Friday, January 16, 2009

Immanuel and Acts 29

The Acts 29 Network has graciously received me as one of their church-planters. So Immanuel Church is now connected with this exciting young movement. We are grateful.

Why join Acts 29? For at least these reasons:

1. God has given the men of Acts 29 unusual wisdom in planting and growing new churches, and I have a lot to learn.

2. Our desire at Immanuel is to raise this church up, in order to give it away to the next generation. Joining Acts 29 facilitates that hand-off.

3. Acts 29 opens doors to financial support until we are fully funded ourselves. And it opens doors to our own giving toward other church plants.

4. The covenant Acts 29 pastors sign commits them to plant church-planting churches. This was Immanuel's desire from the start, but now that desire is accelerated and a practical mechanism is provided.

5. Belonging to the Network gets us into a larger fellowship. We don't want to stand alone. The gospel always moves us toward relationships. And it's great to link arms with such inspiring men.

May God keep his hand on Acts 29, to the praise of the glory of his grace.