New Churches

Planting new churches is the best way to reach a city with the gospel.

In order to grow the body of Christ in New York City from 5% to 15%, church planting is essential. We cannot reach a tipping point merely through the transfer of Christians from other churches—we must plant new churches that welcome and serve those who do not currently profess faith.

 

New churches are shown to be the most effective method of reaching those not already part of a church, attracting three to six times more non-Christians than older churches. New churches are also the most effective way to spark renewal for existing churches. That renewal can catalyze blessing in every neighborhood as churches increase mercy and justice through meeting the needs of their neighbors across the city.

We envision a network of churches that exist not for their own sake but for the good of the city:

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Pro-city

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Skeptics welcome

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Service mindset

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Thoughtful faith

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Orthodox theology

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Long-term presence

Our goals:

Through City to City and partner churches in New York City, plant 250+ churches across the 5 boroughs

Aid the three Redeemer churches—East Side, West Side, and Downtown—in their work to continue being generative church planting engines

TOTAL COST:

$15 million 

Church planting is generative.

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Welcome rooted, secular New Yorkers:

60-80% of people at new churches were

not previously at a church

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Reach non-Christians:

new churches attract 3-6 times more non-

Christians than older churches of the same size

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Reach new generations:

young adults are disproportionately

drawn to newer congregations,

as older churches tend to reflect

sensibilities of long-time, older leaders

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Serve new people groups:

new churches more quickly orient toward new

socio-cultural minorities that move to an area—

or they can serve them new families

from the start by offering multi-ethnic community

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Multiply philanthropy:

new churches catalyze financial buy-in

and a spirit of generosity that spills

over into giving toward other church plants and institutions

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Renew the larger body of Christ:

new churches are more entrepreneurial and,

as they innovate, they bring forth ideas and

leaders that influence older churches for good

“The work of church planting is no easy task. Coming from nine years of pastoral ministry in established churches, the experience of planting a church is quite different from what I’ve previously been trained for. People who will walk through the doors will be a great mix of non-Christians processing questions of faith, new Christians looking for leadership, and mature Christians excited to be part of something new in their neighborhood that serves the city. The work will be unique, hard, and even lonely at times—but we are on a mission to see not just our church get started, but in years to come, many more get planted as we partner with Redeemer.”

| Erick & Missy Sorenson

Future church planter in Stuyvesant Town/Alphabet City

“The work of church planting is no easy task. Coming from nine years of pastoral ministry in established churches, the experience of planting a church is quite different from what I’ve previously been trained for. People who will walk through the doors will be a great mix of non-Christians processing questions of faith, new Christians looking for leadership, and mature Christians excited to be part of something new in their neighborhood that serves the city. The work will be unique, hard, and even lonely at times—but we are on a mission to see not just our church get started, but in years to come, many more get planted as we partner with Redeemer.”

“Asian-Americans are the fastest growing racial demographic in New York.My training in church planting through Redeemer City to City is providing on-the- ground experience that I never received during my 15 previous years of church employment and seminary. I’m learning from practitioners who understand the specific spiritual climate of our city so that we can be more effective in planting churches and serving Asian-Americans who have left the church.”

| Ezra Sohn

Future church planter in Bayside

“Asian-Americans are the fastest growing racial demographic in New York.My training in church planting through Redeemer City to City is providing on-the- ground experience that I never received during my 15 previous years of church employment and seminary. I’m learning from practitioners who understand the specific spiritual climate of our city so that we can be more effective in planting churches and serving Asian-Americans who have left the church.”