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Seven Things I Would do Differently as a Planter - Part Two

Seven Things I Would do Differently if I was Planting a Church Today - Part Two   By Pastor Scott ThomasActs 29 Director and Mars Hill Church Executive Elder   Read Part One   After planting, replanting, coaching church planters and directing a network, I have gained some valuable insight that I would apply if I was planting a church today. I am as committed to my role as director, but I reflected on ways I could have made my church plant better.Here are my thoughts:1.    I would expose the gospel to the fullest extent as possible in every context, relationship, conflict and teaching.   See part one2.    I would connect with God as I connected culture. See part one   3.    I would focus on developing ...

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Seven Things I Would do Differently as a Planter - Part One

Seven Things I Would do Differently if I was Planting a Church Today - Part One   By Pastor Scott ThomasFormer Acts 29 Director   I have served as a replanting pastor, church planter and church-planting director. It has given me insight from three different perspectives. It has been less than three years since I was the lead pastor of a church plant, but I have gained some valuable insight through extensive study, interaction with church planters, network directors, assessors, and by coaching church planters. I reflected the other day on what I would do differently if I were to plant again. I came up with seven ideas that may help other church planters to avoid some mistakes.   1. I would expose the gospel to the fullest extent as possible in every context, ...

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What does Acts 29 Mean?

What does Acts 29 Mean?   It seems that the Book of Acts was left open-ended in Acts 28. It's as if Luke believed that they were just finishing the end of the first phase of the expansion of the church. Then it was up to us. We were given just enough within the Book of Acts to give us the principles or philosophy that we would need to undergird our strategies from generation to generation to keep them consistent with God's agenda and at the same time to allow all the flexibility that we would need to adapt to each culture.   Acts 29 Network seeks to perpetuate the church planting passion from the canonical record found in chapters 1 through 28. Acts 29 is not an attempt to write our own addition, but to carry out the mission of Jesus to the best of our ability, through the ...

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Puritan Porn & Church Planting Fever, part 3

Puritan Porn & Church Planting Fever, Part 3 by Pastor Scott Thomas, Acts 29 Director   I received an email from an unmarried young man under the age of 22 wishing to plant a church. In an attempt to address a whole crowd of young men with "church planting fever," I wrote a letter back to him with 10 suggestions. In this post are suggestions #6-10.   Previous suggestions are here & here.   6. Be patient. The Apostle Paul was sent to the Arabian Desert for three years before preaching (probably around 33 years old). Jesus waited until he was 30 years old to start his public ministry. Abraham waited. Jacob waited. Joseph waited. Noah waited. Daniel waited. Isaiah waited. Young men hate to wait. They are ready to charge Hell with a ...

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