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Introducing Kevin Davis | Dave Dummitt

  /  Carla Vaca.

I would like to welcome Kevin Davis to our staff as the North American Reproducing Champion. Kevin is one of the Executive Pastors of 2|42 Community Church in Southeast Michigan where I also continue to serve as the Senior Pastor. He is a trusted leader, friend, and influencer, and I cannot think of a better man to coach and equip other leaders nationwide.  

With his passion for people and communicating God’s word, he joined 2|42's staff as a small groups pastor. In 2009 Kevin transitioned to the role of Campus Pastor at the then newly launched 2|42 campus in Ann Arbor. In this role, Kevin was able to experience firsthand what it means to become a multi-site church in a new city with its own unique culture and needs. More recently, Kevin has taken on the role of teaching pastor. He loves the opportunity to communicate God’s word in meaningful and relevant ways that inspires people to know and follow Jesus.

Kevin is excited for the opportunity to partner with and equip churches across North America. Much like his passion for individuals connecting into local churches through small groups, Kevin is passionate about churches partnering with other churches. He is eager to help more churches connect into networks, and to catalyze development in new cities throughout the country.

Kevin, along with his wife, Julie, and their three boys live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Next to Jesus and his family, Kevin loves the Denver Broncos, Crossfit, and great movies. Welcome to the NewThing team, Kevin. I know I speak for all of us when I say we are happy to have you on board!

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Seeds of Multiplication Survey | Warren Bird

  /  Carla Vaca.

When I planted my first church, I had no idea what was normal. How would the location we picked affect the amount of unchurched who came, or the level of lay involvement? I didn’t know.
 
What practices would most lead to multiplication? Again, I had lots of ideas and limited resources, and I desperately wanted more “leading practice” guidelines.
 
I’d like to offer you the latest findings on these topics and more for churches like yours.
 
There’s only one catch: first I need you to tell me what YOU have learned! Then I’ll pull everyone’s reply together and show you the overall patterns.
 
In short, would you invest 12-15 minutes to take this confidential survey? It’s for new churches AND for new multisite campuses. (That will also help us compare the strength of each.)

As incentives for your valuable time, we’re offering free immediate downloads (such as “Ten Ways to Help a Church Planter or Campus Pastor”), five gift card drawings for $100 each, and an executive summary of the findings.
 
Thank you for doing this in the next two weeks. If you have questions, contact me directly: research@leadnet.org

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NewThing Global Resident | Justin Kiprono

  /  Carla Vaca.

As I waited for the start of my Global Residency, I was excited and anxious at the same time. I was excited that God was leading me to something bigger than myself, I was anxious that it was all new!

It had been a year since I had returned to my home country Kenya from South Africa. My time in South Africa had come to an end and it was not clear what my next step would be. In faith, I joined the Kinara program at Nairobi Chapel as I tried to discern God’s leading. I turned down offers for a Youth Pastor position because it was not clear in my heart to go in that direction. However, when the opportunity to be part of the first cohort of Global Residency came, I knew that this is what God had been preparing me for over the past few years. Finally, here was something that captured my heart, a movement of God, a NewThing!

A Cultural Exchange
I was aware and excited that the Global residency would bring people from different cultures into my world. I still remember meeting my colleagues, Travis and Jen at our office. I can still hear his loud and confident American voice saying, "Hi, My name is Travis" and my softer Kenyan response, "Nice to meet you.” Now it feels like I have known him and Jen half of my life. As I have spent time with Karan and Isha from India, it seems that we share many cultural similarities. As for Charles and Chero, my Kenyan brother and sister, it’s been the start of a great friendship! It is just astounding how we have been able to bond together as team coming from different parts of the world.
 
There have been many opportunities to laugh at how different and sometimes startling our cultures are. We are constantly in conversation about what things would mean in an American context or in an Indian context. Initially, my anxiety centered on whether we would be able to build rapport across our differing worldviews. But now I have learned so much as we have consciously and vigorously engaged one another’s cultures. My worldview and perspective of ‘others’ has been broadened, and I am better for it!

