From ACGC – June 5, 2019

It has been a month since leadership conference and I wonder how things are going for our participants. We made it no secret that we wanted the conference to be practical and for everyone to leave with a plan for leadership development in their church. I know that most everyone had the opportunity to begin developing a strategy for leadership building and training could look like. I am interested in how things are going; if you would, please send me an e-mail about what you are doing (slawson@acgc.us).

From ACGC – May 29, 2019


ACGC and Berkshire Christian Announce Partnership to Address Leadership Crisis

Advent Christian General Conference (ACGC) and Berkshire Christian have announced the formation of a strategic partnership to address the most pressing problem in the recent history of our movement. The Berkshire board of trustees approved a partnership agreement at their May board meeting that allows the two institutions to collaborate to avert the impending leadership crisis in the denomination.

The current leadership situation is somewhat dire. Currently seven out of 10 Advent Christian pastors are at or near retirement age. Within the next five to 10 years we will need more than 150 new pastors. The Berkshire Christian board of trustees has determined that the primary focus of Berkshire Christian is to train pastors. Therefore, this new partnership offers a perfect alignment of vison, mission and values between ACGC and Berkshire Christian. The collaboration also allows for the most efficient use of capital, functional and human resources without costly redundancies.

From ACGC – May 22, 2019

President Dr. Glenn Rice and Associate Professor Rev. Dr. Gordon Isaac

The Berkshire Christian board of trustees met last week at Edwards Retreat House in Framingham, Mass. for the spring board meetings. They were great meetings with reports and updates from President Glenn Rice, Debra Welkley on Distance Education and other committees sharing our progress. On Friday afternoon, the board went over to the offices in Oxford, Mass. to view the progress made on streamlining and organizing after relocating the office. Matt Larkin joined the meeting as a leadership development consultant from ACGC. We continue to be excited about the opportunities for developing emerging leaders through our joint efforts to work in the denomination as pastors, church planters and international missionaries.

From ACGC – May 15, 2019

Last week I traveled down to north Florida to the Advent Christian Village, one of the oldest and arguably one of the best ministries of our denomination that serves over 700 residents. It is a retirement community that offers housing and a strong sense of community, fellowship, discipleship and medical care. It’s amazing that this ministry continues to thrive while following its mission to extend care to all income levels.

“It is, first and foremost, a ministry whose purpose is to express Christ’s love to those we serve. We want this ministry to be available to all, no matter their income level. ACV’s full continuum of care is available to everyone, not just those with large nest eggs. Those who have the means to pay for their care, but those who have outlived their resources are offered assistance with basic necessities. Many of those requiring assistance are retired ministers and missionaries who dedicated their lives to Christian service, surrendering the opportunity to gain material wealth” – acvillage.net

From ACGC – May 8, 2019

                                  Steve Lawson

Last week, over 80 people gathered at Ladore Conference and Retreat Center in Waymart, Pa. for our Leadership Conference “Passing the Mantle.” In planning this conference, our desire was to give everyone something very practical so they could walk away with a realistic strategy for developing leaders in their ministries. From the feedback I have heard, it was a success. Hopefully you will hear from attending pastors of how this showed them how to develop a plan to help their church members grow in becoming stronger leaders, equipped to share their faith.