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The story of one church with fresh expressions all across town.

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Travis Collins

At the Refreshing Mountain Camp in Central Pennsylvania, I interviewed two guys who know about one congregation launching multiple fresh expressions of church.  Mike Snedeker is the Lead Pastor of Community Evangelical Church (CEC) in nearby Sinking Spring.  Matt Hill is a CEC minister who has specific responsibilities for the coordination and encouragement of fresh […]

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Starting a Fresh Expression doesn’t always mean doing church at a pub or club. Sometimes it means inviting the neighborhood into your home, and extending what it is we mean by “family.” Get to know The Amore Project HERE.

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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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What happens when your church starts meeting people who find Sunday morning worship strange, or even alienating? Watch how one Church created a new space to bring the kingdom of God to their new friends. Zion Lutheran describes Dinner Church this way on their website: Dinner Church is worship; prayer; a meal; a time of […]

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Joshua Hearne

Honestly, we weren’t prepared for that much bread. It had all started when he called me out of the blue and told me that he worked for a bread company and they wanted to know if we could use some of their “day olds” in our Roving Feasts around downtown and the Northside. Mike had […]

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Joshua Hearne

When we gather as a community to pray together, we really gather to do a lot of things. We sing and keep silence. We give thanks for the day fast passing into night, even as we also confess when we have taken it all for granted and when we have sinned. We listen as contemplatively […]

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Joshua Hearne

For many of our folks, this was the first time they’d ever attended an “Ash Wednesday” service. After discussing what Ash Wednesday was all about—repentance, recommitment, preparation for the Lenten journey—they were on board, but still didn’t know what to expect. Much time was given to discussing whether it was better to take the ashes […]

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Joshua Hearne

“I could probably quit, too, if I really wanted to do it,” Carl told me over one of our many meals together. As a dozen small conversations floated around us, this particular conversation suddenly felt especially important. We were celebrating Bruce’s first full year of sobriety and giving thanks for the good works God had […]

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An eight year old who is a fellow church planter and the functional deacon of our church, said to me the other day, “So heaven is where everyone goes to their happy place.” It was stated more than questioned. He is also my son. I went to my happy place (on earth), on January 17, […]

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