Dream Week Invite to All NewThing Network and Movements

We’re getting close! Next week is dream week. I would LOVE to see all NewThing churches, networks, and movements join us for this special time.

WHEN: August 18-20 ONLINE

20 My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me (John 17:20-21)

Did you catch it? Jesus prayed that we would be one with Him, with the Father, and with each other. One of the ways this happens is when we come together and dream BIG in the name of Jesus. 

That’s what Dream week is all about.  My friends, there is nothing more powerful and humbling than to dream Kingdom-sized dreams with other leaders. 

Several weeks ago our Global team met to celebrate all that God is doing in and through us. Our discussion included lots of conversation about what God is trying to do at NewThing and what he was specifically calling us to do about it.  Our time together was so powerful that we wanted to find a way to extend our celebration to every NewThing leader we could. That’s when we decided to leverage technology to bring leaders together, to celebrate and pray. We’re calling it Dream Week and I am convinced this will be a catalytic moment for NewThing.

After all, movements start with BIG DREAMS! 

I want to invite you to join me and leaders from across the globe for NewThing Dream Week, August 18, 19th, and 20th. During the call we intend to hear from God together, DREAM BIG, celebrate all that God is doing in and through us, and commission new leaders to plant churches. 

What is Dream Week?

Here’s what we’re doing. We are inviting every pastor to join their network for a short call with our global team. During the week, we intend to do this for as many networks as possible. Our goal is to have hundreds of NewThing networks join us. 

Before the Call

  • Network leaders are invited to register their network for a call with the NewThing Global Team that will include Dave and Jon Ferguson and other leaders from around the world.  
  • We will invite NewThing churches all over the world to pray for our movement through the week using our Dream Week Prayer Prompts.
  • We invite every NETWORK leader to call their network together and complete the Dream Week Guide prior to the call. The network leader then will forward the assessment to our global team by August 14th, 2021.

During the Call

  • The NewThing Global Team will CELEBRATE your leadership and your network wins.
  • We want to hear all about your BIG DREAM and goals for your network through 2022.
  • Our global team will COMMISSION you to this noble and sacred work just as we see when the church sent Paul and Barnabas (Acts).
  • The NewThing Global Team will provide you an overview of the next iteration of NewThing, what our team has been calling NewThing 2.0.

After the Call

  • The NewThing Global Team will compile the information we receive during Dream Week and send it out to all participating churches. 

You don’t want to miss any of it!  

I am humbled each and every day by what God is doing at NewThing. And that’s why it’s really important to me that we come together for Dream week to pray, celebrate, and dream BIG…together. 

Make plans to be part of Dream Week right now. To Register, see the LINK your Regional Team sent to you and reserve your spot.

NewThing Dream Week Prayer Prompts

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Day 1: August 16 

“Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.
20 The wild animals honor me,
    the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
21     the people I formed for myself
    that they may proclaim my praise. – Isaiah 43:18-21

Pray for what new things God might be wanting to do in you and/or in your ministry. Where do you see new things springing u

Day 2: August 17

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

Pray for how the Holy Spirit might be empowering you to be a witness beyond your current location. Do you sense a leading to participate in ministry in a new location?

Day 3: August 18

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. – John 17:20-23

Pray for unity in the body of Christ. Does anyone (person or organization) that the Holy Spirit might be asking you to partner together with?

Day 4: August 19

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

Pray that we together as NewThing make more disciples that are obeying. Do you sense the authority Jesus has given us? How do you see that working in and through your life and your ministry?

Day 5: August 20

And 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. – II Timothy 2:2

Pray that we/NewThing can continue to find reliable people who will be qualified to teach others. Who has God placed in your life that you are investing in to teach others?

Kicking off a Reproducing Disciples Catalyst Cohort in Nepal

This week we kick off a new Reproducing Disciple Catalyst with a group of leaders in Nepal. This is a classic NewThing story. Here’s how it all came about:

  • We found the right leader. (We call this person a movement maker.) He or she has a BIG KINGDOM DREAM and relational equity to spare.
  • We talked and got to know each other to ensure we are aligned around the mission of church planting.
  • Soon we were discussing how we can do more together. This leader wants to see churches planted in every region of Nepal. We want to help.
  • The movement maker enrolled more leaders from towns and cities in Nepal to join the training.

The really great news is that our NewThing team from Central Asia will lead the training in Nepali language.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this opportunity. And I can’t wait to see what God does through it.

Let me know if we can help you run a Reproducing Disciples Catalyst for you and your friends. We’d love to help.

Preparing for Dream Week 2021

What is Dream Week?

If you are a NewThing church you are hereby invited to Dream Week. This will be your opportunity to tell the NewThing team all that God is doing and wants to do in your movement. It will also be an opportunity for other NewThing leaders to celebrate you and your team. 

How Do I Participate in Dream Week?

Talk to Us

Dream week at NewThing starts the week of August 16th. We would like ALL NewThing Movement and Network Leaders to join us with the churches in their network. Contact your REGIONAL DIRECTOR for links and details. 

Prayer With Us

You will receive prayer prompts from the NewThing team soon. All we ask you to do is invite your teams and, if inclined, your congregation, to pray with us.

Plan With Us

The last part of the call will be an opportunity for you tell us all that God is doing and wants to do in your movement. Our team gets the chance to celebrate you and pray for you.