This past weekend, I had the joy of celebrating my mother’s 80th birthday with my family (I don’t think she will mind my telling since it is all over Facebook). It was a great time to share memories about our time growing up in Savannah, Ga. and being close with aunts, uncles and cousins. I thank the Lord for both my family and our church family who were so important to who we are today and for my parents who were great examples of what it means to live a Christian life in the world. Parents and families, remember the great privilege of being examples to your family members, children in the community and your church family. You might not realize they are watching, but believe me – I, for one, remember the lessons I learned from those key family members and friends.
Last week I shared about going to work on strategic planning for ACGC for the next few years. I have to say, it was an exciting and difficult task to seek God’s design for our work here at ACGC and in the Advent Christian Denomination to be done for his kingdom. The plans are not complete, but we certainly made some great strides and created a good foundation on which we are committed to build our plan. I want to especially thank Charlie Merrill for his work facilitating our efforts. Many of you know the strategic plan that we have focused on for the last few years – Loving the Lost, Church Planting, Leadership Development and Church Life and Health.
For the denomination, these have been rally points that we focused ministry around and desired to make an impact in for our churches, conferences, regions and the world. These are still very important areas we want to have an impact on, but our desire is to focus on tasks that we here at ACGC specifically can do. Please be in prayer as we narrow our focus and develop goals that will enable us to measure our success. You will be hearing more about these plans as we launch into 2018.