Application Info


Registration for the new cohort launching each June opens September 1 and closes April 30. A maximum of 12 churches are admitted into each cohort.  When the maximum number of churches enrolls enrollment closes.

Qualifications for registration

  • A desire to be more mission-focused in all aspects of ministry
  • A willingness to invest energy and prayer into a visioning process
  • A board of elders or council willing to take risks attendant to change
  • A committed core of individuals willing to serve on a renewal team
  • A believe that Christ can use your congregation to make a redemptive difference in your community and beyond.


Costs of registration

Churches are asked to contribute approximately $3,000 per year depending on church size and location. More exact pricing can be found by contacting the Lab at

A variety of resources are available to help financially struggling congregations.  No church should choose not to participate based solely on finances.  Please contact Keith Doornbos to discuss this further.

Payments are made on a quarterly basis with invoices sent just prior to each learning lab.

If you would like more information about the Church Renewal Lab or the application process please contact us at

















Frequently Asked Questions

#1 Q: Is the Church Renewal Lab only for small or declining congregations?
A. Many congregations involved in the Lab are large and growing congregations.  Churches should join the lab if they desire to make more and better disciples or to reflect more deeply on the how they can join God on his mission.

#2 Q: What if there aren’t enough churches in our area to form a cohort?
A: The Renewal Lab will work with interested congregations to gather additional churches in your area or the Lab will develop a process that works with individual congregations.

#3 Q: What if we cannot afford the $3,000/year?
A: The Lab is aware that many smaller churches will find the $3,000/year a particular challenge. There are several funding sources that have helped congregations meet the financial partnership including classical or denominational grants, individual donors with an interest in the congregation or special fund raising projects.  E-mail the Lab to discuss these and other options.

#4 Q: What is the anticipated outcome of involvement in the Lab?
A: Every church leaves the Lab having their own unique benefits from involvement.  Approximately a 1/3 move from decline to growth.  Three quarters have demonstrated fresh evangelistic impact.  Nearly all have stories of transformation.  Having said that, the goal is not numbers but impact.  The goal is to help churches become more effective in making disciples.

#5 Q: Is two years sufficient for a renewal process to take hold?
A. The rule of thumb is that it takes a 1,000 days (three years) for renewal to take root in a congregation’s culture.  That means the work begun in the Lab needs to be carried into the future.  The Lab will put in place the practices that will help churches carry the work of renewal far into the future.

#6 Q: Should a church enter the renewal process if they don’t have a pastor?
A. Several churches have benefited from the renewal process in the absence of a pastor.  In fact, the renewal process helped many of these churches identify the type of leader they needed to pursue and created excitement among potential leaders as those leaders saw the vision of the church.  The key is to have a key lay leader or a well-respected staff member serve in the renewal leadership role.