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The Acts 29 Podcast: Interviewing Matt Chandler

In this podcast Pastor Alex Early speaks with the President of our Network, Pastor Matt Chandler. The topics range from developing Christlike character and humility while being ambitious in our ministries, why being racially diverse is a distinctive of Acts 29, as well as some helpful rhythms and habits that Pastor Matt has put in place so as to study, serve, and sabbath well.    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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The Poison of Quaint Moralism in the American South

by Tyler Jones, pastor at Vintage Church in Raleigh, NC. The American South is such a good place! Our food is great; there is nothing like real southern BBQ and a tall glass of sweet tea! The climate and geography of the South are unmatched anywhere in the country; we actually have 4 distinct seasons, 80-degree ocean temperatures, and beautiful mountain ranges. Our people are the friendliest folk on the planet and when you visit, count on complete strangers talking to you on street corners. In the midst of this great goodness, we have been poisoned. The poison has been expertly disguised and consumed endlessly. The "expert disguise" of the poison is that it has the appearance of health. How many times have we fallen for that same trick? As humans we long for goodness, satisfaction, ...

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What Every Church-Planting Church Must Have

by Paul Whaley, pastor at Summit Crossing Community Church in Huntsville, AL. THE CALL When we set out to plant Summit Crossing 11 years ago, our goals went beyond “planting a church." We desired to be used by God to spark a movement. We desired to emulate the first century church we read about in Acts. We desired to be a church body that loved Christ and loved one another well. Our goal was to be a New Testament church in the 21st century. Honestly, as a core group, we had no clue what we were doing. While I have served as a Minister to Students for 15 years, I had never pastored a church. The rest of our team consisted of a couple of physical therapists, an event coordinator, a computer programer, a few stay-at-home moms, and a helicopter pilot. We knew, however, that ...

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Developing Churches that are Financially Healthy and Faithful

by Brian Lowe, pastor at Exodus Church in Charlotte, NC and the Director of the Carolinas Region of Acts 29. Each of us, as church planters, will talk about money with our people at some point. We will either talk about biblical stewardship with them along the way or we will announce one day that we are closing the doors (or that the pastor is getting another job) because we can’t pay our bills. Our choice is not “if” we will talk about money. Our choice is the context in which we will do so. I understand why you may not like to talk about money. Every other week, some new scandal hits the news about financial misconduct among pastors or leaders of nonprofits. We don’t want to be “that guy” and so we choose the “silent treatment” ...

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Church Planting for New Churches

by Dusty Thompson, pastor at Redeemer Church in Lubbock, TX Acts 29 exists to be a church planting network. Our vision isn’t only to plant churches, but to plant churches that are planting churches. But you already knew that, right?   There are a bunch of intentional reasons that people don’t plant churches (feel like there are already too many churches/fear of losing people/money, sense of rejection when people leave to go with new church). There are also unintentional reasons why churches aren’t planted (expense/difficulty, don’t have a leader that wants to do it). In any case, it is hard work and it is best if a church is committed to not only grow, but multiply itself from the very beginning. How do you make church planting part of your ...

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