Acts 29 Application - South Africa

When is the appropriate time to apply to Acts 29 South Africa?

If you have already planted your church or currently lead an established church, then you can apply at any time. If you are a new lead planter, called by God, appropriately gifted, confident of the task which lies before you and taking specific steps towards planting, then it is time to apply. 

What to do before I apply?

It is now required reading that you purchase and read the following modules from Porterbrook Learning prior to your initial application. These gospel-centred learning resources have been written by church planters.

As part of your initial application you will be asked to reflect on the content of these two modules

What to do if I am unsure?

If you are unsure whether this is you, then we would encourage you to wait patiently, seek the Lord for clarity and attend an Acts 29 South African event at your earliest opportunity. Also, be sure to review "The Ox - Qualifications of an Acts 29 Church Planter" and prayerfully ask yourself if you are the man described therein.

Some great ways to help you determine whether you are called to plant a church and/or partner with Acts 29 include:

  1. Working through Scott Thomas' blogs "The Planter's Ultimatum", "Am I a Church Planter?", and Allen Thompson's "Is Church Planting for Me?" Prayerfully ask yourself if you are the man described therein.
  2. Read Darrin Patrick's book Church Planter 

If you desire to do a church planting internship before planting your church please visit http://acts29europe.com/intern/ or would like to see if there are any planting opportunities within Acts 29 churches, please feel free to contact us at matthew@acts29.com and we'll see what we can do to connect you with some Acts 29 churches in your target area.



Please note the following before applying:

1) REVIEW THE ABOUT PAGE, DOCTRINAL DISTINCTIVES, & COVENANT: ‚Ä®Please carefully review and be in agreement with Acts 29's Doctrinal Distinctives and Covenant. 

2) ASSESSMENT PROCESS: Reference the Assessment Process http://acts29europe.com/assessment-process/ page to know the assignments that are required to complete the application process.  Please note that you will need to devote a considerable amount of time to finish the application process.

3) TO APPLY: To apply to Acts 29 to pursue assessment and potential membership, please complete the "Initial Application" (Lead Pastor/Planter of the church is the only one that needs to apply; the Initial Application will take 10-15 minutes to complete).

Before completing the initial application form, you will need to read the following Porterbrook Learning Modules

 You are also strongly encouraged to read and interact with "Church Planter" by Darrin Patrick. This book and the porterbrook modules will be referred to as you progress through the assessment process.

*Networking is a key aspect of Acts 29. If you live in an area where there are other Acts 29 churches, we would encourage you to connect with those Acts 29 pastors and planters in your target area to begin to develop relationships as we network together to see the gospel transform your city. See list of Acts 29 churches here.  http://www.acts29network.org/find-churches/


There are only certain regions that we are presently focusing our attention on at this time so not all global applications will be approved. To steward our church planting efforts globally, we are only taking applications where Acts 29 has a country leader or director to then be able to invest in those church planters and lead the effort of church planting in their respective country.  Please fill out this form if you are not in one of these countries or regions: United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Europe: International Inquiries Form  

LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS: Choose "Create Account” below to set up your account to begin the application process.  This link will take you to "The Connect Desk" website to set up your account.  This website is connected with the ministries of Mars Hill Church as one of the founding churches of the Acts 29 Network.  Please set up your account through “The Connect Desk” and once you’ve set up your account and confirmed your account (an email will be sent to you), save this page to login to your account after you’ve successfully set up your account.  


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Assignment Questions
Initial Application 57
Phase 1 | Application Fee & Instructions 3
Resume 8
Networking 1
Reference Survey 102
Testimony & Calling 19
Marriage & Family 14
Wife Questionnaire 14
Financial Survey 12
Theological & Pastoral Questionnaire 24
Church Planting Strategy & Timeline 10
Confidential Questionnaire 39
Training & Boot Camp 11
Personality Profile 7
Preaching Sample 3
Phone Interview 13
Assessment Registration 2
Phase 2 | Assessment 0
Assessment Interview 0
Phase 3 | Candidacy Submissions 4
Phase 4 | Candidate 0
Candidate Website Set Up 21
Conditions Completed 17
Covenant & Membership Submissions 43
Phase 5 | Membership 7