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An Encouragement to Church Planters

There isn't a lot out there to encourage church planters. Advice? Yes. Correction? Yes. Coaching? Yes. Comparing? Yes. Mocking? Sometimes. Encouragement? Not really. Some may say, "Well, if you're a church planter you shouldn't need kudos to stay the course." There's some truth to that, but that's not what encouragement is about. To en-courage is "to put courage into". Yes, our ultimate source of encouragement is the Chief Planter. Yet, the primary means by which we receive and experience his encouragement is through His people - especially from others who are in the trenches with you. So, to all my fellow church planters, this is my encouragement to you, as one among you.  A SINGULAR, PURE DEVOTION TO JESUS Brothers, keep going. Love your Jesus well. Stay close to him. Make him ...

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A Call to Holiness & Humility

There is a range of opinions out there about Acts 29. Some think we are saving evangelicalism. Others think we are ushering in the downfall of western civilization. There are those encouraged by our churches. There are those who consider us to be juveniles and theology police. While in my experience this sort of polarization exists with any organization, my hope is that we would be a people marked by a relentless pursuit of holiness and humility. I pray that we would be men ferociously committed to loving God, men who gladly lay down any and all their liberties if it would serve the cause of Christ in greater ways, men who don’t seek conflict but aren’t afraid of it, and men who treasure Christ and the gospel above all. I pray that we would be men ferociously committed to ...

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Our New Global Director

Our network has a long history of investing in men who plant churches around the world. Over the past year, the Executive Board has become convinced that our network has an incredible opportunity to become a truly global entity. We believe that the gospel encourages us to widen our vision (Genesis 12:1-3, Habakkuk 2:14; Matthew 28:18-20) and that our desire to be a network of networks allows us to do great work around the world without hindering our ability to serve existing members and candidates. At our most recent Executive Board meeting, we finalized an organizational structure that gives regional directors the responsibility and authority to recruit, assess, and develop church planters and church-planting pastors, under the oversight of continental directors. In an effort to ...

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Hope 1: Plant Churches that Plant Churches

We want to publicly state and re-state what our hopes are for Acts 29 Network. These hopes aren’t complex and seem to be no-brainers, even though it might take years before some of them are a reality. We will be and currently are putting our efforts and influence to work in these directions. Our first and primary hope is that we would: PLANT CHURCHES THAT PLANT CHURCHES by Matt Chandler There are endless good and biblical things that we could set our energies and zeal on but that’s not why Acts 29 was created. My hope is not that we would simply plant churches but that we would plant churches that plant churches that plant churches. That from the very beginning of an Acts 29 plant, the pastor and the people would have a vision and plan for planting another church. The DNA of ...

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Raleigh Boot Camp

HEALTHY MEN, HEALTHY CHURCHES Even unhealthy men can run short distances. But church planting is not a trip to the mailbox or even a sprint. It's an exhausting, exhilarating journey with and for Jesus. The last thing we want our lives to be are brief flashes in the pan of God's story. No one wants to be a success at year three and a statistic at year ten. We want to be men who plant healthy, enduring churches for the glory of Jesus. Our goal for this time is to prepare healthy men to run the marathon marked out for them. OUR CALL TO ACTION: PLANT CHURCHES Acts 29 isn't just about ideas and philosophies — it is also about doing. It's one thing to see the church and imagine, but it's another to plant the church and do the hard work. But we do not do this alone. We do it as a ...

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