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What is StartNew?

What is StartNew?

Personalized Christian Start-Up Incubator

If you’re serious about launching a start-up that thrives, sign up for StartNew: a 2 year Start-Up Incubator. Engage in a pre-start assessment, learn from FiveTwo Network staff and choose a start-up coach to guide you along the way.

Start New is a unique way to get your big idea–that new Christian business venture, church, or nonprofit–up and running. We provide a holistic approach that blends sound business strategies with a sacramental mindset as the foundation and fuel for your start-up. No other start-up process integrates the power of sacramental theology with entrepreneurial best practices. This is the personalized Christian start-up training and coaching you’ve been looking for!

Have more questions? Contact the StartNew Coordinator.


Meet a few of our StartNew Christian Entrepreneurs

Harbor Hope Coffee

The Luke Project 52 Clinic

Elli's House


Watch the "7 Steps to Start Your Christian Startup" Webinar with Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network

Seven Steps to Start Your Christian Startup

Purchase "Seven Steps to Start" by Bill Woolsey, Executive Director, FiveTwo Network


Infused Divine Purpose

Infused Divine Purpose

We want to help you bring to life the vision God has placed in your heart. You’ll discover what it means to start an organization with a sacramental mindset and see your new endeavor as an opportunity for the divine presence of Jesus to be more visible in the world.

Personal Leadership Development

Personal Leadership Development

StartNew is a unique way to get your big idea–that new business venture, church, or nonprofit ministry–up and running. We provide a holistic approach that blends sound business strategies with a sacramental mindset as the foundation and fuel for your start-up. No other start-up process integrates the power of sacramental theology with entrepreneurial best practices.

Proven Business Principles

Proven Business Principles

Together we’ll focus your passion and help you create a plan based on solid business best practices and models. By leveraging these principles we provide a framework for innovation, sustainability, and growth so that your start-up will thrive over the long haul.

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Testimonials

What Others Are Saying

Matt Schuler, Oxford, MI

"Have you seen the internet meme of a dog sitting at a computer with the caption, “I have no idea what I’m doing?” Sometimes, ministry is a bit like that and especially when you’re starting something new. The StartNew process has helped Holy Cross because their team and coaches point out potential pitfalls along the way. This makes the starting of new community ministries that share the freedom found only in Jesus much easier!"

— Matt Schuler, Oxford, MI
Dawit Bokre, Hayward, CA

"I am so blessed to be part of this process because it helps focus my vision and with all the tools, to help me see my strength and weaknesses. In addition, this also helps my team to see the big picture of what's ahead."

— Dawit Bokre, Hayward, CA
Ben Vogel, Brighton, MI

"We began FiveTwo's StartNew with our outreach ministry already launched. I can honestly say that the process has been a huge help in refocusing and re-energizing our efforts to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community!"

— Ben Vogel, Brighton, MI
Greyson Grenz, Wyandotte, MI

"Meaningful collaboration. Incredible know how. Encouragement every step of the way. Eye opening training in entrepreneurial matters. You truly get it all when going through the Start New Process with The FiveTwo Network. I am incredibly excited to see what God does through my congregation and through me in this entire process."

— Greyson Grenz, Wyandotte, MI
Brad Garrison, Ann Arbor, MI

"If not for the StartNew process, I would still be stuck in a inside-the-box-treadmill thinking mindset that has limited my ministry for 15 years. The Luke Project - 52 Clinic would not be close to deploying a minimum viable prototype this fall, and babies like I am holding would continue to die at 3rd world infant mortality rates currently present in Detroit and southeast Michigan. Praise God for the breath of fresh thinking on how to start new to reach new for Jesus Christ!"

— Brad Garrison, Ann Arbor, MI
Aaron Putnam, San Francisco, CA

"I appreciate the assessment, training and coaching that the Start New team brings to the table. What impresses me even more, however, is their willingness to listen and learn about our specific contexts in order to better partner with us in empowering our local leaders to start new ministries that impact communities with the gospel."

— Aaron Putnam, San Francisco, CA

Process

A Two Year Journey

Start your 2 Year experiential process

Assessment
3 Day
Coaching
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FAQ

General Questions and Answers

Will StartNew work in an existing church?

Yes, especially if you are looking to launch a new ministry or re-plant an existing one. Existing congregations have used our StartNew process to re-launch a recovery ministry, reposition a declining congregation to reach the young families in its community, and start a basketball league for elementary age children, just to name a few.

