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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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No one ever wants to be identified as a hipster. Especially hipsters. I came to peace with my unavoidable hipster-ness in June of 2011. It was already over 100 degrees in the nation’s seventh most hipster neighborhood, East Austin. I was listening to NPR when I decided to ride my bike to a coffee shop. […]

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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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The other day a friend asked me what my “philosophy of ministry” was. My answer was simple: put it on the calendar. You can go on and on about theology and philosophy and systems and blah-blah-blah. The fact is that what you value is pretty easy to measure. Just look at how people spend their […]

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“The fact is, we’ll never be able to out-entertain the surrounding world.” The words came from a frustrated youth minister friend. They could have come from anyone who’s ever tried to organize a church worship service. For Austin Mustard Seed, nestled in the live music capital of the world, we know that we’ll never have the […]

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