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Renovate Ministry Plan

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Dave Diller
3815 Henry St.
Muskegon, MI 49441
(231) 578-7924 cell

9-2006 v1.0

Table of Contents

1.0 Introduction
1.1 Our Story   4
1.2 Our Vision   5
1.3 Our Mission   5
1.4 Our Values   5
1.5 Finding a Voice   5
2.0 Church Summary  
2.1 Legal Entity   6
2.2 Denominational Affiliation   6
2.3 Church Membership   6
2.4 Partnering Churches   6
2.5 Current Church Location and Facility   7
3.0 Philosophy of Ministry  
3.1 the Church
3.2 Weekend Gathering   8
3.3 Spiritual Formation   8
3.4 Leading Culture   9
3.5 Families and Children   9
3.6 Church Planting   9
4.0 Launch Community  
4.1 Muskegon County and Western MI Culture   10
4.2 Grand Rapids Area by Denominational Family   10
4.3 Trends   10
5.0 Strategic Launch Plan  
5.1 Strategic Alliances   11
5.2 Launch Phases   11
5.2.1 Stage 1 – Launch Team Development   11
5.2.2 Stage 2 – Preview Services   11
5.2.3 Stage 3 – Preparatory Worship   12
5.2.4 Stage 4 – Grand Opening   12
5.3 Branding   12
5.4 Promotion Strategy   12
6.0 Management Summary  
6.1 Organizational Structure   13
6.2 Management Team   13
7.0 Financial Plan  
7.1 External Funding – Appropriation and Sources   14
7.2 Launch Budget   14
7.3 “Hit The Mark” Funding   15

1.0 Introduction

1.1 Our Story

In the summer of 2003, after three years of serving his home church as Pastor of Student Ministries, Dave Diller began to sense that his time there was coming to a close.  Dave was a part of a healthy church that had strong family ministries and worship services, yet he began to feel out of place.  This feeling was a result of a paradigm shift taking place within Dave that caused him to ask many questions about church, how we understand church, and how we practice the Christian faith.

Having grown up in the church, Dave was not ready to walk away from his faith, yet he slowly found himself speaking a different language than the church expressions around him.  It was also during this time that Forest Park Covenant Church (in Muskegon, MI) began taking a notice of the cultural change around them.

For over 125 years FPCC has acted missionally within Western Michigan, stepping out in faith to meet the ever shifting culture.  FPCC found that while they have dynamic youth, family, adult, and worship ministries, there was a segment of people missing in their twenties and thirties.

The gap that FPCC felt in this area led them to develop and call someone as Pastor of Emerging Ministries.  For FPCC, their goal was to develop a position that was “out of the box”.  As such, the focus was placed not on developing a thorough job description, but finding the right person.  After many interviews, Dave and his wife Misty answered the call to serve FPCC in this position.

Working with an empty canvas, Dave and his volunteer leaders developed Renovate, and expression of FPCC that gives a voice to those who felt out of place in the traditional church setting.  Since January of 2006, Renovate gathers weekly for worship and has various groups that meet throughout the week.  With between 35-60 at a worship gathering and over 150 people on their contact list, Renovate has already struck a chord with their target audience.

Renovate has found that the message they are giving, one of loving God and loving others, is resonating with people beyond an age demographic, to more of a mindset; an emerging culture of post-Christian people that are on the increase in Western Michigan.  As a result, Dave Diller and both the FPCC and Renovate Leadership sense that the Holy Spirit is beginning a new life in Renovate as a daughter church of a healthy FPCC parent. 

Renovate believes that people have a voice…something unique waiting to be heard.  Not only are we listening, but so is God.

I’m going to give this city a thorough renovation, working true healing inside and out.
I’m going to show them life whole, life brimming with blessings.  I’ll restore everything that was lost to Judah and Jerusalem.  I’ll build everything back as good as new.

