LBC Business Manager Dale Lingenfelter says he likes to refer to the ACP – Annual Church Profile – as the ACT – Annual Church Testimony – because of the information in the documents now being turned in by churches.
ALEXANDRIA – LBC Business Manager Dale Lingenfelter says he likes to refer to the ACP – Annual Church Profile – as the ACT – Annual Church Testimony – because of the information in the documents now being turned in by churches.
The 48 associations in the Louisiana Baptist Convention recently mailed out the ACP forms to the churches in their area; the forms need to be filled out by the churches and sent in by mid-September to the association office.
“This is an opportunity for your church to testify of the good work God is doing in and through your local church body,” Lingenfelter said.
The ACPs also are the only way the Southern Baptist Convention has of gauging its statistical effectiveness, Lingenfelter pointed out.
“This is our number one tool that determines our impact locally and globally,” the business manager said. “As Southern Baptists, we have no other mechanism of understanding how well we’re impacting our culture.”
As LBC’s Information Services support supervisor, Shana Johnson is the primary contact for Louisiana ACPs.
She points to Acts 14:27 for scriptural support for the gathering of the information: And when they [Paul and Barnabas] had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report all things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the gentiles.
“Imagine, if someone hadn’t recorded that information …. That opened the door to me, now, a gentile,” Johnson said. “It’s a testimony of the difference God makes.”
Lingenfelter listed several additional reasons for churches to complete and send in their ACP, including (but not limited to):
• identifying churches with particular strengths.
• validating and qualifying messengers to the LBC and SBC annual meetings.
• helping convince a loan officer the church can handle repayment of a building loan.
• helping LBC determine priority needs in church strengthening support strategies.
• prioritizing areas of Louisiana where evangelism and new churches are most needed.
• providing contact information so church leaders can be informed via various LBC and SBC communication tools.
“It is so important for each church to be part of ACP reporting,” Lingenfelter said. “It provides a statistically verifiable look at the growth and potential of Southern Baptist churches; trends can be established and new ways to minister to churches can be researched. We use this information to determine how we can best be of service to you in reaching out locally and globally in God’s kingdom work.”
If your church has not yet received its Annual Church Profile reporting form, contact your association or Shana Johnson at 318.448.3402.