2021

We are people of substance

In 2020 people suffered. Our people suffered, because of corruption and greed. The voices of righteous leaders were too faint.

However, we are called to be God’s people in this world. We worship God as all-powerful, wise and omnipotent Lord of all. We are called to care for His people in these hard times.

To be ministers in God’s Kingdom requires us to be people of substance. This means we have to have characters of Kingdom quality. Our outward manifestations and inner convictions have to reflect God’s grace. We have to be ready to change inwardly before we can expect any change in the lives of the people we minister to.

People in ministry suffered too much in the past year. Many gave to others until they had nothing left. Others questioned their faith and the meaning of life. For others, compassion fatigue sneaked up to the extent that they felt as though they are drowning.

Can you go into 2021 challenging yourself to ask yourself: What kind of person do I want to be? This question will enable you to look at ways to continuously discovering yourself.

 

 

As you already acknowledge God’s calling on your life, you are a person of substance. This means as a person of substance you add value to the world in the name of Jesus Christ. You create something, whether it is a material item, a thought, a message, a song or an emotion. You work hard and accomplish so much. You are a thinker, or you are a doer. You are authentic, genuine. You are the real deal because you are a prayer warrior.

Did you know other people are drawn to people of substance? People of substance with a God-given calling in their hearts are interesting because they add something to life. They bring the message of hope, forgiveness and wholeness. This is what you bring to other people’s lives.

How to continue to be a person of substance in the Kingdom of God in this time? Here are a few suggestions:

The Association for Christian Ministries is a voluntary association we formed to accommodate people who have a God-given calling.

This voluntary association perfectly suites the ministry in which you are serving people.

A Christian ministry is the expression of the priesthood of a Christian believer and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This goes hand in hand with the function of the local church, as a community with a variety of ministries serving God’s people and beyond. We invite you to join hands and hearts across traditional borders and serve the people with your gifts.

Benefits of becoming part of the Association for Christian Ministries include:

  • An assessment process to enable you to name and classify your ministry. This self-classification helps you to look beyond terms like ‘just in a lay-ministry’, ‘only a tent-maker’ or ‘merely a pensioner’. You have so much more experience and to offer the people around you. Looking further than these limiting descriptors helps you to use weekly strategies to encourage, to up lift and to teach you on Biblical based wisdom for your ministry. You can expect to receive these offerings in a daily electronic newsletter, a weekly ministry related poster and a weekly online workshop – Wisdom for Ministry.

  • Helping you to value your testimony and calling in a way that has been tried and tested over a period of more than 23 years. Although the Association for Christian Ministries was launched on 1 July 2020 (Video link) we are standing on the proverbial shoulders of Inter Trauma Nexus.

Inter Trauma Nexus started off as a community based victim support project and grew in stature, experience and expertise. As a full-fledged Christian Community Network we are extending our wings to offer covering and acknowledgement for more ministries.

The leadership of the Association for Christian Ministries created a place where you can choose to belong. There is a place for associates, affiliates and friends.

An associate is a person who is in an official partner relationship to the Association for Christian Ministries.

An association is the formal relationship in which a person is a member of the Association for Christian Ministries by accepting the code of ethics and subscribes to the goal and objectives. In this Association it is the partnership membership with extensive benefits and possible responsibilities.

An affiliate is a person who is officially attached to the Association for Christian Ministries.

Affiliation is also the formal relationship in which a person is a member of the Association for Christian Ministries by accepting the code of ethics and subscribing to the goal and objectives. In this Association, affiliation is the primary form of membership with basic benefits.

The Friend-category allow members of the public access to general information and the daily electronic newsletter. Friends are welcome to join as an Affiliate or Associate to enjoy more support and to join the weekly online workshops, webinars and more.

How it works

Working with us will be a journey with clear mile posts to give you clear direction and confidence to progress from one post to the next.

The fees are affordable and there are no hidden cost.

