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What is Recharge Refresh Renew?


Recharge Refresh Renew is a biannual development training seminar that The Timothy Group hosts here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Typically, we host one seminar in the spring and one seminar in the fall.


Where did we get the name for this event? We call it Recharge Refresh Renew because the idea for this seminar is, whether you have been in the development/fundraising world for 30 seconds or 30 years, we want you leaving feeling recharged and equipped with the tools and the confidence to reach your fundraising goals.


What to Expect


Times of fellowship, networking, and growth are expected during Recharge Refresh Renew. We are unique that we teach fundraising principles through a Christian worldview. We start every seminar with a session called “The Biblical Basis of Asking”, which is about three separate occasions in the Bible where the principles of fundraising are applied. 


We schedule time for our attendees to attend “onsite visits” here in Grand Rapids with organizations we have worked with. We have taken attendees to places such as Potter’s House, South Christian High School, Cornerstone University, Mel Trotter Ministries, and many more places.

The Timothy Group takes our guests offsite to a wonderful dinner at one of our personal favorite restaurants here in Grand Rapids for an evening of networking with other individuals from all over the country, talking about their similarities and differences between their ministries.


From there, we adjourn to Pat and Jane McLaughlin‘s home for some dessert and fellowship before heading back to the hotel for the remainder of the evening. 


Recharge Refresh Renew starts at 8AM each day and ends at 3 PM on the second day. Here is the agenda for our Fall Seminar. Because all trainings are catered to the ministries in attendance, topics and times are subject to change.

Day 1

8:00 – Coffee Reception

8:30 – Welcome & Introductions

9:00 – The Biblical Basis of Asking

10:00 – Mega-Major Donors and You

11:00 – Asking for a Gift

12:00 – Lunch

1:00 – SMART Annual Fund Planning

2:00 – Offsite Organization Visits

5:00 – Offsite Dinner & Dessert Reception




Day 2

8:00 – Coffee Reception

8:30 – Successful Capital Campaigns

10:00 – Breakout Session: Turning Data into Donor // Power of Planned Giving

11:00 – Breakout Session: 21st Century Communications // Spirit-Led Strategic Planning

12:00 – Lunch

1:00 – Breakout Session: Foundations, Grant Writing, and Research // Executing Successful Fundraising Events

2:00 – Round Table Discussions

3:00 – Adjourn

When is the next Recharge Refresh Renew?


The Timothy Group’s next Recharge Refresh Renew seminar will be held on October 12-13, 2023, at the Drury Inn and Suites Grand Rapids.


Registration for Recharge Refresh Renew will be open July 10, 2023


Attending is as simple as 1-2-3!

Step 1: Register for the training 

Step 2: Book your lodging

Step 3: Book your travel to Grand Rapids and let us know your plans.


Registration for Recharge Refresh Renew will close September 30, 2023

Hotel booking at Drury Inn Grand Rapids is available at a discounted rate using Group Code 1006743

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