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Evidences of God's Grace to Acts 29 in 2009 - Part 1

Dear Acts 29 Family,

 

As we approach Thanksgiving—a time to give thanks—and the end of 2009—a time to reflect—we have much for which to give God praise. We have been incredibly blessed to see many new churches planted, a growth of influence and new friendships with leaders and church planters across the globe. We had 131 new church planting churches join the network this year to date, increasing the number of churches in Acts 29 Network to 288. We have 336 new applicants just in 2009 alone (about one per day). With this trajectory, we are anticipating over 120 churches being planted in 2010.

 

A Global Movement

God is blessing the efforts of Acts 29 all across the nation and world. This spring, we hosted our first World Church Planting Summit – a cohort of 38 church planting leaders from 9 nations representing about a dozen denominations or networks – to discuss how to plant more churches together across the globe.

 

In the summer we established Acts 29 Western Europe with Steve Timmis serving as Director, and we approved our first church planters there with a couple in Lindfield, England. I went to Belfast Northern Ireland in October preaching and training potential planters with Timmis and subsequently instructing 5 pastors to coach our Acts 29 church planters in Western Europe. We now have Acts 29 church planters in Canada, England, Guatemala, Ecuador, Brazil, South Africa, Congo, Uganda, Zambia, India, Nepal, Thailand and Australia.

 

We held our first Boot Camp in Australia in November hosted by Engage City Church of Brisbane. The response was very positive and we anticipate advancing church planting collaboratively with other networks in Australia and New Zealand.

 

God is opening doors for us to influence many church planters toward gospel-centered church planting. In addition to dreaming about collaborative church planting with Jonathan Falwell recently, I also got a direct message tweet from a professor of a major Christian University that is not in our theological camp. He said, “You guys are really bringing the revolution. Keep going!”

 

Also this fall, I spent time with the church planting leaders of Sovereign Grace (CJ Mahaney’s organization) and Fellowship Associates (Fellowship Bible Church of Little Rock). They have utmost respect for Acts 29 and we are learning together how we can be more effective. This is grace upon grace heaped on Acts 29 because as a result, we will better pastors and leaders.

 

This year, we have truly seen this church planting movement of God go global and we are overwhelmed, humbled and thankful. Please join us in praying for Acts 29 Church Planters all over the world and for wisdom in following up on the many new opportunities to spread the gospel in places where a gospel-centered church is not present.

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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.