Christ Presbyterian Joins the Acts 16:5 Initative of the National Capital Presbytery

    At last night’s Session meeting, the Session endorsed Christ Presbyterian’s participation in the Acts 16:5 Initiative.  In previous Tidbits I have given some insight into the content of the Initiative and shared some of my esteem for its leader, Stan Ott.  I believe that our participation in this program will assist our congregation in developing a solid vision of what God is leading us to.  Stan affirms that, “the Acts 15:6 Initiative does not propose a simple checklist of things to do.  Rather, it suggests a wide variety of practices and practical “next steps” that a congregation may take.”  I’m excited to see how God works through this program to address our unique issues and achieve our congregation’s specific God-given mission.

I’m sure that most of you are wondering what this entails.  Here is an outline of the Acts 16:5 Initiative. Continue reading

Thoughts On The Acts 16:5 Initiative: “So the churches were strengthened in faith and increased in numbers daily.”

I have mentioned Stan Ott’s name in worship and discussions over the past few years. Stan is the President of the Vital Churches Institute (VCI) and his passion is the transformation

of the mainline church. Stan teaches the principles of congregational vitality, transformation, missional endeavor, and leadership. As pastor, Stan has over thirty years of first-hand knowledge of the hard work and challenges that lead to the blessings of being a transformational congregation that moves to new vitality.

You have also heard me talk about the Acts 16:5 Initiative. The Initiative is an intentional program of congregational transformation. Continue reading