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Ash Wednesday begins Lent by reminding us that the journey towards the Cross is one every Christ-follower must make- step by step, selfish impulse by selfish impulse. And Ash Wednesday also reminds us that the time is finite, limited because it reminds us of our mortality.

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Thinking Outside the Church: Episode 5 “Bridging the Gap” “Discipleship is a long obedience in the same direction.” ~Eugene Peterson Ben hosts the conversation with Mitch Marcello and Matt Lake, who are trainers and coaches with Fresh Expressions US. Matt and Mitch work together at First United Methodist Church in Williamsport, PA, where Matt is […]

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Dinner Church continues to build bridges, create community, and point people towards Jesus!

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Thinking Outside the Church: Episode 4 “What is Fresh Expressions?” Ben interviews Shannon Kiser, who is the Director of Training at Fresh Expressions. She explains the purpose of Fresh Expressions, and how churches can begin to live out that purpose. Listen here Resources: Read Shannon’s Fresh Expressions blog: https://freshexpressionsus.org/author/shannon-kiser/ To learn more about Fresh Expressions, […]

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Many average-sized churches have assumed that they don’t have the resources or numbers to plant new churches. But what if you don’t have to have a congregation of 1000+ to plant new churches? Chasing after God’s vision for multiplication ministry, Community Evangelical Church in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, has seen a disciple-multiplication vision turn into a […]

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When you’re pioneering a Fresh Expression of church, people can’t necessarily see what is happening just below the surface.

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Thinking Outside the Church: Episode 3 “Blended Ecology (Both/And Church)” Ben talks with Michael Beck, who is the Director of Remissioning at Fresh Expressions, and the co-pastor Wildwood United Methodist Church. They talk about what church looks like when it lives out its inherited roots but also branches out into the community to express Christian […]

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Learn how a declining church, in an “unfriendly” city, rediscovered a simple, ancient way of being God’s people. Discover: Why the current approach to Church Planting will never keep up with the need for new Churches How “Dinner Church” was rediscovered How you can create a simple, reproducible church gathering in your city Check out […]

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“What is God up to?” is the question I’m most often asked. “Have you heard of the dinner church movement?” is my most common answer. LEONARD SWEET, E. STANLEY JONES PROFESSOR OF EVANGELISM AT DREW UNIVERSITY   Dinner Church Collective grew out of a problem that Verlon and Melodee Foster were facing in Seattle. Their […]

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Thinking Outside the Church: Episode 2 “Being a Church Leader Today” Ben welcomes J.R. Briggs to the podcast to discuss the definition of church and how to become an adaptive church leader.  About J.R.: J.R. Briggs is a National Trainer & Equipper for Fresh Expressions U.S. He is also the Founder of Kairos Partnerships, a […]

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