Conviction & Commendation is one of the eleven competencies that Acts 29 considers essential when assessing church planters. You can explore the Competencies further on the Acts 29 Competencies page.


Ministry is not for the faint of heart. Paul said, ‘I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.’ 2 Corinthians 11:27-28. Conviction and Commendation bring together both the work of God in the life of the planter and the recognition from the wider church that this planter should be set apart for the task of starting a new church.



  1. From the Conviction & Commendation eBook, which of the three aspects of conviction do you need to grow most in? What can you do to improve in this area?
  2. Have you asked family, friends, and respected leaders to evaluate you in these areas? How will you steward their responses?
  3. What thing or things do you tend to bow down to most?
  4. What can you do to cultivate a “habitual vision of greatness”?
  5. What one or two things is the Spirit asking you to do in response to the eBook?


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Jonathan K. Dodson
Written by: Jonathan K. Dodson on junho 12, 2018

Jonathan K. Dodson (M.Div, Th.M) is happy husband to Robie, and proud father to Owen, Ellie & Rosamund. He is the lead pastor of City Life Church and a leader in PlantR and Gospel Centered Jonathan is also author of Gospel-Centered Discipleship, Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection and The Unbelievable Gospel: Say Something Worth Believing (September, 2014). He enjoys listening to M. Ward, smoking his pipe, watching sci-fi, and following Jesus.