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                                              Page number
Introduction                                  02
Assembly Focus                                03
Activities                                    04
Membership                                    05
Member Care                                   06
Elders                                        07
Appointed Elders 2007                         08
Ministries                                    09
        Help during Sunday Morning Services   09
        Mission Work                          10
        Welfare Services                      11
        The Music Ministry                    12
        Women‟s Ministry                      13
        CD Ministry                           13
        Children‟s Church                     14
        Youth Ministry                        14
Statement of Faith                            15
A.F.M. Weltevredenpark Member Manual 2007                                        2


The church was established in January 1983 under the leadership of Pastor
Theuns Pretorius. It was formed in affiliation to the A.F.M. Church. The
A.F.M. Church (Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa) was founded in 1908
and has since grown to be known as the largest Pentecostal church in South
Africa. The name „Apostolic Faith Mission‟ indicates that the church and its
assemblies aim to continue and build on the apostles‟ faith an mission as
documented in the book of Acts.

The church facility comprises an auditorium, hall/children‟s church, kitchen,
prayer room, church office and parsonage. A multi-functional worship
facility, where a greater variety of spiritual growth programs can be
presented, is envisioned for the future.

Every assembly has its own unique characteristics, structure and way of
exercising their faith. There are various factors that lead to each assembly‟s
uniqueness, for example their location, language and specific commission and

The purpose of this manual is to assist in the understanding of the assembly‟s
current focus and functioning. We have to keep up with the dynamics of
growth and development that bring about the need to adapt. As a result we
re-evaluate our effectiveness from time to time in order to make the necessary
changes. If change is needed where new areas bring forth new challenges,
we do not hesitate to adapt. We intend to remain open to change which will
enable us to obey God‟s instruction in each particular area and at the present

We inform our members of church activities by means of the monthly bulletin,
yearly calendar, announcements and notices.

We trust that in this assembly you will find a spiritual home within which you
can worship God with devotion and serve Him in extending His Kingdom.
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                                        ASSEMBLY FOCUS

                Think and Live like Jesus
The assembly exists to obey Jesus Christ‟s command as given in Matthew
28:19, through the work and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Until the second coming of Christ, we focus on being a place where:

         Jesus Christ is proclaimed to all;
         people personally experience the love and power of God, find a
          spiritual home and are helped to grow in thinking and living like Jesus.
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The following activities take place on a weekly and/or regular basis:

         Sunday Worship Services
          o 8:30 in Afrikaans
          o 10:30 in English
          This is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate God‟s goodness and
          greatness and to receive spiritual nourishment through the teaching of
          God‟s Word, the ministry of the Holy Spirit and mutual encouragement.

         Children’s Church
          o 8:30 in Afrikaans
          o 10:30 in English
          During school terms children‟s church is held at the same time as the
          morning services. It caters for the following age groups: 3 to 6 year
          olds; grade 1 to grade 4 and grade 5 to grade 7.

         Youth Meeting – Sundays at 18:00
          Everyone is welcome to attend this gathering that is prepared and
          presented by the youth. Social gatherings are also arranged for the
          youth from time to time (see monthly bulletin).

         Small Groups – Sunday nights at 18:00 and during the week
          During school terms Small Groups offer an opportunity for interaction
          with other believers on a weekly basis in a way that is not always
          possible during church services. The nature of these gatherings allows
          everyone to participate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and therefore
          exhort and encourage each other (1 Cor. 12 & 14; Gal. 6:2, 9-10).

         Power Hour – Wednesdays from 19:00 to 20:00
          Every Wednesday night we offer the opportunity for you to come and
          receive strength from the Lord for the rest of the week. The hour is
          mainly devoted to praise and worship, flowing with the Holy Spirit and a
          very short message if God guides us to do so.

         Specialized Meetings - From time to time we facilitate special
          presentations that focus on specific areas of spiritual need, for example
          men‟s and women‟s ministry, Biblical Overview, missions, etc.
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Being a member of an assembly differs from the membership of a secular
institution. Membership does not depend on status, courses or on someone
growing up in a certain church. It is dependant on and flows from one‟s
personal relationship with Jesus Christ. A member accepts and confesses
Jesus Christ as Son of God; he or she also accepts Jesus as their personal
Saviour with the accompanying sin-consciousness and confession (John 3:3;
Proverbs 28:13; John 1:12; 1 John 1:8-9); and commit themselves to being a
dedicated disciple of Jesus Christ.

