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The 2012 Acts 29 Pastors' Retreat

Every summer since the beginning, The Acts 29 Church Planting Network has gathered for a week to pray, worship, consider our overall health, and dream of what God might accomplish in and through our lives and churches. This past June we gathered in Newport Beach with our wives and God was very much among us. We spent the first night in worship and prayer and I was personally challenged and blown away by the thickness of God’s presence in the room with us. The week was different than weeks in the past. Scott Thomas was no longer on staff with A29 but is serving in an A29 church and Mark Driscoll is no longer serving as President but still involved with the Executive Board. We had the opportunity to honor several men and marvel at all God has been accomplishing for HIS name and HIS glory. His grace has been made evident this year in dozens of ways here are a few of my favorites:

  • There are now 450 A29 churches on 6 continents
  • 9,892 professions of faith last year
  • 7,033 baptisms
  • 157 new churches planted
  • 2,178 church plants funded via A29 Churches
  • 358 Church Planters preparing to launch in 2012-13
  • 108 A29 churches with church planting residencies

Please continue to pray for us as we seek to make much of Jesus and plant churches that make much of Jesus. If you are wondering how you can specifically pray follow the links to my 4 big hopes for Acts 29. 

For a peek behind the curtain, below is a quick video of our time in Newport.

Christ is All,

Matt Chandler


Special thanks to Laura Olson (wife of A29 pastor Eric Olson) for taking these pictures and putting this video together! To see more pictures from the retreat, visit her Flickr album.



Matt serves as Lead Pastor of Teaching at The Village Church in the Dallas Fort Worth area. He has served in that role since December 2002 and describes his tenure at The Village as a re-planting effort where he was involved in changing the theological and philosophical culture of the congregation. The church has witnessed a tremendous response growing from 160 people to over 11,000 with campuses in Flower Mound, Dallas and Denton.

Alongside his current role as lead pastor, Matt is involved in church planting efforts both locally and internationally through The Village and various strategic partnerships. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over 10 years where he spoke to thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus. His greatest joy outside of Jesus is being married to Lauren and being a dad to their three children, Audrey, Reid and Norah.

Recently, Matt was named president of Acts 29, a worldwide church-planting organization. Over the last 10 years, Acts 29 has emerged from a small band of brothers to over 400 churches in the United States and networks of churches in multiple countries.

Matt speaks at conferences throughout the world and has written a book, The Explicit Gospel, published in April 2012, his second book Creature of the Word, will be released in October 2012.