Three Shifts to More Robust Global Engagement

As the world gets flatter it will be increasing important for the American church to shift how it engages with the global church.

NewThing North America Regional Director Dave Dummitt argues there are three essential shifts to be made.

  1. Shift from mission to global church planting.
  2. Shift to collaboration
  3. Shift from a lower investment in many projects to major investments in fewer projects.

I couldn’t agree more. The American church has a real opportunity to be part of something big and beautiful that God is doing in the world. The only question is: will it?

At NewThing we are committed to making these shifts together.

What other shifts do you think the American church needs to make to engage better with the global church? I’d love to hear from you.

 

The Source of Hope Beyond Ourselves

It’s odd that I help lead a church planting organization.

I never planned to be a Christian.

I never planned to be a church planter. Hope

And the fact that I lead a church planting organization is sure evidence that God has a sense of humor.

See, I know what it’s like to do life without hope. I was once very far from God. I didn’t grow up a Christian. Oh, I managed life for a while: the Army, business, marriage and kids.

But then, if I am honest, I entered a season of life when I was really feeling hopeless. The best way I can describe it is that I came to the end of myself. And there wasn’t much left. I realize now I’d lost hope.

Then hope came our way.

We met a couple who helped us get connected to COMMUNITY. It was at COMMUNITY that we both found our way back to God. My wife found hope in Jesus first. And while it took me a couple of more years of wrestling, I too found hope in Him.

Eventually our journey led us to KC to plant new churches. And God used us to help literally hundreds if not thousands of people find their way to Him…to find hope. God has give me a front row seat to watch people find hope through the person of Jesus. And now I get to help more people start more churches where more people can find hope.

We all need hope. Atheists and non-believers and Buddhists and Eskimos need hope. To be human means you need hope to deal with the pain and suffering and setbacks that inevitably come our way. You need to know there is more than today and what you’re dealing with.

Jesus can bring you hope. He did for me and he can do the same for you. I did try to find it in other places but I couldn’t.

Theologian Richard Rohr puts it this way:

The theological virtue of hope is the patient and trustful willingness to live without closure, without resolution, and still be content and even happy because our Satisfaction is now at another level, and our Source is beyond ourselves.

Jesus is the source of hope beyond ourselves.

Finding hope at a local church changed everything for me. My wife and I have been doing our best to ensure it keeps flowing to others through new local churches.

See, when you start a new church, you provide other people the opportunity to find hope in Jesus. And that changes everything.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

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Reproducing Churches Reproduce Everything

Unless you have it your mind to REPRODUCE EVERYTHING in your church, you will find it challenging to reproduce anything.

If you are called to be a reproducing church then you must reproduce everything.

  • every role
  • every responsibility
  • every position
  • every service
  • every location
  • every leader
  • you get it…

…EVERYTHING.

So what will you be reproducing next?

Evidence of God’s Grace in My Life (A List of Church Plants)

A few weeks back a friend asked me for evidence of God’s grace in my life. There is so much so where begin? But the more I thought about it the more I kept coming back to church planting. I did not grow up in a church and was far from God for a long time. I never wanted to be a Christian. And then eight years ago Jesus transformed my life. And five years ago I felt called into church planting. I could never have imagined that my life would lead me here. But I am grateful. I get to help my friends plant churches that help people find and follow Jesus.

So here it is, evidence God’s grace in my life.

Restore Community Church–Kansas City, MO

Restore Community Church–Liberty, MO

Restore Community Church–Brookside (coming Spring 2013)

Mission Church –Roselle, IL

New City Church –Shawnee, KS

Discover Church— Lee Summit, MO

One Life Church –Plattsmouth, NE

One Community Church–Douglasville, GA

First Church–Union Campus, Kentucky

What about you? What is the evidence of God’s grace in your life?