Luke Edwards

Reaching out to the community has sparked a new energy in Snow Hill UMC. Pastor Johnston noted, “Sunday morning is on fire from the excitement of folks who thought we were dead, but now have hope.”

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Luke Edwards

Criticism and innovation go hand in hand. Enjoy it. Let it sharpen you. Everyone doesn’t need to approve of your fresh expression. After all, if we wanted to do something that pleases everyone we could sell ice cream.

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Luke Edwards

It meant a lot to me as a lay person to be in the Fresh Expressions training and feel like my ideas about starting something new were valid.

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Luke Edwards

When I first wandered into the wilderness of starting a new form of church, all I had was a Bible and a sense that something new was needed in our community. As our wild little church began to form, I looked desperately for others who had walked this path before me. By the grace of […]

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Luke Edwards

It’s not often a tweet stops me in my tracks. A few weeks back, doctoral candidate, Joy Clarkson, wrote, “When someone hasn’t read a classic book, I always try to say ‘Oh! What a treat you have ahead of you!’ rather than ‘I can’t believe you haven’t read this!’ because no one wants to be […]

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Luke Edwards

Lately, I’ve been hearing Fresh Expressions referred to as “trendy, cool, church for middle-class millenials.” While some fresh expressions might fit this description, it is at best a superficial description of the fresh expressions movement that I have come to know. When King Street Church took shape we had two goals in mind: create a […]

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Luke Edwards

The most controversial aspect of my ministry, besides the fact that the church I lead meets in a bar, is that I have the audacity to call it ‘church.’ I often catch church people trying to call King Street Church, “King Street Ministries.” I’ll explain our dialogical worship to people and they’ll respond, “Oh, so […]

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Luke Edwards

At last year’s Thanksgiving dinner my three year old nephew prayed, “Dear God, teach us to be good listeners.” Undoubtedly, it was a prayer picked up from Sunday School teachers desperate for some semblance of sanity, yet it’s been my favorite prayer since. I think everyone just assumes they’ve been listening correctly, but I’ve spent the […]

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Luke Edwards

In conversations with church leaders, a question I hear often is, “How do we reach young people?” While oversimplified answers to such questions typically annoy me, I was struck by recent research coming out of the Church of England. Good Signs The Church Army Research Unit, a part of the research program of the Church […]

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Luke Edwards

I don’t care who you are, tourists are annoying. In my community we whisper silent curses when stuck behind an out-of-state car driving 10 mph under the speed limit, looking at the scenery of our NC mountains. When I travel, I do my best to blend in with the locals, but there’s no hiding it: […]

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