Thursday, April 28, 2011

Downtown Easter Fest Was An Amazing Success

New City Church of LA partnered with City Light Church this year to bring the Downtown Easter Fest.  It was an amazing success!  We expected a couple of hundred people but we ended up with probably around 1000 people.  There was a lot of energy and a lot of people were so appreciative that we put on this event free to the public.  It was a great opportunity to serve the downtown community and a lot of fun.  I want to thank all of the amazing volunteers who didn't even have time to eat lunch because of the overwhelming demand and people lining up.  Thank you all!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Good Friday and Easter Sunday Service

Please join us for Good Friday Service on April 22 (Friday, of course) at 7pm at Spring Art Tower, 453 S. Spring St., Second Floor, Downtown LA.
On Sunday, Please join us for Easter Celebration Service at 10am at Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Then, after the worship, please join us for Easter Fest at Grand Hope Park.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What If We Planted a Church in Every Neighborhood in LA

There are 114 distinct neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Some are as small as 10,000 and some are as big as 150,000. What if we planted a vibrant church reflecting Jesus and serving the community in every one of these neighborhoods?

Downtown Easter Fest 2011 at Grand Hope Park

The Third Annual Downtown Easter Fest is on Sunday, April 24, from 12:30pm to 3pm, at the beautiful Grand Hope Park at W. 9th and Hope Streets in downtown LA. Parking is free around the park.

We will have picnic lunch, drinks, Easter egg hunt, bounce house, face painting, bubbles, arts and crafts, sack race, popcorns, free haircuts, and much much more, all for FREE to everyone.

This is an event for the community, not the church. All are invited! Bring your entire family and have fun!

This event is co-sponsored by New City Church of LA and City Light Church, both downtown LA churches. 

Here are some pictures from Downtown Easter Fest from last year:

Friday, April 1, 2011

How to Apprentice Someone into Leadership

We have been praying and thinking a lot of leadership development at New City.  We have been growing faster than we can develop leaders.  I think this this is a great article and something I have been thinking a lot about lately.

Apprenticeship x Reflection = Multiplication
Tim Balow

Leadership development is the lynchpin of successfully reproducing and multiplying small groups. But how do leaders really develop? How does a small group leader go about developing a process for raising up apprentice leaders? What will truly help another leader grow in their small-group facilitation and spiritual maturity?

Before you ever think about multiplying small groups, leadership development needs to be on your mind. Without leadership, small groups stagger from week to week, struggle to keep discussion moving, and grow stale in the vision for their group. Apprenticeship is the lynchpin for successfully reproducing small groups in your church or ministry for the hopes of drawing more and more people into a friendship with Jesus and others. It's is one very useful way to develop small-group leaders, because it involves spending time with one another, intentionally observing and reflecting on experiences, and moving toward the goal of actually leading another small group.

Dave and Jon Ferguson of Community Christian Church in Naperville, Illinois offer a very helpful twist on one popular model of helping emerging leaders catch the vision. Imagine the "I" in this model is the small group leader, while "you" is the apprentice. You may want to read through this a couple of times before moving on; it's is not only a wonderful model for developing apprentices, but a wonderful model for developing anyone.

 I lead, you observe, we talk.
 I lead, you help, we talk.
 You lead, I help, we talk.
 You lead, I observe, we talk.
 You lead, someone else watches, we talk.

The twist here -- and the trickiest part as well -- is the last two words of each phrase: we talk. Reflection is one of the most important things that we can do to help others develop. Intentionally talking and listening to another person seems so simple, and yet it's a critical piece that's left out of so much training. Here are three areas vital to the reflection process:

1. Help emerging leaders grow in their strengths. Some leaders will have the ability to ask good questions and lead discussions, while others are going to be stronger in their ability to create hospitable and friendly environments. Help your leaders to know how their gifts and strengths can best be used in a small-group environment.

2. On the flip side, it's important to help your apprentices identify weaknesses. It may not be their natural inclination to be a welcoming person or to be a good facilitator at first, but identifying blind spots and weaknesses will help the leader to develop the assets that are crucial to leading a small group.

3. With those two things said, the last important reflection point in an apprenticeship is tohelp leaders move towards crucial assets that make up a healthy small group leader. What I mean by that is: While a leader will always have strengths and weaknesses, all small group leaders need to develop the ability to catch and cast vision, facilitate life-giving conversation, and create an environment that can bear the weight of friendship, conflict, and time.

This model may take some time to really take root in your church, but a healthy and growing small-group ministry survives and thrives where leadership development is intentional and consistent. God transforms apprentices into leaders, especially as leaders help them to see God's vision for growing friendships with Jesus and others.