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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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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Michael Beck

Pioneering is tough! Not only do we face opposition from the inhabitants of the new territories into which we follow the Spirit to plant the Gospel, but when we are led to challenge defective or outdated systems, promote innovations, and catalyze movements, we can be attacked by people within the body of Christ as well. […]

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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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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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Ken Carter

“If you make disciples, you always get church.  But if you make a church, you rarely get disciples.” — Mike Breen When the traditional elements of parish, church and neighborhood are stripped away, as they have become for so many, and when the primary context is a network or a third place, we are forced […]

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Luke Edwards

  My favorite part of Advent is getting to dust off that old Book of Isaiah. Isaiah’s prophecies of the coming kingdom paint a picture of peace and harmony better than anything we could imagine. “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The wolf will live with […]

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Gannon Sims

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door and he preached the word to them. -Mark 2: 1-2 We don’t often picture Jesus at home. Most often, we picture Jesus on the […]

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Cindy Bolden

I have many “loves” in my life.  Persons, places, coffee, and sharing a good news word with others rank at the top of my “love list.”  It’s no surprise that I spend a good portion of my week in the community drinking coffee, sharing stories, and talking about love. Love takes many forms and can […]

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Gannon Sims

It’s a question we’re frequently asked, and for good reason. Is there a difference between church planting and Fresh Expressions of church? To answer the question, we need to look at the objective. Fresh Expressions are new forms of church for people who are not yet part of any church. Some people in a Fresh […]

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