Acts 29 is a movement of church-planting churches—not a model or a style. What binds us together is our passion to see the name of Jesus made famous throughout the world. Supporting that passion is a set of five doctrinal distinctives that not only explain what we believe, but they also give context to why we do what we do.
The following is part one of a series highlighting each of these five distinctives. To find out more about these distinctives and Acts 29's church-planting work around the globe, join us for our next Boot Camp in Orange County, California on September 19-20, 2013. Speakers include Matt Chandler, Eric Mason, Leonce Crump, Harvey Turner, and Doug Logan. To join us, please register here.
DISTINCTIVE #1: WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT GOSPEL ...
In the aftermath of the devastaing tornados that hit the state of Oklahoma, many Acts 29 pastors have banded together to spearhead relief and rebuilding efforts.The following post from Pastor Andrew Burkhart explains how you can join with them to help the people of Oklahoma.
by Andrew Burkhart
As most of you know, multiple tornadoes ripped through parts of Oklahoma on May 18th, May 20th, and May 31st, killing almost fifty people and destroying thousands upon thousands of homes. The city of Moore, the city in which I live and pastor, was hit harder than any other city in Oklahoma.
Immediately after the events on May 20th, pastors and leaders from local Acts 29 churches gathered together to create Serve Moore, (see www.servemoore.com), a collaborative effort of multiple churches and ...
During the month of May we encouraged all Acts 29 member churches to participate in a Church Planting Sunday—a day dedicated to highlighting the vision of Acts 29, preaching a sermon on “Churches Planting Churches," as well as taking a special offering for the Network. Acts 29 Vice President, Darrin Patrick, gives his thoughts on Church Planting Sunday and an encouragement for pastors to bear spiritual fruit in their own lives, which leads to lasting fruit in the churches and ministries.
by Darrin Patrick
I remember attending a leadership conference as a young, associate pastor, and I heard these words from an older pastor: “What God is doing in you is more important than what God is doing through you." At the time I thought it was a cool, “sticky” phrase ...
by Bruce Wesley
I met with a pastor of a large and influential church with the hopes of engaging him in a church planting movement for the sake of the city. Over lunch, his observation about church planters surprised me. “I find that most church planters are characterized by two things: arrogance and impatience.” He quickly added, “And I guess I should not be surprised at that. Who else can believe that he can gather disinterested people, lead them to a new life in Christ and help them embrace a mission to change the world with little or no physical resources?”
I think the second comment was his way of trying to diffuse some of the tension he felt about his own statement. After all, I am a church planter—you know, arrogant and impatient. But he was ...
by Leonce Crump
I wanted to say something new. I wanted to say something innovative, paradigm shifting, and life-altering. In the midst of imagining what that would be, a thought captured me—held me captive really—if we’ve failed to do what we were first called to do, then something new is futile, not functional; it’s negligent, not useful; it’s ignorant, not innovative.
Something new is not what’s needed, rather we need to be reminded of our first priority: to make disciples who make disciples.
In the wake of the Jesus movement, the Church Growth Movement, the House Church Movement, the Large Church Movement, the Small Church Movement, the Urban Church Movement, the Suburban Church Movement, the Practical, Pragmatic, and Prosperity Church ...