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When we helped Bruce move into his new home near the Urban Farm, he had more things to move than the first time we helped him. The first time we helped him move it was from a tool shed with a rotting floor into a bedroom on the Northside. He wasn’t yet clean and sober, […]

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Michael Beck

My heart is broken over the violence and bloodshed in Charlottesville, not only for those injured and the lives lost, but for the systemic racism that was exposed and the divided nature of the Body of Christ. I am convicted as a spiritual leader in my community to do more. I question why it takes […]

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Chris Backert

Distributed Responsibility and Organization Leadership in the post-modern, network style organization is dispersed throughout the organization. While modern organizations tended to operate with one singular leader or source of authority, in the new organization, authority is distributed. The organization is not held together by chains-of-command and reporting structures, but rather by a shared mission, vision, […]

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Matt Hill

Loud pipes save lives. For years bikers have stood by this mantra, with many wearing patches and stickers with this sentiment. Whether loud pipes save lives or not continues to be debated, but in our experience, they add a bit of flare and context to a prayer over bikers. As we consider the very definition […]

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Virginia Beach, Virginia– Imagine what it would be like to live at church. No, I don’t mean sleeping in the pews, bathing in a tiny, porcelain sink, or living on a diet of bread and grape juice. Instead, picture living in communities with your brothers and sisters in Christ where you strive to grow closer […]

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Verlon Fosner

There is a disturbing trend among American Christians of blaming the poor for their condition. Margaret Poloma and John Green researched the attitudes of AG people toward the poor in 2010 and found the following: 10% of AG congregants believe that the poor and homeless are reaping what they have sowed; 18% of AG congregants […]

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Kaya Prasad

By Kaya Prasad Originally published by BGAV, available here. Over the summer, I and three other college students rolled up our sleeves help tell the story of how Fresh Expressions of church are taking root across the United States. We talked with leaders from Albany to Anaheim and learned some very important things: while no […]

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Joshua Hearne

Deep down, I’m a worrier. In fact I’m really good at it. I know scripture tells us not to be anxious and Jesus even directs our thoughts to the “lilies of the field” in the Sermon on the Mount, but I need help to get to that kind of trust most days. Even though I’m […]

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Chris Backert

Organizations have also been waking up to the transitions affecting the wider culture. While some astute business leaders and academicians have been predicting fundamental changes in the structure of organizations for some time, only in the last two decades have those changes begun to ripple throughout the business and non-profit worlds. Today, corporations are recognizing […]

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Shannon Kiser

The following is an excerpt from Shannon Kiser’s forthcoming ebook How Any Normal Person Can Pioneer a Fresh Expression of Church! Sign up HERE to be the first to download it. Be honest…when you think of a pioneer leader for a fresh expression of church, a picture probably forms in your mind’s eye. That picture is likely […]

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