Exciting announcement: another bundle of joy on the way

In November I announced we had a little bundle of joy on the way.¬† Well, I’m excited (and a bit freaked out) to announce we’ve got a second little bundle of joy on the way: I’m under contract with InterVarsity Press for another book – this time a co-writing venture with Bob Hyatt. Bob planted¬†The…

Ecclesia Network :: Church Planter’s Training & Assessment Week

Are you thinking about planting a missional church or have you ever thought about being a part of a missional church plant at some point in the future? As many of you know, The Renew Community is proud to be a part of a growing missional church planting network called The Ecclesia Network. Ecclesia hosts…

Exciting Things Coming up with The Renew Community

Tim Keller said, “Don’t try to build a great church. Instead, try to build a great city, because when you have a great city you will have a great church.” That’s what we’re striving for with this new faith community called The Renew Community. Just this week I realized something: I’m so humbled, honored and…

Why I’m Involved at Renew: Jess

Check out this post on our Renew blog entitled "Why I'm Involved at Renew." It's written by Jessica Salasin, a member of our launch team. Jess is a deep thinker who loves people compassionately. She is as authentic as they come. She refuses to allow us to cut corners – which has been very helpful…

Ashtrays & the Kingdom of God

The house churches at the Renew Community started last week and its been so exciting to see their initial birth and formation. On Sunday afternoon Tracy and I facilitated a training session for our House Church Shepherds. At the beginning of the session I handed each one of them an ash tray (97 cents a…

Ministers: All Members

I did a wedding up in the Poconos a few weeks ago. The wedding was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Stroudsburg, PA. I had never been to Stroudsburg or this church before but it was old historic church that was beautiful – both inside and out – a beautiful location for a wedding….

Renew: Sending Capacity

Last night Renew's board of directors had a meeting (it sounds so formal and stuffy, doesn't it? In all honesty, its really just a few dudes hanging out, laughing, praying, planning, processing and discussing what God might be doing and where God might be taking this little faith community of ours. We alternate meeting places…

Church Planting: An exciting and perilous journey

A thought hit me last week about church planting. It startled me at first, but then I felt a sense of gratitude wash over me. Church planting is the most difficult thing I've ever done. It's the scariest thing I've ever done. And yet, I have never had so much fun in my life. Yeah,…

Renew House Church meeting and Q and A

If you're interested in being involved with Renew this is the best way to find out how. House Churches are central to what we're doing. Check out this link and consider joining us on Sunday afternoon.