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Inspiring novel forms of church. Sharing our stories. Incarnating Christ. 7 Confessions of A Hipster Christian Before hipster-ness was totally co-opted…it seemed to revolve around a simple and meaningful criticism: We lose something fundamentally human when we give up the ability to make our own goods or form our own opinions. The twin tragedies of bland suburbia […]

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Gannon Sims

I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink But now I’m insecure and I care what people think. Wish we could turn back time, to the good ‘ol days when our momma sang us to sleep But now we’re stressed out. -Twenty one Pilots, Stressed Out Stressed Out. It’s the banner […]

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If you are going to start a new church, you need a good reason why. It’s not enough to need a new job (your new church may never be able to pay you) or because your denomination is declining. A church is a community of women and men who are “prophetic.” By embodying a different […]

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Here’s a story about Harleys, parties and why Fresh Expressions US​’ Travis Collins​ is so excited about new forms of Church. Discover more stories of new churches at here.

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Shannon Kiser

The Christmas season is a wonderful time to try experiments in loving, serving, and gathering people. It is a season full of opportunities to engage with people in your neighborhoods and communities. Having done a little research, here’s what I have found some fresh expressions have tried. Six of My Favorite Fresh Expression Holiday Stories 1. Neighborhood Christmas […]

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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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FXUS essential to good ministry team
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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