Who is StartNew for?

StartNew is for individuals and congregations in any setting (urban/suburban/rural) and of any ethnicity who want to reach their community by starting something new. These startups can be church plants of all sizes and shapes, non-profits (like a mobile medical clinic being launched in Detroit), or Kingdom businesses (for-profit businesses whose resources benefit the local church). Generally speaking, if there is a significant cost incurred (staff, congregational focus, etc.) then our process is a perfect way to ensure the investment is a good one.

Can teams attend or is StartNew only for individuals?

We strongly encourage teams to attend StartNew. Our process develops entrepreneurial leaders in a sacramental framework, focusing especially on team building. The stronger the team, the stronger and faster the startup.

Are there additional costs for a team to attend StartNew?

Every team member who participates in our StartNew process must be assessed. Each assessment costs $500. We assess everyone on the team so to see the individual strengths and how best to build the entrepreneurial team. Once a team is accepted into the process, however, there is only one cost. A team of 1 or a team of 10 all pay the same monthly cost.

How does the coaching component work for a team?

After the 3Day weekend, your team leader will receive a list of 3 possible coaches. After interviewing the candidates, your team will choose the coach they think best suits them. From then on, the coach will coach the team each month in a team meeting, either by phone or video conference. A team coach makes for great communication, unity and movement within the team and thus within the startup.

Can I take part in the assessment or coaching only or do I have to participate in the entire two-year incubator?

Our proprietary assessment process is available by itself and is perfect for congregations and organizations looking to hire entrepreneurial leaders. Similarly, you can get one of our coaches without going through the StartNew process. Click here for info. However, to participate in our 3Day and 1Day training events, both the assessment and coaching are mandatory.

Why does StartNew last two years?

Two years allows for building a strong foundation in the areas of community understanding and financial sustainability, two critical pieces of startups that thrive. We are concerned not only for the launch but also those initial years.

Does StartNew work with church plants?

Definitely.  As the chasm between the Church and the culture continues to widen, a variety of start-ups is needed whose goal is introducing Jesus to people.  Our process helps entrepreneurial leaders from all walks fo life who want to start a variety of non-profit and for-profits, in urban, suburban and rural settings. 

How is StartNew different from other church-planting bootcamps?

StartNew is different in three ways. First, since we are for more than church planters, you will learn from individuals both inside and outside the church planting world...and they'll learn from you. Second, we do not train you to a model but a method. We combine the beauty of historic, sacramental theology with the wisdom of entrepreneurial business practices. Mother Teresa meets (a friendly) Mark Cuban. And third, we are a holistic process built on assessment, training, and coaching. All three ingredients come together over 2 years to provide the best equipping and encouraging. So while StartNew includes a 3Day experience and four followup 1Days, those events are only part of the process.

Does StartNew work with startups other than church plants?

By all means. As the chasm between the Church and the culture continues to widen, a variety of startups is needed whose goal is introducing Jesus to people. Our process helps entrepreneurial leaders from all walks of life who want to start a variety of non-profit and for-profits, in urban, suburban and rural settings.

Can I get a scholarship?

Yes. Certain adjudicatories provide scholarships for the SN process. Click here to see if you qualify.

Get Started

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Initial Assessment

  • INCLUDED:
  • Online Harrison psychometric assessment
  • Videos & panel review of team leader
  • Holistic report of team giftings and strengths
  • Lays foundation of your unique startup
$500/ per person Want to get a scholarship? See if you qualify.
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Year 1

  • INCLUDED:
  • 3 day event that directs the startup’s discovery and framing process
  • Monthly coach for the team
  • “How To Ask For Funding” seminar
  • Two 1 day events addressing your current #1 problem
$500month / per team Want to get a scholarship? See if you qualify.
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Year 2

  • INCLUDED:
  • Monthly coach for the team
  • Two 1 day events addressing your current #1 problem
  • Ongoing problem-solving from entrepreneurial leaders
  • Intense focus on sustainability of startup
$350month / per team Want to get a scholarship? See if you qualify.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Several adjudicatories offer scholarships for the StartNew process.
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Leader Assessment Process

We employ an online assessment tool called the Harrison. Taking the assessment is the first step to determine if the StartNew Process is for you. Once you complete the form below and pay for the assessment, you will receive a link to take the assessment and further instructions.

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Member Assessment Process

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