Shannon Kiser

A friend of mine loves chemistry…actually majored in it in college. My daughter did not enjoy high school chemistry AT ALL. What’s the difference? It’s not just that one is wired to like science and the other to hate it. The difference is: my friend learned chemistry in an era of lots of hands-on experiments […]

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Graham Cray delves into what a “Mixed Economy Church” is and how to make it work in your context. If you appreciate the podcast, please subscribe on iTunes, and give us a nice review. It’s the best way to get the word out. http://media.blubrry.com/fxus/p/freshexpressionsus.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Cray-Mixed.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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Michael Beck

“Preacher… this is a really bad idea.” The woman standing in my office stating these words was a matriarch of our congregation; a person of influence, whom I normally looked to for guidance and support. Being that I am a person with a fairly high risk-tolerance, it is insight like hers that often helps me […]

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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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Derek Cooper

Rekindling His Relationship with the Moravians After struggling and failing as a missionary in the US, John Wesley returned to Britain, where he developed a reputation as a radical. It was also at this time that John was undergoing another theological development. This shift had been initiated three years prior in a conversation with the German […]

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It’s been a few weeks now since attending the Fresh Expressions National Gathering AND: Being the Church at Church at Home and Everywhere in Between. Despite being involved with Fresh Expressions as our Content Manager and knowing the team for years, this National Gathering was my first, and I can tell you that I’m better […]

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Chris Backert

In order to examine factors relating to the decline of traditional denominations, a greater understanding of how denominations are structured is necessary. In many ways, the structure of trans-local covenanted church collaboration is the primary focus of my recent posts. Therefore, it is critical to have a knowledge of the basic organizational patterns that have […]

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Kris Beckert

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” He boarded the boat, not for a cruise or a fishing trip but for what he thought would be the next step in his ministry, his walk with God, his life. A recent seminary grad and new pastor, he had a deep desire to change the world, to […]

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Welford Orrock

At the heart of Fresh Expressions is a culture of permission-giving. How are we cultivating a culture of permission giving? One suggestion is to continually value learning, exploration and growing relationships over power, speed or efficiency. As Peter Block writes in The Answer to How is Yes, if we were to live our lives and […]

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Michael Moynagh

Do you feel called to the pastoral ministry rather than to start new types of church? If so, your pastoral gifts may be exactly what fresh expressions of church need. Most likely you are not the right person to start new Christian communities in the daily lives of your congregation. That’s because you are not […]

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