The day after the 2012 NFL draft, a writer gave the Seattle Seahawks an ‘F’ for their performance. Head coach Pete Carroll had reminded us why he failed in previous stints as coach for the Jets and Patriots. The organization celebrated poor choices and drafted a quarter back named Russell Wilson who didn’t even fit their offense.
A week ago, the coach and quarter back and the rest of the organization celebrated a Super Bowl victory with a parade in downtown Seattle. What has become obvious in the two seasons since their dumpster fire of a draft is that it was no failure. The construction of the team was intentional, even if it followed an unconventional blueprint.
The blueprint for Acts 29 is unconventional. Humble entrepreneurs. Hard workers who prioritize their families. Historic theology applied to an ever-changing context. Ordinary men doing extraordinary work in more than 500 churches around the world. In 24 countries spread across 6 continents, Acts 29 churches are led by men who don’t make the grade in the eyes of the world. Wasted ambition. Curators of an archaic way of life.
But make no mistake, there is a blueprint. Spiritual vitality. Theological clarity. Emotional maturity. Entrepreneurial ability. A follower of Jesus, a family man, and friend to the people God has placed around him. There are as many ways to advance the kingdom of God as there are ways to score touchdowns in the Super Bowl. This is our way.
If you’re part of an Acts 29 church, this is how we see the man leading your church. If you love Acts 29, pray for God to raise up more men like this who will plant the gospel in their neighborhoods, cities, and beyond. If you think you’re the kind of man that Acts 29 can serve as you lead a church that plants other churches, let’s talk.