When anyone, by their own choice, becomes a member of our assembly, it
happens on the assumption that we expect our members to:
   1. Commit to the process of discipleship (Matthew 28:19) that focuses on
      growing in their personal thinking and living like Jesus.
   2. Protect the unity of the assembly (Romans 14:19) by acting in a loving
      manner towards each other (1 Peter 1:22).
   3. Accept shared responsibility for the advancement and welfare of the
      assembly (1 Thessalonians 1:1-2).
   4. Be friendly to everyone and always give people a warm welcome
      (Romans 15:7).
   5. Be of service by being willing to help and by having an attitude of “what
      can I do” (Philippians 2:3-4, 7).
   6. Faithful attendance of gatherings (Hebrews 10:25).
   7. Faithful in expressing their gifts/ministry (Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians
      12:12-31; Ephesians 4:11-16).
   8. Invite family and friends to assembly gatherings and to testify of God‟s
      love, goodness and majesty (Acts 1:8).
   9. Be loyal to God by worshipping Him with your tithes and offerings
      (1 Corinthians 16:2; Leviticus 27:30; Malachi 3:10).

To become a member of this assembly, a person must
         Attend one of the quarterly membership information evenings
         Complete and sign the prescribed membership registration form
         Be accepted as a member by the elders of the assembly and receive
          written confirmation of this.
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                                            MEMBER CARE

According to Biblical guidelines the spiritual care of members is the
responsibility of the assembly‟s elders (Acts 14:23 & 20:28; 1 Pet. 5:2-3;
James 5:14).

The ideal, most economical and effective way of caring for members is
through our home gatherings (small groups, care groups or cell groups).
Through these gatherings members have the opportunity to come in contact
with other believers to share in mutual spiritual support (1 Corinthians 12 &
14; Galatians 6:2, 9-10). During these gatherings each person can actively
participate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit to exhort each other, as God expects
us to. Therefore members are encouraged to join a small group.

It is the Presiding Pastor‟s responsibility as leader of the assembly to care for
the assembly by providing spiritual guidance through teaching and preaching.
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In the Bible the term elder refers to those members of an assembly who have
shown considerable growth in the areas of spirituality and a relationship with
God. They are appointed to look after the wellbeing of our church members
as well as the assembly. They also have governing responsibilities within the
assembly where they have been appointed to serve.

Qualifications of Elders
In order to be appointed as an elder a person must have certain spiritual
qualifications and characteristics as specified in Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38,
2:4, 6:3, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, and Titus 1:8 (also see Exodus 18:13-26).

The following qualifications are of importance in addition to the above:
         Only persons who, for a minimum period of 12 months, have shown
          their consistent commitment to serve in the assembly and have proven
          that they follow God‟s commandments, including worshipful tithing, will
          be considered for the position of elder.
         Those who are from another A.F.M. assembly or Pentecostal church
          can be considered after 6 months of showing their consistent
          commitment to the assembly in worshipful tithing, accompanied by a
          letter of reference from their previous pastor.

Appointment of elders
Elders are only appointed if the anointing and calling of God on such a
person‟s life is clearly recognizable. The appointment recognizes the person‟s
calling to spiritual leadership and God‟s work in and through him/her. The
elder‟s authority stems from God‟s calling to serve in His Body. Therefore the
elder is also responsible towards God to live out his/her calling according to
what God requires (see Titus 1:7 and 2).

The appointment of an elder is only applicable in the assembly within which
he has been appointed. An elder differs from a deacon in that he is
responsible for and must be equipped in bringing the Word of God to the
assembly (Titus 2:1-15; 2 Timothy 4:1-4, Hebrews 13:7).

Appointments are done in consultation with the existing elders and also take
the needs of the assembly into consideration. An elder‟s term of service
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stretches over a period of one calendar year, January to December. An elder
can serve in consecutive terms.

If anyone is of the opinion that an elder does not comply with the applicable
requirements, a written complaint may be handed in. The situation will only
receive attention once such a complaint is handed in, in writing, and will be
dealt with according to the regulations of the A.F.M. in this regard.

Responsibilities of the elder
Elders in the assembly must:
         Look after their own and their family‟s spiritual well being;
         Be an example of how God should be served;
         Be faithful in worshipping God with their tithes and offerings;
         Be faithful in attending Elder meetings and Sunday services;
         Be actively involved in the care of members and give quarterly
          feedback on the prescribed contact report;
         Give members spiritual counselling;
         Pray for the sick and if guided by the Holy Spirit anoint them with oil
          and offer emotional and practical support to those in need;
         Intercede for the assembly as a whole as well as for specific members
          that have been entrusted to them;
         Assist in the fulfilment of the assembly‟s purpose and be actively
          involved in promoting its objectives;
         Assist in serving the sacraments;

                                APPOINTED ELDERS 2007

Willie Steynberg                            011 679-5150 (Chairman)
Vincent Atterbury                           011 475-2850 (Presiding Pastor)
Jólene Atterbury                            0110475-2850
Danie Coetzee                               (011 675-0855)
Theuns Meyer                                (011 675-2653)
Kobus van Eeden                             (082 840 7926)
Gideon Joubert                              (083 305 5027)
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There is a variety of practical things members can help with on Sunday
mornings. A short description of each follows here:

