I’m on my third attempt to start a new church. Attempt number 1 was in 2006 when I was only 23 years old. Like a lot of things from that season of my life, it was haphazard and didn’t pan out. I tried a different approach in another city for a few years, and then […]

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Michael Beck

Early in my ministry as the pastor of Wildwood United Methodist Church, one of my “-isms” manifested in a death-dealing way. Caught up in a workaholic drive to grow the church, I neglected my wife, children and my relationship with Jesus (yes, it is possible to work for God and not walk with God). During […]

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Shannon Kiser

Many churches in North America are completely disconnected from the people around them. They are waiting for people to come to their church, and less and less people are finding their way to their doors. If this describes your church, then you may be unaware of some of the barriers that exist between you and […]

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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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Here’s JR Briggs explaining where the Fresh Expressions approach comes from and what it’s innovative idea is for the church and incarnational ministry. “This is God with flesh on him, physically present to those he sought to serve and save.”

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  One of the key passions of the Dinner Church Collective is to share the model of ministry that has worked to serve communities. If you’re a minister interested in learning how this fresh, adaptive approach to ministry might work, or if you’re just excited to learn more about this model, this news is for you. There […]

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Craig Williams

This is an excerpt of a sermon by Craig Williams, pastor of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Thousand Oaks, CA. To hear the sermon in its entirety, please click here.  “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Other people have translated it differently. “And the word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood”–that’s Eugene Peterson. […]

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Verlon Fosner

There is a lot of talk today about being missional. But what does that mean? If a church group does an outreach once a year, does that make them missional? If a church gives $10 to a missionary during the course of a year, does that make them missional? Categorically, yes. But so many groups are […]

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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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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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