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Managing Christians or Making Disciples?

Planting churches is not about opening a building, or running a meeting. It’s way more complex and demanding! That realisation needs to inform how we go about the task from the very beginning, even before we start gathering a core team. Ben Connelly helps remind us, not only of this foundational truth, but also some important implications. “I was really good at managing Christians and really bad at making disciples.” That was the ton of bricks that hit me as I was working through the New Testament in a seminary class, while being paid by a church to do something completely different than what the Bible described. No matter how good (or bad) I preached; no matter how large (or small) my church got; no matter how polished (or sloppy) our programs looked; and no matter ...

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How God Called Us to Move to Abu Dhabi

Of all the developments that are taking place globally in the network, Steve Fuller’s decision to plant in Abu Dhabi is one of the most exciting for the A29 Emerging Regions team. Steve has been serving as the pastor of Mercy Hill Church in San Jose since 1989. Below is the story of Steve and Jan’s decision to move across the world and plant a church amongst one of the most diverse populations on the globe.  The place the Fuller’s have moved is comprised of 80% ex-pats from 150 countries. As we continue to grow into a diverse, global network, church plants like this do much to see us get there.    Abu Dhabi is a city of 1 million people located in the desert between Saudi Arabia and Oman in the United Arab Emirates. It is a melting pot of cultures ...

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Join Acts 29 Wales for FOCUS

By Dai Hankey Wales was once a hot-bed of religious devotion. Following the famous Welsh revival of 1904 the gospel was very much at the heart of community life and literally thousands of chapels were needed to house the multitudes who attended worship services throughout the principality each week. Fast forward 100 years and the picture couldn’t be much different. The countless derelict, crumbling chapels that now litter the towns and Valleys of Wales tell the harrowing story of a nation that has forsaken the gospel of Jesus, and ultimately, lost hope. Unemployment, poverty, crime, drug abuse, depression and suicidal despair are commonplace in so many of our precious communities. Wales is more in need of churches that will faithfully and fearlessly demonstrate and declare the good ...

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Engaging other Nations Shows His Worth

By Kevin Peck ...And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth." Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to ...

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Rethinking Conversion in Context: A Re-examination of Expectations of Gospel Change

By Jonathan K. Dodson Have you ever known someone whom you thought was Christian but turned out not to be? I got to know a down-on-his-luck actor who also happened to be an atheist. Eventually he joined our church, began to read books about the gospel, and started praying with his family. Excited to hear about his conversion, I took him out to lunch. As we talked, I was shocked to discover he had been converted but not regenerated. Another faithful lady in our church who actively served, worshipped, and participated in community, asked to be baptized. When I asked why, she shared that she had just become a Christian. Our discernment of true conversion is often unclear. According to missiologist Andrew Walls, the word "conversion" has been used in two main ways throughout Christian ...

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