Within God's story of Christmas, there is an awe-inducing, soul-satisfying mystery of the incarnation. All too often, however, our manner of celebrating the season robs us of the very things that Christ's coming brought: hope, joy, peace and love. Advent Conspiracy is about the church reorienting itself be able to tell this history-changing story to the world through its celebration. We do it as we worship fully, spend less, give more and love all. We do it by demonstrating how the arrival of a small child 2000 years ago is truly good news to all.
Join the groundswell of Christ-followers who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be--a joyous celebration of Jesus' birth that enriches our hearts and the world around us.
Advent Season Resources
Worship Fully Through Advent
Below are some recommended resources we hope you'll check out during the advent season to learn the freedom of worshiping with abandon, giving without comparison, receiving with gratitude and loving without limits. There are resources that can be used by individuals, families or even small groups. May you find the gift of God's presence this Advent Season.
This Advent devotional, written by members of the Greater Portland family, encourage us to sit with our longings for hope, joy, peace and love in our lives; to become familiar with how our hearts and souls yearn for and demand these things, to mourn the places we don't see them, and to discover how Emmanuel, God With Us, has come to bring those very things into our lives.
Families with young children will love this advent resource! Countdown to Christmas with special ornaments you can collect from around the house or make as a craft. As you countdown, follow the kids-friendly devotions that include a scripture reading, a short lesson to go with each reading, a prayer idea, and a ornament symbol for each day.
An Advent Experience from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship that uses paintings, scripture, written reflections, questions, and guided prayer.
Devotionals written by Advent Conspiracy pastors and church leaders from around the world. Our prayer is that these scriptures will help you find time to worship fully this Advent. Daily Bible readings accompany each devotional.
This book gives individuals, families, and churches practical help in planning the kind of Christmas that truly can change the world. Revised and updated with new stories of the impact this movement has made around the globe.
This resource from John Piper contains 25 short devotional readings beginning December 1 and going through Christmas Day. This book of Advent meditations aims to put Jesus at the center of your holiday season.
The Love & Justice Church Advent Devotional is designed to help you, your family, and your small group re-live all of the longing and desire for the promised Messiah. This is a weekly devotional that begins the week of December 2 and contains five devotionals. Also includes suggested readings from The Jesus Storybook Bible for families.
Christmas Eve Giving
December 24 we come together under the glow of candlelight and the familiarity of the carols to remember and celebrate a Savior born to us, Emmanuel, God With Us.
We receive an offering that day that reflects our heart to devote less to the materialism of the season and instead invest in hope,
Advent Conspiracy Giving Recipients 2020
Redemption Church Plant-Kids Program
With more than 2.6 million people living in the metro area, Portland has been cited as the least religious city in America by the Public Religion Research Institute’s American Values Atlas. Despite the small but significant presence of evangelical churches throughout the area, the city remains underserved and in need of a greater witness of Jesus. In 2018, Vergil and Kelsey Brown clearly heard the call of God on their lives to plant a church and set their sights on Easter 2020 to launch Redemption Church in the diverse Albina neighborhood of Portland.
2020 has been anything but predictable, however, and the pandemic pushed back the launch date to August 2020. While Redemption has begun meeting, they are gathering in a rented space that needs a little redemption itself. Our goal is to help them outfit two basement classrooms for a nursery and toddler class: toys, small tables and chairs, bins, supplies, rugs, etc... As we restore space, we are really restoring people. Will you join us in supporting this new church plant?
Mill City Christian Church Wildfire Recovery Outreach
The 2020 Oregon wildfire season was one of the most destructive on record in Oregon. The fires killed at least 11 people, burned more than a million acres of land, and destroyed thousands of homes. The Santiam fire itself saw entire towns decimated and thousands displaced or left homeless. As 2020 comes to a close, we are partnering with Mill City Christian Church (MCCC) in the relief and recovery work in the Santiam Canyon.
MCCC is located in the heart of the Santiam Canyon and is on the front lines bringing Hope into the crisis. They would like to set up a food service tent in the neighboring town of Gates to feed community members and volunteers who will be in the area for the next year or two rebuilding homes and businesses. We would like to support the efforts of this church by providing a large event tent, tables and chairs, food, a portable toilet, propane heaters, and tools. It is estimated that $6400 would get the tent set up and running for a year. We believe, along with MCCC, that the church must rise up in the midst of catastrophic devastation and heartbreak and boldly show God’s love and generosity to those in the Santiam Canyon.
Spirit of Martyrdom Bible Revival
Venezuela is experiencing an economic and political nightmare. The country and its people have suffered for years from power battles in its government. The current battle has trapped the nation in devastating poverty where hard working Venezuelans saw all their earnings disappear as inflation rates rose 53,798,500% between 2016 and 2019!
Within this heartbreaking socioeconomic situation, God is bringing extraordinary revival to the country. The people are hungry and eager for the Word of God, and authorities within Venezuela and from neighboring Colombia are bending over backwards to assist The Spirit of Martyrdom (SOM) in distributing large quantities of Bibles into Venezuela. SOM does not know how the country will solve its problems, but they believe it is possible that so many people could genuinely turn to God that the future of the country could dramatically improve. The only limiting factor are the funds to print more Bibles. Two million Bibles is the goal! Just $2 gets a Bible into the hands of a Venezuelan desperate for hope. How many Bibles could we send? 1,000? 5,000? 10,000? Let’s add the fuel to this revival flame and join God in his work of grace in Venezuela.
**Make donations out to GPBC and designate “Advent Conspiracy” in the memo line. (Gifts may not be directed to specific projects.) Gifts may be submitted prior to the Christmas Eve offering or through mid January. Gifts may also be made online or via our church's app anytime. Just choose "Advent Conspiracy Donation" on the drop down menu.