From ACGC- February 21, 2018

Over the next few weeks I want to share about the new strategic plan that the ACGC staff laid out for the Executive Council during our recent council meetings. This plan was developed over the months since the Triennial Session in July 2017. Our staff began evaluating the current strategic plan that has been in use since 2011, seeking to determine what changes, if any, needed to be made. Our desire was to increase the fruitfulness and efficiency of the ministry of ACGC (which we define as all those who work out of the office in Charlotte). What I will be sharing are the results of work, prayers and sacrifice of our senior staff and we truly believe this plan is a “Way 2 Grow” for the Advent Christian Denomination.

The former plan, which focused on our desire to be faithful to the “Great Commission” and “Great Commandment,” specifically targeted four key areas:

We found this plan had both positive and negative parts we wanted to examine.

From ACGC – February 14, 2018

                   Steve Lawson

The Executive Council met last week, which included orientation for four new council members. In case you are not aware of who the council members are, they are listed below. Our Executive Council is made up of the officers of the Advent Christian General Conference, three members-at-large elected through our Triennial Convention, five regional presidents and five regional representatives elected or appointed by their regions and ratified at the Triennial Convention. Please keep all of these members in your prayers as they serve the Advent Christian General Conference.

A lot of our time last week was spent discussing ACGC’s new strategic plan “Way to Grow” and how we desire to serve our local churches throughout the denomination. This is rooted in the current plan that has taken a strong hold across the denomination. The four points of this new plan are:

• Loving the Lost
• Leadership Development
• Church Health
• Church Planting

The directors of ACGC laid out our plans to fulfill these points with specific directions and goals, including a restructuring of our departments. These new areas give mission and vision for helping our churches to thrive, not just survive.

From ACGC – February 7, 2018

                   Steve Lawson

I had the opportunity last week to meet with our area Advent Christian pastors for lunch and to answer questions about United Ministries and about other ministries of ACGC.

What is United Ministries?

United Ministries (UM) is a program of financial management that enables a distribution of funds to support the various ministries of the Advent Christian General Conference and its member regions. This program has been in effect for many years. Though it has been administered in different ways throughout its life, the following is the current method of distribution.

From ACGC – January 31, 2018

                      Steve Lawson

Last week, as I attended the “Denominational Prayer Leadership Network,” I was encouraged by the ideas and programs shared. During these meetings, there was a real sense of joining together to develop a united prayer effort among denominational and organizational groups. Please join us in praying through our work this year. Let’s focus on bringing people together to pray earnestly for their release to minister and serve through the power of the Holy Spirit.

From ACGC – January 24, 2018

                     Steve Lawson

This week, I was consumed with getting back in step in the office after my time in Israel. It’s always amazing that, when you travel and have access to the Internet, you can keep up with e-mails and events, but you still have tons to do when you get back in the office. Right now, we are finishing up reports for the Executive Council meetings and getting ready to present our strategic plan. I’m excited about all the work that has gone into this. Most of you know the current plan that focuses on four key components of ministry:

• Loving the Lost
• Church Planting
• Church Health
• Leadership Development