It’s hard not to get excited about what God is doing in and through the people at NextGen Church in West Windsor, New Jersey – just outside of Princeton. The church continues to grow numerically, but their desire and creativity to serve those in their community is what is most encouraging and inspiring when you hear them talk. Pastor Mia Chang and her team continue to press into the Lord and creatively serve others as they seek the kingdom together with palpable expectation.
Globally, they have focused their service efforts on the continent of Africa. A team just returned from another mission trip to Kenya, where they have ongoing relationship with local church leaders. Additionally, they are currently working to build a church and a school in Nigeria, as well as establishing a 501(c)(3) non-profit NGO in order to cultivate a long-term local presence in that community. These efforts have been spearheaded by NextGen pastor Lola Akiwowo, whose years of experience in education and passion for this project are bearing great fruit.
Locally, the church is engaged in starting a fresh expression of the church in the Hightstown NJ area, creatively and compassionately serving a minority population that has been largely ignored by others. They are also in the process of planting a new church out of NextGen in nearby Trenton, NJ. The church plant is led by Adam Banks, associate pastor at NextGen and a student in his final year at Princeton Theological Seminary. For the past few years, NextGen has served the Trenton Public School System in a local elementary school on Saturday mornings by offering additional schooling, mentoring and training for both kids and parents. These efforts have been widely embraced and appreciated by the local school board. It was from this deepening trust that NextGen felt called to launch a new congregation. Currently, about 30 people have gathered regularly for worship. Mia said she’s most encouraged by the fact that most of the 30 people gathering are people from the community and not originally from NextGen.
If you know anything about NextGen you know that they have cultivated a deep and passionate culture of prayer. With that, there are three very specific ways we can be in prayer for them as a community:
 The Trenton church plant has been incredibly encouraging, but so far there have been no options for spaces to meet. They are currently renting a large party tent each week. In the summer and early fall, this is not a problem, but as the weather turns this will no longer become possible. Pray that a meeting space opens for them to meet in for worship.
 Currently NextGen is in need of a worship leader. Pray that God brings a passionate and humble worship leader to their congregation. And, by the way, if you know of anyone who would be willing to serve in this capacity, contact Mia Chang.
 Jim Butler (pastor of community care) and his wife Andi, have both recently had several procedures to remove cancerous skin cells from their bodies and are currently taking significant time off to recover. Pray for their recovery during this time.
Learn more about NextGen by logging onto their website at: http://nextgenministry.net