Catching up with “New Thing”

A couple of months ago Geoff Westlake was in America and caught up with “New Thing” – not a church, not a network of churches, but a network of networks of churches!

It started with 2 brothers starting a church (Christian Community Church) with reproduction as a seriously core value.

– So when they started a small group, it was with the other as an apprentice.

– When they wanted to start a second group that was fine but they both then needed to have an apprentice before that group could start.

– When the next person said, “can I start another group,” they said “Sure – but you need an apprentice before you can start.”

– When they started a church, there was an apprentice for every role.

– Then when the apprentices were ready to start their own, it was, “Sure – but you need each an apprentice before you can start.”

– When there were a few churches, a network co-ordinator was needed, but you guessed it, “Sure – you need an apprentice before you can start.”


They eventually needed a systems expert, and found one (and I guess he has an apprentice!).  That’s when “New Thing” began – networking networks of networks of churches. Now somewhere in the world a new group/plant begins on average every 11 days.

This adamant apprenticing is the secret to their reproduction. A simple but effective mechanism to enable work to multiply! And even prevent things from starting until they are really ready with reproductive potential.



About SU Neighbourhood Outreach

SUNO seeks to support and train churches and Christians to engage in local mission through networking, resources, consultancy and auspicing. View all posts by SU Neighbourhood Outreach

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