We are a multi-denominational network in South Florida that assists you, as a church planter, through every step of the process. Here are a few of the services we offer along the way.
RENEW partners with several national assessment centers, but we also provide you an in-depth review by local pastors, church planters, and leaders, particularly for ministry in South Florida.
Where will you start a new church? That can be a challenging question to answer, but we’re here to help match your gifting and calling with specific areas in the highest need of new churches.
When you plant a church, you’re always learning. We provide demographic and ethnographic research in order to help you develop the right approach to your particular city and neighborhood.
Effective church planters know they need a coach, so we make sure you connect with the right one. Our coaches get church planting and the unique reality of ministry in South Florida.
We’ve partnered with Redeemer City to City to provide an intensive two-year RENEW Fellowship to best equip you in the beginning stages of your church planting process.
Planting a church can be a lonely endeavor, so we’ve created spaces for you to regularly connect with other church planting peers to pray for each other and solve problems together.
We want to start 200 new churches over the next 25 years, but in order to see that happen we need to build a strong base of Gospel-centered, city-positive, reproducing churches. We’re in the process of planting 20 churches in strategic cities throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. These churches will anchor the movement as they resource and send leaders and teams into neighboring areas.
In the ten years after that, these first 20 churches will continue to reproduce and add 60 more new churches in South Florida. Our role is to assist in funding and developing leaders in each church and to help guide the process for when they’ll start and where they’ll be planted. By 2040 our network will grow to 80 churches, all identifying and discipling new leaders to start more churches and launch new ministry.
So growing out of the first 20 churches, we want to see 200 new churches in South Florida by 2040. As more and more people encounter Jesus for the first time, as an increasing number of people are equipped to selflessly love and serve their cities, as churches begin to reproduce instinctively, our hope is that God will use this initiative to spark a Gospel movement that changes the very fabric of our cities.
Our goal is to help you start a church that will plant more churches (that will plant even more churches), but that can be really challenging when you try to do it on your own. With the collective resources found in a network, you’ll have a greater opportunity to move more deliberately towards reproducing your efforts and starting new churches.
We partner with and plant churches from a spectrum of denominations. The unity and cross-pollination that comes with cooperation not only strengthens the impact of the larger Church, it actually works to better equip each tradition in their particular approach by introducing a broader and inclusive view of what God is doing across South Florida.
Planting in the RENEW network provides constant encouragement that says, “You are not alone.” Starting a new church doesn’t have to be a solo mission. As a you engage with experienced leaders and church-planting peers, you’ll build meaningful friendships and discover lots of opportunities to connect through prayer, accountability and partnerships.
Based on extensive experience and data, we know that a church planter needs to raise an average of $300,000 to establish a self-sustaining church in South Florida. Initially, outside funding is critical to your church’s continuity. RENEW works to provide you much of the needed financial support in the first years through incremental start-up funds equal to 1/3 of the budget, and extensive training and assistance in fund-raising through your personal networks and partner churches.
Our financial support isn’t a loan, so we don’t require repayment – our funding comes with no strings attached. But because we’re starting reproducing churches, we’re asking you to make a commitment to church planting in South Florida that makes a difference but remains a manageable part of your giving. This partnership begins on day one as part of your church’s DNA, encouraging you to always seek to support Gospel ministry outside your own walls and missional scope.
We’re not only creating new opportunities for the Gospel to impact our cities, we’re also creating resource centers to provide new funding for future church plants. Think about it like this: in your first 10 years you’ll have the opportunity to provide up to one and a half times the funding you originally received which will go directly to the churches you subsequently plant, as well as other RENEW church plants throughout South Florida.
They are called, assessed, and sent as a unit. But from here forward, the focus usually shifts to the planter. Couples have a higher success rate for the survival of their church and their marriage when both are trained and coached. RENEW partners with Parakaleo – a network that offers coaching and help for church planters’ wives to offer the following:
We will deliver training that is firmly based in gospel theology and educational theory, influenced by ongoing research and offering interactive education for wives and ministry leaders in the complex world of church planting and pastoral ministry.
We connect church planting wives to each other around South Florida. At the heart of our commitment is a philosophy born out of research on how church planting couples thrive. Both partners need ongoing deep connection with trusted companions and timely training for the current issues they face.
We will develop coaches who understand the implication of Jesus’ finished work on the cross for current life situations, with an ability to engage the heart, develop skills, and navigate role ambiguity.
We will develop materials dealing with real-life issues that reflect both the reality of our depravity and the beauty of our dignity, and point us to the freedom that is ours in Christ.