“The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting.”
South Florida is home to more than 3.8 million people who don’t know Jesus, and the number is growing. For myriad reasons, the most effective way of influencing our cities with the Gospel is by starting new churches.
New churches best reach the unchurched. Numerous studies
have confirmed that the average
new church gains most of its new members (60-80%) from people who are not attending another church.
New congregations bring new ideas to the entire Church. A new church has the freedom to innovative and essentially becomes the “research and development” department for the whole Body of Christ in the city.
New churches become “evangelistic feeders” for a whole community. A new church often produces many converts who end up in established churches for a variety of reasons.
Because a new church is forced to focus on the needs of its non-members, simply in order to get off the ground, the congregation is far more sensitive to the concerns of the non-believer.
New churches filled with people fresh from the ranks of the un-churched have the power to invite and attract many more non-believers into the events and life of the church than the members of the typical established body.
New churches are one of the best ways to surface strong, creative leaders. They attract and harness many people in the city whose gifts would otherwise not be utilized. These new leaders benefit the churches across an entire city.
“As I view the landscape of church planting in urban areas of North America, I sense the need for careful recruiting, helpful training and solid resourcing. In South Florida, RENEW is the only one who provides all of this. I appreciate how RENEW is both tight enough to be effective in what they do, and loose enough to be inclusive of the various evangelical traditions serving there. RENEW brings experienced and creative leadership to the long table that stretches from South Dade to North Palm Beach. It gives me hope this kind of cooperative model could be structured and started in other parts of the country.”
Every movement begins with a conversation about making a measurable impact. Ours begins with twenty new Gospel- centered, city-positive, reproducing churches from varying denominational traditions in South Florida by 2020 – twenty churches strategically placed in the most influential cities in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties who will anchor the Gospel movement.
A movement begins to take shape when these initial churches start to coalesce. When they work together to identify and surface gifted leaders. When they partner to develop these leaders into ready candidates. When they send them out at the right time. When twenty churches come together and become eighty churches. This is the strength of RENEW.
RENEW’s ultimate legacy will be two hundred new churches – a self-sustaining movement of the Gospel through a robust and highly collaborative network proclaiming the message of Jesus, caring for the broken and influencing a renewed sense of mission for established churches. Imagine a new South Florida; connected communities and flourishing cities filled with a growing number of new believers.
We believe that the gospel is not only the entry point of the Christian faith, but also the way by which we express that faith and grow daily.
RENEW churches challenge Christians to live out the radically counter-cultural lifestyle to which Christ calls us, to engage and welcome skeptics, to graciously present the truth of Christ and to relevantly challenge existing cultural misconceptions about Christianity.
We love South Florida for its diversity, its vitality, and its desire for redemption. God created cities and intended them to be places of refuge, creativity and beauty, but the reality of sin has caused conflict, disorder and inequity.
So RENEW churches view their cities as both beautiful and broken, working to see them flourish, and partnering with existing institutions to create a culture of mercy and justice.
We know that a church-planting movement isn’t simply about one new church. RENEW churches are wired to consistently raise up leaders and send teams to start more new churches.
In essence, these gospel-driven churches plant churches who plant churches who plant churches, fueling a gospel-centered movement that leads to the spiritual renewal of cities and communities all over South Florida and the world.