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Equipping Pastors: The Other October 31st

This is a real photo of Luther in 1517. Or not. Your congregation is probably buzzing about costumes, parties and candy this weekend. Maybe your church is having a "harvest party," too. But do you know about the other October 31st? Justin Holcomb, academic dean of Re:Train, posted "Luther Puts a Nail in the Heart of Bad Religion— And 3 Other Holidays" on The Resurgence, highlighting another October 31 holiday: Reformation Day. Yes, October 31 was also the day Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg church door.   Reformation Day (October 31) commemorates Luther's posting of his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. This act triggered the Reformation, as they were immediately translated and ...

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A Brief Overview of Acts 29: Part 2

By Scott Thomas, Acts 29 Director See Part 1 here. 4. How is Acts 29 reaching out internationally? We are blessed with a team of church planters who focus their energies toward the International opportunities while leading their respective church plants. Steve Timmis is directing Acts 29 Western Europe as an established leader, author and innovator. He is seeking to establish regional leaders in every country as a church-planting center to identify, assess, and train, resource, coach and collaborate for multiplying disciples in Western Europe.   Our International team is seeking to identify national leaders who can lead a work of God in their respective nation. This team has trained thousands of church planters across the world and we have church planting centers in South ...

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Meet a Church Planter: Rick White in Fort Worth, TX

Rick is not new the the Network, but you may not know who he is yet. From The Village Church (as in Matt Chandler), Rick White planted CityView church in Fort Worth, Texas. At the Houston boot camp in September, Rick popped by the green room to answer some questions for our slightly wobbly camera (apologies! think: MTV).   In this clip, he tells us three ways he struggled as a church planter in the early days. Good words from an intense dude for church planters and leaders, or those who aspire to be.     *The talk Rick mentions in the video is "Idols in Church Planting" and is found here. And, on November 17-18, Texas Acts 29 members and candidates are invited to CityView Church to be hosted by Rick White and his team for a Regional Training. Jeremy ...

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A Brief Overview of Acts 29: Part 1

By Scott Thomas, Acts 29 Director   1. How and when did Acts 29 begin? Acts 29 was founded in 2000 with Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle when it was about 200 in attendance and David Nicholas, a Presbyterian pastor (now retired) of a large church in Boca Raton, Florida. They formed the network to plant qualified, entrepreneurial men who held to a reformed soteriology (salvation) and were willing to engage urban cities with the gospel.   2. Why does Acts 29 exist? What are its chief goals and key emphases? Acts 29 exists to make gospel-transformed disciples by planting church-planting churches.   Gospel Message: The major emphasis of Acts 29 is the gospel. The gospel is the power of God for salvation and sadly many churches are ashamed of ...

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Meet a Church Planter: Rob Wilton in New Orleans

Meet the Wiltons. Rob and Annabeth just officially launched Vintage Church in New Orleans last month. They are new members to Acts 29 and we are excited to have them as part of the Network!   Acts 29: How were you called to plant a church? After being born in New Orleans and moving away as a teenager, God called me and my wife back in 2005. From Katrina in 2005 to the fall of 2007, God began to work in our lives and reveal to us the need and call to plant a church in this city. Despite great hesitation, that fall God opened up an opportunity to pastor a small dead church in Uptown with hope of starting a new church. Unfortunately, the remaining members of the church didn't like the changes. God led us to Acts 18 and we launched Vintage Church in the same commu...

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