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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Michael Beck

We know Fresh Expressions can catalyze the renewal of existing congregations, but can this approach bring revitalization to an entire district? The North Central District of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church is about to find out! I was inspired when our new district superintendent, Rev. June Edwards, preached in her inaugural address […]

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Verlon Fosner

The Reformation Era has left us in an interesting place. Exactly 500 years ago Martin Luther posted his 95 “protests” on the Wittenberg door, and with that the “protestant” movement was birthed. Here we are five centuries later, and we have been in protest for so long we no longer know what we were protesting. […]

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Michael Beck

One of my friends, a health nut who loves Jesus, has the same smoothie for lunch every day. It’s a mixture of spinach, fruits, and yogurt. While I admire her discipline and dedication, I sometimes wonder how she can drink the same thing for lunch seven days a week. Doing that would drive me crazy! […]

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Sarah Keasler

It’s not always easy being a Christian, especially when the Church can be the best at turning people away from Christ rather than demonstrating the love of Christ. My Story My own church baggage began accumulating a long time ago. My parents were founding members of a South Florida church, the denomination of which started in India and was […]

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God with us
Michael Beck

“And they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). ~Matthew 1:23 Most churches decline and even die because the “us” of their “God with us” is too small. I believe fresh expressions catalyze revitalizations in existing congregations because they expand the “withness” and the “us-ness” of those congregations, which is profoundly illustrated by […]

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Matt Hill

Are the laity of our churches ready to be released for Kingdom work? The other day I was interacting with a number of other “professional” clergy, and as we talked, we eventually made it around to the topic of outreach, or Kingdom extension ministry. After a few good insights and stories, the group landed on […]

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Travis Collins

One of the most common questions I get when talking to groups about Fresh Expressions is, “What about discipleship?” The implied (and sometimes explicit) assumption is that these new forms (fresh expressions) of church are not engaging in serious discipleship. There is concern that there will be no moral demands, no Scripture study, and no call to […]

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Fresh Expressions don’t exist in a vacuum. Their experiments thrive through connection to an established church.

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