From ACGC – October 17, 2018

Photos feature hurricane damage at Millville Advent Christian Church in Panama City

This past week as I was dealing with the effects Hurricane Florence had on our Executive Council meetings, I heard about the hurricane bearing down on the city of my first pastorate. I have faced a number of hurricanes throughout my life, from living near Panama City to experiencing Fran in North Carolina, but I have never faced the destruction felt by so many through this storm. We heard about the almost complete destruction of Mexico Beach, just east of Panama City, and struggled to make contact with our churches and the people we know there. Then, Michael made its way north and hit still-recovering North and South Carolina.

From ACGC – October 10, 2018

                        Steve Lawson

It has been a few weeks since I have had the opportunity to share about my travels and work as Executive Director. Back in September, I traveled down to West Bay to my first church out of seminary. It was a great trip. We had the opportunity to connect with not only the members of the church, but also with James and Pam Brooks, their new pastor and his wife. We were also able to make contact with some of the youth we worked with back in the mid ‘80s, but it was sobering to realize these guys have grown up to have children and even grandchildren.

From ACGC – October 3, 2018

                Jack Mumford

A few months ago, we shared with you a shift that has been happening in our Department of Leadership Development through the launch of field offices in an attempt to create a more collaborative and localized approach to the development of pastors, church planters and missionaries to serve within our network. This began through the launch of our Oxford, Maine field office, which is currently being led by our Coordinator of Leadership Development, Matt Larkin.

From ACGC – September 26, 2018

2019 Advent Christian Leaders’ Conference

We would like to invite you and your family to join us April 30 – May 2, 2019 in beautiful Waymart, Pa. for the 2019 Advent Christian Leaders’ Conference. The theme for the event is “Passing the Mantle: Discipling Today for Tomorrow’s Church.” We are very excited to have Dr. Kevin Peck, senior pastor of Austin Stone Church in Austin, Texas, as our keynote speaker and teacher. He is also the co-author of the book “Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development.”

From ACGC – September 19, 2018

                          Steve Lawson

The fact that our plans are limited to that which is within our power was proven true last week. I shared that we had to cancel our Executive Council meetings and prepare for hurricane Florence to hit the Carolinas. Thankfully, all our churches made it through the hurricane without any significant damage. This week, we are watching the aftermath of the rain and the concern of flooding in the many low areas. We are still praying for those who are recovering from the damage to homes, property and the loss of life through this hurricane. As I was watching the news reports of the hurricane, I was working on our yearly appeal letter for the World Hunger/Emergency Relief Fund, realizing that our area churches might be needing some of the relief. As we face the struggles of loss of power, water and uncertainty of what might happen to our homes and families, it helps us in a limited way realize what so many people live with on a daily basis. The help that we are able to give through our churches all over the world touches many lives in a very personal way. We are so thankful for your generosity to ACGC so that we are able, through these benevolent gifts, to touch lives in the name of Jesus!