Verlon Fosner

For many homes, dinnertime has been revisioned as TV time. We have lost the power of the dinner table to shape society. Even the church has lost how powerful a dinner table can be, especially when it comes to reaching unchurched people. With the majority of churches and Christians lagging in confidence when it comes […]

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Verlon Fosner

The day of my “Macedonian call” experience started off as an ordinary day. I left my office driving to an appointment. At that time I was serving as the lead pastor of an 85-year old church in Seattle that was in decline, and we were prayerfully wondering how to regain our influence in our city. […]

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Verlon Fosner

Missiology is the equal blend of theology and sociology. However, most church leaders went to seminary to become theologians not sociologists. It is not unreasonable that most would prefer to focus on theology to the exclusion of sociology. This oversight has caused us to drift toward the ditch of being so heavenly minded that we […]

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Verlon Fosner

Over the last two years, Fresh Expressions US has been growing, in part to the inclusion of likeminded initiatives such as the Dinner Church Collective.  This growth came, part when Dinner Church founders Verlon and Melodee Fosner visited the 2016 National Gathering. Learn more about the 2018 National Gathering, Steeple to Street HERE. From the moment Melodee and I […]

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Verlon Fosner

The following excerpt is from an upcoming article to be featured by our friends at Missio Alliance. The full article is a part of their Always Reforming series which you can follow here. It is no secret that the church in the US is in decline across all denominational lines. For over a decade many researchers have […]

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Verlon Fosner

For the first three hundred years of Christianity the church functioned primarily around dinner tables. In the book of Acts, the church was found breaking bread from house to house. As Gentiles began to start churches they created the Agape feast church. The first followers emulated Christ’s pattern, and gathered the poor and the strangers […]

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Verlon Fosner

There is a disturbing trend among American Christians of blaming the poor for their condition. Margaret Poloma and John Green researched the attitudes of AG people toward the poor in 2010 and found the following: 10% of AG congregants believe that the poor and homeless are reaping what they have sowed; 18% of AG congregants […]

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Verlon Fosner

How should the church respond to the call to serve the poor? Many Fresh Expression Churches will have the opportunity to engage with people from the lower third of the socio-economic ladder, and might even feel “sent” by the Lord to do church for this population. So a good theological understanding of the churches preeminant […]

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Verlon Fosner

There is a lot of talk today about being missional. But what does that mean? If a church group does an outreach once a year, does that make them missional? If a church gives $10 to a missionary during the course of a year, does that make them missional? Categorically, yes. But so many groups are […]

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Verlon Fosner

The Reformation Era has left us in an interesting place. Exactly 500 years ago Martin Luther posted his 95 “protests” on the Wittenberg door, and with that the “protestant” movement was birthed. Here we are five centuries later, and we have been in protest for so long we no longer know what we were protesting. […]

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