2018 Lead Planter’s Retreat

Church planting is a glorious (and sometimes exhausting) calling.  Once a year, we gather many of our lead planting couples for a retreat in Miami.  It is a time to reconnect with each other, share what’s working, and discuss the issues that challenge us.  It is a great joy to serve these world-class leaders.  The work they are doing for God’s Kingdom is laudable. The 2018 lead planters share their stories with the group: The highlight of the week: Praying for the lead planters, a time of vulnerability and hope. A few of our leaders for 2017 & 2018:

Year in Review 2017

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Year in Review 2017

Throughout the year, we’ve listened to and shared stories of individuals from our church plants.  Each person has a unique path to come back to God or a new openness to following Jesus.  From heartbreak to infertility, from discovering that success is illusory or needing a community where diversity is present, each story reveals that God is reaching out to people everywhere. We plant churches because new churches are one of the most effective ways to reach people with the good news of Jesus.  People Matter To God!  Check out the range of stories and be encouraged.

Meet Lauren & Robby from Renewal Church in Chicago

“Chicago is such a diverse city, but we went to so many churches where it was all white or all black. We loved seeing the mix of people at Renewal.” Two years ago, Lauren and Robby were dating and searching for a church where they both felt welcomed. Lauren heard about Renewal through mutual friends and visited. She brought Robby back the next week. “We’ve been here ever since!” Robby exclaimed. Robby and Lauren became a part of the community quickly. Robby admitted, “I don’t make friends easily. But at Renewal I make friends all the time.” The couple started…

Meet Xochitl from Mission Church

A move to a new city, grief over a miscarriage, and struggles with infertility and adoption left Xochitl feeling isolated and alone.  Frustrated dreams brought her to a dark place for months, where she felt discouraged and alone.  She struggled to get outside.  Xochitl decided that it would be good to go to church.  As she said, “Maybe getting to know some other people and getting involved would help.” She and her husband googled churches and visited a few.  But it was a Mission Church postcard, delivered several weeks late and to the wrong address, that got their attention.  Church…

On Christmas And The Urban – Rural Divide

From Luke Greer, Director of Partnership For me, part of the Christmas season means spending time reading the Bible’s nativity stories in Matthew and Luke. Although I’ve read them many times before, something “new” often captures my attention. This year when I read the angels’ declaration to the shepherds: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11), I realized I hadn’t ever really noticed what’s always been there: the city of David.  The angels weren’t referring to the great city of Jerusalem, but instead to the quiet…

Isolate or Engage?

Isolate or engage?  This challenge confronts Christians who face the challenges of prevailing cultural norms that often run counter to a life centered on Jesus. This tension is not new. Jesus mentions being in but not of the world. Cities often appear to be places where unchecked secularism prevails, yet the idols of money, sex, and power are ultimately hollow. Cities are a good place for Christians to engage culture: God sends Jonah to Ninevah. Paul travels to Athens and to Rome. Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. God does not give up on the people in those cities, nor…

Expanding The Impact

From Brent Storms, President and CEO As we find ourselves between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’m feeling both a deep sense of gratitude and a great anticipation of what is to come. I’m grateful for the ways God has allowed our ministry to reach tens of thousands of people with the gospel. I’m also excited about the opportunity to continue expanding the impact. What we have witnessed in New York City in the past three years is remarkable! Three years ago Renaissance Church was launched in Harlem under the leadership of Jordan and Jessica Rice. Today they are reaching nearly 400…

Meet Josephine from Redemption Church

Josephine grew up in a Christian home.  As she attended college, she increasingly felt the tension of living between eastern and western cultures.  She saw her peers leaving the church and began to view the church as unenlightened and oppressive. So Josephine threw herself into the world of startups.  They appeared to be perfect communities: productive, empowering, and full of hardworking people.  As she describes it, “I was intoxicated with the pursuit of self-improvement and the recognition that I hoped would follow.”  The appearance of those perfect communities ultimately proved hollow. Josephine found herself in a place of searching for…

New City Church

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New City Church

What a great weekend at New City Church in Phoenix, AZ. 14 people were baptized yesterday!

Generosity, Fun, and New Life

What is your church known for? Trace Church launched in the fall of 2016. The church’s name comes from the desire to “leave a Trace of God’s love wherever we go.” That impression of God is making a difference in the lives of people in Colorado Springs. Two more people were baptized this month! New churches are one of the best ways to reach out to new people with the gospel message. Trace continues to grow as more and more people respond to Jesus. When people are asked for a word to describe Christians, “fun” may not typically at the…