Chicago Boot Camp

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - Friday, September 16, 2011

Location: Harvest Bible Chapel, 800 Rohlwing Road, Rolling Meadows, IL US 60008

Acts 29 boot camps are considered some of the best training available for those whom God has called to plant church-planting churches. Over the last ten years, God has used our boot camps to encourage and equip men to plant churches across North America and around the world.

This boot camp will follow our Boot Camp 2.0 format and will provide opportunities for all kinds of ministry leaders to hear what it takes to plant church-planting churches. It will also provide those specifically interested in spreading the gospel this way a place to talk, learn, dream, and plan for a movement of church-planting churches with some of the best church planting practitioners in their area.

Registration & Cost

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. (We will still accept walk-up registrations for Day 1 on Thursday.)

Student Discount (Day 1 Only): $25 per person — For college & seminary students and faculty & staff of educational institutions
Spouse Discount (Full Conference Only): $100 — When one spouse attends and pays the full conference price, the other spouse receives the discount if registered together
Group Discount (5 or more): Day 1 — $30 per person; Full Conference — $99 per person. Applies when 5 or more people register at one time (in the same transaction).*  


 Darrin Patrick - headshotKevin Cawley - headshot

James MacDonald (D. Min. Phoenix Seminary) has committed his life to the unapologetic proclamation of God’s Word. He 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.” James is the author of several books including Lord, Change My Attitude, Gripped by the Greatness of God, When Life is Hard, and most recently Always True. James and his wife, Kathy, have three adult children and make their home in suburban Chicago.

Darrin Patrick serves as lead pastor of The Journey in Saint Louis, MO, which he founded in 2002. He also serves as Vice President of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and is a regular contributor at The Resurgence. His passion is to help the church understand and live the gospel in the world. Today, The Journey runs ten services across four campuses and has planted seven new churches in the Saint Louis region and beyond. He has published two books: Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission and For the City with Matt Carter.

Scott Thomas is the President of Acts 29 Network and Board of Directors at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. He planted and replanted churches for 16 years as a lead pastor before moving to Seattle in 2006 with his wife Jeannie of 30 years and two sons (18 and 22). Acts 29 has planted over 350 churches in the last five years under Scott's leadership. Scott is the author of Theological Clarity and Application (Zondervan, 2010) and the forthcoming book, Gospel Coach: Shepherding Leaders to Glorify God (Zondervan, 2012). He is the creator of the Gospel Coach system and interactive website

Bryan Loritts 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.

Kevin Cawley is the directional leader of Redeemer Fellowship in the Midtown neighborhoods of Kansas City. Redeemer was planted by a team of elders in 2008 with a commitment to glorifying God through city-wide Gospel renewal, church multiplication and community development. Still very much in the infancy phases of church and family, Kevin spends most his time trying to love his wife, chase kids, equip and release emerging leaders, and maintain his sanity.

What Happens at a Boot Camp 2.0?

The boot camp will take place over three days; the training and audience will get more focused and more specific as the boot camp progresses. Those pastors interested in joining Acts 29 as members will need to attend all three days. The other two days will be open to a larger group of people.

The first day will provide a place for anyone interested in church planting, church ministry, or Acts 29 to hear from some of our best speakers on the ways and means God uses to build his church. Content and application will be focused on the church planter, his wife, and his team. However anyone interested in seeing the gospel advanced through the church to the whole world, you will find the first day of Boot Camp 2.0 extremely helpful.

The second day gives us the opportunity to provide training specifically for current and future church planters, pastors, and their teams. Space is limited; the training is only open to for current and future church planters, pastors, and their teams. (Others can request approval to be part of this training). This training will be intimate, interactive, and focused on equipping men to plant church-planting churches.

Assessment Day: Saturday, September 17, 2011. This is only for those who have completed their Acts 29 application process (Phase 1) and have scheduled an assessment will be assessed on Saturday, September 17. If you would like to be assessed, please begin the application process here and contact . Note: the wife of the church planter or pastor is required to be at assessment. 

Get the book, Church Planter, here.


Wednesday, September 14

3:00-6:00pm | Early Registration and check-in 

Day 1: Thursday, September 15 

8:00am | Check-in and Onsite Registration opens

10:00am – 5:30pm | Sessions

10:00 am | Worship
10:30 am | James MacDonald — The Message
11:40 am | Kevin Cawley — Hiding: Courage, Cowardice and the Call to a Gospel Minister
12:15 pm | Lunch (provided onsite)
1:15 pm   | Worship
1:45 pm   | Bryan Loritts — The Marriage
2:35 pm   | Scott Thomas — Gospel-Centered Leadership
3:40 pm   | Darrin Patrick — Community on Mission
4:30 pm   | Q&A with all speakers
5:30 pm   | Dismiss

Day 2: Friday, September 16 (for church planters and their teams)

8:00 am | Breakfast, coffee, check-in
8:45 am | Worship
9:00 am | The Mission - Table Discussion and Interaction
11:55 am | Lunch (provided on-site)
12:30 pm | Men: The Message - Table Discussion and Interaction 
            | Women: Being a Church Planter's Wife
1:50 pm | Marriage and Family - Table Discussion and Interaction
3:50 pm | The Man - Table Discussion and Interaction
5:30 pm | Dismissal 

For more information about Day 2's activities and Acts 29's new boot camp format, please click here.

*Group Registration

Signing up multiple individuals is best accomplished by filling out a separate registration form for each person. There's a feature at the bottom of the form, "I would like to place another registration." — if that box is checked another box appears that says "Please use this same information on the next form." — that allows you to register multiple people quickly and then you can change only the names for each registrant if they're all from the same church.

Refund Policy:

Day 1 registration is non-refundable.

Full Conference Refund Policy: If cancelation is received 7 days or more prior to the event a full refund will be issued. If cancelation is received 6 days or less prior to the event a 50% refund will be issued. If cancelation occurs day of the event, 0% of registration fees will be refunded.

All refunds will be issued within 3 weeks following the event. No refunds will be issued prior to event date. If you have questions, please contact