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The StartNew Process

Why StartNew?

It was late, and it had been an exhausting, emotion-filled day. The Apostle John simply said, “Jesus appeared to them.” Jesus appeared to the disciples as they cowered in a locked room and gave them two powerful gifts. First, He gave them peace as he spoke the words, “Peace be with you." Second, he gave them a mission, “As the Father sent me, I am sending you.” Our Easter focus may lead us to miss something important in John 20; Easter begets mission. Think about it–Mary clung to Jesus near the tomb and he told her, “Go tell the disciples and Peter I am alive.” The two disciples traveling to Emmaus realized that they had been talking with the resurrected Jesus and immediately got up to run and tell the disciples. It's evening on that first Easter and Jesus ends the day by passing His mission on to the disciples.

Jesus has given it to us as well. We too have been sent out into the world just as Jesus was sent into the world by His Heavenly Father. StartNew is an initiative of the Michigan District to empower individuals and ministries to reach new people with the joyous Easter message.

What is StartNew?

StartNew is a resource to enable ministries, and their members, to launch new initiatives, which support our common goal of creating opportunities for sharing the Gospel. While all new ministry initiatives in StartNew seek to create an environment where lives can be transformed by the gospel, we typically speak of great commission ministries as those ministries which have an immediate goal of starting a new worshiping community, and great compassion ministries as those ministries which reach people with the gospel while striving to serve their physical and emotional needs. There are four components to StartNew:


Assessment: The assessment component helps those who wish to develop a new mission venture to assess the plan and the launch team composition. The primary goal of assessment is to ensure the best launch plan and the best launch team for a new mission venture.


Training: The training component equips the launch team with the critical tools to develop and implement a successful mission venture. The training includes learning experiences in context analysis, fundraising, strategic planning, and marketing. The training will be delivered is several formats including online learning and local seminars.


Returnable Dollars: StartNew returnable loans are available for qualifying mission projects. Returnable dollar loans are zero-interest loans with repayment to begin within five years of the loan award. Often, new great commission ministry starts are given half of the loan value as a grant with an expectation for the other half to be repaid in the future starting in the fifth year. 


Coaching: Coaching will provide the on-going encouragement and accountability that will ensure the team will succeed and adapt to achieve the desired goal. The monthly coaching sessions will be conducted by seasoned entrepreneurs.

What are the requirements of the program?

To qualify for the StartNew network, you need to be a member of a congregation or ministry in the Michigan District of the LCMS.

You need to be willing to:

  • Gather a launch team;
  • Complete a mission launch plan;
  • Participate in the training modules recommended by your CMMF or your StartNew coach;
  • Be fully engaged in the coaching process for the first three years of your mission launch.

How do we start?

To get started, contact your Congregational Mission and Ministry Facilitator (CMMF). You can find a list of the CMMFs on our website.  He will be able to discuss the program in greater detail and help you evaluate if your project is a good fit for the StartNew program. He will be able to connect you to the StartNew network facilitator should he find your project to be a good match for the StartNew program.

Michigan District’s StartNew initiative recommends the FiveTwo Network as a resource to help organize and launch new starts. FiveTwo Network helps Christian entrepreneurs launch a variety of Christian start-ups. FiveTwo Network provides assessment, training, support, and coaching for church plants & non-profits & for-profit businesses. FiveTwo Network is based in Katy, TX.  

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