat moontlik geskenke, klere, linne, handdoeke, toiletware en/of nie-bederfbare voedsel vir geïdentifiseerde ouer persone kan insluit. Die pakkies kos en toiletware moet voor die tyd voorberei word en tydens die oggenddiens aan aktiewe ouer persone uitgedeel word. As ouer persone nie meer die dienste kan bywoon nie, moet dit na hulle geneem word.

Sondag Offerhande:

Oorweeg om ‘n spesiale offerhande vir die AGS Welsynsdepartement op te neem. Die spesiale offerhande kan in die AGS Welsyn se rekening gedeponeer word:

Bank Naam: ABSA

Rekeningnaam: The Executive Welfare Council of the AFM of SA

Takkode: 632005

Rekeningnommer: 01 05529 076 4

Tipe: Tjek

Verwysing: Die naam van jou AGS Gemeente

Om jou verder by te staan met die voorbereiding vir die 2021 AGS Welsynsnaweek, is die volgende bronne ook nuttig:

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-2nd-quarter-2021/ 

https://afm-ags.org/protecting-older-persons-against-abuse-an-involved-church-community/ 

SLOT

Ek verstaan ​​dat die huidige Covid-19-situasie ‘n groot invloed het op die manier waarop Gemeentes aksies en projekte beplan. Daar is geen twyfel dat dit moeiliker geword het om uit te reik en met die gemeenskap saam te werk weens Covid-19-beperkings. Ek wil jou egter aanmoedig om sterk te staan en om innoverende maniere te oorweeg om voort te gaan met die uitvoering van die Groot Opdrag – selfs as die tye taai en moeilik is, selfs as dit pynlik en seer is. Ek bid vir elke AGS Pastoor en ek weet dat ons deur die genade van God versterk sal word en wysheid sal ontvang.

Seën!
Past. M.G. Mahlobo