We have come the church we dreamed of back in 2011. As we enter a new season we begin to dream about what that next leg of the journey might look like. As we enter into the TheNext5 years we sense God expanding the vision He gave us in the beginning.
We are close to entering an agreement to occupy the former Hollywood Video at 388 W. Bagley Road in Berea, Ohio beginning this summer.
We have been working hard to estimate costs to transform this space for our use. Below are cost estimates for this project:
If you have any questions feel free to email Andy Sikora, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail checks to:
PO Box 104
Berea, OH 44017
Living things reproduce. It’s how God designed our world and it’s how His church works as well. In TheNext5 we will see reproduction in the areas of ministry we've established in the first 5 years.
We are aggressively pursuing a space to have a more permanent presence in our community. Because of our DNA, this building will be more than just a church. That's why our facility will be known as The Greenhouse.
Keep reading for greater detail on where these ideas came from, The First 5, what all this will look like and how you can partner.
In Jeremiah 29 God has lead His people into exile in Babylon. The good religious way of thinking would be to separate from the people of Babylon in order to maintain whatever heritage and purity might be possible. Do not engage, do not intersect, do not do business, do not relate to anyone that is not of your people. Instead separate, and pursue holiness apart from them and wait for God to rescue us from this God forsaken land.
God’s message to the exiled in Babylon is the exact opposite.
We are at a pivotal point in our nation's history. Many things are changing, values that were once universally accepted are melting away. For many Christians the temptation is to retreat, to avoid, to only connect with those who believe exactly as we do. The greater the change the more likely we are to think the answer is do not engage, do not intersect, do not do business, do not relate to anyone that is not already part of your faith. Many are just waiting for Jesus to come and rescue us from what they believe is quickly becoming a God forsaken land.
What if God is saying to us in this time the same thing he said to His people living in exile in Babylon? Seek the welfare of the city by being part of the city! What if God is calling you and I to integrate fully into the culture by being Kingdom people now? What if that’s how we seek the welfare of the city?
This is why we started Renew Communities and it is the motivation for TheNext5 years.
At a time in our nation's history when the majority of people are opposed to church as they know it, we believed that God wasn’t just calling us to start another church, but rather to begin a movement that would send the church back out into the community to those very people.
From day one these were our beliefs taken from our very first informational sheet
We launched our Central Gathering to gather together those who wanted to seek God and celebrate His work in their daily lives. The goal was and is to equip and then send the entire church back into the community.
We started Missional Communities, groups of 10 – 30 with a shared Missional Focus. Together they grow in their love for God, for each other and for their neighbors and they intentionally invest and engage people to share the hope of the Gospel.
One year after our start we began Discipleship Huddles in order to help people grow in their ability to hear God speaking to them through the Bible, teachings and everyday life and then effectively generate action plans to do the things that God has called them to do. These groups offer encouragement, accountability and insight as individuals seek to follow Jesus whole heartedly.
We’ve launched 11 different Missional Communities who have:
Every year new Missional Communities are springing up as we become aware of new Missional Focuses and new leaders begin to hear God’s calling to lead others to carry the Gospel to those people. In #TheNextFive years we hope to have a total of 12 active Missional Communities.
The goal of our huddles is not only to help people grow in their ability to hear and obey God but that each participant would be able to lead others in this same growth. We hope to launch 50 more huddles in #TheNextFive years.
Every quarter we have seen more than 15% growth in our Central Gathering attendance. While there is no way to predict how this trend will continue if we experience 10% growth every year for #TheNextFive years we will be averaging over 350 people participating in our worship gatherings!
In some ways this is a no brainer but it’s important that you know this is a primary focus for us as a church. We want to develop new leaders at every level from kids and teachers in RenewFM, to preachers and worship leaders, to Missional Community and Huddle leaders all the way to new pastors and church planters.
