Chris Ridgeway is a lead fundraising coach for Great Commission Ministries, and raised his own ministry support with GCM for over a decade. He has a BA in Economics and an MA in Theology & Communications.
Money, as a mentor of mine used to say, is “freeze-dried work.” Effort and muscles and profit and potential all flash frozen into digital numbers that may be stored, transferred, and thawed when needed.
The power of that frozen work is real and tangible in the pursuit of the mission to make disciples — to build the church. It doesn’t transform hearts, but it can build shelter for worship, serve meals in community, and produce tools to study the Scriptures. It can buy time and space for effective ministry.
When strategic planning, money is one ...
I planted The Resolved Church in San Diego, CA in 2005. The first couple years were some of the roughest years of my life. Looking backward it's clear God was at work to cut off some dross in order to make me a man who could truly plant a church. Now I regularly do assessments for the Acts 29 Network for those who are considering becoming planters and have been doing so for several years now. Every time I sit down with a man and his wife one of the things I'm looking for is who he really thinks does the planting.
Inevitably, in conversation after conversation with potential planters, I talk with guys who think they are God's gift to the world and their church plant will be the most amazing thing to ever grace this earth. When I hear that, it’s hard not to hear the ...
One of the Four Hopes for Acts 29 is that we would become a radically diverse crowd. Recently, Leonce Crump, one of our Executive Board members, sat down with our friends at Desiring God to discuss issues of diversity and how his church approaches the issue.
Leonce will be speaking at our next Boot Camp in Orange County, California on September 19-20, 2013. Other speakers include Matt Chandler, Eric Mason, Harvey Turner, and Doug Logan. To join us, please register h...
Alex Early will be leading a breakout at the upcoming Acts 29 Boot Camp in Orange County, CA on contextualizing the Gospel. Join him along with Matt Chandler, Leonce Crump, Harvey Turner, Eric Mason, and more.
There’s more to church planting and pastoring than meets the eye. Those seeking to fulfill the Great Commission are in a constant state of study and exegesis, not only of Scripture of but of the culture in which one lives. The church planter is constantly asking questions such as “Who lives here?”, “What do they value?”, “What are the obstacles to the gospel here?”, and “How can I speak and live in such a way as to really connect with this community?”
On one occasion the Apostle Paul gave real insight into exactly what ...
Matt Adair will be leading a breakout at the upcoming Acts 29 Boot Camp in Orange County, CA on how to develop a leadership pipeline in your church. Join him along with Matt Chandler, Leonce Crump, Harvey Turner, Eric Mason, and more. Discounted registration rates end this weekend.
There are plenty of reasons why our world needs more churches. I would submit that there is no greater reason to plant churches than the greatness of God.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that ‘to be great is to be misunderstood.’ There is a mystique — something almost divine — that surrounds greatness and gives birth to legend or loathing. As a pastor in a university context within the American South, our collective theology here in Athens is to view God as a horror-show Santa Claus. ...