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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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The Fresh Expressions National Gathering, AND: Being the Church at Church at Home and Everywhere In Between begins Thursday! If you have not registered yet, what are you waiting for? Just go here. If you can’t make it to the gathering, make sure you follow us on Twitter at @FreshExpressionsUS and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FExpressionsUS, […]

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  Why do most stories of “successful people” seem full of struggle, despair and burnout? Why do churches and church people, become so inwardly focused that they don’t know how to interact with outsiders? The Myth and the Journey The myth of the successful person is that they made stunning sacrifices for their dream. They […]

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Over ten years ago, I decided that starting new churches, especially fresh expressions of church was where the action was. I decided to participate in these churches and prepare myself to lead them as well. I joined a young church, read books, listened to podcasts and hung out with people who had started churches before. […]

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For Christian leaders, especially those committed to established churches and denominations, it might be hard to be thankful these days. There’s a lot of doom and gloom in the media about the reality of the “nones and the dones.” There’re a lot of “old standards,” whether they be events, sermons or songs, that just don’t […]

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    “How ‘Normal’ People Can Become Pioneering Missionaries” features Pete Atkins of Fresh Expressions UK. Available until Saturday at midnight!

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A Secret Way of Leadership As we have all heard gurus like John Maxwell say “everything rises and falls on leadership.” History and the nightly news are full of stories of those who have fallen and taken their organizations with them. Followers of Jesus believe that everyone is at least a little broken. So why […]

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God’s messengers have never been known for their success rate. Noah failed to save the lives of his contemporaries from the flood. Moses failed to get Pharaoh to let his people go. The prophets failed to get God’s people to remember they were God’s people. Jesus’s life ended in a vicious, brutal public execution. God’s […]

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