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Lessons in Church Planting: The Resource Circle & The Vision Circle

Acts 29 is a diverse, global network characterized by theological clarity, cultural engagement, and missional innovation.  This post was written by Yancey Arrington, the Teaching Pastor at Clear Creek Community Church in League City, TX. You can find his blog here and is the author of TAP: Defeating the Sins That Defeat You.  The Preface to Lessons in Church Planting can be found here. One of the earliest lessons learned when starting a church is that while a church planter (and his staff if there are any) may have a big vision, usually the resources at the church’s disposal to match that vision aren’t quite so extensive. That hard truth rears its head quite early and often in the daily ins and outs of the church lea...

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Lessons In Church Planting: Preface

I’m not a church planter. I came to the church I presently serve when it was 4 1/2 years old. It is now 21 years old. While I did contemplate planting a church prior to coming, the young age of the church was motivation enough for me to join the team as Teaching Pastor. I knew I could still be someone who could influence the direction of the church in a strategically foundational way — something which for me was a deep thirst whose slaking was non-negotiable. To keep the story short, let me just say that’s exactly what happened (and by God’s grace continues to happen). Over the next few posts I’d like to share some lessons learned about being a part of a church plant. I don’t promise anything earth-shattering or even insightful. These are ideas ...

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Looking Ahead to 2015

As we look back on 2014 we are continually amazed at how God has done so many incredible things through this network, and we cannot wait to see what he will continue to do in 2015.  Building Healthy Churches In July we announced that our focus for 2014-2015 would be building healthy churches. We want to cast a vision for what healthy churches look like and are actively working with our member churches to grow godly elders, nurture theologically-formed disciples, develop financial responsibility, and plant church-planting churches. We've already seen a great response to this in our conference in Dallas and we are excited to continue on this focus until our annual Pastors' Retreat in Miami this July. Developing Regions Acts 29 is a diverse, global network of ...

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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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