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What Every Church-Planting Church Must Have

by Paul Whaley, pastor at Summit Crossing Community Church in Huntsville, AL. THE CALL When we set out to plant Summit Crossing 11 years ago, our goals went beyond “planting a church." We desired to be used by God to spark a movement. We desired to emulate the first century church we read about in Acts. We desired to be a church body that loved Christ and loved one another well. Our goal was to be a New Testament church in the 21st century. Honestly, as a core group, we had no clue what we were doing. While I have served as a Minister to Students for 15 years, I had never pastored a church. The rest of our team consisted of a couple of physical therapists, an event coordinator, a computer programer, a few stay-at-home moms, and a helicopter pilot. We knew, however, that ...

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Developing Churches that are Financially Healthy and Faithful

by Brian Lowe, pastor at Exodus Church in Charlotte, NC and the Director of the Carolinas Region of Acts 29. Each of us, as church planters, will talk about money with our people at some point. We will either talk about biblical stewardship with them along the way or we will announce one day that we are closing the doors (or that the pastor is getting another job) because we can’t pay our bills. Our choice is not “if” we will talk about money. Our choice is the context in which we will do so. I understand why you may not like to talk about money. Every other week, some new scandal hits the news about financial misconduct among pastors or leaders of nonprofits. We don’t want to be “that guy” and so we choose the “silent treatment” ...

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Church Planting for New Churches

by Dusty Thompson, pastor at Redeemer Church in Lubbock, TX Acts 29 exists to be a church planting network. Our vision isn’t only to plant churches, but to plant churches that are planting churches. But you already knew that, right?   There are a bunch of intentional reasons that people don’t plant churches (feel like there are already too many churches/fear of losing people/money, sense of rejection when people leave to go with new church). There are also unintentional reasons why churches aren’t planted (expense/difficulty, don’t have a leader that wants to do it). In any case, it is hard work and it is best if a church is committed to not only grow, but multiply itself from the very beginning. How do you make church planting part of your ...

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A Long Line of Leaving Our Comfort Zone

*Photo credit Johan Hansson/flickr creative commons My three-year-old Charlotte woke up at 4am last night. When the babysitters had put her to bed, they hadn’t flipped on her “night-night light.” A train horn in the blackness startled her to tears. When I plugged in the tiny bulb, soft yellow light engulfed the room. The darkness was gone and she cuddled back to sleep. One of the most impacting facts I’ve ever learned is that physical light always goes into darkness; scientifically, darkness never comes to light. Darkness cannot overcome a candle; it must wait for the flame to flicker out. But when you flip a light switch, beams instantly fill the blackness. If we may spiritualize the image a bit, light goes into—and pushes back—darkness. Consider ...

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The Acts 29 Podcast: Interviewing Leonce Crump

In this podcast, Pastor Alex Early interviews Pastor Leonce Crump [pictured above] on racial reconciliation and the gospel. You’ll hear Pastor Leonce speak about growing up as an African American in the southern U.S., how he met Jesus, how the Bible speaks about race vs. the “new humanity” we have in Christ, as well as some tangible demonstrations of how this has played itself out from the ground up in the planting of Renovation Church in Atlanta, Georgia.     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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