Chris Backert

Organizations have also been waking up to the transitions affecting the wider culture. While some astute business leaders and academicians have been predicting fundamental changes in the structure of organizations for some time, only in the last two decades have those changes begun to ripple throughout the business and non-profit worlds. Today, corporations are recognizing […]

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Verlon Fosner

How should the church respond to the call to serve the poor? Many Fresh Expression Churches will have the opportunity to engage with people from the lower third of the socio-economic ladder, and might even feel “sent” by the Lord to do church for this population. So a good theological understanding of the churches preeminant […]

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Chris Backert

The calling to participate in the mission of God led many families of shared belief to organize missionary societies for the sake of the propagation of the good news of Jesus to unreached peoples. William Carey is often noted as the father of modern missions for his instrumental role in the establishment of the first […]

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Luke Edwards

The most controversial aspect of my ministry, besides the fact that the church I lead meets in a bar, is that I have the audacity to call it ‘church.’ I often catch church people trying to call King Street Church, “King Street Ministries.” I’ll explain our dialogical worship to people and they’ll respond, “Oh, so […]

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Chris Backert

It’s no surprise that today’s world is different than that of yesteryear. The communications revolution is probably having almost as far-reaching an impact on today’s denominations as the new views on authority and structure in the culture are. The new wave of communication technology has flattened many of the traditional hierarchies that are found in […]

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This is an excerpt of an article from the Villages News.  Saturday, April 8 was designated by the United Methodist Church North Central District as the day for district churches to take it from The Steeple to The Streets. “We are encouraging people to get out of the pews, get outside and have God show […]

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Shannon Kiser

One of the principles behind fresh expressions of church is “bringing the church that Jesus loves closer to the people Jesus loves.” In other words, it is a form of church that emerges out of the context where people are.  It is about being in relationship with people, loving, serving, building community, all done in […]

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Gannon Sims

The Fresh Expressions movement is about putting the church Jesus loves closer to the people Jesus loves. We do this by working through the inherited church to expand its reach into networks and neighborhoods who aren’t being reached by any church. As we’ve gone about our work, we’ve become convinced that an important way of […]

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Winfield Bevins

The Celtic missionary movement that was started by St. Patrick was a fresh expression of the church. When most of us think of Ireland, we think about green rolling hills and country-sides covered in grass. What is not as widely known is that over one thousand years ago on this little island, was the birth […]

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Luke Edwards

One of my favorite pieces of advice in my training for starting a church was “Know the rule before you break it.” In other words, in starting a fresh expression of church, we cannot always play by the rules. There are times when the Holy Spirit does not work within the confines of our preconceived church planting systems, […]

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