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Let's Move On

Let's Move On! by Pastor Scott Thomas, Director of Acts 29 Network   I am deeply honored to serve as Director of Acts 29 Network and as a pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. I am witnessing God's blessings on both organizations in a way that I have never experienced and that few people get to witness in their lifetimes. Acts 29 just completed a Boot Camp in Raleigh NC last week where we united with the esteemed author and professor Dr. Wayne Grudem, Southern Baptist Seminary President (SEBTS) Dr. Danny Akin and SEBTS professor and author Dr. Andreas Kostenberger. These men served alongside the other Acts 29 pastors who presented the gospel as strong as any place I have been. Sin and fallenness were acknowledged repeatedly, the grace of Jesus was brightly illuminated and the ...

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I Need 900 Men

  I Need Nine Hundred Men: Calling All Potential Church Planters and Multi-Site Campus Pastors By Pastor Mark Driscoll On March 9–10, 2009, we will be gathering in Seattle for a boot camp with the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and the World Church Planting Summit. Anyone interested in being an Acts 29 church planter and/or Mars Hill campus pastor needs to join us.The Acts 29 Church Planting Network now has over two hundred churches in the U.S. and many more overseas. Our goal is to be at five hundred churches in less than three years and over one thousand church plants in less than ten years, running a total of 250,000 people.Additionally, Mars Hill Church is currently running eight thousand people in twenty services spread across seven campuses. We are pregnant with ...

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Total Church: Interview with Steve Timmis - Part Two

Total Church: Interview with Steve Timmis - Part TwoBy Pastor Scott ThomasWe are continuing an interview with my friend Steve Timmis the author of Total Church, co-authored by Tim Chester. Steve answered several questions from a group of men training to be church planters.Total Church is published by Crossway through the Re:Lit line of books managed by Resurgence. Read Part One...   PTP Member: Can you talk about the difficulty of reprogramming people to think in this new paradigm of Total Church, and how long that takes, and what you do to get people to walk that path? Timmis: Basically it depends on how long they’ve been programmed within the other paradigm. Everything is a heart issue, a gospel issue. Every question has a gospel answer. What we need to do is gospel ...

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Total Church: Interview with Steve Timmis - Part One

Total Church: Interview with Steve Timmis - Part OneBy Pastor Scott ThomasSteve Timmis is a good friend of mine whom I respect for his exemplary character and his snarky charm. Recently, our Pastor’s Training Program had a video call with Steve to discuss some of the principles of his book, Total Church, co-authored by Tim Chester. Steve smartly answered several questions from a group of men training to be church planters.Total Church is published by Crossway through the Re:Lit line of books managed by Resurgence.   Scott: Tell us your history with Porterbrook and the Crowded House Timmis: About four years ago we closed down a church meeting in a house that I was leading and we moved into a small church that was dying. And we attempted to replant it. It was sinking pretty ...

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6 Guidelines for Executive Pastors

6 Guidelines for Executive Pastorsby Pastor Jamie Munson, Lead Pastor of Mars Hill Church ~ Seattle For several years, I served as the Executive Pastor of Mars Hill Church. These days that role belongs to Tim Beltz. When Mark Driscoll shifted from Lead Pastor to Preaching Pastor a couple years ago, I stepped into the lead role. This experience has given me an interesting perspective on the unique relationship between lead and executive pastors. At the upcoming Acts 29 Bootcamp in Raleigh, NC, I plan on speaking to a group of church planters about the role of executive pastor, and how he can work effectively with the lead pastor. In preparation for that discussion, I’ve come up with these six guidelines for executive pastors:  1.    Know your calling – ...

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