Patrick O’Connell is the Director of NewThing. After graduating college and a stint in the Army, he went to work in the corporate world, eventually becoming a Vice President in a prestigious investment firm. It was during this time that he connected with COMMUNITY and eventually found his way back to God. In 2007, he left his business and moved with a team of people to Kansas City to help start Restore Community Church. Soon after, he began coaching and mentoring church planters. He's become a student of church planting, enrolling in the Master of Missional Church Movements Program at Wheaton College. He wants to leverage his knowledge, experiences and passion for Jesus to help people start more churches that help even more people find their way back to God. He's married to Nancy and they have three great kids: Bailie (19), Declan (14) and Cormac (10). Patrick blogs at


PRE-CONFERENCE: From Addition to Multiplication – Hosted by NewThing Network
NewThing reproduces churches. We've learned how to start them and how to reproduce them. If you're a church planter, church, network or multisite dreaming of making a BIGGER impact through reproducing a church, then this lab is for you. This will be a practical experience with Dave and Jon Ferguson and other NewThing leaders that will help your team understand specific steps to take in order to start AND reproduce your church.
Day / Time: Tuesday, 8:00am – 11:30am
Location: Faith Hall - Room 301H

Workshop Session 3: How to Start a Network of Multiplying Churches in Your City
What will it take to change the spiritual landscape of your city or region? One church can't do it alone. But a network of churches collaborating can. Join Patrick O'Connell and Tom McGehee of NewThing for a quick but comprehensive look at how to start a new reproducing network of churches in your city. As the director of NewThing, Patrick has helped leaders in the USA, Europe and Asia start new networks that in turn plant new churches. Tom has helped leaders all over the world and is an expert in collaborative learning. This will be a practical workshop to help lead pastors, networks and church planters work together to do more for the Kingdom.
Time: Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: Education Building (E1) - Room 315

Session 4: Creating a Leadership Pipeline in Your Church or Multisite
Churches can only multiply if there are leaders ready to lead at new locations. Join Patrick O'Connell for a fast-paced look at how to fill your leadership pipeline so that you're ready to grow. As the director of NewThing Network, Patrick will join with other NewThing leaders to share ways to cultivate a culture of leadership development and look at the practical skills needed for campus pastors and church planters to shepherd and operate a start-up church.
Time: Wednesday, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Location: Education Building (E1) - Room 316

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