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Looking back on 2014

2014 has been an exciting year for us as a network. From assessments to conferences, from the annual pastors' retreat and our first fundraiser, the Lord has been gracious and we've been busy. Have a look below and give thanks to the Lord for what he has done through the churches in our network this past year. Assessments Total # of new members added — 76Total # of new applicants — 139Total # of new candidates — 68Total # of assessments — 78 (U.S/Brazil/Australia/Other) + 17 (Europe) = 95Total # of churches in A29 — 537 (member & candidate churches) Events Total # of Acts 29 events in 2014 — 35Total # of Acts 29 event attendees in 2014 — 8,400+Total # of countries represented at Acts 29 events in ...

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Leadership Abilities: Part 3

Most churches do not grow beyond the spiritual health of their leadership, which is why an integral aspect of building healthy churches is identifying and growing healthy leaders. Understanding the dynamics of leadership—at a personal and organizational level—is fundamental for every church planter. And whether you’re just starting out or are seasoned in ministry, John Bryson is a trusted and reliable guide. Part 1 of this series on Leadership Abilities can be found here. Part 2 of this series can be found here. by John Bryson, a founder, pastor and elder of Fellowship Memphis, a multi-cultural church ministering in Memphis, TN. He is also an Acts 29 Board Member. In Stephen Pressfield’s classic, War of Art, he mentions that the ...

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Leadership Abilities: Part 2

Part 1 of this series on Leadership Abilities can be found here. by John Bryson, a founder, pastor and elder of Fellowship Memphis, a multi-cultural church ministering in Memphis, TN. He is also an Acts 29 Board Member. The bad news about leading a church is that you will most likely always feel (and often be) under-resourced. I am not sure I have ever met a church planter or church leader who feels like they have too many resources and are unsure who to do with all that they have. The good news is that what your people and your church most need from you have nothing to do with finances, assets or budgets. Last time I checked, hope, vision, clarity, purpose, and modeling were free. The great news is that Jesus has a history of taking sardines and saltines and ...

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Leadership Abilities: Part 1

by John Bryson, a founder, pastor and elder of Fellowship Memphis, a multi-cultural church ministering in Memphis, TN. He is also an Acts 29 Board Member. I love the pattern of God’s leadership development laid out in Psalm 78:70-72: “He chose David his servant and took him from the sheepfolds; from following the nursing ewes he brought him to shepherd Jacob his people, Israel his inheritance. With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.”   Leaders who have been faithful with a little (in David’s case, sheep) are then entrusted with more. Leadership development should—at the end of the day—create “upright hearts” and “skillful hands”. A great leadership coach in my life once ...

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Wherever. Whatever. However.

Four years ago, while searching for direction during a sabbatical with his wife, Jay wrote three letters in the sand: WWH. Wherever. Whenever. Whatever. God responded by sending them to one of the most dynamic cities in the world, Rio de Janeiro, to begin planting multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-generational, churches in Brazil that are characterized by theological clarity, cultural engagement, and missional innovation. Since that time, Jay has started a church planting collective called Projeto Plantador, which is investing in 10 church planters in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Projeto Plantador will seek to equip, train, and fund these men over the course of the next two years.  They currently have four churches involved in the project and are continually amazed ...

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