What We Do

Let us give you a glimpse into all that God has enabled our ministry to do across the world!

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Teaching Ministry

The Public Ministry of Rick and Denise Renner —
Equipping Believers Around the Globe

Besides pastoring the Moscow Good News Church in Russia and hosting a TV program that can be seen around the world, Rick and Denise Renner maintain an active public-ministry schedule. Their itinerary includes visits to the United States for approximately 12 weeks each year, as well as to many parts of Europe and wherever the Lord leads them!

God has entrusted Rick with the blessing of ministering the Word of God face-to-face to more than 3,000,000 people since this ministry began. Nations he and Denise have ministered in over the years include Albania, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Canada, Caribbean Islands (various), China, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, Mexico, Moldova, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine — and, of course, the United States and Russia.

In his own pulpit in Moscow, where he and Denise reside, Rick preaches more than 200 times in services each year. The Renners will continue to travel both in the U.S. and abroad as they proclaim the Gospel to win the lost, rescue the hurting, and strengthen believers around the globe.

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Book Publishing

Rick Renner is a highly respected teacher and author within the Christian community, both in the U.S. and abroad. His teaching ministry is widely acknowledged as extraordinarily insightful and clear as he lays a foundation of sound doctrine while drawing out rich meanings from the original Greek language. He uniquely combines in his writings these exceptional insights with practical knowledge, drawn both from his personal experience and from Scripture. His easy-to-understand, faith-filled approach appeals to ministers, students of the Bible, and laypersons alike.

Rick has authored more than 30 books in English and Russian, many of which have also been translated into German, French, Ukrainian, and Portuguese. His best-selling titles include Sparkling Gems From the Greek, Volume 1 and Volume 2 and Dressed To Kill — A Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare and Armor, which have sold more than 3,000,000 copies combined. To browse Rick’s books, click here.

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Partner Care

As pastors, Rick and Denise Renner take seriously the Lord’s mandate in Ezekiel 34 to:

1. Take care of the weak.
2. Tend to the sick.
3. Minister to the injured.
4. Search for those who have wandered from the fold and are lost.
5. Stand guard over and protect the sheep given to their charge.

The Renners believe strongly that this mandate includes not only their Moscow congregation, but also the friends and partners God has given them all around the world. Thus, lavished care defines the quality of interaction we seek to maintain with our partners. We reach out not only to answer their Bible questions and pray according to God’s promises for their needs, but we also follow up with them during times when compassionate support is the practical demonstration of the Gospel that could make all the difference in their lives. Our Partner Care team reaches out to people who have had storms in their lives — and often those storms are literal. For instance, the team members have made innumerable phone calls over the years to check on and pray with friends and partners who live in the vicinity of a natural disaster when it occurs. We reach out to our friends because we care. We also pray for people who are going through life struggles, including those who face relationship problems or who are in financial distress. It brings so much joy to our hearts when miracles happen and lives and families are changed. Additionally, we pray each day for our country and its leaders, for Jerusalem, and for the world. Especially now, we believe it is of utmost importance that the nations receive steadfast support in prayer from believers.

Our Partner Care team establishes meaningful connections by making personal phone calls, sending handwritten notes, praying over needs, and responding to individuals’ questions with scriptural answers. We invite you to call, email, or write us! We promise that your request will be dealt with seriously and confidentially and that our team will pray with confident expectation for your need to be met according to God’s Word. We’re waiting to hear from you!

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House of Mercy

Rescuing Homeless Kids and Adults

In addition to providing thousands of meals each year for Moscow’s homeless population, the House of Mercy staff also manages a family-style orphanage in which orphaned or abandoned children are brought into family settings to be loved and cared for. Committed and passionate for these forgotten children who have no place to go and no natural hope for their future, HOM provides food, distributes clothing, conducts evangelistic crusades, holds weekly church services and Bible studies, and hosts home groups at state shelters – all to share the truth that God loves all people and has a plan for their lives. House of Mercy daily encounters heart-wrenching stories that, by the mercy of God, find opportunities to result in happy endings. There are so many powerful testimonies of children rescued by this ministry. For example, two girls were sold by their parents into the sex industry of Moscow. Later, however, they were rescued by the House of Mercy ministry, and today these girls live safe and sound and are thriving in this God-sent mission. One small boy watched his parents kill his older brother. To save himself from the same fate, the little boy ran away. At the time he hit the streets, he was only four years old. He lived in a filthy, abandoned building with other children for two years before House of Mercy found him. Today he lives in a clean apartment with other House of Mercy children and with loving caregivers who are determined to see these young lives reach their divine potential and destiny. House of Mercy conducts trips to youth prisons, boarding schools, and mental institutions and hospitals to reach even more hurting and abandoned children whose lives are aching for an expression of God’s mercy. With an ever-broadening vision to help the hundreds of thousands of children living in utter deprivation in Moscow, HOM plans to build a facility to rescue even more of the wounded and forsaken children in this vast city. This vital outreach regularly:

Ministers Bible lessons at children’s mental hospitals, where we give gifts to patients that include yogurt, oranges, sweets, and small containers of juice. We also provide personal- and spiritual-care items for the staff, as well as necessities for the everyday maintenance and operation of the facility, such as paper and cleaning products.

Provides more than 4,000 meals to homeless adults and young people each year on the streets of Moscow — sometimes the only food each day that most of these people receive!

Conducts special evangelistic programs during the holidays for more than 1,000 children in closed institutions for more than 400 adults from four state shelters.

Facilitates “home groups” at state homeless shelters, which HOM staff and volunteers began at these shelters and continue to conduct each week. These “home” meetings not only provide attendees with solid teaching from God’s Word, but they also restore to group members a sense of community and belonging that the enemy had stolen from them — or that some had never experienced before their encounter with House of Mercy.

