Max is Making Heroes in the Philippines

Our NewThing teams in the Philippines are making a real difference.

Pastor Max Beloso is leading a movement of reproducing churches. As part of his work with Frontline, Max and his team are leading the effort to conduct Catalyst Communities all over the Philippines.

But Max is also a pastor and has his eye on WHY we need to plant new churches. He posted the story of Nanay Iyah, a woman who attends one of the NewThing churches. Pastor Max posted this on Facebook page recently and I want to pass it along.


She is one of our faithful member of our City Church, I can say she is very poor and old .
But I want to celebrate her heart for the kingdom of God.
She is always early in our celebration Sunday.
She is very active in every gathering.
Lately we launched our project to the Church , and the whole FWC that we will do the fund raising for the training Center for Church planters and for community transformation.
And she is one of the first person who is excited to contribute.
I think she understood the dream or vision for the kingdom of God.
So she got the card for our fund raising strategy, we call it “Bayanihan “ for 1 Million signature,and a week after she is the first one who surrendered the card with 1300 pesos for the building.
And God reminded me about the simple boy who gave his food and make sacrifices for the sake of many people.( you know the story) This boy is a Hero maker.
I do believe that everyone can contribute about this dream if we want , specially that we know it’s for the kingdom of God.
Pls if you have a heart for the Philippines and even South East Asia, help us to make it happen, pray with us and let’s do this together.
Our dream is we can set up a place to train many young people to become church planters in many places.
And we have many young people who wants to become hero maker or church planters in many Barangays or villages.
We need to do this to continue the Jesus mission.
I do believe that in this place we will make many HEROES, and Hero maker for God’s kingdom.

Max is a Hero Maker and church planting is all about making heroes. It’s about Hero Making. This is something we’re deeply passionate about at NewThing. If we can help you do that, let us know.

Dave Ferguson’s new book, Hero Maker is coming out soon. Be sure to grab a copy for you and your teams.

If you want to help Max in the Philippines message him on his Facebook page.


Churches must network together, here’s why

It was Paul Hiebert who first proposed that the bounded set and centered sets could help us identify who is and who is not a Christian. (See Conversion, Culture and Cognitive Categories Hiebert 1978.)

While the debate around bounded set and centered set is appropriate for conversion, I think this language can help our conversation about movement as well.

The big challenge for us in the Western Church is that we haven’t seen movement in a long time.

Why not?

Continue reading “Churches must network together, here’s why”

It’s Going to Be Risky, Get Used to It

Planting a church is good. Planting several churches is even better. But planting a movement is best.

It won’t be easy to plant a movement. (But you knew that.) One thing I do know is that to plant a movement you will need to take risks…lots of them.

Yet, we tend to avoid risk. We take the safe route. We take the tried and true route. We avoid betting big. (I wonder what this indicates about out trust in God but that’s another story.)

I really believe the bigger your dream the better the likelihood in achieving some of it.

Yes, you might fail, but why not fail BIG?

World changers know that to achieve BIG results will require BIG RISK. I once read Mark Zuckerberg (you know the guy who started Facebook) saying:

The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.

To start any thing new is going to entail a certain amount of risk. Get comfortable with it.

What is the risk you need to take today to impact tomorrow?

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You Can’t Get to Level 5 on Your Own

Several weeks ago I had the privilege to participate in conversations with leaders about the ‘Becoming a Level 5 Assessment.’ (Take the Assessment HERE.) 

Becoming Level 5

For several days, we talked about what a Level 5 church even looks like and how we can get there. The dialogue was fruitful and robust and I was grateful to be part of it.

As I’ve reflected on that meeting, I came to the conclusion that no one church will achieve level 5.

It will take networking and collaboration to get to Level 5.

