To assist these new pastors seeking to engage the culture, Pastor Driscoll has cofounded a church-planting movement called the Acts 29 Network. Acts 29 administrator Steve Tompkins told me, "Acts 29 exists to plant new churches and to replant dead and dying churches. So far, we have planted about 50 churches in North America and over 100 worldwide. Almost all of the churches in the U.S. are planted in urban centers. Most of the pastors are men in their mid-20s to mid-30s. The churches that they are planting are reaching a changing culture and people. What we have seen is that every church has an age cycle. Churches need to renew themselves to reach each new generation with the message of Christ."
I asked Tompkins how Acts 29 differentiated itself from other emerging churches. "There are a lot of emerging churches, but we place a high value on theological thought. We believe a church can be innovative reaching the culture, but we don't get innovative with the message of Jesus."