Acts 29’s deeply held gospel-centered convictions unify us and motivate us. However, unity does not mean uniformity as it relates to applying our theological beliefs. As a global community of churches serving in diverse areas, we trust Acts 29 pastors and leaders to apply our gospel-centered vision in a way that is both biblically faithful and contextually wise.
Further, we believe that elders of local churches will give an account to the Lord for their teaching and leadership in the local church (Heb. 13:17), and consequently, Acts 29 does not assume responsibility for monitoring or policing matters of orthopraxy in our member churches. With this being said, because of our robust assessment practices, we are confident that when a leader or member of an Acts 29 church visits another Acts 29 church anywhere in the world (or an Acts 29 conference), he or she can expect to find Christ exalted and our values and beliefs reflected, and as a result, will be built up in our most holy faith and encouraged in our shared mission.
Throughout our history, a number of statements and papers have been added to our beliefs and distinctives for consideration and/or affirmation. As helpful as these statements may have been, we do not see them as being part of our official Acts 29 theological foundations. We believe that the Lausanne Covenant, our five theological distinctives, and our four hopes provide sufficient theological clarity and promote effective unity. These core beliefs, values, and longings have been part of the Acts 29 story for several years now, and we continue to affirm them gladly.