Congrats 2|42: Growing Fast with an Eye on the Kingdom!

Here’s my HUGE shout out to Dave Dummitt and the team at 2|42 Community Church in Michigan! They have once again made the list of Outreach’s Fastest Growing Churches.

While this is a notable, there is more. Dave is also the North American Director for NewThing. He and his team have a BIG vision to help start 1,000 reproducing churches. This all originates from Dave’s fierce vision to help people know Jesus.

I have learned much working with Dave and  I love the opportunity I have to work with him and his team. Congrats 2|42! 

A Day in the Life of NewThing

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 Indiana

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.

NewThing Leaders in Kansas City
Dave Ferguson Meeting with German Leaders
Dave Ferguson in Germany

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.

NewThing Catalyst Community in El Salvador

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!

#KINGDOM

May we continue to give God all the praise and glory for all that He’s up to in the world. Amen.

Planting Churches in Nicaragua

Something beautiful happens when church planting and helping kids out of poverty are combined.

So when NewThing was afforded the opportunity to partner with Compassion International to plant new churches in Nicaragua and help kids out of poverty, we jumped at the chance.

Why?

Because these new churches become the lighthouse for a community where not only do people hear the gospel, but it becomes tangible as children are helped out of poverty. 

It’s a win – win situation for sure!

I just went on a trip with other NewThing leaders to see visit to the churches we’ve helped start in and around Managua.

I was moved and inspired by what we experienced.

Nicaragua is a beautiful country, full of diversity: oceans, and lakes, volcanoes and cities. Yet, there are areas of desperate poverty.

I am happy to report not only is NewThing helping planting new churches, but hundreds of children have already been sponsored by NewThing churches and now have an opportunity to get out of poverty.

We met with the pastors of the churches we helped to plant. We learned how the Compassion International helps children out of poverty in the name of Jesus.

We toured the new churches and visited with Compassion leaders to better understand their work. 

We also visited families benefitting from sponsorship. They explained how the Compassion program was truly helping address their physical needs while the church addresses their spiritual needs. They were grateful to be part of it. While we prayed for each other I knew that this was something God was in and that we were going to plant as many churches as possible for other families.

Equally exciting for our team was the opportunity to meet with pastors and leaders in Nicaragua learn from them. Many of these leaders are dreaming of starting more churches.

Planting a new church in a hurting community and providing a way for children to get out of poverty is a powerful combination. I was humbled and grateful that God was opening this door for NewThing.

This is just the start of our partnership with Compassion. We will be working with Compassion and local leaders to plant new churches and network existing ones together. We are finalizing details on new initiatives so more churches can partner with us. We have BIG plans and we are looking for partners.

Here’s where you come in.  Join us!

We are looking for partners to plant more churches in Nicaragua that will reach new people with the gospel and help more kids out of poverty. This is a great way for your church to do both. Your commitment is to help start a new church and sponsor kids.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Together we will build a strong relationship with both the leaders and the congregation of these churches. This will lead to friendship and more wins for the Kingdom.

To learn how you can plant churches with us in Nicaragua and help kids out of poverty, contact our Coordinator, Jim Melton at jimmelton@newthing.org

Our partnership with Compassion is another example of how NewThing is catalyzing movements all over the world!

Check out churchplanting.online powered by NewThing

Anyone who wants to add value to church planters is alright in my book.

That’s why I recommend you check out the brand new website and podcast from my friend Jon Peacock called Taking Flight

Jon has a vision to add value to church planters. That’s it.

And I love it.

There are thee reasons to subscribe:

1) Jon has great content. He is the lead pastor of Mission Church. He did a leadership residency at Community and planted a new church that’s got a big vision to reach people and plant churches. He has a great heart for church planters.

2) Taking Flight is powered by NewThing because like Jon, we want to help fuel what God has called you to do in your local context. One of the ways we can do that is to present great content to you.  Jon’s got great content.

3) NewThing Lead Visionary Dave Ferguson is Jon’s first guest.

Each month we will be featuring Jon’s podcast so be sure to check our webpage for more details. Also, download the NewThing APP and get all of the details!

Seriously – stop what you’re doing and check it out right now.

Churches must network together, here’s why

It was Paul Hiebert who first proposed that the bounded set and centered sets could help us identify who is and who is not a Christian. (See Conversion, Culture and Cognitive Categories Hiebert 1978.)

While the debate around bounded set and centered set is appropriate for conversion, I think this language can help our conversation about movement as well.

The big challenge for us in the Western Church is that we haven’t seen movement in a long time.

Why not?

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