Chris Backert

Whether or not you can join us for the National Gathering, we invite you into a movement of normal people moving with an anything-but-normal-God and carrying out the missionary heart of the Holy Spirit to put the church that Jesus loves closer to where the people Jesus loves actually are.

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Chris Backert

Fresh Expressions believes that God is moving greatly through new churches but without involving the established church in a variety of ways, our ability to engage our shifting culture will fall increasingly short.

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Chris Backert

How then will we demonstrate and declare the gospel to the increasing number of people who just won’t come to church? The answer is nothing short of cultivating creative communities of faith – right where people are – in the midst of their life.

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Chris Backert

When I was a junior in college, the car I had brought with me from high school gave up its ghost.  Driving along one day, the engine decided it had run too long. I was without a vehicle for several months until I mustered enough money to purchase a 1998 Dodge Neon with only 7,000 […]

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Chris Backert

When thinking about fresh expressions of church, it is of foremost importance to re-engage the Scriptures and seek to discern a biblically and theologically faithful ecclesiology for this new era. A great deal can be learned by reexamining the Scriptures from the vantage point of the developments in the area of networks and mapping those […]

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Chris Backert

Distributed Responsibility and Organization Leadership in the post-modern, network style organization is dispersed throughout the organization. While modern organizations tended to operate with one singular leader or source of authority, in the new organization, authority is distributed. The organization is not held together by chains-of-command and reporting structures, but rather by a shared mission, vision, […]

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Chris Backert

Organizations have also been waking up to the transitions affecting the wider culture. While some astute business leaders and academicians have been predicting fundamental changes in the structure of organizations for some time, only in the last two decades have those changes begun to ripple throughout the business and non-profit worlds. Today, corporations are recognizing […]

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Chris Backert

Before we create new models and solutions, we need to understand the situation better, taking a closer look at the external factors that are facing the church in our current age. This will allow for a more effective synthesis of the key points of contrast between traditional church structures and contemporary environmental forces. From this, […]

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Chris Backert

The calling to participate in the mission of God led many families of shared belief to organize missionary societies for the sake of the propagation of the good news of Jesus to unreached peoples. William Carey is often noted as the father of modern missions for his instrumental role in the establishment of the first […]

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Chris Backert

It’s no surprise that today’s world is different than that of yesteryear. The communications revolution is probably having almost as far-reaching an impact on today’s denominations as the new views on authority and structure in the culture are. The new wave of communication technology has flattened many of the traditional hierarchies that are found in […]

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