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What is Fel­low­ship of the Burn­ing Hearts?

It is a dis­persed com­mu­ni­ty of Jesus’ friends who long for deep­er inti­ma­cy with the Tri­une God. 

Fel­low­ship of the Burn­ing Hearts’ pri­ma­ry pur­pose is to help mem­bers grow as dis­ci­ples of Jesus — for their trans­for­ma­tion, the world’s good, and God’s ever­last­ing glory. 

What does it mean to be a mem­ber? What is the commitment?

Fel­low­ship of the Burn­ing Hearts is a tan­gi­ble way to seek deep­er inti­ma­cy and trans­for­ma­tion in Jesus in community. Members commit for one-year to: 

  • the Ren­o­varé Covenant
  • the Fel­low­ship of the Burn­ing Hearts Core Values
  • meet month­ly in a two-hour Lis­ten­ing Group

Your commitment can be renewed each year - and these groups only get better with time!

What is the Ren­o­varé Covenant?

In utter depen­dence upon Jesus Christ as my ever-liv­ing Sav­ior, Teacher, Lord, and Friend, I will seek con­tin­u­al renew­al through spir­i­tu­al exer­cis­es, spir­i­tu­al gifts, and acts of service.

What are the Core Values of Fel­low­ship of the Burn­ing Hearts?

  1. We val­ue a high Chris­tol­ogy regard­ing the per­son and work of Jesus Christ. 
  2. We val­ue Scrip­ture as a sure guide for growth into Christlikeness. 
  3. We val­ue wor­ship and prayer as cen­tral in our lives.
  4. We val­ue peo­ple as God’s image bear­ers. In our inter­ac­tions we resist the temp­ta­tion to man­age impres­sions, lever­age rela­tion­ships, and fix one another.
  5. We val­ue com­mu­ni­ty as vital to our trans­for­ma­tion into Christ­like­ness. We offer avail­abil­i­ty and vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty as we hon­or each person’s unique jour­ney with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 
  6. We val­ue lis­ten­ing. As a com­mu­ni­ty we seek to be atten­tive to the Holy Spir­it and one anoth­er. This facil­i­tates a wel­com­ing and con­fi­den­tial cul­ture where it is safe to know and be known.
  7. We val­ue hon­esty and open­ness, seek­ing to love with wise bound­aries and dis­cern with­out judgement. 
  8. We val­ue humil­i­ty and the free­dom it brings, draw­ing us into a life of grat­i­tude, joy, laugh­ter, cre­ativ­i­ty, and lightheartedness.
  9. We val­ue lov­ing respect. We are for one another. 
    We give encour­age­ment as often as possible.
    We share advice once in a great while.
    We bring cor­rec­tion only when absolute­ly necessary.
    We con­demn never.
  10. We val­ue hos­pi­tal­i­ty of heart, seek­ing to learn from our differences. 
  11. We val­ue sta­bil­i­ty. We live into this prac­tice by com­mit­ting to the Ren­o­varé Covenant, these Val­ues, and our month­ly Lis­ten­ing Group.
  12. We val­ue var­i­ous local expres­sions of spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion efforts—rela­tion­ships, fam­i­lies, small groups, and church­es. Spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion always has a local address.

Prac­ti­cal­ly, what does it mean to com­mit to the Ren­o­varé Covenant and the Fel­low­ship of the Burn­ing Hearts Values?

A vital part of belong­ing to Fel­low­ship of the Burn­ing Hearts is liv­ing into the Ren­o­varé Covenant. One spe­cif­ic way we do this is by choos­ing a word of inten­tion and one or two spir­i­tu­al prac­tices to intentionally engage with for the year. 

Fel­low­ship of the Burn­ing Hearts' Core Val­ues serve as a mutu­al guide for how we intend to be with one another.

What is a Lis­ten­ing Group?

It is a unique small group time that uses an Order of Meeting (liturgy) and very specific guidelines that help facil­i­tate lis­ten­ing to God, to oth­ers, and to our own hearts.

For one year, four to seven mem­bers com­mit to meet month­ly for two hours. We have both online and in-per­son groups.

While each group has a Coor­di­na­tor who will help set up the group and teach members the group process, the struc­ture is designed for all mem­bers to take turns facil­i­tat­ing (don’t wor­ry, it’s easy).

