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Global Residency Update - Cathleen Rotich

  /  Carla Vaca.

The dream is now reality…The NEW THING GLOBAL RESIDENCY

This dream begun as a conversation…what if we could train church planters…not just any church planter but those who could plant cross culturally…and not just that but that it be a cross cultural team training together and then planting together…and what if they could be trained in more than one church culture setting so that the training is not just theoretical but in-situ and practical in every sense of the word?

Well, what began as a ‘what if’ dream became reality this July as NewThing Global Residency-July cohort kicked off in Nairobi, Kenya. A group of three couples and a single guy responded to this call for gospel adventure and started the journey together. This group of men and women have left the familiar to step into new territory and are being prepared to plant a church in a global gateway city around the globe.

The NewThing Global Residency Program involves many church networks coming together to create an environment of cross cultural exchange and learning. These global networks host the Global Residents and expose them to church leadership in that cultural setting. The expected outcome is that the global resident will end with a broader world view of the global church. In this way, they are being prepared to plant a thriving church in a gateway city; a city that has multiple cultures within it, for example, New York, London, Dubai and Johannesburg. The highlights of the program are training in:

Cross-cultural immersion experience in more than ONE culture
Curriculum coursework to strengthen leadership & theological fundamentals
Coaching from experienced church planters
Serving in a multi- cultural team.

This pioneer group consists of Karan and Isha, an Indian family with two boys, who have been involved in setting up a transformational ministry in Chandigarh, North India in a predominantly Hindu nation. He has followed God’s call to the nations and taken this step to ‘leave it behind.’ Karan brings a fresh perspective and different cultural lenses to church planting. He has led a ministry that has planted multiple churches in North India under tough circumstances.

Charles and Chero, are a Kenyan couple who have served for the past five years as church planters in a coastal city in Kenya. They bring church planting experience to the team.

Travis and Jen, an American Couple, have traveled the farthest from Michigan, US to be part of the team. With them we get to enjoy the flavor of the North American church.

Lastly, Justin, is a Kenyan Church planter who moved to Johannesburg and served in the Anglican Church for about 5 years before returning to Kenya. Justin’s desire for global missions and planting is tangible and he brings youth and flexibility, as well as a lot of cross cultural experience. Together, they paint a beautiful picture of Christs’ church reaching the utmost parts of the world and the power of unity!

These amazing people and the multiple facets of cross cultural preparation for global church planting have been fascinating to watch; and that the Lord would have this team not only train together but dream to plant together is a beautiful picture of the much we accomplish. This is a picture of the possibilities for global church planting because together we are stronger and can reach further.

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Did you miss the BIG Announcement?

  /  Carla Vaca.

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!

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Viral Conference Update - Matt Millar

  /  Carla Vaca.

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!

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One Resident Per Site Per Year - Jon Ferguson

  /  Carla Vaca.

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:
 
Leadership Velocity
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.
 
Teachability
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.
 
Relational Intelligence
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.

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NewThing Gathering

  /  Carla Vaca.

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. 

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NewThing Global Church Planters Meet | Cathleen Rotich

  /  Carla Vaca.

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.

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