Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Acts 29 UK/Europe

Steve Timmis moves from his responsibilities The Crowded House Church to head up Acts 29 Church Planting in Europe.

Scott Thomas writes: "...an answer to a prayer that began in London after numerous men begged for help in establishing a gospel-centered work in their part of the world. “Go and make disciples of all nations” was the authoritative command of Jesus. We had no more excuses. We are honored to have Steve Timmis join our network as a proven pastor, trainer, church planter and author. We pray that he will be a movement leader through Acts 29 that will help assess, train and send out hundreds of church planters into a post-Christian world that needs the gospel desperately."

Acts 29 London Bootcamp, June 9-10, 2009

Steve Timmis is the co-author of Total Church with Tim Chester. Last week Adrian Reynolds reported that he'll be leaving his role with Yateley Baptist Church to take on new responsibilities at The Proclamation Trust. Sometimes the best thing for a man to do is to entrust his local church to someone else to serve in a wider role. "Parachurch" at it's best, working to build the local church.


  1. Considering the discussion we had on this blog recently, I have to confess to finding this move rather ironic.

  2. Perhaps. I think I'd rather just be happy for Steve and for the opportunity this is for him, and for Acts 29, and probably for Crowded House too.

    I've concluded that there are two kinds of parachurch ministry, some are good for the church and some are not. Acts 29, UCCF and some others I think fall into the good guys camp, though we need to keep working on how that works, and of course recognise that obviously we mess up some times and in some places... that said, I reckon there's 80+ years of evidence that on balance UCCF has been very good for "the local church".

  3. In my experience, to be honest, Acts 29 promotes a type of macho "how many city churches have you planted?" competition that isn't at all healthy for churches.

    Your mileage, of course, may vary!

  4. Assuming they don't just want to move flab around the body but actually go and reach new people, then I figure church planting is a good thing - especially in UK and the rest of Europe - where relatively speaking things are so unchurched.

  5. Hi Dave,

    Wow, that was unexpected (for me)!

    BTW, we haven't interacted for a long time but I've finally joined up with the Newfrontiers church here (Brisbane, Australia), and I've just started blogging again after a really long break, and wanted to say "hi".

  6. Welcome back! I'll stick you on nf bloggers.