How is a Lis­ten­ing Group dis­tinct from oth­er small groups?

We cel­e­brate all formats of Christian small groups. Fel­low­ship of the Burn­ing Heart Lis­ten­ing Groups are unique because there is a crafted order of meeting—a liturgy of sorts—that makes space to:

  • hold prayer­ful silence with one another
  • forgo fear of judgment, impression management, and advice giving
  • lis­ten with­out fix­ing one another
  • grow in the capac­i­ty to discern the voice of God
  • be intentional about spiritual growth with oth­ers on a sim­i­lar jour­ney

Is Fel­low­ship of the Burn­ing Hearts a good fit for me?

Burn­ing Hearts is unique­ly designed for fol­low­ers of Jesus who are long­ing for a con­ver­sa­tion­al rela­tion­ship with God and are will­ing to be vul­ner­a­ble with oth­ers. Each of us has dif­fer­ent needs and sea­sons, and this may or may not fit where you are right now. Below are some state­ments to help you discern.

Are you drawn to expe­ri­ence and com­mit to a group where you…

  • …sit with oth­ers in extend­ed times of prayer­ful silence
  • …lis­ten with­out inter­rupt­ing, ask­ing ques­tions, or giv­ing advice
  • …have grace for dif­fer­ing viewpoints
  • …resist the temp­ta­tion to con­trol or change others
  • …choose and engage with spe­cif­ic spir­i­tu­al practices
  • …share hon­est­ly about your jour­ney with God
  • …receive prayer and pray aloud for others
  • …lis­ten for God’s voice and, when appro­pri­ate, share what you sense God is saying
  • …focus on first things — love of God and love of neighbor

If you respond to these with a heart­felt ​“Yes!” or ​“I’m will­ing” then Fel­low­ship of the Burn­ing Hearts may be a good fit for you.

Is there a fee to join? What does the fee cover? Is there an ongoing cost?

There is a one-time fee of $125 due upon accep­tance, which helps cov­er admin­is­tra­tive and mate­ri­als costs, including a beautiful leather journal that contains the Order of Meeting and Community Guide booklets. ($150 USD for folks liv­ing out­side the U.S.  to cover inter­na­tion­al shipping costs).

While there is no ongoing membership cost, Listening Group members will have the opportunity to help keep the movement healthy and accessible by "paying it forward" with a tax-deductible donation.

How long does my mem­ber­ship last?

Mem­ber­ship is good for as long as Fel­low­ship of the Burn­ing Hearts exists, offer­ing you the poten­tial for a long-term community. And these groups just get richer with time.

Your mem­ber­ship begins with a one-year com­mit­ment to meet month­ly in a Lis­ten­ing Group. Each year you’ll have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to decide to recom­mit to the same Lis­ten­ing Group, take a break, apply to anoth­er Lis­ten­ing Group, or apply to become a Coor­di­na­tor and start your own group. 

Are there gath­er­ings besides the monthly Lis­ten­ing Group?

We hold Burn­ing Hearts Coor­di­na­tor Train­ing Retreats for those inter­est­ed in mov­ing into a Coor­di­na­tor role.

What if there are no avail­able groups that work for me?

Groups become available as Coor­di­na­tors are trained. You are wel­come to add your name and con­tact infor­ma­tion to our Interest List. And while you're waiting, we invite you to join one of our Open Listening Groups.

You can also learn how to become a Coor­di­na­tor to start a group here.

What is the appli­ca­tion process?

Click on the Apply but­ton for any group that works for you. Please apply only if the loca­tion and meet­ing time are appro­pri­ate

After we receive your appli­ca­tion, you’ll be con­tact­ed by the group coor­di­na­tor who will schedule a time to meet with you. Together, you’ll dis­cern if Fellowship of the Burning Heart is a good fit for you in this sea­son. 

Once all mem­bers for a group are approved, you will receive a link to register and pay.

Note: The appli­ca­tion will take a lit­tle time to com­plete. It includes these questions:

  • What attract­ed you to Fel­low­ship of the Burn­ing Hearts?
  • Where have you been sens­ing God’s invi­ta­tion in your spir­i­tu­al jour­ney recently?
  • What does a healthy small group par­tic­i­pant look like?

What if I have anoth­er question?

Email us at fbh@​renovare.​org.