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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Kris Beckert

Back in the 8th grade, I played softball. I played on two teams and loved every minute of my time behind the plate calling the pitches and getting dirty in collisions. I was the only member of my family who played a sport, and I couldn’t imagine playing anything else. Then one spring day in […]

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Kris Beckert

It was not a good weekend to have plane tickets. It just so happened that the weekend our Fresh Expressions US team was scheduled to go to Florida to lead a training retreat would also be the weekend a major snowstorm would hit the East Coast. Little did I know that in addition to praying […]

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