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1 The Renewal Lab Introduction…Keith Doornbos
Lead Pastor Providence CRC, Holland, MI Coordinator of the Renewal Lab through CTS

2 Providence Church Holland, MI The Providence Experience
Five Things We Kept Alive Kept hope alive Kept vision alive Kept renewal alive Kept discipleship alive Kept worship alive

3 North American churches
The importance of revitalization in North American churches

4 North American Statistics
Of the 350,000 churches in America 80% have plateaued or are in decline 15% are growing by transfer Only 5% are growing by conversion Each year... Between 3500 & 4000 churches close in U.S. Only 1,100 to 1,500 are started Lose 72 churches each week & gain 24 (The Barna Group)

5 Importance of renewal in the CRCNA
Of 845 churches in CRCNA that existed a decade ago 533 are plateaued or in decline (63%) The average rate of decline has been 25.4%. Membership in CRCNA is lowest since 1963 (248,000) Article 17s (separations) have increased 580% from the ‘90s to the ‘00s (from 25 to 146) and Article 14s (resignations) have tripled (from 11 to 30) Source: THE CHRISTIAN COURIER Feb. 24, 2014 Peter Schuurman

6 A Constant Need for Renewal
1st missionary journey (Acts 13) Church planting 2nd missionary journey (Acts 15) Church planting & revitalization Acts 15:36 (return) & Acts 15:41(strengthening) 3rd missionary journey (Acts 18) Returned to many of the same churches “strengthening all the disciples”

7 A Simple Reality… or Either a church is on a constant path of renewal
it is on a sure path of decline.

8 The Renewal Lab The Church Renewal Learning Laboratory of the Institute for Global Church Planting and Renewal at Calvin Theological Seminary

9 The Renewal Lab’s Focus
The Renewal Lab comes along side congregations that have plateaued or are in decline along with any congregation seeking to regain a focus on their Missional calling.

10 The Renewal Lab’s Purpose
The Renewal Lab seeks to develop intentional congregations that make more and better disciples who join Christ on mission to the world he loves.

11 The Renewal Lab’s Desired Outcomes
Help identify the mission & unique vision Give tools for making more and better disciples Establish the priorities of the early church Gain insight into mission-oriented ministry Nurture a passion for global church planting Regularly “add those who are being saved”

12 The “Why” of Renewal A deep desire for God’s glory
GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Find one person you do not know Pair up with them and tell them these five things: Your name, Home town Church home Favorite taste What you do to relax 3) Shut your eyes and answer these five things about the other: Glasses (yes or no) Height (within 2 inches) Color of shirt Shoes with or without shoestrings Ear lobes…attached or detached

13 The “Why” of Renewal A deep desire for God’s glory
A deep desire to unleash the Gospel’s power (saving souls/transforming lives) GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Find one person you do not know Pair up with them and tell them these five things: Your name, Home town Church home Favorite taste What you do to relax 3) Shut your eyes and answer these five things about the other: Glasses (yes or no) Height (within 2 inches) Color of shirt Shoes with or without shoestrings Ear lobes…attached or detached

14 The “Why” of Renewal A deep desire for God’s glory
A deep desire to unleash the Gospel’s power (saving souls/transforming lives) A deep desire for a church to reach its full redemptive potential GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Find one person you do not know Pair up with them and tell them these five things: Your name, Home town Church home Favorite taste What you do to relax 3) Shut your eyes and answer these five things about the other: Glasses (yes or no) Height (within 2 inches) Color of shirt Shoes with or without shoestrings Ear lobes…attached or detached

15 The “Why” of Renewal A deep desire for God’s glory
A deep desire to unleash the Gospel’s power (saving souls/transforming lives) A deep desire for a church to reach its full redemptive potential A deep desire to be on the mission of God GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Find one person you do not know Pair up with them and tell them these five things: Your name, Home town Church home Favorite taste What you do to relax 3) Shut your eyes and answer these five things about the other: Glasses (yes or no) Height (within 2 inches) Color of shirt Shoes with or without shoestrings Ear lobes…attached or detached

16 God’s Mission… To redeem & restore the world (everyone and everything)

17 The Renewal Lab is a Missional Move
The Renewal Lab seeks to create vibrant mission-focused faith communities that are pulsating epicenters of God’s redemptive love. GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Find one person you do not know Pair up with them and tell them these five things: Your name, Home town Church home Favorite taste What you do to relax 3) Shut your eyes and answer these five things about the other: Glasses (yes or no) Height (within 2 inches) Color of shirt Shoes with or without shoestrings Ear lobes…attached or detached

18 The Renewal Lab continues “Change the Atmosphere…Journey to Mission”
with a “how” “Change the Atmosphere…Journey to Mission” (Culture + Strategy)  GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Find one person you do not know Pair up with them and tell them these five things: Your name, Home town Church home Favorite taste What you do to relax 3) Shut your eyes and answer these five things about the other: Glasses (yes or no) Height (within 2 inches) Color of shirt Shoes with or without shoestrings Ear lobes…attached or detached

19 3 central questions of the Renewal Lab:
Who are we? Where are we headed? How will be get there?

