Announcing my new adventure with Renovaré

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Hey All,

It is with a great sense of anticipation and delight that I announce I have been appointed Director of Education with Renovaré. Here are some excerpts from a letter I sent my family and friends about this new development:

… The job is with Renovaré – the organization that Richard Foster founded (after he wrote Celebration of Discipline) in order to encourage and nourish intentional spiritual formation. I’ve been a beneficiary and advocate of Renovaré resources and principles for a very long time – basically ever since my friend and producer Roy Salmond gave my husband Mark and me the Renovaré Devotional Classics collection right before my first tour 20 years ago. The first retreats I ever led were entitled “Holy Habits” and were based on Foster’s seminal book, and there have been countless intersections between my own life and Renovaré’s ever since. 

In early June, I came across their posting for a Director of Education. They needed someone to oversee several initiatives, including and especially their Institute of Christian Spiritual Formation (a two-year program students work through remotely, coming together for two intensive weeks of in-person classes each year). The position also included a wide variety of opportunities to write and teach. The job was full-time, remote from anywhere in North America (the posting said “USA,” but we got that straightened out), with travel into the US five times per year to facilitate the learning cohorts.

When I saw the job posting, I felt like someone hit a tuning fork and set it buzzing somewhere deep inside of me. I applied, and after an intensive vetting and interview process, I was offered the position last Thursday. I begin officially on September 15th.

This position feels very much like a continuation and culmination of the things I’ve been working on the past several years. I’ll covet your prayers as I dive in.

So am I quitting music? Nah. Music is my second language (maybe my first) and I’ll be speaking it ’til I die (and then, I imagine, I’ll speak it some more). I’m excited to record a 20th Anniversary project with Spencer and Roy in August (my first CD was released August 15, 1995). Beyond that – well, the plan will reveal itself in good time. Renovaré has a long track record of allowing their initiatives to be shaped in part by the giftings of their team members, so I am excited to see what that looks like down the road.

A lot of my songs follow a verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus structure. The role of the bridge is to make the song richer and more dimensional by taking it somewhere new tonally and thematically, without departing so dramatically as to abandon the original song. Thank you for investing in my verses and choruses in such wonderful ways so far. Here comes the bridge!

http://new.renovare.org/news/director-of-education-carolyn-arends

Pax Christi,

Carolyn

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11 comments to Announcing my new adventure with Renovaré

  • Preston Foster

    CARPE DIEM!

  • Congratulations and Praise the Lord – I think.

    We miss you already, but if that is what God is doing; who am I to complain. With reluctance I raise my hand and say “Honi soit qui mal y pense” I just pray that this doesn’t thin out new music and concerts. I need me a CA fix once in a while.

  • gary hubbard

    Exciting news! Congratulations!

  • Polly Carman

    very cool.

  • Steve Saavedra

    I’m genuinely excited for you and Renovare. I just completed the two year Institute (London cohort) and it’s been life-changing. You’ll be able to contribute a lot though, especially music 🙂 . I’m trying to pull the two years of learning into my work at Compassion International. Next time you’re in Denver, come visit us in Colorado Springs! Congrats once again!

  • Ryan

    Congrats again Carolyn! Does sound like what you’ve done lately. Something new to focus on after completing your studies. Nice that you can do most of it remotely, safe travels when you go down. Praying for your new adventure.

  • Chip

    Congratulations! This position seems to fit your gifted ness very well!

  • Wonderful! God is so good! And fun!!! What he does is always better than the best that I can imagine, and I can imagine some pretty good stuff. Congratulations!

  • Diane Farmer

    Ha! This math teacher is amused that she had to solve an equation to prove I am not a robot! I will have to share it as another answer to “When am I ever going to need to know this?” First you took “my” photo on tour with Rich in Akron, OH. Then you let us pray with you in Navarre, OH during the opening act. Next you and God pulled a delightful joke on me when I read about my unnamed self in your book, the day after I mused about being an unnamed person in scripture. Two summers ago in NJ you were a delightful distraction on a difficult day for my daughter. Today you have pointed me in the direction of something I have been seeking.
    God keeps touching me through what you do and I am grateful! (If you forget what I look like I think we were in about the 5th row in Akron your first tour- pretty sure I was smiling!)

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