New & Renewing Churches
The focus of New and Renewing Churches is on new mission initiatives (such as church planting) and on renewing existing congregations and other ministries.
The LCA Strategic Direction 2013–2018 contains two strategic priorities foundational to mission:
1. Grow as God's people
2. Go as God's people.
Grow and go are ongoing and foundational tasks that intertwine. There is no linear sequence that says first we grow until we reach maturity, after which we begin to go into the world. If we wait until we feel ready, most of us will never go. Rather, it is as we go that we grow.