Joshua Hearne

“Uh, I have something I need to tell you guys,” Russell said quietly while standing near the back door of our home. Russell had been staying with us for a few months at that point and things were going pretty well. He was sober, and he had accomplished his initial goals from when he moved […]

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Luke Edwards

In conversations with church leaders, a question I hear often is, “How do we reach young people?” While oversimplified answers to such questions typically annoy me, I was struck by recent research coming out of the Church of England. Good Signs The Church Army Research Unit, a part of the research program of the Church […]

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Joshua Hearne

Looking for Tyler “Hey brother, I saw you yesterday near the hospital,” I said, patting Tyler on the back and taking a seat next to him with my plate at a long table. “I waved and honked, but I don’t think you saw me,” I continued as I unfolded my napkin, knowing well that not […]

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What do you do when the people you want to invite to your Church aren’t interested? You go to them. Even if you have to take a boat!

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Here’s a story about Harleys, parties and why Fresh Expressions US​’ Travis Collins​ is so excited about new forms of Church. Discover more stories of new churches at here.

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Shannon Kiser

The Christmas season is a wonderful time to try experiments in loving, serving, and gathering people. It is a season full of opportunities to engage with people in your neighborhoods and communities. Having done a little research, here’s what I have found some fresh expressions have tried. Six of My Favorite Fresh Expression Holiday Stories 1. Neighborhood Christmas […]

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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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One of the beauties of starting a new form of church is that you sometimes address difficult realities in a fresh way. What would it look like for you to start a reconciling community?

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thanksgiving FXUS Oct 2016
Joshua Hearne

It seems that something changed when we finally got our first good cold snap here in Danville. All of our own peculiar markers of the season changing have become unmistakable. As the temperatures dipped to frosty, even our last hanger-on (Bruce) began to admit that it might be too cold for a milkshake. Our weekly […]

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Michael Beck

Have you ever watched a toddler learn shapes through playing with a shape cube? It’s an amazing trial-and-error process through which the preschooler actually learns shapes. During this failing-forward experience, the toddler bangs the shape box with the different shapes. As a consequence of trying to force the square into the circle, the hexagon into […]

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