From ACGC – April 3, 2019

                                   Steve Lawson

As we move closer to Leadership Conference, I want to encourage all of our pastor and leaders who are planning to attend to begin to pray for the conference and how God will use our time together. It is important to remember our goals in coming together involve our working on a strategy for each of us to develop leaders in our churches. Our time together will not just be sitting and listening but participating in strategic thinking, discussions and planning. If you have not registered, it is not too late; we are still accepting registrations and really want you to join us. Register here.

From ACGC – March 27, 2019

“Passing the Mantle,” the 2019 Leader’s Conference, is just a little over a month away, in Waymart, Penn. I hope you have already registered for the conference and are planning to join us. This conference is designed to help you learn about discipleship and leave with a custom plan for your ministry. Kevin Peck will be sharing in our large group gatherings, but also participating in affinity groups to work with our leaders in developing a plan for training leaders in their ministries.

From ACGC – March 20, 2019

                                    Steve Lawson

This week, I want to unfold our Leadership Development training program. Matt Larkin, Jack Mumford and Adrian Dixon, along with a few others who have helped to develop this program, have done a great job planning out a three-year ministry training plan. This program, entitled “Ministry Training Institute (M.T.I),” will focus on “Empowering God’s Church to Fulfill God’s Mission.”

Over the three years, each student will have 15 courses designed to increase their knowledge and understanding of the Bible, theology and ministry. The first year will focus on biblical studies; the second year will concentrate on theological studies; the third year will give opportunity for ministry training. Course work will be three-credit-hour audio/visual lessons that follow a blended learning style.

From ACGC – March 13, 2019

                            Steve Lawson

This has been and will continue to be a month of travels and meetings. Last week, I traveled from Boston to Orlando and then to Advent Christian Village to meet with a number of people including Rev. Art Stone, interim pastor for the Village Church. I also spent some time with Village President Craig Carter, and we discussed the recent article in Christianity Today about the history and ministry of the village. If you haven’t seen this article, visit www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/march/florida-retirement-community-advent-christian-village.html.

From ACGC – March 6, 2019

                             Steve Lawson

This past week, I was able to attend the New Life Conference meeting in Sheffield Advent Christian Church. It was the first time I had attended this conference meeting since I was a student at Berkshire Christian College, and I think it was called the Western Mass and Connecticut Conference. It was great to see everyone. As I looked around, I realized there was a lot of former connections there for me – my pastor from Savannah, a dean of students, a professor from Berkshire and a fellow classmate from my Berkshire and Reformed days. It is always good to see old friends and also build new relationships, which is a benefit of this position. The conference meetings went well and we were blessed by the students from BICS who led worship and Pastor Corey McLaughlin who shared a Socratic discussion on “The Changing Shape of Church Ministry and How to Respond.”