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.”

During my trip, I had the opportunity to spend time with Berkshire’s president Dr. Glenn Rice and discuss with him the future of our leadership development and Berkshire. It was a great meeting of sharing where we are and where we hope to be in the near future. Our hearts are united in the desire to create pipelines for individuals to train and prepare for ministry. Please keep this in your prayers as we work together to reach these goals.

On Sunday, I had the privilege of preaching at Bangor AC Church and spending time with Pastor Tim Soucy and his son. Tim has been at Bangor for under a year, but has a rich history with the Advent Christian Church from his father’s ministry. In the afternoon, I shared a meal and fellowship with Rev. David Davis and his wife Vicki, talking about his current ministry and position as president of the Maine State Conference. It was a good to meet Vicki for the first time. I’m also glad I got to spend time with an executive board I have served with for many years.

Then I headed to Boston and prepared for my trip south, but was awoken by at 12-inch snow storm that made my journey much more memorable! It was beautiful but messy and did create some problems for the airport.

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