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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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thanksgiving FXUS Oct 2016
Joshua Hearne

It seems that something changed when we finally got our first good cold snap here in Danville. All of our own peculiar markers of the season changing have become unmistakable. As the temperatures dipped to frosty, even our last hanger-on (Bruce) began to admit that it might be too cold for a milkshake. Our weekly […]

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Michael Beck

Have you ever watched a toddler learn shapes through playing with a shape cube? It’s an amazing trial-and-error process through which the preschooler actually learns shapes. During this failing-forward experience, the toddler bangs the shape box with the different shapes. As a consequence of trying to force the square into the circle, the hexagon into […]

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