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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Gannon Sims

by Gannon Sims South Bend, Indiana—One night, Heather Ghormley had a dream. Around the same time, someone in her neighborhood group had the same dream. They dreamed that their little neighborhood group became a church. Ghormley, an ordained minister in the Anglican Church in North America, shared part of her story at the Fresh Expressions […]

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Gannon Sims

by Gregg Jennings Fredericksburg, Virginia—In October of 2011, there was a murder at The Colonial Motel.  Evidence suggests it was a drug deal gone badly. The Colonial is an ironic and notorious place where women are used in prostitution and where sex-offenders go to transition.  Now, by adding murder to its resume, The Colonial Motel sealed […]

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Gannon Sims

Coffee and Chaos from Fresh Expressions US on Vimeo. Souderton, Pennsylvania—It was simple. Jenifer Eriksen Morales saw the moving van pull up to the house next door and she invited her new neighbor over for coffee. They were both young mothers and shared their joys and struggles that come along with raising children. Soon they […]

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Gannon Sims

by Gannon Sims Powhatan, Virginia—  A brief encounter with a coffee shop owner changed the way Greg Lemaster thinks about church.  He’d learned the shop was struggling to make a profit and wanted to help. So he asked if the space might be used for an upstart church on Sunday mornings. Without hesitating, the owner […]

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Gannon Sims

by Gannon Sims The little community of Red Oak is tucked into the deep woods that dominate the Southside Virginia landscape.  To get to the nearest restaurant, you’ve got to drive 15 miles to Clarksville. The nearest big box store is 30 miles away in Henderson, North Carolina. None of this was lost on Mike […]

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