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Hiring And Firing Staff In A Church Plant

By Derrick Puckett Renewal Church, Chicago Illinois We came into planting a church in Chicago like we had it all together. We thought we had the perfect location, the perfect staff team, enough money, and people. In the mind of the church planter, the plant may look and feel better than it actually is. A lot is inflated or embellished. Until you launch and in the first six months figure out: the roses ain’t smelling so good anymore.  I was certain we would never have problems with our staff team.  We moved to Chicago with friends. Within the first six…

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 Will from Renewal Church

Will was connected to Renewal Church before it even started. He had played football in college with Derrick Puckett, the lead planter. Will and his wife had been looking for a place for their family to attend. When Derrick articulated his vision for Renewal, Will wanted to get involved. It was the communal aspect that appealed to Will and his family. “The cool ting about Renewal is it is a gospel-centered church in the midst of all this,” Will says while gesturing around at the Chicago skyline behind him. “There’s a community even the midst of the city. I walked…

Meet Emiola From Renewal Church

“Chicago is an extremely diverse city but it’s very segregated space.” Meet Emiola from Renewal Church in Chicago. Emiola was born in Chicago and grew up in London and Nigeria.  When she returned to Chicago for college, she was surprised and dismayed at the palpable tension in the city.  The move was made even more difficult because she had no family in the city.  Emiola started attending Renewal Church just over a year ago.  Emiola wanted to be a part of a group who would truly know her.  Quickly she felt that Renewal was the right place.  She explained, “It…

Church planting’s purpose, potential, and power

From Attalia Paul and Barnabas sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. Then… In Acts 14, the first-century urban church planters, Paul and Barnabas, gather together members from a partnering congregation to celebrate the accomplished work of new churches planted and new believers baptized. The preceding verses tell more of the story: despite the cost of much…

Renewal Church, Chicago

Renewal Church in Chicago recently relocated to a high school on the west side of Chicago.  The move allowed them to stay in the neighborhood while also providing them room for growth.  It was a good idea – after adding a second service, the church quickly doubled in attendance after the move!  Check out a typical Sunday at Renewal:

Derrick Puckett recognized that many times people won’t come to church, even if they are spiritually seeking.  So Renewal Church in Chicago makes a habit of getting outside the walls of church- whether that’s playing basketball or going to neighborhood celebrations! As a side note, Derrick says, “A lot of people think they can play ball…”  The team at Renewal can play ball- they’ve won their league championship two years in a row! After 5 months of Chicago cold, Renewal Church eagerly anticipates summertime through “Renewal Summer” fellowship events. Throughout the summer, members open their homes each week for Taste of Tuesdays…

Kaley Puckett had initial reservations about church planting.  Over time, she became excited about the idea.  With the support of Orchard Group, Derrick and Kaley planted Renewal Church in Chicago!

GOSPEL + RACE

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WHY HOST A CONVERSATION ON GOSPEL AND RACE?  Renewal Church in Chicago serves a city that is nearly equally black, white, and Latino.  Their desire is to share the gospel with all people of the city, believing that the message of Jesus Christ will bring people of all backgrounds together to worship him.  Luke Greer, Director of Orchard Institute, hosts the conversation with lead planter of Renewal, Derrick Puckett, his wife Kaley, and Ricky and April Jenkins. HIGHLIGHTS: 16:20 Kaley shares her experience growing up, when people would ask her, “What are you?” in reference to her racial heritage. 20:00 Luke asks, “What are the highs and…

Two New Churches Make One Exciting Month

One of the most exciting times in a family’s life is the birth of a baby.  New parents (and grandparents!) post photos to share in their joy.  Starting a new church is often compared to a birth.  Furious work happens behind the scenes for months.  Then everyone gets together to celebrate “Launch Sunday.”  What was once behind the scenes is now public and ready to take its place in the world!  Launch Sunday is one of the highlights of the early life of a church. During September, two new churches were planted with the help of Orchard Group. Renewal Church-…