Excerpt taken from Jeremiah The Message Remix p. 1428

To restore after deterioration
(to make new);
to give life or energy
(to revive);

enliven; renovate

1.2 Our Vision

We want to see people learn and embody what it means to be the church dispersed, that they would think and act missionally in their own setting.  In doing so, we want to see people become leaders of cultural transformation.

1.3   Our Mission

Loving God and loving people in the way of Jesus

1.4 Our Values

1.  Joy.  The resulting expression of what God has done for us
    (Psalm 4:7).  Joy is consistent regardless of our situation,
    reminding us that God is faithful and present (James 1:2-4). 
2.  Vulnerability.  God has displayed His vulnerability in
    creating free beings (Gen. 6:5-8), giving Israel an earthly
    king (1 Sam. 8), sending Jesus as an infant (Lk. 2:10-15),
    relying on His followers to establish the Church (Mt. 16:18). 
    Vulnerability is not weakness; rather it is a sign of strength. 
    It communicates that one is willing to serve before being
    served (1 Jn. 3:16) and listen before speaking (Prov. 15:1).
3.  Communication.  God is always speaking; through His
    creation (Rom 1:20), through His Word (Heb. 4:12), and
    through others.  We need to keep these lines of
    communication open so that we might deepen in our relationship
    with God and that others might see and hear of God’s goodness.
4.  Others.  People matter to God regardless of age, gender,
    social economic status, or creed (Lk. 18:13; Gal. 3:28).  In
    the same way people matter to us.  In considering others
    before ourselves we strive for true community in which we
    give people opportunity to belong before they believe.   
    Community can not be made, planned, implemented, or
    programmed…it must be cultivated; encouraged. 
5.  Creativity.  We serve an infinite creative God, one who is
    beyond our understanding (Ps. 8; Ex. 3:1-15; Col. 3:15-17). 
    Because of this we must find new and fresh ways to
    communicate God to this world.
6.  Participation.  When Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of God
    he illustrated it as something that was near, coming, to be
    revealed, for us to enter into, something for us to participate
    in.  Following Jesus is not about sitting back and consuming
    what God has for us.  We are called to participate in God’s
    redemptive work in our own lives (Phil.2:12) and the world
    around us (Acts 1:8).

7.  Mercy.  Jesus favored the “Mercy Code” over the “Holiness
    Code” in his interaction with people; caring for those whom
    society and the religious had given up on.  God shows
    incredible mercy to us (Rom. 5:8).  It is that same mercy
    that we are to give to others (Hos. 6:6; Mic. 6:8). 

1.5 Finding a Voice

Our heart beats for the de-churched/post-Christian.  Those to whom the very word “Christian” or “church” comes with all sorts of baggage and varied meaning.  People who have “been there, done that” with church, Christianity, and maybe even given up on God.  This is an audience who feels spoken for and is yearning to express their voice, especially in how they relate to God.  The ability to connect with this audience is strengthened by these factors:
1.  A parent in Forest Park Covenant Church.  For over 125 years FPCC has missionally lived out the call to be the church.  FPCC is no stranger to change and is well versed at leading after God’s call.
2.  A Western Michigan setting that is culturally Christian is fertile soil for a growing post-Christian culture.
3.  Church planter, Dave Diller, is a Covenant Pastor who personally resonates with this emerging post-Christian community.
4.  For over a year, Renovate has gathered as a ministry of
        FPCC and has found that the message God has given
        them is embraced by the target community.

2.0 Church Summary

2.1 Legal Entity

Our articles of incorporation application to become a non-profit organization in Michigan was submitted to the appropriate State department on Month Day, Year, with the help of the legal services department of the Evangelical Covenant Church of America.  Upon favorable outcome of our application, this church will be named Renovate, An Evangelical Covenant Church.

2.2 Denominational Affiliation

This church plant is affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church of America ( and a member of the Great Lakes Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church of America.  It is also a member of the Willow Creek Association ( 

2.3 Church Membership

This portion is still in development.  Renovate is working at discovering what membership means and looks like for the people that call us their home.  Renovate affirms the ability to “belong before you believe”, wanting participants to be changed by their experience with an authentic body of Christ.

