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 Corey Widmer and Steve Hartman share the story of East End Fellowship, a church community that developed out of the efforts of a very different church community.If you appreciate the podcast, please subscribe on iTunes, and give us a nice review. It’s the best way to get the word out. http://media.blubrry.com/fxus/p/freshexpressionsus.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Corey-Widmer.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | […]

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Travis Collins

How Marti Got Her Street Cred He was shot just a few feet from her back door. Nine times. A tenth bullet missed him, came whizzing through one of Marti’s walls, bounced off another, and landed on the floor. Marti was inside hanging out with two of the teenage guys from the neighborhood and a […]

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Travis Collins

I recently spent a morning with two of the most creative Jesus-followers I know—Jay and Lisa Smith. Lisa is Pastor, and Jay is Cultural Architect, of Convergence, a unique community of faith. “Convergence” is an apt name, for in this place and among these people there is a convergence of multiple expressions of art and […]

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Gannon Sims

by Travis Collins Turnaround Cowboy Church: King William County, Virginia “Reining” is a form of horse competition.  The routine takes a horse through a series of precise moves including the signature “slide.” Randy Newsome, pastor for more than thirty years of the Round Oak Baptist Church, loves reining.  For over five years, Randy has been […]

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Travis Collins

Steve Edwards and Charles Cheek look like something of an odd couple.  Steve is a Caucasian man with an earring. He looks like he is familiar with life on the street.  Charles is an African American man with no earring and the look of an executive manager.  Both of them have “regular jobs,” and both […]

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Travis Collins

I walked toward the building in (a former nightclub converted into the Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church building) with, I’ll admit, a little trepidation.  This would be my first worship experience at a Biker Church, and I’ve never been on a motorcycle in my life. As I walked up…and this is no exaggeration…the very first […]

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Gannon Sims

NextGen Church: West Windsor, New Jersey As is the case with most new churches, our understanding of NextGen Church’s mission and vision has evolved since its inception. In retrospect, we now realize that God led our small group of fledglings on an unexpected journey that very much echoes the mission of Fresh Expressions. At the time, […]

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Kris Beckert

“They’ll come back when they’re married with kids.” “Maybe if we have a contemporary service, we can get more young folks to come.” “If we don’t get more young people, we’re going to die.” “These young adults just don’t care about anything these days.” Church people seem to get all frenzied when they talk about […]

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Kris Beckert

You will say in that day: I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, and you comforted me. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become […]

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Gannon Sims

Austin, Texas—It started with a question. An immigrant congregation—The Austin Chinese Church–asked a few college students if they would be interested in birthing a community that would be indigenous to city, reaching other students, artists and creatives—people the immigrant church would not likely reach. In 2006 a group of friends started learning how to become […]

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