In June of 2016 the ACT3 mission board had a retreat at Green Lake. At that meeting I informed my team that I planned to retire as president of this mission in June of 2019. The board asked, “Should we replace John, end our mission formally or do something we’ve not yet considered?” The answer surprised us. The Spirit led us together to come back to Green Lake in June of 2017 to plan for the beginning of a covenanted community committed to practicing and living Christian unity in the mission of Christ. This community will consist of lay and pastoral leaders from across North America. It will be a multi-generational, multi-ethnic and trans-denominational constituency of both men and women. This new beginning is one of the most encouraging signs of the springtime of mission I’ve seen in my sixty-nine years.
On Sunday evening, June 24, people from all across the U.S. will come to Green Lake for the opening reception of The Initiative. This will not be a traditional conference for preachers, or for preaching/teaching. It will be a time to share our stories of grace and reconciliation and to build friendships that can heal differences. I can’t think of a movement of greater importance at this time in American church history.
If you are interested in this unique gathering you can read the specific details at www.theinitiative.org. You do not have to commit to join the group to attend The Initiative in 2018. If you come you will be encouraged to share, to learn and then to prayerfully enter into discernment process to see if you are led to join this movement. The Initiative will include Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox, evangelicals and charismatics. All our Green Lake meetings are open to any who desire to come and learn. Again, check out the website and please do pray. The link to pay a deposit (to guarantee you spot) and later to register is now active online (Monday, February 19). Go to http://act3network.com/
events/the-intiative-green- lake-conference/ to register and pay the deposit now.
If you have further questions, direct them to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have shared this announcement in various social media and mailings. I send this email to you personally because I compiled a list of my friends who I thought would have some interest in this meeting. After you’ve seen the website you should visit the registration site and pre-register if you are interested in attending. Later, you will be asked to pay the full amount before the event. We will not receive payments at Green Lake. You must pay in full before arriving unless you make plans otherwise.
John H. Armstrong
“All things are possible to him who believes . . . they are less difficult for him who hopes . . . more easy for him who loves, and still more easy for him who perseveres in the practice of these three virtues.”