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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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Shannon Kiser

“I don’t like the word bi-vocational. We need to find another word.” This was the first sentence of a conversation with a pioneer at a recent pioneer learning community. Lots of people are talking these days about the changing landscape of ministry leadership and the very real possibility that many leaders will draw an income […]

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Michael Beck

This article demonstrates how the Florida UMC is embracing the Fresh Expressions approach. How would you empower your churches to embrace fresh expressions of Church? On April 8th, we are asking all the churches in our district to begin the first step of the fresh expressions process which looks this: Listening. Loving and Serving. Building Community. Exploring […]

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Craig Williams

A few months ago we encouraged the members of our established congregation to not come to services on Sunday morning but instead to go into the community to listen and observe what others were doing on that day of the week. We encouraged them to engage in conversations, soliciting people’s opinions and observations about the […]

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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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Fresh Expression US is dedicated to helping pioneer new forms of the Church. One form that will have increasing relevance in our culture is what we refer to as an “Amore Community”. This video will introduce you to Amore, and a special upcoming event focused on reimagining the family on mission.

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Gannon Sims

When we use the term pioneer, we mean someone who will pave a different way forward. Pioneers can’t help it. It’s in their DNA. Jonny Baker, a leader of pioneer mission training in the UK, says pioneers “have the gift of not fitting in.” He insists that they’re not “the awkward squad.” They just look […]

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