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Travis Collins

One of the most common questions I get when talking to groups about Fresh Expressions is, “What about discipleship?” The implied (and sometimes explicit) assumption is that these new forms (fresh expressions) of church are not engaging in serious discipleship. There is concern that there will be no moral demands, no Scripture study, and no call to […]

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Travis Collins

She, along with a handful of members of her new congregations, prayer walked for more than a year. She believed God had shown her a picture of Joshua walking around the walls of Jericho…and of the walls falling. She was sure of it. So she kept walking. And praying. And listening. And paying attention. Even when some […]

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Travis Collins

Travis Collins, Mission Strategist for Fresh Expressions US and Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Huntsville explains why it’s inevitable that some fresh expressions fail, and what to do when that happens.

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Travis Collins

At the Refreshing Mountain Camp in Central Pennsylvania, I interviewed two guys who know about one congregation launching multiple fresh expressions of church.  Mike Snedeker is the Lead Pastor of Community Evangelical Church (CEC) in nearby Sinking Spring.  Matt Hill is a CEC minister who has specific responsibilities for the coordination and encouragement of fresh […]

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Travis Collins

We’re pleased to announce our first book From the Steeple to the Street: Innovating Mission and Ministry through Fresh Expressions of Church is now available for pre-order! Get it here as an e-Book, pre-ordered here, and in bulk. It will also be available at the Fresh Expressions National Gathering. You can get a taste with a free sample chapter here. Who […]

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Travis Collins

There is no typical pioneer story. No prototype. No firm, absolute model. No rules. So I don’t tell the following story to say this is what a pioneer looks like. I just think you’ll enjoy meeting Shawn. Shawn Mickschl had sensed a call to ministry, was a seminary student at Asbury, and was pursuing a vocation in […]

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Travis Collins

Theology, the “Queen of the Sciences,” had its beginning in mission fields, not academic halls. The Christian faith’s most important theologian, the apostle Paul, was first and foremost a missionary. His theological reflections, inspired by God’s Spirit, occurred on the front lines of the advance of God’s Kingdom. The Church is always at our best […]

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Travis Collins

One of the most popular developments in church life over the last fifteen years is that of churches having multiple sites, or campuses.  “One church in multiple locations” is the new by-word of growing numbers of churches. Congregations are multiplying their reach by launching smaller versions of themselves across their cities and, in some cases, […]

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Travis Collins

I was twenty-two when I had a mystical experience which I remember vividly.  I was crossing a wide street, heavy with traffic, in downtown Caracas, Venezuela.  Somewhat similar to (albeit less dramatic than) Paul’s experience on the Damascus road, I had an awakening.  It hit me: “There aren’t many people who love this kind of […]

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