Gannon Sims

In less than 48 hours, leaders from across the country will join the Fresh Expressions National Gathering in Alexandria. And every presenter, attendee and volunteer will have a story to share. Some of the stories will be obvious, some not as much. Throughout the event we’ll share stories of several emerging and maturing fresh expressions […]

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Recently I found myself singing under my breath the repetitive chorus of a popular song: “How am I going to be an optimist about this?” In the midst of my daily crumblings, it did feel like the end of something, and I started to consider this song, which I’d seen performed on Saturday Night Live, […]

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In 2009, I moved to Austin ready to give up my dreams of being a part of a fresh expression of church. I had given a few years to helping with a church plant and a multi-site mega-church. Both were difficult experiences emotionally, spiritually and financially. It was hard to know if any fruit had […]

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Michael Moynagh

I have been studying some of the entrepreneurship research to see what light it throws on pioneering fresh expressions of church. The University of Virginia’s Professor Saras Sarasvathy has caused quite a stir. Based on the meticulous study of a sample of successful entrepreneurs, she has been re-writing much of what we thought was true […]

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Gannon Sims

The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. Matthew 13:44 When we consider fresh expressions of church, images of the Kingdom propel our theory and practice. This is no small task, especially when the full view is hidden from plain sight.   A new study released by the Church of England […]

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Travis Collins

A transvestite showed up one day and was welcomed, though he was not in the “target demographic.” A businessman sitting nearby overheard the conversation on another day and walked over to say how much he appreciated what was going on. A lady who is “up in age” drives forty-five minutes from her rural home to be part […]

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Zach Hoag

Recently, I came on staff with Fresh Expressions US in the area of social media management. And as my first foray into this work, I got to join the team at the Mission Shaped Ministry Learning Community Retreat in Baltimore, MD on October 25th and 26th. Here’s the thing. I’ve been to loads of conferences, […]

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Kris Beckert

Part I: Inevitable Outcome? Today most of us are more mindful of the effects of terrorism than we are about atomic bombs. But in the 1950’s, when atomic bombs became real to a world where nations were trying to one-up one another month by month, people devised ways to protect themselves in case of an […]

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Imagine this: You grew up going to church. Your best friends were in youth group. Then you went to a Christian college where you met your Christian spouse. The bridesmaids and groomsmen in your wedding were Christian friends. You moved to a new city to start a family. You made your first friends at church […]

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Gannon Sims

The story of Vincent Van Gogh is familiar to many of us. In his early career, he was a pastor and preacher but his church thought he was overzealous, too spiritual, too much of a dreamer; so they kicked him out. Shortly thereafter, Van Gogh traded preaching for a paintbrush. The landscape in Van Gogh’s […]

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