Renovation of the Church

What Happens When a Seeker Church Discovers Spiritual Formation

Co-pas­tors Kent Carl­son and Mike Lueken tell the sto­ry of how God took their thriv­ing, con­sumer-ori­ent­ed church and trans­formed it into a mod­est con­gre­ga­tion of unformed believ­ers com­mit­ted to the growth of the spir­it – even when it meant a decline in numbers.

As Kent and Mike found out, a decade of major change is not easy on a church. Oak Hills Church, from the pas­toral staff to the con­gre­ga­tion, had to con­front addic­tion to per­son­al ambi­tion, resist con­sumerism, and reori­ent their lives around the teach­ings of Jesus. Their renewed focus on spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion over numer­i­cal growth trig­gered major changes in the con­tent of their ser­mons, the tenor of their wor­ship ser­vices, and the rea­son for their out­reach. They lost members.

But the health and spir­i­tu­al depth of their church today is a tes­ti­mo­ny of God’s trans­form­ing work and endur­ing faith­ful­ness to the peo­ple he pursues.

Hon­est and hum­ble, this is Kent and Mike’s sto­ry of a church they love, writ­ten to inspire and chal­lenge oth­er church­es to let God rewrite their sto­ries as well. Read it for the church you love.



The hon­est sto­ry of two coura­geous pas­tors who dared to change the ethos of their church from a mem­ber­ship focus to a dis­ci­ple­ship focus, from cater­ing to con­sumers to cre­at­ing Christ-fol­low­ers. Their sto­ry will inspire you.
James Bryan Smith, author of The Good and Beautiful God

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