Eastport United Methodist Church
Friday, November 24, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Acts 2 Church


BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON CONFERENCE RECOGNIZED
EASTPORT UMC AS AN ACTS 2 CHURCH IN 2008
 
[Acts 2 Congregation described by Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church]
 
What is an Acts 2 Disciple Making congregation?
An Acts 2 or disciple-making congregation carries out the life of Jesus. They are filled with the Spirit (Acts 2:1-4; 37-38), a disciple-making congregation engages believers in the complete Discipleship Adventure (celebrate, connect, develop, serve, and share) and bears Acts 2 fruit (Acts 2:41-47).
 
Disciple-making congregations:
  • Focus all activity on Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). The congregation is organized to make and engage disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world (Matthew 28:18-20);
  • Call, equip, and release disciples to pursue their passion and use their gifts to glorify God (Ephesians 411-13);
  • Call, equip, send and support spiritual leaders to lead disciples in the Adventure(Mark 1:17);
  • Lead disciples to meet the spiritual, social and physical needs of those in the community and world; and produce Acts 2 fruit (John 15:8, 16 and Acts 2:41-47).
Anticipated Fruits
Congregational Fruits - John 15:1-11 and Luke 13:6-7.  The anticipated fruits within the congregations are based on Acts 2:41-47:
  • Acts 2:47 - Receive people by profession or reaffirmation of faith into the faith community (one person for every 25 worshipers).
  • Acts 2:41 - Increase worship attendance (grow worship attendance by 2% of the worshiping congregation or 2% over the percentage growth of the community where the congregation is located).
  • Acts 2: 44-45 - Mission engagement
    • Address poverty and community development through ministries of mercy, justice and development (the Shalom and Holy Boldness strategies are two potential strategies);
    • Activate 90% of the worshiping congregation in ministry within five years;Financially support mission through locally identified community and world mission projects and fulfill 100% of apportionment giving;
  • Acts 2:43 - Demonstrate signs of God's power and wonder; Ministry results that are more than human ability and are clearly God's movement through the congregation. (examples of signs and wonders in Jesus' ministry were: 1) multiplication - several fish and loaves that feed thousands or, jars of water into gallons and gallons of wine, or twelve followers to a world wide movement, and 2) kingdom reversal - death to life, blindness to sight, bound by demons to freed for kingdom living.