Grateful for our NewThing Gathering 2017

Well – another NewThing Gathering is in the books.

Over 300 NewThing leaders present. I was delighted some of our global leaders could join us. And a fair number of guests joined us which we love!

I’ve had a little time to reflect on the day. The best word to sum up our gathering for me: GRATEFUL.

I am grateful for all of our NewThing leaders from across North America to join us.

Commissioning the North American Team!

I am grateful for our North American team led by Dave Dummitt. It was inspiring to commission them to their work of reproducing more churches.

I am grateful for our guests who I hope got a glimpse of what we’re doing and how we could help them fuel church planting.

I am grateful to all of our great strategic partners who come alongside us to further our mission: CCB, Aspen, Aware3, Compassion and CICM.

I am grateful for the fantastic team that put it all together. They worked tirelessly to bring all of the details together.

I am grateful for our time of worship with Community Music.

Bob Carlton, Ridge Point

I am grateful for everyone of our workshop leaders who crafted practical and engaging platforms for us to learn from one another.

I am grateful for all of our volunteers who helped make it happen.

I am grateful to our North American Advisory Team who are leading us to the next level. These leaders are committed to movement.

I am grateful for Albert Tate who truly challenged us to lean into the gap.

Albert Tate

I am grateful for Bob Bouwer who taught us how to lead ourselves better (1 Timothy 4:16).

I am grateful we’re beginning to tell more stories about how God is using Catalyst Communities to start new networks.

I am grateful for all of the churches and leaders who have partnered with us to catalyze more church planting all over the world. They are doing great work.

I am grateful for a great night out (seriously it was a BLAST) celebrating God and connecting with friends.

I am grateful for the unique vantage point God provides me to see what he’s doing all over the world.

I am grateful that for reasons we simply don’t understand, God continues to work in and through us to plant more churches. He continues to do exceedingly more than we could ever dream or imagine. And for that, I am truly grateful.

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Author: Patrick

Patrick O'Connell is the Global Director of NewThing. He is passionate about helping people start new things. He didn't grow up in church. He dabbled in atheism and punk rock (which he still loves) but eventually found his way back to God. He wants to leverage his knowledge, experiences and understanding of church planting and Kingdom to help people find and follow Jesus. He's sold out for the mission of God and believes that the church is the hope of the world. He's married to Nancy and they have three great kids. He likes to run, read and hangout with friends.

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