CONTENTS 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 INTRODUCTION 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 calling. 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 time. 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. A.F.M. Weltevredenpark Member Manual 2007 3 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. A.F.M. Weltevredenpark Member Manual 2007 4 ACTIVITIES 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. A.F.M. Weltevredenpark Member Manual 2007 5 MEMBERSHIP 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. A.F.M. Weltevredenpark Member Manual 2007 6 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. A.F.M. Weltevredenpark Member Manual 2007 7 ELDERS 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 A.F.M. Weltevredenpark Member Manual 2007 8 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) A.F.M. Weltevredenpark Member Manual 2007 9 MINISTRIES HELP AT SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES 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 distributed. Co-ordinator: 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 pleasant. 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 served. Co-ordinator: A.F.M. Weltevredenpark Member Manual 2007 10 MISSION WORK 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. A.F.M. Weltevredenpark Member Manual 2007 11 WELFARE SERVICES 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 home. Assistance with funeral arrangements including refreshments. Counselling. Needy 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 Maninga. 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‟. A.F.M. Weltevredenpark Member Manual 2007 12 THE MUSIC MINISTRY 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. Anointing 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 check. A.F.M. Weltevredenpark Member Manual 2007 13 WOMEN’S MINISTRY 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. CD MINISTRY 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). A.F.M. Weltevredenpark Member Manual 2007 14 CHILDREN’S CHURCH 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. YOUTH MINISTRY 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. A.F.M. Weltevredenpark Member Manual 2007 15 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 Church. 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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