Here’s one of the most common questions we get: "Is Acts 29 a denomination?"
We are not a denomination and have no intention of becoming a denomination. But, we love, appreciate, and value denominations. They can provide amazing resources to help train leaders and further the causes of evangelism and church planting. This includes everything from Bible colleges and seminaries to international missions pathways and a host of others resources.
At Acts 29, we don’t create partnerships with denominations because that is not how we are set up. We think denominations should be denominations and we should be a network of churches and church planters. Both can (and already do) exist. As such, we work with churches that are in denominations, rather than the denominations ...
We're excited about the future of Acts 29. In a recent letter to the network, Pastor Mark Driscoll detailed some changes to the network leadership that will position us to plant more churches and make more disciples. We've posted the letter below.
February 6, 2012
Dear Acts 29 Members,
This letter is intended to provide some clarity about where we are, and Lord willing, where we are going. I hope you find it encouraging, compelling, and unifying.
Under the leadership of Pastor Scott Thomas we just completed our most amazing year of God’s grace yet. In the US alone we are now over 400 churches! This is a wonderful gift of God. I want to sincerely and personally thank Pastor Scott for juggling so many duties so graciously.
Our prayer is that this tremendous momentum continues, ...
MULTIPLYING MEN "Multiplication As Spiritual Gardening"
By Chris Atwell
Many church planters want to play the role of church planter rather than live the role of spiritual gardener. Enjoying the results of the harvest requires faithfully attending to the crops in the field. The Bible’s major metaphor for spiritual growth is one of vine, branch, and fruit (John 15, Galatians 5). Jesus Himself is the Vine. God is the Vinedresser. Oh, that as pastors we would see our role to faithfully tend God’s garden. And in God’s garden, He’s growing fruit-bearing people.
Ministry is still a people business. Many of the church planters I know look the part. If I were to make a church planting action figure, he would come equipped with graphic tee, Italian denim and ...
"All the churches that were planted by Paul were planted because Paul was ... explicit in preaching the gospel ... a number of contemporary churches think it's insightful to quote 'preach the gospel and use words if necessary' but this has no connection with what we find in the life of Paul."
In 2009, Western Europe Acts 29 Director, Steve Timmis, taught two sessions at the London Boot Camp on "How to Plant a Church." In How to Plant a Church - Part 1, Timmis taught that the book of Acts is a church planting narrative. In Part 2, he laid out five specific principles needed in order to plant a church - which we are sharing here.
1. Preach the Gospel.
The apostle Paul gathered believers by preaching the Gospel, “Almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the ...
by Todd Bumgarner, Lead Pastor at 2 Pillars Church in Lincoln, NE
As a church planter, you are called to raise up disciples and leaders. It's an investment of time and energy that is critical to the mission of your church. One of the hardest truths early on in church planting is discerning who is with you and who is not. As I have worked with people, I’ve learned there are six categories into which someone falls. Categorizing people is helpful to determine where to focus your time and energy and to wake you up to the reality that some people, despite their excitement and interest, simply are not on board.
These are the folks who are all-in. They’ve caught the vision and want to help in any way possible. They are servant-leaders and their commitment is ...