Elizabeth thought it was hilarious that the new Fresh Expressions book called her a “person of peace.” I replied, “You certainly are a pretty aggressive “person of peace” (Referring to a long history of her cussing me out). Just like any specialization, fresh expressions of Church has its own lingo. Drawing from Luke 10, a “person […]

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One of my favorite pieces of advice in my training for starting a church was “Know the rule before you break it.” In other words, in starting a fresh expression of church, we cannot always play by the rules. There are times when the Holy Spirit does not work within the confines of our preconceived church planting systems, […]

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One critique of the Fresh Expressions movement thus far has been that a fresh expression of church is not truly church. What observers might see as a departure from traditional ecclesiology is in fact a rich ecclesiology with both biblical and traditional roots that has been poured over by denominational leaders and theologians for the past decade. […]

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Innovative church planting is not something to attempt alone. We need the theological and structural wisdom of those who have gone before us. One source of this wisdom for pioneers comes in the form of church planting models. As J.D Payne points out, “Models are God-given guides to assist us in our church-planting endeavors.” For […]

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Church planters are prepared for barriers. Books, trainings, and good friends warn of budget challenges, leadership struggles, and working with finicky committees. Yet no one warned me about the biggest barrier I would face in my first two years of planting a network of fresh expressions of church. King Street Church has a very simple […]

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The American Church is ready for renewal.  Faced with an increasingly post-Christian society, the Church is primed and ready for something new. Yet many of the church planting models of the past decades seem out of reach for most congregations. Fresh Expressions is a model that has taken off in England over the past decade […]

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Where New Styles Emerge Jazz has been one of my greatest companions in starting a fresh expression and encouraging church renewal in my denomination. After a long day in the trenches, I can throw on a Miles Davis vinyl and feel my stress melt away with every note. In addition, the history of innovation in jazz has […]

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  My favorite part of Advent is getting to dust off that old Book of Isaiah. Isaiah’s prophecies of the coming kingdom paint a picture of peace and harmony better than anything we could imagine. “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The wolf will live with […]

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Some days it seems like the American church only knows how to relate to our neighbors by giving something away. Like an absent father who has lost touch with his kids, the only way he knows is bringing another toy back from another business trip. We’ve forgotten how to relate to our communities, so we […]

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  I’ve been a registered independent voter since I turned eighteen. I have prided myself on the fact that I vote based on the candidate and not the party. However, when I look back at the elections I have participated in, I’ve voted for the same party nearly every time. The only thing independent about […]

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