On Wednesday 11 April 2018, I spent “An Evening with Acts 29” at the New Hope School in Pretoria where a crowd gathered to explore the complex social identities of modern-day Southern Africa and their impact on the church.
As a “diverse, global family” Acts 29 is all about church planting. We believe that the biblical case for church planting is robust, if not actually incontrovertible. But there is always the danger of rhetoric outstripping reality, and to such a degree that it becomes not only unhelpful, but also dishonest. The primary growth of Acts 29 should not be from churches joining us, but churches being planted by existing Acts 29 churches. If that is the case, new churches will join Acts 29 because it will be clear how we bring substantial added value in terms of helping them become churches that plant church-planting churches.
There is great gospel need in the region, and real opportunity to plant gospel-centred churches that plant other churches. Acts 29 Southern Africa is hoping to be able to seize that opportunity and to help to facilitate faithful planting by Southern Africans in Southern Africa. The network is still in its early stages, but there is a strong presence of full member churches with many more in the pipeline.
Regular training, recruiting and assessment events are planned for the region and our hope is that many men will be drawn to Acts 29 to plant churches in this massively strategic region.