MISSIONAL LIFE AT RENEW COMMUNITIES
God sent his son, Jesus, to Earth to take on flesh and blood and live amongst humanity. That's just what he did - he lived life - he worked, ate and interacted with the people. In his In his living the people around him were able to get a true understand of what God was truly like. Jesus came so that all people, places and things could be renewed to a right relationship with God. In the same way, we believe we are missionaries sent into our culture to renew all things to God through Jesus. We live this out as part of a missional community. (John 1:14; 20:21; Colossians 1:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
AT RENEW COMMUNITIES WE LIVE THIS MISSIONAL LIFE BY LOVING IN THREE DIRECTIONS:
UP - Loving God
IN - Loving One Another
OUT - Loving the World
There are multiple platforms that we're working to create so that you can live a life on mission. Take some time to learn more about missional communities below.
A Missional Community is the church on mission. It is a group of 10-40 Christ followers who embody and declare the Gospel to a specific people, neighborhood or network of relationships. The goal is to help people become and grow as disciples of Jesus as they work to consistently and creatively serve their specific mission focus. An MC exists to love their neighbor [OUT], love God [UP] and love each other [IN].
THE CORE OF MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES
Missional Communities are different than your average small group and Bible Study. Below is a taste of what MC's are like as seen through Renew’s core values.
- MC has a regular rhythm of connecting UP with God in various ways such reading his word together and prayer
- MC creates a space where non-Christians or new Christians can comfortably encounter Jesus
- The MC encourages one another to develop a regular rhythm of encountering Jesus in their personal life (ex. RENEW Rhythm)
- The MC has a space where people can share their Jesus encounters
- The MC has a clear missional focus [OUT] which functions as the organizing principle of the group
- Specific OUT ideas are developed from within the group, not through Renew staff (Everyone Plays)
- MC participants seek to be missional both as a group and in their individual lives (ex. RENEW Rhythm)
- The MC participants are regularly inviting non-christians to serve side-by-side with them during their OUTs
- MC participants eat together, both inside and outside of designated MC times.
- MC participants share life together outside of the MC (ex. Grab a coffee, go to a game, participate in activities together.)
- MC has a culture of fun and laughter
- MC participants pray for one another
- Non-Christians/new Christians feel comfortable joining into the life of the MC
- The MC has ways for kids to engage in the life of the MC
- MC OUTs are planned and celebrated during the meetings
- MC celebrates those who step up in group, whether leading an UP time, facilitating an IN meal, or making a special contribution in an OUT activity
- MC leaders gleans stories that can be celebrated in the Main Gathering
- MC cares about reproduction at every level: disciples, leaders, and groups.
- MC leaders identify promising future MC leaders within their present group and seek to develop the leadership skills necessary to lead an MC
- MC reproduces when God calls a subset of the group to a new missional focus
HOW TO JOIN A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY
- Fill out a communication card on a Sunday morning and drop it in the giving box.
- Contact Curtis Carnes, Pastor of Missional Discipleship at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will help you find a good fit.
HOW TO START A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY
Is God leading you to start a new Missional Community? It’s really easy to get things moving. Before you get moving though, it’s important to think through these three questions:
- Why do you want to start an MC?
- What specific missional focus has God laid on your heart?
- What will be the connection point for your MC?
Once you can answer these questions, you’re ready to start the process:
CURRENT MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES
Building a loving, praying, disciplining community that serves the needs of Laura’s Home and The City Mission.
Tom & Linda Uveges – email@example.com
Time: Tuesdays at 6 PM
Location: Laura's Home in Cleveland
Serving the oppressed and overlooked throughout our city.
Chris & Bethany Solyntjes – firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: Second and fourth Wednesday at 6.30 PM
Location: The Solyntjes’ in Middleburg Heights
To create a faith-based group of moms that is accessible and desirable for moms in the community to join.
Time: Thursdays at 10 AM.
Location: Meeting at homes in the Berea / Olmsted Falls area
Engaging scripture to discover and live out the Nature of Christ to our everyday network.
Time: Second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 PM
Location: The Baker’s in Strongsvill
Cultivating biblical hospitality and joining the movement of Safe Families for Children, which serves children and families in crisis.
Stephen and Rebecca Quella – email@example.com
Time: First, second and third Thursday at 6.30 PM
Location: The Quella’s house in the West Park area of Cleveland
WEST SIDE PROJECT – CREATING SPACES
Creating the space in our life to be “at home” with Christ and to bring love, laughter & light with our friends & neighbors.
Joe Boyle – JoeBoyle207@gmail.com
Time: First and third Wednesday at 7 PM
Location: Meetings are hosted at families homes located in the West Park area (Near Kamms Corners) or Parma.