Gannon Sims

If we extend our imaginations, fresh initiatives lead to movement. As projects create relationships and build community, spiritual questions arise that allow opportunity for those engaged to explore Christian discipleship.

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Gannon Sims

If God’s marriage with his people Israel resulted in the possibility of outsiders finding life within God’s life, how might God use our own families to unite himself with those who are outside of our families?

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Gannon Sims

Starting a New Community? Follow the New Commandment. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. This sentence in John’s gospel is called the new commandment. It’s core to Jesus’s teaching and it’s core to building communities that look and act like Jesus. The action—as I have loved, so you must—is what […]

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Gannon Sims

It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s not. We’re pleased to announce the addition of three new mission partners representing three distinct regions and traditions: The American Baptist Churches of Vermont and New Hampshire, the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Central Florida Diocese of the Episcopal Church. […]

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Gannon Sims

The Fresh Expressions movement is about putting the church Jesus loves closer to the people Jesus loves. We do this by working through the inherited church to expand its reach into networks and neighborhoods who aren’t being reached by any church. As we’ve gone about our work, we’ve become convinced that an important way of […]

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I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink But now I’m insecure and I care what people think. Wish we could turn back time, to the good ‘ol days when our momma sang us to sleep But now we’re stressed out. -Twenty one Pilots, Stressed Out Stressed Out. It’s the banner […]

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FXUS essential to good ministry team
Gannon Sims

A friend and I were recently discussing leadership skills and how to build a successful team. He’s an athlete. I’m an actor. We both know the occasional need to put on a game face to make a deal or to get the job done. Too often, however, we put strategies for success ahead of real […]

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Gannon Sims

At the 2016 Fresh Expressions National Gathering, we considered how to be Church at church, home and everywhere in between. We met Renzo Bonetti and learned about The Amore Project—a new movement helping married couples reimagine the family as the ‘domestic church’ and the ‘oikos’ or household as central to the abundance we share in […]

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Gannon Sims

When we use the term pioneer, we mean someone who will pave a different way forward. Pioneers can’t help it. It’s in their DNA. Jonny Baker, a leader of pioneer mission training in the UK, says pioneers “have the gift of not fitting in.” He insists that they’re not “the awkward squad.” They just look […]

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Gannon Sims

Do not let your hearts be troubled, trust in God. Trust also in me. John 14:1 In all of our anxious talk about the future of the church, we sometimes forget that we’ve been here before. When Jesus gathered his little start-up community for a meal in a rented upstairs space, he shared with them […]

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