I’m on my third attempt to start a new church. Attempt number 1 was in 2006 when I was only 23 years old. Like a lot of things from that season of my life, it was haphazard and didn’t pan out. I tried a different approach in another city for a few years, and then […]

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Michael Beck

Early in my ministry as the pastor of Wildwood United Methodist Church, one of my “-isms” manifested in a death-dealing way. Caught up in a workaholic drive to grow the church, I neglected my wife, children and my relationship with Jesus (yes, it is possible to work for God and not walk with God). During […]

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Shannon Kiser

Many churches in North America are completely disconnected from the people around them. They are waiting for people to come to their church, and less and less people are finding their way to their doors. If this describes your church, then you may be unaware of some of the barriers that exist between you and […]

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Chris Backert

Before we create new models and solutions, we need to understand the situation better, taking a closer look at the external factors that are facing the church in our current age. This will allow for a more effective synthesis of the key points of contrast between traditional church structures and contemporary environmental forces. From this, […]

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Kaya Prasad

“It’s good to see you, honey!” says Emma as we sit down at the table.  I bend down to give her a big hug as I reply, “It’s good to see you too!”  Katherine and Emma, a pair of 80-somethings from the church I attend in Richmond, Virginia, have invited my family out to lunch […]

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Joshua Hearne

One of the best parts of my week is being able to serve communion at Grace and Main’s Thursday night meals. On some very special weeks, I may get to serve communion at more than one service or meal! There’s just something about that moment when the community stands in quiet recognition of what that […]

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Verlon Fosner

How should the church respond to the call to serve the poor? Many Fresh Expression Churches will have the opportunity to engage with people from the lower third of the socio-economic ladder, and might even feel “sent” by the Lord to do church for this population. So a good theological understanding of the churches preeminant […]

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This Spring, FXUS’s own Gannon Sims was able to sit down with our FXUS Prayer Coordinator, Cheryl McCarthy, and Canon Thomas Herrick to discuss the relationship between a pastor and his intercessors. This is what Tom had to say about his involvement with Fresh Expressions US.  As a Fresh Expressions US Pioneer you are learning […]

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Kaya Prasad

In a recent video conference sponsored by our friends at the NorthStar Church Network, ministry veteran Doug Murren addressed the topic of changes for church in the modern American context. Murren offered an assortment of insights from his experience as a pastor and evangelist, but all of his advice for church leaders flows from his […]

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The Fresh Expressions US Team is pleased to announce a new partnership agreement with the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. This is the latest step forward in a growing collaborative cross-denominational movement. John Boggs, Director of Vital Discipleship in the Western North Carolina Conference said: In a time when more and more people are […]

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