April 25-27, 2014
The first Christians embodied a
counter-cultural discipleship marked by their trust in each other and the
guidance of the Holy Spirit. The church described in Acts was a living
vessel, animated by a palpable connection to God, issuing the love of Jesus in
practical ways to each community, household and heart. That way of being
continues into our own era with resurrection power and Spirit-led faith. We
have named our conference for a book of Scripture as yet unwritten: The Second Book of Acts.
The Second Acts conference explores innovative forms of church for a new era of discipleship. Drawing on the witness and tradition of the Church of the Saviour, Becoming Church starts new, high-commitment congregations, and is convening local congregations of various Christian traditions to dismantle the injustices of mass incarceration.
The 2014 conference will focus especially on church structures which nurture the inner life and serve the call to prophetic witness.
Second Acts conference “speakers” are not speakers in the typical sense, but are representatives of churches, non-profit ministries, and our new, DC Church-wide movement— “experts” in lives of discerning call, faithful effort, embarrassing failure, and renewed engagement in the context of committed communities of God’s grace.Presentations will be given by ex-offenders and by middle class folk. We will be introduced to the local ministries of followers of Jesus who have been called to radical expressions of discipleship and service and are being sustained by authentic Church and by the living Christ.