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Author: Kenny Conley

Year One

A few weeks ago marked the one year anniversary of moving to Gilbert, AZ. After eight years of leading NextGen in Austin, TX – I got to start over. I have to admit, I was pretty excited for round two. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told people, “I wish I knew what I know now when I started as a NextGen pastor.” The first several years were spent learning a new role and figuring everything out. Everything was brand new. It took me five years to build my team. It was the best team I’d ever...

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When do you Promote?

My Promoting NexGen post last week prompted a lot of questions and discussions about when churches promote – before the summer or after the summer? So, I thought I’d share the reasons why I promote when I do. At MISSION, we promote before the summer. We’re actually promoting this Sunday, May 21st. I LOVE promoting just before the summer and I’ll explain why. At my previous church, we promoted in the fall for the first 4-5 years there. There were several obstacles preventing us from moving promotion. I hated Fall promotion, primarily for one reason, which I’ll get to in...

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Promoting NextGen

When I was a Children’s Pastor, there was one time of the year when the student pastor and I really worked together. Promotion Sunday. Usually, sometime in April, we’d get together for lunch and we’d talk about the rising 6th graders. We’d talk about how they would move up, when it would happen, and details pertaining to the big day. Unfortunately, this was often the extent of our collaboration. It would be years before I’d see the benefits of collaborating on a weekly basis. I would later come to learn that promoting NextGen is bigger than figuring out how...

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What is NextGen?

The most common questions I am asked. “What is NextGen?” Isn’t it obvious? I mean, simply googling NextGen should clarify what it is, right? 1st search:  Used when talking about video game systems that are coming out or have just come out. Example:Why buy next gen when you can always get a SNES? 2nd search: Star Trek: The Next Generation. Also known as ST:TNG or TNG. Next Gen is on the Sci-Fi channel. Example:Next Gen is on the Sci-Fi channel. 3rd search:  When something is super dope it is the best thing going. Example:Dude she is next gen. Okay, so...

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I Am Nextgen

Welcome to! This site is nearly a decade in the making. Today marks the 9th anniversary of becoming a NextGen Pastor. Yes, nine years ago today I began the most challenging, most mysterious, most lonely and most exciting role I would ever hold. On May 1st, 2008, I became a NextGen Pastor. Back in 2008, I only knew five other NextGen Pastors, but only four of them counted: There was a Family Ministry Pastor at a church in Vegas (I honestly don’t remember his name). I had interviewed there for a multi-site children’s pastor role. Ten minutes into...

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