Mission & Vision of Acts 29 Network
Mission and Vision:
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
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
3. Museum (what God used to do)
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;
6. Choose to believe that God is both sovereign and good.
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