The Challenge of Unexpected Journey
We have not been spared the challenge of ‘first things’! Being part of the first cohort I recognize the significant role of being a trailblazer and choosing to embrace change quickly and positively. There have been some points of frustration but I have learned to embrace a posture of grace and understanding. I am reminded that I am a vessel in the great work of advancing God’s Kingdom. I am also awakened to the fact that as the pioneering team, we have a great deal of responsibility as to how the journey goes.

The Celebration of Renewing Faith
There is a celebration in my heart of renewing faith. Since there is a lot at stake here for my life, my companions in the team, and the NewThing movement, as well as the churches involved, our faith and trust in God is being tested and tried. God is constantly asking me, will you trust me in this? Will you trust me when you don’t see the final picture in sight? Will you trust that I am using even those in your leadership to fulfill my plan? I struggle with these questions, yet am also being challenged to renew my faith and trust in him in the unexpected journeys of our lives!

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Community Music | Lucas Cortazio

  /  Carla Vaca.

We are so excited to announce that Community Music’s first ever EP “Love Over Fear" is now available for download on iTunes. Community Music was started last year at COMMUNITY with a vision of adding a voice/sound to our church planting movement to help even more people find their way back to God. We are hoping to encourage and equip all of our NewThing churches to embark on this journey of songwriting and worship that goes beyond the walls with us. We are also hoping you church will join us in singing these songs. So get your copy today on iTunes!

For charts and lyrics please visit communitychristian.org/cm  
For more info please email lucascortazio@communitychristian.org

Thanks for your support!

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Leading A Reproducing Network | Nathan Berry

  /  Carla Vaca.

Leading a Reproducing Network (LARN) is a premier coaching opportunity for leaders of influence interested in starting and leading a reproducing network of churches. The goal of the training is to help leaders start new, reproducing networks of churches. To do this, we want to help you grow in your understanding of movements while providing you practical insights on how to lead one.  NewThing provides content while working alongside each church to create a specific Action Plan for its context.

The LARN experience, for us in Warsaw, Poland, was an opportunity to not only learn from incredible leaders, but also afforded us the opportunity to bring four independent churches together to discuss practically how we can reach our city and multiply our churches. While LARN had great content through materials and resources, it is the action steps that made LARN truly impactful. You are put into a situation where you are motivated to execute, and for us, that is the power of LARN.

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Why I LOVE NewThing | Dave Dummitt

  /  Carla Vaca.

If we were face to face and you asked me why I love the local church, I would hands down tell you this: I love the local church because I believe that the local church is the hope of the world. Many of you became church leaders for the very same reason: you believe that the church is God’s vehicle for people to experience the kind of life change that only comes when we encounter Him.

Most of us lead our people to get connected into some type of small group. You might call them Life Groups, Cell Groups, or Sunday School, but we are teaching the same thing: we were created for meaningful connection with other Christ-followers. We know that a connected Christian grows healthier and stronger than a disconnected one.

The same principle applies to church leaders. We need to be connected to one another in order to most effectively fulfill the mission of Jesus: to make disciples. That is why I love NewThing. As a lead pastor, NewThing provides me with a platform for partnership. I am regularly challenged, coached, encouraged, and equipped to fulfill the mission of Jesus by planting more churches.

I love that NewThing is centered on relationships. We get to come together across denominational lines that can often be divisive, and unify under the name of Jesus to do more together than we can apart. I get to regularly connect with other leaders across the globe who are dreaming big like I am, and who want to be daring for the Kingdom of God like I want to be. These trusted friends and comrades in arms hold me accountable to lead with prayer, with integrity, with vision, and with strength.

As a movement-focused network, NewThing enables church leaders like me to have the relationships and resources that I need while also having the freedom to lead my church without my hands tied. The common denominator connecting NewThing churches is the shared vision of a global network of churches planting more churches. Church leaders across the globe are still free to innovate, keep denominational traditions, and serve the unique needs of their communities while remaining focused on the bigger vision of the Global Church.

Along that same vein, one of my absolute favorite things about NewThing is that we are practitioner led. The vision and the values of NewThing are determined by church leaders who are actively practicing what they are preaching (pun intended). We are in the trenches with our churches, while also strongly connected to global church leaders focused on something greater than any one of us, or any one of our congregations.

I am so thankful to be a part of this incredible network that God is using to exponentially multiply the numbers of churches available worldwide for people to experience life change through knowing Jesus and living life among His people. Onward and upward...together!

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