It is our goal to help launch 3 new congregations in #TheNextFive years. These may be new churches or may be extensions of our existing church worshiping in new locations – it will all be dependent on the leaders we recruit and raise up but there will be 3 new congregations throughout North East Ohio working to see whole communities renewed by the Gospel
For 5 years we have set up and torn down all of our equipment in order to hold our Central Gatherings at Polaris Career Center. It’s been wonderful and fruitful and we’ve had significant help from extremely generous volunteers but the time has come for us to aggressively pursue a space where we can have a more permanent presence in our community. We are working with a realtor to secure a location in the near future and will continue to keep you up to date about the progress.
Renew Communities will meet here on Sunday mornings and will hold various meetings and trainings throughout the week. We also plan to hold family and marriage seminars every year that will be for both Christians and those who do not yet believe to help strengthen the most important building block in our communities. (Opening Day)
This facility will be an incredible resource to organizations and businesses throughout the Westside of Cleveland. This facility could be rented for conferences and educational opportunities throughout the year. (Available Upon Opening)
Often small businesses and new-start ups lack work space and so these entrepreneurs find themselves working out of coffee shops and basements. Using atrium/lobby space and conference room areas The Greenhouse Co-Work Space provides a creative and fun atmosphere that is professional and offers all the amenities needed for productivity and hosting clients. (3 Months After Opening)
This 8 week program gives all the tools and direction necessary to get your new idea off the ground. From small business to non-profit to community initiatives this program will move your dream from idea to reality. In time we hope this develops into a full-fledged incubator connecting leaders to resources in order to launch their vision into reality. (6 months after opening)
Artists need a place to create, we'll use large group classrooms and other smaller spaces within our building to offer studio spaces for film, music and fine arts. (1 month after opening)
From photography to fine arts, our Greenhouse Gallery provides a space to display it all and enables artists to host openings and other special events. (Available Upon Opening)
Using our primary meeting space, community theater groups will be able to stage various performance art productions as well as offer educational opportunities. (Available Upon Opening)
The Renew Collective is a group of like minded churches working together to facilitate missional movement in our neighborhoods and cities to see whole communities renewed by the Gospel. We will offer potential church leaders resources and training necessary to start new congregations throughout Cleveland and beyond. (6 months after opening)
Images via WELD and Ecclesia Houston
In order to make this aggressive step towards the vision God’s given us for the next five years there will be some necessary expenses for preparing a facility. It is our goal to raise $25,000 in the next 5 months from within Renew Communities in order to prepare to launch all the initiatives connected to TheNext5. We will be seeking financial and physical donations from outside of Renew as well.
These funds will help cover Tables, Chairs, Technical Needs, Equipment Upgrades, Facility Build Outs, Environmental Preparation and Equipment Upgrades.
If you would like to join TheNext5 Prayer Team to receive regular updates on how to pray click here.
This is a significant moment in the history of our church. God calling us to greater trust in Him and what He can do. We are asking you to pray for these 5 things - asking God for things only He can provide.
We need a permanent space to move #TheNext5 vision forward. Pray God will provide the right space to achieve all He’s laid on our heart.
We will be engaging in many new relationships as we pursue this vision. Pray that God would give us favor with real estate professionals, government officials, businesses and neighbors we look to love and share the Hope of Jesus with.
We will need additional finances to make this happen, and we will also need to continue to grow our weekly giving in order to maintain our current ministries. Pray for God’s provisions in funding.
This vision breaks ground we have never seen another church pursue. We don’t want to do this work - we want God forging the new ground for us! Pray that God would lead the way and make what seems impossible possible!
“The Fold” is defined as a flock of sheep or a group of people that share a common faith, belief, activity, or enthusiasm. Please pray for continued growth in the hearts, lives and families that already call Renew Communities their church family. Also pray that God would add people to “the fold” as they encounter the Gospel and put their trust in Jesus!
If you or someone you know could be instrumental in launching the projects we've envisioned for TheNext5, click here to let us know.
Make checks payable to Renew Communities and mail your checks to:
PO Box 104
Berea, OH 44017