2.4 Partnering Churches

Forest Park Covenant Church
3815 Henry St.  Muskegon, MI 49441
Phone: 231.780.4784

2.5 Current Church Location and Facility

•  Renovate Currently gathers for worship on Sunday nights, 6 pm, at Forest Park Covenant Church.

•  We currently have 3 small groups that meet in various homes throughout the week.

•  The Renovate Leadership Team meets every other week.

•  Sunday night planning team that meets monthly.

3.0 Philosophy of Ministry

3.1 the Church
We recognize that we were not designed to walk the earth alone.  At the beginning of time humanity was designed to be in communication, fellowship, a relationship with God.  Not much has changed since then.  Our world is still made up of people that need connection, support, and encouragement.  We believe that God’s plan for this connection comes by way of the church.  Not the church in terms of a building, place, time, or denomination, but rather the Church.  A community of people that pace life with one another with the purpose of discovering and honoring God.

At times the church fails to live up to its divine purpose.  Yet at its best the church: is hopeful and encouraging (Acts 2:42-47), useful and generous (Acts 6:1-4; 2cor. 8:1-15; 1John 3:16-18), values unity over diversity (Acts 15; 1cor. 1:10-17; 1Cor. 3; Eph. 4:1-6), mercy over religion (Amos 5:21-24), and is guided by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2).

It is with these things in mind that Renovate desires to be a church; each one of us participating in the missional Body of Christ.  At times we too will fail, but we move forward knowing that there will also be times in which the church is embodied in such a way that the goodness of God is illuminated.

3.2 Weekend Gathering

This is an important time for Renovate as a church community to gather, give witness to God’s presence in our world, and to be shaped by the Holy Spirit.  Our gathering is not about a “style” but giving God His due honor.
•  Reflection.  We believe that worship should in many ways be about reflection, rest, and pause.  In those moments we find ourselves in God’s story; we come to terms with whom we are, and who He is, and then see where He meets us.
•  Scripture.  We practice a humble hermeneutic.  One that asks the questions:  “what is the text saying to the original readers?” and “what then is the text saying to us today?”  Our audience is hungry to hear all of Scripture.  In teaching stories from obscure passages to retelling familiar texts, we affirm the totality of God’s Word as it affirms God’s restorative work through Jesus.

The grace of God is dangerous.  It’s lavish, excessive, outrageous, and scandalous.  God’s grace is ridiculously inclusive.  Apparently God doesn’t care who He loves.  He is not very careful about the people He calls His friends or the people He calls His church.

-Mike Yaconelli

•  Response.  Meeting God always begs one for a response.  A response to who God is, what He has done, and what He is doing.
•  Open.  An open posture (with God and with others) allows people to “come as you are” and be changed by “what He might do”.
•  Simple.  We believe the church is at its best when it gets out of the way and allows God to speak.  All that we do is done that it might lift high the Glory of God.
•  Ancient Future.  We fuse ancient/traditional elements of worship with where we find ourselves today.  This means the use of hymns, praise songs, ancient prayers, new liturgies, spoken word, visual media, and reflective silence.

3.3 Spiritual Formation
We are all formed and shaped by something.  In fact there are many factors that make us who we are today.  Some of these factors are pleasant; like the time you were accepted into a university, or the day your first child was born.  Yet other factors that shape us are not so pleasant; the time your parents said that they were splitting up, or the day your doctor told you that you were sick.  Yet all of these elements, good and bad, play a part in shaping us into the people we are today.  While we cannot always control the factors that have a part in shaping our lives, we do have an opportunity to allow these elements to be forming for the better, or forming for the worse.

As a community, Renovate affirms that God is at work in each one of our lives; forming us.  We believe that God is our Creator and knows each one of us intimately (Gen. 1:27; Psalm 139).  We recognize that God’s forming work is done in an effort to make us more like His Son, Jesus (Phil. 2:1-11).  It is our character and heart that God is after and so the process of formation continues.  We also believe that this is not on God’s shoulders alone but calls us to play a part in our own formation (Col. 3:1-17; Rom. 12:1-3).

