I asked readers to pray on Monday for our annual ACT 3 board meeting. The three-day meeting ended at noon today as members returned to their homes in Illinois, Texas and California. A number of important things were accomplished in this meeting.
1. ACT 3 has a clearer vision for what God has called us to do than ever before. We are a bridge building missional ministry that wants to leverage my gifts, and those of others who share our vision, to expand the mission of Christ’s kingdom through publishing, teaching, preaching and the Internet. All of this is to be done in ways that stress the human elements of ministry relationally, not simply the academic side of teaching and content-driven ministry.
2. We will do this in creative ways. This includes major new Internet work and a growing commitment to expanding our work via this medium. This likely means new staff help to accomplish this goal.
3. I will attempt to write even more for print publication than previously, which means a bit less travel and speaking away from Chicago.
4. We will further develop the concept of ACT 3 as a Christian "think-tank" for the wider service of many leaders and ministries.
5. We will facilitate what I have called "un-conferences." We believe the day of the big-speaker driven personality conference(s) is ending given the huge shifts in culture that we now see. We will begin to employ an entirely different philosophy that includes small events for 100 or less people where community, conversation and bridge-building can all take place among brothers and sisters who will respect and love each other in ways that will allow learning to happen in fresh and creative ways.
6. We want to work even more closely with other ministries, and teachable church congregations, that are open to renewal. Our goal is to promote personal wisdom and classical Christian thought in an incarnational context that calls Christians to embrace the victory of Christ and his kingdom. We are very optimistic about the future of Christ’s work, believing that Christian pessimism has profoundly hindered the growth of God’s people. Our unique role will be to connect both people and culture with deep spiritual realities, always seeking to deepen the mystery of real faith and thoughtful orthodox Christian theology. We want to model a new way, which is really not that new. It is as old as the early church and the classical Christian faith. We want to draw from treasures both old and new in order to help people see why the Christian tradition lives and can be as fresh and new as today’s challenges and opportunities.
I will be saying a great deal more about this in coming weeks in terms of specifics. For now, thanks for praying for our board and for this ministry. I am tired, very excited and really ready to lean into a vision that I believe the Lord clearly gave to us this week.