Our church is part of the Acts 29 Network, which, among other things, is keen on church planting. Here is a good article about Sojourn* Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky — How to Start and Persevere with Inner-City Ministry. As you may know, the Book of Acts is a history of the early church and has 28 chapters, so Acts 29 symbolizes where we are today.
My oldest daughter was a member when she lived there and we loved visiting it. My youngest daughter attends an Acts 29 Network church as well. I visited it last Fall and loved it. When the first verse of the first song mentions the wrath of God you know you are in a place that doesn’t sugarcoat things!
While no church is perfect (at least not while I’m in it!), these are the best churches I’ve ever been in. The balance of grace and truth, verse-by-verse preaching of sound doctrine, meaningful and scriptural lyrics, the right approach to the sacraments of baptism and communion, a passion for evangelism, a commitment to avoid trendiness, church-planting in all parts of town, the courage to tackle unpopular topics, the emphasis on small groups and living life together, meaningful study topics for men, women and combined groups, and more. I feel so blessed that it not only aligns with my “have to haves” but with my preferences. If you are looking for a church home I encourage you to search for one in your area.