Tag: Mark Driscoll

Plant & Thrive: Acts 29 Conference

Plant & Thrive looks like it will be an immensely practical conference for guys checking out planting or already several years in. Check out the speaker line-up and topics:

Track 1 – For all potential A29 church planters

  • Mark Driscoll
  • Wayne Grudem – Gospel Centered Reformed Theology
  • Danny Akin – Preaching the Gospel
  • Scott Thomas – The Biblical Mandate on the Man
  • Andreas Kostenberger – The Effects of Planting on Family & Self
  • Mark Driscoll & Wayne Grudem – Q & A
  • Tyler Jones – Mission Rises out of Community
  • Ed Marcelle – Mission Rises out of Discipleship
  • Daniel Montgomery – Our Mission
  • Mark Driscoll

Track 2 – For planters in years 1-4

  • Jason Roberts and Chris Atwell – Coaching Introduction
  • Elliot Grudem – Leadership Development: Elders, Deacons, Volunteers
  • Mark Driscoll – Q & A
  • Jamie Munson & Nate Williams – Systems & Structures
  • TBA – Strategic Planning
  • Jamie Munson, et al. – Q & A
  • TBA – Small Groups
  • Chris Atwell – Assimilation to Membership
  • Wayne Grudem – Q & A
  • TBA – Children’s Ministry / Funding / Holistic Justice
  • Jason Roberts – Debriefing: Long Term Implementation
  • Mark Driscoll

Feb 4-5. More info here.

Acts 29 Dallas Bootcamp Resources

A couple of weeks ago Acts 29 hosted a Church Planting Bootcamp in Dallas, hosted by the Village Church. The aim of these bootcamps is to assess, equip, and release church planters into planting gospel-centered, missional churches that plant more churches. The theme of the Dallas Bootcamp was Depth.

The were a number of plenary speakers and a variety of breakout sessions (see schedule here). Audio and electronic resources are being released as they are ready (I am trying to figure out how to upload my audio to wordpress). Mark Driscoll’s talk on the Mission and Vision of Acts 29 includes a clear and compelling vision for a church planting movement that keeps Christ at the center and takes the gospel to periphery of the world. My session was Spirit-led Ecclesiology: Following the Spirit thru Church Planting, which critically examined motives and methods of church planters that lean away from the Spirit-led center of church planting. This was followed by a brief biblical theology of the Spirit and practical reflections on how we can follow the Spirit through unplanned change, resistance and barriers. In short, it was a plea to not replace the Spirit with the gospel in church planting.

For now, here are the resources I have gathered:

  • Driscoll on Mission & Vision of A29                                 audio manuscript
  • Dodson on Spirit-led Ecclesiology                                    audio manuscript
  • Dodson & White on Building Missional Core Teams                notes

Deacon Training – I

Tonight we had our first of three sessions on deacon training. I was moved by the number of quality of potential deacons sitting in our house. God has been so kind to Austin City Life! In preparation for training our deacons, I did the following:

Then I wrote and mailed a letter of invitation to potential deacons, gave them a copy of Driscoll’s booklet, and developed a teaching outline for our three session Deacon Training. In all of this I borrowed heavily from Bob Thune and David Fairchild. Thanks guys! Here’s the list of topics we are covering each month:

October 5, 2008 1st training meeting @ Dodson’s house

Discussion topic: A Theology of Deacons

Assignment: One Page Reflection Paper on 1 Tim 3:8-13

November 2, 2008 2nd training meeting @ Dodson’s house

Discussion topic: The Practice of Deacons

Assignment: One Page Dream Ministry Description

December 7, 2008 3rd training meeting @ Dodson’s house

Discussion topic: Holding to the Mystery of Faith

Next Assignment: One Page Summary of the Gospel

December 8-14, 2008 Interviews and Installation