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Into Swaziland Parliament! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 29 June 2014 11:40

We are so proud to note that our AEC member of Nkiliji branch took oath to serve the Swaziland Government as the member in the house of the Senate.


This is the Hon Sen Ndumiso Mdluli, who was a lecturer, businessman, active Regional Executive Secretary of AEC Swaziland Region who is a committed member of t
he Nkiliji branch thanked God for this rare honour of having a member of their local church to be highly honoured to rub shoulders with many Honorable Excellencies and Ministers at this time. In honour to God, the Nkiliji had a thanksgiving service on Sunday 8 June 2014 where among other Guests, was the Acting Prime Minister in the company of Cabinet Ministers, MPs, Senators, President of AEC Southern Africa, Pastoral leadership and other Pastors from different denominations were in attendance.

We humbly request the church to pray for him in his new portfolio in the august Houses of Parliament in Swaziland Government
. May His name be glorified through this placement of this young Christian leader.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 12:55
 
A Fellowship of Servants PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 20 May 2013 20:47

WORKERS' SEMINAR 2016!

2016 Workers' Seminar at Skogheim is now history. We thank God for many leaders who took time to be there. May 5 - 8 2016 so almost 200 leaders who came from Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland.The venue could not accommodate all of us and we had to use other facility in the neighborhood for sleeping. We thank God for the churches who made it possible for their leaders to go. May the Lord bless them.

In this seminar we were looking at developing a leader and succession planning. Quoting Oswald Sanders from his book Spiritual Leadership said: "Leadership training cannot be done on a mass scale. It requires patient, careful instruction and prayerful, personal guidance over a considerable time. Disciples are not manufactured wholesale. They are produced only one by one, because someone has taken the pains to disciple, to instruct and enlighten, to nurture and train one that is younger." We realized that we have to think of the next generation, and pour ourselves out to them. We had time to pray as leaders. We interceded for many things including our churches, communities and the world. It was an honor to see young and matured, retired as well as widows taking part. It is true that we missed some workers who had conflicts in their plans. Those who came, have bonded well and the fellowship that we have seen in the past has shown us that the Lord is good!

Thank you for your prayers and support.

 

 

WORKERS' SEMINAR 2015!

Thanks be to God who allowed us to plan for the May 7-10 2015 Seminar and we look back with joyful hearts that it is now history. 150 committed servants met for great warm fellowship, in depth spiritual growth, intentional reflection to our calling, laughter, great singing, intense prayers and fun. Expressions of love through smiles and gifts. We now understand what Romans 13:8 means when it says: "Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another." We are thankful to all local churches who made it possible for their leaders to attend.

We pity those leaders who did not make it as the experience felt will never be repeated. The growth and understanding acquired will never be transferred to others. May we remember that we were saved to serve. May we enjoy serving others and not be found riding at the horse backs like princes, while princes walking like servants during our lifetime. "I have even seen servants riding horseback like princes - and princes walking like servants!" Ecclesiastes 10:7.

God bless you. "Dankie! Merci beaucoup! Obrigado! Muchas gracias, Enkosi, Siyabulela, Siyabonga, Re a leboga. Modimo O le segofatse!"

Let us pursue the attitude that was in Christ Jesus!

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Almost 140 workers gathered at Skogheim Conference Centre, KwaZulu-Natal on the 9-12 May 2013 for fellowship, learning, networking, interacting etc. They came from Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland, some could not come because of funeral services. Others decided that one should come instead of the couple. This showed us the commitment such leaders have in the growth of the church. We salute them.

Our vision statement has a phrase that says “... with an agreed evangelical doctrine of salvation whose body life is experienced by all members...” This is one of the keys of AEC to unity. As George Barna puts it in his book Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions: “The fundamental thought patterns, beliefs and behavioural patterns of adults were formed many years ago and are generally too entrenched to change without a radical commitment to personal transformation. Such a commitment comes at great cost and demands substantial focus. Most adults (churches) are simply not willing to go that route.

Second, because most adults received “ministry leftovers” (i.e., limited funding, minimal instructional resources and teaching that was ill-focused) when they were young, they became exactly what we made them: well-intentioned, inadequately nurtured, minimally equipped secular people who dabble in religious thought and activity. Nearly half of the adults who attended church regularly as children and now bring their own offspring to a church do not even know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour, even after more than a quarter century of consistent church exposure and involvement.”

 

 

In this fellowship of servants we cursory looked at the following points centred around our vision statement:

UNITY IN DIVERSITY

  • The profile of the denomination pastors, people, places and economical positions.
  • The denomination's geographical influences and cultures.
  • Envisioning the pastors to the challenges that we must engage in this unity.
  • Relationships between these diverse positions, why should these be maintained and nurtured.
  • Financial aspect and support of each other in the body life concept.

"Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:3

EVANGELICAL DOCTRINE OF SALVATION

  • Based on the death and resurrection of JESUS.
  • A doctrine that meets the social needs of people. As per Luke 4 mission of Jesus one that meets the challenges of poverty, disease, pain,       oppression, confusion and ignorance. State our mission intentions.
  • Salvation that is leading to repentance and choosing to submit to the Lordship of Jesus.

"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the        fulness of Christ." Ephesians 4:13

BODY LIFE EXPERIENCED BY ALL

  • The importance of every member as we value all people.
  • All of us have a role to play in the body with every gift utilized.
  • Need to know the gifts in the body of the various members.
  • Develop strategy to identify and use these gifts of members.

REPRODUCING ITSELF IN HOLINESS OF LIFE

  • Disciple others in the faith.
  • Plan the succession of leadership early in the ministry and develop leaders.
  • Pastoral care of members by members.
  • Continuity of plans and projects by leadership.

Many people forget that God is holy. Being holy should naturally produce holiness in the character of His children. As the Lord brings new people in the church from the bleak past, He is the one who knows the future, and truly He is the Lord of the harvest.

May we be the faithful and holy labourers in this great harvest of our time today!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:25
 
AEC Annual General Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 29 December 2012 07:45

Eastern Cape Region hosted our 2016 Annual General Conference in Umthatha. (December 26- 30)

Even though this is an Annual Event, there is always that feeling of great expectation among the Membership of the Africa Evangelical Church. The Policy of having thee services hosted by each of the four regions makes it more interesting in that the Membership looks forward to something new each year from the Organizers for that year. 2016 was no exception. There were direction signs from the town to the venue. The Eastern Cape stood tall to the challenge. The 11th hour venue change almost make them loose balance but they became a powerful force and worked endlessly to acquire the alternate venue. We thank God for the leadership of Rev TG Ntongana and his team.

Due to previous experiences of the lack of Accommodation when such Conference takes place, their logistics were perfect. Arrivals started pouring in as early as Sunday 25th December 2016 (yes, on Christmas Day) when the Conference was slated to commence in the evening of the next day! This did not disrupt the Hosting Team's plans. They handled it through effective communication systems by the Team. Buses, cars, taxis (Kombis, Quantums and mini buses) and some flew in from other airport to Umthatha and East London.

The first evening saw the same Rev TG Ntongana deliver a moving welcome Sermon which had an interesting Xhosa word "ukumnqula uThixo" that rang in everyone's mind and would not leave the tongue of those who stood up to say something on the Podium.

As if set on fire by the Host's Chairperson, all Speakers ably introduced b the President, inclusive of the Theme Verse, on Tuesday, 27th out-did themselves and left everyone yearning for more. The Year Verse Song composed and well presented by the Swazi Gospel Singers coupled with renditions from CM Simelane with his guitar singing Country Gospel Music; the Ezulwini AEC Praise & Worship Teaam, and all Regional Praise Teams added fresh aroma to the Conference every day.

The Lord's presence was manifest in the entire Program of Activities of the Conference as Report from the different Structures' Meetings sang praises of everything that went on there. The Children's Ministry, the Youth, the Young Adults, the Women, the Men all were grateful to God for His presence in their meetings. It being an election year and knowing what normally takes place at such Meetings one would have expected the worst, but that was not to be. AEC is a praying church. Many people prayed for the Conference. The President's Report which, as always, was wide ranging, with everyone interested in hearing what was the next President was going to say, spiced with the giggles as he threw jokes here and there appreciating some people and thus keeping all and sundry awake, crowned it all.

One can only thank the Lord for the AEC as a Denomination that has a Leadership and Membership that is working in unity in diversity of language, race, culture and gender, with an agreed evangelical doctrine of salvation whose body life is experienced by all members so that it disciples and reproduces itself in holiness of living. Indeed, "Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit," says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6.

 

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KwaZulu-Natal Region successfully hosted our 2015 Annual General Conference in Pietermaritzburg. (16 - 20 December 2015) The Be ALERT theme rang in the passages and hallways of that school. Members came from Eastern Cape, inclusive of Cape Town, Gauteng inclusive of Limpopo, from KwaZulu-Natal and from Swaziland. Buses and all kinds of cars just adorned the school. We praise God for His care and guidance through out the few days of fellowship and Bible teaching. There were children, young people, young adults, men, women and a good number of our frail adults were there. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement you have been. Yes Be ALERT 24/7. Our sharpness should be in every thing we do, hear, see, think, eat, give, receive etc. Please note that the 2016 conference dates have been moved to 26 - 30 December 2016 in the Eastern Cape. This is due to the availability of the venue to be used.

DECLARATION of COMMITMENT:

We ended the Conference with this Commitment led by Revd Dr G Mnisi:

I, .......................(your name) ......................., today resolve and promise God to distance / continue to distance myself from anything that would defile my life as a Christian or bring dishonor to God's Name. I further commit myself to live / continue to live my life in this world in a manner that will bring honour and glory to God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. All this I pledge to do with the help of God the Holy Spirit who controls my life.

