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 and others founded the organization to rebel against the hyperconsumerism to which they found many Christians fall victim. They proposed to spend less on gifts and give more to the poor. 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, Advent Conspiracy consists of approximately 1500 member churches and organizations around the globe. In 2008 the organization raised over US$3 million for Living Water International.
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