We plant churches
Our name was selected with care and intentionality. We believe our role to be that of a “nexus” (the point where linkage or connection occurs.) We are the connecting place where church-planting leaders and potential partners make acquaintances. Our goal is to partner with you, the church-planting leader, helping you launch new faith communities that will impact your context.
In June of 2018, we will move our 50th church-planting family into their new community. Most of these projects are daughter churches that we initiated. Some, however, are projects that we did not initiate. Some are projects we found, or that just showed up on our doorstep. When we find these orphan projects we usually welcome them into our family and start providing them with “Leader Care,” as though they were our own. For a map and listing of our church plants – and a companion map and listing of emerging plants please click here.
We provide “Leader Care”
Who actually starts the churches? We don’t. Church planting couples do! Nexus doesn’t “start” new churches – we help church planters do that. What Nexus does is provide the best possible care for the church-planting couples who are out there busting it to launch new faith communities! Our specific task is Nurturing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today! We believe the leading churches of tomorrow are those that are being launched today. And the leaders of tomorrow are the young men and women who are just emerging today. Our task is to come alongside you to help you succeed. To do that we provide you with “Leader Care.”
“Leader Care” involves four elements: Coaching focuses on your “project” and its attendant goals and objectives. Your coach will guide you into the “the art” of church planting. Mentoring focuses on you as a “person”, as well as your “family.” The mentors are interested in helping you foster “the heart” for ministry. Training grounds you in a cognitive understanding of entrepreneurial processes as well as the dynamics of healthy faith communities. Training grounds you in the rapidly changing field of church planting “wisdom.” Community is the nurturing context in which you find close companions along the way. In community you discover “the personal touch” that is needed as God engages you in “spiritual formation.”
Why “Leader Care?” Because Our goal for you is that you be Grounded Yet Fluid… grounded in the historic truths of the faith, and yet fluid in your tangible expressions of those truths. Or, Rooted With Wings… rooted in the faith once for all delivered, and yet capable of soaring to new heights of innovation and faithfulness as you pursue your particular calling.
We launch and nurture regional networks
Nexus plants churches in Texas. Texas is our home court! But we also start churches in neighboring states – and when we do that we work with local partners in collaboration.
Why? We may be wrong about this – but our assumption is that Oklahomans are unlikely to take it well if a bunch of Texans show up and start telling them what to do!! (This is particularly true during Football season…) And it’s not just Oklahomans that want to have ownership for their own projects… this applies to pretty much every region. We think the Kingdom is served best when each region is resourced and released to pursue God’s calling in their own locale… in voluntary partnership with others. So our focus is on starting churches in Texas and helping others do the same in their own regions.
So that puts us in not just the “church planting” business – we’re also in the network launching and nurturing business. Wherever possible we partner with pre-existing networks and provide needed structure and systems. When those pre-existing networks are not available we launch and nurture new regional networks that are independent of Nexus.
(For those of you who’ve read it – you’ll notice that we’ve read The Starfish and the Spider, by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstom. A great book and resource on network leadership and systems.)
We are currently working with networks and projects in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming.