LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IS COMING!
Join us April 30 – May 2 in Waymart, Pa. Bring the whole family; childcare is provided!
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It was a busy week last week with the Executive Council meetings, but this week we hit the ground running following up on actions taken. Much of our discussion and reports to the council dealt with the progress we have made on the strategic plan and the need for financial support to move forward. We greatly appreciate the support that we receive from United Ministries, Penny Crusade, First Responders and our yearly appeals and we want to be good stewards with every penny. We praise God for the opportunities to be involved with our regions, conferences and local church ministries, but we want to continue to widen and strengthen our aid in building and planting new churches worldwide.
Last week ACGC hosted training for Natural Church Development (NCD) coaches. This was led by trainer Justin Manzey of Latitude Ministries. The group met from Tuesday through Thursday going through basics of NCD and how to work with churches. Following the time with Justin Manzey, the Advent Christian trainees spent time with Director of Church Health Justin Nash to strategize how to continue reaching out to our churches as a team of coaches. Southern region president John Gallagher, Southern Region Superintendent Joe Pritchett and Western Regional Superintendent Rick Qualls were all trained as NCD coaches. The group ended their sessions committed to taking an additional 15 Advent Christian churches through the NCD survey before the end of 2019. Please be in prayer for these men and their commitment to help our churches become healthy and reproducing and please prayerfully consider having your church be one of the 15.
As we are preparing for Executive Council next week, the excitement of sharing what has been accomplished in our first year of the strategic plan is building. On Tuesday, I will meet with our regional superintendents to talk about how we can partner together to better serve our churches. In the afternoon, the superintendents will meet with Coordinator of Leadership Development Matt Larkin. Matt will share about the work that he and the field office directors have done to establish pipelines for emerging leaders across North America.
Update on Church Health:
Even before our strategic plan was rolled out, Church Health was on the priorities list for ACGC. Director Justin Nash has worked with Natural Church Development, becoming a church coach and supporting other coaches to become certified to work with our churches.
The Department of Church Health exists to help move churches from a place of merely surviving to a place of thriving. Currently, the department is working with more than 20 churches across the denomination to assess and improve their church health.