Atos 29 Brazil's 1st Boot Camp
The first-ever Acts 29 Church Planting Conference in Brazil was held in Rio de Janeiro on May 17-19, 2010. Men from over eight states in Brazil as well as from Chile participated in the International bootcamp, entitled “Foundations of Church Planting.” The conference was co-sponsored by Restore Brazil (V360), Tempo de Colheita, and Escola Teologica Reformada.
Pastors Chan Kilgore, Gregg Heinsch, Adam Sinnett and Jay Bauman gave the presentations on the foundational elements of church planting. All the bootcamp’s manual and theological material was carefully translated to Portuguese by a professional translator.
Antonio Carlos Costa, a movement leader in Brazil, spoke of the relationship between social justice & the gospel. Antonio recently presented at the Q Conference in Chicago, receiving a standing ovation for the unique presentation on human rights & social activism from a reformed perspective.
Jay Bauman, serving as a pastor at Barra Presbyterian Church, also shared on developing citywide church planting networks, which Jay has started in Rio de Janeiro as the director of Restore Brazil.
Over 90 were present during the bootcamp, including 80 pastors and church planters. The American team interviewed 16 men interested in becoming a part of the network, even having to turn away some due to inadequate time in the schedule. We have already received a few complete applications and are expecting more.
Another interesting development is the strong level of interest in bringing similar training to Chile. We are praying about this as leaders from the Presbyterian & Anglican churches in Santiago visited with us and demonstrated a strong interest in hosting a bootcamp there in the future. One of the pastors commented simply on his experience – “This bootcamp has changed my life.” By God’s grace, may the Gospel move forward in Rio, in Brazil, and beyond.
Join us in praying for the advancement of God’s kingdom in Brazil.