I want to remind you (as I remind myself) that there is one body of Christ and that body lives as one in different parts.
We have one mission: to let everyone man, woman and child know they are loved and that there is peace and purpose in Jesus (John 3:16).
Whatever your context, church or ministry- it’s part of the larger, global body of Christ. This is important because so many of us are focused on becoming the best hand or the best foot when in fact we need each other.
Paul reminds us that to be the full expression of the Body of Christ all parts of the body are needed. This means the local church and it means the global church.
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many (1 Corinthians 12:12-14).
I need my brothers and sisters in India
I need my brothers and sisters in Africa.
I need my brothers and sisters in Asia.
I need my brothers and sisters in urban contexts.
I need my brothers and sisters in rural contexts.Etc. Etc.
Sometimes I get really bummed by how territorial the church can be; how we don’t seem to need each other.
I am convinced, the sooner the Church realizes we need each other, the better equipped we will be to achieve the Jesus mission…together.
Yesterday I was scanning Facebook and came across several events that were happening at NewThing. What struck me is the breadth and scope of what God is doing through our movement. Here’s what I saw:
NewThing leaders in Indianapolis met to work on plans to plant new churches all over Indiana. They are dreaming BIG and partnering on a number of levels. This group started with a Catalyst Community.
NewThing Leaders in Kansas City met for their monthly movement / network leader huddle. This is an opportunity for them to check in with each other about their plans to plant churches together. They also take tine to pray for one another. The KC network has been one of our most inspiring networks for a long time. They haven’t let up on the throttle at all.
Our fearless leader, Dave Ferguson, is traveling through Germany meeting leaders who want to plant new churches. He’s speaking at conferences and talking about ways NewThing can help fuel movements.
Our Global Catalyst Community team led by Joe Wilson is helping leaders in El Salvador start new reproducing networks. God is truly doing some incredible things through this platform. We have plans to scale this training and help apostolic leaders across the globe reproduce new leaders and churches.
In fact, there was lots more. We’re working with pastors in Chicago to start new networks. Our partners in Michigan are meeting to talk about how they can work together.
All of this really took me by surprise. I mean I am the Global Director of this fantastic organization (just sayin’) and I know all of this stuff is going on. But it doesn’t mean all of this reproducing stuff has gotten old. Nor does it mean that I don’t lose my breath when I actually get to see and hear about all that God is doing.
I’ll admit that sometimes it’s hard to lead an organization like NewThing because I don’t always get to see what God’s up to.
So I want to THANK YOU for all of the leaders all over the world who have said yes to NewThing and are now catalyzing church planting. (And thanks for posting photos so I can see it all! ) Your leadership is why our movement is literally exploding.
Together, we truly are better!
May we continue to give God all the praise and glory for all that He’s up to in the world. Amen.
It can be scary to create (or start something new).
When we start to create, the critic starts squawking:
What’s this good for? Why do it? Why are you wasting your time? It’s not going to work out. This will go nowhere. Do you really want to expose yourself like this? Do you really want to waste more time. Who do you think you are? Why don’t you try doing something useful? Others have done it so much better. You have no talent etc.
The older I get, the more the years start to blur together. Despite my best intentions, it’s getting harder to keep track of what the uniqueness of each year. I mean I remember 2016 just fine. But 1996, well that’s another question.