World Renew to Offer Free Event for Leaders Working in Mercy and Justice Ministries


This fall, World Renew is hosting Recharge 2021 at The Edge Urban Fellowship in Grand Rapids, Michigan Nov 5-6. The plenary sessions on Friday evening and Saturday morning will also be live streamed for those unable to attend in person. The event is free but registration is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register early. 

“It’s been a long, stressful year for many churches,” said Vanessa Alvarez, Community Engagement Specialist at World Renew-US. “We hope this event will provide space to recharge and recover from the cascading traumas that we’ve all experienced.”

Jodi Koeman, who directs church and community initiatives for World Renew-US, says that the political climate and increased polarization has been especially difficult for those working on the front lines of community and justice ministries. “I hear a general feeling of deacons feeling less engaged. I think people overall are burned out from this past year.”

The Friday evening plenary session will feature a panel discussion on the topic of “What the global church can teach us about resilience.”

Saturday morning’s plenary will feature Rev. Pete Watts, Supervisor for Race Relations and Advocacy for the Reformed Church in America on the topic of overcoming discouragement and burnout.

Those attending in person will be able to choose two breakout sessions in the afternoon. 

Workshops will include: 

  • Contemplative Prayer (Rev. Pete Watts)

  • Longevity, Loving and Leadership (Theresa Slabbekoorn)

  • Trauma Healing in our Faith Community (Carol Bremer-Bennett and Mary Crickmore)

  • Encouragement From the Trenches: A Conversation on Justice, Race, and Finding God in Unlikely Places (Rev. Dr. Reginald Smith and Henry Bouma)

  • Legacy Over History (Pastor Troy Evans)

  • Climate and Environmental Justice (Rev. Kyle Meyaard-Schaap and Andrew Oppong)

To register for the online or in person event, visit

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