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Entrepreneurial Aptitude and the Capacity to Implement Vision

by Kade Wilcox, a pastor at Redeemer Church in Lubbock, Texas and CEO of Primitive Social.  Over the last three years as our church has planted several other churches, I have realized the tremendous similarities in planting a church and starting a small business. Three years ago, my wife and I started our own business that has rapidly grown and evolved — much like a church plant often takes off very quickly. As I have continued to help plant more and more churches while growing our small business, the overlap of lessons and experiences learned in each continues to grow. One of the things that makes church planting unique is the necessity for the church planter to be a well-rounded leader. Oftentimes I will run into young leaders who feel like the one thing needed to ...

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The Acts 29 Podcast: Interviewing Sam Storms

In this podcast Pastor Alex Early speaks with Dr. Sam Storms about eschatology and amillenialism. What is it? Why does it matter? How does eschatology impact evangelism and discipleship? Beyond that, Alex asks Sam about why older, more seasoned pastors should consider joining Acts 29 as well as the importance of reading "the dead guys."   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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Collecting Leaders vs. Creating Leaders

This was original published HERE on October 7, 2014, and is republished with permission.  by Bob Thune, pastor at Coram Deo in Omaha, NE. If you’re looking for leaders, there are two ways to get them: you can collect them or you can create them. Some leaders collect other leaders. In other words, they recruit already-existing leaders and call them into the mission. My son’s high school hired a new football coach last year—a former NFL player. He immediately tapped his existing network of former teammates to serve as assistant coaches. He now has the most credible coaching staff in the state. When you’re starting something from scratch—whether a football program or a church plant—you ...

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Rethinking Our Gospel Witness

by Jonathan Dodson, pastor at City Life Church in Austin, TX. Think about the last time you tried to share the gospel. What was going through your head? Were you angling to find an opening to mention Jesus? Or perhaps you were more intentional, looking for an opportunity to lay out a “gospel presentation” over lunch or coffee? This kind of evangelism focuses on what we have to say, not on what others are saying. This can make our evangelism unbelievable. All too often we look to download gospel information instead of considering people’s objections. If we’re honest, we are often content with “name dropping” Jesus in a conversation because our evangelism is more about us and less about them. Saying Jesus’ name to a non-Christian gets us a ...

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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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