Psalm 34:8, Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
For many ministry leaders this past year has been especially challenging. It’s time for renewed hope.
We invite you to the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan for retreat, refreshment, healing, restoration, and biblical instruction.
Our two-day “Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit: Taste and See” event creates space to allow Jesus to minister to your weary soul.
You will explore with other church leaders how Jesus grows His church through a divine-human dance of cooperation.
You will come away refreshed and equipped with renewed confidence in how Jesus Christ is working through His Church to advance the Kingdom of God!
Testimony from a pastor who attended the conference in 2019:
“The Growing the Church conference was life-changing and faith-changing for me. I had been feeling overwhelmed at the information-overload of ministry tips, tricks, and advice coming at me, and discouraged that any of it would make a difference at my church.
This conference both simplified things (follow the Holy Spirit, not the latest church-growth expert) and made ministry more exciting (there are no limits to what is possible when the Spirit is part of the equation). I came away from it refreshed and more hopeful than I’d been in years. That hope has carried over into my church, and I’ve watched seeds planted, take root, and begin to grow in the two years since I attended. ”
Minister of the Word
Church of the Savior CRC
Free Gift for you
Attendees will receive the book Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit, by Brad Long, Paul Stokes, and Cindy Strickler. An offering will be taken to support the ministry of Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International (PRMI).
For maximum benefit and if possible, it is recommended Pastors attend with your spouse and key ministry leaders. Small groups will be held in the living rooms of the cottages, commuters and Geneva lodgers will be added to these groups or will form other groups. It is preferable to register in cottages together with your church group if possible.
Optional individual prayer ministry appointments will be available during the retreat by trained prayer ministers who are here to serve you and bring you to the feet of Jesus for healing, encouragement, and restoration.
Rev. Keith Doornbos of The Center for Church Renewal is co-sponsoring this retreat.
Date and Time
December 5 – 7, 2021 (Sunday-Tuesday)
Check-in begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday the 5th and the event concludes at 3:30 pm on Tuesday the 7th.
Christian Reformed Conference Grounds (CRCG)
12253 Lakeshore Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417
- $175 Onsite in a shared cottage/bathroom
- $205 Offsite at Camp Geneva (Private room, private bath)
- $165 Offsite at Camp Geneva (Shared room, 2 queen beds, private bath)
- $75 Commuters
All costs include 6 meals at CRCG.
Variable Grants are available
The following groups can contact Hannah () for the amount of your grant after you register.
- Current Renewal Lab cohorts with Rev. Keith Doornbos of The Center for Church Renewal,
- Members of Classis Holland (Michigan) of the Christian Reformed Church
- Member of Classis Kalamazoo (Michigan) of the Christian Reformed Church
The following groups can contact Mary Sterenberg at for the amount of your grant after you register.
- Approved event prayer servants
- Anyone requiring financial assistance to attend
You will need to reach out to the right person after you register (choose the pay later option) to get the amount applied and balance due.
All events organized by PRMI are offering-based. Any registration fees cover only your room and board that the conference center charges. During your event, you’ll be invited to share in the vision of PRMI and give an offering towards the ministry to advance our mission of equipping people to cooperate with the Holy Spirit. Pray about how to participate long before you arrive.
Plan To Be Fully Present:
Since our events focus on spiritual formation and discipleship, one segment of our events leads into the next. Thus we encourage you to be fully present for the entire event, as much as you are able.
Rev. Dave Westra
Rev. David Westra is co-pastor of Gold Avenue Church in Grand Rapids, MI, and Developer of Kingdom Congregations with PRMI. David’s passion and calling is equipping congregations to embody, proclaim, and advance the Kingdom of God in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Rev. Mary Sterenberg
Rev. Mary Sterenberg is pastor of pastoral care at Discovery Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids MI. She served seven years on the board of directors for Presbyterian Reformed Ministries International (PRMI).
Mary’s passion is for the bride of Christ to be healed, holy, unified, restored, revived, and empowered!