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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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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Shannon Kiser

When your eyes are looking towards the horizon, and your spirit is wondering how God might be able to use you beyond the walls of your church building, it’s amazing what can happen. This month, a Fresh Expressions team of a local church in FL was listening to the community, and considering how to love […]

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Shannon Kiser

Have you ever been stumbling down a path and come to a vista? What had been tree after tree after tree broke open into a larger view and perspective? Do you remember how you breathed deep and took in the view and felt alive? That’s the same kind of thing that happens in a Pioneer […]

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Shannon Kiser

Recently, I joined with a congregation which has taken a radical step: giving their building over to be redeveloped as affordable housing with a potential gathering/worship space on the first floor. It was their last worship gathering in the place where they have worshiped for many years. Over the past few months, they have been sharing […]

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Shannon Kiser

I have two teenage daughters. One loves art museums. She is an artist herself, and loves the experience of peering into paintings and sculptures on display. She feels things the artist is hoping she would feel, she sees details that the artist has painstakingly worked to reveal, she loses herself in pieces that take her […]

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