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.