Richard (Dick) Innes
ACTS INTERNATIONAL (A Christian Teaching Service) is a non-profit church service organization whose members and supporters come from many different Christian churches and denominations. Our purpose is to help the church communicate the Christian message to the wider community—which, via the Internet, has become a world-wide community.
To help fulfill this purpose ACTS' primary goal is to share the gospel and message of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible worldwide, and seek to see them become true followers of Jesus Christ. Our second goal is to see all who record a salvation response (as well as the numerous Christians we minister to) grow toward spiritual and emotional wholeness to the end result that they will greatly enhance their relationships, not only with God, but also with themselves and others.
ACTS specializes in producing literature and articles that apply the gospel and Christian message to the needs readers feel for the healing of the whole person. This is done through literature, e-mail, the Internet, workshops, seminars, and teaching opportunities.
ACTS International was founded in 1968 in Australia by Richard (Dick) Innes who has been living in and operating from California since 1981. ACTS also has a office in Adelaide, South Australia.
Based on the words of Jesus, "Do you want to be made whole?" ACTS goal is to apply the Christian message and gospel to the growth and maturity of the whole person and thereby help people become healthy and whole, not only spiritually, but also emotionally, relationally, and physically.
We believe that God is not concerned so much about religion as he is about relationships. That is, he not only wants us to have a right relationship with himself through Jesus Christ, but also with each other—and ourselves.
Furthermore, we believe that God's goal isn't to make people good simply for goodness sake, but to make people whole for only to the degree that we are made whole will our lifestyle, actions, attitudes, behavior, and relationships be wholesome.
We also believe that Christianity is much more than a creed. While the creed is very important, Christianity is more than intellectually believing in a creed. It is experiencing divine love, divine acceptance and divine forgiveness, and communicating these to every life we touch.
More than 40 million of ACTS Encounter outreach brochures/ leaflets have been distributed worldwide by hundreds of churches, chaplains, other organizations, business and professional people, and lay persons. Thousands of people have recorded a salvation response over the years.
Using the Electronic Media: Since 1998 ACTS has been using the electronic media to greatly expand its now worldwide gospel outreach via 30+ websites—in Spanish, French and Finnish in addition to the English sites—and has over 400,000 worldwide e-mail subscribers to Daily Encounter, Weekend Encounter, Prayer Encounter, and the People Power for Jesus group. As help becomes available, we would like to have a foreign Good News Website in every major country in the world—in the language of each country.
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Richard (Dick) Innes, Founder and International Director of ACTS International, commenced the literature outreach ministry of ACTS in 1968. He also works part time as the webmaster of the Narramore Christian Foundation (NCF), a Christian mental health organization, located in the Los Angeles area in California, and was for several years the editor of the NCF Psychology for Living magazine.
Dick grew up in Brisbane, Australia. He is a graduate of the Queensland Technical College in Brisbane, Australia and the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. He earned a B.A. from Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois, U.S.A., and a Master of Arts in Communications from Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton (Chicago), Illinois, U.S.A.
He has been a pastor in Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A., the South Australian Director of Youth for Christ, and has been the Founder/Director of ACTS International since 1968. He has lived in Southern California since 1981. For several years he was also an instructor in the Divorce and Grief Recovery ministry at the former Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.
He has authored three books: the best seller, I Hate Witnessing, How to Mend a Broken Heart, and his latest book, You Can't Fly With a Broken Wing. He has written more than 250 Encounter outreach brochure articles—40 million of which have been distributed around the world. He has led seminars and workshops in several countries, is a pastoral counselor, and has spoken and taught in numerous churches in the U.S., New Zealand and throughout Australia. To read more about, and purchase copies, of Dick's books Click HERE.
He has developed and maintains the various web sites of ACTS International and maintains the website of Outback Patrol—an outreach to Outback Australia. He is the author of Daily Encounter, the week-day email devotional and the editor of Weekend Encounter, the weekend e-zine of ACTS International. These, combined with Prayer Encounter, have over 400,000 subscribers worldwide. More than 40,000 people from 164 countries have recorded a salvation and/or recommitment of their life to Jesus Christ decision response as a result of ACTS e-mail and Internet outreach.
Dick and Joy, his wife, reside in San Clemente, California. They are parents of four adult children, and grandparents of six granddaughters.
PO Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119