Center for Renewal Studies
The Center for Renewal Studies is a bridge between the academic world, the church, and the broader public. It is a cross-over organization that promotes the mutual exchange of ideas from a biblical, theological, and global perspective and with an interdisciplinary focus on the growing significance of the worldwide renewal movements. The operation of the Center is an extension of the Regent University School of Divinity’s emphasis on Renewal Studies, which pursues a methodological approach to global Christian engagement with discourses in the academy, church, and world as informed by critical reflection derived from charismatic movements and their practices throughout the history of God’s people. Taking seriously this approach, the Center extends the intentions of the programs and the mission of the School of Divinity beyond the academic realm, including a resource center, a public blog, public lecture series, seminars, exchange of visiting scholars from various disciplines, and sponsorship of other professional events and other venues related to the promotion of renewal (see figure 1).
The Regent Center for Renewal Studies focuses on the transforming work of the Holy Spirit across churches, disciplines, and all realms of life. The Facebook group offers news and discussion about the activities of the Center, including its annual conference on Renewal theology, its public blog “Renewal Dynamics,” and publications. This group is open to the public and offers discussions and conversations among members on the topic of Renewal. Join the group at www.facebook.com/groups/359323890844520/