Kris Beckert

There is a strange freedom that comes with creating the bucket list, as you become less focused on what’s in front of you and more aware of what’s around you. The question is no longer ‘why?’ but ‘why not?

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Kris Beckert

I remember my first few encounters with Fresh Expressions US, which seem so long ago—but not really… The first was a Vision Day I attended in Northern Virginia as a seminary student in 2012, and the second was the 2013 National Gathering, where I volunteered to do a live-blog each day for the website and […]

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Kris Beckert

“Excuse me, I didn’t mean to eavesdrop on your conversation, but I wanted you to know I don’t go to church but would go to something like that.” 

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Kris Beckert

“Tell me, what do you have in your house?” Sometimes people look at me like I have three heads when I share with them what it means to start fresh expressions of church. For some, it’s because the whole idea is difficult to wrap their minds around, but others just don’t know where to start. […]

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Kris Beckert

For a number of years, the one-stop shop approach seemed to connect. It seemed to deliver.

Until it didn’t.

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Kris Beckert

1984 was an expectant year—but maybe not in the way you would think. Besides being the title of a popular novel and later film, this was the year that what is unofficially known as the “Bible of American pregnancy” was first published. Its title: What to Expect When You’re Expecting. In its past five printings […]

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Kris Beckert

Does your church building tend to serve more as a cabin—a place for members to congregate—or as a shelter—a place to deploy people into mission?

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Kris Beckert

Sometimes the story feels like a rerun. It’s a story that seems to play out time and again: a church that is rapidly declining has a pastor or a denomination who sees the need for change, but he/she soon runs into the equivalent of a brick wall as they try to implement it. I’ve had […]

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Kris Beckert

Seasons change. In some places, the differences between seasons are more extreme than others. You may own both ice skates and a bathing suit to use in the same lake over the course of a year. Sometimes a season seems to stay past its welcome, while other times it seems like you pass through more […]

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Kris Beckert

It popped across my newsfeed as the snow was falling outside. The first significant snowfall of 2018 had arrived here in Virginia, and I was sitting at my desk in the church office, space heater on full blast, working on a list of goals and missions for the new year when a friend posted an […]

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