Michael Beck

Is grace something you can hear? Would you recognize it as a distinct sound if you heard it? On Advent Sunday, churches all over the world began telling the story leading up to the birth of Jesus. At Wildwood, we began that journey by looking closely at an encounter between a powerless teenage girl in […]

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Luke Edwards

I don’t care who you are, tourists are annoying. In my community we whisper silent curses when stuck behind an out-of-state car driving 10 mph under the speed limit, looking at the scenery of our NC mountains. When I travel, I do my best to blend in with the locals, but there’s no hiding it: […]

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Gannon Sims

A friend and I were recently discussing leadership skills and how to build a successful team. He’s an athlete. I’m an actor. We both know the occasional need to put on a game face to make a deal or to get the job done. Too often, however, we put strategies for success ahead of real […]

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Fresh Expressions don’t exist in a vacuum. Their experiments thrive through connection to an established church.

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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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The Fresh Expressions US Team has a new partnership: the Susquehanna Conference of First United Methodist Church. We celebrate yet another step forward in a growing, collaborative, cross-denominational movement. Specifically, the Acts Network is a new initiative of First Church United Methodist in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, under the leadership of Mitch Marcello. With the guidance of the Susquehanna Conference, this network exists to […]

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Winfield Bevins

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the church has fallen on hard times in the Western world. If you don’t believe me, consider the fact that there are now 130 million unchurched people in the United States, making it the largest mission field in the Western hemisphere and the fifth-largest mission field […]

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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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Chris Backert

Many thinkers and practitioners are examining the role of the five-fold equipping model found in Ephesians 4 as an antidote to hierarchical leadership models of previous generations. In doing so, many are suggesting that not only is this a helpful framework for a way forward in the area of leadership and governance, but it is […]

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One of the beauties of starting a new form of church is that you sometimes address difficult realities in a fresh way. What would it look like for you to start a reconciling community?

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