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Donald Zimmerman is the Lead Pastor of Media, Music, and Communication at Living Stones Churches based in Reno, NV. He is a worship leader coach and regular contributor to The Resurgence blog. His EP “My Soul Knows” is on iTunes and his band is currently working on their next full length project scheduled to release late 2013. THOUGHTS ON STRUCTURING A WORSHIP MINISTRY As every Acts 29 church gathers to worship this Sunday, a man or woman will move to the front of the room and begin to sing into the microphone.   There is increasing diversity in Acts 29 in denominational affiliation, location, and racial representation. There is also commonality. The vast majority of the 482 churches in the Acts 29 network are between 50-250 people and less than five years old. ...

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Online Registration for Orange County Closing Today

Today is the final day for online registration to Acts 29's upcoming Boot Camp in Orange County, CA. Individual registration is $100 till the end of the day. Walk-up registrations will be available at the door for $125. Student registration is $50 ($60 onsite) and group registration is $20 off per person for groups of 4 or more. At Acts 29, our deepest desire is to see lives changed by the power of the Spirit for the glory of God. We believe that this is primarily done through the planting of churches that plant churches. Thefore, our goal as a network is to band together churches, which, for the sake of Jesus and the gospel, plant and re-plant churches around the world. We align together on Five Theological Distinctives and Four Hopes, and work together to see the gospel of Jesus ...

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Hard Words, Good Words

Joe is the founding and Lead Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, IL, and the author of Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself. Joe is a graduate of Moody Bible Inst. and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Jen have four children. The following post was originally published on Joe's blog, joethorn.net. 5 years ago I was assessed by a group of pastors for the Acts 29 Network. We had just launched Redeemer Fellowship and wanted to partner with like-minded brothers and churches who share our core theological convictions and approach to ministry. When I received the completed assessment a week later, welcoming us into the network, the brothers were careful to include thoughts on my strengths and ...

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Four Models of Fundraising: Money & Mission in Church Planting

Chris Ridgeway is a lead fundraising coach for Great Commission Ministries, and raised his own ministry support with GCM for over a decade. He has a BA in Economics and an MA in Theology & Communications. Money, as a mentor of mine used to say, is “freeze-dried work.” Effort and muscles and profit and potential all flash frozen into digital numbers that may be stored, transferred, and thawed when needed. The power of that frozen work is real and tangible in the pursuit of the mission to make disciples — to build the church. It doesn’t transform hearts, but it can build shelter for worship, serve meals in community, and produce tools to study the Scriptures. It can buy time and space for effective ministry.    When strategic planning, money is one ...

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The Pruned Planter

I planted The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA in 2005. The first couple years were some of the roughest years of my life. Looking backward it's clear God was at work to cut off some dross in order to make me a man who could truly plant a church. Now I regularly do assessments for the Acts 29 Network for those who are considering becoming planters and have been doing so for several years now. Every time I sit down with a man and his wife one of the things I'm looking for is who he really thinks does the planting. Inevitably, in conversation after conversation with potential planters, I talk with guys who think they are God's gift to the world and their church plant will be the most amazing thing to ever grace this earth. When I hear that, it’s hard not to hear the ...

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