Renew Polk - Spring Update

Renew Polk is a missional partnership of churches that exist together as a catalyst for church planting in Polk County. Our goal is to plant 20 new churches in the next 20 years. We send this newsletter out quarterly to keep you up to date on what is happening in all of our plants. We also hope it sparks an interest in you to give involved. 

This newsletter is full of stories of how God is answering our prayers to see gospel-centered churches planted and flourishing. Take the time to read the updates from our church planters and pray for their continued faithfulness and fruitfulness. Also, help us spread the word. Send this email newsletter along to others you think might be enjoy reading about what is God is doing through church planting in Polk County. Encourage them to sign up to receive this quarterly email.

Also, consider giving towards our financial needs. Prayerfully consider making Renew Polk a part of your regular giving moving forward - either quarterly or even monthly. You can do so by following the instructions below. Thank you for your support of Renew Polk.

The gospel is bearing fruit and growing (Col 1:6)!

Drew Bennett, Renew Polk Director

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Greater Hope Church

Mulberry - Launched December 2017
Stan & Stacy McMahan (Asher, Kathryne, Madeline & Alexander)

God is continuing to work in Mulberry! Our focus this year is on continued outreach in our community and building up leaders in our new congregation. So far in 2019 we’re encouraged by continued opportunities to share the gospel with friends, neighbors, family members, and co-workers who don’t yet follow Jesus. We’re also excited about multiplying Community Groups (expanding from 3 groups to 6 groups), our first retreats this Spring (men’s and women’s), and the launch of ministries to students in upper elementary, middle school, and high school. We’re continuing to pray for the growing group that attends on Sunday mornings, at our Community Groups, and in Bible studies—for conversions, discipleship, and a desire to truly belong to the church. 
Our biggest prayer request continues to be faithfulness and fruitfulness as we continue our mission. We want to be faithful—to live our lives, love our neighbors, and follow Jesus because He loved us first. We want to be fruitful—to see our neighbors embrace Jesus and find life in Him. We planted Greater Hope Church for this very reason. Please join us in prayer for more opportunities to tell the good news of Jesus, for more conversions, and for more people who will find a place to belong in His family at Greater Hope Church. 

Good Shepherd Church

Southeast Lakeland - Launched January 2018
Jeremy & Sara Kemp (Corban, Gray & McKendall)

God has been at work at Good Shepherd Church!  Advent was a refreshing time, celebrating our King’s first coming and hopefully awaiting his second.  We then hosted our second annual Community Christmas Eve service and had over 80 people in attendance.  Just a few weeks after that, on January 13th, we celebrated our first birthday as a church.  We heard testimonies from congregants who have grown in their walk with Jesus as a result of joining our plant and it was a very encouraging time.  Our theme for this year is our church motto, Shepherded to Shepherd.  We hope to see our people being comforted by Jesus and comforting one another well in community so that they will be poised to comfort the broken, needy, and estranged from God in SE Lakeland and beyond (2 Cor 1:3-7, John 17:22-23).  Please pray as such that we would enjoy deep friendship and unity internally that would overflow as missional zeal to our city, as I believe he has already begun to do.

Grace Community Church

North Lakeland - Launched September 2018
Josh & Liz Floyd (Maddie, Sarah Beth, James & David )

We launched public worship at Grace Community Church  the northside of Lakeland just 5 months ago (September '18) and so far things are going really well! We launched with 30 people out of Trinity Presbyterian in central Lakeland and we are averaging 55 people in attendance on Sunday mornings. We are starting our 3rd community group in a few weeks, multiple new people are joining our serve teams, and we are seeing new faces every week! The majority of our growth has come from people who are either unchurched or dechurched. They have either never attended church regularly or haven't attended in years. The thing we keep hearing is, "I am so glad that the Lord has finally brought me to a church I can call home!"

Please continue to pray for conversions, pray that he would raise up more leaders for our community groups and please pray that the people coming would tithe. As of right now our giving is steady to low from our core people and the giving is almost non-existent from the new people. We are gearing up for our first new members class in a month or so. Please pray that the Lord prepares the hearts of our people to 1.) come to faith in him and realize the generosity shown to us in Christ and 2.) to give generously of their time, talent and treasure to advance the kingdom of God!

The King's Church

Lakeland (Dixieland) - Launched September 2018
Ian & Molly Thomas (Caleb & Maddie)

Since launching six months ago, God has been working in incredible ways in and through The King’s Church! We have experienced God growing our church from a launch team of 30 to an average of 125 people joining us for corporate worship on Sunday mornings at Dixieland Elementary School. Many of these new folks that we have connected with have had no meaningful connection to a church or had given up on church altogether. Many of these new faces have also connected with our City Groups, where they have found hospitable environments and space to wrestle with the claims of Jesus alongside our church family. Our values of finding beauty in the ordinary, fighting to show up, and faithfully pursuing meaningful conversations have taken deep root in our church and seemingly blessed those in our circles of influence. We also continue to see more families connected to The King’s Church who are involved in orphan care through both adoption and foster care. We would love for you to pray for us in this effort, as we are asking the Lord to move in such a way that we would see 4 children adopted into families in our church and for 4 more licensed foster families in the next 24 months. We also covet your prayers as we seek to see disciples made in the Dixieland area who are experiencing a greater worship of Jesus.

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