The process of renewal can lead to growth that was before unimaginable. This is true for both individuals and churches. What if there were clear steps in that process that you could understand and actively nurture?

Rick Warren is widely known as the author of The Purpose Driven Life. He has also written about the steps that take place during the renewal of an individual church.

Warren says these steps are:

Personal Renewal – This begins with the pastor individually.

Relational Renewal – This takes place within your church community.

Missional Renewal – At this stage, the work of the church — worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and evangelism — is renewed.

Cultural Renewal – A renewal of your church’s overall culture follows the three previous steps.

Structural Renewal – This final step is the growth of the renewed church.

Read more about the five steps in Warren’s article on