Church Renewal Journey
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The Church Renewal Journey is a shoulder-to-shoulder, heart-to-heart walk together with testimonies about how God has worked in ‘ordinary’ lives in His extraordinary ways. Lay people and leaders see the Lord and ministry in fresh ways. A new day dawns for many local churches. Testimonies “Many people have tried to define the Lay Renewal Weekend (now called the Awakening weekend) which is the first step of the Church Renewal Journey. It is very difficult to fully explain, for words alone cannot describe such a personal experience. In 2007, the Holy Spirit changed my life during an Awakening weekend. Ordinary people from other churches came to our church and gave testimonies about where they were in their walk with God; some were on a mountain top and some were in a valley. I learned that I was just like other ordinary Christians.” “As I participated in the other CRJ weekends, I learned that God has called all of His children “into ministry” (but not all as pastors) and those he calls He equips. He did not save me to sit on a pew. In a Church Renewal Weekend, the local church begins to discover what they have in Christ and in each other, and they begin to celebrate and share. The Church Renewal Journey reveals to Christians how the Lord has created us to serve Him. The thrill, the Joy and the satisfaction I have experienced as the result of being obedient to Him since that time still blows me away.”
—Terry Land, Florida State Coordinator
“As a pastor, I am constantly receiving information about many good opportunities that promise to enhance the life of our church. While these books, conferences, and seminars might help, I have found
nothing that compares to the hands-on effectiveness of the Lay Renewal Weekend. From beginning to end, our congregation came together and grew in their love for Christ and each other. I am thankful for Terry Land and the LRW team members for their willingness to serve in this way.”
—Russell Franklin, Hickory Grove Baptist Church
Green Cove Springs, FL
"At New Life we have conducted revivals, gone on retreats, and embarked in other methods to encourage our people, but the Lay Renewal weekends we experienced, had more of a lasting impact than anything else we've done. The visiting teams, small groups, fellowships, and corporate gatherings, provided an intimacy that enhanced the unity of our church and the spiritual lives of our people. I would highly recommend all churches have the Lay Renewal experience."
—Pastor Eric Tinsley, New Life Baptist Church
The Church Renewal Ministry consists of four separate weekends, each designed to enhance the walk and ministry of the individual Christian and the local church. Each Weekend of Ministry can stand alone or act as part of a series of Weekends. The advantage rests with each local church deciding which weekend best fits the situation and the season of that church.
In each Weekend, the church’s lay people work in a season of Preparation. Then, when the Weekend arrives, a team of lay people come at their own expense to testify about how God has worked in their lives and in the lives of many across our land. They seek to enhance the ministry of that local church, seeking the Lord for a fresh work in that church during that Weekend.
Church Renewal Ministry Weekends…
Often the first Weekend a local church chooses is the Lay Renewal Weekend which focuses on one’s personal love and surrender to the Lord Jesus. When each person ‘wakes up’ to see that Christ wants a growing relationship with each person and has a place of “ministry” for each person, churches come alive. Churches become family. Often those on the sidelines renew their surrender to the Lord and His will and the faithful renew their hearts to a new level of love and ministry.
“And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love
to one another and to all…” 1 Thessalonians 3:12
The Lay Ministry Weekend
focuses on the “nuts and bolts” of ministry God’s way with God’s equipping and empowering. Many believers will discover their spiritual gifts and see how they “fit” in the Body of Christ. Discovering how God places each in His work helps involve more believers in practical ministries and enhances evangelism, discipleship, and ministry throughout the community.
“Now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased…
You are the body of Christ, and members individually.” 1 Corinthians 12:18, 27
The Prayer Weekend looks at God’s ways in prayer, how He works, and how He calls His children to come before Him in prayer. Practical illustrations, testimonies of answered prayer, and times of prayer make this weekend a powerful event in the lives of individuals and the life of the local church. God works to make prayer the priority Jesus made it.
“Men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” Luke 18:1
The Sending Weekend opens eyes to the mission field starting at home, then going across the street and around the world. As a result of this Weekend, many will realize their mission field is where God has planted them now, ready to follow the Acts 1:8 strategy, reaching out into the lostness of their Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
“Go…Make disciples of all the nations… I am with you always,
even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
For further information or to sign up for a Weekend, contact
:Terry LandFlorida State Coordinator, Church Renewal ConsultantClick here to Email Terry Land
In cooperation with the Florida Baptist Convention