Lives Changed in Boston!
When Matt told this story, I wanted to share it with you because these stories represent something much greater than us — lives changed by the power of Holy Spirit and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And at the end of the day, that's what we're all about: planting churches that plant missional, Spirit-led, gospel-centered churches, so that more people might see and hear the Good News of Jesus. Below is a story about a new church's baptism service, as told by the lead pastor and Acts 29 member, Matt Chewning. — Scott Thomas
by Matt Chewning
Recently at Netcast Church in Boston, MA, we celebrated being 9 months old and we did it by seeing 6 people come to faith in Jesus and baptizing 7 people in front of an attendance of ...
by Scott Thomas, President of Acts 29
Spiritual and church leadership is tough for even the best of leaders. Behind closed doors, every leader will admit being tired, frustrated, angry, depressed, confused and attacked. The Apostle Paul's protégé, Timothy was about to take up his work he needed to be a leader filled with grace. Paul told Timothy, "You therefore, my son, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 2:2). We are only able to lead effectively after grace strengthens us.
"We are only able to lead effectivelyafter grace strengthens us."
Be strengthened by grace, not by your natural talents. Timothy may have certainly been very winsome naturally. He may have been able to articulate naturally. He may have been a fairly good public speaker. ...
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 ...
By Scott Thomas, President of Acts 29 Network
Jim Harbaugh, the first year coach of the San Francisco 49'ers created some controversy when his team beat the previously unbeaten Detroit Lions and excitedly shook the hand of the opposing coach, Jim Schwartz "too hard." Schwartz ran after him offended at Harbaugh. The story is already old and can be seen on YouTube.
Even though his handshake was not within the "guidelines of NFL protocol," I liked that Harbaugh, a proven winning coach, was excited about the outcome of his team. Many leaders fail to passionately celebrate the accomplished goals of their team or business or church. It seems that they are never satisfied and are focused on the minor flaws rather than exuberantly enjoying the positive advances with the team. Too many leaders ...
By Pastor Scott Thomas
Church planting pastors usually experience a painful crash course in leadership. Very few seminaries teach this well and very few churches model this well. So, young pastors, led by a vision and driven with passion often run into a leadership brick wall.
I remember the first church I led as Pastor and Chairman. The Board was more concerned about Robert’s Rules of Order than they were in Jesus’ Great Commission. I move that we postpone indefinitely the exclusion of the Holy Spirit in church leadership meetings.
I have used one leadership tool in my 30 years of ministry and 21 years as a chairman of a non-profit Board more than any other tool. Perhaps it may help you as you lead a newly formed leadership team or an official board of directors. ...