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Exponential Conversation - Manchester

  /  Carla Vaca.

Join hundreds of leaders for inspiration, encouragement and equipping at the Exponential regional church planting conference in Manchester, United Kingdom on 12-13 October, 2016.
 
Exponential is a growing community of leaders committed to accelerating the multiplication of healthy, reproducing faith communities.
 
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Becoming Five.’ Delegates will explore how to confront tension created by moving a church culture from where it is to becoming a multiplying church.
 
Key speakers at the conference are – Steve Addison, Anthony Delaney, Dave Ferguson, Paul Hallam, Andy Hawthorne, Ying Kai, Trisha Morgan and Daniel Norburg.
 
The schedule for the conference includes five main sessions and four breakout conversations, which are smaller time slots for drilling down into the main session content.
 
Exponential regional Manchester will be held at The Lighthouse Church in Salford. The introductory price for the conference is £99 per delegate.

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Alignment Conference | ASPEN GROUP

  /  Carla Vaca.

“The idea of multisite churches began as a bandaid solution for megachurches that found themselves out of room,” says Jim Tomberlin, founder of MultiSite Solutions.

Now nearly three decades old, the multisite church model has proven it’s not a passing fad. But it’s changed a lot in that time, and its next phase will look nothing like its first.

Today’s multisite church includes hybrid variations of the traditional one-church-in-multiple-locations model, often incorporating planting as part of a church’s multiplication strategy.

These new approaches call for new skill sets and structures to support rapid growth and change. But where do you go for answers to the hard questions that surface in the midst of church expansion? And how do you think strategically about multisite and multiplying churches when so many new models are emerging?

Aspen Group will tackle these and many other strategic and tactical questions about church multiplication at this year’s 2016 Alignment Conference.

Scheduled for October 18, 2016 at Community Christian Church in Naperville, Illinois, Alignment 2016 will bring together trusted experts and leading practitioners for a one-day, deep-dive into strategic multisite and multiplying models for churches.

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Laundromat IMPACT | Stephen Feith

  /  Carla Vaca.

We all have dirty laundry. Literally. We have running clothes, work clothes, pajamas, and that knit sweater grandma gave us as Christmas present eight years ago… (OK, maybe that last one is just me?) When we have dirty laundry, we have to wash and dry our clothes!

Megan and I bought a nice, energy-saving washer and dryer unit a few years ago. They’re great! Both are quiet and our clothes smell fresh and feel soft after each load. And they saved us money on our electric bill! I’ve got to say, I don’t know if I have ever enjoyed doing laundry more. Unfortunately, our place in Madison doesn’t have the space or hookups for them. We’ve gone back to using a laundromat in our apartment.

Whether or not you have a washing and drying unit in your home, or, like us, you have to go to a laundromat, doing laundry is something we all have to deal with. Young and old. Rich and poor. Republican and Democrat. We all have dirty laundry. Literally.

I was reflecting on a passage in the New Testament when I had a God-inspired idea: we [Madison Church’s small groups] would go to laundromats with hundreds of quarters, detergent and dryer sheets, and pay to wash and dry clothes for anyone who would let us. The idea is simple and an easy way for us to give back to our neighborhood. We have to do more than exist in our community, we have to contribute to it.

We’ve only done it one time, but is was successful! My small group washed and dried 25-30 loads of laundry for complete strangers. We got to learn some of their names, and heard some of their stories. The plan is to continue showing up at laundromats for the next several months and be an unexpected blessing while we connect with each other.

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Exponential Regional - Chicago

  /  Carla Vaca.

This fall, Exponential will host a brand new regional conference in Chicago! If you've ever wanted to take your entire team to learn about multiplication and church planting, now is your opportunity. With national and regional leaders, facilitated break out conversations, and a local conference location, you don't want to miss this. Find out more info here

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Amplify Conference

  /  Carla Vaca.

Join NewThing this summer at the Amplify Conference at Wheaton College. Amplify is for anyone in a church leadership position or in a position outside the local church setting where you are seeking to weave an evangelism ethos into your own life or the lives of others. The conference is intended to equip and inspire you personally as you lead others in developing a lifestyle of gospel witness.

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Global Residency Program | Cathleen Rotich

  /  Carla Vaca.

‘Ask of me and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.’ ACTS 2:8 NIV

In 2015 I learned a lot about the nation called Greece. That year begun with their new President, Alexis Tsipras, fighting for the survival of Greece in the EU and fighting to prevent the total collapse of the Greek economy. I for one thought that these events in Greece would remain as the news highlights for most of the year until, the great human migration begun to happen. And Greece remained on the world news, but this time for a different reason. Greece became the hope and refuge for many families fleeing the crisis of Isis in Syria and parts of Iraq. In a short space of time, it became clear that the desperate human migration we were witnessing would be the most significant event of 2015. The human crisis heightened the awareness and the need for a savior. It became clear that the extent of the situation, with no immediate solution, was far beyond many governments. This global reality has presented an opportunity for the message of the gospel that gives 1 peace and hope.

2015 was a significant year for another reason; it was the year that the vision for the Global Residency was birthed. As our mission field has changed and shifted, the leader who will lead faith communities in this era faces a different set of challenges. The Global Residency seeks to shape globally conscious individuals who will lead and love in the midst of these seismic changes. The excitement for me is that we are training men and women to respond with the hope the gospel through leading dynamic churches in the cities. We seek to prepare ‘Jason Bournes’ of the kingdom; Courageous, Cross-culturally savvy & Capable individuals and then launching them as world changers. It will take the God and as Zechariah put it, ‘It’s not by might, nor is it by power but by the Spirit of God, ‘that these things will be made possible.

Yet as we do this, it is because we are propelled forward by Psalm 2:8 which promises ‘The nations’ as an inheritance from the Lord. Taking nations will require that we invest in people from these nations to share hope to the nations. The ‘shape’ and ‘boundaries’ of the nations is not limited or contained geographically anymore but has been stretched because of the recent events of displacements. And so seeing all these things happening challenges us to be responsive and relevant. We are praying for multicultural leaders to learn together and thereafter, plant together and then bring in the harvest of nations together. The limit of our vision is the ‘asking’ and we continue to ask that God will give the gateway cities around the world with the full understanding that God has promised to give us this inheritance!

It is in this light that we seek out Global Residents. You may ask, ‘where are these men and women?’ I am so convinced that they are in our midst being prepared for the work. God in His foresight knew that such a time was to come and he has positioned his people for the task. Our role as the team is to find them and midwife the process of placing them on the platform for their service. We are looking for people whose hearts pump for cities and who have been prepared for a multi-cultural setting.

Our very first cohort is in the process of being constituted and I am excited at the men God has brought our way. We are finalizing with four of our July Cohort Residents and look forward to launching them to the ends of the earth. In this God has been good and gracious! We asked for the nations and he has given us men, good men to go to the nations. We celebrate these small beginnings and look forward to much more in the coming years!

The program is a year-long in-situ training set in one or more stations and includes input from world renowned writers and teachers of missiology and church planting. There is place for you to be included in this gospel story. There are many who sense God’s call and have a passion for cross cultural, global church planting. You only have to visit http://www.newthing.org/global-residency and submit your details. A second way to be part of writing this story is through referral of the young, passionate kingdom ‘Jason Bournes’ waiting for an opportunity. Send them our way and watch God use them at such a time as this!

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