Here We Stand – December 2016 Update
A2E – Innovative Missional Ministry
The congregations of the Michigan District minister to–and meet the needs of–the communities they serve. They have continually adapted to changing demographics, economic challenges, and a multitude of other influences, all without compromising the valued theology of the LCMS or the sacred and powerful words of Scripture.
It is through this ability to react and respond with “Witness, Mercy, and Life Together” missional ministry that we have remained relevant to the generation in which we live.
One such missional ministry initiative in our District is Acts 2 Enterprise (A2E), which started in Detroit and now has branched out to Flint and Pontiac.
A2E—Detroit is committed to sharing the transformative power of the Gospel and the Kingdom of God by developing Christian leaders to effectively engage and impact the lives of the many people Jesus loves.
The Apostle Paul states in 1 Corinthians 4:20: “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” A2E plans and works intentionally to cultivate and coordinate strategies which will result in transformation in people’s lives. In the urban context, the spiritual raw materials of compassion, courage, and confidence produce a wonderful “fragrance of God” as we provide free summer sports camps, soft skills training to adults, computer literacy classes, after-school tutoring, medical collaborations, and forums for economic development with community stakeholders.
We look forward to hearing the stories of God’s grace manifested in the lives of people we will encounter. We work to implement a mission objective based out of Psalm 112 to facilitate generational relationships with the Lord, possess generational power to overcome obstacles, and pass on the generational wealth of God’s blessings.
We have been deeply enriched by many of you who have prayed for God to open doors of opportunity, joined us in the field of experience, and contributed generously to our efforts. We look to the future with great expectation that God will do even greater things!
Rev. Christopher Bodley
A2E Missionary-at-Large in Detroit
Michigan District, LCMS
Over $2.3 million gifted to date.
Bulletin Inserts are a great way to share information with your congregation about Here We Stand.
Several bulletins are available for download at: herewestand.michigandistrict.org.
You can use all of them, some of them, or ones pertaining to the initiatives your congregation is supporting!
We would like to thank St. John’s, Au Gres; Bethlehem, Engadine; Grace, Curtis; and Trinity, Conklin for their recent pledges to the campaign.