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The Importance of Assessment in Church Planting

by Tyler Powell, Acts 29 N. America Assessment Director To varying degrees, we are constantly assessing things in our daily lives — from fruit in the supermarket to the value and worth of a home. At Acts 29, we take assessment very seriously as we evaluate the qualifications and readiness of church planters. We do this not only to have healthy, fruitful church plants, but also to steward well what God has allowed us to be a part of as He builds His church. Therefore, our aim is to seriously consider and evaluate those called by God to start, lead, and oversee His church (Matthew 16:18).  Accurate assessment of church planting potential is essential in a field where much is at stake, whether it's the health of a church planter’s family, identifying the right planter, ...

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The Kind of Men We Want on Our Team

by Matt Adair, Acts 29 Director of Operations The day after the 2012 NFL draft, a writer gave the Seattle Seahawks an ‘F’ for their performance. Head coach Pete Carroll had reminded us why he failed in previous stints as coach for the Jets and Patriots. The organization celebrated poor choices and drafted a QB named Russell Wilson who didn’t even fit their offense. A week ago, the coach and QB and the rest of the organization celebrated a Super Bowl victory with a parade in downtown Seattle. What has become obvious in the two seasons since their dumpster fire of a draft is that it was no failure. The construction of the team was intentional, even if it followed an unconventional blueprint. The blueprint for Acts 29 is unconventional. Humble entrepreneurs. Hard ...

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Be Serious about Evangelism & Conversions

“I need to tell you about Jesus, when do you want to do that?” I was late into my sixteenth year of life when Jeff asked me that question. He was fearless on the football field and in his faith and we were standing in the locker room after practice. It took me by surprise and yet there was something irresistible about the question to me. I had no idea what the effectual call of God was but I was caught up in it like a moth in a hurricane and couldn’t have escaped if I had wanted to. A little over a year later on June 17th the Holy Spirit poured warm water on my frozen soul and I came to life. I still haven’t recovered from that moment. I live in an almost constant amazement that He saved me. To top off that mercy, I have seen Him do the same thing to hundreds of ...

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Becoming a Radically Diverse Crowd

One of the great joys I’ve had as a pastor and a leader is learning from other pastors and leaders. That learning has taken place in a multitude of ways. I’ve learned from men who differ from me in theology and practice and I’ve learned from those who differ in philosophy and culture. The friends the Lord has graciously gifted to me over these past 10 years are staggering and I’m grateful for each and every one of them. No where have I learned more than when I am with men of a different ethnicity who share the same doctrinal understandings that I do. When I have sat down and had a meal or a cup of coffee with Eric Mason in Philadelphia, Doug Logan in Camden, Bryan Loritts in Memphis, Bryan Carter in Dallas, Leonce Crump in Atlanta, or Lorenzo Elizondo in Oak ...

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The Opportunity and the Call

Acts 29 is a family that supports each member, as well as an organized entity that facilitates church planting collectively. Even more, Acts 29 is a family of churches who, as part of their DNA, plant other churches. Acts 29 is not a theological club. It's a church-planting network. Acts 29 is not about individuals but rather a band of brothers serving one individual—Jesus—and his church. OUR MANTRA: CHURCHES PLANTING CHURCHES If there is one thing that we want to be known about Acts 29, it is that we are committed to planting churches that grow, mature, and then plant more churches. We are a family and a brotherhood of church planters, proclaiming the truth of Jesus, plainly and with conviction. By the grace of God and with that drive, to plant churches that plant ...

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