What NewThing Does to Catalyze Church Planting

I think about this topic quite a bit as you could imagine!

NewThing is a catalyst. We are trying to overcome several challenges that we see in church planting, particularly in the West.

We are NOT trying to be a denomination. We are NOT a typical church planting organization that centralizes money and programs from the center.

We are doing our best to remain MOVEMENTAL in our structures.
These are the BIG THREE for me.

First, NewThing networks churches together so they can plant more churches together. Churches must plant churches. Yet most don’t. Of course church planting is a significant undertaking and many churches lack the resources and people to go it alone. Bringing churches together to so they can plant more churches…together is one of the ways to solve this issue. Networks are a better stewardship of resources.

Second, NewThing provides an accountability mechanism to so that churches plant the churches they say they will plant. Without a local network of relationships hold church leaders accountable to church planting, it’s not going to happen. Our My Reproducing (MRP) Tool is one of the ways we do this.

Third, NewThing brings churches together and aligns them around the Missio Dei (Mission of God) in the spirit of collaboration. Jesus started a movement. Yet, we don’t see movement in the Western context. We are convinced that only when churches come together to plant churches will we see movement and even then it won’t really be a movement. (I’ll explain my thoughts on this this in another post at some point.) Collaboration and partnership need to be catalyzed and fostered.

It’s true – together we are better.

I am still working on these ideas so stay tuned.

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!

Join us for the NewThing Gathering in Chicago Monday, November 6th!

The FREE NewThing Gathering is Monday, November 6 from 10:30am to 5:30pm, followed by an exclusive dinner at EMPIRE at 6:30pm.

I am stoked.

We are committed to building relationships that catalyze reproducing. That’s why we host a NewThing Gathering twice a year.

If you’re in Chicago you are most welcome to join us. See, the Gathering is OPEN. That means we want to invite leaders who are interested in multiplication and church planting. It would also be a great opportunity for you to invite leaders from other churches or ministries who should know more about NewThing. NewThing is a BIG tent!

The Gathering is for everyone on your team because in order to reproduce the BIG you have to reproduce at EVERY level and on every team.

Here are more reasons you should come:

  •  We have leaders from all over North America coming (and a few of our global partners will be there).
  • We have great workshops planned for everyone on your team. These will be engaging and meaningful training opportunities for leaders.
  • We have some great speakers who will inspire and challenge you: Albert Tate, Dave Dummitt, Dave Ferguson and Bob Bouwer.
  • There will be food!
  • But mostly it will be a great time to hang out and build relationships.
  • It all culminates with a great night of celebration at Empire.

GO HERE to Register! It’s FREE!

See you next week!

6 Ways You Can Be A More Effective Global Leader

As NewThing grows, cross-cultural leadership has become a critical component of our missional effectiveness. I am convinced, the better our leaders lead cross-culturally, the more fruit we will see. As our leaders are learning how to lead in different cultures and context, they are reporting back to me.

I am grateful to all of our global partners at NewThing who are helping learn all of these valuable lessons.

Here SIX a things that I think all cross-cultural leaders must demonstrate:

  1. Communicate. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate! Realize that effective communication is the heart of leadership. Ensure you understand how to communicate in the culture you’re working or the leaders you’re working with.
  2. Humility. This is all about learning to be open. Be open to new paradigms of leadership that may be very different from the one you know. It all also means acknowledging that leadership varies by culture and country. Your way of leading might not work in all contexts.
  3. Patience. Be patient with leaders from other cultures who lead in your context. Be patient with yourself as a cross-cultural leader. Learning to lead cross-culturally takes time and practice. Accept the other leaders who you are leading with and be patient with them.
  4. Learn. If you have the privilege of working with leaders from other cultures, take time to learn about their culture and context. This will help you lead better together. Good learners are good listeners. They know how to ask questions. If you don’t understand something or why a leader says or does something, ask them to explain. Never stop learning.
  5. Seek to Understand. You need to understand the culture you’re going to lead in. (Or in our case know the culture of leaders who will be visiting you.) There is nothing better than friends on mission together the glory of God. You must see your leadership counterpart from another culture as an asset and as a teacher. They have just as much to teach you as you might teach them.
  6. Serve. Never forget that to lead like Jesus is to serve others.

Ready partner with NewThing? Go HERE!

 

Congrats 2|42: Growing Fast with an Eye on the Kingdom!

Here’s my HUGE shout out to Dave Dummitt and the team at 2|42 Community Church in Michigan! They have once again made the list of Outreach’s Fastest Growing Churches.

While this is a notable, there is more. Dave is also the North American Director for NewThing. He and his team have a BIG vision to help start 1,000 reproducing churches. This all originates from Dave’s fierce vision to help people know Jesus.

I have learned much working with Dave and  I love the opportunity I have to work with him and his team. Congrats 2|42!