Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations

Designation: EVAN 6023 / PAST 6023

This course will consider how to give effective leadership to older, established congregations in order to bring renewal and growth. Beginning with a Biblical understanding of renewal, students will consider the strengths and weaknesses of established churches, why established churches don’t change easily, and how to lead real change in an established church. The typical life cycle of established congregations will be examined, along with ways to interrupt the cycle. The course will examine both spiritual and social reasons for congregational decline, the effect of the social environment on church life, and how to interact with contemporary society. The course will emphasize the pastor’s leadership role in church renewal, and will look at practical ways to attract younger adults to a congregation of older members.

Recommended Prior Study

  • EVAN 3013 Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society

Available at Acadia Wolfville Campus

Take this course at Acadia Divinity College’s main teaching site on the campus of Acadia University in beautiful Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Course Information
Current Schedule - One-Week Intensive - Winter Term 2018 Designation

Reading Week: February 19 – 23, 2018

EVAN & PAST versions offered of ‘Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations’

EVAN 6023 X2 / PAST 6023 X2

Available as Intensive in Halifax / Truro region

We’re traveling so you don’t have to!  This course is being offered as an extension class in the Halifax/Truro region.

Course Information
Current Schedule - Three-Weekend Intensive - Winter Term 2019 Designation


  • January 25-26, 2019
  • March 1-2, 2019
  • March 29-30, 2019
  • (Snow date if needed Feb 8-9. 2019)

EVAN & PAST versions of ‘Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations’ available

EVAN 6023 M2 / PAST 6023 M2