20 working backwards from our future
The importance of… working backwards from our future We tend to work forward from our past past future Disadvantages Slow incremental growth Repeating the past with minor modifications Cannot keep up with change in culture Leads to “we’ve always done it this way Church of the ‘50’s in ‘10’s GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Find one person you do not know Pair up with them and tell them these five things: Your name, Home town Church home Favorite taste What you do to relax 3) Shut your eyes and answer these five things about the other: Glasses (yes or no) Height (within 2 inches) Color of shirt Shoes with or without shoestrings Ear lobes…attached or detached

21 working backwards from our future
The importance of… working backwards from our future New: working backward from our future present future Advantages Driven by vision not just by history Creates real and significant change Keeps pace with culture Leads to “whatever is best” GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Find one person you do not know Pair up with them and tell them these five things: Your name, Home town Church home Favorite taste What you do to relax 3) Shut your eyes and answer these five things about the other: Glasses (yes or no) Height (within 2 inches) Color of shirt Shoes with or without shoestrings Ear lobes…attached or detached

22 The Heart of the Renewal Lab
1 GOAL Missional

23 Brief definition of “Missional”
Missional means living for the glory of God and for the sake of others so they experience God’s new creation and join with his worshipping community.

24 The Heart of the Renewal Lab
1 GOAL Missional 4 ESSENTIALS Abiding Vision Leadership Health

25 The Heart of the Renewal Lab
1 GOAL Missional 4 ESSENTIALS Abiding Vision Leadership Health SEVERAL KEY ACTIVITIES Listen…Imagine…Do

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27 FOUR DIRECTIONAL LISTENING
Listening for Renewal from ABOVE (What is God saying in his Word about our mission and calling?) LISTEN from OUTSIDE (What are our neighbors saying about needs & opportunities) from AMONG (What is our congregation saying about gifts & passions ) from WITHIN (What is the Holy Spirit saying about what we are to uniquely do?) FOUR DIRECTIONAL LISTENING

28 Listen Do Imagine {First six months} {Final year} {Second six months}
The great pivot point

29 God’s VISION for our church God’s MISSION in the world
THE VISION PYRAMID Annual SMART goals Specific Measurable Assignable Realistic Time-bound [SLIDE] All this leads us to a 20/20 vision that’s absolutely doomed to fail if God is not in it. And the vision is that as a result of these Spirit inspired commitments God will gather in our broader faith community “1000 disciple-making disciples by 2020.” [SLIDE] Here’s our first attempt at describing a disciple making disciple: It’s someone who embraces the leadership of Jesus demonstrated by: living under the direction of His Word abiding in Him through a life of worship actively participating in His community and engaging in His mission to the world. Bottom line it’s someone who lives for Jesus. We did a straw poll of our leadership teams and asked, “How many disciple-making disciples do you think we have at Providence?” The consensus was that between would fit that definition Our goal is that all 800 persons who call Providence home will embrace a deeper discipleship through Word, worship, community and mission…that all 800 of us will live for Jesus Then it is our prayer that there will be added to this company of vibrant believers dozens more who will also experience the superabundant life of Jesus following Our OBJECTIVES Our VALUES God’s VISION for our church God’s MISSION in the world

30 The Renewal Lab’s Structure
Two-year renewal journey Cohorts of churches 8 quarterly learning labs Coaching Peer learning Congregational involvement Accountability Interns & Jubilee Fellows (optional)

31 Change the Atmosphere Journey to Mission One Goal Characteristics of
“Missional” Living for the glory of God and for the sake of others so they experience God’s new creation and join with His Worshipping Community Characteristics of Missional Church  Kingdom  Church Centrifugal and Centripetal A Light to the Nations A church the unchurched love to attend Key Activities Listen 6 months S.W.O.T. Imagine S.M.A.R.T. Do 12 months R.E.A.C.H. Four Essentials Abiding John 15 Vision Acts 26:19 Leadership Nehemiah 2 Health Acts 15:28-29

32 Why the Olive Tree Symbol?
Olive trees still bear fruit in old age Olive trees can be cut to a stump and still create new shoots Olives produce oil that represent the anointing of the Holy Spirit Olive trees are often symbolic of God’s redemptive work among his people

33 The gift of the renewal journey = Hope + Purpose

34 Testimonials: West Olive
“What a difference a year makes…” (Matt Stob…Classical Visitor) Immanuel “God is using the Renewal Lab as the single most influential planning process in our church’s history.” (Bob Huiseman…pastor) Fairway “The Renewal Lab is an invitation to return to God’s vision for the church and see the glorious things he does in the lives of those who don’t know him.” (David Den Haan…pastor) Three Rivers “Seeing the Lord use the Renewal Lab to transform lives has been amazing.” (Tim Raakman…pastor)

35 “Behold, I make all things new”
Revelations 21:5

36 Next Step: Possibility #1: Participate as a congregation
Join a cohort of 6-10 churches that will launch in the Spring/Summer 2015 in Northern, NJ Quarterly learning labs with pastors on Thursday-Friday and a team retreat on Saturday Possibility #2: Participate as a classis Go big and jump in as an entire classis Classis helps fund the RL and encourages as many churches as possible to join the process Possibility #3: Participate as an individual Come to Grand Rapids and sit in on a session of one of our next Renewal Labs


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