The Annual Church Profile (ACP) is an opportunity for every church to give their testimony. If you look in the scriptures such as Acts 2:41-47, Acts 4:4, Acts 14:27, Matt 14:19-21 (to name just a few) you will find recorded information concerning membership, baptisms, participation in music and missions. God thought it worthy for us to know of the work of the early church and how he used people to accomplish his purpose.
It is important for today’s church to share its story.
Just as we can read God’s inspired Word and allow it to give spiritual direction, inspiration, correction, we can use the information obtained from the ACP to give our church insight into our effectiveness as Kingdom workers and help reveal to us areas of growth or challenges from the past year.
The leadership portion of the profile enables continuity of communication between a congregation and their Association and Louisiana Baptists state office. This helps everyone communicate effectively concerning areas of interest for leaders.
The ACP can be used by everyone involved in the process as a guide to doing what God is leading them to do. Here are some suggestions:
SEE WHERE GOD IS WORKING
ACP shows what God has done through his people. Identify areas that can be built upon as well as areas that need to be built up.
PRAY INFORMED BY THE ACP
Informed prayer allows God to speak more directly concerning what He wants us to do. Use the names of leaders on the ACP as a prayer list.
PLAN TO DO GOD’S WILL
Use the ACP information from this year and trends from past years as powerful planning tools. The more accurate and complete your ACP information is, the better the tool.
Accompany the church trend with a demographic study of the area and it becomes an outreach focus tool.
REPRESENT THE CHURCH
Determine the number of messengers from your church to the SBC and Louisiana Baptists annual meetings. The SBC and most state conventions and associations base the number of messengers to their annual meetings on ACP information.
So what really is ACP? ACP is people.
It is people who have followed the Lord in baptism, people who are studying His Word, singing His praises, working in missions, and growing as His disciples. It is people serving in leadership. It’s all the above done in service to Him.