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Who is in your community that your church is currently not reaching? For whom is your heart breaking? With whom might God be inviting you to engage in life together? These are the kinds of questions that we begin to ask as we consider what it looks like to move from the Steeple to the […]

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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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Casselberry, Florida– Philippians 4:8 “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable – if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise – dwell on these things.” Bethel Yoga is a Fresh Expression that meets Sundays and Tuesdays at Tuskawilla […]

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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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Emily Daly

Durham, North Carolina– It’s Palm Sunday. You stand in rows outside with your fellow gardeners, waving leaves over a man sitting in a wheelbarrow. It is a rural reenactment of Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. Another gardener walks through the crowd with a fleet of wheelbarrow-chariots trailing behind him. Pastor Ben Krase asks you to imagine […]

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Michael Beck

We had a scare one week at The Villages Charter Schools. The threat of a gunman put the schools on immediate lock down. Law enforcement swarmed the area, helicopters zipped by overhead, my wife, Jill Beck and I frantically texted our children, trying to find out if they were okay. While in this case, the […]

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Stacy Deyerle

Sometimes, success looks like a folded slip of paper.   We host a weekly community dinner at our church and payment is anonymous.  Two weeks ago, mixed in with the cash and checks was a folded piece of blank paper that to a casual eye would have looked like a check when it slipped in […]

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Dustin Mailman

Loving the Unlovable I like to spend time at the Wal-Mart bus stop.  This may sound odd, but it’s a place where I can listen to people and connect with the community. One day a week I sit with those moving from one place to another, sometimes in silence, other times in deep conversations. I […]

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As I think back to all that happened at the National Gathering, I find myself in a constant state of processing.  We were blessed with moving speakers, idea-sparking forums, and inspiring workshops.  It’s hard to believe I have so much to process and I only got to go to a handful of the forums and […]

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The Fresh Expressions National Gathering, Steeple to Street begins Thursday! If you have not registered yet, what are you waiting for? Just go here. If you can’t make it to the gathering, make sure you follow us on Twitter at @FreshExpressionsUS and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FExpressionsUS, as well as our blog FreshExpressionsUS.org. We’ll be live-tweeting, […]

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