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GraceRenewal, AGRC

A Grace Renewal Church 

  • was formally organized on July 4, 2010 as a New Testament church according to Baptist tradition by the adoption of a Commitment Statement, Confession of Faith, and Constitution;
  • is not a traditional, attendance-driven, seeker-friendly, open-door, everyone-welcome, come-as-you-are, performance ("go and give") church, but 
  • is a renewal (“come and receive”) church - that is, it
  • provides support to its members (and to new converts who enter its meetings by invitation of current members who have supported them for trusting Christ for salvation and growth in grace) for learning how to
    • read the Scripture in order to
    • experience Christ during personal quiet-time worship in order to
    • manifest his Likeness into the community, beginning at home;
  • meets privately, usually in the pastor’s home, but also in the homes of its members per the first century church;
  • does not advertise or identify its meeting place to the public;
  • provides outreach ministry in the community multiple times a week to non-members for
    • counseling (GraceRenewal Counseling) and
    • teaching (Institute for Studies in Grace Concepts);
  • does not charge for counseling sessions or accept donations from counselees or "receive offerings" (take up a collection) from members of the church;
  • is supported by individuals who give, not sacrificially out of their brokenness, but from the overflow of their abundance per 2 Corinthians 9:8;
  • does not pay salaries, but may help pastoral and administrative staff with expenses for housing, transportation, education, and professional dues; and
  • has an extended goal for its members to serve in a leadership role within the church or to formally organize a renewal church in their own homes supported by GraceRenewal.