Looking Forward to Exponential!

If you’re heading to Exponential later this month I’d love to connect.

NewThing will have plenty going so check the program guide. We also have a pre-conference and I will be hosting a workshop. If you’re interested in learning more about us, please come to the FREE AfterHours Event on Wednesday Evening. Here are more details.

Here some details.

Pre Conference
Title: Leadership Culture – Led by NewThing 
NewThing is offering a unique event. Dave and Jon Ferguson, co-authors of Exponential and co-founders of Community Christian Church and NewThing, will be sharing their story and practical skills on how to reproduce leaders at all levels. You will also get a chance to hear from Troy McMahon, lead pastor of Restore Christian Church; Janet McMahon, small group director at Restore Christian Church; Bob Bouwer, lead pastor of Faith Church, Jeff Boriss, arts director and champion at Community Christian Church and Patrick O’Connell, director of NewThing and many other leaders who have lived out the principles talked about in Exponential. We will walk through topics like:
• The Leadership Path
• Apprentice: Come Follow Me
• Reproducing Groups
• Reproducing Artists
• Reproducing Multiple Sites
• Reproducing Networks & Movements
Time: Monday, 1:00-5:00pm & Tuesday, 9:00-11:30am
LocationStudent Center – SC 101B

Workshop Session 5: How to Create a Reproducing Culture in Your Church or Church Plant
We talk about wanting to reproduce leaders and churches but exactly how do we do it? How do we create a culture that catalyzes reproducing in our churches? In this workshop we will help you understand three powerful elements of any reproducing culture. And we will explore how you can use those elements to create a culture of reproducing in your church or church plant.
Time: Thursday, May 1, 8:45-9:45am
LocationEducation Building – E2 301E

NewThing After Hours Event at BB Kings!

Then join us for our exclusive After-Hours Event at B.B. Kings Blue Club on Wednesday, April 30th. It’s FREE and it’s going to be a great way for us to connect. REGISTER HERE.

Our special guest will be Michael Frost. Michael is an internationally recognized Australian missiologist and one of the leading voices in the international missional church movement. His books are required reading in colleges and seminaries around the world and he is much sought after as an international conference speaker. Frost is the Vice Principal of Morling College and the founding Director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study centre located at Morling College in Sydney, Australia.

“Michael Frost is a rare combination of brilliant thought leader and world-class communicator! Every time he speaks I lean in to make sure I don’t miss a word.” – Dave Ferguson

Our After Hours event is intended to be fun-filled night of food, music and relationship building for anyone interested in learning more about NewThing and how we might be able to help you do your thing.


You’re gonna want to ensure you make time for you and your team to attend. This will be your opportunity to hear from visionary leaders, Dave and Jon Ferguson, about our call to create movements of reproducing churches and how you might be part of that. It will be a great opportunity for us to get to know you and what God is doing through you.

We really want to see you there. Our After-Hours Event is FREE and only those who REGISTER HERE will be able to get in.

 See you at Exponential! 

Reproducing and Suffering

Those of us who are gigged out about reproducing leaders and churches often refer to 2 Timothy 2:2 for inspiration. paul-and-timothy

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.

I love Paul’s bold charge to Timothy to reproduce the Jesus mission in others.

But we often overlook is the context of Paul’s command to Timothy to reproduce. It comes right after his displeasure in enduring disloyalty. And precedes his challenge to suffer.

In 2 Timothy 1, Paul laments that some of his leaders had left him. I imagine Paul mustering all of the self-control he can manage as he’s writes:

You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes (2 Tim. 1:15).

You can almost hear Paul gritting his teeth as he recalls their disloyalty.

He then goes on to celebrate the loyalty of Onesiphorus… 

May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus (2 Timothy 1:16-18).

Then Paul charges Timothy to reproduce:

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others (2 Timothy 2:2).

But keep reading. In the next verse, Paul slams the brakes and reminds Timothy:

Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:3).

Disloyalty. Reproducing. Then suffering…like a soldier.

Having been a soldier in the Army I have a sense of what Paul is getting at. While I never saw combat, I experienced endless hours of marching in the mud, guard duty in the rain, and sleeping on a M1A1 tank. Then there was physical training and the endless drills. Tough stuff.

The soldier Paul had in mind, I am sure, suffered much worse. History is littered with suffering soldiers.

Paul is reminding Timothy that reproducing the Jesus mission in others will require the same discipline that is required of a soldier for the sake of the mission. This ‘suffering’ includes selflessness. It includes sacrifice and sometimes, pain.

Yet we must not despair. Suffering for the mission has a purpose:

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory (2 Timothy 2:8-9).

If you’re inspired by Paul’s call to reproduce the Jesus mission, I want to say thank you. I am with you. His command to reproduce the Jesus mission in others drives my life.

But reproducing will require suffering. It’s going to be hard. 

So be a good soldier and get on with the mission. For the reward leads to glory.

What about you? In what ways have you had to ‘suffer’ to reproduce the Jesus Mission? 

Is this a fair analysis of this passage? Am I making too much of the ‘suffering’ piece?

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