Chris Backert

It’s no surprise that today’s world is different than that of yesteryear. The communications revolution is probably having almost as far-reaching an impact on today’s denominations as the new views on authority and structure in the culture are. The new wave of communication technology has flattened many of the traditional hierarchies that are found in […]

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Here’s JR Briggs explaining where the Fresh Expressions approach comes from and what it’s innovative idea is for the church and incarnational ministry. “This is God with flesh on him, physically present to those he sought to serve and save.”

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Joshua Hearne

Derek is hard to describe, but I’ll try. The first time I met him, he wanted to know if I could “lay down a beat” for him to freestyle over. He had had an idea for a new rap while walking to the meal in our home and was ready to try it out. Derek […]

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  One of the key passions of the Dinner Church Collective is to share the model of ministry that has worked to serve communities. If you’re a minister interested in learning how this fresh, adaptive approach to ministry might work, or if you’re just excited to learn more about this model, this news is for you. There […]

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Craig Williams

This is an excerpt of a sermon by Craig Williams, pastor of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Thousand Oaks, CA. To hear the sermon in its entirety, please click here.  “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Other people have translated it differently. “And the word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood”–that’s Eugene Peterson. […]

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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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This is an excerpt of an article from the Villages News.  Saturday, April 8 was designated by the United Methodist Church North Central District as the day for district churches to take it from The Steeple to The Streets. “We are encouraging people to get out of the pews, get outside and have God show […]

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Luke Edwards

At last year’s Thanksgiving dinner my three year old nephew prayed, “Dear God, teach us to be good listeners.” Undoubtedly, it was a prayer picked up from Sunday School teachers desperate for some semblance of sanity, yet it’s been my favorite prayer since. I think everyone just assumes they’ve been listening correctly, but I’ve spent the […]

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Verlon Fosner

There is a lot of talk today about being missional. But what does that mean? If a church group does an outreach once a year, does that make them missional? If a church gives $10 to a missionary during the course of a year, does that make them missional? Categorically, yes. But so many groups are […]

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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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