NewThing just hosted its largest Gathering ever on December 6 & 7 at COMMUNITY’s Yellow Box Campus in Naperville, IL. Over 200 NewThing pastors and staff were present for the Thursday night and Friday morning festivities.
The Gathering kicked off with NewThing’s first-ever Film Festival. Community’s Creative Arts Director, Eric Bramlett, emceed this event and presented 2|42 Community Church in Brighton, Michigan with the “Best In Show” Award for their “Crazy” bumper video. The Film Festival was followed by a great time of catching up and hanging out at The Foundry where we welcomed Hugh Halter to the event.
Over the last couple years, NewThing has doubled its the number of reproducing churches. With the growth of the reproducing church, NewThing has also seen a growth in the number of networks (nearly 25) and movements (5). With more and more networks forming, we are excited to see that some networks now forming in cities and regions.
Recently launched its Brooklyn Campus on Sunday, September 23rd, in a very energetic and packed house! Over 150 people joined Campus Pastor Jonathan Williams and his team as they kicked off their first service. Many new visitors were welcomed through the doors while volunteers continued setting up chairs throughout the entire service. Even the staff at the Roulette (their meeting place) observed the experience and shared positive comments.
On September 16, 2012 NewThing’s Mission Church, in Ventura, California, turned one year old! What an amazing year it has been for Mike Hickerson and his team. In the last 52 weeks, they have seen 42 people go public with their faith through baptism. You can watch one of their baptism celebrations in the Pacific Ocean by clicking here. Awesome! As this new church continues to reach out to their community they are experiencing great growth and will be reproducing a second celebration service this fall.
I got a chance to talk with church planter, Mike Hickerson and ask him a few questions and here is what he said:
NewThing continues to expand! Please join us in welcoming these new, reproducing churches to NewThing:
- Crossroads Community Church - Lead Pastor: Kris Vos / Schererville, IN / Bouwer Network
- Fair Haven Ministries - Lead Pastor: Tom Elenbaas / Hudsonville, MI / Bouwer Network
- Lakepoint Church - Launching 10/7/12 - Lead Pastor: Brian Hofmeister / Muskego, WI / Weigt Network