We had a great time at the Gathering last week! If you weren't there you missed the big announcement. Dave Dummitt has officially accepted the position of North American Regional Director! We are so excited to have Dave be a part of the NewThing team! His leadership and story are what NewThing is all about. Please join us as we welcome Dave to the team!
Every year Nairobi Chapel (a NewThing church in Nairobi, Kenya led by Pastor Oscar Muriu) puts on a church planting conference that they call "Viral". The intent is to bring together church leaders within the African context to encourage, inform, and equip them in the hopes that they will catch the vision and spread the "bug" that is church planting. And every year it grows in size, reach, and impact. This year there were nearly 700 ministers of the gospel from more than 10 countries who gathered to hear what God is saying to the African church about the idea of church multiplication.
One of the major highlights of the three day event occurred during the last session of the final day. During this time 78 church planters were brought on stage – all of whom had recently graduated from Nairobi Chapel’s church planting school. They were there to be celebrated for the completion of the program as well as to be commissioned to plant a church in the next 12 months. How inspiring it was to see these men and women stepping out in faith to start new churches in the name of Jesus and with the hopes of helping people find their way back to God. So cool!
Another memorable part of the conference came in the form of a Ugandan pastor named Elisha Kakwerere. Pastor Elisha leads a church in rural Uganda and under his influence they have planted over 30 churches. He reached out to NewThing via email just a few months ago. As he and I talked, I felt more and more that it would be greatly beneficial if he were able to come to the Viral Conference. And come he did!
Pastor Elisha arrived the day before the conference started with two of his top leaders. All of them having traveled together by bus on a two day journey. Over the course of the conference we had nothing but enjoyable interactions. I was in awe for his enthusiasm for what he felt God was saying to him about the future. Pastor Elisha said he is now a part of NewThing and has extended an invitation for me to go to Uganda next year.
Every day of the Viral Conference brought exciting conversations with new (and some familiar) faces. Every day I left energized and expectant for the role I'll be stepping into full-time in just a few short months. God is on the move all over the world!
At NewThing, aspiring leaders have the opportunity to learn and be developed by more experienced leaders and pastors of churches with a track record of reproducing. We call this leader in training a resident. Residents are one of NewThing’s four primary values.
While the stated value of residents is just a few years old, it is an outgrowth of our conviction that at the heart of a reproducing church is apprenticeship. A leadership resident is simply an apprentice church-planter. This idea is based on Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:2 where Paul gives him the following advice: “The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
We are often asked questions about leadership residents, and one of the most frequent questions we are asked is “What should I look for in a resident?” I want to focus the remainder of this article on that all-important question of what to look for in a potential resident.
When looking for a resident, we encourage people to look for these three baseline qualities:
A leadership resident is not a fully-developed church-planter. The idea of a residency, is to develop this leader into a church-planter. However, most residencies are one year or less so this person must be the kind of apostolic leader whom you can already see drawing a large group of people together in order to build and sustain a sizable launch team that results in a successful launch. The trajectory of their leadership needs to be such that this seems like a logical next step for this leader. If you can’t see this in the person you are considering, then you may have a solid leader, but you don’t likely have a future church-planter, and consequently, you don’t have a leadership resident.
This is a characteristic far too often overlooked leadership. In Philippians 2, Paul challenges us in this way: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4). A Leadership Resident needs to have this type of humility, especially when someone challenges their character, their leadership style or their growth areas. An apprenticeship is designed to refine a developing leader, stretch him or her and give experienced leaders the opportunity to speak into his or her life. If we have an applicant who seems to show signs of arrogance, over-confidence or just plain pride, we won’t accept that person as a resident.
The idea of relational intelligence is grounded in an understanding that all people are created in the image of God; that people matter to God and so that must matter to us. An aspiring leadership resident needs to be someone who looks for the best in others. They genuinely care about people and want to help them find their way back to God. On a very practical level, when it comes to relational intelligence I encourage people to consider the “Caller ID” Test. In other words, how would someone respond when your potential resident’s name appears on their screen? Is your immediate reaction to pick up or to let it go to voice mail? If your gut reaction is not excitement or enthusiasm, then this person likely lacks relational intelligence.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Think of it like Patrick Lencioni’s qualities of an “Ideal Team Player” – Humble, Hungry, and Smart. These qualities, like his, are a great and simple reminder of the kind of person you are looking for when recruiting a resident.
COME TO THE GATHERING: There will be a BIG announcement, you DO NOT want to miss it!
There is nothing like a NewThing Gathering! This year David Garrison will be joining us as our guest speaker. We'll be meeting on Monday November 14 at Community Christian Church in Naperville, IL. It's the perfect time to bring your team and network with other NewThing churches. This is great timing as it comes the day before the new Exponential Regional - Chicago which will be November 15-16 at Community Christian Church as well.
DATES: January 9th -13th, 2017
The NewThing Global Church Planters meet will be happening from January 9th -13th, 2017. Church planters from Kenya, India and the US will be meeting at the Community Christian Church, Naperville Yellow Box for a time of inspiration, envisioning, preparing and equipping. It’s a training for church pioneers to refuel and gather new momentum and will be a great platform to share practical, hands on church planting strategies.
It will also be a time to strengthen and develop relationships and establish strategic partnerships from around the world.
We launched a big thing...
Hello friend, how are you doing? We have big news, yesterday we launched Online Church and 408 people visited in two sessions that we were live.
Our team is there to talk with people on chat box and pray for them as well. An outline of the sermon is there and the Bible in Albanian is there as well.
Our goal is to bring the gospel to every Albanian that has a smart phone or computer. There are over 10 million Albanians and less then 0.3 % of them knows Jesus as Lord and Savior.
This new ministry is happening because of your prayers and your support.
Please continue to pray and to support our ministries.
Lets us know if you want to know more details on a specific ministry.
Many blessing from us
Altin & Ada Kita