A two-year journey to kick-start renewal in the local church
According to the Barna Group, 80% of North America’s churches have plateaued or are seeing their membership decline.
The Renewal Lab, part of Calvin Seminary’s Institute for Global Church Planting and Renewal, exists to help pastors and church leaders reverse this trend, helping them grow church communities that are epicenters of God’s redemptive love…so that more may come to know Christ.
The Renewal Lab is a hands-on learning opportunity for pastors and their teams. The Lab takes a multifaceted approach to church revitalization and is for any church that seeks renewal, with a special emphasis on churches that have seen their membership plateau or decline.
- Eight quarterly learning labs on the campus of Calvin Theological Seminary
- Team development for pastors and volunteers
- Peer learning breakout sessions, divided by ministry area
- Plenary lectures by experienced leaders
- Individual coaching from ministry experts between sessions
- Accountability and support for reaching ministry goals
Seminary-trained interns are also available for placement at participating churches.
Quarterly “learning labs” are at the heart of The Renewal Lab journey. Once every season, pastors gather for a Wednesday morning-Saturday afternoon intensive. Lay leaders join the group of pastors at the Lab on Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday morning.
Each Lab rotation begins in the summer and continues to meet quarterly for two years.
Lab 1: Begin
renewal process essentials
Lab 2: Tell
making Gospel-telling central
Lab 3: Form
spiritual formation for renewal
Lab 4: Lead
empowering leaders for renewal
Lab 5: Mobilize
systems and structures for renewal
Lab 6: Bless
church planting and renewal
Lab 7: Continue
sustainability and renewal
Lab 8: Celebrate
remembering with thanks
Professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary
Director of the Institute for Global Church Planting and Renewal
Carl is a global speaker on missions and church planting who helped plant and revitalize multiple congregations in Brazil.
Coordinator of the Renewal Lab
Pastor of Providence Christian Reformed Church, Holland, MI
Under Keith’s servant leadership, Providence Church has been on a twenty-year journey of renewal. The congregation is a century old.
Rev. Larry Doornbos
Primary champion of church planting and renewal, Christian Reformed Home Missions
Larry is an experienced church planter who began and developed the vibrant faith community of EverGreen Ministries in Hudsonville, Michigan.
Rev. Scott Vander Ploeg
Pastor of Sunlight Community Church, Port St. Lucie, FL
Scott is an innovative pastor who has developed a struggling church with a handful of aging worshippers into a vital church with missional vision.
Rev. Jul Medenblik, Advisor
President of Calvin Seminary
Professor of Church Planting and Leadership
Renewal Lab Registration Expenses
Churches pay a registration fee based on congregation size to defray expenses:
|Congregation Size||Annual Tuition|
|Up to 100 members||$2500|
Churches are encouraged to seek classical or other grants to defray registration if costs pose a challenge. Payments are made to Calvin Theological Seminary and are due one month prior to each learning lab.