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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Whether you love video games, board games or party games, you’ll love this approach to introducing people to church.

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Joshua Hearne

It’s already about twelve minutes after the time we’re supposed to get started when I step out onto the porch. “Five minutes and we’re going to get started, y’all,” I say, knowing full well that I probably mean more like eight or nine minutes. There are cigarettes and cups of coffee to finish and at […]

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Jay Smith

When we started Convergence, we didn’t know anything about this concept called “Fresh Expressions.” After all, we started merely a year after Fresh Expressions US was founded in response to the already-present phenomenon growing in England. Some say we were ahead of the curve. Maybe. Sometimes there is a cost to being ahead of the […]

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Uncommon Grounds in a fresh expression of Church that was started when some people noticed that “there were bars to get drunk at and churches to get preached at” but nowhere to go and be listened to. Discover what a listening space is, and how people are encounter the Kingdom of God within it!

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Luke Edwards

Some days it seems like the American church only knows how to relate to our neighbors by giving something away. Like an absent father who has lost touch with his kids, the only way he knows is bringing another toy back from another business trip. We’ve forgotten how to relate to our communities, so we […]

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Joshua Hearne

It always happens after we’ve already described the bounty on the table in all of its delicious variety. It happens while the welcome knowledge of a soon-to-be-full stomach mingles with the smell of macaroni and cheese over the promise of second, eighth, and seventeenth chances at a loving family meal. It happens with an assurance […]

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Everything changes when you add in kids. This goes for starting fresh expressions of church. Here, Joy French describes an approach that uses different types of learning that help families grow in discipleship together. It also sounds like a lot of fun!

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Travis Collins

At each end of Muddy Gut Road sits a church. At one end of Muddy Gut Road, near Tappahannock, VA, sits a brick church building the likes of which are visible along rural roadsides across the country. At the other end of the uniquely-named-road is a church, the likes of which are not often seen. […]

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