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Hope #2

by Matt Chandler, President

Be Known for Holiness and Humility.

If you ask about the Acts 29 Network you will get answers that range from how the network will save evangelicalism to how it will be the downfall of western civilization. It’s been my experience that this is true about most organizations. Organizations are either rejoiced in or criticized. I don’t know of any organization that is universally praised and only a few that are universally condemned.

As I have traveled and been asked questions about Acts 29, most people are encouraged by what the Lord is doing through the men and the churches they lead, but there are those who would consider some of us to be juveniles or a harsh type of theology police. The thing about these perceptions is that although there have definitely been situations and circumstances that I wish some of our guys (including me) would have been more mature about and some situations I wished we had handled differently, my knowledge of the network as a whole is that it is filled with some of the most godly, sacrificial, mature men in the world: men who would gladly lay down any and all of their liberties if it would serve the cause of Christ in greater ways, men who don’t seek conflict but aren’t afraid of it, and men who treasure Christ and the gospel above all.


" deep and abiding hope is that ...
we are men who deeply and desperately
love the Kingdom of God and are
walking in holiness and humility."


For every story of one of our guys handling what we believe to be biblically correct in a way that isn’t winsome or gracious or waving the flag of personal liberties instead of the gospel I can point you to dozens and dozens who love Jesus deeply and are quietly training, coaching, and planting churches that will train, coach, and plant churches. We will continue to have our flaws and blind spots like all networks do, but my deep and abiding hope is that regardless of what is said of us — even by our enemies — it will have to be said that we are men who deeply and desperately love the Kingdom of God and are walking in holiness and humility. I’ll invite you to join me in praying this way.


"Hope #1" : Plant Churches that Plant Churches
"Hope #3" : Become a Radically Diverse Crowd
"Hope #4" : Be Serious about Evangelism and Conversions


Brian Lowe

on May 21, 2012 :: 7:28 pm

Matt, Thanks for this series of posts. It's so helpful to share what we are about as a Network. Thanks for your leadership.

Greg Milroy

on May 21, 2012 :: 8:33 pm

Agreed Matt and BLowe. Humbly serving, boldly leading and constantly assessing the mission in light of the Gospel. G

Bubba Rainwater

on May 23, 2012 :: 5:13 am

The team will generally take on the personality of its coach . . .

Griffin Gulledge

on May 25, 2012 :: 12:57 am

This is beautiful to read. The fact that you see these things (faults) and have listened is so encouraging. I think it is confirmation that you are going to lead A29 the right way.


Matt serves as Lead Pastor of Teaching at The Village Church in the Dallas Fort Worth area. He has served in that role since December 2002 and describes his tenure at The Village as a re-planting effort where he was involved in changing the theological and philosophical culture of the congregation. The church has witnessed a tremendous response growing from 160 people to over 11,000 with campuses in Flower Mound, Dallas and Denton.

Alongside his current role as lead pastor, Matt is involved in church planting efforts both locally and internationally through The Village and various strategic partnerships. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over 10 years where he spoke to thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus. His greatest joy outside of Jesus is being married to Lauren and being a dad to their three children, Audrey, Reid and Norah.

Recently, Matt was named president of Acts 29, a worldwide church-planting organization. Over the last 10 years, Acts 29 has emerged from a small band of brothers to over 400 churches in the United States and networks of churches in multiple countries.

Matt speaks at conferences throughout the world and has written a book, The Explicit Gospel, published in April 2012, his second book Creature of the Word, will be released in October 2012.