My name is Patrick O’Connell. I am the Director of NewThing, a catalyst for movements of reproducing churches. Mission Glue is my personal blog. I really want to help people your start new things for the Kingdom. To do that we’ll need to talk about life in the Kingdom, leadership and mission.
A funny things happened to me in life… I became a Christian.
You see, I didn’t grow up in church. I dabbled in atheism and went all in for punk rock (which I still loves) but eventually found his way back to God. I wasn’t expecting this to happen.
But I found two things that changed my life: salvation in Jesus AND the Jesus Mission. The Jesus mission awakened something in me and I soon realized that my calling was to start new things for His Kingdom.
Then something even funnier happened…I left my lucrative corporate gig and followed Jesus to Kansas City. We started churches and networks of churches to help more people come to know the love of Jesus. I was captivated by the mission of God in the world and did what I could to help leaders plant new churches.
Along the way, I realized that God was using all of the crazy experiences of my life to help people start new things for his Kingdom. I have studied movements (I have a Masters in Missional Church Movements from Wheaton) and talked to hundreds of leaders across the world about they start new things for the Kingdom. My diverse experience in the corporate world (and the Army) serve me well as I help others do more.
Several years ago, Dave Ferguson asked me to return to Chicago and direct NewThing. Now I work with leaders all over the world helping them start new churches.
You see, I believe we CAN CHANGE THE WORLD by starting new Jesus communities and It’s up to each of us to do our part. I am completely sold out to helping you make that happen.
At NewThing I am overseeing our efforts to start 10,000 reproducing churches globally by 2020. We have a goal of one leadership resident per site per year. This is a BIG GOAL and if you’re ready to partner with us we should talk!
I am married to Nancy and we have three great kids. I like to run, read and hangout with friends and family.