Renovaré (pronounced “ren-oh-var-ay” is a Latin word meaning "to be renewed”) is a process that inspires, resources, models, and advocates a life centered in God and experienced through spiritual practices. Four groups offered at various times provide lots of opportunities to find a group that works in your schedule. Would you like a 6-week “taste” of Renovaré to see if it’s for you? Beginning the week of January 9, Renovaré groups will begin a new study. Join us!
Beginning the week of April 24, Renovaré groups will use Ian Morgan
Cron (author of Chasing Francis) and Suzanne Stabile’s new book, The Road Back to You, an Enneagram Journey to Self-discovery, to get to know ourselves and God better. The authors tell us that “what you don’t know about yourself can hurt you—and your relationships, and how you make your way in the world. It can also keep you in the shallows with God.”
If you would like help figuring out who you are and why you repeatedly stumble into the same self-defeating patterns, consider the ancient spirituality type system called the Enneagram. This unique, narrative-based approach allows us to see and experience the world through the eyes of people who represent each of the nine Enneagram spirituality types. This study is funny and full of stories and will keep you turning the pages long after you read each week’s assigned reading. When we come together, we’ll talk about what we’ve read, consider if we resonate with the week’s Type, and hear what others appreciate about that Type or what drives them crazy! It’s a light-hearted, open-minded approach to self-awareness that has led millions to new understandings to how God made them and to new life. Consider joining a group for this 5-week study.
Join A Group
Mondays at 9:30 a.m.
in the Youth Room (Young moms group — childcare provided)
Mondays at 1:00 p.m.
in the Chapel (Women’s group)
Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
in the Chapel (Men’s group)
Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
in Room 312 upstairs (Women’s group)
Get The Materials
The Book and Study Guide are available for $18 at the Welcome Desk or in the church office. Scholarship is available if needed.
If you would like to know more about Renovaré Spiritual Transformation Groups and how, through them, you can open yourself to God’s healing transformation in your life, please contact Marcie Watson, Director of Spiritual Transformation, (319) 365-1494, extension 280 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renovaré teaches that “freedom comes not from the absence of restraint but from the presence of discipline. When we are on the spot, when we find ourselves in the midst of a crisis, it is too late. Training in the spiritual disciplines is the God-ordained means for forming and transforming the human personality so that when we are in a crisis we can be “response-able”—able to respond appropriately.”
Each week group members are challenged with a spiritual discipline to help them concentrate on their relationship with God. What are these spiritual disciplines? They include prayer, study, rest, service, simplicity, and celebration. The Renovaré workbook describes spiritual disciplines as “an intentionally directed action by which we do what we can do in order to receive from God the ability to do what we cannot achieve by direct effort.” It is not in us, for example, to love our enemies. We might desire to love our enemies, but the strength to love our enemies is simply not within our natural abilities—we cannot do it by ourselves.
But this fact of life does not mean that we do nothing. Far from it! Instead, we choose to take up spiritual practices that we can do. We place ourselves before God to allow God to change us from the inside out—indeed, we can come to the place of truly loving—even our enemies. God graciously uses our willingness to be changed to create in us the kind of person who automatically will do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. This is true freedom.