The Acts 29 Network is bringing micro-churches to Fort Worth neighborhoods, and pastors hope their congregation will make people like church more.
“It’s really a grass roots effort,” said the pastor of The Rooted, Nick Ostermann.
The City Church, The Rooted and The Paradox are all Acts 29 churches that meet and serve in Fort Worth neighborhoods. The Acts 29 movement started with Mars Hill Church in Seattle 10 years ago. The church has grown to over 400 “plants” as pastors plant new churches around America, and around the World.
The Rooted was the first Acts 29 church plant in the area, making its home in south central Fort Worth more than two years ago. However, the heart of their church may meet in the house next door to you.
“There are big churches here, but for us in Fort Worth, we have smaller plants, it’s all about the city groups,” Ostermann said.
The City Groups or “Villages” are a defining mark of the Acts 29 church movement. Though each church has a different title for the conglomeration of church members meeting at houses and serving the community, they remain similar in purpose. Micro management of the church is a unique intention of the Acts 29 movement.
“There is more responsibility to the church members, it’s all about equipping the city groups for whatever God has placed on their hearts,” said Ostermann.