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Acts 2 Journey Video Cohort

Since 2010, churches of all sizes and styles from around the world have engaged in the Acts 2 Journey cohort to become healthy and outward focused.

  • 33% of churches report increased attendance one full year after engaging the Acts 2 Journey.
  • 31% of A2J churches are growing at the time they engage the journey.
  • Acts 2 Journey churches show nearly 25% improvement in the discipleship and mobilization metric within four years of completing the cohort.

Now, the Acts 2 Journey cohort is being offered digitally for pastors and teams.

Work as a team to answer ten questions

  1. Why do we exist? (Mission)
  2. Where are we going? (Vision)
  3. How should we behave? (Values)
  4. How will we get there? (Strategic Plan)
  5. How will we engage new people? (Evangelism/Go)
  6. How will we treat them when they arrive? (Fellowship/Connect)
  7. How will we disciple them? (Discipleship/Grow)
  8. How will we train them to serve? (Ministry/Serve)
  9. How will we involve them in local and global missions and church planting? (Go)
  10. How will we help them to encounter God? (Worship)

Session Overview

  • assess the church’s current reality (Session 1)
  • discover a renewed sense of vision (Session 2)
  • clarify the values that will drive you toward God’s preferred future (Session 3)
  • emerge with properly aligned systems (Session 4)
  • develop a plan to communicate the vision to the congregation (Session 5)

Product includes

  • PDF workbooks for all five sessions
  • Videos aligned with the workbook
  • PowerPoints with instructions and embedded videos for easy access in team meetings
  • A one-hour Zoom call with an experienced facilitator and opportunities for further collaboration.

If you’re feeling stuck and searching for ways to help your church grow younger, pass on the faith to next generations, look more like your neighborhood, and reach its full kingdom potential, this resource is for you!

The Textbook for the Journey

About the Facilitators

Alton Garrison serves as the Executive Director of the Acts 2 Journey Initiative. Garrison has previously served as Assistant General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God; Executive Director of U.S. Missions; superintendent of the Arkansas District; and pastor of First Assembly of God, North Little Rock, Arkansas. Prior to pastoring, Garrison traveled as an evangelist for 18 years.

He has authored the books:  Hope in America’s Crisis, Building a Winning Team, Acts 2 Church, The 360° Disciple,and A Spirit-Empowered Church.


Ron McManus serves as a facilitator for the Acts 2 Journey and as a transitional pastor for many larger churches over the past several years. McManus was a senior pastor for over 16 years. Under his leadership, the church grew from a congregation of 350 to over 3,000 attendees.

Dr. McManus has a passion for leadership development, having served as president of EQUIP, founded by Dr. John Maxwell, and as president of the Center for Church Leadership for the Assemblies of God USA.


Mike Clarensau serves as a facilitator and research coordinator for the Acts 2 Journey.
He formerly served as Director of the Acts 2 Journey before departing to fill the role of Dean of the College of Bible and Church Ministries for Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in Waxahachie, TX. Among the churches they have led, Mike and Kerry pastored Maranatha Worship Center in Wichita, Kansas, for ten years. They have also filled other district and national roles for the Assemblies of God.

Mike has authored numerous books, including A Spirit-Empowered Life, From Belonging to Becoming, Journey to Integrity, Your New Life in Christ, The Sanctity of Life, and We Build People, a discipleship strategy manual used in Assemblies of God churches throughout the United States.



“You can’t overstate the benefit of a pastor taking a team through the Acts 2 Journey. It galvanizes the vision and provides clarity for the church.”
Tim Parke, Lead Pastor
New Life Church, Monticello, AR

“I wish I would’ve gone through this process before we planted our church. It will help you cut through so many of the mistakes that are often made. It will get you to the foundational points that you need to launch a healthy and faithful ministry.”
Al Toledo, Lead Pastor
Chicago Tabernacle, Chicago, IL

“It is important to go through the Acts 2 Journey periodically as a team because leaders in the church have changed. We can’t become complacent because the community is always changing.”
Loren Hicks, Lead Pastor
Pacific Christian Center, Santa Maria, CA

What's Included:

SESSION 2: Mission and Vision

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SESSION 3: Core Values

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SESSION 4: Strategic Planning

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