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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Shannon Kiser

I was watching the team set up for a Community Dinner Church. The elements of the meal had been prepared in the homes of volunteers, and everyone was arriving with their contribution to the meal. Serving trays and chafing dishes, chili and homemade desserts. Tablecloths were being pulled out of bins, and tables were being […]

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Shannon Kiser

Pioneer: a person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity or a new method or technical development (Miriam-Webster Dictionary) We live in a rapidly changing culture which we are having to learn to navigate. There is no map. There is no formula that can be memorized and […]

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Shannon Kiser

In working with a church recently, I discovered that this question was the gamechanger for one church leader: What decisions are you making based on the people who are not already in your church? And the answer for that church leader was…largely, we’re not. So…on what are you basing your church’s decisions? The loudest voices? […]

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Shannon Kiser

The following is an excerpt from Shannon Kiser’s forthcoming ebook How Any Normal Person Can Pioneer a Fresh Expression of Church! Sign up HERE to be the first to download it. 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 […]

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