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Why Church Planting Is the Primary Plan of the New Testament

And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. (Acts 16:8–10) Isn’t it interesting that the apostles never started a Christian coffee shop? I mean, the name is there, He-Brews. They never launched a line of overpriced, glue-sewn shoes to help the needy. Paul made some tents, probably organic, maybe fair trade—but not to be hip and socially aware, he did this to make money—to make a profit—to plant churches. While some of those endeavors aren’t evil, they aren’t the gospel priority of the church ...

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Looking back on 2014

2014 has been an exciting year for us as a network. From assessments to conferences, from the annual pastors' retreat and our first fundraiser, the Lord has been gracious and we've been busy. Have a look below and give thanks to the Lord for what he has done through the churches in our network this past year. Assessments Total # of new members added — 76Total # of new applicants — 139Total # of new candidates — 68Total # of assessments — 78 (U.S/Brazil/Australia/Other) + 17 (Europe) = 95Total # of churches in A29 — 537 (member & candidate churches) Events Total # of Acts 29 events in 2014 — 35Total # of Acts 29 event attendees in 2014 — 8,400+Total # of countries represented at Acts 29 events in ...

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Leadership Abilities: Part 3

Most churches do not grow beyond the spiritual health of their leadership, which is why an integral aspect of building healthy churches is identifying and growing healthy leaders. Understanding the dynamics of leadership—at a personal and organizational level—is fundamental for every church planter. And whether you’re just starting out or are seasoned in ministry, John Bryson is a trusted and reliable guide. Part 1 of this series on Leadership Abilities can be found here. Part 2 of this series can be found here. by John Bryson, a founder, pastor and elder of Fellowship Memphis, a multi-cultural church ministering in Memphis, TN. He is also an Acts 29 Board Member. In Stephen Pressfield’s classic, War of Art, he mentions that the ...

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Leadership Abilities: Part 2

Part 1 of this series on Leadership Abilities can be found here. by John Bryson, a founder, pastor and elder of Fellowship Memphis, a multi-cultural church ministering in Memphis, TN. He is also an Acts 29 Board Member. The bad news about leading a church is that you will most likely always feel (and often be) under-resourced. I am not sure I have ever met a church planter or church leader who feels like they have too many resources and are unsure who to do with all that they have. The good news is that what your people and your church most need from you have nothing to do with finances, assets or budgets. Last time I checked, hope, vision, clarity, purpose, and modeling were free. The great news is that Jesus has a history of taking sardines and saltines and ...

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Leadership Abilities: Part 1

by John Bryson, a founder, pastor and elder of Fellowship Memphis, a multi-cultural church ministering in Memphis, TN. He is also an Acts 29 Board Member. I love the pattern of God’s leadership development laid out in Psalm 78:70-72: “He chose David his servant and took him from the sheepfolds; from following the nursing ewes he brought him to shepherd Jacob his people, Israel his inheritance. With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.”   Leaders who have been faithful with a little (in David’s case, sheep) are then entrusted with more. Leadership development should—at the end of the day—create “upright hearts” and “skillful hands”. A great leadership coach in my life once ...

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