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."
You can't imagine how encouraging it was to begin dreaming with other church planters who had been in my shoes and how exciting it was to start this journey with a brotherhood of practitioners walking with me through the good and bad. Recently, NewThing asked me to lead a network of church plants on college campuses. Just today, I got off the phone with a church planter who was just like me a few years ago and I said, "God can do that through you!"
Our vision is to provide, relationships, resources, and coaching that will develop the DNA of reproducing churches to a new generation of college church plants. Imagine what happens when 10 church planters start new communities of faith on the college campus, then those 10 plant 10 more and suddenly a network has become a movement. That kind of feels like Jesus stuff to me and it's what I long to give my life to!"