Derek Cooper

He was returning home a failure. In less than three years of pioneer pastoring in Savannah, Georgia, the Anglican priest John Wesley had bitten off more ministry than he could chew.  Although he entered Savannah with illusions of grandeur, he left a wanted man—a priest who had barely dodged the ten indictments leveled against him […]

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Jo Saxton shares from her experience what it takes to find and develop pioneers. If you appreciate the podcast, please subscribe on iTunes, and give us a nice review. It’s the best way to get the word out. http://media.blubrry.com/fxus/p/freshexpressionsus.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Find-and-Developing-Pioneers.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Winfield Bevins

There is a lot of talk about mission and being missional. You may be wondering, “Why does mission matter?” First of all, mission is why we exist. God’s love inspires us to be missionaries to the world around us. Emil Brunner said, “The church exists by mission just as fire exists by burning.” Mission begins […]

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Chris Backert

There is a great deal of confusion among those who are outside these realms of conversation over the emerging and missional church. Some believe these movements are synonymous with one another, while others see them as entirely distinct. In truth, they are parallel movements that have intersection through key figures and ideas. While there are substantive distinctions, both movements […]

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The other day a friend asked me what my “philosophy of ministry” was. My answer was simple: put it on the calendar. You can go on and on about theology and philosophy and systems and blah-blah-blah. The fact is that what you value is pretty easy to measure. Just look at how people spend their […]

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Luke Edwards

Innovative church planting is not something to attempt alone. We need the theological and structural wisdom of those who have gone before us. One source of this wisdom for pioneers comes in the form of church planting models. As J.D Payne points out, “Models are God-given guides to assist us in our church-planting endeavors.” For […]

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Luke Edwards

Church planters are prepared for barriers. Books, trainings, and good friends warn of budget challenges, leadership struggles, and working with finicky committees. Yet no one warned me about the biggest barrier I would face in my first two years of planting a network of fresh expressions of church. King Street Church has a very simple […]

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  Why do most stories of “successful people” seem full of struggle, despair and burnout? Why do churches and church people, become so inwardly focused that they don’t know how to interact with outsiders? The Myth and the Journey The myth of the successful person is that they made stunning sacrifices for their dream. They […]

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At AND: Being the Church at church at Home and Everywhere In Between, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from women and men who have helped make fresh expressions of Church a growing worldwide phenomenon. We’re excited that Monsignor Renzo Bonetti is joining as a featured speaker. Seeing the family as the paradigm of Christ and his Church […]

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Friday Workshop Sessions 1, 2 (3:30-4:20, 4:30-5:20) Finding & Developing Pioneering Leaders (Room 326) Jo Saxton If our local churches are to reach their local community, we need pioneering leaders. But these leaders are not always the ones who volunteer to sustain the existing programs and ministries. Yet, the Holy Spirit gifts people in almost […]

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