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There is Something More Important in Your Life Than Serving Jesus

Matt Carter is pastor and planter of The Austin Stone Community Church in Texas, and we are grateful to have him in the Acts 29 Network. He speaks passionately on the church's mission and recently taught at the Dallas boot camp on The Church Planter's Two Callings. The following is adapted and excerpted from Matt's message.        You and your wife have two callings on your life as a planting couple. The primary calling on your life is to Jesus Christ. The primary calling on your life is to be his, to belong to him, to be his child. You also have a secondary calling on your life, and that is what you do for Jesus. Paul talks about these two callings, the primary and secondary, in Philippians chapter three. Paul makes the point that if anyone can put ...

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You Know You are Pastoring a Missional Church When...

Adapted and excerpted from Matt Carter’s Orlando Boot Camp message, “Leading Your Church on Mission.” The Church Leader’s Job is to Equip People for Ministry In Ephesians 4:11, Paul writes, “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” Think about this in context of your church. Apostles, prophets, shepherds, teachers – this is you and me, the leadership of the church. God gave us these gifts for a reason: to equip the people in our churches to do the work of the ministry for the building up of the body of Christ. What makes the body of Christ grow? In Ephesians 4:16 Paul says: “From whom the whole body, joined ...

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Matt Carter on Pastoring Your Family

At the recent Advance the Church Conference in Raleigh, NC, I sat down with Matt Carter, Pastor of Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX, to talk about something close to his heart–pastoring his family. Matt shares some great counsel from the Scriptures and his own life to help us do just that.

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