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There’s a big hubub about Millennials leaving the church. The same can be heard about baby boomers and, most recently, women. It would be easy to come up with a million reasons to “leave the church.” A few include: Hypocrites hurt people. Stifling values enforced during childhood don’t line up with real world experience. The […]

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“I don’t know how you just talk to people like that, Chris.” This subtly offensive statement was one I have heard a lot. For a little while, I hosted a weekly dinner where I invited some non-Christian friends from a nearby Starbucks to eat with a few from my church. It didn’t go very smoothly. […]

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The term “missional” has gotten so bogged down with baggage from previous movements that it’s hard to know what it means.  The story goes that Leslie Newbigin coined (or at least popularized) the term after returning to England from a lifetime of mission work in India.  The are a list off essential changes the Church […]

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Fresh Expressions US works with a growing number of established churches, networks and denominations to equip them to pioneer new ways to be the Church. One exciting example is Pathways Church outside Baltimore, Maryland. Pathways introduces itself this way on their website: At Pathways we believe that begins through a personal relationship with God. It continues […]

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A single three letter word can completely alter the identity and actions of your church. It has more power than an excellent service. It brings more focus than a great mission statement. It’s more inspiring than a powerful preacher. It could drive people away and wreck your church’s programs. It could create space for people […]

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How do you “become a missionary?” Often, the process begins with getting a theological degree and learning a new language. As Christendom loses its hold on the West, we’re learning that all Christians must be missionaries, and all churches must be missionary churches. For the last year and a half or so, I have been […]

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In most cities, you don’t have to go very far to find a church whose “glory days” are behind her. Many churches are declining. Churches close down all the time. If this is happening in your church, you might be losing hope. We serve a God who is always doing new—or shall we say, fresh—things. For […]

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Christmas remains one of the few times when people show an openness to hearing the story of Jesus, even if they aren’t open to church. If handled correctly, this can be one of the best opportunities of the year for directing conversation toward Jesus. However, a lack of forethought could make things worse. A fresh […]

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Where we’re experimenting with a Fresh Expression the word “unchurched” doesn’t apply. Two Types of People Underwhelmed by Church For about a decade, the unofficial slogan of our city has been “Keep Austin Weird.” For many, the slogan has the same effect as the words on the bottom of the Statue of Liberty. We might […]

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