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Lessons in Church Planting: The Two Sticky Rule

Acts 29 is a diverse, global network of church-planting churches characterized by theological clarity, cultural engagement, and missional innovation.  Lessons in Church Planting: Preface can be found here. Lessons in Church Planting: Part I can be found here. Lessons in Church Planting: Part II can be found here. One of the values we’ve cherished through our church’s lifetime is sanity. Most planters know all too well the slippery slope of doing way too much in too many areas for far too long. Do you see heavy rotation of “too” here? Often what is true of you is true of the volunteers in your young church. It’s not uncommon to see a sold-out parishioner move chairs and set up the coffee table on Sunday morning, lead music for the student ...

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The Acts 29 Podcast: Interviewing Justin Holcomb

In this podcast, Pastor Alex Early interviews Dr. Justin Holcomb and discusses the importance of knowing the creeds and heretics. Subscribe to the #A29podcast and get another deep drink of incomprehensible grace of God. 3:15 — Why should Acts 29 care about the creeds and councils? 7:28 — Why should liturgy be important to us? 15:40 — How do you define the grace of God? Who gets it? And how?29:00 — Talking brokenness, grace, and the church planter. The Acts 29 podcast hosted by Alex Early, pastor of Teaching & Theology at Living Stones Churches in Reno, Nevada. He is also the Director of the Acts 29 West ...

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Lessons In Church Planting: Build an Army Before a Crowd

Acts 29 is a diverse, global network of church-planting churches characterized by theological clarity, cultural engagement, and missional innovation.  This post was written by Yancey Arrington, the Teaching Pastor at Clear Creek Community Church in League City, TX. You can find his blog here and is the author of TAP: Defeating the Sins That Defeat You.  Lessons in Church Planting: Preface can be found here. Lessons in Church Planting: Part I can be found here. No matter where you are on the church-model spectrum few would argue that growing a congregation is something most church planters keep their eyes on. From your initial “public service” to the attendance ebb and flow of the year, emotions (and unfortunately esteem and ...

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Lessons in Church Planting: The Resource Circle & The Vision Circle

Acts 29 is a diverse, global network characterized by theological clarity, cultural engagement, and missional innovation.  This post was written by Yancey Arrington, the Teaching Pastor at Clear Creek Community Church in League City, TX. You can find his blog here and is the author of TAP: Defeating the Sins That Defeat You.  The Preface to Lessons in Church Planting can be found here. One of the earliest lessons learned when starting a church is that while a church planter (and his staff if there are any) may have a big vision, usually the resources at the church’s disposal to match that vision aren’t quite so extensive. That hard truth rears its head quite early and often in the daily ins and outs of the church lea...

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Lessons In Church Planting: Preface

I’m not a church planter. I came to the church I presently serve when it was 4 1/2 years old. It is now 21 years old. While I did contemplate planting a church prior to coming, the young age of the church was motivation enough for me to join the team as Teaching Pastor. I knew I could still be someone who could influence the direction of the church in a strategically foundational way — something which for me was a deep thirst whose slaking was non-negotiable. To keep the story short, let me just say that’s exactly what happened (and by God’s grace continues to happen). Over the next few posts I’d like to share some lessons learned about being a part of a church plant. I don’t promise anything earth-shattering or even insightful. These are ideas ...

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