Anyone who’s been in church knows the story of Israel in Egypt. During their captivity, the people of Israel helped build a great civilization. When they were released, it took 40 years of wandering in the desert (and lots of wishful thinking about the way things used to be) before Israel finally crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land.
The Church faces a similar situation today. Throughout history and in spite of persecution, we helped build a great civilization. Time and again, we’ve renewed our roots in the ancient faith. But the culture has changed. In many ways, we’ve been released from the captivity of Christendom.
This is good news. In cities and towns, large and small, we’re finding our way back to the land. We’re learning to cooperate with God’s mission again in ways that are attentive to the people and contexts in which we live and work and play.
And the fields are ripe for the harvest.
This year’s national gathering takes us back to the Church’s roots. It’s about who we are, and whose we are—A people on the move in a world restored by the One who beckons us to be rooted in the Spirit. This is how Fresh Expressions of church develop and grow.
Make plans to join Graham Cray, Alan Roxburgh, Cherith Fee Nordling, Don Coleman and others committed to joining God’s work in the world to pioneer the mission, cultivate disciples and renew the Church.
A special Post-Conference Extra on Fresh Expressions in the Workplace with Michael Moynagh will also take place in addition to the regular conference schedule. Don’t delay– register today!