The hope is that one day we will become individuals and a people who’s very character reflects the heart and character of God; that we would be shaped in such a way as to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him (Micah 6:8).

One of the first steps in the formation process is the realization that God is indeed present.  We invite you to take a look around and see that in things both big and small, and in situations both good and bad God is always present, always at work…trying to make us and his world into a reflection of Him.

Our spiritual formation is not a segmented program, but woven in the fabric of all we do: weekly worship gatherings, regular life groups, and our involvement in social justice.

You cannot meet the Creator of the universe and remain the same.  If the God who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present comes to dwell within your soul, you would expect at least some minor disruption.
-Erwin McManus

It is unlikely that we will deepen our relationship with God in a casual or haphazard manner.  There will be a need for some intentional commitment and some reorganization in our own lives.  But there is nothing that will enrich our lives more than a deeper and clearer perception of God’s presence in the routine of daily living.
-William O. Paulsell

3.4 Leading Culture

3.?  Life Groups

Life Groups serve as a way for the church body to continue to operate through the week even when away from the weekend worship gathering.  These groups (which range in size from 8-15) exist with the purpose of “pacing life” with one another.  Life Groups serve as smaller congregations in which fellow participants provide pastoral care as well as develop opportunities for service within their local setting.  In these groups accountability takes place by walking life with each other (providing Biblical support and guidance) along the way.  In this setting participants experience what it means to “be the church”.

3.5 Families and Children

We place a high value on families.  We believe it is our responsibility to help equip moms and dads to spiritually raise and nurture their family.  We also believe that raising and developing spiritually healthy kids and families is not the sole job of the church.  Rather it is our aim to come along side families and foster a congruent growth of the entire family (both parents and kids).  Because of this, we will be intentional at developing opportunities from moms and dads to grow and to learn how to spiritually care for their family.  Our ministry to families will reflect the high value we have on seeing all families operate in a manner of loving God and loving others.

3.6 Church Planting

Living, breathing organisms grow and multiply.  The Church is no different.  In our desire to be living and healthy we affirm that one of the natural outcomes of Renovate is to give birth to other churches.  Planting new churches is not about carrying on the “Renovate” name, but about spreading the name of Jesus further.  This is a process we are committed to because we are serious about being a healthy body.

4.0 Launch Community

4.1 Muskegon County and surrounding Western MI Culture

This corridor is a fast growing, formerly rural area of southwest Grand Rapids.  With its roots in farming, this conservative area has experienced tremendous growth in housing construction and new businesses.  The area is predominately politically conservative and tends to be an area where families stay for generations. 

4.2 Grand Rapids Area by Denominational Family

This area is predominately Reformed, by denominational family, with a breakdown as follows:
Reformed 37%; Catholic 21%; Other 14%; Baptists 10% 
(Year 2000)

4.3 Trends

Though Western Michigan has a conservative religious history, it seems to be making the same journey towards becoming as irreligious as the rest of the country.  This is most notable in the decline in the percentage of those worshipping from 1990-2000. 

5.0 Strategic Launch Plan


Stage 1:
Launch Team Development
Jun - Sept 2006

Stage 2:
Preview Services
Oct – Dec 2006

Stage 3:
Preparatory Worship
Jan – Mar 2007

Stage 4:
Grand Opening
Mar 25 2007

5.1 Strategic Alliances

Our strategic alliances include: West Michigan Covenant Churches, other churches in the community.

5.2 Launch Phases—4 Stage Launch Process

5.21 Stage 1 – Launch Team Development
(Foundation building)
Primary target – churched Christians – housing development with just a contractor’s trailer. 
•  Identify & hire church planter.
•  Develop committed Launch Team that understands the vision, passion, and values.
•  Grow through reaching other Christians who have a similar vision.
Time Frame: 4 months.
GOAL: Double in size.
This is “House to House” ministry – intimate relationships.
How do we gather people to be a part of this Launch Team?
What events can we do to bring people to hear the vision? 

