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Support God's Work in Acts 29 and Get a FREE Copy of Real Marriage


by Pastor Mark Driscoll

Acts 29 is a church planting network that has seen over 400 churches planted in the United States in addition to churches planted in over a dozen other nations. We work across a few dozen denominations and networks because we want churches to be planted and lives to be changed by Jesus.

This past Easter alone, our combined US attendance across all Acts 29 churches was 175,000 people! And we are currently evaluating some 500 potential new church planters, as God is exploding our opportunities.


"This past Easter alone, our combined
US attendance across all Acts 29 churches
was 175,000 people!"

If you have a heart for missions, church planting, or are even part of an Acts 29 church, we would humbly ask that you make a generous year end donation. For any gift over $25, you will receive a free copy of Real Marriage, written by Grace and me to be released January 3, 2012.

Please also pray for the more than 2,000 churches who have signed up for hundreds of pages of free resources to join us in the Real Marriage campaign. This is easily the best book I've been a part of, and we are humbled at the early feedback others have given:

“Real Marriage is the best book of the year.”
- Andy Stanley, North Point Community Church

“With more and more couples living more like business partners rather than friends, we don’t need another safe, sterile marriage book We need a direct, compassionate and realistic view of what marriage is, what it can be, and how we can lovingly befriend our spouse for a lifetime. Mark and Grace have helped all of us who have vowed “I do” to wildly enjoy our spouses."
- Darrin Patrick, Lead Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri

"Real Marriage is brutally and sometimes painfully honest. Further, it is frank and direct in addressing a number of important marital issues. Sometimes you probably will feel uncomfortable. And, you may not agree with everything Grace and Mark Driscoll say. We didn’t. However, this is a book we will gladly use and recommend to others who care about healthy, biblical marriages. We believe both husbands and wives will be blessed by and benefit from its content. Grace and Mark are to be commended for writing a book that bares their souls and, more importantly, points to the redeeming power of the gospel in the sacred covenant called marriage."
- Charlotte and Daniel Akin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Wow! This is the most vulnerable marriage book we’ve ever read. Its honesty will take your breath away. Mark and Grace expose their relationship – its pain and passion – for all who care to learn the rudiments of real marriage. They don’t dance around the tough issues. They don’t tip-toe over dicey topics. The Driscolls jump in with wild abandon, and the result is a book that is frank but not crass, practical but not pedantic. If you’re married or plan to be someday, do yourself a favor and read every page of this book."
- Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott, Founders of and authors of Love Talk

"At last…a marriage book that balances pastoral compassion with prophetic courage! The taboo questions every couple secretly wants to ask are courageously confronted without compromising God’s Word or will for couples. Mark and Grace have taken the subject of marriage to an unprecedented place of true transparency, profound practicality, and scriptural solidity...which is a place every marriage needs to be."
- Bob Coy, Senior Pastor, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale

"Mark and Grace have written an extraordinary book characterised by compassion for a bewildered generation that has failed to grasp the significance of marriage and covenant love, conviction that God’s grace and truth provide healing and guidance, and courage to go where few would dare to go as they display a costly and selfless transparency."
- Terry and Wendy Virgo, New Frontiers and Church of Christ the King, Brighton, England




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.