Renewal is an elusive quality in most congregations. It’s also widely misunderstood.
Congregational renewal is not created by more people in pews, more bible studies or more outreach. It’s not a function of working harder or even smarter. It doesn’t come by getting younger people or expanding the ranks of young adults. It’s not caused by more money in the offering plates or even setting up online giving. It’s not about better preaching, or better trained people, or higher quality programs.
These may be outcomes of renewal, but they are not its cause.