A Response to the Western Encouragement Road Trip

I would like to thank you and the whole of the Renewal Fellowship Within The Presbyterian Church in Canada, for making yourself available to us, Reverend Germaine, and the congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Kenora, Ontario. Your genuine listening and words of encouragement to us, as well as introducing yourself and your mission to our congregation on May 11, was definitely inspiring! Thank you for providing an opportunity for us to "switch things up a bit" during worship. And thanks for teaching us that memorizing Scripture can be fun and an enriching practice in knowing and … Read More

Adult Discipleship Studies

We have been blessed in so many ways this year and want to share our recent experiences and thoughts with you. First, we are grateful for the thanks, queries, and comments regarding the studies we wrote about in a 2013 Renewal News article. We only recently learned that while most churches do Bible studies, these “theme” studies are still very much in the minority. This is partly because the concept is fairly new and the books and DVDs are not readily available in local stores. But we go online to see what new studies are available and which themes would be of help to our church. … Read More

As Iron Sharpens Iron

Recently, I had a three-hour conversation with a colleague whom I deeply respect and genuinely like. Our conversation went “around the world” in one sense, but found its focus on God, the things of God, and being leaders of God’s people. It was the kind of conversation that leaves one energized and encouraged about the task of serving God’s kingdom. It doesn't matter whether you're in church leadership or not — you need a friend with whom you can have those comfortable conversations. … Read More


As we head into summer, I have two requests for you. First, please make the Renewal Fellowship a prayer priority. We need the Lord’s help to continue to find ways to serve this denomination in positive and meaningful ways. We need divine help in finding new board members and officers (especially a treasurer) that are needed in the coming months and years. Second, please consider a special financial gift to the Renewal Fellowship this summer. As with almost all ministries, the summer is a time of reduced giving. … Read More

A Christmas to Remember

I had the opportunity to hear Rodger Nishioka (Associate Professor, Christian Education, at Columbia Theological Seminary) speak this past fall. One story he told was about a research interview he did with a woman who lived in an apartment building across from a church. She told him that nothing that happened there had any effect on her life. She said that if that local church ceased to exist, it wouldn’t make any difference to her. Dr. Nishioka then challenged us to think about whether … Read More

Renewal Network Conferences

In November of 2013, the 14th annual ecumenical (Anglican-Presbyterian-United) Renewal Network Conference was held at Chedoke Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Ontario. In November of 2013, the 14th annual ecumenical (Anglican-Presbyterian-United) Renewal Network Conference was held at Chedoke Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Ontario. Due to the continuing reduction in the number of conference attendees, the splendid experience of working together with other renewal groups has drawn to a close … Read More

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