Shannon Kiser

Pioneer: a person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity or a new method or technical development (Miriam-Webster Dictionary) We live in a rapidly changing culture which we are having to learn to navigate. There is no map. There is no formula that can be memorized and […]

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Verlon Fosner

The following excerpt is from an upcoming article to be featured by our friends at Missio Alliance. The full article is a part of their Always Reforming series which you can follow here. It is no secret that the church in the US is in decline across all denominational lines. For over a decade many researchers have […]

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Verlon Fosner

For the first three hundred years of Christianity the church functioned primarily around dinner tables. In the book of Acts, the church was found breaking bread from house to house. As Gentiles began to start churches they created the Agape feast church. The first followers emulated Christ’s pattern, and gathered the poor and the strangers […]

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Chris Backert

When thinking about fresh expressions of church, it is of foremost importance to re-engage the Scriptures and seek to discern a biblically and theologically faithful ecclesiology for this new era. A great deal can be learned by reexamining the Scriptures from the vantage point of the developments in the area of networks and mapping those […]

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Luke Edwards

Lately, I’ve been hearing Fresh Expressions referred to as “trendy, cool, church for middle-class millenials.” While some fresh expressions might fit this description, it is at best a superficial description of the fresh expressions movement that I have come to know. When King Street Church took shape we had two goals in mind: create a […]

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Shannon Kiser

In working with a church recently, I discovered that this question was the gamechanger for one church leader: What decisions are you making based on the people who are not already in your church? And the answer for that church leader was…largely, we’re not. So…on what are you basing your church’s decisions? The loudest voices? […]

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When we helped Bruce move into his new home near the Urban Farm, he had more things to move than the first time we helped him. The first time we helped him move it was from a tool shed with a rotting floor into a bedroom on the Northside. He wasn’t yet clean and sober, […]

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Michael Beck

My heart is broken over the violence and bloodshed in Charlottesville, not only for those injured and the lives lost, but for the systemic racism that was exposed and the divided nature of the Body of Christ. I am convicted as a spiritual leader in my community to do more. I question why it takes […]

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Verlon Fosner

There is a disturbing trend among American Christians of blaming the poor for their condition. Margaret Poloma and John Green researched the attitudes of AG people toward the poor in 2010 and found the following: 10% of AG congregants believe that the poor and homeless are reaping what they have sowed; 18% of AG congregants […]

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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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