Friend: Donation

Associate: R 500 per annum

Affiliate: R 200 per annum

  1. After you completed the registration form and payment process you will be send a welcome letter via email. This email will help you to start the induction process.
  2. The Induction Workshop is online and you can complete it at your own pace. The associates typically like this part of the journey, because it helps them to understand the workings and processes of the Association for Christian Ministries.
  3. After the completion of The Induction Workshop you receive your membership certificate, with a downloadable code of ethics. These two documents can be printed to be displayed in your office or as part of your CV.
  4. These two documents enhances public trust in the fact that you take the ministry seriously and you voluntarily submit to an external association’s code of ethics.
  5. You also get access to the weekly Wisdom for Ministry. Wisdom for Ministry is built on the online LMS platform and is divided in modules. Each module consists of 12 weekly sessions. A session for the week will be uploaded on a Friday. After every 12 week cycle, there will be a short assessment and then your participation certificate will be ready to download.

Associates are people who take their own calling seriously and have a greater desire to belong. They want to make a difference to the lives of fellow ministers and encourage younger and less experienced people to excel in making a difference.

Associates have access to resource centre, including:

  • Books reviews and articles
  • Recommended reading
  • Can submit articles for review to be published
  • Can be invited to serve on various committees

(This list of additional benefits will expand as the Association for Christian Ministries grows)

The resource centre will have six main focus areas:

  • People – ministering to people
  • Purpose – doing the right things
  • Processes – using the right tools
  • Performance – getting the right results
  • Plant – sowing, planting and harvesting
  • Prayer – conversation with God and intersession

The management team of the Association for Christian Ministries plan to present an annual conference. More information will be available as soon as the COVID-lockdown eases.

This voluntary association is not an open ended entity, therefore there are exclusions:

  • This is not an employment or advertising opportunity.
  • This is not a professional body that provides designations and professional covering.
  • No continuous professional development (CPD) points are required, because the Association for Christian Ministries makes training available.

Affiliates and Associates may display their certificates and copy of the code of ethics, but they cannot use the logo for any other purposes.

The Association for Christian Ministries is a voluntary association welcomes people in the most fundamental ministries as Friends, Affiliates and Associates.

The purpose of the voluntary association is enhancing the ministry of the Christian believer to represent Christ in the world we are living in; to bear witness to Him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in everyday life and the ministry.

We encourage people in ministry to serve in the local church and beyond, using their spiritual gifts to inspire others to a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship.

The Association of Christian Ministries has a new approach to supporting and acknowledging committed individuals with a God-given calling to serve His people.

The voluntary association, functions under the banner and auspices of Inter Trauma Nexus NPC, because this provides the covering of a legal entity with a 22+ years record of serving the community and successful ministry. The aims, objectives and administrative structure of Inter Trauma Nexus NPC allow for the operation of this Christian network of relationships. Affiliates and associates will be united under a common goal.

The voluntary association will purposefully move away from the term “lay people”, because we called for the great commission as voiced in Mathew 28:18-20 ESV: And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

We are called to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

The benefits for Friends include daily electronic encouragement in the form of an electronic newsletter, regular social media updates and some free resources.

  • Free resources include general video presentations on social media and downloadable infographics.
  • There is a sign-up process to receive the newsletter. Encouragement to enhance the passion and purpose for authentic ministry to God’s people is the primary focus.
  • It is best if Friends have access to the internet, either on a personal device or at community centres, such as community library.
  • Friends may share their newsletter and resources with their colleagues, family and friends too.
  • When Friends make a donation an Article 18A certificate will be issued for tax purposes.

Exclusions

  • This is not an employment opportunity.
  • This is not a professional body that provides designations and professional covering.
  • Friends cannot use the logos of Inter Trauma Nexus or the Association for Christian Ministries.
  • Friends may not negotiate on behalf of Inter Trauma Nexus NPC or the Association for Christian Ministries.

Benefits

Friends may choose to upgrade to become Affiliates and Associates. With an upgrade a Friend will enjoy additional benefits as described on the website.

Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Association for Christian Ministries.

How it works

Working with us will be a journey with clear mile posts to give you clear direction and confidence to progress from one post to the next.

The fees are affordable and there are no hidden cost.

Friend: Donation

Thank you for your time and I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Dr Barbara Louw

Chief Executive Officer: Inter Trauma Nexus

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