Launch Team Meetings
1.  Teach Mission & Values.
2.  Personal spiritual growth of the Launch Team.
3.  Team cohesion and fellowship.
4.  Set clear agenda – agenda harmony.
5.  Figure out what God is wanting to do.
6.  Low level decision making can be turned over to the team.
7.  Model spirit of hospitality that you want to see publicly. 

5.22 Stage 2 – Preview Services
(Frame up exterior)
Primary target – Christians – model houses in a development
•  Do a “once a month” preview service that models what our church will look like.
•  Grow through inviting from network and select advertising.
•  Assimilate new people into launch team.
Time Frame: 3 months
GOAL: Double in size
Utilize F.R.A.N.C. Method of inviting people (Friends, Relatives Acquaintances, Neighbors, Co-workers)
Begin Temple Court ministry—once a month. 
5.23 Stage 3 – Preparatory Worship
(Build sub-systems – plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc.)
•  Meet on Sunday mornings & develop excellence in each area of ministry.
•  Develop word of mouth flow as attendees invite friends.
•  Grow through reaching unchurched Christians.
Mainly work on:
  - Worship
  - Children’s ministry
  - Assimilation
  - Small Groups
Time Frame: 3-4 months
GOAL: Double in size

5.24 Stage 4 – Grand Opening
Unchurched non-Christians
•  Use multiple strategies to get a large crowd of receptive people.
•  Word of mouth strategy, direct mail, newspaper, & radio.
•  Reach de-churched non-Christians seeking spiritual meaning in life. 
Time Frame: 3-4 months
GOAL: Double in size

5.3 Branding

Branding will be completed upon approval by the State of Michigan of our name.

5.4 Promotion Strategy

Our primary strategy is to use a well designed plan including word of mouth, loving our neighbors, mass mailing, website and
creative ways to love others.

Within the context of this strategy, we will specifically attempt to fill needs of the typical family with young children

6.0 Management Summary

6.1 Organizational Structure

We are currently operating with a Transitional Leadership Team.  This model will be used as we work toward the Covenant’s Leadership Team model.

7.0 Financial Plan

7.1 External Funding – Appropriation and sources

Total Covenant Appropriations   ECC & GLC   3rd Stream   Thornapple Cov.
1st 12 months   51,334   34,667   6,667   10,000
2nd 12 months   32,000   15,333   6,667   10,000
3rd 12 months   16,666   0   6,666   10,000
TOTALS   100,000   50,000   20,000   30,000

7.2 Launch Budget

Preliminary First Year Budget
Giving Projections  
Core Group   $40,000
New Attendees   $17,000
Appropriations   $52,000
Special Gifts   $11,500
Salary   $45,024
FICA (employer’s half=6.2% of salary)  $2976
Health Insurance   $14,000
Pension   $6,000
Auto Allowance   $4,450
Office Equipment   $1,000
Office Rent   $5,000
Utilities   $1,000
Facility Rental   $11,000
CE & Children’s Ministries   $1000
Music   $1400
Launch Expenses   $15,000
Office Supplies   $600
Pastor’s Continuing Education   $1,000
Pastor’s Conferences   $1,000
Pastor’s Ministry Expenses   $1,200
Missions – Evangelical Covenant Church   $5,700
Missions – Great Lakes Conference   $3,150

Appropriations the first year is roughly the salary portion.
2nd year, the church needs to support 1/3 of the pastor’s salary.
3rd year, the church needs to support 2/3 of the pastor’s salary.

7.3 Hit The Mark Funding

Additional funding will be sought to meet the demands of our substantial ministry goals.  We believe that God has given us a compelling, workable vision and the initial people resources to begin fulfilling that vision.  However, addition funding will be needed to allow us to obtain equipment and fill critical staff positions.  We feel that strategic hiring and the appropriate tools for ministry will help us achieve the desired growth and momentum for future, long-term Kingdom success.



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