The Acts 29 Network is mourning the loss of co-founder, Dr. David Nicholas, who went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 25, 2011.
Dr. Nicholas pastored Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, Florida, and spent much of his life and energy investing in church planters. “He was an incredible supporter of our church and mentor to me and our pastors,” said Chan Kilgore, Acts 29 Board member and planter of CrossPointe Church in Orlando.
Pastor Mark Driscoll founded the Acts 29 Network with Nicholas in 2000. Nicholas was influential in starting many current Acts 29 churches, and provided much support for many of our church planters.
“As a young church planter, Dr. David Nicholas was very generous to me with both finances and wisdom,” Driscoll wrote. ...
In part three of the series 'Church Planting Out of Season', Acts 29 Western Europe Director Steve Timmis looks at Expectations. ExpectationsExpectations are incredibly important. Every relationship that fails does so because of mis-matched expectations, and unrealised expectations are often a significant factor in depression. So undertaking and sustaining gospel ministry 'out of season' requires the setting of godly expectations. After all, look at how Paul continues in his final words to Timothy after he had exhorted him to "be ready in season and out of season" (4:2). He talks about people "not enduring sound teaching" (4:3), and "turning away from truth" (4:4). He refers to his own circumstances of being "poured out as a drink offering" (4:6), before speaking of Demas (4:9), ...
Pastor Mark Driscoll is offering free, online leadership coaching for church leaders everywhere. If you'd like to participate in this leadership coaching, or are curious, read more here.
Meet Stuart Dean, Lead Pastor at Trinity Community Church.
Where are you planting? Hinckley, LeicesterBriefly describe the story of how you came to plantHaving spent some time on staff of an established traditional evangelical church I became convinced that bold missional initiatives are required to follow Jesus in reaching different and unchurched communities. My experience was that such initiatives were restricted by established evangelical churches but enabled and encouraged by church planting. Over a couple of years I felt a growing and unshakeable conviction from God to plant churches. This was confirmed by the encouragement of others and extraordinary opportunities to go ahead and plant. God has raised up a small core team, gifted us resources and sent us on mission in the ...
Steve Timmis (Acts 29 Director for Western Europe) continues with the second part of the series Church Planting out of season.
In the previous post I suggested that, as far as Western Europe is concerned, we are engaged in 'out of season' gospel ministry. The soil is hard and compacted, and calls for determined gospel faithfulness. Even when fruit is in short supply, our response should not be one of despair or desperation. We are called to faithful gospel labour, which is an outworking of dependence on the Lord.
Another feature of gospel ministry in such a context should be humility. Immediately prior to Paul's exhortation to Timothy to preach the word in season and out of season, we find him reminding the young leader to "continue in what you have learned and firmly ...