Acts 29 is a diverse, global family of church-planting churches. We exist to resource and equip pastors, elders and potential planters by Assessing, Coaching, Training and Supporting them.
Acts 29 does not plant churches, rather it supports those who are endeavoring to do so. This is done through a variety of means; a rigorous & relational assessment process, a busy calendar of global events, opportunities for networking and other invaluable resources.
Acts 29 is a family of church-planting churches with a single-focus: church planting. Acts 29 is not a denomination. We are therefore open to dual-affiliation but ask that you inform those organizations that you are already affiliated to, or your desire to join Acts 29.
Acts 29 does not offer direct financial gifts or contributions to church plants and planters. All member churches covenant to give financially to church planting, however this is managed by churches and not centrally by Acts 29. As a result it is our hope that financial giving and support will happen through local partnerships.
Talk to your eldership. Churches are encouraged to engage with Acts 29 at network and regional training events, by praying for local and global needs, and by partnering with other Acts 29 churches. Churches seeking to join Acts 29 should apply through our existing church assessment track.
Please visit the find a church page on our website to search for local Acts 29 churches and pastors. Or submit a form through the website requesting further information.
Acts 29 assesses both church planters and churches. To join Acts 29, visit our apply page.
Before becoming a member church of Acts 29, the elders of your church will need to agree to enter into a covenant with Acts 29. Details of the covenant in your network can be found here.
Acts 29 is a family of church planting churches. It is therefore the church and not the individual that becomes the member. This is done by assessing the church planter or the eldership of an existing church.
If you are uncertain about whether to be involved in church planting, please take time to discuss this question within your local church. To aid you in this please use the following resources. Acts 29 churches often provide church planting residencies, please contact your local Network Director for opportunities in your area.
If you are planting a church, Acts 29 will assess the lead planter. Sometimes we will assess co-planters, this should be discussed with the local network assessment coordinator. If you are an existing church, typically we expect the Lead Pastor to initiate the assessment process, but the assessment will engage the whole eldership team.
Acts 29 is theological driven as we believe church planting to be a theologically driven initiative. Therefore, we ask that you not only agree with the theological distinctives, but actively embrace, teach and uphold them across your eldership and leadership team.
If you have already planted your church or currently lead an established church, then you can apply at any time. If you are a first time planter, you need to be 12-18 months away from planting and in the process of putting together a core team. There needs to be clarity around the location of your plant and in most situations we would expect you to have relocated.
We ask that those applying to our church planter assessment or existing church assessment tracks, are over the age of 28 and have had a minimum of 3 years ministry experience as an elder in their local church.
Networking. Engagement in your local network is essential before beginning the process. This can be done by attending local training events and getting to know local pastors.
Eldership. The wider eldership of your church need to be in agreement with the Acts 29 Covenant before the assessment process begins.
Acts 29 is serious about maintaining and investing in high quality assessment that brings significant added value to those who undergo the process. As such, Acts 29 does charge for assessment to cover these costs. The cost of assessment varies from network to network, please contact your Network Director for more details.
If the cost of assessment is prohibitive for you, please contact your Network Director about their bursary schemes.
Please contact your Network Director for a paper copy of the assessment process.
Each network has an Assessment Coordinator who will walk you through the process and answer any further questions that you have.
From an initial application, Acts 29 would expect you or your church to complete all online assignments and be ready for the final assessment within 6 months. Following a successful assessment conference, churches will become member churches within a year subject to the completion of any conditions set during the assessment.
Please contact your Network Assessment Coordinator.
As a diverse, global family we seek to provide assessment in multiple languages. As yet our current language capability is narrow but growing. As our networks develop and grow, one of our key priorities is to translate the process into different languages. This is a slow and delicate endeavor. Language options are available and we will do out best to accommodate your needs. Please contact your Network Director to talk this through further.
Please apply to be assessed through the network you are planning to plant in. We have a specific cross-cultural assessment for those seeking to plant into a different cultural context. Please contact your Network Director for more details.
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Yes. If you are applying to our existing church assessment track, or our church planter assessment track, all elders within your church must be in agreement the Acts 29 Covenant. If you have any questions about this, please contact your local Network Director.