FAQ
Acts 29 - A diverse, global family of church-planting churches


1. What does Acts 29 do in regards to planting churches?

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.

2. What if I am already affiliated to another denomination or organization?

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.

3. Does Acts 29 offer financial support?

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.

4. How can I engage my Church in Acts 29?

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.

5. How can I make contact with local Acts 29 churches in my area?

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.

6. How do I join Acts 29?

Acts 29 assesses both church planters and church planting churches. To join Acts 29, visit our apply page.

7. Will I be asked to enter into an agreement with Acts 29?

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.

8. Is it the Pastor or the Church that becomes a Member?

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.

9. How do I know if I am gifted to plant a 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.

10. Who should go through assessment?

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.

11. How important are the theological distinctives?

Acts 29 is theological driven as we believe church planting to be a theologically driven initiate. 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.

12. When should I apply?

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.

13. What experience do I need to apply with Acts 29?

We ask that those applying to our church planter assessment track, are over the age of 25 and have a minimum of 3 years ministry experience.

14. What do I need to have done before I begin the assessment process?

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.

15. How much does assessment cost?

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.

16. What if I don’t have good internet access?

Please contact your Network Director for a paper copy of the assessment process.

17. Who will oversee my assessment?

Each network has an Assessment Coordinator who will walk you through the process and answer any further questions that you have. 

18. How long will it take?

From an initial application, Acts 29 would expect you or your church to complete all online assignments and to attend an assessment conference 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.

19. How is sensitive information protected?

Only Acts 29 Assessment staff and your assessor team will have access to your personal information. In light of the sensitive nature of the information provided, special measures are taken to ensure it is treated confidentially. Full details of our privacy policy can be found here.

20. I started on wrong track, what should I do?

Please contact your Network Assessment Coordinator.

21. What if the assessment process is not in my native language?

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.

22. I want to plant in a country where I am not yet residing; what network should I be assessed through?

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.

23. What happens at an Assessment Conference?

Please visit this page for more details.

24. Does all my eldership team need to agree to the Covenant?

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.

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