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Thinking Outside the Church: Episode 1 “The Modern Reformation”

If you’ve been having conversations about how different the church in America feels today than it did a few decades ago, you’re not alone.

In this episode, Ben talks with Chris Backert, the Director of Fresh Expressions, about the modern Christian reformation our society is experiencing.

About Chris Backert: Working with church leaders to develop new expressions of Christian community is the passion of Chris’s life. In addition to his role as National Director of Fresh Expressions US, he serves with the Baptist General Association of Virginia the area of church planting and serves as the Director & Organizational Architect for Ecclesia, a national network of missional churches. Previously, he served as pastor of New Life Christian Fellowship, a large university congregation in Blacksburg, Virginia. Chris holds a D.Min. in Missional Church Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. He lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with wife Rachel, daughter Elliana, and son Jase.


Read Chris’s blog on the Fresh Expressions website: https://freshexpressionsus.org/author/chris/

Thinking Outside the Church is a new, limited series podcast by Ben & Katie Conrad, hosting conversations about the modern church culture and new ways of expressing Christian Community.

Each Monday, they’ll be dropping a new episode to help you in your Fresh Expressions journey.

Ben is a current student at Evangelical Theological Seminary and works at First United Methodist Church in their Acts Network ministry to develop Fresh Expressions communities in Williamsport, PA.

Katie works at First United Methodist Church as their Director of Technology. She loves sharing stories in meaningful ways to connect people.

They are excited because of the knowledge and advice shared by experienced leaders who know what’s going on in the church today, and how we can navigate this new world.




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Podcast Schedule: 

Episode 0 – “They’re Saying That About the Church?”
Episode 1 — “The Modern Reformation” with Chris Backert
Episode 2 — “Being a Church Leader Today” with J.R. Briggs
Episode 3 — “Blended Ecology (Both/And Church)” with Michael Beck.
Episode 4 — “What is Fresh Expressions?” with Shannon Kiser
Episode 5 —  “Bridging the Gap” with Mitch Marcello and Matt Lake
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