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A fantastic cohort of young adults have joined the Fresh Expressions team for the summer. The interns are writing stories about fresh expressions of church emerging all over the country. If we know about something you’re doing, don’t be surprised if you get an email or phone call from one of them asking you to […]

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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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Joshua Hearne

Derek is hard to describe, but I’ll try. The first time I met him, he wanted to know if I could “lay down a beat” for him to freestyle over. He had had an idea for a new rap while walking to the meal in our home and was ready to try it out. Derek […]

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Michael Beck

This article demonstrates how the Florida UMC is embracing the Fresh Expressions approach. How would you empower your churches to embrace fresh expressions of Church? On April 8th, we are asking all the churches in our district to begin the first step of the fresh expressions process which looks this: Listening. Loving and Serving. Building Community. Exploring […]

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Joshua Hearne

The van was filled to capacity as we waited at the stoplight on the intersection of South Ridge St and Patton St. It’s a long light before you can turn left down Patton to make the trek up North Main hill, so I had a little bit of time to find a good station on […]

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What if tattoos could actually honor the Lord and build up the church? That’s the question Florida minister, Michael Beck, is putting to the test. Much of his congregation has religious symbolism tattooed on their body, and Beck actually leads a small church group from a tattoo parlor. Watch this video to learn more:

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Chris Backert

In the center of the Commonwealth, something is happening. Several months ago, Jeff Neikirk, a Church Council Leader supporting a fresh expression of church out of Zion Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA told us, “Christ is not a stationary God. He is out in front of us. He is already 5 miles down the road. […]

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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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