We want to publicly state and re-state what our hopes are for Acts 29 Network. These hopes aren’t complex and seem to be no-brainers, even though it might take years before some of them are a reality. We will be and currently are putting our efforts and influence to work in these directions.
Our first and primary hope is that we would:
PLANT CHURCHES THAT PLANT CHURCHES
by Matt Chandler
There are endless good and biblical things that we could set our energies and zeal on but that’s not why Acts 29 was created. My hope is not that we would simply plant churches but that we would plant churches that plant churches that plant churches. That from the very beginning of an Acts 29 plant, the pastor and the people would have a vision and plan for planting another church. The DNA of ...
HEALTHY MEN, HEALTHY CHURCHES
Even unhealthy men can run short distances. But church planting is not a trip to the mailbox or even a sprint. It's an exhausting, exhilarating journey with and for Jesus. The last thing we want our lives to be are brief flashes in the pan of God's story. No one wants to be a success at year three and a statistic at year ten. We want to be men who plant healthy, enduring churches for the glory of Jesus. Our goal for this time is to prepare healthy men to run the marathon marked out for them.
OUR CALL TO ACTION: PLANT CHURCHES
Acts 29 isn't just about ideas and philosophies — it is also about doing. It's one thing to see the church and imagine, but it's another to plant the church and do the hard work. But we do not do this alone. We do it as a ...
Noel Jesse Heikkinen is a pastor at Riverview Church (in the Lansing, Michigan area), the Michigan Network Director for Acts 29, and the Chairman of the Board for Great Commission Ministries (GCM). You can catch up with him at NoelJesse.com.
There is no way anyone could have predicted what happened in our church 12 years ago. We started that year with a solid 150 people attending on an average weekend and ended the year with five times that number. Another year went by and it wasn't uncommon for our attendance to crack 1000 people. The most encouraging thing for us was that over half of the new people were brand new Christians and our median age stayed in the mid-20's. Unfortunately, this was also the most challenging part of our numeric growth because young, new Christians don't give ...
Geoff Bradford is the Senior Pastor of Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC. He will be speaking on the topic of family health at our upcoming Raleigh Boot Camp on November 13-14, 2013.
I dread the annual physical exam by my doctor. Once you hit 40, well, they do bad, bad things to you at the doctor's office. The worst, of course, is the prostate exam.
Now, as bad as it is, I'm glad for the annual evaluation of my physical health. I need to know how high my cholesterol is, my blood sugar, etc. So much of my health is not just measured by how I feel. I feel OK. Maybe not my college self, but pretty OK. But that doesn't mean I am healthy. I need an evaluation.
If you were up for a spiritual prostate exam, if your spiritual bloodwork were up for review; how healthy would you ...
Ben Tugwell is the Lead Pastor of Integrity Church in Greenville, NC. He also serves as an Area Director for Acts 29's work in North Carolina.
Back in 2007 my family and I parachuted into Greenville, NC to plant a church. We had no core team and no money. In addition, I worked 30 hours a week in a secular job. My intention was to start slowly and get to know the community well before we launched publicly in 2009.
Admittedly, I had no idea what I was doing. At that point I had only read a few books on church planting and met with a handful of church planters (all of which didn't plant the type of church that I was striving to plant). With that being said, I had no real coaching prior to planting and I had no real examples of what I wanted to see in our church. But once I stumbled ...