Celebrating ACTS by the Numbers

//Celebrating ACTS by the Numbers

This year ACTS, The Ambassadors Community for Theological Study, is celebrating 15 years! Stared by the Rev. Dr. Jean Bozeman because of a need for trained lay leadership in congregations, ACTS has evolved into a premier educational resource for all congregational leadership including pastors.

ACTS enriches and equips laity for intentional service as ambassadors for Christ in homes, churches, and in their communities. It provides comprehensive exposure to the foundations of Lutheran faith through classroom and experiential education. ACTS also serves as a continuing education course for rostered ministers.
Last Saturday at the second segment of the 2017 ACTS Spring Course, those present got to toast to ACTS with birthday cake, party hats, and noisemakers. This week we’re celebrating ACTS by the numbers, with 15 amazing facts about this important ministry of the Virginia Synod.

1. The first core course offered in ACTS was Lutheran Confessions in the Fall of 2002, led by the Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert.

2. To date, over 1850 have participated in the 6 core ACTS courses.

3. 58 scholarships have been awarded to attend ACTS.

4. 3 study trips for ACTS have been taken: Paul’s 2nd and 3rd Missionary Journeys, German Reformation Tour & Oberammergau Passion Play, and Lenten tides in the Holy Land

5. 4 Spiritual retreats have been held as a part of ACTS.

6. Dr. Mark Allen Powell drew the largest ACTS participation with 141

7. 34 Seminary Professors, Pastors, and Denominational Leaders have taken on the role of ACTS presenter, bringing a wide range of knowledge and information with them to the classes they taught.

8. 30 core courses have been taught through ACTS.

9. Video Courses of the main presentation were made available to our first remote location, Gloria Dei, Hampton, in the fall of 2007.

10. To date, over 1850 individuals have participated in the 6 core ACTS courses.

11. 75 ACTS participants have received their ACTS certificates.

12. Average course attendance is 60 participants, distributed among the central location at Grace, Waynesboro and two remote sites.

13. Three elective courses for ACTS began in March of 2004, covering topics on Christian Education, Evangelism, and Worship.

14. 20 total elective courses were formerly offered as a part of ACTS

15. Power in the Spirit hosted elective courses beginning in July of 2004. Each year the ACTS Alumni Reunion Meal is held at Power in the Spirit.

If you have attended an ACTS course, you may consider registering for Power in the Spirit this year to join in this reunion and celebrate ACTS on 15 years!

By | 2017-07-28T09:37:08+00:00 April 6th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Celebrating ACTS by the Numbers

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Emily Pilat is the Director of Communications for the Virginia Synod. She is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington where she earned her BA in in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and a minor in Digital Studies. If you have an announcement, upcoming event, or news story idea you would like to share, get in touch with Emily via email [email protected] or by phone (540) 389-1000