Touché May 19, 2017
Posted on May 19, 2017 by under Touché,


The Ridder Run

“And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.”                                      (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Pray for our Ridder Church Renewal Team as we meet for the last time in retreat with the leadership of this process.  Michelle Ledesma-Baer, Ben Harrington, Wes Joseph, KC Schuster, Colette Varanouskas and I will be together at the Honor Haven Resort in Ellenville.  This has been a five year journey and this weekend we will consider where it goes from here.

We got involved in Ridder to develop deeper emotionally healthy spirituality.  I have longed for ways we as a church can “help the redeemed to look more redeemed.”  This process has been transformative for me and I believe for everyone involved on the team.  A few people have experienced Faithwalking as a profound experience on their journey, but for most of the congregation the Ridder church renewal process has been harder to figure out.  They have had little intersection with the workshops we have run or the teachings that have been provided.  Transformation is deep work of the Spirit working with tools that are Spirit led.  It starts with leaders and moves throughout the ministry in the pattern of the Spirit that “blows where it will.”  I am deeply grateful for the process and will continue to teach in the Ridder world and work with Ridder churches.  I have a coach and I am a coach in the continuing transformation process.

I write to ask you to set aside some time for prayer today and tomorrow to pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance for our team.  Pray we will discern the next directions to keep the process alive at Hopewell as all of us seek to be transformed into the image of Christ.

Keeping the Transformation Alive,


As a reminder, here are the core concepts of Ridder Church Renewal:

The Five-Four-One of Ridder

One end game: Missional Living-which we describe at Hopewell as 167 Living.

Four Core Values





Five Skill Sets

-Mental Model of Discipleship-

1) Radical Obedience 2) Authentic Community 3) Reflective Living

-Family Systems

-Generating and Sustaining Creative Tension

-Congregational Systems

-High Performance Teams