I, along with at least Jordon Cooper and Finker found Todd Hunter's distillation of Richard Foster's "lessons learnt over the 15-year history of RENOVARE really useful. Below, I guess until the next issue, is the May 2004 issue of "Heart-To-Heart: A Pastoral Letter from Richard Foster is which Richard outlines his lessons:
A little over fifteen years ago now “with God and a laser printer” we took our first hesitant steps toward beginning what we today call Renovaré. In the early days we didn’t even have a name, just a passion that people be renovated in the deep subterranean chambers of the heart and know by experience the transforming power of Jesus in all of life. We were, of course, wrestling with the many issues surrounding spiritual formation—a topic much in vogue today, but back then it was hardly talked about, no less understood.
They were heady days; days of big dreams and heated debates and intense prayer. To be sure, we made our share of mistakes . . . and then some. But we also learned some valuable lessons that have guided our thinking ever since. So, in this fifteenth anniversary season I thought it might be helpful to share with you a few of the lessons we learned in those early days. But first let me add this small caveat; I would never want to turn these little lessons into anything like universal principles, nor would I pretend to know what is best for you and your situation and circumstances. These lessons are part of our story; if and how they might speak to your condition is a matter for you and God to discern together. Out of respect for your attention span I’ll confine myself to seven simple lessons!emphasis mine
Read the rest here
Some helpful background on RENOVARE via Sojourners Magazine - How is it with your Soul? (By Keith Matthews)
Can you guess that I'm a fan of the RENOVARE spiritual formation groups...? Well I surely am!