I am REALLY excited about Celebration Generosity at Community this year because it will coincide with the recording of a brand new Community Music album. It’s gonna be great!
CelGen is the time when all of Community’s locations give away the weekend offering to 4 teams. (Talk about generosity!)
NewThing is one of those teams. If you want to be part of CelGen, GO HERE.
To help people get to know NewThing a little better, we’ve been sending out stories on who we are and what we’re up to. I thought it would be fun to share some here.
This one comes from Jessie Vaca, Resources Champion
Resources are Fueling Movement
We have a BIG dream at NewThing: to have 10,000 churches in NewThing by 2020. To accomplish that goal, we are creating and compiling more resources for our churches. Celebration Generosity helps make this possible.
At NewThing we’re always looking for ways to be an asset to church planters and help make their new church plants wildly successful. This year, we’ve been working towards this goal is by offering a special set of Tools for new church planters called the NewThing Toolkit.
Based on a pay it forward model, church planters are able to take advantage of four incredible tools that most church planters don’t have access to right out of the gate. These resources are valued at $20,000. When a new church planter takes advantage of these great tools they then have the opportunity to reinvest those dollars over the next few years into providing those tools to other new church planters.
The tools provided through this important program will go a long way towards making their new church plants healthy and effective from the very start. Through this program we’re able to provide Coaching for the first year of their plant, Web Design services, Project Management assistance to make sure they’re not forgetting anything in the process of planting, and cutting edge Church Management Software.
Most church planters overlook the importance of these Tools or simply don’t budget to provide these services to their new church. However, by providing these resources up front, we’re giving these churches a head start and are helping to make them effective and successful from the very beginning.
Another way we’ve been working on helping new churches is by curating and developing new intellectual resources for everyone in NewThing. On our website (www.newthing.org) you can find tons of great resources that deal with topics from developing leaders in small groups all the way to creating networks of churches that will work together to plant more churches than they could on their own.
We’re really excited about our newest resource, The Network Leader Field Guide. Within this book are the ambitious steps that any church can take to become a network of reproducing churches that will accomplish the Jesus Mission through strategic church planting. There are also tons of great sample documents and forms that will help developing networks think through all the logistics of starting a church planting network.
We’re constantly looking for new and helpful resources we can create and curate to assist our church planters. We’re working hard to get the best content from some of the brightest minds in church planting into the hands of our NewThing church plants so that they can go after the Jesus Mission in new and exciting ways.
Thanks to your prayers and generosity we’re able to provide these and so many other tools and resources to churches within NewThing. Throughout the next year we hope to be able to continually expand what we can offer to help start even more reproducing churches!
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