Gannon Sims

It’s a question we’re frequently asked, and for good reason. Is there a difference between church planting and Fresh Expressions of church? To answer the question, we need to look at the objective. Fresh Expressions are new forms of church for people who are not yet part of any church. Some people in a Fresh […]

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Austin, Texas—It started with a question. An immigrant congregation—The Austin Chinese Church–asked a few college students if they would be interested in birthing a community that would be indigenous to city, reaching other students, artists and creatives—people the immigrant church would not likely reach. In 2006 a group of friends started learning how to become […]

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The story of Vincent Van Gogh is familiar to many of us. In his early career, he was a pastor and preacher but his church thought he was overzealous, too spiritual, too much of a dreamer; so they kicked him out. Shortly thereafter, Van Gogh traded preaching for a paintbrush. The landscape in Van Gogh’s […]

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by Gannon Sims South Bend, Indiana—One night, Heather Ghormley had a dream. Around the same time, someone in her neighborhood group had the same dream. They dreamed that their little neighborhood group became a church. Ghormley, an ordained minister in the Anglican Church in North America, shared part of her story at the Fresh Expressions […]

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The following is an excerpt from a sermon preached on the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The story of St. Patrick is a lot more compelling than our celebrations of him. In some ways, Patrick’s situation was like ours today. The Roman Empire had become largely Christian; however, during Patrick’s time (as is the case now), Christianity was in decline. Patrick’s grandparents […]

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by Gregg Jennings Fredericksburg, Virginia—In October of 2011, there was a murder at The Colonial Motel.  Evidence suggests it was a drug deal gone badly. The Colonial is an ironic and notorious place where women are used in prostitution and where sex-offenders go to transition.  Now, by adding murder to its resume, The Colonial Motel sealed […]

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Few writers are more widely read than C.S. Lewis. The Abolition of Man, his little book first given as a series of lectures in 1943, is a prophetic word to those of us seeking an understanding of our changing culture. He makes his case by explaining the role that modern education plays in favoring rational […]

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“To encounter crisis is to encounter the possibility of truly being the church.” So says South African Theologian David Bosh in his magisterial work: Transforming Mission. Bosh notes that the Japanese character for ‘crisis’ is a combination of the characters for ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity’. So, in his estimation, crisis is not the end of opportunity […]

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Coffee and Chaos from Fresh Expressions US on Vimeo. Souderton, Pennsylvania—It was simple. Jenifer Eriksen Morales saw the moving van pull up to the house next door and she invited her new neighbor over for coffee. They were both young mothers and shared their joys and struggles that come along with raising children. Soon they […]

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by Gannon Sims Powhatan, Virginia—  A brief encounter with a coffee shop owner changed the way Greg Lemaster thinks about church.  He’d learned the shop was struggling to make a profit and wanted to help. So he asked if the space might be used for an upstart church on Sunday mornings. Without hesitating, the owner […]

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