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.


MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES

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.

Encountering Jesus

  • 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

Innovative Mission

  • 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

Extended Family

  • 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

Catalytic Celebration

  • 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

Simple Reproduction

  • 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 curtis@renewcommunities.com 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:

  1.  Why do you want to start an MC?
  2.  What specific missional focus has God laid on your heart?
  3.  What will be the connection point for your MC?

Once you can answer these questions, you’re ready to start the process:

  • Read the Missional Communities Leader’s Guide (available on the Resources page)
  • Meet with a Renew Communities team member to discuss mission focus, location and timing
  • Email Curtis Carnes at curtis@renewcommunities.com for questions and information.

CURRENT MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES

LAURA’S HOME

Building a loving, praying, disciplining community that serves the needs of Laura’s Home and The City Mission.

Tom & Linda Uveges – luveges@thecitymission.org

Time: Tuesdays at 6 PM
Location: Laura's Home in Cleveland

HEALTHY MARRIAGES

Building a community centered on God’s love to encourage and strengthen marriages and families in Lakewood, OH.

David and Heather Mariano – heathercmariano@gmail.com or davidpmariano@gmail.com

Time: First and third Wednesday at 6:30PM
Location: Mariano's house

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS

Serving the oppressed and overlooked throughout our city.

Chris & Bethany Solyntjes – chris@renewcommunities.com

Time: Second and fourth Wednesday at 6.30 PM
Location: The Solyntjes’ in Middleburg Heights

MOMS

To create a faith-based group of moms that is accessible and desirable for moms in the community to join.

Chelsea Gumucio - chelsea.l.gumucio@gmail.com & Melissa Landis - mlandis608@aol.com

Time: Thursdays at 10 AM.
Location: Meeting at homes in the Berea / Olmsted Falls area

NEIGHBOR WELL

Engaging scripture to discover and live out the Nature of Christ to our everyday network.

Bryan Baker - bryanedwardbaker2@gmail.com & Erika Baker - erikajanebaker@gmail.com

Time: Second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 PM
Location: The Baker’s in Strongsvill

SAFE FAMILIES

Cultivating biblical hospitality and joining the movement of Safe Families for Children, which serves children and families in crisis. 

Stephen and Rebecca Quella – squella@safefamilies.net

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.


MISSIONAL COMMUNITY STORIES

RenewFM - Guidestone Annual Cookout

M Project at Laura's Home [Spring 2016]

Lorain Square Thanksgiving 2015

Laura's Home 2015 Summer Carnival

Tauri's Story [New Horizons Housing Project]

Last Place Christmas Project 2015

M Project at Laura's Home [Spring 2015]