The ACTS Group
Mid March 2015
A Word from the Director: Get Your Hopes Up!
March is a month full of “hopes”. For many high school seniors, they are hoping to receive a college acceptance. For basketball players and hundreds of teams that participate at the high school and college level, they enter the end of season tournaments hoping to be the last team remaining. For all of us preparing our taxes, we hope there is a refund rather than a big bill. So many more examples could be shared on this same theme. Hope and pursuit and dreaming is built into us by our Creator. But, so many of us have our hopes inhibited. I had an interesting reminder this past week about the message that so many people receive early in life “don’t get your hopes up”. It is a fatalistic, negative message disassociated from the reality of the Christ follower. No one likes being disappointed. Only one team will get to be champion, some students won’t get into college - or the college of their choice - and many of us will have to pay something additional to Uncle Sam. The reality of disappointments must not hold us back from pursuing the dream, the goal, the result that burns in our heart. Whether something unfolds the way we “hoped” or not, the Lord is with us, and our future with him is certain both in this the life we are living here on earth and eternally in heaven. Take courage today, and DO get your hopes up.
My hopes are up concerning the ability to see the funding partners come on board to fully implement the Every School/Every Neighborhood Initiative. A church partner for every public school and churches specifically committed to bringing the gospel to the neighborhoods surrounding the school is a pursuit worth following to the end. I hope you can join me at one of our many informational gatherings to learn more - see end of this newsletter for times and locations. We are on the move, and I know if you are reading this – you are too.
Moving together, we are the ACTS Group –
With Norris Williams
International Trainer with Church Resource Ministries
At William Jessup University
On March 28th
From 8:00am to 4:00pm
Disciple Making Movement (DMM) strategy and philosophy of ministry rapidly multiplies groups of people who are becoming followers of Jesus.
By participating in DMM Training you will be uniquely equipped to see unchurched, dechurched, and unreached groups of people learn to apply the truths of Scripture in their own lives, and become faithful disciples of Jesus.
•Hands on, step by step training
•Personal application and contextual take-aways
•First hand accounts of how to attract God seekers
•Biblical examples and exercises
•Community development and implementation in your region
•Online support and coaching
This one day training event will offer practical tools and strategies for using DMM. We will be focusing on the launching and the implementation of DMM in the Sacramento region.
To Register go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disciple-making-movements-tickets-15674520914
You are invited to hear Executive Director Jeff Kreiser and other leaders in the ACTS Group share about Gospel Movement in the Sacramento Region and the way in which ACTS was formed to be a collective impact catalyst and mobilizer for united Christian initiatives. There will be a 40 minute presentation and time for Q&A on any subject related to the rising level of God’s activity throughout our the Capital region. Dessert and coffee will be served.
Jeff will be challenging those coming to participate in helping fund the Every School/Every Neighborhood Initiative that has as its goal one or more church partners for every public school in the six county region, and evangelistic ministry in the neighborhoods surrounding the schools. Please pick the date and location that best fits for you and register using the Eventbrite link.
March 22nd in Roseville - Register
March 24th in El Dorado Hills - Register
March 25th in Folsom - Register
April 7th in Rocklin - Register
April 8th in Midtown – Register
April 12 in Rancho Cordova – Register
April 14 in Elk Grove - ticket link pending
Please pick the date & location that best fits for you & register using the Eventbrite link.
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ACTS Group Endorsement
Scott Hanson, CFP
Hanson McClain Advisors
"There is nothing more strategic taking place to mobilize the Body of Christ in the Sacramento region than the ACTS Group. Thousands of Christ-followers over the past few years have joined together to reach beyond the church walls and love their neighbor through ACTS of service. Jeff Kreiser and his marvelous team are leading the charge to see our region touched by the love of Jesus flowing through His people. I support them 1,000 percent."
The ACTS Group is…
Unified, gospel-based leaders working for transformation in the diverse communities of the Sacramento region. These leaders provide ongoing leadership and encouragement for gospel movement in communities as well as in the spheres of cultural influence of the city.