Regarding "Identification" with
"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."
first 12 years of our existence, 2003 thru 2015, THE
ASSOCIATION OF MESSIANIC CONGREGATIONS (AMC)
HISTORICAL: THIS IS WHY WE ASKED CONGREGATIONS TO JOIN:
"The God of Israel intended like-minded believers to fellowship with one
another for the purpose of encouragement and being built up in the faith.
(Ps 133:1) The primary place for this is the local Congregation of
Believers. Additionally, we have the example of the early believers in
Yeshua who had networks of mutual help with mature believers beyond their
local Congregation. We believe that AMC has been raised up for "such
a time as this". There is a great need in our Messianic movement for
a voice to call Messianic believers back to a "Messiah Centered,
Grace Embracing, Joyfully Jewish Messianic Judaism". If you're
looking for a long list of benefits to entice you to join, the modest list
below may not excite you, but if you're looking to join with others in
identifying with a Messianic Association for those who share your commitment to
the Scriptures as the authority for sound teaching, we believe our
Association is one you'll identify with
2018 Update on AMC changes
Over 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 our conferences. Many of us sacrificed hundreds of hours of our time, away from families to facilitate the work of AMC. We traveled to teach seminars, we counseled leaders in person and over the phone. We provided Messianic music resources. We had about 12 congregations as full members.
After five years a difference of opinion arose among the Congregational leaders over the definition of a Messianic Congregation, i.e., what are its boundaries, and what should be the boundaries on the leaders of our congregations. A small group of leaders who felt strongly about this prevailed upon our organization's visionary founder and very active President to step down. That came as a surprise. The other men on the Board tried to step up into vacant roles, but the loss of our founder and President was difficult. None of the 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 multiple other existing ministries and some secular employment in addition. It was evident to all that we could no longer offer active services, or 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 many years they needed devote time to families and other ministries. With only two board members with other ministry obligations, it was clear that we needed to shift AMC from being a "membership organization" to an "Identity Affiliation".
We are 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 asking for 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.
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
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