Greetings from ACGC! It is hard to believe that summer is half gone and we are looking toward Executive Council Meeting in September and planning for the push of the fall season in ministry, churches and for families. I want to share with you something to consider for September 6, 2018. Through our relationship with Converge, ACGC will be offering Church Planting 101, a course taught by our consultant Lee Stephenson, Executive Director of Church Planting for Converge. This course and the materials presented were co-written by Lee Stephenson and Gary Rohrmayer. In this course you will learn how to:
- Recruit and equip your launch team
- Build a financial structure that creates sustainability
- Maximize the guest experience
- Design a weekend experience that connects with your community
- Become a legal entity
- Develop an effective marketing plan
AGAPE HOUSE – JAPAN
Agape House Director Rowena Cabrizos is back in the Philippines after successful ministry for the past several months in Japan.
While in Japan, two homeless feedings took place – one in June and one in July. The feedings began with a worship song followed by prayer. Pastor Julius Equipado (ministry leader for the Chihaya Agape House) gave a short message before the distribution of the food. Some homeless people participated in setting up the distribution. After the feeding, a few of the homeless remained and began to ask questions about God.
FREE EFCA WEBINAR
EFCA is putting on a free 30-minute webinar on July 26, at 1pm EDT. From their website:
Join us for the special FREE webinar on A Federal Parking Tax on Churches and Other Nonprofits? Is This for Real? with Michael Batts, Managing Partner of Batts Morrison Wales & Lee and Dan Busby, President of ECFA.
News from International Missions Director Jeff Walsh
If you sense God’s calling you to missionary service, we are planning an event just for you. It’s called Explore Missions. It will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina January 7-9, 2019. A calling to missions usually comes with lots of questions. How do I discern God’s voice? What do I do next? How would God use me in missions? What’s it like to be a missionary? Do I have to eat stuff I don’t like?
At Explore Missions you’ll have the opportunity to spend time with seasoned missionaries and ask them questions. You’ll also experience cross-cultural relationship building, find help to clarify your calling, and receive recommendations for next steps in your journey. Explore Missions is for anyone seriously wanting to clarify their calling to missions. Space is limited.
Click here to learn more and register.
On Monday, I came back to the office after a great week of vacation with my family. Getting away is important but challenging. As a pastor, I always seemed to have something holding my attention back home, someone in the hospital or a need of the church – it was just a part of ministry. As I left the office for this time away, I wanted to heed some advice I had received from one of my directors to disconnect and focus on family. For the most part, I did, which helped me to enjoy my time with family. Now that I am back, I find a lot to catch up on.