SIDEBAR: Testimonies

by L. Alton Garrison

  • Bobby Richard, Hope Fellowship, Lafayette, Louisiana: “Since we have gone through the Acts 2 Journey, we have seen a 38 percent growth in Sunday attendance.”
  • Scott Reed, First Assembly of God, Mountainburg, Arkansas, (town of about 600): “Rick Allen and Mike Clarensau were great presenters and so important to this process. The Acts 2 Journey really helped us get a clear and compelling vision for our future. I believe every church, regardless of size or age, could and would benefit from the process. Record attendance Easter 2012: 265. Team unity like never before. Passion and purpose from pulpit to pew. Baptized 33 first-time converts in 2011. People are fired up and living out the vision.”
  • Jeff Mantz, First Assembly of God, Yankton, South Dakota: “I will soon be involved in ministry 40 years. I needed to change my methods to relate to a new generation. I admit I was not prepared for the change required of me personally to leave behind the comfortable and forge new ways to do church and be the church that could relate to a lost world.”