The following is a statement from the Executive Presbytery of the General Council of the Assemblies of God.
Today, America is in crisis. The death of George Floyd has once again brought us face to face with the sins of racism and injustice that Christians must respond to in word and deed.
In August 1989, The General Council of the Assemblies of God adopted its “Resolution on Racism.” We, the Executive Presbytery of the Assemblies of God, redouble not only our commitment but our Fellowship’s commitment to the course of action laid out by that historic resolution.
We oppose the sin of racism in any form.
We call any and all to repentance who have participated in the sin of racism through personal thought or action, or through church and social structures, or through inactivity in addressing racism as individuals or as a church.
We pray to God to give us the courage to confront the sin of racism where it may be found in our own lives, in our churches, in our social structures, and in our world.
We resolve to participate with the Holy Spirit in actively working against racism at home and abroad, and we seek the reconciliation of people to God and to one another.
George Floyd’s death cannot be just another name added to a list of senseless killings. He was created in the image of God, and his life mattered. As ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we continue to stand with our African American brothers and sisters, committing to use our voices and actions to be agents of reconciliation.
Let us therefore “mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15), let us follow the Messiah who “seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness” (Isaiah 16:5), and let us proclaim Him who “is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility” (Ephesians 2:14).
Our Heart at BrightonAG
We are passionate about living to serve God and others.
Wrapping around the broken – one family at a time.
Heart’s CRI (Connect, Resource, and Inspire) is dedicated to rewriting the story of children’s lives by wrapping around foster children, foster families, as well as, creating partnerships with academic environments in urban settings. Our goal is to connect with, provide resources for, and inspire children who come from hard places and the families, teachers, and administrators who are dedicated to rewriting the stories of children’s lives.
Currently, Heart’s CRI is wrapping around and partnering with children in care, foster families, and academic environments in Livingston, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. A few examples of wrap around care and partnerships include hosting big events like our back-to-school & Christmas parties, respite care teams, after-school clubs, and mentoring.
“Our Agency has been involved with Heart’s CRI for several years and it is wonderful to see the dedication and support the staff and numerous volunteers provide to this program. The Foster Care families in Livingston County and Washtenaw County benefit greatly from the resources provided; such as training programs, back to school events, respite weekends, clothing closets, holiday events and much more. Heart’s CRI is a true Community Partner in serving our families. Thank you for all you do and God Bless your mission.”
-Rebecca Lybrink - Community Resource Coordinator - Livingston County Department of Health and Human Services
The Power of Spiritual Shadowing
Helping pastors, missionaries, church leaders, and those preparing for ministry get energized to serve others.
The 5-Hour Synergy ministry was founded by Lead Pastor, Bradley Trask. His vision for Synergy in his own words:
“We believe that leaders need a little boost of energy from time to time. A boost that encourages them to “keep on keeping on.” And, after over 25 years in ministry I can tell you that pastors and individuals in church leadership are no different. That’s how 5-Hour Synergy got started.
Synergy is an outgrowth of my desire to “boost” my fellow pastors and other leaders in church ministry. To build them up and provide encouragement to better serve God in their various ministries. That’s our goal – and we accomplish it by shadowing other successful leaders, exploring other healthy spiritual paradigms, and providing mentorship and advice – wisdom from others who have already traveled down the road you may be traveling down yourself.
It’s been said, “No man is an island.” And, that is even truer for those called into ministry. That’s what Synergy is all about. Helping others do God’s work more effectively.”
“The Vision that Brad had to bring us all together for 5 hours to “shadow” a proven leader has been one of the most successful things I have experienced. I am not talking in just attendance, but the amount of practical and inspirational “take aways” is amazing. I and my team always leave inspired, energized, filled with ideas, and encouraged. I love Synergy!”
-Nate Elarton - Lead Pastor - Compelled Church - Temperance, MI and Toledo, OH
Where Community and Faith Connect
At BrightonAG, our goal is to connect with our community outside the four walls of our physical building.
We accomplish this goal by intentionally looking for ways to meet needs and show appreciation to demonstrate our faith in tangible ways to those within our community.
It’s our way of demonstrating the love of Christ by meeting needs and showing our appreciation to those who serve us.
Supporting those who go where we can’t.
At BrightonAG, we realize we can’t be everywhere all the time. We need others. And the “others” we are talking about are the missionaries we support.
Those who travel to places where the Lord directs; both inside and outside the borders of the United States.
We at BrightonAG are committed to helping others go where we can’t.
For us, commitment looks like providing financial support, prayer, and sending teams to assist those God has called to do His work whenever and wherever.
Here are just a few of the ministries we support in their work:
- Convoy of Hope (“One day to feed the world”)
- Project: Rescue (Sex Trafficking Day)
- Joseph Gordon
- Steve & Trina Pennington
- Chi Alpha – college campus ministries
- Power Company Kid’s Club – urban ministry for kids
- Foreign missions – those sent to specific countries outside of the U.S.
- Missions Emphasis Week
“The support of Brighton AG of our ministry changes lives; it makes an eternal difference as the generosity flows from the church we are able to bring the Gospel to Middle Eastern refugees as we reveal to them the love of Christ. The support we receive shows beautifully how we function as the Body of Christ. Some are hands and feet, and some like Brighton AG, are the heart and soul of how we as believers fulfill the call to love God, love others, our neighbors and even our enemies.”
-Randy & Mary Jane Merren - Ministry to Middle Eastern Refugees - Metro, Detroit