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Many churches in the United States have either stopped growing or are in decline. Based on research and field experience, Dr. Winfield Bevins will offer practical ways to help churches thrive on mission. This session is based on the new Re-Missioning Church Assessment and 10 vital signs of a healthy church. Dr. Bevins has designed […]

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It’s been a few weeks now since attending the Fresh Expressions National Gathering AND: Being the Church at Church at Home and Everywhere in Between. Despite being involved with Fresh Expressions as our Content Manager and knowing the team for years, this National Gathering was my first, and I can tell you that I’m better […]

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Travis Collins

Theology, the “Queen of the Sciences,” had its beginning in mission fields, not academic halls. The Christian faith’s most important theologian, the apostle Paul, was first and foremost a missionary. His theological reflections, inspired by God’s Spirit, occurred on the front lines of the advance of God’s Kingdom. The Church is always at our best […]

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Gannon Sims

Lyricist Charles Jennens picked these words from the third chapter of Malachi. George Frederick Handel put them to music in the oratorio Messiah: For he is like a refiner’s fire. And he will purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer the Lord an offering in righteousness. These words get to the core of […]

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Chris Backert

In order to examine factors relating to the decline of traditional denominations, a greater understanding of how denominations are structured is necessary. In many ways, the structure of trans-local covenanted church collaboration is the primary focus of my recent posts. Therefore, it is critical to have a knowledge of the basic organizational patterns that have […]

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Travis Collins

One of the most popular developments in church life over the last fifteen years is that of churches having multiple sites, or campuses.  “One church in multiple locations” is the new by-word of growing numbers of churches. Congregations are multiplying their reach by launching smaller versions of themselves across their cities and, in some cases, […]

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Travis Collins

I was twenty-two when I had a mystical experience which I remember vividly.  I was crossing a wide street, heavy with traffic, in downtown Caracas, Venezuela.  Somewhat similar to (albeit less dramatic than) Paul’s experience on the Damascus road, I had an awakening.  It hit me: “There aren’t many people who love this kind of […]

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Michael Moynagh

A Mixed Economy? It’s easy to go through life, only interacting with people just like themselves. For many churches is no different. There is a growing need for churches that are a “mixed economy.” These churches thrive be on creating opportunities for old and new expressions of the church to be a blessing to each other. The term was coined […]

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Michael Moynagh

Do you feel called to the pastoral ministry rather than to start new types of church? If so, your pastoral gifts may be exactly what fresh expressions of church need. Most likely you are not the right person to start new Christian communities in the daily lives of your congregation. That’s because you are not […]

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Gannon Sims

Our Communications Director Gannon Sims sat down with Seth Horrell, pastor of North Riverside Baptist Church in Newport News, Virginia. North Riverside Baptist is the host church of our Tidewater Vision Day on October 9. GS: What do you know about the work of Fresh Expressions? SH: I first ran across UK Fresh Expressions on […]

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