by Dave Fandey, pastor at the Fields in Carlsbad, California, and Network Director for Acts 29 Australia & New Zealand.
We just completed a very successful three city tour and National Conference for the Acts 29 Network in Australia and New Zealand. It was yet another big step forward for our network, increasing the visibility and importance of church planting to reach a largely post-Christian and pagan culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The movement forward with Acts 29 in this part of the world began over five years ago.
As the Acts 29 Network grew in America, it sparked interest in other parts of the world. Several of our pastors from the A29 network were being downloaded like crazy in Australia and New Zealand. The men and women in these countries were being challenged and attracted to a biblical form of Christianity that was refreshing and motivating.
What compelled them was a bold, uncompromising proclamation of the gospel combined with a call for strong leadership that was not afraid of engaging the culture with the grace found only in the gospel.
A couple of these men came to the US to be assessed by A29 as church planters. Others started applying to A29 online. Having previously lived in that part of the world, I was asked to go and help get things up and running. The locals wanted us to do an Acts 29 Boot Camp. So in November of 2009 we held our first boot camp and we assessed our first group of planters. The network was birthed in that part of the world. That led to another boot camp with more assessments and additional men brought into the network. Since then I have continued directing the network and raising up leaders. My wife Wilma and I travel to Australia and New Zealand to hold quarterly conferences where we coach, train, assess, promote and encourage the A29 church planters.
With Acts 29 becoming a global network, it made sense to keep resourcing this growing network. It has been an incredible joy to serve these men and women. We have seen that relational component that is so important to Acts 29 in full bloom within in the network, it’s what holds this network together. Many of them have come and preached in our church and I have preached in theirs. Some have done church planting internships with us, and of course we have sent people and money to them to help them get their churches up and running.
At our National Conference this past August we were able to bring out Matt Chandler, Steve Timmis and Leonce Crump from the Acts 29 board to speak. We had over 500 men and women in attendance to hear about church planting and leadership. I am anticipating that this will be yet another significant step forward for the network in Australia and New Zealand. The conference increased awareness about church planting with A29 and there were numerous conversations and interest sparked by this event. We are looking forward to another whole round of church planting applicants as a result.
Our next Network Conference will be held February 27-28 on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia and will feature a great line of speakers focusing on Building Healthy Churches. It’s a great time to be a part of this network as more and more churches get planted.
Our Acts 29 Conference | North America will be held in Dallas, November 6-8. Click below for more information: