Celebrating a Great 2017

Wow! What a year 2017 has been at NewThing.

For reasons we can’t explain, God continues to do immeasurably more than we can imagine. He has continued to give us more opportunities to partner with leaders all over the world to plant churches. It’s been incredible.

My year began in Dahmo, India with our NewThing Global Team. NewThing leaders from Europe, the Philippines, Africa and North America joined us for several days to discuss how together we could plant even more churches.

More catalytic leaders joining our team. We commissioned the NewThing North American Team led by Dave Dummitt. Dave has been busy meeting with leaders all over North America (including Canada). He’s built a top-notch team that has significantly increased our bandwidth. Dave also organized our North American Advisory Team to help lead our efforts.

Rob Wegner joined our Global Team. Rob is overseeing our efforts to reproduce new churches and connect with potential partners. Rob brings great leadership and experience to our team.

You’re probably hearing more about NewThing these days. That’s because we have a great communication team, led by Haley Bodine, working hard to tell the stories and track the stats of all that God is doing throughout our movement.

Joe Wilson has been traveling the world conducting catalyst communities. This year alone our Global Catalyst Community Teams have traveled to Uganda, Albania, the Philippines and El Salvador. We are growing this team and scaling the content so we can start more catalyst communities in every country of the world. We are in active conversations with leaders in places like Poland, Germany and Brazil to conduct catalyst communities next year.

Speaking of Catalyst Communities: We conducted 3 more Catalyst Communities in North America: Atlanta, Indy and Chicago. We have plans to conduct them in more cities in 2018 including Columbus, Milwaukee and Los Angeles.

We finished another cohort of Leading a Reproducing Network (LARN) training. We’ve had close to 30 churches participate in these learning communities and they have goals to plant nearly 1000 churches.

At the end of 2017, I traveled to Europe for the Launch Conference in Manchester and then meetings with our friends from Norway. Finally, I attended the final Catalyst Community of the year in San Pablo City, Philippines. Over 250 leaders gathered to work together to plant more churches.

The list goes on and on.

NewThing catalyzes new churches for the Kingdom. We are a global partnership dedicated to remaining movement in structure and Kingdom focused. Everything we do is about helping leaders dream God sized dreams and helping them achieve their goals.

Indeed, God did it again in 2017. And what is even more exciting for me is that I know he’s got even more planned for 2018. In fact, I am convinced that we’re just getting started!

I am praying bigger and more desperate prayers as a result.
To the churches and leaders and residents all over the world who have partnered with NewThing I want to say THANK YOU! We truly help each other go faster and farther for the Jesus Mission.

And to all of our supporters: your prayers and financial generosity is mission critical. Your support directly helps us change the spiritual landscapes of neighborhoods, cities, and even countries. Thank you for partnering with us in the Jesus Mission and helping make 2017 great!

I can’t wait to see what God does through our movement in 2018!

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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