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Network Update: Southern Africa

The following post is taken from our 2014 Annual Report. Acts 29 Southern Africa, as of yet comprises of four churches spread out across the influential cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Port Elizabeth. The past year has seen one more Acts 29 church planted (Parkhurst Community Church) and one additional congregation added to Ligpunt church, who went multi-site in 2013. The churches are all doing well and growing in number and maturity by God's grace. There have been many salvations and baptisms and the growth has led to location changes, building programs, and additional services added across all the churches. While the churches have all been doing really well individually, the network has been something that has been functioning in name only up until now. This has been in ...

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In Him We Rejoice

For more photography from our national conference in Australia, view this photo essay. by Guy Mason, pastor of City on a Hill in Melbourne, Australia. Standing before hundreds of young leaders in one of the most secular countries in the world, Pastor Matt Chandler announced: "Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save.” (Isaiah 59v1) This refrain was not only declared by Matt, but also demonstrated in the many lives impacted by the gospel this past week.   “Something Bigger" On the 28th of August, at the iconic Hamer Hall in Melbourne, close to 2000 men and women gathered for “Something Bigger”.  The event united over 20 local churches with a vision to bless our city and lift up the name of Jesus.    Thanks to Acts 29 ...

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Acts 29 in Australia: A look back on our 2014 tour and National Conference

The tour began in the city of Brisbane. Our first event was “Proclaim Jesus”. The event was held in the Brisbane Convention Center. We were blessed to have Austin Stone Worship with us throughout the tour.   Matt Chandler preaching the gospel in Brisbane. The lights of Brisbane at night. We had a chance to visit Queensland Theological College. We also had a chance to visit Disciples Church for Sunday services, an Acts 29 church pastored by Greg Gardner outside of Brisbane. Before services we had a chance to meet up with all of our Acts 29 family from Brisbane. Our second stop was Sydney. Sydney’s iconic opera house overlooking the harbor. Meeting with Sydney pastors. Adam Witanowski, an Acts 29 pastor from Sydney, leads a Q&A with Matt Chandler for ...

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Diversity isn't the Goal...Community is.

This was original published HERE on August 4, 2014, and is republished with permission.  by Jerome Gay There’s a lot of talk amongst evangelicals about diversity and why Dr. King’s statement of Sunday being the most segregated day of the week still exists. There are a ton of blogs and sermons on the subject and with the landscape of America changing—if we’re honest—the Church is late on this issue. But, as in all things, there’s grace for us leaders trying to change our homogenous expressions to reflect a more diverse display which accurately reflects the city in which we exist. I recently had a convo with another African-American pastor who doesn’t think diversity is something we should pursue and his reason was “white ...

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God Pays Attention to the Tiny Details

The following post is taken from our 2014 Annual Report. Here’s a deceptively simple question: What is Acts 29? Here’s the deceptively simple answer: A diverse, global network of church-planting churches. I love that description, because it is accessible, memorable and, most importantly, true. But how is that distinct from other church-planting networks? It is in our shared culture, shaped by the dynamic interplay between our theological clarity, cultural engagement, and missional innovation. All of which applies at both the level of the local church and the global network. We need to keep that vision up front and central, and not only remind one another of it, but also call one another to it. But if that ambition is going to be sustained and expanded, we are going to ...

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