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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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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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