church reach young people
Luke Edwards

In conversations with church leaders, a question I hear often is, “How do we reach young people?” While oversimplified answers to such questions typically annoy me, I was struck by recent research coming out of the Church of England. Good Signs The Church Army Research Unit, a part of the research program of the Church […]

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Luke Edwards

I don’t care who you are, tourists are annoying. In my community we whisper silent curses when stuck behind an out-of-state car driving 10 mph under the speed limit, looking at the scenery of our NC mountains. When I travel, I do my best to blend in with the locals, but there’s no hiding it: […]

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missional worship FXUS
Luke Edwards

Last week, I was telling a person from another church in town about one of King Street Church’s fresh expressions, where the word of God is read and proclaimed in the context of loving, Christian community. She responded, “So it’s a bible study?” “No, it’s a church,” I replied. “Then where is the worship?” What […]

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Luke Edwards

So you’ve just heard about Fresh Expressions. Maybe it was from a friend who’s into church planting. Maybe your bishop or pastor has been talking about it. Or maybe someone shared a blog post from someone involved in the movement. With so many church planting models floating around out there, you may be wondering what’s […]

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Luke Edwards

A few months back, I attended a church planting conference and saw my old friend, “The Lone Ranger Church Planter.” You may know him (or her). The Lone Ranger Church Planter speaks at nearly every church planting conference. His jeans are perfectly cut; his flannel shirt half unbuttoned, revealing a tattoo. Like the single friend […]

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Luke Edwards

Elizabeth thought it was hilarious that the new Fresh Expressions book called her a “person of peace.” I replied, “You certainly are a pretty aggressive “person of peace” (Referring to a long history of her cussing me out). Just like any specialization, fresh expressions of Church has its own lingo. Drawing from Luke 10, a “person […]

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Luke Edwards

One of my favorite pieces of advice in my training for starting a church was “Know the rule before you break it.” In other words, in starting a fresh expression of church, we cannot always play by the rules. There are times when the Holy Spirit does not work within the confines of our preconceived church planting systems, […]

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Luke Edwards

One critique of the Fresh Expressions movement thus far has been that a fresh expression of church is not truly church. What observers might see as a departure from traditional ecclesiology is in fact a rich ecclesiology with both biblical and traditional roots that has been poured over by denominational leaders and theologians for the past decade. […]

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Luke Edwards

Innovative church planting is not something to attempt alone. We need the theological and structural wisdom of those who have gone before us. One source of this wisdom for pioneers comes in the form of church planting models. As J.D Payne points out, “Models are God-given guides to assist us in our church-planting endeavors.” For […]

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Luke Edwards

Church planters are prepared for barriers. Books, trainings, and good friends warn of budget challenges, leadership struggles, and working with finicky committees. Yet no one warned me about the biggest barrier I would face in my first two years of planting a network of fresh expressions of church. King Street Church has a very simple […]

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