As some of you know we recently held our annual three-day ACT 3 Board of Directors meeting. One of the items that we addressed was the need to revise our out-dated Constitution. We drafted the original constitution for this ministry in 1991. Then four people sat in my living room with a dream. We named the ministry Reformation & Revival Ministries. In 2005 we changed it to the present brand and name, ACT 3.
In our revised constitution we state our purpose as a mission in these words:
1. The corporation is a not-for-profit Christian teaching organization; its purposes are to advance the Christian tradition by encouraging obedience to the missional mandate of the Lord Jesus Christ, through the witness of Scripture and the wisdom of the Christian tradition. This is done through (a) teaching and preaching in local congregations, schools, conferences; (b) writing and distributing Christian teaching; (c) advocating an ecumenical vision of the Christian Church through various means; and (d) encouraging Christian leaders in their personal spiritual formation and growth through counsel and support.
2. The corporation does not discriminate in its membership on the Board of Directors, or in its hiring practices, with regard to a person’s race, color, sex or national origin.
We also discussed a meaningful way to confess our historic and biblical orthodoxy in our statement of faith. We wanted to reflect a genuine desire to demonstrate strong doctrinal fidelity as well as our commitment to the new ecumenism. The statement we adopted is below. It does this, I believe, in a unique way if you read it very carefully and understand the history of theological reflection and unity in the whole Church.
We declare ourselves to be a Christian mission in agreement with the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, as confessed in either the Eastern or Western tradition.
I am quite aware that these statements above will not satisfy some who wish we would say a lot more. In all three of the great branches of Christianity there are those who insist we must say more or we are out of line.
For these individuals unless you say much more than we have said you are not faithful to an X, Y or Z belief system. We respect the various creeds and confessions of the varying expressions of the whole Church but we are a mission to the whole Church, not a local church or a denomination of churches. The various members of our ACT Board are members of churches with widely different doctrinal expressions. We opted, as a mission, to express our orthodox stance along with our ecumenism in this short statement that says a whole lot in a very short sentence. In this case I believe
"less is more." This is where we’ve been and now we have stated it as a mission in the clearest possible way. These two statements, regarding our purpose and statement of faith, clearly and plainly put to rest the notion that ACT 3 does not have a clear purpose or doctrinal position. You may like or not like the one we have but this is what ACT 3 is all about.