I want to brag on Hank Wilson, Lead Pastor from Reunion Church, in Boston. Hank recently flew to Chicago for a fundraiser that his long-time friend, Eric Metcalf, was hosting for a new COMMUNITY location that he is starting in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. Hank not only took a day out of his busy schedule to speak at this gathering, but Reunion Church also committed $20,000 to help start that new church! As I listened to Hank describe his confidence in Eric and in this new church, I was overcome with two distinct feelings.
Join NewThing at the Exponential Conference as co-founders Dave and Jon Ferguson tell their story and how God used them to birth a missional church movement that spans across the globe. They will cover topics like:
We're excited to announce that Ben Hardman, Lead Pastor at The Avenue Church in Louisville, KY, will be leading a brand new Network of churches on college campuses. Here's a little bit of his New Thing story.
"NewThing for me has been an amazing brotherhood of church planters who are passionate about creating a movement of multiplying churches. When God first started prompting my heart to plant The Avenue, nearly everyone I spoke to discouraged me. I was working at a mega church in town and most believed it wasn't financially feasible; eight church plants had already failed at the University and they believed we were next in line. I called the guys at NewThing and all of them listened to the vision and said: "God can do that through you."
The vision for NewThing is to be a catalyst for movements of reproducing churches and we believe there are four values that drive that vision. If consistently held high, these four values will catalyze movements that accomplish the Jesus Mission: As we mentioned last month these are Resources, Relationships, Reproducing, and Residents. Each month, over the next four months, we will highlight one of these R's, so be sure to check back to learn more about why these values are such a driving force in accomplishing the Jesus Mission.