So you’re up to speed, the BL5 assessment ranks churches into levels:

1 – Declining
2 – Plateaued
3 – Growing
4 – Reproducing
5 – Movement

According to the assessment so far…

  • Approximately 80% of churches in North American are Level 1 and 2
  • Approximately 16% are Level 3.
  • Approximately 4% are Level 4.
  • There are no level 5 churches in North America according to the assessment. (This might be a slight exaggeration as there may be one or two but that’s still up for debate.)

That’s right, zero Level 5 churches.

I suspect most of you want to be level 5? I am sure most of would agree that getting to Level 5 would be a good thing!

Now, to be honest, it’s a challenge to even describe a Level 5 ‘church.’

Here is rough sketch:

  • Full expression of APEST
  • Simple systems
  • Kingdom focus
  • Oikos – Communitas as the primary relational platform
  • Functioning on new economic models
  • Collaborative
  • “FAMILY” ethos
  • Repeatable rhythms
  • Core DNA is simple and transferable
  • Spontaneous development occurs
  • Planned inefficiencies
  • A focus on future growth
  • Risky
  • Biased toward releasing
  • Openness to new tech. and new things
  • Decentralized

I suspect that Level 4 (Growing) and Level 4 churches (reproducing churches) can only get to Level 5 as they network with other churches to plant the seeds of level 5 churches. In this way, Level 3 and Level 4 seed Level 5 movements.

There will be some challenges for us to do this.

One of the challenges is our ‘go-it-alone’ attitude. We tend to want to do everything ourselves, train leaders, plant churches, gather our own networks, centralize the funding, put our brand on it. Nothing is ‘wrong’ with this. I celebrate any effort to plant more churches, sites, and missional communities.

It just won’t get you to Level 5.

We can’t achieve the Jesus Mission on our own. We will need to work together to do it. We’re going to need to work with each other. We will need to network and collaborate in new and in significant ways.

I am not sure what that’s going to look like…yet. But I am confident we can do it.

At NewThing we are committed to doing our part to make it happen.

I am excited about the work Todd Wilson and Dave Ferguson have done in writing the eBook, Becoming a Level 5. It’s going to change the conversation about multiplication, especially in North America.

Read it. And take the assessment.

Then ask yourself, how you and your church can be part of a network of churches that will seed level 5 movements. Together, we really can achieve the Jesus Mission.

What are your thoughts? Where have you seen churches collaborating with other churches to achieve more for the Kingdom?

Let’s Catch Some Wind!

Many of us are striving to catalyze more of the Jesus movement. We want to see millions of churches planted and billions of people find their way back to God.

This is a noble endeavor and I’ve given my life to it.

But why don’t we see more of it – especially in the West? Why haven’t we seen an explosion of movements?

There are lots of answers I am sure.

But I am also begging to think it’s because we’re not ready?

God and God alone is responsible for movement. God will start his own movements through the power of the Holy Spirit. Outside of the Holy Spirit moving, we are foolish to believe we can generate movement.

So what exactly is the role of our networks, churches or church plants when it comes to movements?

I think it’s that we hoist the sails and wait.

It’s like the church is an old sailing ship. The sails are readied and the course planned. We’re just waiting for the wind to blow. (I’ve read my fair share of Patrick Obrien novels!) Wind in the sails

When The Holy Spirit does come, we will be ready and start something beautiful.

Our job is to get the ship ready and prepared for the wind. And to do this we must cooperate and work together so that we can be ready. Because it takes a crew to raise the sails and prepare the ship for the wind.

But it seems we aren’t willing to hoist the sails together. It’s like we’re on the deck arguing about which sails to hoist and when to do or who does it best.

All the while, the wind is blowing and we’re missing it because our sails aren’t up.

Our job is to get the ship ready for movement. This means we ensure our churches are sending centers. We allocate time and energy to the mission. We train our best to go out and start new churches. We invest personally in the cause of church planting with our time, talent, and resource.s We release our best, send our best and cooperate as best we can.

Maybe then we will be able to catch some wind?

What are your thoughts? What are ways we can work together to catalyze movement?