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Why Acts 2?

Before we became ‘Acts 2’ in the spring of 2023 our campus ministry adopted a mission statement that read:

“To reach campus with the gospel alongside the local church to make lifelong disciples.”

Prior to 2023 we were members of a regional ministry organization called ‘Campus Fellowship’ that was formed from a previous church aligned network of churches. Each year we would fellowship with students from around the midwest who were also part of the Campus Fellowship network. Around 2021 our leadership team began to discern what seemed to be a significant relational gap between the college students who attended Candlewood Church and the rest of the church body. So, in December of 2022 after months of conversations and asking God what we should do we decided to officially withdraw from our ministry affiliation of nearly 5 years, and to begin the process of  forming a home-grown campus ministry that was rooted within the local church.

The Great Commission

After the departure then came renaming the group. As an ode to our history and influences our first instinct was to create a name related to what’s called ‘The Great Commission’ (Matthew 28:18-20). And for good reason. We believe this passage is home to some of our most core values in our campus ministry: to share the gospel and make disciples.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20

Lifelong Discipleship

Of course we want our name to reflect mission – living and rapid discipleship, but what about the lifelong process of becoming a mature disciple? We Realized our influences from Matthew 28 only communicated part of our vision, so the search for a name continued. Looking back, It can only be attributed to divine leading of the Holy Spirit, but our leaders all saw the need for our name to reflect a deep relationship with other believers in the local church. With more discussion and prayer it became clear there was another core value that surfaced: to invest deeply into our local church where we can make lifelong relationships to become lifelong disciples.  So, naturally, we opened our Bibles and read the passage from Acts 2:42-27, the fellowship of the believers. This passage says:

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:42-47

It was surprising how little time it took to decide on a name. Frankly, with many cooks in the kitchen (with many strong opinions, you might say) it seemed as though this might become a few month process. But, again, by what may be credited as the leading of the Holy Spirit, we discovered something special: that as a whole, the second chapter of Acts seems to present a lethal combination of clear evangelism, disciple making and devoted relationships. As a matter of fact, we saw a general framework for all believers emerge from Acts chapter 2. On our website it reads:

“When the Holy Spirit comes with power, the gospel of salvation by faith begins to take hold all over the world. Believers are then baptized and begin to devote themselves to one another in a local church where they grow to become mature, lifelong disciples. “

And so, the name stuck. Acts 2. A marriage of missional evangelism and missional community. A balance of outward-focused missional living and inward-focused relational care. A lethal combination of sharing an explosive gospel and an explosively transformative fellowship to invite others to. 

Acts 2 provides us with a succinct and easy name to remember, but also points us to a clear and powerful mission for our ministry: 

“To reach campus with the gospel alongside the local church to make lifelong disciples.”

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