- God has been opening massive doors through our Ignite Training Program to go into new areas in order to train leaders and teach them how to multiply and reproduce themselves. In the next four months, we will be doing training in India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and the Philippines. On top of this, our India training initiatives are going to be training over 200 leaders from nine states of India over the next two months. Our goal is to raise up as many movement makers as possible through these training initiatives. All churches started through these leaders will be NewThing churches.
- We currently have nearly 150 students enrolled in our church planting training school. These young men between the ages of 18-25 will be sent out to different parts of India to plant new churches in completely unreached areas.
- We are launching a new Masters degree program at our church planting school. This degree program is completely designed around NewThing principles and movement principles. Our desire is that each graduate would have the capacity and skills to lead movements across India. This new program will start on Sept. 14th.
- We are constantly working on recruiting high apostolic leaders to join our global movement. Just in the last two weeks, two great apostolic leaders joined our NewThing team in order to really help build a network across central Asia so that we can reach our goal of planting 3,000 reproducing churches in our region by the end of 2020.
During our NewThing Retreat at 2|42 Community Church in Michigan in August, our Network and Movement Leaders re-committed to our four values: Reproducing, Relationship, Resources and Residency. Additionally, several WINS emerged over those two days!
- Our Network Leaders committed to plant 1,220 churches by 2020 (340 in the USA)!
- We trained 5 new Network Leaders in our first ever Turbo Network Training (TNT) who are now ready to take the next step in reproduction and leading a network!
- We set a goal of 10,000 reproducing churches in NewThing by 2020!
While there is much work to be done, our retreat affirmed that we have more momentum than we've ever had!
NewThing is on the brink of something HUGE! In a few short months we will be commissioning our very first group of Global Residents. You read that right; we’re going global! This is a door that God has opened for us in the recent months and we’re going to walk through it with everything we have, trusting Him to do amazing things with it!
Come this January we will be sending six high-level, movement-making individuals (2 from N. America, 2 from Asia, and 2 from Africa) into different countries to be trained in various cultures and contexts for one year. Our firm belief is that these Residents will grow and be stretched in ways they never could’ve imagined. Once their residency is concluded, the dream is to be able to drop these capable men and women off in any gateway city of the world to effectively launch and lead a reproducing church.
We are faithfully praying and asking God to send us the right people. If you know anyone that you think would be a good fit for this program, please email me at email@example.com - I'd love to hear from you!
I'm thrilled to introduce Matt Millar as my apprentice as a Regional Director Resident.
Matt and his wife Kui, come to us almost directly from Africa where they spent two years serving at Nairobi Chapel (Kenya) and one year as part of a team planting a church in Monrovia, Liberia. For the next 12-16 months, Matt will be apprenticing with me to learn the skills and processes of NewThing before returning to Nairobi near the end of 2016.
Once there, in conjunction with Nairobi Chapel, he will be directing the sub-Saharan Africa region of NewThing’s global expansion project!
Kui is currently studying a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Wheaton College (where Matt is also an assistant coach for the college baseball team). She hopes to train lay counselors in Kenya and also provide marriage and family therapy for church planters around the world.
Please join me in welcoming Matt and Kui to the NewThing team!