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

3 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 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 Importance of renewal in the CRCNA

6 A Constant Need for Renewal 1 st missionary journey (Acts 13) Church planting 2 nd 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… Either a church is on a constant path of renewal or 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

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)

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

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

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.

18 The Renewal Lab continues with a “how” “Change the Atmosphere…Journey to Mission” (Culture + Strategy)

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

20 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

21 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”

22 1 GOAL Missional The Heart of the Renewal Lab

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

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

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

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

29 God’s MISSION in the world God’s VISION for our church Annual SMART goals THE VISION PYRAMID Specific Measurable Assignable Realistic Time-bound Our OBJECTIVES Our VALUES

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 Four Essentials Abiding John 15 Vision Acts 26:19 Leadership Nehemiah 2 Health Acts 15:28-29 Key Activities Listen 6 months S.W.O.T. Imagine 6 months S.M.A.R.T. Do 12 months R.E.A.C.H. One Goal “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

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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