A two-year journey to kick-start renewal in the local church

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The next Renewal
Lab begins
June 25-28, 2014

Rev. Carl J. Bosma
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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.

About The Renewal Lab
Quarterly Lab Themes
Renewal Lab Staff
Register for the 2014 Renewal Lab


About The Renewal Lab

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.

Participants experience:

  • 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 Lab Themes

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.


renewalLab2Lab 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


The Renewal Lab Staff

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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.

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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


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Please contact Rev. Keith Doornbos (email hidden; JavaScript is required) or Rev. Carl J. Bosma (email hidden; JavaScript is required) to register for the next cohort of the Renewal Lab. They are eager to understand your church’s story and how the Renewal Lab can serve your needs.


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
100-200 members $3000
200+ members $3500

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.