Acts 29 seeks to facilitate and catalyze church planting all around the world and in a wide range of contexts, from urban to suburban to rural, but especially focusing on Gospel Priority Areas (GPAs) where Jesus is neither named nor known. Our collaboratives were created with these GPAs in mind.
CHURCH IN HARD PLACES
The poorest parts of our cities and towns are often forgotten. They are frequently places devoid of any real gospel presence, and churches in these contexts often have common struggles: a lack of trained leadership, a dearth of resources to equip workers and a sense of alienation from the wider evangelical church. Those doing ministry in Urban Poor communities often feel neglected and under-valued.
The urban poor collaborative, known as Church in Hard Places, was launched at the beginning of 2018 with the aim of catalysing and supporting church planting among the poor. The Church in Hard Places collaborative trains and equips indigenous church leaders in poor communities around the world through workshops, resources and an apprenticeship. The apprenticeship program currently includes 27 ministry leaders from 17 countries across 6 continents. These apprentices receive training in biblical studies, theology, preaching and church planting as well as being connected with other apprentices in similar contexts.
With a growing team, including co-directors Doug Logan and Mez McConnell, the Church in Hard Places team have been present at large conferences (such as T4G) and have hosted conferences and workshops around the world with the aim of providing training as well as profiling this great need for church planting in urban poor communities.
Almost half of the world’s population live in rural contexts, yet these areas are often overlooked when it comes to resourcing, training, support, and mobilization. A “rural” community is commonly known as an isolated, forgotten, and small place. It is defined by geographic, demographic and socio-economic realities.
Acts 29's Rural Collective was launched in October 2018 and is focused on churches planting rural churches. The team working on this collaborative is made up of planters from diverse rural communities across the world, lead by co-directors David Pinckney from Chichester, New Hampshire, USA and Robert Manda from Lilongwe, Malawi. Prior to launch, the team developed the following objectives:
- Promote the theological and missiological rationale for rural church planting through Network Directors, the broader Acts 29 family and within the wider evangelical community.
- Recruit within Acts 29 churches and on Bible college and seminary campuses for the purpose of rural church planting.
- Develop a network of cohorts focused on strategies for rural planting.
- Coach regional Network representatives who are devoted to advancing rural planting in their region. We will assist these Network representatives in creating coaching teams for any rural planter in their area.
- Resource rural planters by creating communities for support, context-specific content, and conduits for funding.