     1. Welcoming people at the door. We like to greet members and visitors
        at the door with a warm handshake. The monthly bulletin is also

     2. Rest room care. It is important to us that people are comfortable with
        using our amenities. The ladies and gents toilets are kept neat and
        Co-ordinator: Illze Coleman (082 572 7838)

     3. Flower arranging and interior decorating. People interested in
        helping with this, are put on a roster to ensure that there are fresh
        flowers in church each week. This team also helps with other interior
        decorating aspects of the church building.
        Co-ordinator: Chantal Meyer (083 607 4302)

     4. Refreshments after the service. After every service members and
        visitors are given opportunity to spend time together and get to know
        each other. Members are asked to help with this by serving tea, coffee
        and fruit juice. Please give your co-operation when you are approached
        about this. If everyone helps the load is spread evenly.
        Co-ordinator: Maureen Kretschmar (082 966 3484)

     5. Preparing Communion. People who help with this ensure that the
        grape juice and wafers are ready for use in front of the church.
        Co-ordinator: Vacant

     6. Serving Communion. Members who attend the Communion service
        may be asked to help distribute the elements when Communion is
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Pastor Danie Coetzee (Tel. 011 675 0855/082 653 7821)

Our assembly‟s missions programme focuses on Africa. This is done through:
 Bible translation and distribution.
    Training and care of pastors and their families.

You are more than welcome to become involved in our assembly‟s Missions
programme by way of intercession, financial contributions, physical
involvement and donation of literally anything in your home for which you have
no need (e.g. clothing, shoes, cutlery, toys, etc.).

The following projects are supported:
    The Bible Society of S.A. aims at supplying Bibles at an affordable price.
    The Word for the World Bible Translators, which focuses on the training
     of Bible translators in very remote areas and small language groups that
     do not have a Bible in their own language, so that they may translate the
     Bible in their own language and thereby make it accessible to their people.
    The Gideons in S.A. is a network of Christian businessmen from various
     denominations who distribute Bibles purposefully and strategically to all
     language groups.
    African Ministries Network (Afmin) conducts training and equipping
     seminars in Southern and Central Africa for pastors and church leaders.
     Their slogan is: „To see a trained pastor in every church in Africa.‟
    A.F.M. Mozambique’s Bible School and Children’s Village at Vila
     Maninga where students from remote rural areas in Mozambique are
     trained for two years and then assisted to return to plant churches and
     train others. Their spouses and children are also accommodated, trained
     and cared for during this two year period. At the request of the President
     and National Office Bearers of the A.F.M. of Mozambique, annual
     seminars for pastors and assembly leaders are conducted by Dr. Vincent
     Atterbury at Vila Maninga.
    A.F.M. assemblies in Soweto are assisted with equipment and material
     that cannot be taken out of the country, due to logistical problems.
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Chantal Meyer (Tel. 011 768 32500)

 ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy’ (Matthew 5:7).

Members have the opportunity to offer their support to the needy, traumatised,
depressed and sorrowful by being caring and loving and also by sympathizing
and empathizing with them. The following services are rendered:

The traumatized and sorrowful
         Hospital visitation as well as visiting people with serious illness at
         Assistance with funeral arrangements including refreshments.
         Counselling.

         Support of meritorious cases.

Welfare projects outside of the assembly (in collaboration with other
assemblies and organizations)
    Huis Weesgerus, a home in Florida for children in need of care. You
     can become involved by sponsoring a birthday cake or birthday gift for
     one of the children. You can also be a weekend-parent who takes one
     of the children into their home one weekend per month.
     Co-ordinator: Elize van Eeden (082 840 7966)
         The A.F.M. in Mozambique‟s Children‟s Village for orphans at Vila
          Co-ordinator: Past. Danie Coetzee
         Co-operation with the assembly‟s missions programme to support
          pastors and their families in Africa.
          Co-ordinator: Past. Danie Coetzee

The ministry is financed solely out of voluntary donations. Financial
contributions can be put into a Tithe and Offering envelope and indicated as
such under „Welfare‟.
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Jólene Atterbury (083 475 6717)

Collective praise and worship …
Focuses on leading collective praise and worship with the aim of bringing the
member‟s attention to the reality of God‟s greatness and goodness as well as
to experience His presence, love and power in preparation to hearing His
Word and experiencing the working of the Holy Spirit in their heart.
         PRAISE proclaims God‟s goodness and greatness, who He is, what He
          is about and what He does. The songs are about God.
         WORSHIP focuses on a personal declaration of your love and
          amazement for God as well as appreciation for what God means to you
          and what He‟s done for you. In worship we sing unto God.
         PROPHETIC SONG declares God‟s supernatural intervention.
         FAITH DECLARATION says what we believe about God.
         PRAYER focuses on specific requests to God.
         CONSECRATION AND DEVOTION declares your dedication to God.
         INVITATION invites people to put their trust in God.

