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Acts 29 Expands into the UK – Brilliant!

Acts 29 Expands into the UK – Brilliant!
By Pastor Scott Thomas
May 4, 2009


Steve Timmis - Timmis at Seattle Boot Camp...


 
Steve Timmis, co-author of Total Church, will direct a new Acts 29 Network in Western Europe beginning today. Steve is handing off The Crowded House duties, an alliance of gospel communities in Sheffield, England to focus on establishing a wider network of churches planting new churches all across Western Europe.


Steve and I first interacted when he graciously sent his Total Church manuscript to me to review. Not having any reference for Steve, I set it aside for a week and then something prompted me to read his chapter on Church Planting. I was thrilled at the theological clarity combined with the gospel-oriented praxis. I then read his chapter on World Missions, which was equally intriguing, fresh and saturated with the gospel. I proceeded to suggest almost 300 changes to the manuscript, most to correct Britain’s version of “English!” A kindred relationship was forged between us, mostly around the gospel and mission of Jesus, but occasionally around our common snarky attitudes.


I invited Steve to speak at an Acts 29 Boot Camp in Seattle where he was well received and sparked an interest among the church planters searching how to articulate the establishment of a church around the gospel and community.


I told him that we had to get this manuscript published in America and about that time, Crossway formed a relationship with us and the Re:Lit line was established. I pitched the idea to Mark Driscoll and Crossway published the book. Our network of young theologically savvy men received it heartily. Mars Hill Church pastors made the book mandatory reading for all their community group leaders.

In London last summer, Driscoll, Steve and I spoke at a conference together for church planters. Something significant happened to me there. Mark had spoken non-stop for five days and was tired. I told him after his first session to leave and get recharged before his final session, which he gladly agreed. When we announced a break, the planters did not leave. Instead, many formed an impromptu line like we were handing out free donuts to eagerly ask questions of Steve and me. I was used to a throng of planters waiting in line to speak to Mark. It happened the week prior in Brighton, England. But he wasn’t even in the building. The men begged us to help them start a church or revive a church in one of the 12 countries represented at that conference. My favorite was a planter wannabe from Liverpool. With a John Lennon accent, he said that God had called him to plant a church in Liverpool but that he wasn't sure how he was going to plant a new work. I think his exact words were, “I haven’t got a bloody clue, Mate.” We turned lunch into a question and answer session to accommodate all of the interest. The verse that kept coming to me was "For a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries" (1 Cor 16:9).


A door was opening but we were not equipped to walk through it. We needed someone who understood the culture; who was well-respected; who knew how to plant a church in a European context and who knew how to work with other church planting groups already present for the advancement of the gospel.


I returned from London and asked our Lead Pastor, Jamie Munson to allow me to concentrate on Acts 29 almost exclusively so that we could plant churches around the world. He gladly obliged, sensing a call for global church planting. I transitioned most of my pastoral duties at Mars Hill and prayed for an answer.


At our inaugural World Church Planter’s Summit in March, Steve made himself available to lead this European network. It was an answer to a prayer that began in London after numerous men begged for help in establishing a gospel-centered work in their part of the world. “Go and make disciples of all nations” was the authoritative command of Jesus. We had no more excuses.


We are honored to have Steve Timmis join our network as a proven pastor, trainer, church planter and author. We pray that he will be a movement leader through Acts 29 that will help assess, train and send out hundreds of church planters into a post-Christian world that needs the gospel desperately.

 

Church Planting Foundations

Acts 29 Conference

London, England

June 9-10, 2009

 

Information Here

 

Bookings/Registration Here

 

LondonBC

 

 

9 Comments

Gary Boal

on May 4, 2009 :: 3:13 pm

This is fantastic.
Praise Christ so much for this move!

Steve Robinson

on May 5, 2009 :: 7:54 am

This is Great News.

Glyn Blaize

on May 5, 2009 :: 9:23 am

We have been praying for something akin to ACTS 29 in the UK and now we Have ACTS 29. I think we are on the cusp of something very exciting with all that's happening in the UK at the moment...God is doing an exciting work!

Thomas Harding

on May 5, 2009 :: 3:15 pm

Fabulous! The book co-authored by Steve Timmis has had a massive influence on my thinking re. the Church. The UK is "white for harvest" and is teeming with people from other nations. As they enter into the Kingdom through the influence of people like Steve, I will be praying that the Kingdom will continue to expand way beyond the UK. Praise the Lord!

Anonymous

on May 6, 2009 :: 5:52 am

I am really looking forward to the 2nd London conference, the first one was brilliant. I am planting in Belfast, N Ireland and it will be great to have resources more accessible to us on this side of the pond.

Manuel Fleßenkämper

on May 6, 2009 :: 7:08 pm

This is great! I looking forward to see you serving in Germany!

Chris Thornett

on May 11, 2009 :: 10:46 am

This great news indeed! Maybe one day I'll get to an Acts29 event.

Lauren Moore

on May 11, 2009 :: 2:42 pm

I'm really excited that Acts 29 is coming to Western Europe. I'd be interested to know if there are any others connected with Acts 29 from France.

Steve Evans

on May 27, 2009 :: 6:18 pm

Steve Timmis is a top fella this is great news that he will be combining his Biblical approach together with the guys from the US over here in the UK. We need to expose all our Church leaders and emerging leaders to this teaching on Church Planting, and train a new generation for the challenge of being missional Christian communities, that grow and multiply in order to win more souls for Jesus. Let’s all pray and get involved in this fantastic gospel work.

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Scott Thomas has served as the President of Acts 29 Network and a Pastor at Mars Hill Church. Scott has been a pastor for 30 years—first as a youth pastor and then as a lead pastor and church planter/church replanter for 16 years.