From ACGC – June 13, 2018

As ACGC moves forward in the area of leadership development, we are excited to share the opening of our first field office for leadership training. We will be partnering with Oxford Advent Christian Church in Oxford, Maine. Matt and Beth Larkin will be moving to Oxford to begin a role with the church working in leadership training and development. This is an exciting and bold step for the Larkins, and one that they truly believe God has lead them to undertake. Beth will continue to work for ACGC as Coordinator of Women’s Ministry and Event Planning. This will also be exciting from them to move back closer to their families as they continue in ministry.

From ACGC – June 6, 2018

               Steve Lawson

Well, last week was not at all what I expected. I was out all week battling a kidney stone. So far it is winning, but God’s got this, and in the end, it will be destroyed.

As I was home, I had time to think about how we are continuing to reach out and minister to our churches, conferences and regions.

From ACGC – May 23, 2018

It has been a busy spring here at ACGC with the developing changes around the 2018-2020 strategic plan and follow-up to the Triennial Convention duties. This past week, we started working with the committees created to complete assignments from the delegate body of the 2017 Triennial. Last Tuesday evening, the newly-formed focus group gathered via Zoom Meeting to continue discussing ministerial licensing and ordination processes, and how we can create a more unified set of guidelines that adequately examine and prepare our pastoral candidates for shepherding our churches. We will also be looking at our current polity structure and seeking ways we can work together to become more efficient in our governance.

From ACGC – May 16, 2018

Front Row (L-R): Jeff Walsh, Matt Larkin, Bill Millinor; Back Row (L-R): Steve Lawson, Lee Stephenson, Justin Nash, Merle Beal, Darren Bantz, Jack Mumford, Johnson Raju, Rick Qualls

The Advent Christian Church has a history of church planting with some success, and some that did not go so well. In our new strategic plan, we have focused on the church planting element of the Department of Home Missions, specifically on reaching the underserved communities and unreached people groups of North America. This past week, some of our pastors who have either planted churches or been involved with church restoration met in Charlotte with Lee Stephenson from Converge. It was a packed week of examining the history of the Advent Christian movement, our key periods of growth, our critical moments and our goals and focuses through the years. It was beneficial to hear the viewpoints of the various pastors who have lived through different ages and regions of our denomination.

From ACGC – May 9, 2017

Front Row (L-R): Jeff Walsh, Matt Larkin, Bill Millinor; Back Row (L-R): Steve Lawson, Lee Stephenson, Justin Nash, Merle Beal, Darren Bantz, Jack Mumford, Johnson Raju, Rick Qualls

As you read this E-News, we are having meetings at the offices in Charlotte with Converge Executive Director Lee Stephenson and 10 others leaders, including our ACGC directors, regional leaders and pastors that have been involved with church planting, church restoration and church restarts. This is the next step in our strategic plan focusing on Home Missions. Please pray for these meetings through Thursday and the work that will follow as we develop a strategy of partnering together to win the lost for Jesus Christ.