The Acts 29 Network is a Christian organization dedicated to church planting. It derives its name from the Book of Acts in the New Testament, which has 28 chapters, making Acts 29 the "next chapter" in the history of the church. A number of other Christian organisations also use the phrase "Acts 29" in their name.

The Acts 29 Network was founded by Mark Driscoll in 1998,[1][2] while the current president is Matt Chandler. The offices and leadership of Acts 29 moved from Mars Hill Church in Seattle to The Village Church in Texas in March 2012.[3]

Other figures active in the early days of the Acts 29 Network included Dr. David Nicholas of Spanish River Church, Boca Raton, Florida;[4] Rick McKinley of Imago Dei Community; the aforementioned Mark Driscoll; and several other non-denominational and Presbyterian church planters.

The network calls itself a "trans-denominational peer to peer network of missional church planting churches" and describes itself as "first Christians, second Evangelicals, third Missional, and fourth Reformed."[5]

The Acts 29 Network has been described as part of the emerging church.[1][6][7] However Darrin Patrick, Vice President of Acts 29 has pointed out "bad things" in the emerging church such as "the fascination with deconstructing almost everything while building almost nothing," and "ugly things" such as "conversing about God's Word to the neglect of obeying it, deviating from historical orthodoxy and the lack of clarity regarding issues of theology and sexuality."[8]

The network includes over 400 churches.[9] A number of churches within the network belong to multiple denominations. For example, Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America,[10] while The Village Church is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention.[11]

Mission and Vision

The Mission of Acts 29 is to band together Christian, Evangelical, Missional & Reformed churches, who, for the sake of Jesus and the gospel, plant new churches and replant dead and dying churches across the United States and the world. This work is done in obedience to the great commission (Matt. 28:18-20), with the goal of seeing millions of lives changed by the power of the gospel.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Henard, William D.; Greenway, Adam W. (2009). Evangelicals Engaging Emergent: A Discussion of the Emergent Church Movement. B&H. pp. 8,245. ISBN 0-8054-4739-3. 
  2. Thomas, Scott. Happy Birthday and Happy 15th Anniversary, Mark Driscoll. Acts 29 Network. Retrieved on 23 August 2012.
  3. Retrieved 2012-03-28.
  4. Interview with Scott Thomas.
  5. FAQ. Acts 29 Network. Retrieved on 7 April 2011.
  6. Jameson, Norman (21 March 2011). "SBC Pastors’ Conference slate raises ire". Associated Baptist Press. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  7. Palmeri, Allen (28 January 2008). "Theology committee tackles Emerging Church". The Pathway (Missouri Baptist Convention). Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  8. Patrick, Darrin. Emerging Church - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Acts 29 Network. Retrieved on 7 April 2011.
  9. Churches. Acts 29 Network. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  10. Why We Do It. Christ the King Presbyterian Church. Retrieved on 7 April 2011.
  11. What is Our Denominational Affiliation?. The Village Church. Retrieved on 1 October 2012.

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