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Seeing God in Action

Five years ago, our ministry team in western Washington took a closer look at our mission and purpose. Within the context of sharing “Hope and Wholeness” to invite people to become fully devoted disciples of Jesus, we discovered a theme as we talked and prayed: "Living generously, sharing faithfully."

But the question remained: Why do we live generously and share faithfully? The answer: because we desire to grow spiritually. When you grow spiritually and pray continually, God gives you the right motivation for caring and ministering to others.

Continuing these leadership conversations, we asked each ministry, church, and school to define at different levels how they could live generously, share faithfully, grow spiritually and pray continually. This resulted in four core "ACTS" of ministry:

  • Adventist Christian education;
  • Coaching leaders;
  • Totally involved members;
  • Spiritual growth.

This focus allows us to be purposeful, steady and innovative. This focus allows us to fulfill our commitments and adapt to new opportunities to share the Gospel message in words and in actions.

Washington ACTS. There is no question about this in our minds as we see a high level of ministry activity and dreams for new ministry ideas. But there is a greater reason why we act: We act because God still ACTS!

In this season of thanksgiving and celebration, we praise God for how He is working in and through your lives. As 1 Thessalonians 5 says, we rejoice always, we pray continually, and we give thanks in all circumstances as we see God in action.

We invite you anew to join us in seeing others through the eyes of Jesus, to invest in your spiritual growth, and to partner with God in service and ministry as He acts in your life in 2020 and beyond.

Your friends in ministry,

Doug Bing, Craig Carr, Jerry Russell, Craig Mattson and the Washington Conference team

Featured in: November/December 2019