Kris Beckert

Wet. We may have started out this year’s Fresh Expressions National Gathering talking about the uninhibited growth of sharks in the ocean, but we soon traveled to Ezekiel’s Valley of the Dry Bones. Yes, it was another analogy that gripped us well into Day #2—but this one resonated with most of us pastors and church […]

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Kris Beckert

This is the first in a series of posts reflecting on the Fresh Expressions National Gathering. “Take a sledgehammer to that tank.” No, that’s not quite the usual way we’d expect a church conference to begin—but the Fresh Expressions National Gathering is really not your usual church conference. The statement made by Fresh Expressions Northeast Regional […]

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Gannon Sims

Anyone familiar with the statistics of church decline knows that statistics don’t mean much unless they also show the story behind the numbers. And the words we use must be subjected to what a former U.S. Senator famously called the Dickey Flatt test. Dickey Flatt was a print shop owner in Mexia, Texas. And he […]

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I have lived in Fluvanna County since 1987.  We’ve bragged that we’re one of the fastest growing counties in Virginia, but that’s because we were so small to begin with.  The entire county houses about 25,000 people – about half the size of nearby Charlottesville.  But hey, we did get our first stop light in […]

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A little over a week ago, my cousin-in-law Josh, asked how one might go about transitioning traditional churches into “something more missional at its core.” Since I have banged my head against this wall for years in several different churches, my response will be a mixture of, “here’s where I failed,” and “here’s what I […]

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