Renewal Ranch is a faith based 501(c)3 organization with our teaching program based on Biblical principles. Renewal Ranch is a 12-month program. Six months in Phase I and six months in Phase II.
Residents are required to live on campus during the first 6 months of the program. This is known as Phase I. They will be housed, fed and ministered to at no cost. The men will receive 15+ hours of Bible Study and classes each week led by local volunteers, pastors, and staff members. Attendance at Saturday chapel services and Sunday church service are also required.
Upon completion, there is a promotion service as they transition to Phase II. This portion of the program includes life with accountability as the residents are reintroduced to society. Phase II is six months and consists of group meetings/Bible studies several times a week, attendance at chapel on Saturday, local church attendance on Sunday and a weekly meeting with mentor. These men live in a community of apartments and will work and attend church regularly while still being ministered to by the program and staff members.
The key to success in Phase II is participating and remaining involved with RR. A graduation celebration is held for those completing Phase II.
During the entirety of the program, residents will be given the opportunity to develop a personal love relationship with Jesus Christ. Through this relationship, they can find freedom from the chains of addiction, forgiveness from their past and hope for their future. We claim the promise of 2 Corinthians 5:17 for every resident: “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
An atmosphere of love by volunteers and staff, attempting to mirror the love of God.
Intensive Bible study taught by local pastors, teachers, and staff. Scripture memorization accompanies these studies.
Comradery with fellow residents who are on the same journey and who serve as accountability partners.
Serving others through community work projects and jobs in the bunkhouse.
Through prayer, Bible reading, and meditation as well as self-dicipline that comes with serving other residents and being a member of the Renewal Ranch Team.
Phase I is designed to teach men Biblical principles for living and to serve others. Residents attend 15 classes weekly taught by local pastors and teachers on Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday they perform community services projects and other work projects. Saturday is a time for chapel services and family visitation. Sunday is devoted to visiting churches throughout Arkansas and beyond.
A foundational element of our program is a dedicated team of caring volunteers who serve as Disciple Making Partners for the men. These are the brothers and sisters on the front line with our men, their Mentees. Beginning in about each man’s fourth month of residency, the Disciple Making Partner will meet with him regularly to get to know him better, offer advice and counsel, pray with him, and help him meet any need that arises.
Disciple Making Partners guide their Mentees in the creation of a Man Plan that addresses these areas of their lives:
• Spiritual Walk (daily personal prayer and time in the Word)
• Guidance for Overcoming the World (emphasizing Church Involvement)
• Financial Management
• Healthy Living
• Serving Others
• Overcoming Legal Obstacles
Phase 2 is the second six months of the one-year program, where each man “walks out” the things he has learned during Phase 1. He is required to work at a full-time job or serve full-time in ministry. He must also meet his graduation requirements which include attending Bible study meetings, Church Involvement, attendance at Renewal Ranch Chapel services, completion of the Man Plan, and maintaining a strong relationship with his Disciple Making Partner.
Phase 2 is accountability-based and includes random drug and alcohol testing, nightly curfews, financial responsibility, and scheduled check-in with the supervisors.
Phase 2 is a “community” designed to provide support, encouragement, love and counsel for the men as they prepare to graduate from the program. Many men need financial help as they enter Phase II. Low-cost housing in the Conway area is available to assist them to accomplish these objectives. Some, if approved, will be allowed to move “home” if they have a healthy relationship with their wife, although these “non-residents” will remain strong community participants.