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The Advent Conspiracy is an international movement centered on bringing a deeper meaning to Christmas during the Christian season of advent that immediately precedes it. The movement is characterized by its four founding principles: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All. The movement's message is to avoid getting caught up in the consumerism surrounding the holiday in order to celebrate Christmas more fully.
In 2006, Pastors Greg Holder, Chris Seay, Rick McKinley founded the organization to rebel against the hyper-consumerism to which they found many Christians fall victim. They proposed to spend less on gifts and give more to the poor. In the first year, Advent Conspiracy partnered with Living Water International in order to build clean water wells in impoverished areas. In their first year Advent Conspiracy's raised half a million dollars to build a high capacity well in Nicaragua and 13 wells in Liberia.
Today, the Advent Conspiracy movement consists of thousands of churches and organizations around the globe. Advent Conspiracy does not accept donations and instead encourages every church, organization, family, and individual to donate their funds how they best see fit.
Advent Conspiracy started with a few churches partnering with Living Water International. Today, co-conspirators from around the world give to a variety of organizations that support causes like the water crisis, anti-human trafficking, homeless shelters, hunger initiatives, education, natural disaster relief, and refugees.
In November 2018, an updated and revised version of the Advent Conspiracy will be published by Zondervan Publishing. This updated and revised version, with some all-new content, will share stories of the impact this movement has made around the globe as well as giving individuals and churches even better, more practical help in planning the kind of Christmas that truly can change the world. To go alongside the new book, new resources and new small group materials will be available online for free.
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- Levy, Keith (December 20, 2009). "The Christmas Conspiracy: Spending Less = Giving More". Forbes.