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Mark Jobe

Mark is the lead and founding pastor of New Life Community Church in the city of Chicago. He and his wife Dee have seen New Life grow from a handful of people to several thousand meeting at more than 25 locations with more than 40 worship services each weekend. Mark is also the founder of New Life Centers, an organization focused on helping youth in underserved areas of Chicago. He holds a Master’s degree from Moody Theological Seminary and a Doctorate degree from Bakke Graduate University. Mark is the author of UNSTUCK: Out of Your Cave into Your Call and can be heard on his daily radio program StraightTalk.

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Church Design | Culture

Is Your Church Bringing Kingdom Culture to Your Community?

By: Mark Jobe
August 31, 2018

I believe that God has called the Church to bring Kingdom culture to its communities; to be a Church in and for the community.    

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Multisite | Church Culture

Is It Time to Launch Your Next Church?

By: Mark Jobe
July 30, 2018

Are you ready to launch your next church? What are the questions you should be asking as you consider this venture? When I was 22, I was completely overwhelmed with pastoring a small church in a tough neighborhood. It looked bleak. My salary was $8,000 a year with no insurance. The church had 18 people and no worship band. I was living in my one-room office with a mattress on the floor and mouse traps all around. I thought, "Wow, we're supposed to be this dynamic ‘change the world’ church and we're just this small, feeble group...the toothless, the broken, the homeless and those with prison sentences."

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Making Space for Millennials Executive Summary

Making Space for Millennials Executive Summary

Discover the impact Millennials' values, allegiances, and assumptions will have on your church.

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Church Culture | restarts

Keys to Successful Church Restarts, Part 2

By: Mark Jobe
April 17, 2018

In part 1 of this series, we examined six keys for a successful church restart. According to Mark Jobe, lead/founding pastor or New Life Community Church in Chicago, a restart can be a story of redemption rather than as a “take-over.” In part 2, Jobe uses the acronym GRACE to describe how to discern whether the restart process is right for your church and God-honoring ways to embark on a restart journey.

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Church Culture | restarts

Keys to Successful Church Restarts, Part 1

By: Mark Jobe
April 12, 2018

New Life Community Church is a multicultural, multisite church that gathers in 25 locations, each with live preaching. When we first started launching new sites, I didn't know hardly anyone else that was doing it. Today, there are many churches taking this approach, and it's a great strategy.  Of our 25 New Life sites, about 14 of them were born out of a “restart.” This is the term we use when an older church has invited us to move into their existing building that was on the verge of closing and restart the church under the New Life banner. Though we didn’t set out with a plan to engage in restarts, they’ve become an important part of New Life’s multiplication strategy.

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Leadership | Multisite | church planting

A Message From Mark Jobe, Alignment Conference Main Session Speaker

By: Mark Jobe
September 14, 2017

Mark Jobe is the lead and founding pastor of New Life Community Church in Chicago. He and his wife Dee have seen New Life grow from a handful of people to several thousand meeting at more than 20 locations with over 40 worship services each weekend. Mark is also the founder of New Life Centers, an organization focused on helping youth in underserved areas of Chicago. On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Mark will share his church's journey with "Restarts," New Life's method of merging with historic urban churches in order to preserve and restore faith communities. Don't miss your chance to hear his inspiring vision for redeeming sacred space!

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Events | Leadership | church planting | Ministry

Taking Flight: A Podcast Interview for Church Planters with Mark Jobe

By: Mark Jobe
August 03, 2017

Pastors: are you throwing your hands in the air, ready to quit? Not sure where to go next in your ministry or what God is calling you to? Experiencing burnout or exhaustion? Whether you're a seasoned pastor or you're diving into your very first church plant, chances are slim that everything in your ministry has gone off without a hitch. Maybe you're at a point in your life where you simply feel... stuck. 

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Leadership | Church Culture

Out of Your Cave, and Into Your Call

By: Mark Jobe
July 06, 2017

I've been training, raising, and coaching pastors for a long time now. Over time, I’ve realized that all spiritual leaders will invariably and inevitably enter a paralyzing season. We get stuck.

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