Church Planting

Church Planting

We plant churches because Jesus loves the church, Jesus died for the church, the church is the bride of Christ and Jesus said the church will not fail. The church is God’s primary strategy. The church is God’s “plan A.” We plant churches because God has been so gracious to us. It is our joy, privilege, responsibility and call to carry that same gospel of grace to the world. We believe that church planting is one of the best ways to do that. We want to be a conduit for that grace, not a cul-de-sac.

We plant churches because we want to make disciples. Jesus commissioned Christians to go and make disciples of all nations. We believe that church planting is the best way to make disciples, not just converts. We plant churches through strategically and intentionally equipping, caring, connecting and resourcing church planters and their families to answer this incredible call of God on their lives. The vision of The Church of Eleven22 is to be a movement for all people to discover and deepen a relationship with Jesus Christ.

We plant churches because our vision is not just for all people in Jacksonville, but for all kinds of people globally. In Revelation 5:9, John writes, “And they sang a new song, saying, ‘worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” We believe that church planting is the best way to see God worshipped by all people of every tribe, tongue and nation. We plant churches because we are a movement of people committed to moving, going and being sent to live on mission. Habakkuk 2:14 says, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the seas.” We believe that planting churches is the best way to see a knowledge of the glory of God spread across the face of the earth.

The Church Planting Residency is a nine-month program that we equip, resource, and send church planters to launch thriving, gospel-centered, multiplying new churches.

The residency is designed for the church-planter who is 12-18 months out from launching his church, but believes it would serve him, his family, and his church well to spend a concentrated season of learning and preparing to plant.

While in the residency, church planters will:

- Receive training, equipping, resourcing, care, and time to work through the theological, missiological, and practical aspects of church planting while being exposed to daily mission and ministry.
- Grow as prophet (preaching and teaching), priest (pastoral and relational), and king (leadership, strategy, and administration).
- Hone the plant’s church's mission, vision, values, strategy, and culture.
- Advance in gospel fluency as it relates to leadership and counseling.
- Develop plans and structures for leadership, staffing, and ministries.
- Gain experience in preaching, teaching, worship, and discipleship.
- Grow a core group and financial supporters.
- Prepare for and go through the ACTS29 Church Planter Assessment.
- Grow in a personal relationship with Jesus.
The Church Planter Cohort is for planters who are currently on the ground gathering a core gro or have already launched public worship in the last year. It is our prayer that planters will grow in gospel character, self-awareness and church planting skills as they learn alongside the other cohort members and as they spend extensive time with seasoned trainers who have planted churches that plant churches.

Cohort members will meet for four 72-hour gatherings over a year for training, fellowship, prayer, projects, and assessments. Each gathering will focus on a primary theme: healthy pastors, biblical churches, aligned ministries, and balanced missions.
Jacksonville Pastor’s Collaborative is a local group of pastors in Northeast Florida. Our hope is to provide coaching, support and a family to pastors locally. The collaborative is run by Acts 29 Network pastors, but is open to anyone in the city with a shared focus on planting churches that plant churches. We host four events a year to help equip and encourage our local churches. If you have questions or would like to be added to our database to receive information on upcoming gatherings, please contact Boyd Bettis, Lead Pastor of The District Church, Boyd@thedistrictchurch.com.
We have planted over 150 churches: from Florida to California, to Brazil to Africa, and to the Middle East. If you live in Northeast Florida, we would love for you to be a part of one of our church plants:

Doxa Church, Orange Park
Anthem Church, San Marco
The Crossing Church, Julington Creek
The Ville Church, Downtown

We belong to and are leaders in a diverse, global family of church planting churches called ACTS29. As a family of church-planting churches, ACTS29 is about one thing: church planting. ACTS29 exists to encourage, resource, facilitate, support and equip churches to plant churches that will plant church-planting churches. What gives ACTS29 its distinctive texture is its robust commitment to theological clarity, cultural engagement and missional innovation. ACTS29 is not a denomination, but over 700 church plants from around the globe that come together to plant churches. We are proud to serve the network as a hub church providing training, care, equipping, and resourcing to church planters.