The Center for Progressive Renewal

Learn the tools of progressive church leadership the New Church Leadership Institute, August 9-13, 2010.

We will explore The Seven Secrets of vital, progressive, transformational church leadership. Whether you are exploring being a church planter or are working to renew existing congregations, this conference will provide inspiration and practical tools for making your ministry more effective.


About Us

The name Progressive Renewal is the articulation of a vision that our organization exists to service the progressive church in a systematic / progressive way. We understand Progressive Christianity as a faith that believes God’s family includes all people; God’s people are responsible for caring for the environment, the poor, sick and vulnerable; that education, health care and civil liberties are vital to abundant life and therefore the desire of God for all people; and that truth is found more often in honest grappling with the questions than in absolute hierarchical pronouncement of the answers. We further believe that this is the type of faith for which millions of Americans hunger.

Much of American culture leans toward progressive values—civil rights, environmental concerns, peace and human liberation—yet churches that espouse these values are in danger of extinction. The United Church of Christ, which has been on the forefront of many of these issues for its entire history, is among the most endangered mainline denominations. Closing an average of three churches a week, it must find genuine renewal if it is to survive and continue to have influence in our culture. In addition, there is a real danger that the growth of fundamentalism essentially will redefine the Christian faith as a nationalistic, militaristic, exclusionary system of belief. We find both prospects utterly unacceptable.

Services for Local Church Leaders:

  • Practical Skill-Based Training through the annual New Church Leadership Institute;
  • Monthly web-based training through Webinars and the Online Learning  University;
  • On-Site Consultations and Vitality Events;
  • Individualized Coaching based on Projects and Goals;
  • Internship opportunities in teaching churches focused on skill enhancement and leadership development;
  • Published resources and books to support progressive church growth.

Services to Denominations:

  • Staff training seminars focused on issues in church development;
  • Strategic Planning consultations;
  • New Church Developer Recruitment Events;
  • Training and Coaching on Church Multiplication models;
  • Individualized Coaching based on Projects and Goals;
  • Assessment of new church developers based on the Ecumenical Gallup Assessment;
  • Training for judicatory pastoral licensing bodies in church planting and development.