is a three-year generosity initiative to reach people in the state of California through local churches.
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To raise $10 million in the next three years, so we can launch at least 30 reproducing churches, eliminate debt, and free up funds to begin planting 10 churches each year in the next decade.
Our goal is to tithe 10% of our campaign pledges. The first number below is the targeted gift amount if we raise $10 million. To date, we have received 5 million in pledges toward the Real Hope initiative. We celebrate the money given away so far (in red below) based on the 5 million pledged amount. Help us continue to meet our goal by giving to Real Hope!
God Behind Bars – $250K | $112,500 Given
With over 100,000 inmates in California. God Behind Bars is an organization whose goal is that every inmate would experience the love of Christ. They would help us provide dynamic live worship experiences, messages of hope and restoration, opportunities for recovery from addiction, resources for re-entry into society, and ongoing support after release.
RIP Medical Debt – $250K | $122,500 Given
We know that medical debt can be a burden for so many families. The unexpected illness alone can be overwhelming enough, without the added stress of how someone will pay their bills. We want to wipe out the medical debt of as many people as we can in our communities. RIP Medical Debt cancels $10,000 worth of debt for every $100 contributed. We could cancel up to $25,000,000.
Saving Innocence – $200K | $90,000 Given
Saving Innocence is an organization that helps victims of child trafficking. With over 300,000 children estimated to be trafficked for sex in the United States, this Los Angeles based non-profit works with local agencies to help rescue and restore victims of child trafficking through serving, empowering, preventing and advocating.
Stadia – $200K | $90,000 Given
Stadia is a church planting organization that helps plant more churches. Through Stadia’s assessments and training along with our Leadership Pipeline and Residency, we can take young adults and potential planters and equip them to either lead churches or be leaders in churches here in California.
Fostering Youth Independence – $50K | $22,500 Given
There are over 65,000 foster youths in California. Fostering Youth Independence (FYI) works to equip foster youth to complete post-secondary education and become successful, independent adults. A post-secondary education is affordable and available to transition-age foster youth through the California Community College system, where they can pursue a college degree or vocational training.
Real Hope App – $50K
Connecting people with resources is not always easy. We’ve decided to invest in and maintain an app that will link community resources to the people who need them. Wherever we plant a church, a community-based app will be available to help them partner with local law enforcement, mental health professionals, and community resources to best serve the needs of the community.
It is our goal to plant 30 reproducing churches by the year 2030.
Some of these will be near our current churches allowing us to raise up leaders and staff from within and empower our youth to assist. Some of these will be somewhere else in the state utilizing church planters who are coming to California to join this mission. Some of these will be struggling churches that need our assistance and life breathed into them. But all of these will be in California. And all will be asked to plant another church within the first 5 years. This will allow us to not just start 30 churches, but to unleash exponential church planting within this decade. Up to $150K over three years helps church plants get started well.
Historically, churches would take on a mortgage to acquire space, train up leaders to manage that space, and then pray that people in the community would come to that space.
We want to change that model.
We want to reduce our interest expenses, thus freeing up money for more church plants. Through our new lending organization and generosity received in the next 3 years, we’ll be able to release resources to plant well over 30 churches while setting the next generation of leaders at RLC up for success.
We want to train our young adults and leaders to go out and plant churches or be leaders within those churches. Not every one will work in a church, but all can lead in a church. We want to provide education and residency for students to prepare them to lead out in those areas.
New City Church, Oakland Ca
New City Church in Oakland California is a new church plant in partnership with Orchard Group (orchardgroup.org) and the EFCA (efca.org). New City is a gospel-centered, multi-ethnic and multi-generational church committed to truth, disciple-making, evangelism, justice and church planting.
New City officially launched in October 2021. But before its launch the Garcia family arrived in Oakland at the front end of the pandemic with a vision to start a new in the city. Starting a church during a pandemic wasn’t the most strategic move; however, it allowed the Garcia family to learn the city, build lots of relationships with the yet-to-believe and prayerfully start gathering a core team.
By God’s grace by January of 2021 a core-team of about thirteen people was established and they started gathering together for times of prayer, discipleship, and community outreach. From the very inception New City has had eyes and hearts toward the city, looking for ways to meet real needs and become the living proof of a loving God.
Month by month new people were added to the community and in summer of 2021 New City hosted its first Vision Night and then one worship gathering per month for the next three months until the it’s grand opening in October 2021.
After years of full-time ministry in different settings and contexts, lead pastor Gabe Garcia, is committed to leading New City towards depth and width; deep in discipleship and wide in gospel impact.
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Church 180, San Diego, Ca
Many of us are looking for hope in so many things throughout our life whether that be our image, achievements, successes, resources, or relationships. While those things aren’t necessarily bad we believe they pale in comparison to the hope that we were made to live for in Jesus.
At Church 180 we don’t take ourselves too seriously but we take turning toward Jesus very seriously as we believe that He is our source of hope to bringing healing and renewal to our lives, communities, and world.
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Renovate Church, Lakewood, Ca
After 6 years of studying, praying, and talking to as many people as he could learn from, Chris finally decided to step out and plant Renovate in 2020 with his wife and their three young children: Jonah, Gracelynn, and Luke. The plan was to launch in Long Beach in the fall of 2020, but they had no idea what would happen in March of 2020. At the beginning of the pandemic, while a lot of people were talking about slowing down, Chris felt like God was leading Renovate to accelerate. So, on Easter Sunday 2020, five months earlier than they had planned, Renovate launched online.
It was not what they had planned, it was not easy, but they have seen God’s hand in it all and have continued online services ever since. Renovate refused to be a church that stood on the sidelines during one of the most difficult times in our nation’s history. Through this decision, God has been faithful and Renovate has seen Him move and do the impossible.
After almost a year of being online, Renovate is now having in-person services every Sunday.
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Refinery Church, Temecula, Ca
When people experience God, their lives are changed for the better. In His presence, we find peace, joy, and the strength needed to meet all of the challenges life throws our way. Many people think that the only way you can have this is by following a bunch of rules and doing the right things. In reality, it’s impossible to please God on our own–no matter how hard we try. But God loves us so much that He sent His son, Jesus, to live a perfect life, die a horrible death on a cross, and then be raised from the dead to conquer sin and death for all time! Accepting what Jesus has already done for us is the only way to fully experience God.
That’s why we’re always talking about what it means to have a relationship with Jesus and how that relationship provides freedom and acceptance–and creates new avenues for meaning and purpose. People also experience God in prayer and worship, reading the Bible, connecting with other people, and serving others in Jesus’ name. In fact, we can experience God in every facet of life–from music to nature, as well as in our families, vocations, and the list goes on and on–if we are open to His presence. The Refinery Church wants to open all of these avenues to you, your family, your friends, and the entire Temecula Valley.
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City Center Church, Berkeley, Ca
City Center Church is a multi-site church that started in the heart of the Claremont/Elmwood Community in Berkeley, CA in 2020. We are committed to creating intentional environments where people from all walks of life can gather together and truly “belong before believing.” We are rethinking church and helping people see Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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