A fresh start to local churches

Learn more about how New Life has been able to partner with historic churches to help them restart and reach their community.

What is a Restart?

A restart happens when a healthy, growing church or church planter takes leadership responsibility for a distressed or declining historic church in order to restore the people and Gospel mission of that local church.

If done well, a restart can be a powerful tool to redeem kingdom space, kingdom people and kingdom resources in a way that reflects the redemptive heart of the Gospel. In the U.S. and Europe there are thousands of churches with struggling, often older congregations who are in need of vision, energy and leadership.

New Life Chicago has been privileged to restart 9 congregations over our history and we have found it to be a key part of the mission and movement in the urban context.

To learn more, tap the button to download a free copy of “God Was Already Here: Restarting Sacred Spaces” by Pastor Mark Jobe. We'll email you a copy of the book to download along with some additional resources.

What is a Restart? Watch our Restart video, then download our free e-book below!

Restart Podcast Series

Go behind the scenes of the Restart process from start to finish with our team of pastors, community leaders, and support staff. The Restart Podcast is a five part series that covers both the spiritual and practical aspects of leading a restart. Stories, interviews, and answers to some of the most common questions are covered by our team who has helped restart dozens of churches over the last 20 years.

Listen and subscribe to the series below!