The Renovaré International Institute
for Christian Spiritual Formation
A Two-Year Experience of Becoming Like Jesus
What is Renovaré?
Renovaré is a nonprofit ministry devoted to advocating, fueling, and modeling authentic discipleship to Jesus Christ, so that churches and individuals might be renewed through deeper experience and understanding of Christ-like life. Founded by spiritual formation author Richard J. Foster, Renovaré is Christian in commitment, international in scope, and ecumenical in breadth.
What is the Renovaré Institute?
Richard J. Foster first drew up a proposal for a spiritual formation academy/institute in 1991. Since that time, there has been an explosion of interest in spiritual formation with the majority of seminaries offering “something” related to spiritual formation. However, even with the burgeoning interest, it is rare to find programs that maintain what Renovaré champions—high Christology, balanced vision, practical strategies, a breadth of historical and ecumenical engagement, and a superior quality in ideas and written materials. According to Dallas Willard, at present “the spiritual formation field lacks intellectual rigor and testable information needed to put the gospel and spiritual life in Christ on the cognitive map for the multitudes of people who are hungry for something real.” With this challenge in mind, the mission of the Renovaré Institute is to make disciples of Jesus, immersing them into Trinitarian LIFE in the kingdom of God, and teaching them actually to do what Jesus says is best.