Renovare Spiritual Formation Group

Richard FosterRenovare is a movement and resource base that has emerged out of the work of Richard Foster (right), author of Celebration of Discipline. Renovare seeks to bring together the best spiritual treasures of several great Christian streams of faith and witness.

At the heart of Renovare’s strategy for spiritual growth is the Spiritual Formation Group which centres around a covenant, common disciplines and questions of mutual accountability. This particular resource was written by James Bryan Smith (below)

Small Group of 2 to 7

Styles of Learning
Reading, Mutual Accountability, Practical spiritual disciplines

Number of sessions
Initially eight sessions. The group may continue to meet as long as it so desires.

Length of sessions
1 – 2 hours

James Bryan Smith author of Spiritual Formation Workbook RENOVARÉ provides a balanced vision and a practical strategy for the formation of Christ-like character, with the ultimate goal of learning more and more to love God with ‘all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and your neighbor as yourself’. Balanced Vision incorporates practices or spiritual disciplines seen in Jesus’ life and the history of the Church.

Theological Perspective
Evangelical, Contemplative, Charismatic, Social Justice, Holiness, Incarnational, Sacramental

Age Group
Teenage, Young Adult, Adult

Specific leadership requirements

Country of origin

Available in languages other than English

Resources provided
A Spiritual Formation Workbook (revised to include 6th tradition)

Optional Resources include:
Spiritual Formation WorkBook A Spiritual Formation Journal
Streams of Living Water – examines the six traditions (book and tape)
Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible
Spiritual Classics
Embracing the Love of God
Songs for Renewal
Audio CDs from Regional Conferences
Renovare Introductory Booklet
Celebration of Discipline (book, Audio CD)
Celebration of Discipline Video Curriculum

Where to purchase
Koorong, Word, OpenBook

$25 – $28

Technology needed

Web site

National/Regional Advisors

Uniting Church Congregations hosting Renovare Spiritual Formation Group


Six Traditions/Streams:

  1. Contemplative
  2. Holiness
  3. Charismatic
  4. Social Justice
  5. Evangelical
  6. Incarnational

One thought on “Renovare Spiritual Formation Group

  1. Mark B

    The basic resource book has unfortunately been withdrawn from print. Many of the other Renovare resources would show the material but not in as concise a form as the Spiritual Formation Workbook. The book Streams of Living Water would be my recommendation for the next best resource.

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