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Church Planting Sunday: God's Work in You

During the month of May we encouraged all Acts 29 member churches to participate in a Church Planting Sunday—a day dedicated to highlighting the vision of Acts 29, preaching a sermon on “Churches Planting Churches," as well as taking a special offering for the Network. Acts 29 Vice President, Darrin Patrick, gives his thoughts on Church Planting Sunday and an encouragement for pastors to bear spiritual fruit in their own lives, which leads to lasting fruit in the churches and ministries. by Darrin Patrick I remember attending a leadership conference as a young, associate pastor, and I heard these words from an older pastor: “What God is doing in you is more important than what God is doing through you." At the time I thought it was a cool, “sticky” phrase ...

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A Qualified Man

by Bruce Wesley I met with a pastor of a large and influential church with the hopes of engaging him in a church planting movement for the sake of the city. Over lunch, his observation about church planters surprised me. “I find that most church planters are characterized by two things: arrogance and impatience.” He quickly added, “And I guess I should not be surprised at that. Who else can believe that he can gather disinterested people, lead them to a new life in Christ and help them embrace a mission to change the world with little or no physical resources?”  I think the second comment was his way of trying to diffuse some of the tension he felt about his own statement. After all, I am a church planter—you know, arrogant and impatient. But he was ...

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The Mission: Make Disciples Who Make Disciples

by Leonce Crump I wanted to say something new. I wanted to say something innovative, paradigm shifting, and life-altering. In the midst of imagining what that would be, a thought captured me—held me captive really—if we’ve failed to do what we were first called to do, then something new is futile, not functional; it’s negligent, not useful; it’s ignorant, not innovative. Something new is not what’s needed, rather we need to be reminded of our first priority: to make disciples who make disciples.  In the wake of the Jesus movement, the Church Growth Movement, the House Church Movement, the Large Church Movement, the Small Church Movement, the Urban Church Movement, the Suburban Church Movement, the Practical, Pragmatic, and Prosperity Church ...

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Church Planting Sunday: How Invested Are You?

The four biographies of Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) spill over into their natural conclusion, the book of the Acts of the Apostles. The twenty-eight chapters of Acts are filled with gospel-dominated people committed to evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.   Jesus, living and heralding the gospel, poured into men who built churches that built men that planted churches that built men that planted churches, and that continues to this day. To not be "in step" with the building of churches that build men that build churches is to not be "in step" with God. Evangelism, discipleship, and church planting are at the center of the bulls-eye of God's plans for this church age in which you and I exist. It will change when Jesus comes back to make all things new, ...

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Multifaceted Missional Engagement

Because I’ve been ministering in some of the most dangerous and violent cities (Kensington, Northern Philadelphia & Camden) in our nation for the past several years, it can be very easy to develop the blind spot of ethnocentrism. In other words, because I’m compelled by the Gospel of Christ to be a beacon of light in a city pervaded by the darkness of sin, there are missional endeavors, strategies, and opportunities that can elude me because they aren’t directly interrelated to my inner-city context. As a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA), many of my Anglo brothers have said the same. They can, at times, become so inward facing that they, like myself, can become blinded by the ethnocentricity of their immediate context. For the ...

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