The StartNew initiative was designed for launching a new ministry that is intended to become self-funding in the near future. The new ministries include, but are not limited to, new church plants, the addition of a second worship site, or the development of a non-profit compassion ministry. StartNew funding, up to $250,000, includes grants and zero-interest loans. StartNew grants are designed for smaller projects or new ministry starts. The StartNew zero-interest loans are for larger projects which are not new ministry starts.
StartNew is a two-year process that connects you to the camaraderie, courage, and know-how you need so that your startup will thrive over the long haul. No matter what you want to start—a Bible study, mercy ministry, business, or non-profit organization—StartNew will help you to start on the right track so that what you start expresses the presence of Jesus in your community.
The first step in the process is an assessment of the startup idea and your strengths and potential challenges as a StartNew leader. The assessment begins with a conversation between you and your regional District Facilitator. The assessment often includes an online behavioral analysis tool.
As the crux of StartNew, 3Day is a Thursday-evening-through-Sunday-noon event that lays the foundation for your startup with equal parts sacramental theology and business model best practices.
As you get started, you’ll choose a coach (with startup experience) who will walk with you on a monthly basis to encourage and guide you along the way.
Every 6 months, you’ll participate in a 1Day to refuel, refocus, and make adjustments to your plan based on any new challenges you’re facing.
What are the requirements of the program?
To qualify for the StartNew initiative, 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 District Facilitator or your StartNew coach;
- Be fully engaged in the coaching process for the first two years of your mission launch.