Shannon Kiser

“I don’t like the word bi-vocational. We need to find another word.” This was the first sentence of a conversation with a pioneer at a recent pioneer learning community. Lots of people are talking these days about the changing landscape of ministry leadership and the very real possibility that many leaders will draw an income […]

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Shannon Kiser

I took my dog to a boarding facility near my travel destination the other week. I could tell by the website and the reviews that this was a great place for dogs. And it was. Chester was welcomed, cared for, played with, and loved. We were invited to drop in anytime to check on him, […]

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Shannon Kiser

One of the principles behind fresh expressions of church is “bringing the church that Jesus loves closer to the people Jesus loves.” In other words, it is a form of church that emerges out of the context where people are.  It is about being in relationship with people, loving, serving, building community, all done in […]

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Shannon Kiser

Exactly 47 years to the day of the Asbury College Revival, 60 ministry pioneers gathered at Asbury Theological Seminary to imagine a new revival. Through a partnership with the Kentucky Methodist Conference and Asbury Seminary, Fresh Expressions US kicked off a Pioneer Learning Community with ministry pioneers and existing church leaders. They began to get […]

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Shannon Kiser

The Christmas season is a wonderful time to try experiments in loving, serving, and gathering people. It is a season full of opportunities to engage with people in your neighborhoods and communities. Having done a little research, here’s what I have found some fresh expressions have tried. Six of My Favorite Fresh Expression Holiday Stories 1. Neighborhood Christmas […]

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Shannon Kiser

Recently, the Northern Virginia Pioneer Learning Community kicked off with a mixture of participants—some who are in the midst of starting fresh expressions of church, and some who are in the early idea stages of getting their churches involved in a fresh expression initiative. Along the Spectrum For those who are in the early stages, […]

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Shannon Kiser

I was playing Giant Jenga with a group of existing church leaders and fresh expressions leaders. In case you’re not familiar, the object of Jenga is to remove blocks one by one from a sturdy tower, replacing them layer by layer on top, thus creating a higher, increasingly precarious tower. I began to notice some […]

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margin
Shannon Kiser

I live in the nation’s capital. There is a badge of honor worn proudly around here, and it’s called “busyness.” The extent of one’s busyness is understood as being directly correlated to their value and purpose. “How are you?” “I’m busy; I’m extremely busy; I’ve never been so busy.” I confess that I, too, have […]

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Shannon Kiser

The squirrel is tenacious. After weeks of ignoring the empty bird feeder, I finally restocked my supplies and filled the feeder with seeds. Within the hour, I began to notice the squirrel. He was on a mission…to get to that feeder. I watched him try to get there from one tree branch. It wasn’t going […]

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Shannon Kiser

A friend of mine loves chemistry…actually majored in it in college. My daughter did not enjoy high school chemistry AT ALL. What’s the difference? It’s not just that one is wired to like science and the other to hate it. The difference is: my friend learned chemistry in an era of lots of hands-on experiments […]

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