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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Gannon Sims

Richmond, Virginia—The US Fresh Expressions team is pleased to announce Asbury Theological Seminary as the latest in a growing number of ministry partners. Asbury Theological Seminary is an independent seminary with deep roots in the Wesleyan tradition. Founded in 1923, the seminary has three locations in Wilmore, KY, Orlando, FL and Memphis, TN as well […]

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Gannon Sims

Lyricist Charles Jennens picked these words from the third chapter of Malachi. George Frederick Handel put them to music in the oratorio Messiah: For he is like a refiner’s fire. And he will purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer the Lord an offering in righteousness. These words get to the core of […]

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Gannon Sims

Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life, and life to become faith. -Pope Francis, September 27, 2015 In Fresh Expressions parlance, we often talk about inherited forms of church and fresh […]

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Gannon Sims

What’s so different about these people? For the last few weeks, I have had the privilege to travel throughout the UK, a sort of pilgrimage to the birthplace of the International Fresh Expressions movement. Throughout the trip, and as I process back at home, I keep asking “what’s so different about these people?” We met […]

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Gannon Sims

The way we understand discipleship gets to the heart of what it means to be Church. Bob Hopkins, of the UK Fresh Expressions team suggests “If church becomes more of a verb, then we can see church done in its different aspects in different activities, engagements, families and get-togethers. . . contributing to one another […]

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Gannon Sims

Changing seasons are a gift. As the days get warmer and longer, there are opportunities for new rhythms of life. A walk outside in the wonders of nature captivates us as we notice the light and feel the breeze. A mid-afternoon swim nourishes us like fresh cantaloupe and watermelon. In the Church calendar, this season […]

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Gannon Sims

It’s a question we’re asked a lot. Words carry meaning and often need polishing to better understand what we’re communicating when we use the terms. In short, a missional community can become a fresh expression of church. A fresh expression of church is almost always a ‘missional’ community. In some regard the terms are interchangeable. […]

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Gannon Sims

It’s been said within the “hallowed walls” of seminaries that the purpose of the church is to show the world that it is not the church. This statement can be interpreted in at least two ways: If the church is merely a place, we can demonstrate with our architecture, our music and our words something […]

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