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If somebody drew a map of the World Wide Web in 2005, they might include the hills of Yahoo, the MySpace valley and the City of Craigslist (connected, of course, with Information Super Highways.) But in 2005, we didn’t realize that this was a medieval map, and along the edge should be scrawled “here there […]

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With over three months of pandemic life behind us, the world has changed. With a vaccine months away at best, increasing financial turmoil alongside the global response to the killing of George Floyd, it would be unwise to prognosticate about the world to come. But the fact is that many organizations, businesses, and yes, churches, […]

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Who is missing from your church leadership? Who are the women and men who God has called, but may not yet be leading? What would it look like for you to affirm, encourage and equip them to start a fresh expression of Church?

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Who is your church aiming at on Sunday mornings? Some churches use phrases like “all are welcome” or “come as you are” to describe their gatherings. These are good ideals that reflect God’s grace and Jesus’ eagerness to call all people to himself. But churches also put up other signs to say who belongs. Some […]

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When you hear a story of a new kind of Church, one that looks different than what you already do on Sundays, it’s natural to want to put it in a category. 

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For our fresh expressions of Church to be truly Jesus-like communities, they must have a clear focus on those who need to receive God’s love, without any expectation of how those people will be able to respond.

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A fresh expression is a form of church that exists specifically for people who don’t already “go to church.” There are fresh expressions with cowboys, bikers, preschool moms and restaurant workers. A fresh expression might meet in a tattoo parlor, a pub or dog park. Which, when you think of it, can actually get to […]

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At this point in your life, you are ready to admit it: you are not a starter. Some people are starters, and being a starter is cool. We tell stories of the legendary founders of companies, movements and, yes, the founders of our local churches. For the last few decades, the role of “church planter” […]

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I’m on my third attempt to start a new church. Attempt number 1 was in 2006 when I was only 23 years old. Like a lot of things from that season of my life, it was haphazard and didn’t pan out. I tried a different approach in another city for a few years, and then […]

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If you are going to start a new church, you need a good reason why. It’s not enough to need a new job (your new church may never be able to pay you) or because your denomination is declining. A church is a community of women and men who are “prophetic.” By embodying a different […]

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