NewThing is Partnering with the Explore God Chicago Initiative

I was watching two comedians talk about life. Each of them have achieved success and fame. They have everything. Yet during this discussion they each admitted that nothing ever quite lived up to their expectations. There always seems to be something missing.

I know this feeling personally. It haunted me for years and was part of the catalyst for me to start my search for God.

That’s why I am excited about the Explore God Initiative in 2019. This will be a city-wide effort to help people in Chicago explore 7 BIG questions about life. The genius of the effort is that this will be a community effort. 7 Big Questions. Does life have a purpose? Is there a god? why does God allow pain and suffering? Is Christianity too narrow? Is Jesus really God? Is the Bible reliable? Can I know God personally?

NewThing is a sponsor. After all, we plant churches to help people find their way back to God. I would love to see hundreds of churches in Chicago participate.

Do me a favor and take a moment to learn more about the initiative. Expect to be hearing about it here on occasion.

Let’s do this together…

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!

Reflecting on God-Directed Transitions

Transition: a change from one state or condition to another.

Look, what do I know? I am not even gonna begin to pretend I understand how God works in our lives. But I am trying and one of the ways I do that is to keep this blog.Transtions

What I do know is that God will ask you to transition. It might mean you need to move in a small way–join a small group or start being REALLY generous. It might also mean that God asks you to move in a big way–adopt a child or start a church. No doubt about it, God asks all of us to move.

God asked my family to move–no literally. We’re moving to Chicago this week where I will become the Director of NewThing. (I know–it’s insane.) And so I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on our time in KC.

It’s been awesome. Kansas City in general (and Restore in particular) has changed our lives. We will never be the same. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a great team with a mission to help people find God and change the spiritual landscape of a city. Can I be honest, its down-right fun to do life with people who really believe they can change the world.

So to mark this transition, I was thinking of a writing something a bit involved. I thought it might be a kind of farewell. But I quickly realized that I don’t have the necessary perspective to do justice to my time in Kansas City. I have learned so much about God, myself, and church planting that I could write for days and barely scratch the surface.

I thought it best to not waste your time with my ramblings.

Instead, I wan to focus on you. I imagine many of you reading are in a season of transition. I am not sure of the details but one thing is clear, as a Christ-follower you are marching to the order of the King. And frankly, that can take you lots of places you never imagined.

No, I realized the best way to mark this occasion is to offer you FIVE THINGS to ponder to confirm God is directing your transition.

  1. Be prayerfully aware of how God is working in your life. Chances are God isn’t going to ask you to do something radical and insane–at least initially. The best tool I know to help you do this is journaling. Writing down your life and reflecting on it is the best way I know how to be aware of the way God is moving in your life.
  2. Listen to wise-counsel. If you’re telling people who God is telling you to move, give them a real opportunity to confirm it. God has placed certain people in your life to help you discern His ways. Pay attention to what they’re saying.
  3. It’s all about the seasons. God asks us to live life in seasons. The longer I am a Christ-follower the more I realize when God asks me to do something my role is to be obedient for a season. It’s not my job to plan my life–I leave that to God.
  4. Stay close to God. Transitions come when you’re close to God. One thing I’ve noticed is that when God shows up in my life and asks me to make some changes, it’s during a time when I am really close to Him. I don’t know about you but my relationship with God ebbs and flows like all of the relationships in my life. But when God has asked me to make a change it’s been during a season when I am spending lots of time with Him.
  5. Expect Peace. I know it might sound crazy (believe me I know what it must sound like to hear from a guy that claims to hear from God) but when I hear from God there follows a time of great peace. I know on the outside that life is gonna get crazy and chaotic, but in the midst of the mess I have peace. It’s a deep and unshakable peace. As best I can recollect, I’ve known the peace of God in this way three times now and this peace always comes during a significant transition.

I hope these help you reflect on the way God may call you to transition. Oh yeah–one last thing: When the path becomes clear and you know it, don’t flinch. That’s nothing but fear and we all know where that comes from.

To all my friends in Kansas City–I love you guys. It’s been a blast and I am grateful beyond words. To all my peeps in Chicago, God told me to come back home–and so get ready. 🙂

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