ABLAZE National Conference: Program
ABLAZE AFM NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2023
The theme for this conference is “Ablaze.” It is anchored in our theme for the year, being “Keep the Fire Burning” as well as on Matthew 5: 14-16 (NKJV), which instructs us as follows: “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
The time we are living in calls us, in many ways like never before, to be a lamp on a lampstand. To not hide who we are and what we believe, but to be unashamed in our Pentecostal testimony and belief proclaiming and sharing our faith and taking up our Missional calling as people of the Holy Spirit.
Our light should not only shine to those in our communities and workplaces but must also give light to all who are in the house. It is of utmost importance that we pass our faith heritage and the DNA of Pentecost on to the next generation. Our children and young people need to understand where we come from, who we are and what we believe. Our house – being the AFM church, must be a place that is accessible to all people, especially to our youth and children.
In a time of ethical and moral decay on a worldwide basis, we must let our light shine before all people in such a way that they may see our good deeds and moral excellence and recognize, honour and glorify our Father in heaven. This speaks to the importance of a constantly lived, testimony. Not only on Sundays or at certain events, but every day and everywhere. It includes the fruit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The children’s song “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…” based on Matthew 5: 16 and originally written by Harry Dixon around 1920, reminds us to let our light shine everywhere we go.
Our light should never be focused on glorifying human leaders, personalities or earthly philosophies, but must always reflect Jesus. All our services and ministry activities must be spaces where the Holy Spirit is welcome and active. Wherever the Holy Spirit is present, Jesus will be glorified.
I trust that the 2023 National Conference will not just be another meeting, but a time of real upliftment, transformation, motivation and renewal. Let us enjoy each other’s presence (talk to someone you do not know) and make the most of worshipping God together as one AFM church.
THURSDAY – 7 SEPTEMBER
Evening Service: 19h00-21h00
Speaker: Pastor Rudi Coertzen
Topic: A Lamp on a Lampstand
FRIDAY – 8 SEPTEMBER
Pastors Continuous Development (PCD) sessions will be presented free of charge at 10h00-12h00 and repeated at 14h00-16h00. A total of 6 PCD credits will be awarded for attending both presentations:
Proactively addressing Mental Health –
By the Themba Thandeka Leadership Institute
The Fake Prophets phenomenon – a Pentecostal response –
By Dr Daniel Andrew
Evening Service: 19h00-21h00
Speaker: Pastor Barend Petersen
Topic: Give Light to All
SATURDAY – 9 SEPTEMBER
Morning Service: 9h00-11h00
Speaker: Past. Selby Khumalo
Topic: Let Your Light Shine
Afternoon Service: 14h00-16h00
Speaker: Pastor Jeremy Josias
Topic: The Source, Cause & Force
of being the Light of the World
Evening Service: 18h00-20h00
Speaker: Dr Henri Weideman
Topic: Our Light Reflects Jesus
Kindly note that the above services and PCD sessions will be streamed live on the following AFM of SA national social media platforms:
The “Word of Welcome” and “Program” are available below:
We are looking forward to a powerful and impactful national conference!