Prioritizing the planting of churches in some of the most difficult places in the world.

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Acts 29 is a diverse, global community of churches. In order to see our churches reflect their communities and our networks reflect their regions, we provide assessment support, accessible training, and contextualized coaching for urban poor, rural, and other under-resourced church planters globally through Church in Hard Places.

Where We Work

Acts 29 is committed to planting churches in diverse, global environments. In many cases, this means planting churches where life and ministry is hard, including among the urban poor and the many rural, isolated communities of the world.

Global Urban Poor

In the world’s poorest communities life is hard. Life expectancy is low, crime is high, drug and alcohol addiction is extensive, and mental health issues, abuse, and neglect are widespread. Many churches in poor communities lack access to affordable and relatable training, and church planters often feel ill equipped and under resourced. But there is also something special about these places. There is often a rich sense of community and loyalty, and many people are happy to call these areas home. Acts 29 is working to see churches planted here, in the world’s poorest communities.


Church planting in small towns and remote villages presents distinct challenges and opportunities. Acts 29 Rural works to develop resources and training opportunities to equip those engaged in ministry within these unique environments.

How We Work


Church planters in poor or rural communities lack access to affordable and contextually relevant training. Additionally, these communities often lack solid gospel-preaching churches. Through Acts 29 Apprenticeships, indigenous, urban, and rural church planters are trained and supported to plant healthy churches. Apprenticeships also serve as a pathway to assessment with Acts 29.

Support & Training

Church planters among the urban poor or within rural communities face unique challenges. Through Church in Hard Places, we provide training and Acts 29 assessment support for those who need it.


june, 2023

Staff & Leadership

Matthew Spandler-Davison


Mez McConnell

Global Urban Poor Strategist

Dave Pinckney

Rural Strategist

Tim Sizemore

Apprenticeship Manager

Tyler St. Clair

Network Lead | Church in Hard Places

Dawn Gribbin

Events Manager

Thom Desmond

Coaching | Rural Collective

Patrick Bowler

Support | Rural Collective

John Hindley

Training | Rural Collective & Internship & Residencies

Mitch Muñoz

Assessment (Oral) | Rural Collective

Temidayo Adeyemi

Temidayo Adeyemi

Assessment Coordinator | West Africa

Robert Manda

Regional Director, East Africa

Mark Glenn

Assessment Support