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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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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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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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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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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Many churches in North America are completely disconnected from the people around them. They are waiting for people to come to their church, and less and less people are finding their way to their doors. If this describes your church, then you may be unaware of some of the barriers that exist between you and […]

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“I don’t like the word bi-vocational. We need to find another word.” This was the first sentence of a conversation with a pioneer at a recent pioneer learning community. Lots of people are talking these days about the changing landscape of ministry leadership and the very real possibility that many leaders will draw an income […]

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I took my dog to a boarding facility near my travel destination the other week. I could tell by the website and the reviews that this was a great place for dogs. And it was. Chester was welcomed, cared for, played with, and loved. We were invited to drop in anytime to check on him, […]

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One of the principles behind fresh expressions of church is “bringing the church that Jesus loves closer to the people Jesus loves.” In other words, it is a form of church that emerges out of the context where people are.  It is about being in relationship with people, loving, serving, building community, all done in […]

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pioneer learning communities

Exactly 47 years to the day of the Asbury College Revival, 60 ministry pioneers gathered at Asbury Theological Seminary to imagine a new revival. Through a partnership with the Kentucky Methodist Conference and Asbury Seminary, Fresh Expressions US kicked off a Pioneer Learning Community with ministry pioneers and existing church leaders. They began to get […]

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