OUR PURPOSE: "The Association of Messianic Congregations exists to strengthen Messianic Congregations by providing resources, teaching and fellowship that promote Biblical values, proclaims personal faith in Yeshua as the one Atonement for all humanity, and encourages worship through the diversity of Jewish expressions of faith."
2018 Update on important changes
During the first five years of our existence there was a lot of enthusiasm and attendance was good at our leadership training conferences. THE MESSIANIC TIMES wrote two articles about the conferences. Many volunteers sacrificed hundreds of hours of our time, away from families and other opportunities to advance the work of AMC. We traveled to teach seminars, others counseled new leaders in person and over the phone. Two years after our founding, a Jewish believer with writing and editing skills took on the task of compiling an online AMC Messianic Jewish Quarterly Journal with excellent teaching articles. We provided Messianic music resources. AMC had 12 congregations as members.
After five years a difference of opinion arose among some Congregational leaders regarding questions of boundaries on the ministry activities of leaders of our congregations. A small group who felt strongly about this prevailed upon our organization's visionary founder and very active President to step down. That came as a jarring surprise to others. The men who remained on the Board tried to step up into vacant roles, but the loss of our founder and President was difficult. No other congregational leaders felt they had the time to join the Board and serve. The remaining Board members and volunteers were stretched thin as they all had other existing ministries and some held secular employment in addition. It was evident to all that we were slowly losing the volunteer hours to offer active services, or even position ourselves for paid membership to the Messianic congregations who identified strongly with our doctrinal stance.
By 2018 we had seen many good things in our member congregations, and the remaining Board members often provided counsel and practical help to new Messianic congregations, but it was clear that after serving over 12 years they needed devote time to families and other ministries, and their terms came to an end. With few volunteers remaining, who also had other ministry obligations, it was apparent that AMC had shifted from being a "Membership Organization" to an "Identity Affiliation".
A volunteer is maintaining the website, and updating the list of recommended Messianic Congregations and other helpful links. We will gladly list new online resources as we are made aware of them. AMC remains a nonprofit organization, but we are no longer accepting membership dues. We are happy to receive voluntary donations, and a tax receipt is given to donors.
To be transparent, AMC can only be as strong as the member congregations are willing to help it be. In recent years we have not been as strong and active as we once were. Many of us believe that the values that led to the birth of AMC are still true and are still needed. We certainly are an "identity" for those in our Messianic movement who value solid scripture above recent fads, and a number of AMC congregational leaders have recently affirmed that, including a congregation in the Northeast that joined in 2017. However, to be viable we need to adjust. The Messianic scene has changed, we need to change. Several younger, trusted Messianic leaders have informally talked with us about a launch of a new Messianic organization with the same sort of stance, doctrine and ideals that AMC has held for years. We would fully support that in whatever way we can. That's where we stand in 2018 and beyond.
May God give us wisdom beyond ourselves as we seek to serve Him. The message of Yeshua as our Jewish Messiah is timeless and eternal. The efforts of men come and go. May we all be found serving the kingdom of Messiah with all of our heart, our soul and our might.
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the last several years (2002-2004), in several locations at once, a number of leaders
in the Messianic Movement started to express the need for a new association of Messianic
would serve the needs of those who continue to hold to a Messiah centered,
joyfully Jewish, grace-embracing Messianic Judaism. Sound doctrine and a
belief in the literal nature of God's promises to Israel were seen as
essential by these believers.
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UPDATE - May 2015: Here's what has happened over the last several years and what we've been working on:
issues of the MESSIANIC TIMES had stories on the start-up of AMC, and
we've placed a series of display ads in the TIMES, and have made more
contacts from these. Three AMC Messianic Congregations have been
profiled in depth in issues of the Times from 2007 thru 2015. We
have ideas in development for ways to encourage and strengthen
Congregations. Here are a few:
Training for Leaders
Summer Messianic Bible
NEW 2017 Update:
Challenges - 2017
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