“Save our Souls” — strengthen our families, and rebuild our communities.
Churches, pastors, ministers and those who speak for the evangelistic community are being called out to “do something” about the plight of the community, especially for young people. This is a calling that we hear from almost every community throughout the world; and especially the African American community. The media sometimes carries this direct call to the Black Church, as reported in newspapers, radio, and television, that the church is not doing enough.
“It was the 2014 dreadful shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri that moved me to take matters in-hand and to realize that I had to do something. “If not me, who? And if not now, when?” Pastor Emeritus of Salem Bible Church, Reverend Jasper Williams, Jr. asked himself. “Enough is enough,” says Reveren Williams; and he has heeded the call. With the founding of the African American Churches Transforming Society (AACTS) in 2014 by Reverend Williams, he continues to lead the way. “This is not a ‘me’ this is a ‘we’ and a ‘thee’ ” he says.
The African American Churches Transforming Society (AACTS) will hold their 2019 Annual Conference at the Salem Bible Church, East Campus, located at 5460 Hillandale Drive, Lithonia, GA 30058; 404-792-5664. Conference activities begin on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, with registration at 12:00 noon; Thursday, March 14, 2019, registration and breakfast at 8:00 a.m.; and Friday, March 15, 2019, breakfast at 8:00 a.m., 2019. (Conference schedule available.)
This innovative conference, often referred to as the “Generation Movement,” is designed for pastors, ministers, and lay-leaders, in order to equip those who attend and participate to restore their community. This “Movement,” is an initiative to reverse the downward trend in many African American communities.
The Honorable Michael Thurmond, DeKalb County CEO, will appear on the AACTS Conference program as a speaker; and The Honorable Hank Johnson, GA State Congressman has endorsed the project. Many leaders in this state have endorsed Reverend Williams’ initiatives to identify and overcome obstacles in the African American community in Atlanta and Georgia.
The conference will offer two tracks: The Pastor’s Workshop, where pastors will discuss how the Word of God can change hearts, strengthen families, and revitalize communities; and the Team Member’s Workshop, where participants will receive tools in building successful community collaborations that bring key stakeholders around the table to find solutions.
Attendees can register for the Annual AACTS 2019 Conference three ways: by going to aactsconference.com; by calling 404-792-0303; or by sending registration by mail to AACTS, 2283 Baker Road, NW; Atlanta, GA 30318. Registration rates are $119 for pastors and leaders; and $69 for individuals. Admission prices will rise after March 1, 2019.
As an organization of churches, the African American Churches Transforming Society is working together with its membership to develop and expand initiatives, services, processes, programs, and resources to help African American people thrive and prosper. AACTS is a team of dedicated individuals who are at the forefront of identifying and overcoming obstacles in the African American community. By seeking solutions to the problems plaguing our communities, AACTS’s will fulfill its mission to provide social, economic and spiritual progress toward re-establishing our position in society and advance the lives of many.