Signature: ...................................

Date: ..........................................


KwaZulu-Natal Region successfully hosted our 2012 Annual General Conference. Some of the people who served in the kitchen had swollen feet because most of them were preparing food full time for many standing hours. The people who were catered for were 2000 per meal after registration numbers were confirmed. We had other visitors from other churches which we appreciated. Thank you for praying for the now history!

Many of you will have read this page about the Annual General Church Conference (AGCC’12) to be hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Region and were eagerly waiting to see what would unfold, particularly because there was to be the Jubilee Celebrations as well during this Conference. It is also true that the anxiety was at a higher degree to those of you who ended up not joining the Celebrations, wanting to know as to what transpired hence this abridged write-up meant for you Frequent Visitor of this Site.

The interest was so high that some Conference Delegates arrived as early as 07:00am, on the opening day, Wednesday 26th December 2012, when the Welcome Service was scheduled to commence 12 Hrs later! Registration went on smoothly.

Revd WTA Xaba, the immediate past General Secretary led the Conference on the path leading to 1962. The stage was set alight by KwaZulu-Natal in the evening of Thursday, 27th, dancing the evening away! One spectator remarked: “the Blood of Jesus Christ did a wonderful job changing these volatile people!”, judging from the passion they had in their dance and traditional weapons carried as part of the Zulu Dance. Gauteng took to the stage in the morning of Friday 28th with a mixed spice of Sotho, Shangan, Nguni and Venda cultural celebrations followed by the Eastern Cape with Xhosa and Mpondo, etc joyous praises to God on that same day in the evening.

Even though the Celebrations were spread over the Conference period, the 28th was almost D-Day because it saw Special Guests & Associates of the AEC, like Bishop Dr S.V. Zulu; Revd Dr M.G. Mnisi and SIM-SA Director, Revd S. Ngubane gracing the proceedings of the day which were inclusive of the cutting of the Jubilee Cake and tasting a piece thereof! Mrs D. Mbanjwa missed out and was also missed because of a family commitment that ended up making it impossible for her to honour the invitation. Time was also taken to recognize some individuals for the part they played in the 50 years of the autonomy of the Church on this day.

We were honoured to have people who were there in 1962, as well as having people who served under the three or four presidents. The next day saw the Swaziland Region put icing on the Cake with their peculiar & spectacular dances with music that must have been from another planet rendered by the Junior Church, Ezulwini AEC Praise Team, 35 year-old Swazi Gospel Singers and others!

The morning devotions led by Revd TG Ntongana on the Year Verse (Proverbs 3:5-6) were on fire. Revd AM Zondo with his vibrant interpreter, Revd XM Dladla, kept every one yelling for more as they dissected the Word as led by the Holy Spirit in Biblical Charge. Due to the Celebrations in the evenings, time management became problematic to the Programme Directors of each day but that did not dampen the spirit in Revd BE Tsela who kept the adamant Congregants glued on their seats with his big & loud voice which was spitting the TRUTH such that one thought of giving himself to Christ for the second time!

Teething problems in the Consumer Science Dept were sorted out quickly and the service was back to normal. Business Meetings of the different Structures went on very well and so did the Services for the Men’s Fellowship, Women’s Fellowship, Youth & Junior Church. Mr L Ndlovu of eSikhaleni did what he is well known for - served the Pastors & Delegates Meeting with “Inhloko”!

The President officiated in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, “MOU” between AEC and SIM-SA and ably presented his report for the period under reference which included his many travels that took him not only to all the Regions but also to Malawi, with the assistance of SIM-SA. He was accompanied by the General Secretary who was sponsored by the Regions. Through this Web page, he got an invitation to Rwanda and honoured it. Read more about these in his report that was presented to the Conference. Four Pastors were ordained and Revd Dr CPM Gumede conducted the Ordination Charge on the last day.

Also spicing the celebrations was listening to a Choir of 37 Pastors and leaders of the Africa Evangelical Church who were able to travel to Israel who sang in Hebrew and were conducted by one of the Senior Pastors, Revd AM Ncwane. They also presented a report on the Pilgrimage. The entire unfolding of the Jubilee celebrations demonstrated the unity of the church we have enjoyed in our history.

Initially we thought that within our four days together we would field no less than fifty individuals on stage doing a variety of things, but we ended up enjoying perhaps more than 400 hundred people doing things that expressed our thankful hearts to God. Individuals prepared and executed their assignments in full. We say thank you to God for the membership of the church and we say thank you to the different leadership structures we have in the church.

Indeed the Lord has done great things for us ... We look forward to the Eastern Cape for our next Annual General Conference hosting.

…thus far with God and we are filled with joy indeed!

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2017 09:05
 


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