Ann Marie Carley

As churches re-enter their buildings, things seem less safe and it is much harder to ignore reality. There is no way to not see the roped off pews or the empty seats. Those coming to worship onsite can look around and see “everyone” is not there. There is no way to safely engage in all of the activities from the good old days, making it painfully obvious that if new ways of connecting with people are not determined, the current generation occupying the space within the church may be the last.

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Ann Marie Carley

As I was setting up the space within our building for the first onsite worship experience in over six months, I found myself chuckling. This space isn’t our traditional sanctuary. It is a space that has been home to multiple meals, smiles, and different events over the years. It is the only space inside of […]

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Ann Marie Carley

Although doing church differently is something that always excites me, I have to be honest with you. Trying to land and feel settled about our new normal within the established church has been exhausting. Moving from trying to survive to finding a new normal As reality has set in, one thing has been crystal clear […]

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Ann Marie Carley

Hey, you! Yes, you, Pastor and ministry leader who is trying to figure out this new normal. I see you! What you need to know is that these words have been rumbling around in my mind over the last several days, but finding enough time to write them down has been next to impossible. Like […]

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Ann Marie Carley

When you’re pioneering a Fresh Expression of church, people can’t necessarily see what is happening just below the surface.

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Ann Marie Carley

Don’t hate me, but I’ve never been a huge Star Wars fan. However, I recently saw The Rise of Skywalker and as I have been trying to wrap my head around all that is going on in the world today the words of Princess Leia to Rey somehow bring me hope. Her words? “Don’t be […]

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Ann Marie Carley

If you’re like me, the thought of sitting in training to hear about the latest fad makes your soul die a little.

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Ann Marie Carley

This gift of discomfort was the catalyst needed to birth a movement of fresh expressions of church.

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Ann Marie Carley

Today the people of God, the church, must be more Christ-like in action and we must not be afraid in doing so. The only way to do that is to return from the exile of our walls and re-enter the community in which we have been planted and called to be Christ!

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Ann Marie Carley

It became clear that without altering our expectations of what church had to look like, our church as we knew and loved it would be in danger of no longer existing.

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