James 1:27 says, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” Those who are being helped by the House of Mercy outreach are exactly the type of people God asks us to reach out to and care for in their affliction. And through the prayer and financial support of our friends and partners, RENNER Ministries is doing just that.

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Golden Age

Russia’s Largest Protestant Ministry to the Elderly

Before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, senior citizens were among the most honored people in Soviet society because of the contributions they’d made during World War II. These were the people who were at the front lines, fending off invading Nazis in a war that claimed the lives of 27 million citizens in that region of the world. And afterward, it was this segment of the population that helped rebuild roads and highways and reconstruct entire cities — including apartments, hospitals, and public buildings that still stand in this vast region today.

But with the fall of Communism, the world around them as they knew it also fell apart. As senior citizens, these men and women found themselves lost in a new world they never saw coming. Their passports held the name of a nation that no longer existed. Everything they’d given their lives to build just “disappeared” from before them, including their dreams of being well cared for in their senior years. In a very real way, this segment of society — once so revered — became “orphaned adults.”

Vitamin Club is a powerful outreach to Moscow’s oldest citizens. More than 4,000 elderly people, many of them former communists and atheists, come to us every month to take advantage of this program designed just for them! We wish you could see and experience the way the hearts of these elderly people are touched by this demonstration of God’s love. Many cry; some even weep; and others laugh. So many of them have expressed to us:

‘It has been years since anyone has paid attention to us. We just don’t understand why you love us so much and why you want to do this wonderful thing for us.’

The Vitamin Club outreach, begun by RENNER Ministries in 2004, conducts annual concert events — which have numbered up to 16,000 in attendance — as well as its weekly Golden Age services and monthly mini-concerts. These meetings and events still include the distribution of food staples, Bibles, Christian literature, vitamins, arthritis creams, and other necessities for these seniors whose meager pensions are insufficient for purchasing such items.

In the eight years that have passed since Golden Stars and Vitamin Club first began, more than 30,000 senior citizens have been ministered to through this outreach. Of that original number, many have died due to old age, and others are too infirm or elderly to attend meetings ? yet more than 4,000 monthly continue to actively participate in our meetings. Since a significant percentage of Moscow’s elderly who come to Christ through this outreach do so at the very last moments of their lives on earth, Vitamin Club truly is a last-chance ministry!

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Rehabilitation Centers

Songs, testimonies, Bible teaching, and words of encouragement convey to hopeless people the assurance of God’s willingness and ability to restore to them a life worth living. Through our outreach to drug-and-alcohol hospitals and rehabilitation centers, practical gifts are also given to meet the desperate need for cleanliness and health. For those patients who choose to connect with the Moscow Good News Church upon their release, RENNER Ministries provides additional teaching to assist them in their recovery as they reclaim their spiritual and emotional freedom and re-enter society.

We regularly visit several of these rehabilitation centers, notably at the request of authorities in those facilities. Repeatedly, we have been told by directors and staff that patients demonstrate improvement after our visits and that their return rates significantly diminish as a result. At the nine facilities we regularly visit, more than 450 patients and 70 workers hear the Gospel, receive prayer, and accept gift bags — all tangible demonstrations of the love of God in action.

Drug-and-alcohol hospitals and rehabilitation centers represent a key area of focus in our outreaches to those in need of rescuing. In addition, we’ve been granted access to more than 1,100 children in closed institutions — such as youth prisons, children’s mental hospitals, and treatment centers. With each visit to each of these institutions, we provide both ministry from the Word of God and practical ministry as we donate gift bags containing Bibles, hygiene products, prayer cards, and candy.

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Good News Training Center

Intensive Ministry Training

In January 2003, shortly after the Moscow Good News Church was established, Rick and Denise began the Good News Training Center (formerly called the Moscow Good News Seminary) to train believers to fulfill their God-given callings with excellence. The 81 students who enrolled that first year came from Moscow and all over Russia and beyond to train and become equipped to pioneer new works; to be sent to the nations of the world as missionaries; and to serve more effectively in their local church congregations. Begun primarily to fill the demands for leadership in the new and rapidly growing Moscow church, the training center is still an integral part of the church today and plays an important role in its growth and in expanding the Kingdom of God in the former USSR. In a region of the world closed to the Gospel less than 25 years ago, what better way to reach the multitudes than to raise up ministers and leaders so that they can in turn teach others? Studies at the training center include 60 hours a year of practical ministry that entails traveling and ministering in various churches across Russia. The Renners graduated the first class in December 2004, and to date, more than 600 men and women of all ages and stations in life have completed studies. Where are our graduates now?

Many have become home-group leaders or serve in some capacity in the Moscow Good News Church.

Several are members of the MGNC pastoral staff.

Several are training-center/seminary instructors.

Many have returned to their own home churches and are integrally involved in leadership in those churches, in other ministry organizations, and in various social programs.

Many are missionaries, predominantly reaching the 12 countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) — including Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia,
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Georgia.

Several have pioneered churches or assumed pastorates in the CIS and beyond.

In September 2006 and 2007, the training center opened satellite schools that have trained and graduated additional students. The Good News Training Center continues to train students in all facets of ministry in one- to five-year programs, but places a high emphasis on missionary and pastoral ministries. The training center’s director explained: “We believe the greatest call today — a call that our training center must answer — is both to train and send out missionaries and pastors. We’re committed to providing Bible education and sound practical teaching, with our strongest desire and thrust leaning toward church planting and missions, both home and international.” Training tomorrow’s leaders today, the Good News Training Center is a crucial part of the vision God gave the Renners years ago to “teach all nations,” strengthen the Church, and rescue those in need of God’s healing and delivering touch. Click on the video below to learn more about RENNER Ministries’ training of ministers and leaders in the former Soviet Union.