Project Renovation holds to and operates under Lancaster Bible College’s statement of faith. For a more detailed explanation, please see LBC’s Statement of Faith.
Core to the Project is a commitment to healthy, Biblical spiritual formation in the life of all believers. Specific to our community, we’re passionate about seeing youth workers, adult volunteers, and students transformed into the likeness of Christ through their cooperation with the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives. At the heart of it, that’s what we mean by spiritual formation.
Spiritual Formation centers in the sanctifying work of God in us as we are transformed into the image of Christ. We participate in that work as a spiritual act of worship – paying attention to God and responding in obedience as part of our ongoing discipleship. It is necessarily a God-directed, biblically-founded, Christ-focused process that impacts our whole being.
Two definitions of spiritual formation that we find helpful:
“It’s the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others. It is inspired by the Holy Spirit and grounded in Scripture and a faith community.” (George Fox University, “What is Spiritual Formation”)
“Spiritual formation in the tradition of Jesus Christ is the process of transformation of the inmost dimension of the human being, the heart, which is the same as the spirit or will. It is being formed (really, transformed) in such a way that its natural expression comes to be the deeds of Christ done in the power of Christ.” (Dallas Willard, “Spiritual Formation: What it is, and How it is Done”)
Christian Spiritual Formation is nothing new. In fact, it has deep roots found both in the Old Testament and New Testament, and since that time a long line of Christ-followers have continued the study and practice of Spiritual Formation throughout the history of the Church.
As evangelicals, we are historically somewhat late to the game and often find ourselves studying the work of believers from other Christian traditions as we seek to understand and grow. In this endeavor, it is important for us to both remain grounded in Scripture and discerning. Moreover, we continually strive to distinguish orthodoxy and orthopraxy as we seek to become more like Christ in our belief, actions, and being.
Project Renovation is passionate about Student Ministry and the healthy formation of adolescents. We believe Student Ministry is an appropriate and necessary age specific environment of the church, not a substitute. Moreover, student ministry is not a substitute for the primary spiritual influence and responsibility that God has given parents in raising their children. We believe student ministries must partner with parents and the larger church to guide and disciple young men and women through a significant stage of their development. Failure to recognize the uniqueness and importance of this developmental stage can result in a generation that finds the church irrelevant.
A healthy student ministry guides adolescents through these years, helping students form identities rooted in Christ, caring for the family system as a whole, and providing environments where students grow in their faith and find their place in the church. We think this is done best through transformative relationships focused on discipleship. Our success should be measured more by faithfulness than attendance, by transformed hearts more than busy calendars.
Project Renovation, under the umbrella of Lancaster Bible College, is a non-denominational organization serving and caring for the broader community of Christ. We’re grateful that individuals attending Project events represent a diverse background of Christian traditions – Evangelicals, Conservatives, Mainline Denominations, Charismatics, etc. – because we believe a learning community is strengthened by the varying ideas and opinions expressed through healthy dialogue. Left to our own biases, our thinking theologically and methodologically may become distorted.
While at times we may strongly disagree with our brothers and sisters on a particular subject, we’re more strongly committed to the ideas of Christian unity and grace. We value the critical thinking and differing perspectives that help us refine our own thoughts as we seek to be like Christ.
“Unity in the essentials, diversity in the non-essentials, and charity in all.”