When Carey interviews someone he captures the audio while you are interviewed on a video platform; that way you can see each other creating a more dynamic conversation. So, the first thing I noticed when I logged on was that Carey’s shirt perfectly matched his pillows and I quickly mentioned it to him in good fun. Carey countered by taking this pic of himself and accessories and then posting it on his twitter account! I could tell this was going to be a fun interview!
Once the interview started we immediately hit it off and went on for about 90 minutes, much longer than the 45 minutes we planned. We talked about planting churches, movement-making, the “5 levels of churches”, the rapid global expansion of the NewThing network, the rapid growth of the Exponential Conference and the five practices of a Hero Maker. I ended up telling a story I’ve never told before and even gave him a peak into my journal (which I think he took a pic he is going to post when the podcast releases). I thoroughly enjoyed Carey and the interview!
Before the interview Carey sent me about a dozen possible questions that he planned to asked me but also warned me that he will take the conversation wherever it goes. So that I could be ready for both I spent a little more than an hour typing up a few thoughts to all the questions Carey sent me. While the interview will be released on December 5th; attached are the planned questions and my prepared notes for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast in case you want to check it out.
This 8-week term group challenges participants to genuinely look at the core within them. It moves beyond the assumptions of being a values-based individual into the accountability of knowing what you truly value at home, at work, and in your community. Johann Von Goethe said it best, “Things that matter most should never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” GOOD to the CORE is about what matters most, with a strategy to insure it is not at the mercy of what matters least! GOOD to the CORE rips away the veneer to reveal the truth about our ultimate benchmarks: personally, professionally and organizationally!
For more information on click HERE. You can sign up for this group by e-mailing Sue Komarynsky.
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Ladies, you are invited to Chicks & Chocolate. It’s a fun girls’ night out featuring Jen Hatmaker, popular speaker and author, who will be talking on the topic of “The Dance Women do for Approval”. Jen is an inspiring speaker with a great sense of humor, so you are sure to get some laughs to go with the chocolate! This event is open to the community, please feel free to invite your girlfriends to attend!
Got a chance to hangout last night with L.V. Hanson, Ambassador for the Catalyst Conference and head honcho of the Catalyst Road Trip. Since he was new to Chicago I had to treat him to some Lou Malnati’s pizza. He’s a great guy and we had a great time. In the video we talked a lot about church planting and where Community is headed as a missional church. If you want to read his post about our conversation it is on the Catalystspace blog titled First Full Day in Chicago and it includes some stuff on multi-site that is not in the video.
Over the last couple weeks we sent more than 100 students on mission trips to New Orleans, Galveston, Mexico and Philippines. This is a pic of some of the students (including my son Josh) taking a break at the beach after a hard day of work. I’m extraordinarily proud of our students.
Our student ministry made a strategic decision this year that rather than send our students to another conference (they already have a Blast Winter Conference) they decided that they would encourage students to go on mission trips. I think this bias toward less talk and more action is something the church needs if we are to accomplish the mission of Jesus.
If you have been on the Community Christian Church website lately you may have noticed that when you click on the “locations” tab there are no longer 9 locations but 11! We are excited to announce that we are currently forming launch teams for both East Aurora and Aurora (North). Both of these launch teams have already attracted a large numbers of people and look to be big impact sites.
This picture goes back a few years when Bill Carroll, Jeff Prosapio and myself went to England and France to experience and learn from the alternative worship movement in Europe. We had heard a lot about Taize worship that started and was practiced in Taize, France. So we left Paris and drove about 3 hours to Taize to for the experience. When we arrived we were confused because this little village couldn’t have had more than a couple hundred people and the only church in town looked severely under-used. The reason we were confused is because there are two Taize in France and we were at the wrong one. The other was another 6 hours away. This is Bill and I looking at the map and the two Taize’s in France.
Since that time Bill and his wife Rachelhave fallen more and more in love with France. After faithfully serving at Community for the last 12 years they are getting ready to take off with the whole family to plant a church. We are all going to miss them immensely. Bill is a tremendously hard worker and the most tenacious recruiter and developer of artists that I have ever seen. I am currently finishing up a book with Jon Ferguson on the reproducing church and much of the chapter we wrote on reproducing artists is from what I’ve learned from Bill. It is a skill that all our arts directors value and that’s a huge part of Bill’s legacy. Rachel was the founding director for CCC’s School for the Arts. We have about 400 students in our school and it has been a huge help in us developing artists young and old. More recently she served with the creative arts team in Kid’s City. Rachel is a super talented artist and tremendously creative leader.
At the end of this summer Bill and Rachel will take off for France and after going through language school will plant the first of many reproducing churches in Paris. We are thrilled that they not only go with our blessing and financial support but also as a part of NewThing. This will be the first of what we believe will be many new churches NewThing will plants in Europe. Thank you Bill and Rachel for passionately giving yourself to the mission of “helping people find their way back to God”. You have served us, the people in Chicagoland and God with great love and integrity. We are so proud of you, love you very much and will be praying for you.
I spent the last 24 hours with the strategic team and campus pastors at our Lighthouse in East Aurora(where we will be opening our eleventh campus in January). We spent the last couple days dreaming about the future of COMMUNITY together. First, what an amazing group of leaders, thinkers and lovers of Jesus! I hope I never take for granted the caliber of leaders that I get to hang with everyday – great people! And the one word to describe the next couple years we dreamed about is IMPACT! If we can pull off the stuff we were dreaming about today, we will make an impact that is exponentially bigger and more significant than everything that has happened in the life of COMMUNITY to date.
I like this pic because Jon is explaining the strategy for how NewThing could reach and impact 75,000-100,000 people through reproducing new churches in the next couple years. And please notice Eric Bramlett in the background and how he is multi-tasking: listening to Jon, updating his blog and reading the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. Like I said, talented leaders!