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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  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 Reverend Tory Baucum is joining as a featured speaker. Blessed are the Peacemakers An American Anglican priest […]

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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 the new dean of Duke University’s Divinity School is joining as a featured speaker. Elaine Heath is a thoroughly accomplished […]

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Travis Collins

There is no typical pioneer story. No prototype. No firm, absolute model. No rules. So I don’t tell the following story to say this is what a pioneer looks like. I just think you’ll enjoy meeting Shawn. Shawn Mickschl had sensed a call to ministry, was a seminary student at Asbury, and was pursuing a vocation in […]

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Luke Edwards

The American Church is ready for renewal.  Faced with an increasingly post-Christian society, the Church is primed and ready for something new. Yet many of the church planting models of the past decades seem out of reach for most congregations. Fresh Expressions is a model that has taken off in England over the past decade […]

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