Getting inside Acts 29…


The good folks at the State Convention of North Carolina continue to produce quality material, particularly The Office of Public Relations led by my friend Doug Baker. Doug recently recorded a great interview with a group of Acts 29 pastors. If you would like to listen to the podcast, click here.

The BSCNC also published the following press release to accompany the podcast.

Acts 29: A Closer Look
By:BSCNC Communications

Acts29 is a church planting network which helps plant churches who, in turn, plant churches. This mission brings together pastors from all over the world who train and empower future pastors to become church planting pastors. Acts29 is a growing movement with an increasing number of affiliating Southern Baptist churches and leaders. This edition of the InSight Podcast investigated Acts29 with some North Carolina Baptist pastors whose churches affiliate with the network. InSight host Douglas Baker interviewed Tyler Jones, Lead Pastor of Vintage 21 Church in Raleigh; Sean Cordell, Pastor of Preaching and Mercy Ministries at Treasuring Christ Church in Raleigh (not an Acts29 affiliated church but attends many of their events and training opportunities); Daniel Montgomery, Founding and Teaching Pastor of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Ky; and J.D. Greear, Lead Pastor of the Summit Church in Durham.

“We wanted to go directly to the source to provide for all North Carolina Baptists the truth about this network of churches. These pastors were upfront in their answers to our questions and respectful as we pressed to inquire about rumors and other statements that may or may not have been true about these pastors and Acts29,” said Douglas Baker, host of the InSight Podcast. “The Bible demands that we work to listen respectfully and speak kindly with all those who profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This conversation is a step toward a new level of understanding for all Christians as well as a call for local churches to re-examine why they exist; what they are doing to reach the lost for Christ; and ways to improve their skill as servants of Jesus Christ in the modern day. These men serve on the front lines in some difficult places, and our response as servants dedicated to the advancement of local churches is to prayerfully examine their testimony and faithfully serve their needs as fellow laborers in the ministry of Jesus,” Baker said.

Issues considered in this podcast:

• Postmodernity – What is it?; Contextualization – What is it?; Culture and Theology; Ministry in an Urban Context; Diversity in the Local Church.

• Tradition and Traditionalism; The Craving for Authenticity; The Emerging Church Movement; Gospel Reductionism; The Emergent Church Movement; Acts29 Church Planting Network.

• Vintage 21’s Theology and Doctrine; Tony Jones and the Gospel; The Gospel and Propositional Truth; Homosexuality and Modern Culture; Christology – Missiology – Ecclesiology.

• Institutions and Denominations – Are they helpful?; Acts29 Network – Its Founding and Future; The SBC as a Missional Network; The Doctrinal Commitments of Acts29; Biblical Preaching as a Priority; Acts29 and Southern Baptists.

• North Carolina – Is It Still the Bible Belt?; Requirements for an Acts29 Church Planter; Churches Planting Churches – the Biblical Model?; The SBC and Church Planting; The Future of the SBC.

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & (soon to be) Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainer Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

5 thoughts on “Getting inside Acts 29…

  1. Micah,

    Doug Baker is doing a fabulous job as our state convention’s public relations guy. He is a dear, sweet man with the energy of five men. We are very blessed to have Doug on our staff.

    Les

  2. Micah,
    I enjoyed listening to the interviews and was uplifted by the guests and host. I was glad to hear one of the guests correct the conversation by stating that the Southern Baptist Convention is not a denomination. My initial introduction to the Acts 29 organization was through articles about The Journey church in St. Louis and their outreach efforts which included bars. After hearing these interviews I had a much more positive impression, however, I searched for an official statement of their position on the earlier controversy. In reading this statement: http://uploads.acts29network.org/Documents/Acts%2029%20and%20Alcohol.pdf

    I believe that the organization understands the scriptural warnings that although a Christian has freedom to be around such a situation and not sin, he may be causing those of weaker faith to stumble by the appearance that he/she approves of that culture or lifestyle. I also understand that like the Southern Baptist Convention, the Acts 29 organization does not dictate to each of its churches their behavior on every issue. So, I understand the precarious position of Acts 29. However, I also see that in 1 Corinthians, Paul made it a point in his church-planting efforts to direct the churches away from such activity and so I was disappointed that the statement I read did not make a similarly clear statement against it. I guess my mindset is that part of church planting is new-church discipling using the scriptures to encourage and direct them in their activities.
    With such an exciting and effective church-planting ministry, I would love to see them take just one more step on this issue. More importantly, I would like to see the individual churches, which seem to be centered around St. Louis, take that step.
    Thanks for helping me gain a better understanding of the conservative, Bible-based, cooperative approach that these men and women have in ministry. I just hope that they would direct toward the scriptures a little more on this one issue.

  3. see Kyle, I guess that’s where I would disagree with you. I would argue that the Acts 29 statement is the more biblical statement. To push policies which restrict behavior on this issue would be overstepping biblical boundaries. What I like about this statement, is that it says what scripture says.

    At that point I think each church has to determine for itself what a proper application of methodology would be. In my church’s case, for instance, we restrict alcohol use because in our culture to not do so could be detrimental to our testimony. That is not true regarding alcohol in every culture, however. Because of that it is incumbent on each church to make a decision that is biblically informed and culturally sensitive.

  4. You are right. It is the ultimate responsibility of the churches themselves to lead on these issues. Like I said it is a tough position to be in as a non-church organization. I am very much in support of going outside the walls of the church to reach lost people and very much in support of new church planting efforts. It is definitely a fine line we walk to make sure that our outreach efforts do not pull us over that line. Thanks for all of your efforts to keep me and others informed. I really appreciate your ministry.

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