What is Renovare Header

Renovaré is a community of Christians seeking continual spiritual renewal in Christ. Founded in 1988 by Celebration of Discipline author Richard J. Foster, Renovaré (a Latin word meaning “to renew”) promotes personal and spiritual renewal. We are convinced that all people can enjoy a closer walk with Jesus, leading to a more vibrant and fulfilling Christlike life.

We believe that we can all be active participants in God’s kingdom and we long to help churches, individuals and communities live fuller, more profound lives.  We believe that the Kingdom of God is here and now and that the abundant life Jesus promised is available to everyone and anyone.  Our passion as a ministry is helping people become more like Jesus.  People who desire to become more like Jesus have an impact on the world they live in.  This is Renovaré’s vision for spiritual renewal.

Core Ideas

Through personal relationships, conferences and retreats, written and web-based resources, church consultations, and other means, Renovaré pursues the following core ideas:

Life with God

The aim of God in history is the creation of an all-inclusive community of loving persons with God himself at the center of this community as its prime Sustainer and most glorious Inhabitant.

The Availability of God’s Kingdom

We can experience genuine, substantive life in God’s kingdom through Jesus Christ, beginning now and continuing through all eternity.

The Necessity of Grace

We are utterly dependent upon Jesus Christ, our ever-living Savior, Teacher, Lord, and Friend for genuine spiritual transformation.

The Means of Grace

Amongst the variety of ways God has given for us to be open to his transforming grace, we recognize the crucial importance of intentional spiritual practices and disciplines (such as prayer, service, or fasting).

A Balanced Vision of Life in Christ

We seek to embrace the abundant life of Jesus in all its fullness: contemplative, holiness, charismatic, social justice, evangelical, and incarnational.

A Practical Strategy for Spiritual Formation

We encourage the creation of Spiritual Formation Groups and other forms of spiritual friendship as solid foundations for mutual support and nurture.

The Centrality of Scripture

We immerse ourselves in the Bible: it is the great revelation of God’s purposes in history, a sure guide for growth into Christlikeness, and a rich resource for our spiritual formation.

The Value of the Christian Tradition

We are engaged in the historical “Great Conversation” on Spiritual Formation developed from Scripture by the Church’s classical spiritual writings.