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the new territories into which we follow the Spirit to plant the Gospel, but when we are led to challenge defective or outdated systems, promote innovations, and catalyze movements, we can be attacked by people within the body of Christ as well.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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Shannon Kiser

Exactly 47 years to the day of the Asbury College Revival, 60 ministry pioneers gathered at Asbury Theological Seminary to imagine a new revival. Through a partnership with the Kentucky Methodist Conference and Asbury Seminary, Fresh Expressions US kicked off a Pioneer Learning Community with ministry pioneers and existing church leaders. They began to get […]

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We’re proud to announce that Fresh Expressions US Team Member Luke Edwards is the recipient of the Western North Carolina Conference Clergy Award. Below is an excerpt from the Foundation for Evangelism’s article about Luke and the award. You can read the entire article here. “Luke is meeting people where they are, really listening to them, helping […]

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laity
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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Luke Edwards

I don’t care who you are, tourists are annoying. In my community we whisper silent curses when stuck behind an out-of-state car driving 10 mph under the speed limit, looking at the scenery of our NC mountains. When I travel, I do my best to blend in with the locals, but there’s no hiding it: […]

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Shannon Kiser

Recently, the Northern Virginia Pioneer Learning Community kicked off with a mixture of participants—some who are in the midst of starting fresh expressions of church, and some who are in the early idea stages of getting their churches involved in a fresh expression initiative. Along the Spectrum For those who are in the early stages, […]

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Shannon Kiser

I was playing Giant Jenga with a group of existing church leaders and fresh expressions leaders. In case you’re not familiar, the object of Jenga is to remove blocks one by one from a sturdy tower, replacing them layer by layer on top, thus creating a higher, increasingly precarious tower. I began to notice some […]

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margin
Shannon Kiser

I live in the nation’s capital. There is a badge of honor worn proudly around here, and it’s called “busyness.” The extent of one’s busyness is understood as being directly correlated to their value and purpose. “How are you?” “I’m busy; I’m extremely busy; I’ve never been so busy.” I confess that I, too, have […]

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Verlon Fosner

The topic of starting new churches today needs a more honest discussion about “place.” A review of the past one hundred years reveals that almost all new churches have been started in middle and upper class neighborhoods. It might be time to reevaluate where we are locating our new churches. It might be time to […]

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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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