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.

Later in the week, I went back to Orlando to attend the National Association of Evangelicals board meeting. I have always enjoyed these meetings as I get an opportunity to fellowship with and relate to other denominational leaders. During these meetings, NAE President Leith Anderson talked about ending his time as president and the challenges facing the body of Christ in the years ahead. The first part of our meeting dealt with the recent resolution made in our October meetings and how it was received and interpreted. There will be an official statement about this coming soon and I will share that here!

It was exciting to hear reports from other organizations that are ministering both in North America and around the world in a variety of fields. One of the key things I walked away with was the critical need for us to be aware of the social and political changes that will affect all Christian institutions and churches if they go through. We will be sharing more about what these are and how to be proactive in our communities.

Please be in prayer for the NAE and for a new president to lead us through the coming years.

This past weekend, Justin Nash and I went up and participated in the Virginia Conference meeting. The theme of the meeting was “The Rock is Christ” complemented by theme song “The Rock” written by Katty Rump from Central AC Church. It was a great conference along with wonderful food and fellowship!

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