Seven Steps for Renewal

Dr. Richard Foster, founder of “Renovare”, an international, spiritual, renewal movement and author of Celebration of Discipline, says the twenty-first century will witness one of the greatest harvests of Christian missions ever.

Foster outlines seven steps towards renewal:

1. Let’s become intentionally Godward in our orientation. Not self-oriented, not success-oriented, not church-oriented, not seeker-oriented, but God-oriented.

2. Let’s stop using a marketing approach to church life. The church is not a vendor of religious goods and services but the Community of Faith, living in faith and through faith and by faith alone. We do not need to mimic the entertainment industry of our culture. We win people to Christ not by entertainment but by the power of the Holy Spirit.

3. We should become intentional about learning the “habits of the heart” for Biblical holiness. We need daily spiritual disciplines rather than sporadic bursts of inspiration or enthusiasm.

4. Let’s quit using the strutting peacock CEO of contemporary culture as a model for Christian leadership.

5. Let’ s make certain that our Godward orientation is always for the sake of the world. The Church exists for the sake of the world, which at the very minimum means less stress on preserving our institutions and more stress on serving the poor.

6. Let’s get rid of our “edifice complex.” Buildings are not bad, but neither are they the sum total of everything important either. Let’s use buildings to help and serve people and not as monuments to our own egos.

7. Let’s engage in vigorous, culture-sensitive evangelism. All peoples need to hear the good news of Jesus and His love.

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Reproduced by permission from Dr. Yonggi Cho’s “Church Growth” magazine.

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  1. Renovaré, which Foster heads in the USA, IS A PART OF AN EXPANSION BY PAGAN/CATHOLIC PSYCHO MYSTICS. LEADERS BEING TRAINED IN WASHINGTON. IT seems that an organisation in Washington, D.C., THE SHALEM INSTITUTE FOR SPIRITUAL FORMATION is training leaders in these “disciplines” of paganism. The Shalem Institute is merely one such centre which are to be found around the world. They are ecumenical, strong New Age spirituality dominates, Roman Catholic mysticism is indulged in and an acceptance of all religions overshadows these centres of training. Rose Mary Dougherty, a Roman Catholic nun is the Director for Spiritual Guidance at Shalem, Washington.

    The seminars in Brisbane are called “SPIRITUAL FORMATION and Christian Community”. What we have now in Australia is a internationally super powerful, ecumenical SMALL GROUP initiative which could mushroom beyond imagination! As if we have not suffered enough with Rodney Howard-Browne, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Tony Campolo, John Dawson, Cindy Jacobs (and Marilyn Hicks to arrive soon) bringing their spiritual poison here. WHO IS SPREADING THIS PAGAN, DANGEROUS, NEW AGE CATHOLIC DEMON-POSSESSION? WHO ARE INVOLVED WITH FOSTER’S Renovaré? Included in the extensive list are Lloyd John Ogilvie, Jack Hayford, G. Raymond Carlson (General Superintendent of the Assembly of God, USA), David Hubbard (President of Fuller Theological College), Jamie Buckingham, TONY CAMPOLO, I. J. Packer, JOHN WIMBER, C. PETER WAGNER – to mention just a few!

    Author of best-selling books which are best known by main-stream Churches, such as Baptist, Uniting Church and Anglican, Foster wrote “Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth.” It is a book which calls for deeper spirituality than that which the Bible teaches! Foster’s teachings are filled with Buddhism, Yoga, T. M., the exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, Eastern religion, and extremely spiritually destructive practices.

    These techniques and teachings will be foisted upon a naive Church-going public here, who will imagine they are being helped to grow in God. I do not want to be an alarmist, but this visit by Foster will, no doubt, lead countless gullible “Christians” into demon possession, bondage to evil spirits and eventual black despair. Pray for those in these churches, the outlook is grim.

    • michael says:

      I would like to have a policy on this board that if we are going to name names of Christian ministers whose teachings we do not agree with, that we must thoroughly document exactly what it is we object to.

      Brother, you’ve named a lot of names here. Just lumping all these people in one basket of “evil” is not the right way to do things. Many of the people you have named in my view are true of servants of God. That is NOT to say that everything they do or teach is inspired by God. Is everything YOU do or teach inspired by God?

      We need therefore to look at teachings and practices on a case by case basis, in context, and with fairness, if we are going to criticise.

      It is ok to mention principles without naming names, but if we are going to name names, we had better be thorough in our documentation, our sources.

      I don’t have enough time to read everybody’s book on everything. I would rather focus on the Bible and doing the things in it before I go hunting for faults and errors elsewhere.

      It is doing the will of the Father, not simply criticising those who in some way do not, that will count in the end.

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