I am REALLY excited about Celebration Generosity at Community this year because it will coincide with the recording of a brand new Community Music album. It’s gonna be great!
CelGen is the time when all of Community’s locations give away the weekend offering to 4 teams. (Talk about generosity!)
NewThing is one of those teams. If you want to be part of CelGen, GO HERE.
To help people get to know NewThing a little better, we’ve been sending out stories on who we are and what we’re up to. I thought it would be fun to share some here.
This is from Eric Metcalf, Residency Director about our ‘LARN’ Training.
Generosity Reproduced: Leading A Reproducing Network
Leading a Reproducing Network…that’s what we call it. What’s it? It’s LARN. What is LARN? We’re glad you asked!
About 3 years ago we had an epiphany about NewThing: we wondered what it might look like to teach other churches how to reproducing their own church planting networks. This is when we came up with the concept of LARN; which stands for “Leading A Reproducing Network”. Now we realize it’s not necessarily the greatest name, and maybe Justin Timberlake’s character from The Social Network might walk up to us and say “drop THE from Facebook” J. But for now, LARN is LARN, and LARN is killing it. Allow us to explain how and why.
Essentially a high-impact, just-beginning-to-reproduce church contacts us and asks how they might be part of NewThing. We say to them, “You can be in NewThing if you go on a 12 month journey with us.” This 12 month journey equals:
- Relationships: 5-7 church teams that come for one in-person meeting with the NewThing Catalyst Team in Chicago for 24 hours.
- Training: Equipping from Dave & Jon Ferguson + NewThing Catalyst Team for 6 sessions discussing our Exponential book.
- Coaching: Six Q & A coaching sessions with a host from the NewThing Catalyst Team.
- Reproducing: The development of an action learning plan which leads to Lead Pastor and their team launching a church planting network, a Leadership Residency Program and new churches.
And so far, we have launched new church planting networks in Norway, Philippines, India, Chicago, Indiana, Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee, Africa, and beyond! In fact, part of our NewThing Catalyst Team just got done meeting with a church that is dreaming about launching a church planting network and Leadership Residency Program in rural Wisconsin. Which led to a conversation about them joining our LARN #5 Cohort that launches November 1st! In fact let me share with you a quote from Dave Clayton, Lead Pastor of Ethos Church, who went through our LARN #3 Cohort:
“LARN was the perfect catalyst for helping our team take the next steps towards becoming a more effective reproducing church. The monthly cohort provided the content and accountability needed for us to identify the next steps in our context under the guidance of seasoned and current practitioners. It was an amazing experience that I highly recommend for anyone interested church multiplication.” – Dave Clayton
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