By: Todd Bumgarner
Congratulations, 2 Pillars Church. We are now officially a full member church in the Acts 29 Network.
Prior to today we were a candidate church plant. The last condition that we had to fulfill was to have 40 committed members which we surpassed a while back. It has taken some additional work on my part to tie up some loose ends with the application for full membership, and today I received word that we have been accepted into full membership.
For those of you who do not know, Acts 29 is a church planting network that we are apart of. As a church, we are committed to the continual planting of more churches. We want to be a church that plants churches that plant more churches. Acts 29 is a network committed to that vision. Through Acts 29, I am resourced well, gain coaching as a church planter, and have brotherhood with other pastors and church planters who are in the trenches and on the front lines.
The Acts 29 Network was founded 11 years ago. In the first six years, it grew to team of 71 churches. Over the last five years, there has been an explosion of growth, adding 300 new churches, with hundreds more planters applying.
The following are some key numbers to note:
- There are 392 current Acts 29 churches
- There were 133 new Acts 29 churches added in 2010
- There are 480 current applicants (480 guys lined up saying they want to plant with Acts 29)
- There are 100,000 people worshiping on a Sunday at an Acts 29 church
- There are 22 different denominations represented
Acts 29 churches are urban (55%), suburban (38%), rural (5%) and inner city (5%). Additionally, sixty-four percent of our churches have congregations of 200 people or less; six churches have more than 2000 in attendance.
Being apart of Acts 29 is key for who we are. Historically, and statistically speaking, 4 out of 5 church plants fail. Acts 29 is changing the face of that statistic.
Since it’s inception 11 years ago, the percentage of Full Member Acts 29 churches to close it’s doors is 1.67% which means that Acts 29, as a network, has a 98.33% “viability”/success rate for Full Members.
That should encourage you.
By: Jonathan Dodson (Pastor of Austin City Life, Austin TX)