It is my great privilege and pleasure to welcome you to the Center for Renewal Studies at Regent University. I do so as the new Director of the Center from September 2015.
The Center was established by Dr. Wolfgang Vondey in 2009. We are extremely grateful to him for all that he has done to promote it as a significant resource for students, scholars and Church leaders. Building on its heritage in the Charismatic Renewal movement, and its relationship with various streams associated with Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity, the Center continues to explore the significance of these traditions. The original motto of the Center: "transcending boundaries – bridging publics" is affirmed with enthusiasm. The Center will continue to engage in inter-disciplinary enquiry and will do so in ways that benefit the publics of Academy, Church and wider Society.
The Center is an academic resource. The activities of the Center will enable students and scholars to understand the Renewal traditions as they are used to engage with a variety of themes and issues that have significance in relation to the Academy.
The Center is a resource for the Church. The Center seeks to support, encourage and facilitate an engagement with Church leaders and members by resourcing thought and action for the sake of the Kingdom of God. We are committed to scholarly enquiry in the service of the Church and its mission in the world.
The Center resides in a Christian University, but this does not mean that it is an isolated enterprise. Rather, it seeks to address issues in wider Society for the benefit of all. It does so from a distinctly Christian and Renewalist perspective, in dialogue with others, and it does so in order to inform thought and action in wider Society.
May I invite you to join us in our conversations and activities as we journey forward!
Mark J. Cartledge, PhD, FRSA
Professor of Practical Theology
Director of the Center for Renewal Studies