RENOVARE CONFERENCE: Restoring Christian Witness in a Secular Age

Join us for this one-day conference (there will also be a session on Friday May 10th at 7 p.m. for clergy and Lay Leaders!), as we explore Christian themes around one, how we’re formed into disciples of Christ, two, how Church practices shape the desires of our heart, so we can live a new life God offers us, and three, why God’s renewal and revitalization in and for His world is central to the life of the Church


Finding the Church in the age of the Nones, the Dones and the Spiritual but not Religious: the nature of the challenges we face.  

The sea changes we are experiencing in our culture have deeply impacted the inherited church.  We seem to find ourselves scrambling to figure out how to stop the decline that is happening even as we struggle to identify what is going on.  Some people want to respond by circling the wagons in order to protect what we have, while others believe that we need to get with the times, we need to become more relevant to the world around us.  Perhaps the place to start is to recognize the nature of the radical shift that has happened in the way we think about God, ourselves and what God is doing in the world.  This is not simply a problem for the church in its engagement with the world it is also a problem for the church in the way we, in the church, have understood who God is and what God is about.


Discipleship involves a change in our thinking and what we think is most important in life. But it goes much deeper than that. It is the re- formation of not just what we think but also our hearts through the daily disciplines of Christian practices, so we can live according to God’s story as opposed to the many competing stories that bombard us in culture.

Following Jesus involves allowing God to reorder the desires of our hearts.  We are not just ‘thinking things’, but also ‘desiring creatures’ whose lives are determined by what we ultimately love. Therefore, our desires need to be cultivated through the practices that are embedded in our life together in the Church towards God.

Mission is not a duty that good Christians are compelled to do. Instead, it’s central to the life of the church. We grow and develop as disciples of Jesus only as we are engaged in what Christ is doing in the world.


Peter Robinsonis the Professor of Proclamation, Worship and Ministry at Wycliffe College. After completing his master’s at Regent College in Vancouver, he went to do a PhD in Christian Doctrine at King’s College, University of London, England. As an ordained Anglican Priest, Peter has served in churches in Mississauga, Richmond Hill, London, and France. In the Diocese of Toronto, he serves on the Doctrine and Worship Committee and the Postulancy Committee. At Wycliffe he teaches courses in formation and mission, worship, preaching, and what it means to be made in the image of God. He and his wife Tiffany are learning new things every day as the parent three teenagers – Ben, Sofia, and Anna.

Friday, May 10th, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
          Session for Clergy and Lay Leaders

Saturday, May 11th. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
          Open to Everyone!

St. John’s, Portsmouth. 41 Church St. Kingston

Cost $25.00 ($5.00 for just Friday!)

To register, please contact Lesley Monette 613-542-6464, or by email,

Sponsored by the following churches

St. John’s, Portsmouth,
Christ Church, Cataraqui
St. Lukes, Reddendale
St. Peter’s, Collins Bay