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Dallas Boot Camp

I am eager for the March 28 and 29 to get here. Next week, The Village will host an Acts 29 Boot Camp on church planting and mission, with Eric Mason (Philadelphia), JR Vassar (Manhattan), Matt Carter (Austin), Steve Timmis (U.K.), and myself (Dallas) teaching. The brotherhood that is present among my Acts 29 co-laborers and friends is one of the great graces God has poured out on me in ministry. The Bible has much to say about the joys of pastoring but minces no words about the difficulties, pains, and sorrows that can accompany being an under-shepherd of the flock of God. Through the highest highs to my lowest lows in my journey as a pastor, my brothers in Acts 29 have celebrated with me, cried with me, and prayed with me. At some of my darkest hours, some of these brothers flew ...

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Brothers on Mission Together

by Scott Thomas, President of Acts 29 In Christ, we have a familial identity. We are not fatherless children hopelessly in search for our identity in our accomplishments. We have been adopted into a missionary family. We serve a missionary God. Mission becomes part of our identity because our Father is a missionary God and we resemble him as a child of God. The Church is a missionary family, with missionary focus, that does missionary things for the glory of a missionary Father. It is who we are and it is also what we do. Mission is not something we tack on to the list of activities as a Christian. It is both what we are commissioned to do and who we are adopted to be. Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore ...

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Training to be a Church Planter

Bob Thune, Lead Pastor of Coram Deo Church Community in Omaha, NE Not every church plant has a boxing bag as part of their office furniture. Our church was kind of odd that way. My cousin J.D. – now an Acts 29 church planter in South Africa – was a volunteer intern on our launch team. He was also an amateur boxer who was training to compete in the Golden Gloves tournament. During his lunch breaks, he’d strap on the boxing gloves and go a few rounds with the body bag in the back corner of our borrowed office space. Watching J.D. train taught me an important lesson: vision and training go hand-in-hand. You begin with a vision of the kind of person you want to become. And then you train with that goal in mind. J.D. wanted to be a successful boxer, so he put in the time and ...

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Marriage: Act Before You Feel

Bryan Lorrits is the Lead Pastor of Fellowship Memphis Church, a multicultural church ministering to the urban Memphis community. Bryan has a Master’s Degree in Theology and is currently working on his PhD. In addition to serving the community of Memphis, Bryan’s ministry takes him across the country as he speaks to thousands annually at churches, conferences, and retreats. Bryan is married to Korie, and is the father of three sons: Quentin, Myles, and Jaden. Bryan is speaking at the Chicago Boot Camp on Sept 15. You can listen to his session from the Nashville Boot Camp here. Adapted from his blog: I was recently asked what do I do to keep my relationship with my wife fresh? A list of things immediately came to mind — take her out of town, by her ...

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5 Things We Do Today Instead of Preaching the Word

James MacDonald is the founding senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, one of the fastest growing multi-site churches in the Chicago area reaching over 13,000 lives each weekend. Through James’ leadership and by God’s grace, a church planting ministry was formed in 2002, Harvest Bible Fellowship, which has planted more than 69 churches across North America and around the world. James also teaches on Walk in the Word, a daily radio broadcast committed to “igniting passion in the people of God through the proclamation of truth.” He and his wife, Kathy, have three adult children and make their home in suburban Chicago. James will be speaking at the upcoming Chicago Boot Camp on Sept 15. Excerpted from his talk given at the Acts 29 Lead Pastors' Retreat in ...

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