Holy Spirit inspired praise and worship is essential and takes preference to
professionalism. At the same time we strive for excellence.

Ministering through praise and worship
This ministry focuses on lifting the assembly‟s faith and hope in God through
exalting Him.

Practice and preparation
The Afrikaans service‟s band practice is on Wednesday nights from 20:15 and
everyone meets at 8:00 on Sunday mornings to prepare for the service.

The English service‟s practice slot is on a Thursday night from 19:00. On
Sundays everyone meets at 10:15 to set up instruments and do a sound
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Jólene Atterbury (083 475 6717)

The women‟s ministry focuses on ministering to women regarding the
challenges they face. We facilitate at least one function every quarter. A
specific theme is chosen around which we minister to women to enrich them
spiritually. Once a year we offer a women‟s camp that runs from the Friday
night to the Saturday afternoon. Everyone is welcome to attend these
meetings and to invite non-members.

Pieter and Reinett Koen (Tel. 011 678 1636)

This ministry focuses on spreading the Word of God through CDs. The main
purpose is to reach people who don‟t hear the Word on a regular basis.
Distribution is done in two ways:

Firstly free CDs are placed at certain distribution points. The display cases are
mostly placed at pharmacies and doctor‟s rooms. They are stocked weekly.
There are currently 28 display cases at 15 distribution points. Daily
approximately 52 CDs are taken.

Secondly members and visitors can order Sunday‟s sermons for R10.00 each
and give them to friends, family members and colleagues as they feel led to
do. There are also sermon series available.

The ministry is financed solely through donations. More than 80% of the
donations are received from people outside the assembly.

If you would like to assist with financing the CD ministry, please contact Pieter
and Reinett Koen (Tel. 011 678 1636).
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Joyce Pillay (Tel. 084 504 0236)

The children‟s church runs in the side hall simultaneously with the morning
service. Children between the ages of 4 and 13 attend the service where the
Word of God is presented to them in a way that will keep their interest.
Should anyone be interested in getting involved in the children‟s ministry they
may contact Joyce Pillay.

André Greyling (Tel. 072 293 6518)

This ministry focuses on the youth between the ages of 13 and 23.

Young people in high school meet for Bible study in the Prayer Room during
the morning service. There is also a Youth Meeting at the church on Sunday
evenings from 18:00.
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                                    STATEMENT OF FAITH

The assembly endorses the Statement of Faith as declared by the Apostolic Faith Mission of
South Africa in part A.3 (Preamble) of the church‟s constitution that reads as follows:

WE BELIEVE in God eternal, triune, almighty creator, sustainer and ruler of all creation.

WE BELIEVE in God the Father, the author of creation and salvation.

WE BELIEVE in Jesus Christ the only Son of God the Father, true God who for the sake of
humanity and its salvation, descended from heaven and became flesh; who was conceived by
the Holy Spirit and was born by the virgin Mary; who lived on earth and was crucified, died
and was buried, who rose from the dead and ascended to heaven where He is seated at the
right hand of the Father.

WE BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit, true God proceeding from the Father and the Son, who
convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment and leads in all truth.

WE BELIEVE that the Bible is the word of God, written by men as the Holy Spirit inspired
them. We believe that it authoritatively proclaims the will of God and teaches us all that is
necessary for salvation.

WE BELIEVE that all human beings are created in the image of God; due to their sinful
rebellion, this image is marred, that all have sinned before God and it is the will of God that all
people should receive salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

WE BELIEVE in the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues
as promised to all believers. We believe in the manifestation of the gifts and fruit of the Spirit
in the life of a Christian.

WE BELIEVE that a Christian should be a disciple of Jesus Christ living a consecrated and
holy life.

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church which is constituted by the Holy
Spirit and consists of born-again believers. The Church is responsible for the proclamation
and demonstration of the gospel and God‟s will to all people. As a charismatic community
they fellowship with and edify one another.

WE BELIEVE that the believer‟s baptism by immersion and the Lord‟s Supper are instituted
by Jesus Christ to be observed by the Church.

WE BELIEVE that at the time appointed by God, Jesus Christ will come to take away his

WE BELIEVE in a day of judgment when Jesus Christ will judge the living and the dead. We
believe in the resurrection of the body and eternal life for the righteous and eternal
punishment for the wicked. We believe in the new heaven and the new earth where God will
reign in glory.

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