Shannon Kiser

How many church committees have sat at tables in their buildings and strategized a grand plan for a fresh expression of church without ever connecting with the people outside their walls?

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Shannon Kiser

It all begins with relationships and a willingness to engage in spiritual conversations along the way.

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Shannon Kiser

Be honest… when you think of a pioneer leader for a fresh expression of church, a picture probably forms in your mind’s eye. That picture is likely someone who is super-charismatic, super-knowledgable, super-talented… frankly, super-human. You probably don’t picture yourself. You probably look in the mirror, and an ordinary person looks back at you. But […]

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Shannon Kiser

I have children in high school and college right now, and the relentless pursuit of measurable results is a constant pressure in their life as a student. They are measured, surveyed, tested, and graded to death. As a result, they have learned that filling in the right bubbles on standardized test sheets is the primary […]

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Shannon Kiser

Ben Conrad is a college student, engaged in all the normal things a senior in college is facing. Attending classes, writing papers, researching and meeting with professors, working a part time job. But there’s something else Ben is doing… he is leading a couple of fresh expressions initiatives. As he describes them, they have both […]

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Shannon Kiser

What do you do if all of your friends are Christians, but you want to reach beyond the church? Or, what if you’re new in town? Or you want to reach out to a specific group of people, but don’t know anyone in that community? What you need is a “Person of Peace.” In Fresh […]

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Shannon Kiser

“I think I was a bit naïve…” After a year of working on a fresh expression of church, a pioneer was reflecting on how the mission wasn’t as far along as he had expected or hoped.  “Maybe I just thought people would like me and everything would build from there.  Or maybe I just didn’t […]

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Shannon Kiser

“How do you catch a traditional, homogenous congregation onto new-ness in mission as a layperson?” If you get focused on trying to “win” an entire traditional, homogenous congregation into a fresh expression type mission posture, you’re going to find yourself quickly frustrated.  But there may be ways to invite some in the congregation to imagine […]

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Shannon Kiser

At the National Gathering in March, several questions were submitted to a Pioneer Panel that did not get asked in person. So we are continuing to offer blog posts to respond to your questions and concerns. “When does relevance become an idol?” When does anything become an idol? When it replaces God’s rightful place in […]

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Shannon Kiser

Several questions submitted did not get asked in person at the National Gathering, so we will be blogging some responses to your questions.  Let’s start with this question: “What is your ‘gospel in 5 minutes?’ How do you tell the gospel to a non-believer in short?” Where to Begin One of the things about fresh expressions […]

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