What is RenewalWorks and why is it important?
RenewalWorks is a catalyst for refocusing parishioners on spiritual vitality. It has been tailored to the Episcopal tradition, adapting 10 years of research that has uncovered the key characteristics of flourishing congregations. It inspires parishioners and their leaders to rediscover what it means to follow Jesus. Through a guided methodology of self-reflection, sharing, and workshop discussion, RenewalWorks challenges parishioners to refocus on their spiritual growth and to identify ways that God is calling them to grow.
The RenewalWorks process helps create specific congregation-wide growth initiatives, which clarify and elevate mutual expectations for clergy, lay leaders and individuals.
Our prayers are that you will join us in this important effort. If you have any questions, please talk to any member of the Vestry or your 20s contact on the Vestry.
How did RenewalWorks come to St. Luke's?
Earlier this year St. Luke’s planned sabbaticals for our Rector and for the congregation. As the Vestry and the sabbatical planning team sought to learn what other highly successful churches had done, they discovered a program called RenewalWorks in Forward Movement, the Episcopal organization best known for its books of daily devotion, “Forward Day by Day.” RenewalWorks was developed from research into 2000 congregations and 500,000 individuals. After meeting with the Rev’d Jay Sidebotham (executive director of RW), the clergy and wardens recommended the RenewalWorks Program to the vestry for adoption as a means of promoting our spiritual growth and determining where God might be calling us to go in terms of mission and ministries.
The Renewal Works Process
The RenewalWorks process begins with an anonymous confidential, online inventory (Episcopal Spiritual Life Inventory) taken by each member of the congregation, exploring that individual’s spiritual life. When the responses are viewed as a group, the inventory provides a snapshot of the spiritual vitality of the congregation. The data are interpreted against research from more than 2000 churches.
A congregation leadership team of 18 men and women identified by the Vestry will delve into the specifics of the survey data over four guided workshops and contemplate the following questions, one at each workshop:
Where have we been?
Where are we now?
Where do we feel called to go?
How will we get there?