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Mission & Vision of Acts 29 Network

Mission and Vision:


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1.   Our first mandate is the Great Commission

Our vision is to have 1000 churches with an average of 250 people each. That would be a quarter of a million people worshipping Jesus in A29 affiliated churches. This could be accomplished in under 7 years.


2.   Church: what is it?

(from Vintage Church) "The local church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. In obedience to scripture, they organize under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and worship, observe the biblical sacraments of baptism & communion, are unified by the Spirit, are disciplined for holiness, scattered to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission as missionaries to the world for God's glory and their joy."


8 Marks of a Church:


1.     Regenerated church membership. Church planting is popular right now, but ironically
        regeneration is not. The point of every church plant is that people meet Jesus.

2.     Qualified leadership. Elders and deacons must meet the biblical criteria for leaders as
        outlined in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.

3.     Gather for preaching and worship. Bible teaching is central and the Acts 29 churches
        generally have strong preaching.

4.     Communion/Baptism rightly administered. We regard baptism/communion adherence as
        close-handed. How a local church performs them is open-handed (we have Presbyterians
        and Baptists in the Acts 29 Network).

5.     Unified by the Holy Spirit. People work together for the cause of the gospel.

6.     Disciplined for holiness. Acts 29 churches practice discipline with their members. This is
        unusual in today's churches - where people get to say and do all kinds of unbiblical things
        with no one to discipline them. The church should look differently from the world in
        behavior. Satan sends heretics/false teachers to break up church plants and without church
        discipline they'll tear the church apart.

7.     Obey the great commandment to love. Biblical, Trinitarian community - the previous 6
       marks enable this loving community to take place.

8.     Obey the Great Commission to make disciples. Acts 29 wants to plant churches that
        introduce unbelievers to Jesus.


Acts 29 as a Network

1.   We are churches that plant churches.

2.   We are not a denomination. We work together interdenominationally:

        a.     For relationships (we like each other)

        b.     For mission (we want people to meet Jesus)

        c.      For theological cause (we have certain beliefs we hold dear)

        d.     We believe we are stronger together than by ourselves so we work together.

3.   We invest in other churches financially to help new plants get started. Each of our local
      churches determine how much and to whom the finances are invested.

4.   We are not trying to build a centralized organization - we want church planting to be the
      responsibility of the local church.


Three distinctive characteristics of Acts 29:


1.       The Men

Church planters have the gifts of an apostle (small a) - not just pastoral capacity. Additionally, he is a growing Christian, good husband and good father. Men who cannot love their wives first should not plant churches.


2.       The Mission

Jesus was a missionary to the world. We both contend for the faith (Jude 3) and contextualize by becoming all things for all people (1 Cor. 9). We do this "for the sake of the gospel."


3.       The Message

Acts 29 is a Christian, Evangelical (original form), Missional and Reformed church planting network. These are in order of importance. Our theology is a home, not a prison. We read and listen outside of our theological leanings to humbly learn. We employ discernment when we do this. We can employ partnerships without compromising beliefs.


Characteristics of Movements:


1.    Young people are often at the center of the movement

2.    High conversion rate comes with a movement

3.    Church planting is at the forefront of a true movement of God. God loves the church;
       Jesus died for the church.

4.    Movements tend to be unaware of their external influence because they are busy doing
       what God's given them to do.

5.    Supporting organizations come up - records made, books published, counseling
       ministries, etc.

6.    Movements often come with a transition in technology (Gutenberg press; Reformation).
       Today = internet.

7.    Visible movement leaders rise up. God puts his hand on certain people to lead.


Cycle of a movement


1.    Movement of God

2.    Institution

3.    Museum (what God used to do)


Final encouragements


1.    Make Jesus look good because he is. Your job is not to make yourself look good.

2.    Walk in the light. Come under the influence of a small group of older, wiser guys who can
       ask the hard questions.

3.    Pursue humility. Pride is the primary motivator for a guy to plant a church (I can do it

4.    Repent well. If you don't model repentance, your church won't repent.

5.    Turn your critics into coaches. Most criticism has some modicum of truth. Ignore garbage;
       receive truth.

6.    Choose to believe that God is both sovereign and good.



Upcoming Acts 29 Boot Camps:


Feb. 4-5: Raleigh, North Carolina

March 9-10: Seattle WA

May 5-6 : San Diego, CA





Gene Packwood

on Dec 3, 2008 :: 7:40 pm

So. Is it possible to get from Museum back to Movement?


Pastor Mark Driscoll founded Mars Hill Church in Seattle in the fall of 1996, which has grown to over 13,000 people including new sites in New Mexico and California. He co-founded the Acts 29 Church Planting Network, with three hundred churches in the U.S. and internationally, and is founder of The Resurgence.

Outreach magazine has recognized Mars Hill Church as the ninth most innovative and fifteenth fastest-growing church in America. Outreach magazine has also ranked Mars Hill Church number two of America's top multiplying (church-planting) churches. The Church Report has recognized Pastor Mark as the twenty-second most influential pastor in America. His sermons are downloaded more than a million times a year and he has been recognized by Christianity Today, Inc., as one of the most influential young preachers in America. Seattle magazine has named Pastor Mark as one of the twenty-five most powerful people in Seattle.

Media coverage on Pastor Mark and Mars Hill varies from National Public Radio to Mother Jones magazine, the Associated Press, the New York Times, Blender music magazine, Outreach magazine, Preaching Today, and Leadership magazine to ABC Television and the 700 Club.

His writing includes the books The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out Without Selling Out and Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church, Vintage Jesus, Death by Love, and Vintage Church. He also contributed to the book Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches, and made a chapter contribution to the book Above All Earthly Powers, edited by Dr. John Piper.

Most enjoyably, Mark and his high school sweetheart, Grace, enjoy raising their three sons and two daughters. You can read his full bio here.